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The Boathaus on Seneca Lake in the Heart of the Finger Lakes

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Boathaus, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 4 Sleeps on water's edge with panoramic views.

The Boathaus was built by my father in the early 1960s in his long- awaited retirement to Seneca Lake at Lodi. There he created space for his well-loved Penn Yan wooden fishing boat--as he loved to troll for lake trout. From this footprint, my husband and I created a relaxing, stress-free, most perfect vacation space ever. We called it The Boathaus. Right on and into the water depending on the water level, its north and west glass walls frame a 180 degree view of Seneca Lake, its spectacular sunsets in the west and its summer storms from the south. The 24' x 9' covered front deck juts into the water, creating the feel of a boat without the swells, perfect for morning coffee and afternoon wine. Two bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with two single beds, a modern bathroom, galley kitchen including micro, gas range, fridge, dishes, silver, cookware, and a comfortable lounge and dining area complete the experience. And all with this incredible, breathtaking view of the lake, anytime of the day or night, while listening to the lapping of the water, creating an unique place of peace within oneself.

Bring your bike, hiking shoes and water shoes for the wonderful, warm sunny days, to swim and laze about, or take a short walk to the Point. Lots of books, puzzles, for quiet times. Internet and Cable are included. Visit the local family wineries, shop at several outlet malls, checkout the area museums and historical sites. There's something for everyone--just like the song.

More Details

Property Manager
Carolyn Zogg
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2017

About Carolyn Zogg

Having summered at the Cottage since my parents purchase in August of 1935, my husband and I retired here the later part of the 1990s, in the same retirement cottage as my parents. The Lake never ceases to amaze me, its sounds, movements, its play with light, reflections, colors and smells, its beauty and magical life with wind puffs, water fairies, its cigar-like cloud in the eastern early light; its strength to carry one weightless on a tube, in a canoe, a kayak for as long as one wishes. The lake is King.

Carolyn Zogg purchased this cottage in 1935

Guestbook comments from the manager

Stayed at the Boathaus with another couple--the view from the deck while drinking our morning coffee was priceless. Rented kayaks from Regans and went kayaking up the east side of the lake, stopping at Miles Winery which was also a treat. The wineries, the Glen, always a good time and to come back home to the peacefulness of our own little piece of lake-front property for the weekend was the icing on the cake. Thank you. We had an amazing time.

August 21 - 23, 2015.
Aug 2015
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Lodi Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • 1. Enjoy the sunsets. 2. Try swimming. 3. Take a walk every evening.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , sink, mirrow, towel rods, hair dryer, first aid kit
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , + 3-drawer bureau , 2 night tables and reading lamps, chair
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , +table & lamp, clothes hangers
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Neighboring Amish farms and road stands bring fresh fruits and vegetables and breads to their stands on nearby roads every day but Sundays. Beautiful flower arrangements, special pies, cookies, jams and jellies. A beautiful sight with their black buggies and proud horses.


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The Boathaus on Seneca Lake in the Heart of the Finger Lakes
average rating of 3.75 based on 11 reviews
Pittsburgh, PA

overpriced, mediocre property with a great view

  • 1 of 5

The view of sunsets from this very little cottage is wonderful. The owner is sweet and elderly, which is why I suspect there are no posted negative reviews. But, in all honesty the Boathaus is overpriced and not nearly as clean or well-maintained as one might think from the description of the property. The dust on the bathroom shelf was thick enough to write your initials in. Of the 4 doors opening out to the porch/deck, only 1 had a reasonably functional sliding screen. One had no screen at all. The other two were so badly dented that all manner of flying insects came in. The picture with the wooden settee is in front of one of the doors that you just can't even manage to slide open even with a team effort. If millipedes are your thing, then this is the perfect place. They swarm the floor after the sun goes down. There are leaks in the porch overhang and on one occasion during our stay, the rain leaked inside the cottage. Forget trying to use WIFI. The service is erratic and undependable. There are no baking sheets, muffin tins or otherwise and there wasn't even salt in the cupboard. Bring any and all condiments you might wish to use. While we enjoyed our stay, this was terribly over-priced for the "quality". We have stayed in a number of other Home Away sites and had far superior customer service. If you're looking for a centrally located get-away for Finger Lakes wineries and trips to Ithaca, and have cash to spare (and don't mind millepedes, dust-mites and spiders) then this is an acceptable location.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lancaster NY

Felt like we were on a houseboat without the movement!

