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Rustic Retreat on Seneca Lake - Romantic, Kid and Dog Friendly.

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 Bedrooms, two full baths, sleeps 6.


Old-fashioned summer on the lake, on private point right on the Seneca Wine Trail. Original fifties cottage with seventies log expansion - and all the modern conveniences. Safe exploration of woods, streams, and lakeshore for kids and dogs. Almost a mile from the nearest public road. You can walk up the hill for the free Friday bands on the brewery deck at our neighbor Wagner Vineyards

Tucked into the edge of a 15 acre grove of trees, streams and waterfalls, set back from Seneca Lake. You might wish to walk up through the vineyards to two wineries and a brewery to bring back something for the evening to drink on the dock, while watching the setting sun. Stocked with wineglasses, information on Finger Lakes Wine, and personal touring and restaurant recommendations. The kid's room has a stocked toybox.

Put the kids to sleep and retreat to the lofted high-beamed log master bedroom with moon windows and private bath. Second bedroom with a double bed, and one single room with a standard bed and a built-in bed alcove for a child. There are two bathrooms, shelves of books, and a selection of the best books (in my opinion) about the local area. Linens and most other details required to move in are supplied. The kitchen is fully stocked down to the olive oil. Pick some Seneca Lake fruit (not like what you get in grocery store) and make a pie.

A walk through a grove and down a stairway takes you down to the lake and the dock, set among other lake cottages. There is a place to tie your boat during the day (launching and overnight mooring is at Lodi Point - three miles by water) and safe places for children to swim, including the wading-pool stream in which generations of lake dwellers have splashed. Seneca Lake is notable for fishing: the world’s largest lake trout are routinely taken here.

This is a rustic home, built of local materials It is not a condo. Kids can leave wet swimming suits on the floor and it’s not going to hurt anything. Grill in the Weber and eat out on the picnic table.

The cottage is also a destination for romantic retreats - we have hosted more than a few couples getting married at Wagner Vineyards.

Write for complete photos. Ride a BMW, and I'll take you on a tour of the Finger Lakes, which my friend Drew from flat Florida deems a 'Motorcycle Amusement Park.' OK, he rides a Bonneville. Whatever bike (or bicycle) you ride, I can map you or show you the great bike roads.

Guest Comments::

It was fun to be in the woods but also have easy access to the lake. It was amazingly quiet all week long and swimming was great. Our day trips to Watkins Glen State Park, Taughannock and Buttermilk Falls, and Skaneateles were quite memorable.

We had a great visit. The kids really enjoyed the water and the creek & everything about the house. The house was gorgeous!

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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved dogs are welcome. But they are not welcome on the beds or furniture!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome. No cats, unfortunately, as other guests might be allergic to them. ...moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo:

    Bluetooth amp. Cassette and CD players....moreless

  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront:

    Lake view from cottage, walk 300' across lawn to beach and dock....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    anywhere on 15 acres....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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from 5 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Cleaning $80


10% off for recent veterans and their families. ALL WEEKS ARE SATURDAY TO SATURDAY

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Dano's Heuriger On Seneca

    "A Wine Garden run by a former ballet dancer from Vienna. Excellent, with a wonderful view."

  • Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine

  • Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery

    "The best tour in the Finger Lakes, a brewery, and a restaurant. A walk through the vineyards..."

  • Shalestone Vineyards

    "The best Red wines in the Finger Lakes, in my opinion, and just down the road."

  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

    "Some of the best white's in the Finger Lakes and a walk up the hill from the cottage."

  • Two Goats Brewing

    "The favorite place for locals to have a beer and listen to some music. Fabulous view from deck."

  • Taughannock Falls

    "The second-highest falls East of the Rockies. Nearby. "

  • Stonecat Cafe

    "Our favorite restaurant - ten minutes away. "

  • Watkins Glen State Park

    "One of the seven wonders of the world, or close."

  • Finger Lakes National Forest

    "Hiking, biking, wild blueberries."

  • The Rongovian Embassy

    "They grant diplomatic asylum."

  • Sampson State Park

    "A place to launch and leave your boat."

  • Moosewood Restaurant

    "One of the twenty restaurants that changed cuisine in the 20th century, and founded fine veg..."

  • Ginny Lee Cafe

25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Ithaca or Elmira,

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1976

About the owner: I built this place in the mid-1970's, and my son Nate grew up here in the summers. We now live in Ithaca, where I practice psychotherapy and write books, and he cooks at The Moosewood Cafe and performs as a DJ.

Why the Owner Chose Lodi, NY, USA:
This home is almost entirely built from local trees and natural materials: red pine, hemlock, fir, and oak. We used to live here year-round. There is no plastic or artificial materials.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
On the Seneca Wine Trail and Seneca Lake, but very private. Surrounded by our 15 acre woods, streams, and waterfalls, the pebble beachfront, neighboring docks and family cottages retain the feel of a simpler 'summer at the lake.'

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Cottage in the summer.

    Cottage in the summer.

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Third bedroom alcove.

    Third bedroom alcove.

  • Living Room.

    Living Room.

  • The stairs to the lake.

    The stairs to the lake.

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Sunset at the dock.

    Sunset at the dock.

  • Picnic table and Weber grill.

    Picnic table and Weber grill.

  • Hillside behind cottage

    Hillside behind cottage

  • Generations of little children have waded in this stream.

    Generations of little children have waded in this stream.

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