Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Gorgeous 4 bedroom/3.5 bath Cayuga Lakefront Home Between Ithaca & Aurora

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, architecturally designed lakefront home

Ithaca graduation weekend open 2018,2019 and Cornell are open for 2019!

Our home is newly available for vacation rentals so we are offering weekly rentals at a lower introductory price compared to similar high-quality rentals in our region. Please do telephone me with any questions-- I will be happy to speak with you!

Relax and celebrate some of life's finest moments in our unique multi-leveled home offering beautiful architecture, welcoming decor, lush landscaping, expansive decking and gorgeous waterfront. Located on Cayuga Lake between Ithaca and the charming little town of Aurora, our property is on Powers Road, fully paved, 2 lane road perfect for morning walks. We are on the east side (facing west) of Cayuga Lake, three miles north of the end of the railroad. There is no railroad or street between our home and our lakefront beach, with expansive views and breathtaking sunsets. We are in the heart of the farm country, on a generous lake front property that provides lots of quiet and privacy for your vacation. We are a true lake front home--you reach the lake down a flight of solid stone steps, across a bit of lawn to the beach. There is no drop off in the water-- the lake edge is perfect for waders of all ages, swimmers, as well as for launching the canoe, row boat and two kayaks that we provide for guests.

Our home is beautifully furnished and we have 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with fresh linens and towels available along with other comforts. We can accommodate up to 11 guests in the available beds and 2 futons. There is a fully appointed kitchen with breakfast table looking out over the lake and 4 burner stove and double oven for feasts, as well as the new commercial sized outdoor grill for summer cookouts on the 30 foot wide veranda overlooking the lake. A fire it on the stone beach invites evening marshmallow roasting and family stories.

We love waking up and sitting in our sunny kitchen that has a wall of windows overlooking our lake frontage. Savoring coffee and watching the water fowl, as well as the backyard birds at our feeders provides a gentle way to greet the day.

Our architecturally designed home with soaring ceilings and lake views from every room invites you to come relax and unwind. This home was conceived and designed by Robbie Dein, artist and businessman, in 1992, and we have been thrilled to own and live in this lake front jewel since 2002.

The design of the home features high ceilings, windows and views across the lake-side expanse. The dining room, in the center section of the home, features a beech dining table able to seat up to 12. The kitchen provides a wall of wide open window views of the lake and grounds, and sliding glass doors directly onto the deep veranda, inviting family and friends to gather and visit before meals and to enjoy relaxed eating in the kitchen or on the veranda--often called a loggia (a room open on at least one side to the elements).

The loggia is a deep tiled and covered veranda done in a cool aqua motif that invites al fresco dining or evening drinks to catch the cool lake breezes. Formal table seating for 10+ is available on the veranda. Later, the stars come out and the soft night invites lazing in the patio furniture before bed.

A solid stone stairway winds gently down to the lake level where there is a grassy lawn and three steps down to the pebble beach. Kids and adults alike enjoy the 2 kayaks, our canoe that seats 3 or more, and our rowboat for water fun. A solid dock offers sunbathing, fishing, bird watching and a place to tie up your boat in the summer. Our property is right on the water. There is no road or railroad between you and Cayuga Lake (which is sometimes the case with Ithaca properties).

Both romantic and comfortable, our home has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The master bedroom and its en suite bath occupy the northern wing of the second floor. Sliding glass doors open onto our newly renovated generous upstairs deck, inviting relaxing time under the stars before bed. In the balmy months of July and August we've slept on this upper deck under the stars enjoying the soft breezes off the lake and sounds of the water's movement. During the day our upper deck is perfect for private sunbathing and enjoying the expansive lake front views.

The master bedroom has a wall of lakeside glass windows, peaked ceiling, and a king size bed; the bathroom has marble tile and a generous 2 person whirlpool bath in addition to shower and 2 sinks.