  • 4 of 5

You could not be closer to the water unless you were in it. Loved that about this adorable cottage. The view was spectacular. Equip with all the things you need, including a wonderful informative welcome letter from Carolyn. And a welcome bottle of wine! Even a neighbor came by with some fresh asparagus from her garden for us. Loved that I could bring my other family member with us (our dog). Sunsets were beautiful, and one morning we were greeted by a swan hanging out in the water. Really enjoyed our stay and hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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New York, NY


  • 5 of 5

The proximity of this cottage to the water lets you be totally relaxed in just 15 minutes from your arrival.

What a panoramic view!!! Make sure you leave time to enjoy a good book while listening to the lovely sounds of the rolling waters from the lake.

Carolyn has done a great job in providing all the amenities of a home; from great music to comfortable furniture to a fully stocked kitchen including spices.

This property is close to all that the area has to offer, looking forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Boathaus cannot be closer to the water--it juts out into the lake with gentle lapping sounds against the foundation, or huge,smashing waves breaking onto the deck. My guests loved it-- the water, the extraordinary views from the Boathaus, the peacefulness and serenity of the lakeside. They loved exploring the wine country. John was bursting with excitement talking with a distillery owner about to market in the city right near where John lives. This family thoroughly became one with the countryside, appreciative of its natural beauty and friendliness of its people. They toured around Seneca Lake to see the water from all its sides. This was a fun family. They are more than welcomed back anytime.
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Brighton,NY, USA

Anniversary Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Boathaus. It was very cozy. The view is absolutely gorgeous. Very clean and all the amenities were working properly. Carolyn gave us a tour when we first got there and she had a basket of goodies with fresh veges from her garden. We traveled the entire lake. We had dinner at Suzanne's which was fantastic! Would recommend this to anyone that needs a nice relaxing weekend away.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This charming couple were the perfect guests, enthusiastic, warm and ready for an exciting weekend. They prepared before coming to check out the restaurants, for instance, and chose the outstanding dinning experience ever--Suzanne Fine Cusine, just a few miles away. These still newlyweds left the Boathaus picked up and neat. They are very welcomed to return anytime.
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Ithaca NY; Sracuse NY; Rochester NY
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lodi Hotel NY
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Bonavista Public 9 holes
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Syracuse NY
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Thruway I90
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Golden Buck Ovid NY
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Greek Peak NY
Car: necessary

The Boathaus is within 3 miles of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail featuring some of the top wineries in the States. It is halfway between Geneva and Watkins Glen, on the east side of the lake, with some 23 wineries in 35 miles and many excellent restaurants offering fine dining experiences for lunch or dinner.

Neighboring Amish and Mennonite farmers offer their seasonal fresh produce at local stands and markets.

To the south on Route 414 is New York's only National Forest, the Finger Lakes National Forest, with its hiking trails crossing federal grazing lands. The walks are similar to trails in England.

The Boathaus is about half an hour from Ithaca, home of Cornell University and Ithaca College. The famous Wegman's Market. Ithaca offers a variety of great restaurants and shopping opportunities, the Johnson Museum of Art, designed by I.M.Pei, the Plantation Gardens and the famous Sapsucker Woods at Cornell, and the ScienCenter founded by Carl Sagan. The new world class Earth Museumis north of Ithaca on route 96.

South about an hour is a another world class museum, Corning Museum of Glass. The Rockwell Museum is also in Corning, Mark Twain's Study in Elmira, a national Warplane Museum in Horseheads. Rochester houses the George Eastman House with its vintage movie archive.

Taughannock Falls in Trumansburg is higher than Niagara, a great mile hike up its gorge.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (federal) is a half-hour to the north, as is the birthplace of women's rights movement, Seneca Falls, with the National Women's Historical Park. Another great gorge walk is at Watkins Glen State Park in the village of Watkins Glen.

Want to play golf? Ten minutes gets you to Bonavista, a public, 9-hole, well maintained course with reasonable fees.

For a long day's trip, there is Cooperstown with the Baseball Hall of Fame for some, and Glimmerglass, outdoor summer opera, for others. Others might like a trip to the Buffalo NY area for the magical Niagara Falls. Bring your passports for a view from the Canadian side.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee: Weekly $75
Pet Fee $75
Pet Fee: Weekend $75

Nightly Rate: $275 per day with a 2-day minimum + 3% county tax.

Weekly Rate: $1590 during July and August.
Week arrival is Saturday 3 pm; departure the next Saturday at 10 am.
County tax 3% is collected upon arrival along with 50% balance due; with 50% paid to book.
Day rate is $250 with a 2-day minimum; 3 pm arrival, 10 am departure; 50% paid to book, 50% balance due on arrival plus 3% tax due.
Contact owner re pets.

Monthly Rate: $0 - $5,500

By check, money order, by mail a 50% deposit to book; by check or cash 50% remaining balance due + pet fee + tax 3% upon arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.