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Silver Lake - Charming turn of the century Victorian Cottage - 5 miles to Letch.

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms; 4 full bathrooms; sleeps 12 comfortably; boat lift available

BOOKING 2018 - almost fully booked for 2018, 1 week in June and time in May, Sept & Oct available.

BOOKING 2019 - new guest bookings begin on 10/1, allowing our past guests first opportunity.

Enjoy your vacation at our lovingly restored Lake Front Turn of the Century Victorian Cottage on idyllic Silver Lake.

The Finger Lakes are comprised of 10 lakes, if there were 11; Silver Lake would be the extra pinkie on the Western End

Silver Lake is nestled in the rolling hills of Wyoming County, NY. The lake is 4 miles long, a mile wide and known for good fishing so don’t forget your poles

This cottage boasts 3 covered porches, plenty of outdoor dining and seating along with indoor & outdoor fireplaces. There is also a boat lift available if you bring your own boat (6.5' wide, 2,000 lb).

At Days end enjoy your favorite beverage watching the incredible Sunsets…no two are alike

An old fashion vacation with a step back in time

Although built around 1900, the home has been extensively rebuilt and restored, including all new bathrooms, kitchen, bar-room, 3 porches, indoor & outdoor fireplaces and refinished floors throughout.

A truly unique part of the ‘east’ side of the lake is the right of way walkway between the houses and lake, which until 40+ years ago had been a narrow gauge railroad. This walkway takes you along the lake to the while getting to know the neighbors and and enjoying family time exercise.

Relax with an evening fire at one of the 2 fireplaces or with a bon fire lakeside with the portable firepit. Plenty of wood available.

Hope you like music, there is a great stereo on the 1st floor with 5 sets of speaker (3 outdoor), extensive (oldies) CD library and hookup for your ipod, iphone, ipad or other MP3 player. Additional surround sound system on 3rd floor.

All the bedrooms boast ceiling fans, along with the living room and bar room.

The ‘7th’ bedroom is actually the 3rd floor of the house we fondly refer to as: The Orphanage (also known as: Crow’s Nest, Adam’s Attic or Astro Lounge) Has 4 distinct areas, main room with large ‘L’ shaped couch and other seating, bed area with 4 'full size' beds creating a camp like setting, additional sitting area over looking the lake with large couch and 4 other chairs, and finally a full bath / shower. This area is a favorite with the kids (and sometimes the guys) to get away and enjoy the views and their own surround sound stereo.

We have renovated to be very family oriented, with the bedrooms, orphanage, flow, porches, etc.. Until our renting this year, we also did not have a TV or internet (it's does now), and spent time catching up with family with games, music and enjoying what the house, community and area has to offer. It's been over 14 years and we have not tired of it, and is still a favorite for our families to gather, and hope it becomes one for your family too.

Dogs &/or cats must first discuss with owners, and if agreed there is a $50 fee per pet.

Please no event gatherings, due to close friendships and proximity to our neighbors.

BOOKING - Thank you everyone for this year, we again have an almost full booking from late spring till we close in late October.

2018 - For peak summer months, our returning guests have fully booked July & August. May - June and Sept - Oct are also beautiful times to visit.

Thank you to our guests over the past 7 years and your input for improvements. In the past couple years we have new docks, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, coffee maker, gas grill and associated other beds, outside seating and decorations and continue to improve.

You will also notice not being able to automatically book. We have found that having a quick conversation helps both of us to answer any questions you may have, before making such a large commitment.

Other Area Activities:

• Letchworth State Park – The Grand Canyon of the East: hiking, rafting, 3 gorgeous falls, Museum, Glen Iris Inn - 5 miles

• Golf at the Silver Lake Country Club - 2 miles

+ 3-4 bags of clubs available. Age is about as old as the house. Bring your favorite clubs to compliment.

