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AMAZING Lakefront And Well Designed Lakehouse: That Is Sure To Please

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,850 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Beautiful newly constructed lakeside bungalow located on the east side of Seneca Lake. Tastefully crafted home (construction completed early 2013), is sure to please. Be the first to enjoy and relax in Seneca Bungalow.

The home sits on the east side of Seneca Lake and is easily accessible. Enjoy the large level beach only steps away from the front porch.

Seneca Bungalow offers a custom, clean, comfortable, lakeside cottage where memories can be made. A well designed functioning floor plan with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Downstairs you will be welcomed by a tastefully decorated and relaxing living room with gas fireplace, dining room, full bath and kitchen with island and wine fridge. A master bedroom with king bed, and classic private bathroom with jetted tub are on the first floor as well.

Upstairs are 2 large comfortable and welcoming lakeside bedrooms (each with a queen bed and pull out couch), and a bunk room (2 bunk beds), and a full bathroom with laundry.

Fine finishes, master craftsman, care, and attention to detail were the owner’s goal with crafting this wonderful Finger Lakes getaway. The property has been in the owner’s family for over 50 years. Details include mahogany porches, upgraded electronics and appliances, central air, on demand hot water, and most important great outdoor/lakeside space for relaxing and/or entertaining.

The great floor plan is designed for large groups and entertaining, as well as separate space to get away and relax. Seneca Bungalow is very functional and comfortable for friends and families alike. Outside you will love the level beach and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.

No matter the time of year, Seneca Bungalow is a great place to relax, entertain, bond, and build wonderful memories.

More Details

Calvin Ruthven
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Calvin Ruthven

Born, raised and LOVE the Finger Lakes!! Love sharing Seneca Bungalow with guests. I purchased my first investment property in Geneva when I was 21 and have been addicted to real estate since. I own a Boutique Brokerage in Geneva.

Calvin Ruthven purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Calvin Ruthven chose Romulus

This "property" has been in the family since the 1950's as my grandparents build the first "summer structure" on the property. When an opportunity arose for me to purchase the property, I did not hesitate. I purchased the property in 2011 and completed construction of Seneca Bungalow in 2013 after a complete demo of the original "summer structure" that my grandparents had built.

What makes this cottage unique

Location - Location - Location. Close proximity to Geneva, near many great wineries and breweries. The lakehouse has a great level beach, and is perfectly designed to build great memories. Whether the fire on the beach after an amazing sunset. Sitting on the porch relaxing. The well equipped and designed bungalow. THE PROPERTY IS WITHOUT A DOUBT SURE TO PLEASE!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for putting together an amazing bungalow! We had an amazing time and can't wait to come back!

Lasting Memories:

Reuniting 9 friends to ring in the New Year together.
Dec 2013
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Romulus Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Bath, Toilet and Tub seperate from double vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Master Bath, Downstairs - jetted tub, marble
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs Bathroom, Main Level, Handicape friendly
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Downstairs Master - 1 king
    Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Nice sized room with King bed and sleeper sofa
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable bedroom with Queen bed and sleeper sofa
    Bunk Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Great room for kids with single bunk with full futon below
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
VERY WELL EQUIPPED. If you do not see something listed, please ask!!


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AMAZING Lakefront And Well Designed Lakehouse: That Is Sure To Please
average rating of 4.875 based on 40 reviews

Beautiful bungalow on the lake. Amazing sunsets

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful property and absolutely adorable. It had everything we needed for our stay. The owner was very attentive and answered any questions that we had in a very timely manner. The house is bigger than it looks and decorated so cute. We loved this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful lakefront property

  • 5 of 5

The Seneca Bungalow is a gem. The house is beautifully decorated and stocked to meet your every need. The floor plan takes advantage of the lake and sunset views from both the kitchen and living space. Access to the lake is easy - no stairs or cliffs to deal with like many other lake front houses. It is excellent location with an easy drive to the state park boat ramp and many wineries and other attractions.

