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Charming Lakeside Cottage

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Last updated: 02/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Lakeside Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-8)

Nestled in the hills 30 minutes southeast of Syracuse, right in the heart of Central New York, this lakeside cottage is perfectly located for the weekend getaway or a week-long holiday. Looking for a home base while exploring Central New York? This is the place!

Our property, called 'Tipsnook,' is a charming lakeside vacation rental property located in an Appalachian-like environment. The view of the lake is beautiful, and the property itself is a magical place. Come enjoy some days of swimming, fishing, and kayaking, and then some nights of grilling on the back deck and toasting marshmallows by the lakeside fire pit. Or come visit in the spring or fall to enjoy the lake's serenity by a crackling wood stove fire. We would love to share our little slice of paradise with you.

Nearby is a General Store/public boat launch just five minutes away. You can find a grocery store, pizza place, and cafe nearby in DeRuyter Village. Highland Forest county park is located a few miles away with hiking and biking trails. Cazenovia is close by (10 miles away), a wonderful tourist spot with restaurants, golf courses, gift shops, and churches.

The rustic cottage at Tipsnook has a cozy and quaint interior, which has been recently renovated. It consists of a Bedroom, Living Area, Sleeper Loft, Kitchen, and Bathroom. With a trundle bed in the private bedroom, a futon couch in the living area, and a loft for the kids, the cabin can accommodate up to 8 people.

While at Tipsnook, you will soon discover why frequent visitors refer to the side facing away from the road as the front of the cabin. Step out the 'front' door and you will find yourself at the lake. Out 'back' is a deck, which is great for sunbathing, grilling, and playing games. There is even a good-sized yard leading back to the road with plenty of room for horseshoes, frisbee, or any other game you enjoy.

The main room of the cabin has windows on every side, allowing for lake breezes and plenty of light. Sit at the table with your morning coffee and look out over the water as the early risers set their sails to catch a morning breeze. The cottage is purposefully a TV-free zone to help guests escape, but there is good cell phone reception and we do provide Wifi for your computers and devices. (Make sure to upload some vacation pictures to our community Facebook page!)

While there is a private bedroom in the 'back,' many visitors prefer to drop the futon into a bed and sleep with the windows open and the sound of the waves lulling them to sleep. Visiting when it's a bit cooler? The wood stove will warm you up in no time! Pillows and blankets supplied, but please bring your own sheets and towels (or we can provide them for a small cleaning fee). The loft is a favorite sleeping place for the kids!

The full kitchen has a refrigerator/freezer, an electric stove, a microwave, a toaster oven, and most importantly, a coffee maker. Water is pumped into the cottage from the lake, which is filtered and suitable for washing dishes and showering. Fresh drinking water is also provided along with dishes, silverware, pots and pans. And of course, if grilling is your thing, the gas grill is located on the rear deck.

Free Wifi
Kayaks (single & double)
Paddle Boat
Yard games (Bocce Ball, Cornhole, Horse Shoes)
Jigsaw Puzzles, Board Games, Cards
Lakefront Fire Pit
Wood-burning Stove
2-burner Gas Grill
Full Kitchen
Fresh drinking water
Bed Linens & Towels (available upon request)


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/13/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Sleeper Loft

    Must climb a ladder to sleep in cozy loft. (Great for kids)...moreless

  • Main Living Area: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Comfortable full-size futon in the main room....moreless

  • Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Trundle Bed: 2 Twins that can interlock into a full-size bed...moreless

  • BEDROOM: Consists of a trundle bed Can sleep 2. LOFT: Consists of two futon mattresses. Can sleep 2 adults, or up to 4 kids. **Must climb a ladder.** LIVING AREA: Consists of comfortable futon. Can sleep 2. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom



  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront:

    A lakefront property on Tioughnioga Lake (DeRuyter Reservoir)....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    In these Appalachian-like hills, the mountainous state forest is a beautiful view across the lake. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Far enough away from everything to escape, close enough to everything to be convenient....moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Linens Provided:

