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10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Aurora House Rental Photos and Description

3 bdrm, 2 bath w/WRAP AROUND DECK ON THE WATER - on Cayuga (one of Fingerlakes)

* Please fully read the property description, location and e-mail if you have questions regarding living in New York State rural environment!

* ON THE WATER 10 MILE VIEW FROM WRAP AROUND DECK - YEAR ROUND TASTEFULLY FURNISHED private HOME - 1 mile south of the charming village of Aurora near Wells College. Perfect for summer vacations and Autumn retreats.

YOU WILL BE COMFORTABLE AT SUNSET HOUSE whether you use it as a base for activities or just never leave once you arrive.

THE MAIN LEVEL includes a Great Room with cathedral ceilings (ceiling fans), gas fireplace, basic cable TV, DVD, and CD/radio with sound system.

DINING AREA, FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN with dual fuel stove, microwave and coffeemaker.



* Stairs to walk into lake and dock with stair access from parking area

* 1 MILE TO CHARMING VILLAGE OF AURORA , Cell phone is necessary and ATT reception can be a problem. 1 mile south to beach at Long Point State Park.

* NEARBY: twenty easy miles to the heart of ITHACA, 30 minutes to SKANEATLES and 30 minutes to Auburn.

* Plus or minus 1 hr to Syracuse, Rochester, Corning and Watkins Glen.

* WINE TRAIL and-3 1/2 miles to Goose Watch Winery by boat.


* Bringing your own linens is preferable. Linens and towels are available. Blankets and pillows provided.

* INTERNET AVAILABLE, WI-FI AVAILABLE at Dorie's Restaurant, Wells College and Fargo Bar and Grill in Aurora (1 mile)

* WATER FOR COOKING AND DRINKING IS PROVIDED. Treated, sanitized well water for showers and sinks is not for drinking.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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Phil and Phyllis purchased the property from a family member. Phil's dream was to build his own home on the lake in 1993. We worked together on the home while working for corporations in Rochester, NY. We've met many interesting families and enjoy sharing our lake home.

PHYLLIS DANN purchased this house in 1993

Why PHYLLIS DANN chose New York

The property belonged to Phil's Uncle and he wanted to keep the property in the family. We are so delighted to have been able to build Sunset House for the family. We hope you enjoy your stay!

What makes this house unique

Sunset House deck is over the lake and all the rooms have views of the lake. There is a Chiminea for fires on a cool day and comfy outdoor furniture. Our lake home is tastefully decorated and family antiques add to the charm of the home..

Guestbook comments from the manager

Oct. 5-12, 2013

We all had a wonderful time here! We especially loved the time we spent on the deck overlooking the lake. The lake home was cozy and inviting. Thanks again!

Tim, Brooke, Ben and Carly -

Mercer, Pennsylvania
Oct 2013
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based on 10 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.1 based on 18 reviews

Great Location, Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

Home is as beautiful if not more so than pictured. Very comfortable. Located in a quiet and peaceful area. Very relaxing, yet close to many activites. Beautiful state parks, great restaurants (Pumpkin Hill Bistro was excellent) & wineries. Sunsets over the lake are spectacular. Had a lot of fun feeding the ducks who swam up to the deck. We had a great vacation!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Middle River, MD


  • 2 of 5

Travelled quite a distance with 5 friends (in our 40's & 50's) for a ladies weekend away from our families for hitting the wine trail.Lake house was charming, however the owner-not so much. We were immediately met with condescension from the Phil letting us know being on the lake was challenging-only 5 min. showers were permitted and were given a

long grocery list of what was expected of us including cleaning duties (when they have housekeeping)and we were the guests! Owner demeaned me in front of my friends so things did not start out well. Excessive heat and no a/c was terribly uncomfortable! Low to no water pressure and cold showers were unfortunately a daily occurrence. There is no way you could possibly used the jetted tub that is advertised! We used every fan plus brought our own and had no relief except to start our day early to get someplace with a/c asap. 5 mph zone on street strictly enforced by neighbors and we were watched like hawks as if we were children. The right thing to do would have been for our stay to be discounted instead of being told by owners they had empathy and were sorry for any frustration we felt.This was to be a relaxing trip as a stress-free getaway for us busy working women, wives and mothers and I'm sad to say, it was quite the opposite. Perhaps the owners should reconsider renting their property since it is quite apparent from our dealings with Phil, he is not comfortable with relinquishing it as a vacation respite. Although the house is lovely and the views were much appreciated, we did not deserve the condescending remarks we were met with, nor the sub-par water temp and water pressure.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: EVERYONE KNOWS THERE WAS A HEAD WAVE SUMMER – WE DO NOT ADVERTISE AIR CONDITIONING We do not advertise air-conditioning. Everyone knows there has been a heat wave this Summer. No other guests have complained about there being no air as they read our Home Away web page and knew we did not advertise air-conditioning. This guest obviously did net completely read the web page or ask us any questions about the air conditioning. We have six fans in various places in the home. There is a wrap around deck, many windows and lake breezes are very pleasant. Stairs to the lake make swimming very easy and will certainly keep guests cool. Phil always explains that we have a well and to be careful with length of showers as we’ve had guests run our well out of water. “We appreciate you leaving the lake house as you find it” is always a polite request we make, as we have guests arriving right after guests are departing. We’ve had no other guests complain about this request. The jetted tub works perfectly. We enjoy using it every time we are at our lake home and no guests have ever complained about pressure or water temperature. There was a power outage during these guests stay which caused the jet tub to have a problem working properly. 20 E-Mail’s asking unending questions - Rent your vacation home long enough and a challenging guest rent your home. Our intuition prompted us to tell her the dates she requested were rented. Phil was very kind and patient with her. By the time he was signing her in his patience was worn thin. She obviously did not read our web page thoroughly. She just kept sending e-mails. The comments about the 5 mph are unfounded. The lake homes on Sunset Beach Rd. are on a driveway like road and the residence are very serious about the speed anyone drives. As residences we have to be very serious about explaining to our guests about the speed limit. We will receive phone calls if we have guests who speed. This women and her group did not adhere to the speed limit and we received phone calls. This guest’s complaints are her personality problem and should not be our concern. For those reading our comments please do not take her comments as truth. Read the other reviews and consider them when making a decision about renting our lake home. Thank you.
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The great sunset house

  • 5 of 5

From the first time we stepped in the house it was great we enjoyed every minute of our time in the house will definitely consider coming back

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Energize yourself

  • 5 of 5

we have stayed here several times- It is SO relaxing- great place to get away from the wear and tear of daily work. A few days here and energized... The deck has a great views- I would love to stay longer if could

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd stay at this very cozy home with amazing views! Even when you are inside the outside comes in because of all the windows. Phyllis and Phil are so nice to deal with booking the home and if any problems arise are very attentive. We loved "Pumpkin Hill" restaurant and the farmers market in Ithaca. Can't wait til our next visit!!!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Naples, FL

Clean and comfortable - I'd stay here again.

  • 4 of 5

Overall, this lake house was very pleasant. The deck is beautiful and the location was convenient for us during a Wells College graduation weekend. The home was clean, well stocked and well taken care of. It has a nice kitchen and living room area. The lake views are gorgeous. The downstairs master bedroom did have a bit of a musty, dampish odor, but it wasn't too bad. It's helpful to know that this house is on a road where the homes are cheek-by-jowl close. Also, as is obvious from the photos, there is no beach. This wasn't a concern for us, but if you have little kids, it might be a problem that there isn't much outdoor play space other than swimming off the dock. I, my family and friends enjoyed the home and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Long Point Winery
Pumpkin Hill
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Ithaca or Syracuse
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Long Point State Park
Car: necessary

Reading the complete property description will insure you enjoy staying at our lake home in a beautiful rural environment.

Communicate by e-mail or contact by phone number 585-967-5700 or 5708 to deal with any questions or concerns.

For shopping 1 mile from the charming village of Aurora and 5 miles from Union Springs New York. Nestled along the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake Aurora is surrounded by rolling farmland and dramatic gorges and waterfalls. Guests staying at Sunset House enjoy beautiful scenery. wineries, artisan cheese making, dining, antiques, shopping, outdoor recreation.


A beautiful nine-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Club and cart rental available. Concessions and prop shop on premises. Open dawn to dusk,



1309 Clearview Rd., King Ferry. Scottish-links style, 9 holes with lake view.



Rates & Availability

Aurora House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

1 week res for July-August

* July and August - $1680/wk for Sat-to-Sat or Sun-to-Sun. EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT.

* June - $1550/wk for Sat-to-Sat or Sun-to-Sun.

* Memorial Day,Labor day, Wells, Cornell and Ithaca Graduation weekends 3 DAY minimum ($240 day)

* WEEKLY spring/fall - May, Sept.,Oct., Nov - $1365.00/wk. RATE OFF peak

We ask for 1/2 the rental by check to confirm your reservation. The rest of the rental fees will be received by us when you arrive. We also ask for a check for the security ($500) which is returned to you after one week if the home is as you found it when you arrived and there is no damage to the property.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Aurora House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sealed, std size limited flush Sealand toilets, skylight
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , directions for use of jetted tub and toilet will be provided
  • Push button to activate jetted tub. SEE Photos for more detail.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , adult/children
    Pull out couch - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • ALL ROOMS HAVE LAKE VIEW: - Bedroom 1 On The First Floor Has A Very Comfortable Queen Size Bed With Adjacent Full Bath. - Bedroom 2 On The Second Floor Has Two Comfortable 3/4 Beds, Sitting Area, TV, DVD and VHS Player. Full Bath Off The Bedroom. - Bedroom 3 Has Bunk Beds, A Day Bed That Pulls Out (Sleeps Two) - There Is A Sitting Area Outside Of this Bedroom. The Full Bath Is Also Available For Bedroom 3
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
* Please completely read property description and communicate questions by e-mail * TO RESERVE week(s) or night(s) 1/2 rental amount required to hold reservation. * A $500 DAMAGE DEPOSIT (returned within 1 week- net of extraordinary cleaning or damages) and balance of rent due UPON ARRIVAL. * NO PETS. Some guests have allergies. * CANCELLATION requires One Month notice for full refund unless rescheduled. * 10% Discount for multiple weeks. * NON SMOKING HOME. * Please leave the home as you found it. Cleaning supplies provided. * Most property around the finger lakes do not have municipal services. We do not have village water or sewer. We have treated private well water for showering and sinks. Potable water for cooking and drinking is provided. (directions/location for refilling water provided) *Trash pickup is weekly. Please use the three containers provided separating food garbage, glass and paper into one of the containers.

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