• Charcoal Corral / DRIVE IN Theater – featuring: 2 screens, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, Arcade, Pizzeria, Miniature Golf, Antique car shows & much more – 2 miles

• Antiquing - many towns in the area

• Silver Lake Institute – Historical area with Victorian cottages – 1 mile

• Y-Camp Day Camp or Sleepover Camp for the kids – 2 miles

• Biking (several bikes available)

• Camp Asbury - Methodist camp – 1 mile

• Games – Board Games Galore Yard Games: Baggo , Croquet, Ladder Ball

• Great Fishing - Licenses available at Walmart in nearby Warsaw

* Niagra Falls - 60 miles

* Darien Lake Amusement Park - 25 miles

* Erie Canal - 30 miles

* Jello Museum - 20 miles

* Attica - drop the bad ones off for an overnight visit - 20 miles

* Wyoming County Country Fair - Tractor pulls, rides, etc.. Mid August - 15 miles

• Perry Speedway Car Racing - 3 miles

• Boating: 2 canoes, rowboat, 2 kayaks available to use on the property

+ Power boat rentals at Silver Lake Marina or Mac’s Bait & Tackle

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, dutch
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2018

About Susie

Our families are from both, Europe (Holland & England) and the mid west (Michigan / Ohio), but we are both born in the US. Susie is one of 3 children, with many extended family across the mid west and the Silver Lake area. Tim is one of 9, mostly in the mid Atlantic, New England and Seattle areas, but there is a straggler that bounces between England and China (we still don't know what he does). The family continues to grow, both in the US and Europe, with the cottage as a great gathering spot.

We have lived in many areas, but call our ''work' home in the NYC metro area and upstate NY our want to be home.

Susie purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Susie chose Castile

We had visited Silver Lake for many years, grew to love the area and people and ultimately purchased the cottage. It had good bones, but had never really been substantially touched, good & bad. When first working with builders on improvement, they suggested 'urban renewal and put a torch to it', funny sense of humor they have. We actually hired the 'urban renewal' builders, and knew it was going to be a long term improvement plan. So we laid out general objectives, created annual plans and we were off. The majority of the work was done over about 8 years, but continued to stay and work during that time. If you stay, there are 7-8 mini photo albums showing before, during and after photo's, which we even marvel about what we were thinking when we got into it. It has become a family favorite, and look forward to using it for more weeks when we ever retire and if we ever have grand kids (ha ha). And yes, the 'urban renewal' guys are now good friends and continue with new improvements and fixing as needed.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage benefits for us, was first being with family nearby, and later more family & friends coming to visit. To us, the location is wonderful, great lake, west facing for sunsets and the ability to take long walks between the lake and cottages on what was an old railroad line, getting to know the neighbors. Having the cottage mostly untouched for over 100 years provided an opportunity to keep the old, with some new, that looks like old. Our newest favorites are the 2 fireplaces, inside & outside. The inside one, with a traditional arched look, stone facing and bluestone hearth & mantel is really a wood stove that can heat the entire cottage on chilly days in the early spring and late fall. Add all that with the 5 sets of speakers, 3 of them outside, great stereo and it's a place we never really want to leave. Why do we rent it? As with anything costs go up to maintain and taxes, but we were only there a handful of time a year and thought we would test the waters. Little did we know the great interest, and most important we now having many guests coming back year after year and booking into the future. More important is they feel and treat it like a home, which it is to us.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Tim and Susie,

Our family enjoyed our vacation week at your cottage. You have done a nice job renovating and blending the old with the new. There were wonderful gathering spaces and 'nooks and crannies' for some personal chill time, enough space for all. Good amenities and well stocked. Thank you.
Aug 2016
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Castile Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , 3rd Floor / Orphanage
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , 2nd Floor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single , 1st Floor / Attached Bath
    Bedroom 7 - 4 double , 3rd Floor / Orphanage
  • Every bedroom has a ceiling fan
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Silver Lake - Charming turn of the century Victorian Cottage - 5 miles to Letch.
average rating of 4.852941 based on 39 reviews

Relaxing stay at a beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently spent a week here and had such a great stay! We entertained local family and had plenty of room even for extra overnight guests. The home was fully equipped for cooking, relaxing, reading, canoeing, etc. We would happily return here the next time we are in the area!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tim & Family, we are thrilled you had a great time & connected with family. Look forward to connecting in the future.
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Perfect lake house