The southern second level wing features two intimate bedrooms; one containing a full sized bed, and the other bedroom containing a full sized loft bed with Jefferson stairway access, providing unparalleled views through the peaked lake front windows and direct upper deck access through more sliding glass doors. The loft bedroom also has a leather futon sofa that converts into a bed capable of sleeping an adult comfortably, or two small children.

The center section on the second floor of this unique home is the den and offers a comfortable sofa, television, library, wet bar, mini-fridge and more lake views as well as more sliding glass doors onto the upper deck.

The 'fourth' bedroom is on the first floor of our home and is our guests first choice when we have visitors. It is a private and cozy room providing a full sized bed and en suite bathroom with tub/shower. Guests find this room especially inviting and quiet, encouraging sleeping in and drowsing naps.

The main floor of our home center section is the formal dining room, but it can also quickly become a place where family can gather around the table for board games or a relaxed chat after dinner.

The small living room on the main floor has a full sized sofa that converts into a full sized bed comfortable for 2 adults if there is a large group. Another wide screen TV provides entertainment. There is a desk for those who want to set up a laptop to one side.

The landscaped grounds offer glimpses of local wild life (we have a wild 'yard bunny' and lots of birds).

Our home, and our piece of Cayuga Lake are here to welcome you and provide you with a wonderful vacation in one of the most beautiful regions in the east! Come and relax and recharge in this beautiful, comfortable home and enjoy all the best Cayuga Lake has to offer!

More Details

Ginger Breggin
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Ginger Breggin

My husband and I moved from the Mid-Atlantic region in order to live on a lake. We fell in love with the Finger Lakes region and were incredibly fortunate to go house hunting just when this home came on the market. We have been here over 15 years now and never tire of this beautiful region full of variety. There is always another day trip or new activity. This region is warm and welcoming--people here are open and happy to meet visitors and newcomers.

Our jewel of a home is a vacation every day for us. For several years my husband would awaken in the morning asking 'do we have to check out yet?' We look forward to sharing our home, and sharing our gorgeous Finger Lakes with you.

Ginger Breggin purchased this house in 2002

Why Ginger Breggin chose King Ferry

We settled on this property because it fronts on clean and refreshing Cayuga Lake. Our unique, one of a kind jewel of a home, conceived by artist Robbie Dein and architecturally designed is an incredible bonus--like living inside a work of art. Our home feels both luxurious and deeply relaxing.

We love living in the middle of the rural countryside, where we can drive home past acres of sunflowers, or sweet corn and a sheep pasture. The local farms, the rolling hills, the ever changing skies and the beautiful summer weather made this region the perfect place to settle for us. The Finger Lakes region is a year round vacation!

What makes this house unique

This home offers a panoramic yet intimate relationship with Cayuga Lake. From your arrival at the front door you can see straight through the house to the breadth of the lake, the far shore and the ever changing sky line. We love this home for its one of a kind design, with wings that open like arms toward Cayuga Lake, inviting lake views into every room through the dozens of glass windows. Vacationing in the country provides great photography opportunities, of the views, the country roads, the country quiet and the friendly neighbors and people in this region. Since the first day we arrived, we have been welcomed and embraced by local friends and neighbors. The local wildlife are plentiful and charming, from the chipmunks and squirrels to the occasional deer and the plentiful birds from our friendly hummingbirds to the red tailed hawk pair or exciting glimpse of an American Eagle flying along the lake.


