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Canandaigua lakefront cottage for famly fun

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Lakeside cottage with 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Our two-cottage lakeside compound is ideal for an extended family vacation. During midsummer, we prefer to rent the two cottages as a unit. FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, WE WILL RENT THE STONE COTTAGE ONLY, AT A REDUCED RATE. LIKEWISE IN JUNE OF 2019. Each cottage is fully equipped with kitchen and bath (two baths, in one case), fireplace, and screened porch. They share a generous lawn area with about 200 feet of level lakefront. If you are like our family, the group includes some active, athletic members and some who prefer to spend their vacation napping in the hammock or doing jigsaw puzzles. This set-up gives you a great combination of family togetherness and privacy.

The eight-acre property is next to Menteth Creek and looks due south, toward the receding hills of Naples and toward Bare Hill on the east side, enjoying a stunning view from the west side of Canandaigua Lake.

This property has been in the same family since 1922. The Stone Cottage was built in 1969, replacing an earlier cottage. It has a great room with stone fireplace, living-dining room, and an open stair up to the master suite. The kitchen has a pass-through to the screened dining porch with built-in grill. The living room has a sliding glass door to an open porch enclosed by a low stone wall. There is a rear porch off the kitchen with clotheslines for bathing suit and towel drying. The two first-floor bedrooms have twin beds and a full bath, while the upstairs master suite has a king size bed and a bath with shower. This house also has laundry facilities. Overall occupancy is six, and square footage is about 1600. An extra bonus - a grand piano!

The smaller cottage was built in 1948 for our grandmother -- we call it Gram's House. If you visited your grandmother at a lakefront cabin, this cottage will seem very familiar. It has a large screened porch across the whole front of the house, with a dining room table that expands to seat ten -- also a chaise longue and wicker chairs, and a pass-through to the kitchen. The living room and kitchen are knotty pine with a stone fireplace. The house has three bedrooms, one with queen, one with twins, and one with bunk beds, plus one full-size bath. Occupancy is six, and square footage is about 900 square feet.

The property has level lawns surrounding the cottages, plenty of parking space, and an open field between the cottage and West Lake Road, so there is plenty of privacy. There is a tennis court (good condition, shared) on the property, and lawn area for croquet, badminton, bocce, or frisbee. Our lakefront has a stone breakwall in front of the houses, a 16-foot wooden dock with ladder, a swim raft and a shale beach (perfect for stone skipping). Lake bottom is shale. We do not offer the use of any boats, a hoist or a mooring, but past renters have brought their own or rented boats for daytime use from lakeside marinas. The shale beach area is level, so you can back a trailer to the lake and launch your small or mid-sized boat from there. The property has plenty of mature shade trees and perennial gardens. We have a large and heavily used bonfire spot near the beach.

We only rent for a few weeks a year, typically in July and August, though we sometimes add some May, June, or September weeks to our schedule. There is no dishwasher, but we do have a washer and dryer, basic cable TV, internet access, Wifi, and a VCR and DVD player. We occasionally rent on a short-term basis for intimate, quiet weddings or other special events of up to 75 guests. Contact us for details!

Keywords: Cottages, pair, side by side, level lakefront, tennis, piano, creek, lake view, lawn, Menteth, 6 bedrooms

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Marianne Hooker
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Marianne Hooker

This is a lakefront property that has been in our family for three generations. We have been renting for a few weeks each summer for the past nine years.

Marianne Hooker purchased this cottage in 1922

Why Marianne Hooker chose Canandaigua

Our grandparents bought the property back when Canandaigua had only a few cottages at each point. Our family has enjoyed coming to the lake and keeping in touch with the cousins over the years, even though we are now far flung.

What makes this cottage unique

The view from our property has been called the best on the lake - looking almost due south toward the receding hills at the south end. The site is adjacent to Menteth Creek, and it includes a wooded area, as well as a large open field at the back of the property.


