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Modern waterfront cottage on Keuka Lake - close to Penn Yan & Finger Lakes wine!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 4-6

Welcome to our little piece of heaven we like to call “The Meritage” - a completely remodeled cottage with all the modern conveniences. The cottage is located on a quiet lower lake road - perfect for walking the dog, taking an evening stroll or maybe a morning bike ride.

When you arrive you'll find a bottle of Finger Lakes wine and local coffee from Keuka Lake Coffee Roasters to get your vacation started. Your mornings can start with a cup of fresh coffee as the sun rises behind you, and your evenings can end with the sun setting across the lake and a glass of wine in hand.

The front door to this lovely cottage takes you into the living room area, artfully arranged to welcome warm conversations with friends or family. A comfortable queen-sized sleeper sofa and pair of matching armchairs make this a great place to catch up on the day’s events.

A large window behind the couch beautifully frames the evening sunsets. Twin bookcases are filled with books and games for you to enjoy during your stay, as well as a flat-screen TV with digital cable, DVD player and DVR.

The living room is open to the dining area with seating for 6 and the completely remodeled kitchen where you’ll find everything you need to prepare a wonderful lakeside meal.

Off the kitchen a laundry room with a new washer and dryer, as well as kitchen “staples” in the pantry area. To the left of the kitchen you’ll find our remodeled bathroom with tub and shower.

The master bedroom features high ceilings with a fan and the original wooden beams. Buckwheat Therapy pillows - handmade by our neighbors two doors down - might change the way you sleep forever! The bedroom also is equipped with cable TV and an alarm clock. A large dresser and armoire can be used to pack your belongings away so you feel more like home. The master bedroom also has a second door leading outside.

The guest bedroom just off the dining area has a double bed and dresser.

Outside, friends and family can sit together on the deck, enjoying dinner or a glass of wine and taking in the sight of Keuka Lake. There's a table for six - and a slightly covered space in case it rains! You'll also find both a charcoal grill (for the purist) and a gas grill (for the realist), as well as an outdoor fireplace and propane patio heater.

Walk five steps off the deck and you've reached the water. There's plenty of swimming space, and you can dive in off the end of the dock. Also at the end of the dock are two Adirondack chairs.

There's so much to do in the surrounding area. The biggest attraction is the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, and you'll find two of the best wineries within a mile of The Meritage.

You can taste all kinds of wine - from world-class Rieslings, to Pinot Noir, to award-winning dessert wines! And most wineries provide stunning views of the various Finger Lakes. If you don't want to drive, we have information on limo and private transportation services.

Shoppers will love The Windmill Farm and Craft Market, just a short drive away on Saturdays. Some of our favorite restaurants are nearby, and we provide recommendations in the form of a personal Google Map for every guest. There are many ways to enjoy the lake itself - from renting a boat and water skiing, to fishing and kayaking.

We are excited to now offer two single kayaks (purchased new in 2015) for rent during your stay!

While we don't recommend working while on vacation, there's certainly room to work if you must! Guests enjoy high-speed wireless Internet.

More Details

Property Manager
Morgan Dawson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, Spanish by email only
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Morgan Dawson

We're Evan and Morgan Dawson of Rochester, NY, and we take deep, unashamed pride in local produce, wines, and business in the Finger Lakes and western New York. We're the happy owners of The Meritage Cottage on the east side of Keuka Lake. We want our guests to know about the rarely discovered local wonders. We'll help arrange day trips, make reservations, and generally make you feel like you're in a cozy, modern B&B - only we're not there!

Cheers, and see you at The Meritage!

Evan & Morgan

Morgan Dawson purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Morgan Dawson chose Keuka Lake

