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Jeannette Wilkins

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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Special Offer! PRIME TIME CANCELLATION! May 24th thru May 31, 2014 May 24 - May 31

Sylvan Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Lakeside cottage, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed. Sleeps 10-12

*Large, recently renovated 4 bdrm, 4.5 bath, family lake house on beautiful Keuka Lake.

*Conveniently located on the most desired east side halfway between Penn Yan and Hammondsport.

*Each bedroom has private bath with shower. Terrace level king suite has shower and antique claw foot tub.

*18 x 20 sunroom with walls of windows overlooking lake.

* UV water filtration system for clean water

*Enormous permanent dock with boat lift available if you own your own boat.

*Gradual sloping lawn offers safety for small children and great swimming for all ages.

*Huge parking area just steps from home

*Gourmet kitchen with new stainless appliances, wine refrigerator, Bosch gas cooktop, separate icemaker, and central island with seating

*Unique bankette seating for up to 9 persons

*Huge wraparound porch and expansive deck with spectacular sunset views of the 'bluff'

*Gas and charcoal grills, large storage area for water toys

*Cable tv, wifi,

This is not your typical rental cottage. This family owned and loved cottage is only available to a few families a year, The cottage was completely renovated in 2010, but retains it's charm on the east side of beautiful Keuka Lake. It is the perfect place for summer vacations, fall winery touring, or spring getaways. You can walk to the Switzerland Inn for lunch or dinner. You are close to wineries, the Windmill market, Lakeside Golf Club, and nearby waterfalls. The gourmet kitchen is enormous. New appliances including large refrigerator, dishwasher, separate icemaker, wine refrigerator, Bosch gas cook top, and antique farm style sink. The countertops and island in the kitchen are made from reclaimed french oak from a local winery. Charming built- in breakfast nook has views to the lake with dining space for 2 or 10. Awesome sunroom/living room (16’x20’) has walls of windows, two-story A-frame ceiling, overlooks the lake with view of the bluff, and is great for relaxing and entertaining.

Master bedroom is on the main floor with private bath and Queen bed. Upstairs are two bedrooms, each with private bath/shower. Both have Queen beds, all with new mattresses and bedding. Upstairs also has a small bedroom for children with trundle/day bed, and crib. The terrace level with 2nd Master suite has King bed with private bath including antique claw foot tub and separate shower. Adorable powder room bath on main level. Office on main level with desk for computer use. Cottage includes high speed DSL Wireless Router, HD TV, DVD player. Lake water is filtered for drinking and cooking with a whole house ultra-modern UV light filtration system. There is a Den/family seating area on the terrace level with sofa (fold out queen size bed), card or dining table, and large storage space for water toys.

The porch runs the length of the house and then wraps to the lake side for wonderful outdoor entertaining. The porch was enlarged from its’ original design for expanded seating area and more space to view sunsets across the lake. There is a 2 person glider, a 2 person swing, a large dining table on the side porch, and lots of adirondack chairs. A lower terrace has a 8 person table for outdoor dining, gas and charcoal grills, and allows for access without steps through the beautiful grass lawn to the permanent 50 ft dock.

A tandem kayak and canoe are available for use. Boat lift will accommodate skiboats up to 18 feet and 2000 lbs. The large lakeside lawn and beach is a gradual slope that allows for family to lounge, play ball, or relax. A stone fire pit is on the beach for family gatherings at night to watch the stars. An outdoor fireplace on the lake side lawn is great for cooking or as a wonderful backdrop for family photos.

A private drive to the cottage leads you to ample parking for cars and trailers.

The location is one of the best on the lake. There is privacy for family gatherings and spectacular views of the lake from the cottage. We hope you enjoy your stay at “Southern Sails” as much as we love this cottage.

Keywords: lakehouse,family reunion location, lake cottage

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  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Jeannette Wilkins

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We are parents and grandparents, and we are fortunate enough to be the third generation to care for this cottage. We offer it to others for a few weeks each year to enjoy this special lake and this special cottage,

Jeannette Wilkins purchased this cottage in 1954

The location is ideal because of the gentle slope of the land, giving easy access to the lake without a breakwall. The lake frontage is 50 feet. The neighborhood is the most beautiful and well maintained on the entire lake.

