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Mike & Mary Callahan

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Lakeside Home, 2 Kayaks & Peddle Boat, SPECIAL NIGHTLY RATE FOR 8/28 -9/1

14 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Overview

Seneca Lake House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6

*** WE'VE DECREASED OUR NIGHTLY RATE FOR THE PART OF THE LAST WEEK THAT'S AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER. WE BROUGHT IT DOWN FROM $400 TO $340, IN ORDER TO GET IT BOOKED. WE HOPE YOU'LL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT OFFER, AND COME VISIT THE FINGER LAKES WHILE THE WATER IS STILL WARM. ***

Our home is right in the heart of wine country and overlooks the lake from the east side, so the views are amazing and the sunsets are often filled with spectacular colors. Set among summer cottages and homes in a rustic/country-style neighborhood, our property has 70 feet of spacious lake frontage and a 10 foot wide dock. Depending on the weather and day of the week, the atmosphere on this uncongested lake ranges from calm and peaceful to joyful and fun.

Our home is fully furnished and features an Arts & Crafts-style living room. The master bedroom, living room, and especially the dining room (with its eight windows) all have clear, broad views of the lake/sunsets. The community areas are large too (living room: 17' x 22', kitchen and dining room: 22' x 22'). Up to six people can sleep comfortably in the three bedrooms with two queen and two twin beds. The kitchen is fully stocked and the house has air conditioning. There is enough parking for two or three vehicles.

Further Description:

Just outside the house is an intimate yard with a gas grill and a patio set that has cushioned seats and an umbrella. On the lakefront, there's a bonfire ring and a picnic table with an umbrella. You can borrow the owner's 2 kayaks, peddle boat, and row boat, and use life preservers and extra chairs that are kept in the boat shed. There's something for everyone, including swimming, boating, kayaking, long walks along a dirt road through vineyards, fishing, and romantic evenings watching the sunset and drinking local wine.

Amenities:

- full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, and cooking/eating utensils

- satellite TV and DVD player in living room

- satellite TV in master bedroom

- high speed, wireless internet

- air conditioning

- clean linens provided

- clothes washer and dryer

- 70 feet of lake frontage

- 10 foot wide dock

- 2 kayaks, 1 peddle boat, 1 row boat

- area on lakefront for launching small boats (up to 14 feet long)

- clear, broad views of the lake/sunsets from the yard and from many rooms of the house

- parking for two or three vehicles

- three bedrooms with two queen and two twin beds

- in the yard is a gas grill and patio set with cushioned seats and an umbrella

- on the lake frontage, there's a bonfire ring and a picnic table with an umbrella. You can borrow the owner's 2 kayaks, peddle boat, and row boat, and use life preservers and extra chairs that are kept in the boat shed

- access to the lake frontage from the yard is by way of a sturdy staircase or by a short road that goes around the neighborhood (about 1/4 mile to our frontage). The staircase has about 75 steps. The run for the steps is 11 inches, which is nice, and there are three decks with benches, in case anyone needs to rest or wants to see the view. It's also very handy to be able to drive down if you're carrying coolers, towels, etc., or are taking some small kids down all at once. The road is for limited use, especially on crowded weekends, but it is there when needed.

Other Attractions and Activities:

- antiquing

- boating

- cycling

- fishing

- hiking

- hunting

- mountain biking

- restaurants

- sailing

- shopping

- swimming

- water skiing

The surrounding area is incredibly dense with wineries overlooking the lake. You can have a great time touring the area and tasting wines. THERE ARE 10 WINERIES AND A BREWERY WITHIN A 10 MINUTE DRIVE, AND ONE WINERY WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. The property is 15 minutes from Watkins Glen, home of the Watkins Glen International Race Track, Watkins Glen Gorge, and Glen Harbor Marina. It's also surrounded by the Finger Lakes National Forest, with many nice hiking trails. You-pick fruit orchards and honor-system fruit and vegetable stands are available frequently during the summer and fall. Skyland Farm, a fine-craft gallery with items from over 500 artists and a feeding farm, is a must-see. The cuisine in the area is delicious with dining atmospheres ranging from casual to elegant. Two miles across the lake, the Rainbow Cove Restaurant has slips for boats.

Here are some of the local events.

- Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July

- Nascar races at Watkins Glen International Racetrack, Watkins Glen, NY

- Lodi Bluegrass Festival, October, Lodi, NY

For those willing to drive a little farther, other attractions include the Museum of the Earth, which is 35 minutes away, and Ithaca, NY (a 50 minute drive), with many musical venues and a wide variety of international cuisine. The Corning Museum of Glass as well as the Rockwell Museum are also 50 minutes away in Corning, NY. Some of the festivals and events held in the area include the following.