  • 5 of 5

This house was the perfect place to enjoy Silver Lake and the Finger Lakes region. The house is clean and comfortable, beautifully decorated, and had every amenity one could hope for: canoes, kayaks, lakeside deck, outdoor fireplace, room for kids to run and play, indoor games, outdoor games, comfortable front porch with plenty of rocking chairs, speakers throughout the house and outdoor living spaces, well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, hot showers with strong water pressure, easy to contact/work with owners. We only turned the TV on once, to watch the Bills/Eagles pre-season game and everyone forgot they had a phone for the entire week (but if you had to check into the real world, the internet access was excellent). What more can you ask for from a vacation!! We hope to rent this property again next summer! And absolutely, 100% recommend it to anyone looking to relax and enjoy an old fashioned lake vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen, thank you for your wonderful review, more important is your family took full advantage of the cottage inside & out!! Look forward to your next visit.
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Ambler, a 'burb of Philadelphia

Great house. Complete with everything that makes it feel like home

  • 5 of 5

This house was roomy, and very comfortable. The lake was wonderful (despite the grasses that make it a little green). In addition to the canoes and kayaks, we rented a pontoon boat for a day at the same place where you can walk for a terrific breakfast. There are lots of games, spaces to hang out inside and out, and all the kitchen stuff you might need for almost anything. Several small towns nearby with good food, mini-golf, and stores for whatever you forgot to bring. The hosts were in touch to address any issues. Several bathrooms kept our gang of 10 from having few, if any, conflicts.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Mark & Family. Glad you found all the games inside & out. Also, glad you got to Mack's, it's a favorite of ours too. Hope to see you again in the future. Susie & Tim
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Wonderful large home right on the water and plenty of room to sleep three families of 4!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed Sunset Cottage! It has everything you need right at the house and all we needed to bring was food, drink and clothing. We caught fish off the dock daily and hiked nearby Letchworth Park. Perfect place for a large family or several smaller families!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time, especially the fishing. You probably noticed all the local fishermen on boats spend quite a bit of time by our dock, so it must be good. Susie & Tim
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Perfect gathering spot.

  • 5 of 5

We recently booked Tim and Susie's home for an extended weekend to gather family from all over the country for the occasion of our mother's funeral. To have time together in this lovely cottage on a picturesque lake was the perfect way to celebrate our mother's life. We gathered around a cozy fire to share pictures and memories, enjoyed great meals, got reacquainted with cousins at late night board games, and were even able to get in some hiking at Letchworth State park. The configuration of rooms and beds was perfect to accommodate a large diverse group of siblings, spouses, and young adult children. The cottage itself had so much to offer in terms of a well stocked kitchen, music CD's, games, books, great indoor/outdoor gathering spaces, and four full bathrooms. Tim and Susie were always helpful and quick with answers.

Although it was a sad occasion, we were very grateful to have this perfect spot to be together, rather than staying in a hotel.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Audrey, we are so happy the cottage worked well for your families time to gather & remember your mom. Gives you plenty of room to gather or be alone. Thank you. Susie & Tim
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Great place for a big group!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time staying at Sophie's Cottage. Plenty of room for all of us. The lake was beautiful and being able to use the canoe and kayaks was an added bonus. Plenty of places available to sit down on the dock and just enjoy the scenery. The area around Silver Lake in New York State is beautiful. We traveled each day to different state parks and hiked the trails and also went to Niagara Falls. We had a great week. Everything at the cottage was ready for us when we arrived and we received our deposit back in just a short time. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to all stay together.

The Webster group

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Webster Family !! Thank you for staying with us and hope you can make it back. Susie & Tim
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Rochester NY or Buffalo
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Silver Lake Country Club
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Interstate 390
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Glen Iris Inn - Letchworth State Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175
Refundable damage deposit $325
Pet Fee $50

As indicated max occupants are 12. If after discussion, and agreement for more than 12, there will be an additional charge of $125 / person / week.

MEMORIAL Day & COLUMBUS Day weekends will be a 4 day min

Check or paypal payments accepted. Credit card payments subject to 2.5% service charge.

Pets - only with owners acceptance after phone discussion

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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