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Amazing Lake Views/100ft Private Beach/Hot Tub/Wine Trail/Pets/Seneca West Side

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Queen size sofa bed, 1 Full ModernBath & Kitchen - Sleeps 6

Relax in this beautifully decorated lake front cottage on Seneca Lake's west side. Unlike most Seneca Lake rentals, you will have 100 Feet of private, level lake frontage, sitting on almost an acre of land at the end of a private drive. Looking out at the lake from the back deck you will notice that you are at the widest point of Seneca Lake. The cottage is only minutes from most of the region’s premier wineries and a few blocks from the Seneca/Keuka Outlet Trail. You are also a short drive from the towns of Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, Geneva, Hammondsport and Seneca Falls. This cottage is immaculately clean - sleeps 6, and includes a lakeside hot tub, a dock, and 100 ft of level lake frontage. The kitchen and bathroom are meticulously maintained and the entire cottage was completely redecorated just a few years ago (new paint, decor etc.). The cottage is pet friendly and serves as either the perfect romantic honeymoon getaway or family lake vacation. We also do weddings. We are the highest rated accommodation in this area and have earned the Awarded for Excellence every year.

Romantic Destination Weddings: We do creative custom destination weddings, combining our cottage with our country inn, The Savannah House Inn and with a local winery. We still have openings for reservations for weddings in 2010. Plan a reasonable getaway wedding in the heart of the Wine Trail, on the water and at a local winery. Very unique - very cool. Your guests will be talking about it for years.

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Pat Hoke
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Pat Hoke

I'm married with two children (a girl and a boy) and I work with a small technology company in Fairfax County VA. I'm also a partner in a family run inn that sits just 7 miles south of our cottage, overlooking Seneca Lake. I grew up in northern Virginia, outside Washington, DC, and graduated from George Mason University. My family has had a cottage on Seneca since 1930 (my grandparents), and our whole family has a great attachment to the lake. Since I was a child, it was a dream of mine to one day have a place for my own family on Seneca Lake. In 2007 we made that dream a reality, and now we would love to share this beautiful spot with you!

Pat Hoke purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Pat Hoke chose Seneca Lake

I love Seneca Lake and I wanted to have my own cottage, just as others in my family do. This area happens to be one of the most choice locations on the whole lake. It has easy access all year, an awesome view of the lake, lots of privacy, and plenty of land to add on in the future. It's also one of the most convenient locations to the wineries and to shopping.

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage sits in such a unique setting, with around 100ft of private, grassy, level lake frontage. It's also very private, with only one distant neighbor. The cottage sits on the widest part of Seneca Lake and because it faces north east, you have an extremely expansive view of the lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cottage was perfect for our Thanksgiving getaway. As newcomers to the area, we had no accomodations suitable for entertaining our out-of-town guests, the parents! The cottage was cozy and quiet but clean and well appointed. The kitchen was spacious and the veiws are awesome. Thanks to Pat for getting our TV glitch sorted out right away; I couldn't imagine a Thanksgiving without football!

Anyone looking for a getaway anytime of the year should look into that cottage. Cheers!
Nov 2009
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Car: necessary

Enjoy all that the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York has to offer. You are only minutes from the regions premier wineries and in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine trail. Enjoy local geologic wonders such as Watkins Glen or Glenora falls, or explore the many nearby towns such as Penn Yan, Geneva, Seneca Falls, Hammonds Port or Canandaigua. If you enjoy hiking or mountain biking, the cottage is walking distance from the scenic Keuka Lake outlet trail that connects Keuka Lake with Senca Lake, and follows the historic canal that once served these two lakes. Feel like exploring other lakes besides Seneca? Within one day you can visit almost all of the region's lakes from this location.

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Dresden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathroom is very clean and modernized.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The entire cottage has been recently renovated giving each living area it's own unique tone and feel all to coincide with the overall cozy 'cottage-like' atmosphere. Enjoy warm and inviting colors all tied in with the restored wood floors throughout. The cottage has AC available with ceiling fans in every room. Feel like getting some fresh air or relaxing with a glass of local wine? Enjoy the lake-side hot tub for hours of peace and relaxation.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.435484 based on 63 reviews

Peaceful hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a last minute 3 day getaway and LOVED this place. We have been visiting the finger lakes for many years and typically stay in Geneva. We figured we would change things up a bit and try a new place closer to the water and we LOVED it! It was awesome to wake up to such a beautiful view and sit on the patio sipping on coffee (AM) and wine (PM) :)

We also love to cook so it was great preparing our meals at the cottage and having a lakeside view.

There were a few houses surrounding us but we didn’t see any was secluded and peaceful and EXACTLY what we were hoping for.

The hot tub was a nice bonus and my husband enjoying paddling around in the boat.

The owner was extremely accommodating with out last minute request to rent the property. We are already planning our next visit back!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfectly Pleasant

  • 4 of 5

This home was just about perfect for our group of two adult couples for a three-night stay. The house is not large, but the living spaces are quite spacious and pleasantly decorated. We loved the lake view, the deck, the campfire circle, and the lake access. The kitchen was well-equipped and everything was spotless.

The only downside was that bedrooms are small - perhaps 18" of space on three sides, which was inconvenient/awkward. The bedroom closets are not very deep and not very useful. Some shelves might be more helpful than just the hanger bar. We are all light packers, so this was not a big deal.

Another reviewer negatively mentioned the US Navy dock next door. We kind of loved it! The trees effectively block the view of the industrial/military equipment. Each morning, they started up the boats and left - perhaps 20 minutes of noise, and then, off they went! If you have children, they will be fascinated (we were!), and the guys always waved as they headed for the station. As for the noise level, we found the hot tub to be noisier than the boats.