- Blue Heron Music Festival, July, Findley Lake, NY

- Grassroots Music Festival, July, Trumansburg, NY

- Sterling Renaissance Festival, part of July and August, Sterling, NY

- Festival of the Arts, July, Corning, NY

- Grape Festival, September, Naples, NY

- Cohocton Fall Festival, October, Cohocton, NY

- Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show, October, Schodack, NY

The Museum of the Earth is 35 minutes away, and Ithaca, NY, which also has many musical venues and a wide variety of international cuisine, is 45 minutes. The Corning Museum of Glass as well as the Rockwell Museum are also 45 minutes away in Corning, NY

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mike & Mary Callahan (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Reviews

4.8
based on 14 traveler reviews

Lakeside Home, 2 Kayaks & Peddle Boat, SPECIAL NIGHTLY RATE FOR 8/28 -9/1
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
Montoursville, PA
5

Great property - great area

  • 5 of 5

Cozy, clean with all the modern conveniences of home, including a wireless Internet connection. The views of the lake, especially the sunset are incredible. The waterfront area with dock is a short walk away with swimming, fishing, and boating (kayak and canoe provided) and just general relaxing by the water available. The area itself has lots of wineries, a great micro-brewery at Wagners and excellent restaurants within easy driving distance. All-in-all a wonderful vacation spot. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
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5

Great week!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time staying here. The house was really lovely; it was comfortable and had all the utilities and appliances we needed. The view of the lake is really great, and we spent a lot of time outside. The house feels secluded even though it is in a neighborhood. We stayed for a week and we weren't bored once. There are a lot nice hikes nearby and kayaking on the lake was so relaxing. I would definitely recommend this house if you are looking to rent in this area. The house was clean, comfortable and spacious, the owners were really nice and helpful, and the location was perfect.

The only thing I would say as a word of caution is that the road to the house is gravel and its pretty steep. We were fine in our minivan but if you have a older car you might want to be careful. Other than that it was an amazing experience O'm glad to have had.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Vestal, NY
5

Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I surprised my wife for her birthday with a weekend stay in the Finger Lakes. The deck overlooking the lake was nice. The cottage was very clean and cozy and described accurately. Mary had very clear instructions to help us with our stay. We had a great time and enjoyed the cottage very much. We will recommend this to family and friends. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Vestal, NY
5

Relaxing and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We came to Seneca Lake because we wanted a peaceful and relaxing weekend. We were very happy with our choice. The listing was accurate. The property was very clean. Mike and Mary were very attentive to our needs. The views from the dining room were amazing! We really enjoyed using the Kayaks - a big plus for us. We enjoyed Dano's, an incredible restaurant right near by. We got to bring our dog, Bella and she enjoyed the local hikes with us. We will recommend this property to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great first time at the Finger Lakes weekend. The house was great! So comfy and clean. It had everything we needed. The bedrooms were comfy, clean and nice. Kitchen had everything you needed. We were able to make dinner on the grill, cook breakfast. We made a fire at the lake and loved it. Our kids used the kayaks and canoe. Weekend and accommodations were just great.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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4

Great location, comfortable stay

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for our annual trip to the Finger Lakes over Labor Day weekend. We stayed in the same neighborhood last year, so we largely knew what to expect in the area - the location is absolutely perfect and quiet, even on a busy holiday weekend.

The house is exactly as pictured, but the photos don't really do their beautifully renovated living room justice. The kitchen and bathtub/shower are older, but still in good working order (although the stove has two burners not working, which was a bigger pain than we thought it would be!). We had to refill the propane for the grill during our stay, but it wasn't a big deal and I anticipate getting a refund when they send our security deposit back. We also had trouble getting the grill lit (it has to be done manually), but Mike came over and helped us.

There are 85 stairs down to the waterfront, but we didn't find them to be an issue and the staircase is in very good shape. The waterfront area is a bit more grown in than the photos show, which isn't an issue, but does make navigating the stairs a bit tricky. We were disappointed that the adirondack chairs shown in the photo aren't still there - there is two rather uncomfortable wood chairs on the dock now (I'm glad we brought our foldable hammock, but there are also pop up chairs you can use). In addition, the boat shown anchored off shore is no longer there - there's a new dock that the boat is docked at. Unfortunately, the keg that the boat used to be anchored to is still floating in the water, which means every single sunset photo I took has a keg in it - a first world problem. Regardless, we still enjoyed every evening down by the water and had fun making a camp fire (make sure to bring your own wood). You do share the lakefront area with their cabin next door - the people staying next door basically kicked us off the dock that should have been "ours" one evening, but it was fine and not worth arguing about. The listing says that there is a kayak and rowboat for use - we never found the kayak (we had rented our own, so it wasn't an issue) or the rowboat paddles. Kayaking on the lake is great - watch for bald eagles!