King Ferry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • A cleaning charge from the $500 security deposit will be deducted if home is not cleaned at time of departure—the amount will be what I am charged.
  • Country internet service is very slow and may not be available so bring your own hot spot if internet is vital. Cell service is good.
  • The property is self-serve—guests provide all food, drink. Cost deducted from security fee if provided sheets/towels not washed before departure.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master en suite bathroom, 2nd floor - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Marble tiled, aqua accents, delicious retreat
    Half bath powder room main floor - toilet , off the utility hallway near the kitchen; offering privacy
    Guest en suite bathroom main floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is en suite with cozy first floor bedroom
    Second floor bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Charming bath, pocket door, tile, handpainted backsplash
  • Master bathroom is en suite with master bedroom. There is a 2 person whirlpool tub, a separate marble lined shower, and 2 basins in a marble tiled bath done in soothing grey and aqua color scheme providing a delicious retreat. The other 2 baths and the half bath have splash tile that was hand painted and fired by the original owner, Robbie Dein's wife, Nancy. They are traditional bathrooms with tub/shower combos.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master bedroom Suite - 1 king , 2nd floor, bedroom wing, en suite bath, XL whirlpool tub
    Guest bedroom suite - 1 double , 1st floor en suite private, cozy guest bedroom
    Loft lake view bedroom - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2nd floor, loft bed, lake view, huge windows, peak ceiling
    Living room main floor - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full sized sleeping futon comfortable for 2 adults
    Birds view bedroom overlooking wooded glen - 1 queen , 2nd floor, cozy bedroom, large windows overlook wooded gle
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

88% Complete
12% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Gorgeous 4 bedroom/3.5 bath Cayuga Lakefront Home Between Ithaca & Aurora
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

Impressive home with a beautiful lakefront

  • 5 of 5

I organized a trip for myself and 10 friends to Ginger & Peter's house and we were all blown away upon arrival. The photos practically don't even do it justice. This house provided tremendous value for its location and size. The home itself was welcoming, spacious, clean and cozy. There were plenty of bathrooms proportional to number of rooms. There's a fantastic DVD collection to boot in case of a rainy day. An American President has never been more relevant!

We really enjoyed spending our time relaxing out on the protected porch, laying out on the dock when the sun graced us with its presence, swimming in the lake, venturing to local vineyards and wandering into nearby Ithaca. We're looking forward to our next Finger Lakes visit next year! Thanks again to Ginger & Peter for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Didn't leave the house in 7 days :)

  • 5 of 5

The 10 of us rented this house from August 11-18, 2017. Every day we broke into small groups to go out to the breweries, wineries and parks nearby. But not me; I didn't leave the house once the entire time. I preferred to swim in the lake, read by the lake, sit outside and enjoy the views, and of course cook and eat. My sister and niece had a lovely walk right from the property. So if you love the lake and water, this house is great. And if you love the nearby breweries, wineries and parks, this house is great. King Ferry Corner Store is perfect for getting bags of ice, grocery items (local honey and bacon were a hit!), souvenirs and filling up your car's gas tank. The amenities and location of this property make for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Picturesque lakeside retreat

  • 5 of 5

The home was absolutely beautiful, especially its location directly on the lakefront. We enjoyed many sunsets on the second floor deck that overlooks the lake. The barbeque and first floor patio were also well utilized. Ginger was very responsive - one night we set off the fire alarm with the smoke from the grill and she picked up the phone immediately and gave the code to shut off the alarm. The home had everything we needed for a week away. It was an incredibly relaxing stay and we were very happy to have spent a week in this beautiful location!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great views and right on Lake Cayuga. Four bedrooms and plenty of outdoor places to gather.

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for Cornell's graduation and had a fabulous time. Lovely spot about 30 minutes north of campus. Super nice owners and all the comforts of home plus the lake and small boats in the lower yard. Would absolutely rent this lovely home again.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Lovely home in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a long weekend for our daughter's graduation from Ithaca College. The home was perfect! Beautifully appointed, the owner was wonderful to work with and she provided so many extras - snacks, soaps, etc. I highly recommend this house should your travels take you to Ithaca!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

This place was as beautiful as the photos and description

  • 4 of 5

When you first walk down the sidewalk from the drive you instantly see that the owners have put a lot of effort and time into details. There was plenty of room for 8 of us (all adults) but house is kind of broken up into many small intimate areas, but we were able to gather together outside on the back patio/covered porch and the many other sitting areas outside. The dining table was large enough to accommodate all of us for meals, and even the smaller kitchen eating area was good for breakfast together.

