House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)
- english, dutch
About Mariette Geldenhuys
I have lived and worked in Ithaca, New York for 32 years and love the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region. I grew up in South Africa and always enjoyed the outdoors. I completed high school and college in South Africa and then studied in England for two years, before moving to Ithaca.
Mariette Geldenhuys purchased this House in 2001
Why Mariette Geldenhuys chose Ovid
I always dreamed of having a vacation home on the lake. When my late spouse and I came across Windgarth House in 2001, we knew that we had found our slice of paradise, and wanted to share it with others by renting it out. Judging from 17 years of guest book entries, our guests have experienced the Windgarth magic and many have returned year after year. My spouse's beautiful paintings of Finger Lakes nature scenes continue to add beauty to the home. When I'm at Windgarth, I enjoy long swims along the shore and trips in the canoe and kayak, especially at sunset when one can paddle north past Sheldrake Point and watch the sun set over the hills and water. I also love long walks along the shore on the quiet road and bicycle rides in the surrounding countryside. I enjoy getting up early and watching the sun rise over the lake while listening to birdsong. My spouse and I came up with the name "Windgarth House" shortly after we bought the house. One branch of my family was from Applegarth in Scotland, and named their farm near Cape Town, South Africa "Applegarth". I always liked the name, but there were no apple trees at the house. One late fall weekend, the wind was blowing and waves were breaking on the shore. That's when the name Windgarth House occurred to us, The Windgarth House sign on the garage was hand made by local ceramic artist Annemarie Zwack.
What makes this House unique
We fell in love with Windgarth House for many reasons. Here are just a few: Access to the house is very easy, unlike many Cayuga Lake properties where there is a steep cliff near the lakefront and one has to climb many stairs to get to the house, the lakefront, or both. It is located on a quiet public road, which serves about 2 miles of lakefront. Because it is a public road, it is well-maintained year round. We wanted to be close to the lake and not across a road or some distance away. Windgarth has a beautiful living room/kitchen downstairs with twelve windows overlooking the lake, a beautiful lawn and garden and the lake is right there. One can see the lake from all rooms, except the upstairs kitchen and bathroom. The lake views and the sound of the water make this a stunningly beautiful spot. The house is a charming, bright, home with plenty of windows and light, yet cozy and very comfortable. It's great to have a full kitchen and full bathroom on each floor. Friends and family members can vacation together and also have their own space. The house is on the Sheldrake cove, which is sheltered and protected. The water is shallow at the edge and gradually gets deeper. It's great for kids and adults for wading and swimming. Kids also enjoy playing on the back lawn by the lakeside. There is a swimming dock which we had rebuilt and we extended the deck area by the lakeside. The mature trees provide plenty of natural shade. The Sheldrake Point Winery is right across the street, yet one is unaware of it when one is in the house or in the back yard. Many other wineries and restaurants are close by.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Prior consent of owner required.
We welcome families with children of all ages.
Minimum age of primary renter:26
No radios, stereo system or other sound amplifying devices are allowed outside the residence, or inside before 9 a.m. or after 10 p.m.
All food must be removed from the refrigerators before departure. Please place used bedlinens and towels by the washer in the utility room.
One vehicle can park in front of the garage and the other parallel to the road. Others please park in the winery lot across the street.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Every year my friends and I take a weekend trip somewhere. This year we chose Cayuga Lake to tour some wineries. This house was perfect for what we wanted. 2 bathrooms were a major bonus when you have 8 women getting ready. Wineries everywhere you look. I loved being on the water. The sunrises were amazing. Would love to come and stay in the summer. Highly recommend this property. Owner was amazing to work with and very thorough.
Woman’s Weekend Away
Beautiful clean property right on Cayuga Lake. Would highly recommend to anyone. Visited wineries nearby. Quiet and convenient location. Hope to return some day.
I’m delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Windgarth House and explored the beautiful Finger Lakes area. I hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Pretty clean and lot of supplies
Had a good time here.
I stayed with some of my friends here for a weekend for my birthday. The house is in a great location--really close to the local wineries and right on the water. The house is very spacious and had all the amenities we needed. Would definitely recommend.
Great house for families!
The Windgarth house was perfect for 2 families with very small children. The separation between floors allowed for privacy and the doors everywhere were great to section off areas for the babies (and avoid any accidents on the stairs). The pictures don't do the outside justice. Very large, beautiful and gradual lawn perfect for children without worrying about the water hazard. I would definitely recommend!
We’re so happy that you and your children enjoyed your stay at Windgarth House! We hope to welcome you back again in the future.
This was our first time visiting the finger lakes and everything was excellent. What a great location, very peaceful and great place for the kids to play on the lawn and in the water. The roads around the house were calm and great for walking or biking. The house was clean, fully equipped, and had two great spaces for multi-families. The shed had extras for the kids, like sand toys, rafts, and a grill for outdoor cooking. We look forward to someday making a return visit. Thanks for sharing such a warm and inviting home.
I’m delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Windgarth House and look forward to welcoming you back for another visit!
Windgarth House is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country. It is directly across the street from the Sheldrake Point Winery and close to several other Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake wineries.