Hillside cottage overlooks Seneca lake, in the Finger Lakes wine country. It's a quiet refuge, with a lovely covered porch set above the woods with views of the lake below. Wildlife is abundant, and there is much peace and quiet to enjoy.
The cottage, though built in 1903, has many modern appliances and amenities. With 5 bedrooms and two baths, it comfortably sleeps eight. Highlights include a covered front porch with comfy seating looking out over the lake, with an uncovered wrap-around porch increasing the potential for outdoor seating, with two chaise lounges and a gas grill.
High ceilings and finished wood floors in the downstairs dining and living rooms give a lodge-like feel to the cottage. The kitchen has two refrigerators, a gas stove, microwave and double sink. The water in the house is all UV purified and sediment filtered. There is a washer and dryer in the cellar.
A steep 1/4-mile walk down an old jeep road (not to be driven, given its steep incline and lack of maintenance) will bring you to our waterfront, where there are two docks and a shed with beach chairs and a refrigerator.
Please note: the hill down to the waterfront is steep, and the distance is close to a quarter mile from house to stairs above the beach. Young children may balk at walking the hill! Running down the trail is not recommended, given the uneven and rocky road surface.
The beach is shale (so wear shoes!), and the lake bottom is carpeted with sharp zebra mussels (so WEAR WATER SHOES!!), but off the dock the water is deep and refreshing, typically clear and cold (65-75 degrees from June-August). The trail through the woods and steps to the lake may each be slippery from wet leaves and moss, so care must be taken on the descent.
The entire house, except an owners closet and attic space upstairs and a wood room below the porch, is available for guest access.
A property manager and local emergency contact is available for urgent questions. Contact information will be provided upon booking.
Wine country tours, the Watkins Glen race track, and boating on Seneca through Watkins Glen Seneca lake tours are all nearby attractions.
Absolutely no smoking and no pets. Please conserve water, as the well has a limited supply, though there is a large reserve tank that should accommodate large groups with reasonable water use. Events or large parties are not allowed. Cars must park in designated areas, and there is a limit to four cars on the property. Initial clean-up must be performed by guests. Quiet time after 10pm.