The home is full of books, games and nice places to slip off to for quiet time. Although October is a little cold for the lake, we did take a quick canoe ride and loved that there were kayaks as well.

3-1/2 baths is always a good thing and if booking, remember that bedroom 4 is a loft, and better suited for young folks. The kitchen was well-equipped and all necessities available (ie; toilet tissue, hand soaps, tissues, etc)

We would highly recommend for other visitors, but only a couple of wineries and a brewery this side of the lake. The other side is not a bad drive and of course you have all of that beautiful scenery. The gorgeous sunsets were the main reason we chose this side of the lake and we weren't disappointed

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Fargo Bar & Grill, Aurora, NY
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
King Ferry Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt. 34B
Nearest Restaurant
6.9 Miles
Pumpkin Hill Bistro, Aurora NY
Nearest Ski
33 Miles
Greek Peak
Nearest Beach
my front yard of Cayuga Lake
Car: necessary

We are located right between Ithaca and Aurora, on the east side of 2 mile wide Cayuga Lake. Our home is so gorgeous you may never want to take a drive--but if you do, there are numerous inviting day trips both north and south of our property. At home, the sunsets are stunning, and our home is surrounded by nature. Our house opens toward the lake as though embracing it; and is refreshed by evening breezes all summer. We often feel as though we're on an ocean as the wind picks up waves; clouds, when present, seem to add to the beauty and no two days are the same.

Our home, a one of a kind design, is in one of the most picturesque settings in the Finger Lakes, with charming rural scenes, farms, woods, and miles and miles of lake views if you go for a drive. At our home we have kayaks, a canoe, and waterfront for swimming, fishing and other water activities. The Don's Marina is just down our street, offering boating and jet ski services.

Closest gas station is now just 3 miles away at 4 corner stop in King Ferry! This shop also has a charming bakery and sandwich shop, along with basic necessities for your home/kitchen.

Inviting wineries belonging to The Cayuga Wine Trail are nearby. Treleaven by King Ferry Winery is 1 mile from our home. Going north along the east side of Cayuga Lake brings you to the delightful and lovingly restored town of Aurora, Wells College, and the destination shopping spot, MacKenzie-Childs. There is more shopping in town, including the fabulous women's clothing boutique, Jane Morgan's Little House.

At the north end of the lake you can visit Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge -- with some of the best birding in the region featuring walking trails, a ranger station and a driving tour of the park and its wild residents.

Heading south from out home leads you to the town of Lansing and the city of Ithaca. Lansing has an inviting local Myers Park, offering swimming, a marina next door, free Thursday night concerts in the summer, and a great playground for youngsters.

Continue south to Ithaca, with its tremendous diversity of activities and offerings, from local festivals, museums, 3 live theater venues, lots of music, dozens of restaurants, bars, and more. Natural hiking trails and water falls are plentiful, including Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman, or Taughannock State Parks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59

Change over and check in days are Fridays. Full payment is required at time of booking for Graduation reservations. Reservation is not final until payment is received. Cornell and Ithaca College graduation weekend rates are $1250 per night with a three night minimum. 90 day cancellation policy for refund, for graduations; 60 days for vacations.

Basic Agreement King Ferry Rental

Our home is no smoking and no pets. There is a 90 day refund policy for graduations, 60 days for vacationers. The property is self-serve—guests provide all food, drink, and other amenities. Many guests prefer to bring their own sheets and towels although we have lots of both on hand. This is a country home and internet service can be very slow and may not be available so bring your own hot spot if internet is vital. This property is beautiful and is also family friendly and provides a wonderful environment within which to celebrate some of life's best moments.
**A final note about the “service fee” in the billing. That “service fee” is charged by and is charged to all travelers (as a percentage of their rental) to cover costs of the VRBO network. That money does not come to me in any way and has nothing to do with my specific rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties