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Heron Ledge – Watkins Glen View with 800’ of Seneca Lake Frontage

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Last updated: 08/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Burdett house description

If you’re planning a trip to the Finger Lakes, Heron Ledge has just what you want: privacy, massive view, large decks, open floor plan, and contemporary accommodations. Only minutes from Watkins Glen, the home is perched 125’ above the lake on a cliff known as the “Painted Rocks.” Located on the east side of Seneca, you will be spoiled with breathtaking sunsets. This is the perfect “base camp” for exploring the wineries on both the east and west sides of Seneca Lake. If the wine trail doesn’t keep you busy enough, explore the cheese trail, tour the local waterfalls, or rent a boat in Watkins Glen for your own personal tour of the lake.

The main floor of the house has a great room with floor to ceiling windows facing the lake. The kitchen, living room, and dining area have an open floor plan. The kitchen is appointed with a large pantry, you are stocked with all of your cooking needs. Basic herbs, spices, and condiments are provided. A new refrigerator/freezer and state of the art dishwasher accompany a gas range, microwave, and Kuerig coffee maker compliment the kitchen, stocked with all the amenities you will need to cook and serve your homemade meals. A furnished sunroom is located off the kitchen for enjoying a good book in the afternoon, and the loft offers an additional sitting area with a coffee table, love seat, futon sofa (that converts to a sleeping space) and a desk.

The lower level of the house contains the master bedroom, guest room, and a beautifully tiled bathroom. The master bedroom has a king size bed, walk-in closet, lake view, and a private entrance onto the deck. The guest bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, dresser, end tables, closet, and lake view. Towels and linens are provided.

The living room is equipped with a 47” flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD player, and a surround sound system. Standard cable TV with over 100 HD stations and high speed wireless internet is also provided. All of the entertainment components are Wi-Fi enabled with access to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, etc. There are hundreds of channels of internet radio to choose from too. If you are looking for more traditional forms of entertainment, we also have board games for all ages, playing cards, dominoes, and jig saw puzzles. Forgot to bring a book? We have two large bookcases filled with almost 500 books to read! But most likely you will be content to sit out on one of the 3 amazing decks with a glass of wine to enjoy Seneca Lake.

This year-round house was custom designed and has been well maintained. A dishwasher and washer/dryer are provided. The lower level has radiant heat through the concrete slab, and the upper level has two Mitsubishi heating and cooling units to keep the house comfortable in any weather. The fireplace on the main floor adds ambiance and therapeutic warmth on a cold winter night. The HRV central ventilation system continuously circulates fresh air throughout the house. A Weber gas grill on the deck delivers quick and convenient meals.

Outdoors, we have over 3 acres of naturally wooded hillside. Mature oak, hickory, and maple trees create lush shade in the summer time. In the fall, the colors are unbelievably beautiful. Natural stone steps wind down to a spacious lower level with a fire ring, all inlaid with large shale flagstones. The stone steps continue down to a huge observation deck on the edge of the cliff. Epic views over the lake, and down on the fishermen. The nighttime lights of Watkins Glen will captivate you.

Heron Ledge is marketed as an amazing view property with privacy, but it also has 800’ of natural shale beach. Locals know this property as the “Painted Rocks” and it features centuries-old cliff-side painted illustrations commemorating the indians’ escape from General Sullivan’s war campaign. The paintings have been restored over the years, and an American flag and tee-pee were added in 1929. The Painted Rocks remain an important landmark and icon to Seneca Lake boaters and its lore. Access to the beach, however, is not a casual affair. It involves a long hike down steep slopes with a short vertical climb at the end. The path is not well defined, but your reward will be a huge private beach with a dock. This is NOT a traditional vacation rental with direct access to the lake, but if you have full mobility and plenty of energy, you can get there!

