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Stunning Log Home on Private Lake- Country at its best

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Aug 10, 2016
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 8 Sleeps

Beautiful Tri level log home situated on several private acres with its own non motorized lake. Well equipped kitchen, cozy living room, loft area great for kids play, laundry room, 3 bedrooms( King, Queen, 2 twin beds and futon), 2 full baths, Large bar and gathering area with walkout patio, great for grilling. Spacious wrap around porch with plenty of seating. Huge well manicured lawn offers beautiful views of the water and surronding hills. If you like privacy this is the place for you.

Ideal family get away or perfect honeymoon spot.

No pets or smoking allowed.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We came up for a beautiful weekend! From the wide open land, the boats on the lake to the wonderful and beautiful cabin, we had an A plus stay! This is 100 times better than a 5 star hotel.
May 2013
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27 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)
Arlington, Virginia

Fabulous family rental

  • 5 of 5

A host of aunts, uncles, kids, etc., stayed at this beautiful house for nearly a week in June. The house was spotless and exactly as described. Nicely equipped kitchen sufficient to cook a dinner for 18, which we ate together on the patio downstairs. We played badminton, used the paddleboat and the kayak, and spent hours on the gorgeous wrap-around porch reading and chatting. We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oneida, New York

In Waterville, N.Y., yet . . . OUT OF THIS WORLD !

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd stay at Ray's Rustic Retreat and we have yet to find any faults to include in our review . . . this place is perfect, inside and out! Better yet, the owners, Maureen and Jim, are gracious hosts who really know how to make you feel at home in their home. The outside of the house and the property are simply breathtaking. The spacious wrap around porch allows you to sit outside and take in the beautiful scenery no matter what the weather. The lake is lovely and well stocked which provides a great fishing experience. There's even a large fire pit with lots of seating for enjoying campfires under the stars. The house itself is very clean and extremely comfortable. Simply said, it lacks for nothing! Ray's Rustic Retreat is a spectacular place to relax with friends, family, or loved ones and enjoy nature and the peace and quiet of the countryside. As always, we are eagerly anticipating our next visit!

P.S. Even the welcoming gifts are awesome!

Maggie & Doug

Oneida, N.Y.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Our Expectations were High and They were Exceeded?

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Rays Rustic Retreat over Memorial Day weekend 2016. Our family enjoyed themselves way beyond expectations. We had 4 adults and our two grandsons, 5 & 7. The owners thought of everything to make our stay one to remember! On Sunday we invited a couple of friends from Boonville (where we grew up) that were in our wedding 43 years ago, to visit and enjoy a cookout. We hadn’t seen them in a long, long time. What a fantastic time we had. Our two grandsons can't stop talking about their adventures. The paddle boat rides, fishing, Monopoly Junior, roasting marshmallows and making S’mores, riding their bikes, running around the yard, flying a kite, and their favorite was getting Grampa wet in their water balloon fight. Not to mention, in true Irish fashion we all got to see a double rainbow after the Sunday showers, almost like it was planned for our stay. Us adults also got to use the paddle boat, kayak, fish (catch and release) enjoy, relax, play games, cards and just enjoy each others company. The cabin was very clean and very well stocked with toys and games for the boys and adults, all the kitchen essentials, of course an outdoor grill, which we put to good use, tv's which we used sparingly ( yeah!) as we were having so much fun playing outdoors. I may be forgetting to mention something but the owners did not forget anything to make our stay one to remember and thoroughly enjoy. When we asked our 5 year old grandson what was his favorite thing to do he answered Everything....Ditto that.

This is truly a special place and easy to get back to the Greater Utica area. We highly recommend if you need an awesome place to stay near Utica, Clinton, Oneida, or just looking for a wonderful time with lots of fun things to do book Rays Rustic Retreat.

We can’t thank the owners enough, for the beautiful cabin and the extra touches that made our stay very memorable.

The Kelleys of Florida

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We booked the home for a graduation weekend and there is no surprise that the only ratings received have been 5 star. The home is immaculate, has all the amenities you could need/want, the property is serene and well kept. We were able to enjoy time together with family, hosting a small barbeque on the night of our arrival and everyone was impressed! We did share a special dinner the next night at the Tailor and the Cook in Utica which was 5 star as well. No hesitating on this property, book it:)

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Incredible Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Upon our arrival and opening the door, we were absolutely amazed. What an incredible place! The home was perfectly clean, well laid out and equipped with everything you could possibly need or want. We can't wait to come back to enjoy this very special home and retreat!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Clean!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin provided our family a great spot to play and rest. It was fun to watch the wildlife, and we enjoyed the fire pit as well. This property is CLEAN and well laid out, providing many "toys" as well as places to simply sit and be. Nice outdoor grill, plus anything you might need is in the kitchen for cooking too. Just as beautiful as the pictures depict. We felt at home right away. Look no further!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This home was my father's vision. He toiled long and hard at clearing the land and having the cabin loving built in just the right spot for the best views. He lived here for many years enjoying his accomplishment. After his passing we decided to share the beauty of his place with others. We hope that you will enjoy your stay at Ray's Rustic Retreat.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Hancock International in Syracuse NY at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Good Times and Slaughtered Lamb at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Barker Brook Golf Course at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Utica NY at 20 Miles Nearest Motorway : State Route 20 Waterville NY at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Michael's, Frank's Pizza and Roc Dairy Creme at 2 Miles Nearest Ski : Woods Valley at 30 Miles Nearest Beach : Verona Beach State Park and Delta Beach at 25 Miles Car: necessary

10 acres to explore on foot. Try your hand at fishing in the lake(catch and release) or Kayaking and paddle boating. Colgate University and Hamilton College within 15 miles. City of Utica 20 miles away. Golf driving range nearby. Turning Stone Casino Resort and Vernon Downs Raceway within 20 miles. Many golf courses in the area. Centrally located to many attractions.


Rental rates

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Jan 1 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 2.0%

3 night minimum stay. $150.00 cleaning fee will be accessed for all rentals regardless of length of stay.
Hamilton College and Colgate University special event weekends as well as Bouckville Antique week has a 4 night minimum rental time frame

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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From the Owner

If you would like to get away from it all, this is the spot for you. Only 2 miles from town but you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle. So private and yet close to everything you might need. You will never tire of the view from the wrap around porch. Country at its best.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Ground floor for easy access to outside patio and lawn
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Located on first floor


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon, Futon is located in open loft area.


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Fully equipped Kitchen with microwave, coffeepot, toaster and all needed utensils and dishes. 3 bedrooms, easily sleeps 8, 2 full baths, laundry room with washer and dryer, 3 Flat screen TVs (Satellite TV) and DVD players, kids indoor play area, beautiful bar to relax around and large porch with seating, outdoor patio and grill, lake to fish in(catch and release) or try your hand at kayaking or paddle boating. Horse shoe and camp fire pit and lots of parking. Quiet setting is great for relaxing or enjoying the great outdoors.

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