    Please bring sheets and towels. Or, sheets and towels available upon request for an additional $30 cleaning fee, paid by cash or check upon arrival....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio


Write a review 4.7
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 17 - Oct 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$800 $3,000
Standard pricing
2 night min stay
$1,000 $3,900
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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

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Last updated: 02/13/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Syracuse Hancock International Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Seneca Lake
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cazenovia Country Club
30 Miles
Nearest Train
AMTRAK, 131 Alliance Bank Pkwy, Syracuse, NY
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 81

Car: Necessary

On a pristine lake under beautiful Central New York skies, this rental property is half an hour from Syracuse. It's also 15 minutes from the quaint village of Cazenovia, a good place for shopping, golf, and dining. Nearby Highland Forest county park offers hiking and biking trails. Three other state forests are nearby. Also close to the Finger Lakes.


Owner info

About the owner: I'm an Artist, Craftsman, Woodworker, Designer, lucky husband of 45 years, and proud father of 6 boys, all married to wonderful daughters-in-law and starting families of their own. Along with my wife Cathy, we own the property and have enjoyed many years of vacationing with our kids and grandkids at this timeless little nook of the world.

Why the Owner Chose DeRuyter, NY, USA:
The cabin at 'Tipsnook' has hosted 5 generations of our family over the past 90 years. Originally, it was a simple screened-in deck used for playing cards on summer evenings by original owners Dick and Warena Grime and their family, who owned a nearby cabin on the property. As their children grew and had families of their own, they converted the deck into a quaint cabin to accommodate guests and family. Their oldest daughter Meg married Tip Cornue, and the two eventually purchased the place... now known as Tipsnook. Over the years, the cabin was expanded and updated. Meg and Tip had four sons, who had 14 children of their own, and now a fifth generation (16 kids and counting!) is growing up with memorable family vacations here. I am Meg and Tip's oldest son, now the 'Keeper' of Tipsnook. Many family members have moved away, but we have all taken Tipsnook with us. It is a place of family and retreat, of celebrations and peace, of play and contemplation. Our tight-knit family still meets up here a few times over the summer, but when we're not using the cabin, we happily rent it out to our extended family and dear friends (many of whom come back again and again), as well as new friends who are just discovering Tipsnook for the first time. Come enjoy our little nook of the world. We'd love to share it with you!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
There's a magical atmosphere here, a true escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Most people who rent from us come back again and again. Over the years, Tipsnook has hosted families looking for some time together on vacation, published writers looking for that quiet place to finish a book, couples looking for a romantic getaway, bridal showers, artists, hikers, parents visiting their children for college graduation... and on and on.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/13/2017

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  • Front side facing the lake

    Front side facing the lake

  • Floor Plan

    Floor Plan

  • Front Room / Wood Stove in the corner

    Front Room / Wood Stove in the corner

  • Front Room leading into Kitchen / Bedroom / Bathroom area

    Front Room leading into Kitchen / Bedroom / Bathroom area

  • Sailboat


  • View in the fall

    View in the fall

  • View from the cottage

    View from the cottage

  • Wading


  • Grillin' on the back deck

    Grillin' on the back deck

  • View at Tipsnook

    View at Tipsnook

  • Nap in the hammock

    Nap in the hammock

  • Back side and deck area

    Back side and deck area

  • Front Room

    Front Room

  • Front Room - door leading out to the lake

    Front Room - door leading out to the lake

  • Kitchen


  • Misty morning

    Misty morning

  • Central New York sky

    Central New York sky

  • Swimming


  • Selfies!


  • Firepit by the lake

    Firepit by the lake

  • Firepit at night

    Firepit at night

  • The 'Tipsnook' sign leading down to the private road.

    The 'Tipsnook' sign leading down to the private road.

VRBO #344077

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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