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Lots of Privacy. Right on the lake. Pets Welcome.

Bedrooms 1
Space 880 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

1Full BA, one Bedroom with 2 double beds. LR with pull out couch. Sleeps 4.

Guests tell me the photos don't do the cottage and property justice. Read our reviews. Very private. Clean. Lots of space. Drive down to the beach. The East side of Seneca Lake has lots of sun and beautiful sunsets. New 100 foot dock. New windows, doors and air conditioning. Close to wineries, college campuses, and Sampson State Park. Ten miles from Geneva for shopping, movies, and food. Two Five Star restaurants within 15 miles. Each year we renovate another part of our little cottage and many of our guests and their pets return every year. One bedroom with two double beds and a large living room with one pull out couch can sleep 4. Cottage is 880 square feet so best for 2-4 people. Cozy but maybe too small for anyone 6 foot 2 or over. New kitchen appliances, cupboards, air conditioning, and microwave. We added a pellet stove for visits in the early spring or late fall for wine tours, an aluminum boat for fishing, a canoe and 2 kayaks for sunsets on the lake. For further information, call or e-mail me. It is a lovely place to relax.

Enjoy the quiet - pets welcome. Guests and their pets return every year. One of the few places with no stairs to the lake. Everyone enjoys swimming in the lake, laying on the dock, visiting the wineries (we have three within 7 miles and a new brewery) and local restaurants. Others have ventured to Ithaca, Rochester, and Canandaigua to visit museums, gourmet restaurants, and historic sites. The bedroom is above the lake so when you wake up in the morning, you can see right onto the lake. The kitchen and dining area are on the bottom floor and look right onto the water. There are many places to walk including a two mile hike up to Sampson State Park.

If you need to get away from the stress of your life, this is the place.

Enjoy the Lake: This is NOT for you IF you want a high energy vacation. See the herons land on the dock each evening and the ducklings come by each morning. The waves will rock you to sleep. Swim and kayak during the day. Take out the rowboat to fish. Have beach fires at night and visit our many wonderful wineries, breweries, and restaurants nearby. No cable TV (just DVD movies). No internet but if you want, you can smart phone your way into the busy life of your workplace. We suggest you don't. Just relax and get away. This is truly the country and as our friend Simon says, "They aren't building any more lakes."

More Details

Property Manager
Cindy Lont, owner
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Cindy Lont, owner

My family purchased the property in the 1960s and over the years we added rooms and renovated what was a little boathouse into a full functioning cottage right on the lake. No one is allowed to build this close to the lake anymore but we were grandfathered since the building was here before that ruling. Each year I add something new. In 2015, it was a 100 foot permanent dock, new doors and new windows. In 2015, I retired from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where I had been a professor since 1984. Some people retire to the south. I retired back home to the north. I have two adult children who help me with the cottage (Until they graduate from college). I have been renovating and renting this cottage for 10 years. It has been great meeting nice people (and their pets) and having them return year after year.

Cindy Lont, owner purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Cindy Lont, owner chose Romulus

The difference between this cottage and the others on the lake is the location. It is very private with over 280 feet of lake shore just for you. There are no stairs going down to the lake like other cottages. You walk out the door, two steps off the deck and you are 6 feet from the water. You park your car down on the beach. It is private, quiet, and you can relax. No landline phones, no internet, no cable. Lots of DVDs, CDs, books, swimming, sun and boating. Want to leave work behind? This is the place.

What makes this cottage unique

My parents always had a house on Seneca lake for summers. After 40 years, I finally live on the lake year round. The cottage property is so beautiful. I love the fires at night, the sunsets and swimming off the dock. Every night is a different sunset.


Romulus Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 880 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Renter will be assessed charges for any damages other than normal use. No vehicles larger pick-up truck, unlicensed vehicles, ATVs or loud cycles.
  • No disturbance to neighbors, adjoining properties or general area. No more than 3 vehicles, including those belonging to the renter.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • All new bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 2 double
    Living Room - Pull out couch
  • Upstairs bedroom looks over the water. Two double beds upstairs. One pull out couch in the large living room downstairs.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
You can drive down on the beach to unload. Then drive around the side to park (off street). Very close and works well for older adults who have trouble walking distances. We have a two person aluminum canoe, an aluminum fishing boat and a one person kayak which works well on the lake. Paddle together in the canoe or take the kayak and hook an inner tube to the back and take your spouse for a ride. We do have full cell phone service and provide a CD player, radio, DVD player and TV along with lots of movies available for nightly showings. We do not have cable TV or internet service. We believe a low tech vacation helps our guests relax, forget about work, enjoy the lake, watch the campfire, talk, and/or read. Nightly sunsets is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy nature.


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Lots of Privacy. Right on the lake. Pets Welcome.
average rating of 4.962264 based on 53 reviews
Annandale, NJ

Perfect private getaway

  • 5 of 5

The location and privacy of the cottage cannot be beat, not many rentals have so much lake front and privacy. Cindy has thought of everything you might need - from bath towels to paper towels to cutlery - the cottage has it. The wine trails are really great but my husband and I also enjoyed some of the local golf courses and hiking trails (Watkins Glen Gorge Trail is a must!). This is a perfect, relaxing getaway in a great, private location.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2009
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful spot to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in June! It was a beautiful spot right on the lake. Cindy was extremely helpful with the stay! Will definitely be coming back!!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the property. We brought our two labs and they had a great time swimming in the lake. The dock is really nice and there is an outdoor eating area with a very nice grill, as well as a fire pit for campfires. The interior is very clean and in my opinion was actually nicer than it appears in the photos. I know the listing mentions low ceilings - my boyfriend is 6'2 and he was ok. Overall, a great stay in a beautiful spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it when dogs are as happy as their people. Guests who come back year after year, say their dog always know when they have arrived and are happy to come back and enjoy the water and the walks. For those guests without dogs, they say the same thing but add wine to the list (water, walks, and wine). Many say, it's like coming home. That's the best compliment ever!!!
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From Western MD

Great little house with awesome lake view. Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier during our visit to Seneca Lake. The lake house was outfitted with all the modern conveniences in top shape. Owner Cindy met us and our 2 Newfoundland dogs to make us all feel right at home from the start. She was very helpful & available when we had questions. Such a beautiful, private setting. Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Syracuse, NY

Great Location for Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

All of the descriptions and reviews of this property were very accurate. Cindy was a great host, and was easy to communicate with. The house is very private and perfect for a weekend retreat. We loved how close we were to the lake (just a few feet away) and took advantage of the dock and boat. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Cindy was an amazing host! She gave us our space but was there for any questions. We felt so welcomed. It would be impossible not to be enchanted by this lakeside cottage. We had the lakefront to ourselves and it was perfect for snuggling up and watching the sunset on the dock. Waking up to the sound of waves was just as magical. Our little dog LOVED the cottage just as much as we did. There is a lovely place only a few miles down the road that has 3 wineries and a brewery in one location if that is your niche. And I can't forget the fall foilege! Beautiful. Cannot say enough about how relaxing this trip was!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Watkins Glen State Park
Walk up the Glen and down OR take the bus up to the top of the Glen and walk back down. Eit...
Sampson State Park
Walk from the cottage to Sampson (4-5 miles round trip). Military museum. Marina, snack ba...
Mac's Drive-In
Old fashioned drive in. Eat in your car while the waitresses bring your food. Honk when you...
Connie's Diner
Old fashioned diner. Cash only. Lots of food. Try the "Quickie."
The Deluxe Bar and Grill
Great prime rib. Family owned.
Three Brothers Winery and Estates
Fun place to go. 7 miles form the cottage. Lots of different wines. Three wineries on locat...
Zugibe Vineyards Tasting Room
Family owned winery. Mostly dry wines. Quiet and nice. 7 miles from cottage.
Ventosa Vineyards
Dry wines. Go for lunch and sit on the back porch and watch the lake. Beautiful location.
Belhurst Castle
A winery, a smaller restaurant (Stonecutters) and the fancy place, Edgars. Hit the winery a...
Knapp Vineyard Restaurant
Nice winery and location.
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Rochester, NY
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Golden Buck
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
New York State
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Golden Buck, Abigails
Car: necessary

Cottage is 10 miles from Geneva on the East Side of Seneca lake. Three wineries and a brewery are within 7 miles and the cottage is three miles from Sampson State Park.

Other Activities: Twenty miles from Watkins Glen for a wonderful hike through the Glen. Three miles from Sampson State Park and the military museum. Fifteen miles from Seneca Falls, home of Women's Rights. Around Seneca Lake, there are more than 50 wineries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$1200 a week - $200 weekend night - $175 per week night
$1200 a week - $200 weekend night - $175 per week night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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