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MAGICAL, PRIVATE, FORESTED LAKEFRONT/ SWEEPING LAKE VISTAS, EASY ACCESS IN ITHA

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house

Overview

About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 (additional guests up to 10 extra chg)

Just minutes from downtown Ithaca on the west shore of Lake Cayuga, this property has spectacular lake vistas and over 150 feet of EASILY ACCESSIBLE lake frontage. 1.4 acres of woods and majestic hemlock and oak trees frame a cottage originally built in the mid 1800's by a mayor of Ithaca and then lived in in the summers by his daughter, Belle, until 1922--one of Ithaca's original lakefront homes. The property is our home but when we are away, we like to share the beautiful view and rustic lodge-like home for small gatherings of friends and families. Due to the ecologically sensitive location, we don't usually rent to groups larger than 8-10. And we don't permit parties except under special circumstances.

The paved S-curved driveway leads through the woods down the hill to a large parking area with room for vehicles to turn around. There is one flight of stairs to the main floor entrance but bedrooms can be accessed from the driveway level.

The 2200 sf of living space includes--on the main floor--an entrance room; a fully equipped kitchen with stainless appliances (dishwasher, large frig, freezer with ice maker/water, gourmet stove, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, electric tea kettle, etc.); a laundry room with front loading washer and dryer, iron, ironing board; a full bathroom with shower; a large open living/dining room with a charming arts-and-craftsy 'inglenook' around the quaint and rustic riverstone fireplace. The main floor has expansive lake views and opens out to an extensive deck area with plenty of outdoor seating, tables, gas grill, and views galore!

4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms as well as a screened porch are on the second floor. Two bedrooms have queensize beds; two have a fullsize bed. Additional living space in the walk-out basement level features a 5- 6-person sauna with a great view.

The 150 ft of lakefront is about half gently sloping shale beach; the other half is a grassy area with a sea wall and includes a fire pit, dock, and boathouse, with lots of outdoor seating and two hammocks as well as a table and umbrella for dock seating. The property comes with a canoe, three single kayaks, and a tandem kayak. There are water shoes and life vests in the boathouse.

Activities and Attractions : The Finger Lakes is renowned for its wineries and breathtaking gorges. Ithaca is a mecca of arts, science, film activities, artisan farming, world famous restaurants, etc. Ithaca's Farmers Market is rated one of the best in the country. However, alot of folks don't even want to leave the property, since the quiet of the majestic old growth forest and the mesmerizing lake vistas, along with swimming, kayaking, and just gazing at the ever-changing water is the best--an oasis of peace and beauty --yet so close to all the percs of civilization! 'Magical' is the word most frequently used by visitors to describe the setting.

In addition, there is a small, 2-bedroom cabin on the upper part of the property completely private from the main house that is available at Homeaway listing # 268870.

More Details

Owner
sally mennen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About sally mennen

We are a retired couple who travel alot and like to share our home on Lake Cayuga in Ithaca with folks who want some quiet time by the lake in a magical setting.

sally mennen purchased this house in 2003

Why sally mennen chose New York

Our son was in law school at Cornell when we were looking for lakefront property, and he suggested we look here. The majestic trees and wide expanse of water as well as the long history of the cozy, rustic cottage, really charmed us.

What makes this house unique

Private, scenic lake frontage that couldn't be any closer to all the Ithaca offerings and other local amenities

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a treat to spend a week in your wonderful lake home. We felt we were staying with friends in their country house. The birds were amazing: osprey, terns, kingfisher, waxwings and of course, the mama duck with her seven very young duckings.

Thanks again for your hospitality. You have thought of everything to make one's stay a delight.
Aug 2012
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Amenities

Northwest Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Plumbing system is especially delicate so EVERYONE in the house needs to be aware that ONLY toilet paper can go in the system.
  • Recycling and composting is easy: we ask guests to throw ALL food scraps in the compost bin in the kitchen; all containers and paper in recycling bin.
  • NO PARTIES is a strict rule and means no more than twice the # of guests. If you need to have more than that, discuss with owners.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ANTIQUE CLAWFOOT TUB
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • BONUS ROOMS INCLUDE WALK OUT BASEMENT (GLASSED IN/ GREAT LAKE VIEW) WITH FOLD OUT SOFA AND QUEEN SIZE FUTON; AND SCREENED "SLEEPING" PORCH WITH WICKER COUCH LARGE ENOUGH FOR ONE TO SLEEP. CHILD'S SLEEPING COT, HIGH CHAIR ALSO AVAILABLE.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
cable TV; wireless internet. stainless kitchen appliances; dish washer; washer/dryer, sauna.

