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Charming Cottage on Exclusive Canandaigua Lake Cove

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8-10)

Summer home situated on the southwest shore of Canandaigua Lake in a private cove.

Sit on the spacious screened in porch and gaze to the green carved hills and valleys surrounding this beautiful lake. Much like being in Switzerland!

Our home sits on one of the most peaceful and secluded places existing on the lake.

Grassy, level frontage leads you to a permanent dock - enjoy the sunshine..there is ample seating for all. The cove and sparkling water is the perfect location for windsurfing, canoeing (provided), tubing, kayaking or fishing.

The cove is a favorite for seasoned fisherman. There are two moorings in front of the home, a boat can also be tied to the dock.

Once you have spent a warm summer day at our home you will want to come back year after year.

Keywords: Family cottage

More Details

Susan Harris
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 9, 2017

About Susan Harris

Susan Harris and her three youngest nieces -- who also love the Harris cottage! Susan is one of three siblings (plus Bob Harris & Molly White) who own the cottage. She is a retired university professor and physical therapist who lives in Vancouver, BC but enjoys spending time during the 'shoulder months' (early June or late September) at the cottage -- providing it's not rented then!

Susan Harris purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Susan Harris chose New York

Rustic family cottage built by our grandfather in the 1930s and then 'doubled' in size by our father in the 1960s. 110 feet of lake front with a large dock. Perfect for swimming, canoeing, sailing, fishing, etc. Beautiful, large, clean blue lake (17 miles long and 1 mile wide at our end).

What makes this cottage unique

Campfires with s'mores, sunning in the Adirondack chair on the dock, lots of long leisurely swims in the beautiful lake, listening to the crickets at night and watching the fireflies dart about. A quintessential cottage experience! Adults, children, and dogs all love it here. :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family enjoyed the water, sunshine, camp fires, fishing, boating, laughs and great food. Monica's Pies are the best!

People are very friendly and the dogs are amazing. Baxter, a golden retriever, visited frequently swimming and digging for large flat stones. He was a natural "life guard" too!

The water is clear and clean. Babies, moms, dads and grandparents had fun splashing. Our dog (Lab mix) loved chasing the squirrels and getting in the water.
Jul 2013
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South Bristol Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Trundle bed that can sleep two adults or children on the screened in porch., Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Two double beds, two extra-long twin-sized beds, one set of bunk beds (best for children), one trundle bed on screened porch that sleeps two (adults or children). One buoy for mooring a boat as well as dock-mooring available.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Charming Cottage on Exclusive Canandaigua Lake Cove
average rating of 4.625 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful cottage with a fantastic view!

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week before 4th of July at the Harris-White cottage. We were SO taken with the cottage, property, and gorgeous view! The cottage was clean, comfortable, and filled with everything we needed, including 2 refrigerators which we put to good use! It was roomy for our family of 5, and had plenty of room for visitors we had throughout the week. The property was wonderful, with plenty of parking and room for the kids and dog to run around and play catch. The fire pit was perfect, and the beach was so neat and clean, with crystal clear water. We loved the dock, and the view of the lake was spectacular. We loved the sunrises and at the end of the week we were blessed with a beautiful rainbow after a brief storm. We put the canoes and kayaks to good use, and enjoyed all of our meals at the large table on the wonderful screened in porch. We rented a boat from near-by Smith Brothers Marina, and the cottage was a perfect place to come home to after a fun day on the lake. Any issues we had were promptly responded to by Susan through email, and we were happy to meet Mary and Bob on the day we were leaving. We love the story of the cottage, with 5 generations of the family enjoying it. We are so happy to have found it and hope to come back soon, and often!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We were beyond impressed with this cottage. We have been coming to Canadaigua Lake for many years and this cottage and view of the lake is one of the best we have seen. Canoeing, fishing off the dock, and snorkeling were some of our favorite activities. The cottage was very clean and comfortable, and we enjoyed sitting on the screened in porch in the evenings. We hope to return for many Summers to come.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Syracuse, NY

Perfect summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to unwind. Swimming was perfect. The view was great. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. We especially like the big dock on the water, the large enclosed porch facing the lake and the two refrigerators. There was plenty of sleeping space. We had a great, relaxing week. It was tough to leave, but we're looking forward to returning next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canandaigua Lake cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights with a family of 5 and our 3 month old puppy! The cottage had everything we needed for a relaxing lake experience. The view is Adirondack feeling and the firepit by the lake was used nightly. The other cottages are close but everyone was very friendly especially the resident dogs who would come and play with our pup! Exactly what we wanted for our lake experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clarence, ny

Great cozy cottage!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a great time! The cottage was rustic but very comfortable. We were a little worried about staying warm since the house does not have heat. However, we found the wall heaters (electric) and additional space heaters to be just enough. They do have a large fireplace with a wood burning stove but we never had to use it. The location on the lake was fantastic! What a view! Plus it was just a short drive to the boat launch. The houses beach area was really well maintained. My daughter braved the cold water with her grandmother and said besides the climbing tree that was her favorite part. We would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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olean ny

peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage and large yard four our two young children ages 7@3.The pictures online really did not show how big it was inside we had plenty of room for our buisy family.Swimming and fishing were both really good,also a short walk led to a really nice brook and waterfall.My family and i look forward to renting again,this is our sixth year renting in the fingerlakes and this was our best experience,the owner was very accommodating even checking on us after arriving. Cant wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that these renters enjoyed our cottage as much as we have over the many years that it has been in our family!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Rochester, NY

Although nearby winter sports are listed above, the cottage is not winterized.


Rates & Availability

South Bristol Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May & June
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sept. 1-Oct. 15
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 15 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Check in is at 4:00 PM on the first day (Saturday) and check out is at 11 AM on the last day. Rental rates for TWO OR MORE consecutive weeks in July & August will be reduced to $2300/week.

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your stay, with the balance payable upon arrival. If rental is cancelled within 8 weeks before arrival, only $400 of the deposit will be refunded.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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