The cottage is close to wineries, the charming town of Hammondsport and the Glenn Curtiss Museum. Antiquing, Watkins Glenn, and Corning Glass museum are favorite activities. Local berry picking is a very fun activity with the kids, not to mention, delicious!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Property Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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Sylvan Beach Finger Lakes

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My husband I rented this wonderful property for a week in September. The weather changed each day which added to the joy of being on the water. The house was terrific we had two friends stay with us as we were celebrating my 50th high school reunion. Each of the other guest had their own bathrooms which was great. The kitchen was perfect for cooking and enjoying the evenings. We can't wait to return and enjoy and relax in this wonderful spot
Owner's Response: Our favorite months at the lake are June and September, so your reunion week-end was timed perfectly. it is so quiet and the Herons are not quite as shy as they are in July and August. We are delighted that you had a fun and relaxing week at our cottage. Most people say it is not a "cottage" but rather a lakehouse, but the term "cottage" does not refer to to the size of the home. To me, it refers to the charm of a place that embraces it's past and it's present with new conveniences and old memories...............
Helpful votes: 4/4
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Sylvan Beach Finger Lakes
East Aurora, NY

The Perfect Multi-Family Home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
For the past 5 years, my wife and our young kids, my sister's family and her young kids, and my parents rent a lake house annually at different lakes somewhere between my sister in NJ and us in East Aurora, NY. This is the 1 time a year that we spend a lot of quality time together and we chose Keuka Lake this year at Southern Sails. It was unanimously voted by the entire family as the best house and trip yet since we started. We comfortably fit all the adults and children throughout the house. Every bedroom has its own bathroom and the entire place is extremely clean and in beautiful shape, so you can tell the owners take extremely good care of it. It has a nice dock with lounge chairs, kayaks, both a gas and charcoal grill ready to go, firepit, and a bunch of outside seating. There is a very shallow, gradual depth into the water perfect for the kids to play in. The porch is beautiful and spacious connected to both the kitchen and a sunroom. Stainless steel newer appliances and even a separate wine fridge where we stocked all the wines for the trip. The closest town to Sothern Sails happens to be the best town on the lake in my opinion and a major factor in my selection process trying to narrow down where we wanted to stay. This place is equipped with anything that you need and will not dissapoint anyone who rents it. I am thankful we discovered it and will be coming back for sure.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We just love hearing stories like yours! Your family sounds a lot like ours, and we love our spot for the same reasons. We do appreciate the gradual incline into the water especially when we see some places perched on cliffs with a zillion steps down to the lake. Also, how cute is Hammondsport? New shops, antiques,cafes, the square and summer concerts....just summer at its best, Glad you made lots of new memories!
Helpful votes: 5/5
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Sylvan Beach Finger Lakes
Etowah, North Carolina

Vacation at Keuka Lake

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this location. The house is roomy and comfortable. Views of the lake are excellent from inside as well as outside on the extensive decks. My favorite is the sun room facing the lake with windows on three sides. Great space to sit and take it all in or just relax. It was lovely to be outside. There are two levels of outside areas as well as the dock and the fire pit. We used the fire pit several times and it was lovely to sit at lake edge and see the other fire pits going as well. Mornings on the water in the kayak were lovely.

Bathrooms are plentiful and roomy. Bedrooms are of good size and very comfortable. Kitchen is well stocked with all the necessities. The house was immaculate when we arrived.

We ventured out to several of the wineries around Keuka Lake and went into Corning to the Museum of Glass, which was so much more than we expected. Crab night (Wed. night) at the Switz is a must!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Sounds like a wonderful week! We are glad you enjoyed so many things around Keuka Lake. How lucky are we all to have this pretty little place so close to wineries, museums, AND a breathtaking lake!
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Sylvan Beach Finger Lakes
Hopewell Junction, NY

Best Rental in the Finger Lakes

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Wow! What an amazing house! Based on the photos, we had high expectations, but the actual house blew our minds. The owners have stocked everything you could possibly need. There were baby gates at every staircase, tons of water toys and indoor toys, and every possible kitchen gadget you could desire. The house is beautifully appointed with gorgeous wood trim, wide plank floors, wine-barrel counters, tons of antiques and nautical photos, and lots of cozy nooks for reading and naps. My husband, an engineer, was less interested in the antiques but was in awe of the radiant floor heating and giant hot water heater, which are visible from the laundry area. Best, though, is the lake access. The back of the house opens to a flat yard with plenty of space for frisbee or croquet. The lawn slowly slopes down to the dock and private beach. There's not a room in the house that doesn't have a view of the lake and from which you can't hear the water and the birds.

I should also mention that the house is QUIET! We went with 2 other families, each of whom have small children. In sum, there were 4 children under the age of 5. We were worried about night noise, since we all tend to be in bed by 9 pm. Although we saw occasional neighbors, we never heard them. They were all very quiet and respectful. This house is set down the hill from the road, so there wasn't any road noise either. We all slept so well!

Prior to our trip, we emailed the owner nearly every day for a week with questions. We wanted to know whether to pack our waffle iron, our infant life jacket, etc. Jeannette replied immediately to every request with reassurance that they had everything at the house already. She was so helpful throughout our trip. She recommended wineries, all-you-can eat crab dinners, and a very fun concert in the Hammondsport Square.

We cannot recommend this house enough! We feel so lucky to have enjoyed a week in such a wonderful place!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time on Keuka Lake in our sweet cottage. The time that you spend with friends and family in a beautiful place like Keuka Lake stays with you and draws you back, time after time. I loved what you said about sleeping. I don't know why we all sleep so well at the lake. Maybe because we are so happy and relaxed?? Please come back!
Helpful votes: 4/4
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Sylvan Beach Finger Lakes
Middleport, NY

Awesome Week at Southern Sails

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
This home was absolutely beautiful !! Very clean and had all the amenities we needed, and then some. We spent much of our time just relaxing on the beautiful porch watching the kids swim and kayak. On a few occasions when it was actually too windy to be on the deck, we sat in the sun room, which was absolutely awesome. The teenagers actually put down the cell phones and ipods and joined in on conversation !! The decor of the home was done to the hilt (my taste exactly). The touches were perfect. The kitchen was fabulous... my dream kitchen. There were plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms for all of us to be comfortable. We did the wine tour, did some golfing and did a little go-carting, but the best was when we were all just hanging out together on the deck/porch. We all absolutely loved it here. Our whole family had a wonderful time. We now have more great memories to add to the collection. Thanks for sharing your home with us Wilkins family !!!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Your week at the lake sounds like you were able to totally relax and re-connect with one another. We just love to hear that because that is what happens for us, also! There is just something about this beautiful lake that keeps drawing us back, year after year. We hope you will come back soon!!
The Wilkins family
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Waterfront Restaurant
"We love to boat across the lake to this very fun restaurant on the water. Plenty of boat sl..."
Switzerland Inn
"Our favorite place. We walk from the cottage, heading north on 54, down the Keuka Village r..."
Lakeside Restaurant
"REALLY good food. We boat over to this restaurant, usually for lunch with friends"
Around the Corner
"Jane, the owner, is a phenom! She has catered a wedding and a special celebration at the co..."
Ravines Wine Cellars
"New champagne this year. Love all of their wines."
Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Elmira, NY
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Penn Yan, NY
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Switzerland Inn
Car: necessary

This cottage is located in the center of Keuka Lake activities. Close to wineries, and good restaurants.

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Availability & Rates

Sylvan Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Special Offer! PRIME TIME CANCELLATION! May 24th thru May 31, 2014

Special Offer From:
Dates May 24, 2014 to May 31, 2014

Their loss is your gain! Saturday May 24 to Saturday, May 31, 2014 This is Memorial week! Special rate of $2800.00 for the week. Great time for retired couples looking for a place to gather. This price is 20% less than the normal rate. This week only! Hurry!

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Nov 26 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 nights
Christmas/New Year
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 5 2015
4 nights
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 6 2015
7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Notes Please inquire about Spring/Fall rates.
We are usually booked well over a year in advance. We also have a good number of repeat guests. Please check the calendar before inquiring!
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Sylvan Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Garage ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Telephone
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Catering Available ...
  • Oven
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , + crib
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , sleeper sofa in master suite area-suitable for children
  • King size beds (1) bed linens and towels not provided, Queen size Beds (3) Bed linens and towels not provided, Twin or Single Beds (1) day bed with trundle Bed linens and towels not provided, Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofabed
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Boat
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • water tubing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
50 foot dock with 20 x 20 deck on end for sunning and entertaining. Lounge chairs, french folding table, umbrella and chairs on property
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