We would recommend the Seneca Bungalow to anyone and will definitely consider staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bedford, USA

Relaxing Stay on Beautiful Lake Setting

  • 5 of 5

Cozy home which accommodated two families perfectly. No issues and wonderful communication with the owner. Very nice area, peaceful and close to everything. Overall was a pleasant stay, thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Lake Front House!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend at this home for my Dad's 64th birthday. We had 8 adults. The home is so beautiful and brand new. Each couple had their own bedroom. We loved the fireplace and clean/new kitchen. The back porch is wonderful to watch sunsets. The house is very clean and comfortable for 8. Thank you to our host Calvin!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5


This home is lake front and offers beautiful views to the west. Although it's small, it seems to offer ample space on the inside. There is a lovely master bedroom on the first floor, and three additional bedrooms on the second floor. It's also tastefully decorated and furnished throughout. All furnishings seemed to be in great shape and showed little wear.

In my opinion, this home is also in a great location. Although it is about a 10 minute drive to Geneva, it is close to some of my favorite wineries. It's located in an area that is not densely populated, offering a pleasant rural atmosphere.


Although this is a newer home, it is beginning to show signs of wear. There is obvious sheetrock patchwork, with the largest patch located on the kitchen ceiling. In addition, some of the walls are showing marks and gouges, which also indicates signs of abuse. The outside furniture seemed sporadically placed or thrown by the wind, and left in their final resting place or overlooked. To me, it's another obvious sign of neglect and a lack of attention to detail.

The lot that the house sits on is small and in close quarters with neighboring homes. The driveway is only wide enough for a single vehicle, and can only accommodate 3 or 4, depending on their size. The road that it's on is also too narrow for street parking.

My biggest (and most inexcusable) complaint was that a large piece of the roof above an upstairs bedroom window was peeling off. Due to the endless wind here, the loose piece of attached shingles repeatedly lifted and slammed against the plywood roof, causing a very loud banging sound throughout the house. This noise was relentless and non-stop. It was as if the roof was under construction. As a result, our enjoyment was hindered and none of my guests were able to sleep. When we advised the owner, he advised that he was unaware of the issue, only offering an empty apology. It is impossible that anyone who prepared this house prior to our stay could have been unaware of the issue. Given the rental price, it is utterly inexcusable.


Despite my generous two-star rating, this property does has a lot to offer. If it were not for the roof issue coupled with the owner's empty apology, I would have given this house a higher rating. I expected better or partial compensation.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As anyone who has stayed at Seneca Bungalow knows, I carefully designed the lake house and take pride in sharing the cottage with guests. I am alarmed to have received a 2 rating for the past New Year’s weekend stay (and my only review that is not a 5). To respond, I will directly quote all communication I had with the guests and reviewer of Seneca Bungalow. On Saturday December 30th at 1:16pm I received the following text: “Hi, house is beautiful we love it! Perfect weekend away. Just wanted to let know the screen on the sliding door was ripped but you probably already know that since everything is perfectly placed” On Monday January 1st I received the following text: “Hi Calvin, the house is locked up and we are heading out. I wanted to provide some feedback, the house was great but unfortunately a potion of your shingles are ripped up and flapping guessing you were not aware of this so we wanted to let you know before you have any leakage or permanent damage to the roof. The back dormer are loose and are constantly slamming down onto the roof and we were not able to get much sleep either night.” And my response 14 minutes after receiving the text: “Thank you for letting me know.. Oh no that is awful about sleep and roof. I will go and check out today. Thank you and safe travels!! The above texts were the only correspondence I had with the guest. I immediately had the roof looked into by the builder - and no shingles were loose. I have stayed at the lake house and have had guests stay at Seneca Bungalow since and all have had peaceful nights (how one would expect at the lake”. I am honestly puzzled by this review and continue to strive to provide amazing accommodations and experiences in the Finger Lakes! It is unfortunate that one guest did not feel so, but the other 99.99% of the time, I receive thank you emails and texts, as well as MANY return guests!! I hope this helps offer some insight! ~ Calvin
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Ballston Lake

Beautiful, spotless, well equipped. The view was breathtaking.

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to stay for a family wedding weekend. It was spacious. The kitchen was wonderfully equipped. The table was immense and good for eating or playing games.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Elmira
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Big Oak
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 96, Route 5&20, Route 14, Route 90
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Crows Nest
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Bristol, Greek Peak
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Seneca Bungalow - on level lake
Car: necessary

Great Craft Food and Beverage!!!

Wineries, Breweries, and the some great food options!!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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