La Dolce Vita..... The Sweet Life.... Come and experience the breathtaking view, the fresh sweet smell of the vineyards, the sounds of the water rolling into shore, the comfort of lakefront living, as you relax and unwind with your family.
Our home was built in 1895 and is right across from a vineyard. Used for grape storage in those early years, the steamboats came right up to the home to load the grapes and transport them to wineries for processing. Over the years, it evolved into a 4 bedroom, 2300 square foot colonial. We purchase our lakefront home 12 years ago and have literally gutted and redone every room. Recently, we added on a 1st floor bedroom and full bath off the kitchen.
Our final project was repairing the break-wall, and raising a patio that sat at ground level. Now when you sit on the patio, you can actually see the lake! We have a table that sits 6 on the patio also. The area, which is right off the living area, is completely paved with steps leading down to a round picnic table, grill and wide, long, paved steps to the lake.
When you arrive, you will drive down a private drive that services 5 cottage homes. Ours is the last one, with a newly blacktopped driveway area. This is a huge advantage on Keuka Lake, when loading and unloading your car and groceries, as many homes here have parking at the road and you need to walk up or down several steps to the cottage entrance. There is parking for 4 cars on the blacktop area, and additional parking at the road for 1 more vehicle.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, which have new drywall, oak flooring, ceiling fans, blinds and fresh paint. Bedroom #1 faces the lake and has a Queen size bed. Bedroom #2 also faces the lake and has a Queen size bed and a futon bunkbed. Bedroom #3 has a Queen size bed and a bunk bed. Bedroom #4 has a double bed and a twin. There is ample closet space and dressers in each bedroom. There is a newly remodeled full bath on the second floor with tub & shower.
Bedroom #5 is on the main floor off the kitchen area and has a double bed and full bathroom with shower.
The main living & dining room is what captured our hearts. It is very large, 20 x 22 ft. There is a sliding door and windows on either side that face the lake. Additional windows on each side wall also offer beautiful views of the lake. New hardwood floors and beautiful oval braided rugs enhance each area. In the dining area, there is a large table that easily sits 8-10 people, where the family can enjoy a meal and see the lake from every angle. The room also serves as a living room, with two couches, two recliners and a television, as well as a dvd/vcr combo. The room has two ceiling fans.
The kitchen was completely remodeled in 2006. There are beautiful white cabinets and plenty of counter space, in addition to an island with 3 stools, and new ceramic floor. The refrigerator, stove and dishwasher are new. A ceiling fan is over a kitchen table, which seats 4-6 people.
Off the kitchen is a powder room and utility room, which houses an additional refrigerator, washer, dryer and utility sink.
If you prefer to have your coffee & breakfast out doors, you can sit on the glider, on the covered porch, which is off the entrance to the kitchen & living area. The covered porch overlooks a grassy area, which leads to the grills and picnic table, with umbrella overlooking the water. Off the living & dining room, the sliding doors lead to the new patio area.
The water is crystal clear and is very shallow at the shore. The water gradually gets deeper, with a flat rock & stone bottom. Here you can enjoy 75 feet of private beach area. There is a 30ft. dock, where you can sunbathe and in the morning, watch the sunrise and sometimes catch a blue heron landing or the dock or watch the ducklings swim by. One of my favorite things to do is just sit on a beach chair with my feet in the water, relaxing and reading a book, with my grandchildren playing on the shore.
In the evenings, you can use the fire pit on the beach area to make smores and sit around the fire and talk and sing with your family under the stars.