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Windgarth House: on Cayuga Lakefront in Beautiful Setting

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Windgarth House is located on the west shore of Cayuga Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country, across the road from the Sheldrake Point Winery and Cafe. Only 12 miles from Taughannock Falls State Park and 20 miles from Ithaca, it is nestled in a prime location. We rent the top floor or the entirety of this beautiful lakehouse by the week during the summer (late June until Labor Day) or for shorter stays the rest of the year (2 night minimum).

Windgarth House is right on the lake, with only a gently sloping lawn and beautiful gardens with mature shade trees separating the house from the lakefront. There are no stairs and no road between the house and lake, as is common elsewhere on Cayuga Lake. The house is located on a cove near Sheldrake Point. The water is shallow at the shore and gradually becomes deeper along the dock, to about four feet at the end of the dock. It is ideal for wading and swimming for children of all ages and adults. We provide a canoe and kayak, life jackets and other water toys for our guests' use.

The area around Windgarth House is ideal for long walks along the lake and biking. There are many hiking opportunities in the area, including at Taughannock Falls State Park.

If you have a smaller party, contact us for details - you can rent only the upstairs floor for a discounted rate.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2017


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Windgarth House: on Cayuga Lakefront in Beautiful Setting
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Commerce City

A relaxing and beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Windgarth is as relaxing and stress-free as Mariette is to work with! She cares about her customers/renters and provides a location that can't be beat! And with the winery right across the road, parking is never a problem! Growing up in Ithaca but having moved away decades ago, Windgarth @ Cayuga Lake is the perfect place for us, along with two teens, to use as a "home base" while we visit family and friends to reconnect. Long walks on the quiet farm country roads and reading in the gently sloping backyard right down to the water's edge, are respites that cause our vacation to till fill us up and not drain us, leaving us exhausted for our return to Colorado. Stay at Windgarth and see!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love This Place!

  • 5 of 5

We have been return guests at Windgarth for over 10 years now and whenever we walk through the front door, it just feels like home. Just stroll down the gently sloping back lawn and the lake is right there as opposed to other houses in the area where the lake can only be accessed by crossing the road and going down steps.

Windgarth comes with loads of water toys: a kayak, a canoe and our favorite, the adult size inflatable tubes. We also bring our own ocean kayaks and 420 sailboat to add to the fleet.

There is plenty to do on rainy days as well. Ithaca is just 20 minutes away or you could choose to explore some of the other lakes as well. Watkins Glen, famous for Nascar racing, is about an hour away on Lake Seneca.

And let's not forget about the wineries! There are plenty of wineries and vineyards in the area where you can have wine tastings and browse the gift shops. Just be sure to have a designated driver. If you're not into wine, there are also a few vodka distilleries close by.

Windgarth is our happy place and we always feel at peace there. Having an early morning cup of coffee at the lake's shore, watching the sunrise is a blessing. You will not regret staying here.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Family Favourite

  • 5 of 5

Windgarth is a beautiful retreat for our family. We return each summer to enjoy it's peaceful surrounds. It's located on a quiet, scenic road, so family biking is a must. It is one of a few houses in the area where the lake is in the backyard and there are no stairs to reach the water. There is a canoe, a kayak and tubes available for use at the house. The are plenty of activities in the area, if you can tear yourself away from the beauty of Lake Cayuga. Ithaca is a short drive away. The Taughannock Falls are also nearby where you can enjoy a lovely stroll to the base of the falls, or a more adventurous hike that takes you to the top.

I highly recommend Windgarth House.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Great, Relaxing Stay at Windgarth

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at Windgarth. 4 adults and 4 almost adults. The Sheldrake point location is fantastic. Quiet and beautiful. Winery across the street is a bonus and the lake is amazing and fun. Rented stand up paddle boards in Ithaca and brought them back to add to the supplied canoe and various flotation devices. You can usually find calm water due to the point location. Close to Ithaca and the falls and the two kitchens are fun. Great backyard. Would we stay again? Just try and stop us! We LOVE it!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY USA

Wedding weekend at the Windgarth

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were married in Geneva a few weeks ago and I rented the Windgarth House for my family for the wedding weekend. I shopped around for a couple of weeks and felt fairly confident that this house would be excellent value for money, and we were not disappointed! Between the amount of space you get, the comfort of the house, its prime location, and the stunning lakefront view/dock, it doesn't get any better than this for the very reasonable price. We especially appreciated the division of the house into upstairs and downstairs "apartments." My sister, brother-in-law and their three kids were able to have their own space downstairs, with a bathroom, bedroom, pullout sofa, playroom, fully stocked kitchen, dining room table, etc.

The owners of this house are also very responsive and flexible. As soon as I booked the house, Mariette was in touch to confirm the booking, provide additional details, answer any questions, etc. Also, when I forgot to pay our balance and deposit for the house prior to the deadline (unfortunately some things fall through the cracks when you're planning a wedding!), Mariette was extremely accommodating, allowing me to drop off the payments at her office in Ithaca the day we checked in. I would definitely book this house again. Thanks again, Mariette and Laurie!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect peaceful lake house

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Windgarth House to attend Ithaca College graduation with family from three states. It was perfect for us. NO steep stairs for grandparents to be concerned about to access the dock. Linens and towels were provided (and were plentiful) and the nice Weber grill worked out great for our BBQ with our son's friends and their families the day before graduation. Everyone that was staying in town in a hotel was jealous of our find! We enjoyed the wineries nearby (and the Myers Distillery just up the street) and it was close enough to Ithaca so getting to graduation on time wasn't difficult. We explored the nearby cemetary on a long walk and walks in both directions from the house proved to be full of nature and beautiful views. We would certainly return to try Windgarth in another season. So nice not to have a TV!! We played board games and card games and we fished and canoed. Parking was fine and having two fridges was a great convenience. We didn't use them, but the washer and dryer would be a big help for families traveling with kids.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windgarth House is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country. It is directly across the street from the Sheldrake Point Winery and close to several other Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake wineries.


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Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 3.0%

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Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2) There is a queen bed in an upstairs bedroom and another in the downstairs bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1) The second bedroom upstairs has two twin beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a sofa bed (double bed size) in the upstairs living room and in the downstairs kitchen/living room.
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
Windgarth House is located right on the shore of Cayuga Lake. It has a gently sloping lawn from the house to the lake and is ideal for wading, swimming and fishing. The water by the shore is shallow and great for young children. We provide a canoe and kayak for our guests, life jackets in sizes from infant to adult, and other flotation devices (tubes, etc.)

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