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A Wonderful Rustic Cottage on Skaneateles Lake

Skaneateles, NY, USA
  • Cottage816 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

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

Located on the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake, the “jewel of the Finger Lakes”, Pinewood, is the perfect getaway. Pinewood is a rustic 3 bedroom cottage, secluded in the woods, on the lake. You can enjoy sunny days on the dock and in the water. In the evening the sunsets are breathtaking from your porch, the firepit or the dock. You are just 8 miles by boat or car from the Village of Skaneateles where you can find restaurants, gift shops, and a grocery store.

From your front door it is just a few steps to the firepit. Chairs surround the firepit and we provide all the wood you need to enjoy your evenings around the fire. Just past the firepit are the stairs, (40 steps down) leading to the water and the private dock. There you find chairs for sitting and enjoying the lake.

This 3 bedroom cottage has a Master bedroom with a Queen bed. The additional 2 bedrooms each have 2 twin beds. Maximum occupancy is 6 people. Cottage has an open plan kitchen/living room/dining area. Cottage is fully furnished. Cottage has cable TV, cd/dvd player, Wifi internet, a selection of dvd’s, gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, and an outdoor gas grill, (propane is provided by owner). Bed linens and towels are provided. Beds are made before you arrive. We even provide beach towels. There is one bathroom with a shower. The cottage has a covered porch and open deck with a patio table and 6 cushioned chairs. There is also a picnic table that seats 6.

This cottage has 100 feet of lakefront and is situated on 5 wooded acres. The one half mile private road insulates you from the nearest public road. On the lake you have a 36’ dock to enjoy. If you have a boat the dock will accommodate up to a 24’ boat for passengers to board or leave the boat. There is a mooring buoy available for leaving the boat when not in use. There is a rowboat to get you to and from your boat or just to have fun rowing around on the lake. Great swimming, fishing, and boating in the clear water of Skaneateles Lake. At the end of your dock is a mailbox. Each morning Monday through Saturday a Mailboat filled with tourists stops to deliver our mail. (You can book rides on this Mailboat and see the entire lake).

If you’re looking for a secluded rustic cottage on a beautiful lake, Pinewood is the place for you. Whether a place to come and hang out or a vacation starting point to see the wonders of the Finger Lakes, we think you will love Pinewood. All you need is your clothes, your food, and your water toys.

Owner requires a separate rental agreement after booking.

Pets: Dogs on approval. No Smoking inside Pinewood.

Contact: Barbara (Littlehales) Hearst

Keywords: cottage, rustic, cabin, lakeside,vacation,boating,swimming


Barbara Hearst

Member Since 2011
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Barbara Hearst

Barbara (Littlehales) Hearst is part of the third generation of the Littlehales family that has owned this property since 1918. She spends her summer with her husband on the property in a cottage adjacent to the Pinewood cottage.

Why Barbara Hearst chose Skaneateles

Barbara's grandfather came to the property in 1918 and decided it was the perfect summer home for his family to enjoy the lake activities and escape the summer heat of their home in Syracuse. Subsequent generations agreed and have maintained family ownership of the property.

What makes this Cottage unique

Pinewood cottage was built after WWII as a one room cottage by her uncle. Over the years three bedrooms and a bathroom were added. However the rustic cottage feel was retained. Modern amenities have been added without losing the rustic charm of a simple cottage.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single


        • 1 Bathroom

            Location Type

              • Lake View
                A beautiful view through the trees of the lake and the wonderful susets. You can see everything and still have your privacy.
              • Lakefront
                From your front porch just few steps on the footpath and down 40 steps and you are at the water.
              • Rural


                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Family


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating
                          • Internet
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Living Room
                          • Mobile Phone
                            Cell Phone reception good in area
                          • Parking
                          • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                          • Towels Provided


                              • Coffee Maker
                                coffee bean grinder
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 6 people


                                      • Books
                                      • CD Player
                                      • DVD Player
                                        varied selection of DVD's
                                      • Satellite / Cable
                                      • Television
                                      • Video Library


                                          • Boat
                                            Row Boat available
                                          • Deck / Patio
                                            Part Covered / Part Uncovered
                                          • Outdoor Grill


                                              • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                  • botanical garden
                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • marina
                                                  • museums
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • rock climbing
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • water tubing

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                12 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Classic camp with all the necessities

                                                                Gretchen E.

                                                                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!

                                                                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

                                                                Perfect location; excellent hosts!

                                                                Laura B.

                                                                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.

                                                                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

                                                                Pinewood Cottage is a very nice, private cottage on beautiful Skaneateles Lake.

                                                                Martin S.

                                                                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.

                                                                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

                                                                Wonderful week, lovely owners

                                                                Paula R.

                                                                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!!!!

                                                                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

                                                                A wonderful week with wonderful owners

                                                                Paula R.

                                                                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 rustic little cottage has everything you need - sheets, towels, cookware, internet service (not that we used it), 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!!!!

                                                                Just perfect!

                                                                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.

                                                                Owner's Response:


                                                                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


                                                                Skaneateles, NY, USA

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