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The English's Cottage

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Nov 28, 2016
Cottage, 3Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Unique 1880's farmhouse, overlooking Lake Seneca with lake access and dock.

Get away from it all and spend a week or two in the heart of wine country at this beautiful cottage! Wake up to birds singing and watch the sun set across the lake from the front porch or living room. This charming cottage is filled with antiques and hard wood floors. The kitchen and bath have been upgraded. There are 3 bedrooms with sleeping for 6 people. All kitchenware is supplied. Owner supplies all bed linens and bath towels.

The cottage is located at Valois Point 14 miles from Watkins Glen, 20 miles from Ithaca and 25 miles south of Geneva on the east side of Lake Seneca. And it’s a short drive to the famous Stonecat Cafe.

You'll be perfectly content being disconnected from the outside world with no TV or telephone.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

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8 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Atlanta
5

Peace, Charm, History, Views, Family History

  • 5 of 5

Our team visiting from Atlanta, GA and Red Wing, MN loved our visit to this lakeside home and the Finger Lakes. For most of us, it was our first time in the area.

First, anyone considering renting this place should be delighted to know this rental is more than a house: it has been home to the owners' family since the 1930s. You can feel the love here. We were guests. We enjoyed the family photos and the simplicity of the home and decor. The view of the lake was equal to the warmth of the “voices” we could hear in the walls of your family’s place. Uncluttered. Fresh. Quiet. Practical. Charming. Lovely.

Sitting on a small bluff over the eastern shore of Lake Seneca, the breezes were a welcome respite from the heat of summer in Georgia. The house is located on Valois Point, on a dead-end road off the main county road. Not one single car passed in front of the house during our four night visit. Look for the outhouse. A three-holer that is still serviceable for those that want to experience it.

The kitchen is loaded with every kind of spatula, knife, chopper, bowl, grater, brewer, corer, etc. you can imagine. You just know all of these items were used during huge family gatherings for years. An old fashion CD player offers a nice selection of jazz and classical music. There are more kitchen and bath towels in this place than a family of 300 could go through in a weekend.

In summary, the house was/is a Living Museum, equal parts history and real life contemporary practicality. What a beautiful part of this country, too. We will be back and we will approach the English family to rent again. Thank Ms. Schup, the care taker, too. She was wonderful. She is proof that retirement from corporate life can lead to a fulfilling, simpler life.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful, thorough insights and review of our treasured cottage! You captured the intimate details of all that we have attempted to create for our guests perfectly. You are welcome back any time!
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5

A Serene Getaway on Beautiful Lake Seneca

  • 5 of 5

The English's Cottage was a glorious place to relax and watch the beautiful sunsets over Lake Seneca. The Cottage's greeter/super, Mrs. Shupp is friendly and kind. She was very accommodating regarding our later-than-expected arrival and provided a thorough tour of the Cottage and its property, along with helpful information on local farmer's markets, swimming spots, etc. The Cottage itself has a gorgeous view of the lake and is quite comfortable, with both the spacious kitchen and bathroom clean and well-stocked. The only "con" we had during our stay was that the weather was unusually hot and humid, so the second floor air conditioner, which is located in a hallway window, did a wonderful job of cooling the hallway, but not the lake-facing bedroom where one of us was staying. Fortunately there were several good fans, which helped. (In addition, the stairs to the second floor are narrow and steep. This was not a problem for us, but might be for those with limited mobility; that being said, there's a very nice bedroom on the first floor). Over all, we loved staying at the Cottage and would absolutely stay there again. Thom English, the owner, is terrific -- contact-wise, he's not only prompt and engaging, but also full of fun stories about the history of the property and helpful recommendations about the surrounding area's many attractions. The English's Cottage is a sweet, serene, relaxing (and very reasonably priced) experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: On the rare occasion of hot nights (it usually cools down in the evening during the summer) we have a system to keep the upstairs cool by closing windows during the day and then opening them at night. We also have a system of how to position the fans with the upstairs air conditioner for cooler nights that we are happy to share with future renters. We are considering adding another air conditioner to the top floor. The stairs were built in 1880 and are part of the original design of the cottage, adding to it's charm. For someone who has disabilities, it would not be advisable to sleep in the upstairs bedrooms and to use the one downstairs.
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5

Wonderful relaxation & beauty!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year we spent our annual 4 day getaway weekend at the incredible English's Cottage! We've made this trip for 12 years and this Cottage has become a home away from home. It's so beautiful & relaxing. Peaceful. The interior is comfortable & welcoming, like visiting a family member. We were able to have bonfires in the evening & watch a million stars come out. The view of the lake is lovely & a walk down the lane is inspired with beauty from days gone by. Finding The English's Cottage was a gift! We plan on spending many more enjoyable & happy times there. The four of us all miss being there already!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Stay at this Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

6 of us stayed in this Cottage for 3 nights while attending some concerts at Watkins Glenn International. We had a wonderful experience, the home was exactly what we were hoping for and all descriptions and pictures were accurate. Our host Thomas made sure we had everything we needed and went over in full detail all of the good restaurants and winerys in the area. We will definitely return and stay again the next time we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our cottage and we look forward to having you return!
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Pottsville, Pa
5

2nd visit to the Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was my 2nd visit to the English Cottage and definitely won't be my last! My husband and I were there for our Anniversary week and it was just as great as my 1st visit. Very relaxing and comforting. I can't begin to tell you how unique, clean, accommodating & equipped the cottage is. And it's in the heart of all our favorite places, Hazlitt's, Two Goats, just minutes to Watkins Glen & Cayuga Lake. I really can't wait to plan another trip. Thanks for such a Wonderful place for my FLWC getaways!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words. We are trying our best to make the Cottage a unique happening. With reviews like this, we will only continue to add and work harder to make the Cottage's just that!!!
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Pottsville, Pa
5

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so very much for opening up your Beautiful Home to us. It was immaculate, warm, charming and very well stocked. We enjoyed all your Family Antiques and also enjoyed reading about the history of your Family. It was truly a wonderful relaxing weekend there. It was perfect for a Girls Getaway Weekend. We will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to your return!
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Location

From the Owner

Family owned since 1932.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ithaca at 24 Miles Nearest Barpub : Big Johnson's at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Elmira at 30 Miles Nearest Motorway : Interstate 86 (Route 17) at 28 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Stone Cat at 6 Miles

Wineries, restaurants, antique shops, Amish roadside stands and country stores, micro-breweries, glens and waterfalls, national forests with hiking trails and horse back riding.

Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall/Winter
Nov 2 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$150
$900
$1,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$200
From
$100
Sun
$1,200
$4,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $40

Check in at 4 pm and check out at 10 am.
Security depost equal to the total rate due upon signing of contract.
Security deposit is non-refundable if cancelled within 30 days of scheduled arrival date.
If you exceed the number of renters in your contract, we will ask you to leave and you will forfeit the balance of your reservation and security deposit.
Our rental cost is based on the number of bodies in your party!!!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Amenities

From the Owner

The English Cottage sits on a large piece of property on a bluff offering the true feeling that you are away from it all. The sense of privacy yet intimacy with the lake envelops you offering peace and solitude. And yet, there is a lake community just down the road should you want to connect with like minded souls.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1600 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • Charcoal/gas grill, covered parking

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