Reviews

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MAGICAL, PRIVATE, FORESTED LAKEFRONT/ SWEEPING LAKE VISTAS, EASY ACCESS IN ITHA
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5

Perfect spot to gather with old friends

  • 5 of 5

The house was well equipped with everything we needed to entertain and provide comfort and relaxation for our large group consisting of parents with young children. The location is ideal for anyone visiting Ithaca and Cayuga lake. We met our kind hosts before they departed on their own trip, and they were both welcoming and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lake house!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome house and setting

  • 4 of 5

This house was perfect for our family reunion of 7 adults. Plenty of room. Well supplied kitchen. The decor suited us perfect. Old wood floors covered by area rugs. Tons of artwork and books. Beds were comfortable. Super quiet. Amazing views of the lake. Lake front fire pit which we used several times. Huge deck with lots of seating. Parking for at least 3 cars. Awesome sunrises. Convenient to downtown, golf and wineries. Owners very responsive to questions. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a quiet place right on the water. You will love it.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous well appointed place with stellar outdoor lake setting. Decks, docks and gardens galore

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful family home in an unbelievable setting. The main house is made up of several older dwellings and has lots of charm. Everything you need is there. The outdoor setting is loads of fun and very beautiful. Handles A family well with lots of room for everyone. Helps to be sure footed as there are lots of stops and many thresholds up-and-down. The owners are wonderful and supremely attentive. Can't wait to come back again .

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A family gathering on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for our weekend in Ithaca for my son's graduation from Cornell. Our extended family found it to be charming and spacious. We had plenty of parking for our four cars even though it's located on a steep hill. The kitchen is fully stocked with all modern day appliances and various other essentials like tea, coffee and condiments. The beds are comfortable and bathrooms are small but functional. There are kayaks and canoes and the views are stunning. Sitting by the large fire pit at night with Cornell lit up in the background was a beautiful site. The stairs down to the lake are steep and probably not for someone who has mobility issues. This house is centrally located to town, colleges and many sites. Across the street is a network of walking/running trails that was an added bonus for this family.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful setting with Amazing Lake View

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this property. The location is perfect and setting are perfect......5 mins to downtown Ithaca and great lake access for any kind of water activity. We rented with a party of 6 for a weekend in October and the Fall colors on the lake were spectacular! Can only imagine how beautiful it must be during the summer! Owners have thought of every detail to make the stay very easy. House can accommodate a large party or family very comfortably too. We can't wait to come back for an extended stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property and Unique Well-Equipped Home

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home was the perfect spot for my family and close friends to stay while celebrating our daughter's wedding. Our stay coincided with the Harvest Moon which magically lit up the sky and was reflected in Cayuga Lake. The views could be enjoyed either down on the beach and dock, or on the decks, or in the house which has many large windows. The house is beautifully decorated with many interesting features. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a large gas grill on the deck. It was a very comfortable house.

The house is an quick drive into Ithaca. Our friends explored the downtown, Universities, waterfalls and Farmer's Market while we were busy with wedding prep.

I would recommend this property to my friends with the warning that the driveways and paths are steep. This is a function of the beautiful lakeside location. There are three possible parking locations; off the main road, about half-way down, and by the house. These areas and the paths are well maintained and lit but could be a challenge to some people.

I would love to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Car: necessary

Less than 5 minutes from downtown Ithaca on the west shore of lake Cayuga

Other Activities: kayaking

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

HIGH SEASON (SUMMER) WEEKLY RATES ARE BASED ON A 7-DAY/6-NIGHT WEEK. PLEASE NOTE THAT NIGHTLY RATES ARE HIGHER FOR SHORTER STAYS AND THAT WEEKEND RATES ARE HIGHER THAN WEEKLY OR WEEK DAY NIGHTS. HOMEAWAY'S RATE CALCULATIONS MAY NOT BE ACCURATE DUE TO THESE VARIATIONS. PLEASE EMAIL OWNER FOR AN ACCURATE RATE QUOTE.
CORNELL GRADUATION 2017 AND 2018 RESERVED.
CONTACT OWNER FOR CORNELL GRADUATION 2019. HIGHER RATES APPLY AND 4-NIGHT MINIMUM.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund