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Best Value, Charming Cottage -- West Side/Seneca Lake

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Last updated: 03/06/2011

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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Overlook is a traditional summertime cottage situated on acres of woods on the west side of Seneca Lake. Its best features are its private setting, charm, and price.

Sitting on a bluff, Overlook is shaded all-around by trees so it stays nice and cool even in the heat of summer. Our previous guests, a number of whom stay with us year after year, tell us they love the quiet and privacy our cottage affords. You wont see anything but trees and the lake around you!

Dont let the cabin exterior of the cottage fool you--the most common responses of guests when they first arrive at our cottage is charming, how cozy, and how lovely. We are pretty simple in that we dont have all of the frills of some other cottages (e.g., no hot tubs here!), but, the cleanliness (one of our hallmarks) and private setting of our cottage more than make up for what we don't have.

Overlook Cottage is divided into thirds; the first third is a full-length, screened-in porch overlooking the lake, perfect for relaxing, rain or shine. (Its everyones favorite place to hang out!) One side of the porch has a cushioned glider sofa and glider chair inviting you to sit and read or nap; the other side has a large table and chairs -- just right for eating and playing cards or games.

The middle third is a warm and inviting combined kitchen/living area with sofa and a large overstuffed chair, with large windows opening out to porch for views of lake from inside the cottage. The kitchen area has the same large windows opening out onto the porch, and includes all of the appliances, utensils, and cookware youll need during your stay. The back third of the cottage includes two small bedrooms, each with one double bed and dresser, and a renovated bathroom complete with shower.

Overlooks size makes it the perfect getaway/romantic retreat for two adults. Our most common renters are couples with or without one or two small children. In fact, this is a perfect cottage and setting for children, as there are plenty of safe and secure woods, water, and outdoors for kids to explore, and the steps in between the cottage and the beach assure you that your child wont wander off to the water. Children absolutely love the lake -- so many rocks to skip! -- and the gradually inclined beach make it easy for children to sit in the water at the lakes edge, or walk out to where they feel comfortable. Too, the many types of wildlife at our property delight children when (and if) they see them -- deer, foxes, newts, salamanders, raccoons, ducks, herons, hawks, owls, and many other birds -- so fun!

Outside the cottage, youll find parking (on same level as cottage), a clothesline, picnic table, campfire ring, and BBQ grill. Youre also a few steps away from a multi-level staircase that takes you down to a very private dock and beach area that is yours alone to wont believe how much privacy you have! Another campfire ring is perfect for watching the shooting stars and viewing the Milky Way while sitting around a campfire! (and we will even provide the campfire wood!)

If youre visiting the regions wineries (and how can you not?!), youll find that we are *perfectly* situated right in the middle of Seneca Lake Wine Country, with plenty of large and small wineries on both Seneca and Keuka Lakes within easy driving distance. In fact, you wont find another location so close to so many great wineries! (And you can even easily walk to wineries that are nearby!) Our close proximity to Watkins Glen, Ithaca, Geneva, and Corning and their many activities is also great, making our cottage the perfect spot for your vacation getaway. See below for many more activities to be found in the surrounding area. If youre coming for the fishing, we also offer parking for boat trailers.

While you stay at our cottage, we do our best to provide any assistance and needs you may have (for example, we are always happy to transport kayaks that you might rent locally down to the waterfront for our guests, and help bring them back up). We offer you a personal touch, great location, and peace and quiet -- the best value of any cottage, of that were sure! Please contact us for open dates and more information.

Keywords: Cottage, Watkins Glen, private, Seneca Lake, Fingerlakes


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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Plenty of room to explore, woods all around, and a gently sloping beach make it perfect for children of all ages to play in the water...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely not allowed in cottage or on covered porch....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, none able to be accommodated...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • Each bedroom has a double bed, dresser, night table, lamps; Baby Crib (co-sleeper) available upon request...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Porcelain tile floor, vintage porcelain sink, shelving

Other Amenities

  • 2 Campfire Rings - 1 on beach and one by cottage, Outdoor clothesline and picnic table at cottage level. Firewood included for campfires....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    TV can only be used with supplied VCR/DVD player...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    We provide some DVD's/VCR's for adults, kids......moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    over 50' of secluded beachfront with one dock for your use only...moreless

  • Lake View:

    Cottage sits on bluff overlooking lake. Only trees are between you and the lake! Rental inc. a secluded beach area with over 50' of beachfront, inc. dock....moreless

  • Rural:

    Extremely private and secure, on large undeveloped parcel of wooded land...moreless

  • Water View:

    Esp. in early summer; as trees on bluff thicken during summer, water view is not as prevalent...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large table set out on porch allows you to enjoy view while eating!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Get the ultimate 'step' workout by using the 'real thing!'...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    in front of cottage...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Private area provided on property, near highway, on which to park boat and trailer...moreless



  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    screened-in porch (on all 3 sides) connected to entire lake-side front of cottage....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber charcoal grill; charcoal not provided...moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2015
Jun 14 - Sep 13, 2015
7 night min stay

Fall 2015
Sep 14 - Oct 10, 2015
2 night min stay

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  • Taxes Not included


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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tompkins County Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Watkins Glen Golf Course
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 14
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Veraison's at Glenora
Nearest Beach
on property!

Car: Necessary

*Wine Touring -- you're in the very heart of Fingerlakes Wineries -- can't beat the proximity to a huge number of wineries (some you can even walk to!)

*Watercraft rentals can be found nearby - ask us for contact info,

*Auto Racing, State Park, and theatre in Watkins Glen *Golf course between cottage and Watkins Glen

*Windmill Amish Farmer's Market, inc. crafts and wares, found in Penn Yan, approx, 20 min. away.

*Many historical and sightseeing sites at Seneca Falls, Auburn, Geneva, and Ithaca (from 30 to 60 min, away)

*Ithaca boasts an *incredible* and renowned Farmer's Market and three wonderful state parks with amazing waterfalls and hiking--just ask us for info!

*Public boat launch approx. 5 miles north


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  • Front view of cottage

    Front view of cottage

  • View of lake from beach area, with dock

    View of lake from beach area, with dock

  • Although fuzzy (sorry), this gives an idea of the kitchen area

    Although fuzzy (sorry), this gives an idea of the kitchen area

  • We love the Phoebes who return annually to their nest under the door overhang!

    We love the Phoebes who return annually to their nest under the door overhang!

  • Beautiful view of east side of Seneca Lake

    Beautiful view of east side of Seneca Lake

  • Part of living area, overlooking porch; (sorry, photo is a little dark)

    Part of living area, overlooking porch; (sorry, photo is a little dark)

  • Pic from kitchen with partial view of bathroom (we're big on safety!)

    Pic from kitchen with partial view of bathroom (we're big on safety!)

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Best Value, Charming Cottage -- West Side/Seneca Lake

Lakemont #22700

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