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Historic Railcar on Beautiful Skaneateles Lake at Glen Haven Refreshed for 2016

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Historic Railcar, 110ft long, nestled on the west bank of Skaneateles lake.

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Last updated: 04/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

A family setting. Enjoy morning coffee and evening barbecues on deck overlooking the lake! Historic railcar built in 1936 by Budd and located on Skaneateles in 1976 has been completely refurbished-including charming oak and cherry hand cut and placed paneling from local Glen Haven forest. Property features large 20' X 40' dock on 198' of private lakefront. Pebbled beach at lakefront allows for easy wading into the lake. Enjoy time in the most unique rental property that Skaneateles has to offer!

Keywords: Railcar, Skaneateles, rental, lake, fishing, boating, family, cabin, house

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Owner

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, Swahili
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/15/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Cherry pannelled walls milled from the property...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed

    Single upper and a queen lower, converts to couch ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    Second bed pulls out from under the first...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 2 sleep sofa /futon

    in living room...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Small but practical...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Both bathrooms are small, but practical, with some original railcar fixtures and features....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Lake settled into Valley...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    200ft of lake front with dock. Clear and clean water, approx. 5ft and greater depth of the front of the dock, but walk in access on either side and small pebble beach...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Behind the railcar is a hill that can be walked. Approximately an hour and half to the top....moreless

  • Rural:

    Feel of in the country, woods on the property reaching back 1500ft to state lands. Great for hiking in the summer, and cross country skiing in winter....moreless

  • Water View:

    Water view from most locations on the East side of the property, including from the open Deck breakfast deck...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Weather permitting, everyone is encouraged to use the deck or dock for meal times. However there is a small functional dining area in the car....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Oil filled electric heaters that can be located where needed...moreless

  • Internet:

    Cable WiFi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Two comfortable futon style couches...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for four cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    For three of the four cars...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Consumes some of the car park space....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Older Maytag, in the basement, and area accessed purely for washing and drying clothes. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Mid size Stainless Steel Fridge...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Umbrella, chairs and table overlooking the yard with more seating and a firepit. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Upon request there are two Kayak's available. Life vests are provided and must be worn....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    comfortable and safe for young children, protected by a privet hedge between the railcar and the lake...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off-Season Rate
Nov 5 - May 1, 2017
2 night min stay
$150 $220
Fri, Sat
$800 $2,000

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$250 $280
Fri, Sat
$1,700

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Cleaning Fee $200
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

The Damage Protection will be used to cover Breakage, Misuse, Extra occupancy, removal of Linen from beds and excess Garbage. Linen should be removed from, and placed on, the beds before departure (It takes longer to prepare the property for the next guests if not) and there will be a $25 charge. Provision is made for a maximum of 3x13 Gal trash bags per stay. Above this number, there is a $10 charge per 13Gal bag charge. All garbage must be placed in the container provided in the first room on the north end of the rail car base. Thanks you.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Syracuse (SYR), Binghamton (BGM), Ithica (ITH)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Glenhaven Restaurant and Bar
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Skaneatles Country Club; Cortland Country Club
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-81 or I-90
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Glenhaven Restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Greek Peak, Song Mountain, Toggenburg, Labrador

Car: Recommended

The village of Skaneateles at the north end of the lake has great dining, a few pubs, an exclusive Spa, additional accommodation, Bowling, ice skating, fitness center. The patisserie provides lovely morning bakes and bread, and there are several in town coffee shops. All within walking distance of the free boat slips on the north shore in the village (summer time).

Medical facilities, including a hospital, etc. can be found in Cortland 13 miles south of the property. There is a well stocked Tops supermarket in the village, and one in Cortland as well. Should you need it, Lowes, Walmart, marine repair facilities etc. are available within 20 minutes drive of the property.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: We are local residents with a property further up the lake. My children have all grown up on and around the lake, and regard it as a special place. The railcar was our lake cottage for the better part of ten years, and very much a part of us now.

Why the Owner Chose Homer, NY, USA:
Its unique and rustic. Comfortable for a longer stay, we have had visitors who lived there for six months and loved it, and easy for a short one or two night novelty stay at the end or beginning of a longer holiday elsewhere. Fishing, boating, swimming are fantastic in this notably pristine glacial lake; in fact, we drink from it untreated.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The views, sounds, ambiance around the property are soothing and lovely. Its a relaxing place, with most of the comforts of home out in the woods, by a lake....and what is there not to love about sleeping in an authentic railway carriage with history. A fire in the pit on the lawn outside the car just makes for the perfect way to unwind and end the day. The setting is rustic, after all it is a setting in the woods with many of the sounds and feel of a nature based setting that has included a nesting pair of Bald Eagles nearby, deer, foxes, different varieties of water fowl and the other creatures you would expect in such a setting.


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Speaks: english, Swahili
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/15/2017

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Photos

  • Historic Railcar, 110ft long, nestled on the west bank of Skaneateles lake.

    Historic Railcar, 110ft long, nestled on the west bank of Skaneateles lake.

  • Priceless

    Priceless

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Living room with 2 futons

    Living room with 2 futons

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Kitchen Galley

    Kitchen Galley

  • View of bedrooms 1 & 2

    View of bedrooms 1 & 2

  • Bedroom 2 with twin size bed and twin matter drawer (sleeps 2)

    Bedroom 2 with twin size bed and twin matter drawer (sleeps 2)

  • Wild Bison roaming on a farm 3 miles away

    Wild Bison roaming on a farm 3 miles away

  • The new Spring look. Wait for the leaves and flowers to come out!!!

    The new Spring look. Wait for the leaves and flowers to come out!!!

  • Doesn't matter what the season, when in the day, this is a special place.

    Doesn't matter what the season, when in the day, this is a special place.

  • Favorite spot for Coffee and breakfast, or an evening night cap

    Favorite spot for Coffee and breakfast, or an evening night cap

  • The summer moon on a clear night is truly spectacular, no stray city light

    The summer moon on a clear night is truly spectacular, no stray city light

  • Winter view of the lake

    Winter view of the lake

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Dining room/Breakfast nook

    Dining room/Breakfast nook

  • Kitchen view with living room in background

    Kitchen view with living room in background

  • Master bed, antique light fixture above

    Master bed, antique light fixture above

  • Bedroom 1 with bunk beds

    Bedroom 1 with bunk beds

  • Another sunset on the lake

    Another sunset on the lake

  • Even in winter it is gorgeous

    Even in winter it is gorgeous

  • Carpenters falls; about 3miles up the lake, parking and a lovely hike.

    Carpenters falls; about 3miles up the lake, parking and a lovely hike.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 15, 2017

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