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A Wonderful Vacation Cottage on Skaneateles Lake

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Skaneateles Lake, one of Central New York Finger Lakes. East side of lake, 8 miles from Village of Skaneateles. 25 miles from Syracuse. Close by convenience store and several restaurants.

3 bedroom secluded cottage in wooded area. Master bedroom with queen bed. Bedroom #2 with two twin beds. Bedroom #3 with two twin beds. Maximum occupancy 6. Fully furnished cottage. Open plan kitchen/living room/dining area. Cable TV, cd/dvd, Wifi internet, gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, gas grill. Covered porch and open deck with patio table and 6 cushioned chairs plus picnic table for 6. Fire pit for evening enjoyment. Firewood for fire pit and propane for gas grill provided by owner.

100 feet of lakefront property on 5 wooded acres. One half mile private driveway from public road. Spectacular sunsets from open deck, beach or dock. Greet the mailboat daily during July and August - a special treat found only at limited locations on Skaneateles Lake. Great swimming, fishing and boating in the crystal clear water of Skaneateles Lake. 36 foot dock into 6 feet of water. Boat mooring and row boat available.

Pets: On approval. No Smoking.

Contact: Barbara (Littlehales) Hearst

Keywords: cabin, lakeside,vacation,boating,swimming

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Barbara Hearst
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 7, 2018


Skaneateles Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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A Wonderful Vacation Cottage on Skaneateles Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Classic camp with all the necessities

  • 5 of 5

We have grown up around this lake in one camp of another so it was nice to find something we were used to being in. Old wood flooring, plenty of sleeping space, great covered porch and far enough off the road to feel secluded. We loved getting to know Ken and Barb and their families history on the lake. We feel as though we have made new friends to visit again. They make sure you're more than taken care of. The camp comes fully equipped! The plus was being able to bring our dog! Very nice spot to relax and read a book or entertain on the porch or indoors. These old camps are hard to find now so get in while you can!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed your company and all the history of your family as well. Anytime you are in the area, the door is always open and a glass of spirits awaits your arrival. This is a special place and we are glad you, dog and family were able to share the wonders and spirit of Pinewood Cottage on Skaneateles Lake. Barb and Ken
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Perfect location; excellent hosts!

  • 5 of 5

At the risk of sounding too much like Goldilocks, this property is just right! It's not too rustic and not too modern, offering modern conveniences like a microwave and internet but with an old fashioned feel. It's not too far from town, but it's not too close either. It's nice to be away from hustle and bustle while still having grocery stores and restaurants close by. The hosts are friendly and helpful, but they also let guests enjoy their time without interruptions.

Three generations of us stayed at this cottage and all of us enjoyed it! We walked up the lane to enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding area, picked berries, relaxed on the front porch and marveled at the view, greeted the mail boat from the dock, played in the lake, and made fantastic memories. I really cannot say enough about what Pinewood Cottage offers families. Skaneateles Lake is a lovely destination, and there's no place we'd rather stay than Pinewood Cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. It was our gerat pleasure to have you as our guests. Hope to see you again in future summers
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Pinewood Cottage is a very nice, private cottage on beautiful Skaneateles Lake.

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a very relaxing week at Pinewood Cottage. I stayed with my wife, brother, sister, two nieces, and my two medium/large dogs. The only thing I wish I could have changed, would have been spending two or more weeks, instead of only one. Pinewood is private and peaceful. Always a nice cool breeze on the deck. Few mosquitoes. The lake was surprisingly quiet for this time of the year. Much less boat traffic compared to several different places we've rented on Owasco Lake. The cottage itself is very well stocked. Everything needed for cooking, eating, showering and sleeping was already there. All the beds were comfortable and everyone slept exceedingly well. Plenty of fans provided, if desired. Lots of room for dining and relaxing, both inside and out.

The dock was nice, and space was available for my canoe, and a power boat that we rented one day. There was plenty of room on the shore to leave my kayak. There are two parking spaces right next to the cottage. Lots of extra parking space available 100 feet or so from the cottage. The ability to walk up and down steps is necessary, especially to get to the lake/shoreline/dock.

Access to excellent swimming was paramount to us, and Pinewood Cottage did not disappoint. The water was always clear, weed free, and delightfully cool, but not too cold. The lake bottom is rocky, so water shoes were used by some, but not all. Approx four feet deep, 25 feet from shoreline.