Morgan grew up just a mile north of the cottage - where her family still lives - and purchasing a cottage in this location was a no-brainer. The quiet lower lake road is the perfect spot to go for an evening run, bike ride, or walk with the dogs. In fact, it's such an ideal location that we have to convince ourselves it's real. We had searched for a rental property for several years and found nothing like this. It's a cliche, but it's true: This is a dream property.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Evan & Morgan - What a wonderful time we had. I believe we went to every winery you could in four days. Our favorite memory is sitting on the dock with the sunrise and having our lab swim until we had to pull him out. Thank you for making your home like our home. Now back to Pittsburgh!
Sep 2013
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Penn Yan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • This bathroom was completely remodeled in 2008.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The master bedroom has large ceilings, an optional separate entrance, and windows that overlook the lake. An large dresser, armoire, TV, air conditioner and ceiling fan are also located in the master bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Complimentary bottle of Finger Lakes wine and fresh local coffee from the Keuka Lake Coffee Roasters; Updated, remodeled kitchen and bathroom; Buckwheat Therapy pillows; 50 feet of private lakefront; Restaurant menus and recommendations; Portable outdoor fireplace; Boat hoist and dock with Adirondack chairs; Lifejackets; Ceiling fans in master bedroom and living room; Bocce Ball; Assorted board games and book collection.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Modern waterfront cottage on Keuka Lake - close to Penn Yan & Finger Lakes wine!
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 30 reviews

Gorgeous view, well maintained, great location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed three nights for a quick little getaway. This was our first time visiting The Finger Lakes and we weren't too sure which area would the most convenient. We did most of our wine tasting ok Seneca Lake and it was a quick/ easy drive from the home.

The house was not very large but it was perfect for the two of us. Everything was clean and easily accessible. The view sitting outside is breathtaking, I wish we took advantage of this more and maybe grilled and had dinner outside.

Overall we loved the stay and hope to come back soon. The bottle of resiling and local coffe are such a sweet touch 😊

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a great first trip to the Finger Lakes. Please visit us again soon! We'll make sure the grill is ready for action :-) Cheers! Morgan
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The cottage was very clean and very close to the water!

  • 5 of 5

The homeowners went above and beyond to ensure we had a great stay! The homeowners were very easy to work with, answering questions before and during our stay at the cottage. Great trip!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being our first guests of the season! We're thrilled to know you had a fun time. Hopefully you and your family can come back again soon!
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Super Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Our last night here in Keuka Lake ... with sadness we leave tomorrow to come back to reality....I am so thankful we found The Meritage on Keuka Lake. We were up for a wedding in Syracuse. What a wonderful cottage we stayed at The Meritage...Thank you Evan & Morgan Dawson...we had a wonderful getaway and WILL return!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet place to enjoy a weekend before the chaos of moving and this was our perfect retreat. The Meritage was gorgeous, clean and had everything we needed. Loved using the fire pit! Thank you Morgan and Evan for a great visit! We will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as expected - wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Morgan was very responsive, I took the kids there for a last weekend before my son left for college. Everything worked perfectly! We chilled on the patio, played cards & had meals there. We all swam off the dock or lounged in the sun. I rented a boat at the marina 7 minutes away in Penn Yan. Remember the steep stairs to access the place are no joke, find the light switch before it gets dark if u plan to go out.

Morgan also gave us great restaurant recommendations that we enjoyed. Fresh ground coffee, blender for fun drinks, AC, smooth wifi, fire pit, grills - we took advantage of everything they had to offer and LOVED it! Look forward to our next visit! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great relaxing stay at Keuka Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the lake house. We visited wineries and breweries, ate great food, roasted marshmallows over the fire pit, sat on the dock sipping coffee in the morning and wine at sunset, and just loved watching the boats and the wildlife. It was very relaxing and very much needed. Morgan was a very gracious host and we appreciated the complementary wine and coffee, as well as her many suggestions of places to go and things to do. She was very responsive to any question I had and very knowledgeable of the area. We took her many suggestions of places to taste wine and eat and were not disappointed. Thank you Morgan for sharing your lake house with us!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Rochester International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lakeside Country Club
Car: recommended

We're located in the heart of the Finger Lakes on beautiful Keuka Lake.

Other Activities: Finger Lakes Wine Trail with dozens of wineries - taste wines, take in the views, and enjoy winemaking tours; Lakeside restaurants with boat docking;


Rates & Availability

Penn Yan Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Spring
Apr 1 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
May 27 2017 - Jun 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 3 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
5 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 4.0%

A 4% local Lodging Tax will be applied to your rental. NO other charges or fees will be applied.
Weekly rentals are preferred during the Summer season, and generally run Sunday to Sunday. Check-in is anytime after 3:00 PM and check-out is by 10:00 AM. A deposit of 50% is required to reserve your stay. The balance is due within 30 days of your arrival. We provide a starter set of bed & bath linens.

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