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Cozy and Charming Lakeside Home Away from Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Welcome to our Home-away-from-home! This is truly a charming retreat from the everyday rat-race. 'Whispering Waters' is a year-round home and is located only 3 minutes from downtown Penn Yan on the Sunny east-side of Keuka Lake. The property is deep, sitting well off the main road, perfect for peace and quiet or playing in the spacious yard. The year-round nature of the home makes it ideal for all seasons...don't miss Fall Foliage in the Finger Lakes!!!

Inside you'll find personal touches and comfortable appointments, not the sterile atmosphere of Rental Agency properties. The full kitchen is bright and cheery with plenty of counter space. Upstairs there are 2 full bedrooms(1 Queen bed, 2 Twins) with a sitting room(complete with game and puzzle library) and full-bath (shower). There is a spacious Master Bedroom with full-bath (shower/tub) on the south side. A 3rd full bath (shower) with laundry room is located off the living room. Also off the living room is a fabulous sun room overlooking the lake and waterfront, with full dining table and sleeper sofa for extra sleeping space. In the warmer weather relax on the deck which also overlooks the lake. The views are stunning, especially at sunset.

For water activity, the staircase leads to some of the finest lakefront available on Keuka Lake. The natural pebble beach and gradual entry swimming area are ideal for families with children.

Activities in the area are abundant for all seasons. If you like wine-tasting, you'll have close to 100 wineries to choose from between the Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake Wine Trails. There is even a winery only a quarter-mile walk from the house!

Keywords: Cottage, year-round, family-friendly, Finger Lakes

More Details

Lori Dahlberg
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

About Lori Dahlberg

I grew up in Penn Yan, and although I've lived in many states along the way, my heart has always been rooted here in the Finger Lakes. My family lives in New Jersey now, but we spend every summer vacation on Keuka Lake. Our children are learning, as I did, all the joy that comes with lake living. They are making lasting friends and memories every year.

Lori Dahlberg purchased this house in 2003

Why Lori Dahlberg chose Keuka Lake

There are so many things to do in this area that we NEVER get bored. We always have a list as long as my arm of things we want to do, and places we want to see, but we never seem to finish the's just too hard to leave the lake!

What makes this house unique

'Whispering Waters' is located in the best place possible: just far enough from town to feel that you're 'away from it all', but close enough that you can get in for whatever you may need in only a couple of minutes. I've seen a lot of lakefront, but the swimming area we have is so nice and gradual, and almost completely weed-free that I can't imagine finding better anywhere on any lake!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay at your house. The house is adorable and comfortable and had everything we needed.

Thank you ,
Oct 2014
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Penn Yan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Noise level must be minimized after 11pm and before 7am as we have full-time neighbors who work every day.
  • Fireworks are NOT allowed at any time. They are illegal in NY State. Japanese lanterns are also illegal unless tethered to the ground.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #3 - Main Floor - toilet , shower
  • 3 Full: 1 with shower/tub combo; 2 with showers only
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Lakeside Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Lawnside Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Extra Deep Mattress with pillow top
  • Queen size Beds (2) Master Bedroom, and Bedroom #2 upstairs, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 Twin beds in Bedroom #3 upstairs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (4) 2 full-size Sleeper Sofas - in Living Room and Sun Room; 2 Fold-out Foam chairs - in Sitting Room upstairs.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Stairs to 75 ft beautiful lakefront with dock(in-season), Firepit, Gradual-depth swim area. 2 pull-out Sofas, 2 fold-out Foam chairs. Renters must provide their own sheets/pillowcases, bath/personal towels. Only blankets/pillows/mattress protectors and kitchen towels are provided, however linen service is available-ask owner. First load laundry tab, first roll toilet paper in each bathroom, small dish soap, and single use dishwasher detergent tab provided. Take a book-leave a book library.


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average rating of 4.8965516 based on 30 reviews

Great Time on Keuka

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay at Whispering Waters. Great location on Keuka Lake and close to Penn Yan and many Wineries. We brought our kayaks and loved going out and exploring the lake. I would highly recommend this rental property. Great value for the cost of your stay.

Mark and Donna Arnitz

Newark, NY

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! Though we can't compete with the new and modern homes on the lake, we strive to give our guests a comfortable and homey stay. I hope that you will come back to enjoy the lake in your future travels!
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Perfection in so many ways.....