Dresden is a lovely, quiet little town, and convenient to Geneva which has many more amenities. (We highly recommend Halsey's restaurant and War Horse Brewery.) We met some friends for breakfast at the Dairymen's Diner in Dresden - typical diner breakfast.

Thanks, Pat, for a perfectly pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marianne we very much appreciate your remarks, and we're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. You're description of the activity next door is spot on, and should be very helpful to others considering the cottage. As you experienced, this cottage sits on a huge property with a great deal of privacy and serenity. The bedrooms are as you describe them. Over the years, guest habits have evolved, and like you they travel light. Other guests have also mentioned the bedrooms, but note that they don't spend time in them other than to sleep. Our emphasis, as you noted, has been to maintain the cottage and provide a high level of cleanliness. You were excellent guests and we would love to have you you stay with us again. Thank you, Pat and Brenda
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Quiet and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time. This time of year is lovely on the lake, and it was very peaceful. I read in some of the reviews people thought the bedrooms were small. They are, but the rest of the house is perfect and we did not spend much time in the bedrooms. The view of the lake and the deck make up for the size of the bedrooms. It was a perfect location for us. Sitting in the hot tub and watching the ducks land on the lake was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Virginia for such nice comments. We're delighted that you had a good time. We also appreciate how responsibly you handled the cottage and check out. You took great care of things. We hope to have you as a guest again. Regards, Pat and Brenda
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Relaxing getaway on the water.

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I had a great low key weekend here. We got paddle boards and enjoyed a nice paddle and swim out where the waters a little deeper, topped off with a little hot tub treatment afterwards. It was a great spot to rejuvenate from city life.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amy. Very nice comments. We were happy to have you as a guest. You took very good care of the cottage. Hope to have you visit again. Regards, Pat and Brenda
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Small Town, 15-20 Minutes to Geneva or Watkins Glen, Private but Dated, Close to Best Wineries

  • 2 of 5

My time was enjoyed there and the place had all basic requirements. Just about everything outside of the appliances is at the end of life (kitchen, bath, hot tub, deck, dock). The privacy was really nice, but you are right next to the government research facility. A bit of additional maintenance and amenities would take this from 2 to 3 stars, like weeding around the house and outdoor areas to prevent mosquitoes, a propane grill, dressers in the bedrooms. There isn't really anything in the town of Dresden and I wouldn't eat at the Dresden Hotel or get ice cream at Mr. Twistee. It was situated close to some of the better wineries (Glenora, HJ Weimer, Fox Run and climbing Bines Brewery), which was nice and it's also pretty much right in the middle between Geneva and Watkins Glen - so 15-20 mins in either direction will get you a bunch of dining / bar options. The places enjoyed most were HJ Weimer, Duck Creamery, Lakeside Country Club, Glenora Deck for Lunch, Watkins Glen State Park, feeding ducks from the dock, Climbing Bines Brewery, BBQ in Watkins Glen, Kindred Fare in Geneva, The Port in Geneva, Outlet Trail). If you want FLX table, which we did, you'll need to book months in advance we were added to the wait list and never got a seat. All in all everything was clean and as pictured, but I would not select this location again. They were pet friendly with an additional fee.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate guest taking the time to provide so much information about the places he visited. It appears guest is new to the area. The charm and appeal of the Wine Trail here is that it's in a rural area, surrounding very scenic glacier formed lakes, known world wide for their unique beauty. For those familiar with the area, Dresden, one of the few lake front villages in the Finger lakes, is considered one of the most desirable locations on Seneca Lake for a cottage. There are no hills or cliffs - with a couple hundred steps to the water, as is common around the lake; the railroad is at a distance - not by the cottages; only 5 minutes from the nearest town where there is a 24-hour super market, many shops, restaurants, and gas stations; and walking distance to the Outlet Trail and tot lot. Nearby is a Navy marina used for access to the lake and a barge in the center of the lake where they do deep water sonar testing. Nothing is done at the marina. It is quiet all day except for when the new crews ride out to the barge. This property is an acre in size with 100' of lake front - a rarity for a cottage, which also provides great privacy and peace, with a breath taking view of the lake. In the past 2 years every appliance in the kitchen was replaced, except the dishwasher, which was replaced 1 month ago - and the washer and dryer which were replaced last year. The AC unit was replaced this May. The bathroom was redone this May. The living room furniture and large flat screen TV are a year old. The roof was replaced last year. The whole inside was redone a few years ago. The dock was redone 3 years ago. Every year improvements are made. The hot tub will be replaced in the future, but it is doing an excellent job, year around. Unlike about 95% of cottages, Dresden has city water, not a well or lake water. We use a charcoal grill because that is what our guests prefer. We tried a few gas grills, but had to replace them because people were using charcoal in them. If one is used to living in a city, being in the country can be quite a change. But year after year, this cottage has had a steady stream of very nice guests, many of them with experience at other cottages, and they consistently provide mostly 5-star reviews, and return quite often. We have listened to our guests and made improvements based on their comments. In this case, we're not sure how much newer this guest needed things to be in order to feel "at home".
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Great area. Many vineyards. House clean. Good beds.

  • 5 of 5

House is located on Seneca Lake. Take in Watkins Glen State Park. House is located about mid point on lake which makes it easy to see the several Finger Lakes.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John. It was great meeting you and having an opportunity to share life experiences. Brenda and I hope you will be back often. Regards, Pat and Brenda
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Wine Travel Card $0
All linens and towels $0
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 4.0%

$25/day or $150/week for pets, with permission. We accept all credit cards.
We are rated highest in this area for accommodations on Trip Advisor - and Trip Advisor Award for Excellence every year. Cancellation after 1 month prior to arrival date is nonrefundable for any reason. Fee is $50 to cancel up to cancellation date

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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