Smallmouth bass fishing was excellent. I caught 13 while out on my friend's fishing boat one day, 10 more over a few different days from my kayak (within a 1/4 mile paddle from the cottage), and several smaller ones directly from the dock/shore. We caught a few 18 inch smallies, many in the 14-16 inch range, and two northern pike. Also caught a lake trout jigging in 90' deep water.

Owners Barbara and Ken were perfect hosts. Never intrusive, but available any time you need them. They greeted us upon our arrival with a plate of freshly baked cookies, a nice card, and two large dog treats. They spent about 5 minutes showing us around the cottage and grounds, and then left us alone for the remainder of the week.

Several good hiking areas are within 20-25 minutes. Skaneateles Conservation Area and Bear Swamp were favorites. Lots of room on the property above the cottage for the dog's regular bathroom duties.

Thank you Barbara and Ken. We'll be back the next time we visit Skaneateles Lake.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. It was our great pleasure having you and your family as our guests, including your dogs Tillie and Piper. It is always our goal to give you your privacy, but still be here for you if needed. I'm glad you had the chance to enjoy what we feel is the best of the Finger Lakes. We look forward to having you back the next time you vacation in the Finger Lakes. Based on your fishing results I need you to teach me how to fish better than I do. Also thank you for the report on the inconsistency of the refrigerator during very warm periods. Based on your input we put a new refrigerator in the cottage this week. Please come back soon! Ken & Barb
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Syracuse, NY

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is nestled in the woods with a lovely view of the lake. The owners are just wonderful. Barbara baked us a plate of cookies, which were especially welcome after our 6+ hour drive. They were wonderful neighbors, available and helpful when we wanted and nearly invisible when we wanted to be by ourselves. It felt like we were staying in the guest house of old friends.

The house is an old hand-built cabin with few frills, but a nice open kitchen, decent sized dining table, and living room overlooking the lake. The covered front patio was our favorite place to sit and take in the fantastic view. There's no beach, but easy access to the lake for swimming. The water is bracing, but crystal clear (it's the water supply for Skaneateles). While there are motor boats in the lake, they mostly steer clear of the shore so swimming feels very safe and relaxing. The beds are comfortable and the cottage had everything we needed. It's by no means fancy, but it feels very authentic. You can imagine people sitting in the cabin 50 years ago doing exactly what you are doing (minus the cable TV and WiFi). And the mail boat really is fun. Also, the house is a real bargain, reflecting the lack of (utterly superfluous) frills. We loved this home and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Len: Thank you for such a great review and invaluable insight of our family cottage. It was great having you as our guest. Hope to see you here in future years. Barbara & Ken
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Bristol, UK

Great location, fantastic welcome.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage and location was perfect for our family holiday, we were able to completely relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lakes. We arrived very late but Barbara and Ken were there to welcome us and explain everything. Throughout our stay they could not have been a more friendly couple and encouraged our 3 young children to "just have fun"... which they did! The cottage was very clean and cozy and had everything we needed. The lake was crystal clear and ideal and safe for swimming from the deck. The cottage is not easy to find at first and we would recommend bringing any provisions you need for the stay, park the car and just enjoy the location without having to go anywhere. Thank you both for such a great stay. We hope to be back when we are in the USA again.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alistair, Paula and Kids: Thank you for being such great guests. We enjoyed having you and your family at Pinewood Cottage. On your next trip over the pond, come visit and enjoy our little pond, Skaneateles Lake. Barbara & Ken
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Wonderful week, lovely owners

  • 5 of 5

We chose this cottage because it has so many great reviews, and after spending a restful week there, I can confirm that the reviews are accurate. The owners are next door down a small path and are extremely helpful and accommodating. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived. This clean, cozy, rustic little cottage has everything you need - sheets, towels, cookware, internet service (not that we used it), an outdoor grill, picnic table, beach chairs and local TV. I'd recommend this place to anyone who doesn't require a 5-star hotel. Barbara and Ken are 100%, 5-star owners, and we miss them already! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for allowing us to stay in your lovely cottage. Our dog Banjo misses you too!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. We were so pleased to know you had such a great time. You were terrific tenants and we fell in love with Banjo the dog. Hope to see you again. You are always welcome to drop in any time. Barb and Ken
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable Damage Dep. $200
Pet Fee $50


Note: Refund Contract Policy of Rental Deposit if unable to occupy property. If tenant is unable to occupy the cottage, the rental deposit (50% of rent for the reserved period) is fully refundable ONLY if the cottage can be re-rented for the same period.

50% rental fee with signed contract to reserve the cottage.
Balance of Rent and all other charges due upon occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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