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 1650 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Not Suitable For Children:

                This is a cliff property, children need to be supervised at all times...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

              • Guest Bedroom: 1 queen

                Lower level of house...moreless

              • Master Bedroom: 1 king

                Lower level of house...moreless

              • Master bedroom has walk-in closet and private entrance to deck. Both bedrooms have lake view. Loft has a sofa/futon for additional sleep accomodations. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dishwasher:

                New (2013) state of the art Bosch dishwasher that is whisper quiet...moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                Keurig coffee maker with K-cup and reusable coffee filter...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Full size side by side with freezer drawer on bottom...moreless

              • Dining:

                Beautiful solid pine table overlooking Seneca Lake ...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Everything you will need to prepare and cook meals...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Basic condiments, spices, and baking items...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Open kitchen with large pantry...moreless

              • Stove:

                Full size gas range...moreless


              • Parking:

                Adequate parking for 3 cars...moreless

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


              • Stereo:

                5.1 surround sound system with Wi-Fi and hundreds of internet radio stations...moreless

              • Games:

                Games for all ages, playing cards, dominoes, and puzzles...moreless

              • Books:

                We have two full size bookcases with nearly 500 books...moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Blu-ray 3D DVD player with Wi-Fi and USB input...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Standard cable TV with over 100 HD stations...moreless

              • Television:

                47' LED flat screen with Wi-Fi...moreless


              • Internet:

                Free High-Speed wireless internet available ...moreless

              • Telephone:

                Local 'land line' telephone provided...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                theres an upper deck off the kitchen, a large lower deck, and a cliff side observation deck. There is also a lower stone patio with fire pit overlooking the lake....moreless


              • Adventure
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Location & View

                  • Lakefront:

                    Seneca East side, 800' of frontage ...moreless


                  • Marina
                  • Sailing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Swimming
                  • Antiquing
                  • Boating
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Restaurants
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Fishing


                  Write a review 4.9
                  from 10 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2014
                  4 night min stay
                  Sep 2 - Nov 3, 2014
                  4 night min stay

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                  • Taxes Not included


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                  Last updated: 08/21/2014
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                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Elmira Regional Airport

                  Car: Necessary

                  Glen Harbor Marina is located at the head of the canal in Watkins Glen, less than a 5 minute drive from the house. They rent all types of boats with hourly, daily, and weekly rates. Their phone number is 607-535-2751 for price quotes.


                  Manager info

                  Year Purchased: 2012

                  About: My wife and I grew up in the Finger Lakes, and we spent most of our weekends at either Seneca or Keuka Lake when we were younger. We love the climate, the change of seasons, and the wine culture that has developed here over the years.

                  Why Burdett:
                  The east side of Seneca Lake offers beautiful sunsets on a nightly basis! We are close to Watkins Glen for convenient shopping, and also central to Ithaca, Elmira, or Corning. If you want to visit the local wineries, we are at the end of the lake, so you can head up either the east or west side of Seneca for your tour.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Location, Location, Location! There are no other cottages around us, you have complete privacy to do as you please. This end of the lake is very popular with boaters, and the fishing is superb in front of the house. From the observation deck 125’ above the lake, you have a commanding view over all of this activity.

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                  • Observation deck

                    Observation deck

                  • Looking up from the observation deck

                    Looking up from the observation deck

                  • Spacious decks

                    Spacious decks

                  • Dining area

                    Dining area

                  • Kitchen


                  • Loft and futon

                    Loft and futon

                  • Lower bath

                    Lower bath

                  • Master bedroom

                    Master bedroom

                  • Night view of Watkins Glen

                    Night view of Watkins Glen

                  • Observation deck

                    Observation deck

                  • Lakefront


                  • Stone steps leading to patio

                    Stone steps leading to patio

                  • Craftsman architecture

                    Craftsman architecture

                  • Complete privacy

                    Complete privacy

                  • Observation deck and patio

                    Observation deck and patio

                  • Living room

                    Living room

                  • Loft


                  • Sun room

                    Sun room

                  • Master bedroom

                    Master bedroom

                  • Guest bedroom

                    Guest bedroom

                  • Lower patio and fire pit

                    Lower patio and fire pit

                  • Sunset from the observation deck

                    Sunset from the observation deck

                  VRBO #470690

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                  This listing was first published here in 2013.

                  Date last modified - Friday, July 18, 2014

                  $350 - $400 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

                  View calendar: Updated 08/21/14
                  Minimum stay: 4 nights
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