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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 - 4 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.



More Details

sally mennen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

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 Ithaca

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Plumbing is very delicate: absolutely nothing can be put in toilets except toilet paper.
  • Please compost all food scraps in compost bin provided. Recycle all containers and paper in bins provided.
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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(27 traveler reviews)

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2 Bedroom Cabin on Cayuga Lake 1 Mile from Ithaca
average rating of 4.259259 based on 31 reviews

Great location! Private and quiet Cabin getaway!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent a long weekend here to get away from it all. 2BR/1BA no-frills cabin is clean and comfortable. The owners have just about everything you would need in kitchen. We brought our own food to cook on the gas grill so appreciated having appropriate cookware for grill and stove.

The owner was available for any questions and concerns. They also left helpful area guides and steps on recycling and composting for those unfamiliar.

We were able to use Uber at reasonable rates, since Cabin only a mile or so from town. If you want to stay on the finger lakes with great proximity to Ithaca, this is a great way to do it!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dawn--So glad your weekend went well and I hope was as relaxing/restful as you had wanted. Thanks for the nice words and review! Wondering if you could let us know what we could do to improve our rating to five stars? Feedback would be most appreciated! Thanks again-- Sally
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Great outdoors amenities, moderately comfortable interior

  • 4 of 5

This is a very nice but no frills cabin. We loved the location right on the river and just a 10 minute drive from downtown Ithaca. There is access to a dock on the lake with a nice table and chairs for lakeside dining/relaxing. The cabin itself is nice but not overly fancy. The shower is cramped and the windows need better curtains (one bedroom in particular lacks privacy due to beautiful but exposing windows). However, overall it is a great home base for exploring Ithaca and the surrounding areas. The beds are comfortable enough and the heating/AC works well. The hostess Sally was incredibly responsive and nice. I recommend this place as long as you are not expecting luxurious accommodations.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Like others who reviewed the cabin, the shower is small, but worked for us, and the living room furniture could have been a bit more comfortable, but neither detracted from our awesome weeklong vacation. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils and the lakefront area exceeded our expectations. The dock was in good condition with lots of chairs and various floatation devices in addition to the canoe and kayaks. Our kids (9,7 and 3) loved swimming, finding special rocks and kayaking. The cabin is a bike ride away from so much Ithaca has to offer, which we accessed from the nearby black diamond trail. This was a great family vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful spot on Cayuga

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a couples getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location...but not lakefront

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was everything I wished for except it was not exactly lakefront. There is an obstructed view as the large main house sits on the lake in front of the cabin. However, my family and I had a great time. It was relaxing, quiet and peaceful. The cabin is immaculate. Just would have liked to sit and look at the lake from our balcony.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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 $110
Refundable damage deposit $300


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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