House, 4Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8 people which includes children
My husband, native to Ithaca, and I live next door year round. Our children grew up on the water and we love seeing other families enjoy the water.
Why Gail chose Ithaca
Large dock and covered porch right on the water works for adults and children and only 3 miles from Ithaca.
What makes this House unique
Kayaks Beach and swim raft for kids Parking for one car at beach
Children allowed - Must bring your own sleeping and eating apparatus Must bring your own sleeping and eating apparatus
No parties/events - more than 12 persons an event fee of $300. chargedmore than 12 persons an event fee of $300. charged
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Such a great week at the cottage. Literally right on the water with paddle boards and kayaks freely available.
Gail and Frank were such lovely hosts, allowing our kids to play in their yard and with their adorable puppy
Great location, great amenities. We hope to be back
My wife and two grandchildren (7 and 5) had a lovely week here. The location directly on the lake is excellent and a very real convenience having young children and their visitors. The covered front porch is perfect for hosting and enjoying eating outdoors. We appreciated the use of kayaks and paddle boards that came with adult size life vests (we borrowed children's life vests from friends). There is a raft a little ways off shore that is easy to swim to (and great for diving) but unfortunately does not have a ladder, making it challenging for young children as well as older adults (us) to climb on. A ladder would seem an easy improvement to create an even more perfect vacation space.
Renters should be away that the bedrooms are small - and space is tight but not as tight as the photos suggest. Closet space is fine, bathrooms fine and the kitchen large - with plenty of work space and good range of pans, dishes, glassware, etc. We would recommend this rental, though keep in mind it is older, not high-end luxury, but highly pleasurable for its location and overall ease of staying for a week with children who enjoy the water.
Rustic Serenity on Lake Cayuga at Sunrise Cottage
We spent Memorial Day/Cornell Commencement Weekend at Sunrise Cottage and it was a wonderful stay. My family traveled to Ithaca to attend our daughter's college graduation. The cottage was a perfect place for our family to gather. We had been provided accurate instructions for seamless check-in. The owners Gail and Frank stopped over later to introduce themselves and say hello. They are a very nice couple who clearly have invested a lot of time and energy in maintaining this lovely property. Yes - it is rustic but everything is impeccably fresh and functions well. The kitchen and baths are well stocked with extras that many places may not provide - such as coffee, condiments, soaps, paper towels etc.
We enjoyed dinners on the spacious porch and coffee there as well. Each morning, we watched the wildlife from the comfortable cushioned deckchairs, observing a chipmunk scurry across the green lawn, a family of ducks swim near the shore, and great blue herons soar across the water. It's private too.
The cottage has wifi and a large flat screen tv, and plenty of board games too. For lake fun, there are kayaks and a beach with a floating dock for swimmers to climb on and jump off of.
For the traveler who has some mobility impairment, note there is a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor. Single car parking near the main entrance is close by. If there are multiple cars, these vehicles park in an area behind the cottage. An outdoor staircase runs from this secondary parking area down to the cottage's back entrance which opens onto the second floor.
The beds are comfortable and we all slept well. Guests should bring towels and sheets. If you use more than one pillow, bring these as well.
Finally, this is a great place to stay for those who enjoy quiet, scenic beauty of the lake but also would like easy access to downtown Ithaca.
Thank you for your kind words. Your family was certainly the gold standard of tenants. We love it when families truly enjoy the lake and would love for you to come back some day. Thanks so much!
Another wonderful vacation!
This is our third time renting this house and it was fantastic as always. The location truly cannot be beat and Frank and Gail are the most wonderful landlords. We look forward to returning next summer.
Nice and quiet house on the lake. The dock is huge and the fishing was better than expected.
The lake. The lake is the charm
The property is pure Ithaca. The house is on the water—so convienent for children. The proximity to Ithaca also helpful as we were there for family reasons. Our only concern is the house needs to be updated.
Golfwithin 5-10 miles (four courses)
Hiking & Biking & Swimming & Sailing
Ithaca Festival and Grassroots Festival
Taughannock State Park, Treman Marina
Ithaca Yacht Club, Science Center, Hangar Theater
Finger Lakes Wine Trail
Black Diamond Bike and Walking Trail 2 min. away