Canandaigua Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No more than one dog per house. Weekly pet fee of $50 per cat or dog.
  • Weddings: We do allow weddings with a limited number of guests. Check with the owners for details.
  • Prospective renter must speak with owner by phone within 24 hours of booking request. No booking will be confirmed without prior phone conversation.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bath upstairs in Stone House
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs bath in Stone House
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Stone House upstairs master BR. Fabulous view of the lake!
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Stone House, south bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Stone House, north bedroom
  • King-size bed (1), Twin or Single beds (4).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Stone Cottage has a grand piano; a living/dining room with cathedral ceiling and fireplace, a second-floor master bedroom with king-sized bed, bath, and lakeview balcony; two downstairs bedrooms with twin beds and full bath; a kitchen; laundry facilities; and an open porch and a screened dining porch. Gram's House has a living room, kitchen, screened porch, and three bedrooms. One has a queen-size bed, the second has twin beds, and the third has bunk beds. The property has 200 feet of level lakefront with stone and concrete breakwall, two shale beaches, a raft, and a wooden dock. No provisions for overnight boat mooring. Recently reconditioned tennis court on the property. Menteth Creek is adjacent - excellent for hiking, minnows, fossil hunting. Plenty of parking and open lawn area around the cottage.


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Canandaigua lakefront cottage for famly fun
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

I loved it.

  • 5 of 5

The setting is wonderful. The views are out of this world. We had 8 adults and three small children. The two houses on the property are older, and rustic, but provide space for everyone to come together, or to do their own thing, as they pleased. We all ate dinner together, every night, on the porch in Gram's cottage. The weather was terrible, except for the last two full days, which were spectacular, and we all had fun, in and out of the lake, on all seven days. There is lots to do on the property, and in the surrounding area. EVERYONE HAD A GREAT TIME!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place !!

  • 5 of 5

The two cottages have a large lawn area between them and wide waterfront including an opening where boats/kyaks can be launched. The waterfront has a large shade tree which makes sitting by the water delightful. What we loved is that the property is so private due to it's size. We hardly saw any neighbors the whole week. Swimming was great but beach is shale and water shoes are helpful. Fire pit by the water was used and made several evenings special. Cottages are old (1948 and 1970) but well maintained and one has a screened porch where 10-12 people can dine at a large table. We loved our week and will be back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, Well-Equipped House in Spectacular Location

  • 5 of 5

We stumbled on this house while looking for an early September, water-oriented vacation for the two of us (and dog). Working with the owner(s) was easy and pleasant. This lake house, and several nearby homes, are owned by the same family, so advice is there if you need it, but no one is intrusive.

While there are definitely some original (from the 60s) features in the house, everything works very well. For us, it is important to have reading lights, comfortable chairs/sofas & bed (firm), and lots of windows that open with good screens. Excellent on all counts. Having rented places in the US and Europe, it is great to rent a place that is actually used by the owners because this means it will be well-equipped. The Stone House is, including conveniences like corn holders, sharp knives, and an impressive array of glassware.

The location, on a point sticking out into the lake, is beautiful. On many days, our main activity was sitting out on the covered patio watching the lake. We rented kayaks and, because the house is at lake level, it was easy to drag them into the water. The house is about a 15 minute drive into Canandaigua for groceries, though there is a smaller place for basics about 5 minutes away.

Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Recently reconditioned tennis court on the property.

Menteth Creek is adjacent to the Stone Cottage - excellent for hiking, minnows, fossil hunting, and nature walks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250

During midsummer, we prefer to rent the two houses together. FROM SEPTEMBER 4-22, 2018, WE OFFER RENTALS OF THE STONE HOUSE ONLY, AT A LOWER WEEKLY RATE OF $2,000-2,250. Also, special rates are available for longer than one-week stays - please contact the owner for details. A discount is offered to repeat customers. Finally, we will consider short-term wedding rentals for small, quiet weddings of no more than 75 people. Contact us for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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