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2 Bedroom Cabin on Cayuga Lake 1 Mile from Ithaca

Bedrooms 2
Space 760 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

Enjoy our two-bedroom rustic cabin just a few minutes from Cornell University and Ithaca College.

Surrounded by magnificent hemlock trees and nestled on the hillside above Lake Cayuga, the cabin also has a shale beachfront and dock with use of the kayaks, canoe, and boathouse.

You can focus on water sports or use the cabin as a base for exploring the spectacular scenery (the gorgeous gorges are just minutes away), wineries, restaurants, colleges, museums, Watkins Glenn activities and other treasures of the area.

Although you are only minutes from all that Ithaca has to offer (including Wegman's!), the cabin is a world apart: you feel as though you are in a treehouse--surrounded by hemlocks and rhododendren. A walk down the hillside brings you to the shale beachfront and access to Ithaca's most stunning asset: 40-mile long, 600+ feet deep, glacier-formed Lake Cayuga.

A big advantage of the cabin is its location on the lake but in Ithaca. Most Cayuga Lake cabins are 20-35 miles away from the Ithaca attractions.

We live in the large house on the property but your parking, entrance, beachfront, etc., are all private, we rarely cross paths with the folks in the cabin. We also rent the main house when we are out of town which can hold 8-10 guests.



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sally mennen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About sally mennen

we are a retired couple who live in the main house which is down the hill but totally secluded from the cabin. The cabin has its own beach, parking, entry, deck, etc. and the amazing thing is that you are in the town of Ithaca but feel like you are in a forest on a lake. The beach is the only area where you are more likely to see a neighbor--but only if the neighbors are using their lakefront.

sally mennen purchased this cabin in 2008

Why sally mennen chose Cayuga Lake

The property is beautiful--mature trees as in an old growth forest-- but access to the lake is easier than on most of the properties along the west shore in Ithaca. And privacy is greater than in most of the west shore properties. The property has 1.4 acres with big trees and only 2 houses. Most other properties have 4-6 houses on the same size lot.

What makes this cabin unique

In addition to the natural beauty, we are SO close to all the advantages of Ithaca. No need to drive 20-40 minutes to get to shopping, restaurants, hiking trails, wineries, etc., as on other parts of the lake. Ithaca downtown is only 2 miles away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great Cabin! We made sure to hit the Farmer's market and local butcher and made a couple really nice dinners we enjoyed in the cabin--and it also was the perfect homebase for all the day trips we took (wineries, zip lining, the Falls, and everything we love about Ithaca).

we also enjoyed the kayak!

I'm glad we had a chance to meet you! thank you for being great hosts and checking in with us on those cold nights (great sleeping weather)!

All the best
Aug 2013
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Ithaca Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 760 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • 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
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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2 Bedroom Cabin on Cayuga Lake 1 Mile from Ithaca
average rating of 4.2727275 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful lake retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two children spent a delightful two August nights here. We enjoyed the quick walk to the lake and spent many wonderful hours canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Our hosts were great, and the cottage is well appointed and comfortable. We had everything we needed to cook our meals, and it was nice to have laundry facilities after almost a week on the road. Lots of comfortable places to read and relax, and everyone slept well in the cool, quiet nights. The cottage is very convenient to Ithaca. We will definitely return if we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's a very rustic cabin. Tough to negotiate stairs to cabin. Kitchen was serviceable.

  • 3 of 5

The location was perfect for us. Access to lake was great too! Cabin was ok, bathroom was a big disappointment. Could barely fit in very small shower.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little cabin on the lake

  • 4 of 5

The online description of this cabin is very accurate. The cabin was well-maintained, and the use of the lake and boats was great. The landscaping and woodsy feel was really nice, and my 4-year-old twin boys really loved the fire 'pit' to make s'mores in the evening. I only have two complaints, really: (1) the shower is *absurdly* small, and (2) one of the couches and one of the chairs in the living room were extremely uncomfortable. Since there were only 2 adults and 2 small kids, that wasn't too much of a problem, as we were all able to share the one couch, but it would be uncomfortable with more adults. If the cabin were cheaper, those things probably would have bothered me less - but at $250 a night, I would expect a bit more comfort. Overall though, we were happy with our stay and would recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location.

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful and relaxing. Just the right size for our family of 4

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin and surroundings, coffee on the dock with great views of Cornell and IC. Minutes from town and Wegmans - believe me a real bonus. Thank you for the wonderful respite!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much--so happy you enjoyed the cabin and the lake!!
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The property was in a lovely location, very close to Cornell and all the fun things to do there!

  • 4 of 5

We LOVED the property. It was exactly what we hoped for- on the lake, well appointed, in nature. However, we are all really tall, and the cabin was a bit "short" for us tall folks! Regardless, we will stay here again, gladly, when we return to Cornell!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
ithaca, ny
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
glenwood pines, Northstar, Mercado, Just a Taste,
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Finger Lakes Wineries, Gorgeous Gorges, Watkins Glen Auto Racing, Boating, Kayaking, Shopping


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110
Damage Deposit $300



Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.