Overall, it was a great, comfortable stay in a dynamite location. Some of our local favorites: dinner at Stonecat Cafe, beer from Grist Iron Brewing and Roosterfish in Watkins Glen, BBQ from Nickel's Pit in Watkins Glen and hiking at Treman and Taughannock State Parks (much less crowded than Watkins Glen Park).

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Owner's Response: We appreciate and love to hear all of the nice comments, detailed feedback, and especially the constructive criticisms of this guest, who is a travel blogger, and we feel honored to get a four-star rating from someone like her. I would like to clarify and/or respond to a few things that were mentioned in her review though. 1. The stove does have two burners that don't work right now. It couldn't bet fixed so we bought a new one, but didn't get it installed before the fully booked part of the year. We'll get that done this Fall though. We've taken our griddle out of the cabinet, and hope that helps with making big breakfasts. There are also crockpots and baking dishes that help a lot. The grill helps too. We explain our policy about having the propane tanks for the grill filled and getting reimbursed in a pre-arrival informational email. 2. I never thought about how our keg-mooring would make pictures not be as nice, but I guess it does make sense. We've always liked it. By the way, we've bought a floating deck (swim platform), and we plan to fix it up this Fall and then attach it to the keg-mooring out in the water next year. We feel that our future guests will be able to have a lot of fun if they want to swim out to it, dive into the deeper water out there, or just sit on it for a while and relax away from shore. 3. This property has 70 feet of its own lake frontage. There is a completely separate area with 45 feet of lake frontage for our other cottage next door, but sometimes they're confused about which area they're supposed to use. I've left notes in the other cottage with pictures to show them where their frontage is. Maybe I need a bigger note. We also have plans to put up some signs on the lake frontage to make sure that people aren't confused about it anymore. The two properties do not share lake frontage though. They each have their own area with their own bonfire ring, picnic table, and a short dock. In the future, the swim platform will be shared between both sets of guests and us, but not the frontage. 4. The kayak is been down on the lake frontage, but it's put away in the boat house, so I guess she didn't see it. The rowboat ores and kayak paddles are in the boat shed. 5. Our staircase has 75 steps, not 85. Up at the house, there are 10 more steps, but they aren't part of the staircase. We're glad that we get detailed feedback occasionally that helps us to make our property better. Thanks so much!
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Rochester

The surrounding area is incredibly dense with wineries overlooking the lake. You can have a great time touring the area and tasting wines. There are 10 wineries and a brewery within a 10 minute drive, and one winery within walking distance. The property is 15 minutes from Watkins Glen, home of the Watkins Glen International Race Track, Watkins Glen Gorge, and Glen Harbor Marina. It's also surrounded by the Finger Lakes National Forest, with many nice hiking trails. You-pick fruit orchards and honor-system fruit and vegetable stands are available frequently during the summer and fall. Skyland Farm, a fine-craft gallery with items from over 500 artists and a feeding farm, is a must-see. The cuisine in the area is delicious with dining atmospheres ranging from casual to elegant. Two miles across the lake, the Rainbow Cove Restaurant has slips for boats. Check out their breakfast!

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Rates & Availability

Lodi House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 26 2016 - Sep 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
$340
From
$400
Thu,Fri,Sat
$1,800
 
 
Fall
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 26 2016
1 night minimum stay
$245
From
$245
Fri,Sat
$1,375
 
 
Post-Season
Oct 27 2016 - Dec 14 2016
1 night minimum stay
$190
From
$220
Fri,Sat
$1,225
 
 
Pre-Season 2017
Dec 15 2016 - May 24 2017
1 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Fri,Sat
$1,250
 
 
Spring 2017
May 25 2017 - Jun 24 2017
1 night minimum stay
$250
From
$250
Fri,Sat
$1,400
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$2,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Fee for Half Cleaning $85
Tax Rate 5.5%

Check-in is 4 pm. Check-out is 10 am. Guests must get approval to have more than 6 occupants. Pets must also be approved. Absolutely no smoking allowed inside the house.

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Amenities

Seneca Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Just outside the house is an intimate yard with a gas grill and a patio set that has cushioned seats. On the lakefront, there's a bonfire ring and a picnic table. You can borrow the owner's kayak and row boat (with oars), or use the floats/tubes and extra chairs that are kept in the boat shed. Access to the lake frontage from the yard is by way of a sturdy staircase or by a short road that goes around the neighborhood (about 1/4 mile to our frontage). The staircase has about 75 steps. The run for the steps is 11 inches, which is nice, and there are three decks with benches, in case anyone needs to rest or wants to see the view. It's also very handy to be able to drive down if you're carrying coolers, towels, suntan lotion, or are taking some small kids down all at once.

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