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at Whispering Waters.....girls weekend and we had a fabulous time. The setup of the entire property is perfect! Mostly shaded deck so you can eat out there and not fry in the sun; the morning sun pops through which is nice while sipping on your coffee....or bloody mary......or mimosa. Walk downstairs to the dock and if the sun is shining that day, it will shine on you all day long down on the water at the docks....with some early shade on the beach. The location could not be more perfect for the amazing sunsets. The house is very cozy - wouldn't change a thing. And finally the "landlords" are a pleasure to business with.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely revue! I really love hearing the stories of people who enjoy their stay, and especially when they like it so much they come back! I truly hope that you all come back yet again... so nice to share it with fun-loving ladies! :)
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Cozy lake home

  • 5 of 5

Hello our group stayed in 5/19-21. The house was wonderfully inviting. The back deck porch we really enjoyed as it faced the lake and we enjoyed the views as the weather was perfect.The sleeping arrangements worked well for our party of 8.

Being on Keuka lake and close to Penn Yan made it nice for those items we forgot or just plain wanted. The wine passport for the surrounding area ( which was purchased at our first winery we stopped at )was a nice way to line up stops. The small lake and a quick trip around the it made the house's Location perfect for such fun, if you like that sort of thing. 2 thumps up!!!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at our lake home! It's always a pleasure to share our slice of heaven on earth with others. I hope you visit us again in the future!
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Great value

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was in a great location, convenient to wineries on both Seneca and Keuka Lakes and other attractions, and the views of Keuka lake from the enclosed porch were beautiful. It was also spotlessly clean and very well stocked with everything you would need to feel at home. Considering the number of beds, bedrooms and bathrooms, it was an excellent value for the nightly cost. I would definitely book another stay here when I'm in the area, and would recommend it to anyone else looking for a comfortable place to stay in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry for the delay in my response! I'm waaaay behind! Thank you so much for your lovely revue. We strive to make our guests feel at home, and I really do hope that you will stay with us again in the future!
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Rochester NY

Long Overdue Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Whispering Waters. We found the place to be clean and cozy. There was plenty of room to spread out although we spent most of our time in the sun room. The cottage was a great home base as we spent the weekend at the Windmill and various wineries and breweries around the lake. The owner, Lori, was very responsive and flexible with requests. The girls are already talking about our next get together!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely revue, Rebecca! I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I'm just getting caught up now. I'm so happy that you had a great Girls' weekend. One of these days I'm going to have my girlfriends come to the lake with me as well. I hope that you all consider coming back again!
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Whispering Waters is terrific for family getaways.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed four nights at this cozy little cottage with our daughter, son in law, and 14 month old granddaughter. The cottage was easily child proofed and had plenty of room to accommodate my son, 16 month old granddaughter, and the in laws when they visited for the day. The location is very convenient to Pen Yann and provided beautiful views of the lake and fall colors. The weather didn't cooperate enough for us to enjoy the beach front fire pit, but all in all we had a great experience. The only reason I didn't give five stars is the that it was a little hard to regulate the temperature. There was a space heater so we were able to warm up the baby's room with that. The frying pans weren't the best, but otherwise we had everything we needed and were very comfortable. Thank you Lori for sharing your charming retreat with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Janet, for your revue. I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to read it and respond. I've been very behind. I'm sorry that you had trouble regulating the temperature. We have a new furnace for the main level of our home, but the upstairs bedrooms do require the space heaters. Thanks for your note about the frying pans... I am replacing them! I always appreciate comments and strive to do whatever I need to do to earn those 5 stars! :)
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Greater Rochester International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
in Penn Yan
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Majestic Hills
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
in Penn Yan
Nearest Ski
31 Miles
Bristol Mountain, Naples, NY
Nearest Point of Interest
The Windmill Farm & Craft Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Keuka Springs Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Rooster Hill Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellar
Nearest Point of Interest
Heron Hill Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Bully HIll Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Keuka Lake Vineyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Hunt Country Vineyards
Car: necessary

Wineries in abundance, Watkins Glen Gorge, Park, and Racetrack, Bristol Ski Mountain, Corning Glassworks, Many State Parks, Majestic Hills Public Golf Course.


Rates & Availability

Penn Yan House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Aug 27 2017 - Aug 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nightly Rate
Aug 28 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Off-Season Fall 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

Monthly rentals available - please contact owner.
Linen service available - please ask owner.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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