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Rustic Retreat on Seneca Lake - Romantic, Kid and Dog Friendly.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, two full baths, sleeps 6.


Old-fashioned summer on the lake, on private point right on the Seneca Wine Trail. Original fifties cottage with seventies log expansion - and all the modern conveniences. Safe exploration of woods, streams, and lakeshore for kids and dogs. Almost a mile from the nearest public road. You can walk up the hill for the free Friday bands on the brewery deck at our neighbor Wagner Vineyards

Tucked into the edge of a 15 acre grove of trees, streams and waterfalls, set back from Seneca Lake. You might wish to walk up through the vineyards to two wineries and a brewery to bring back something for the evening to drink on the dock, while watching the setting sun. Stocked with wineglasses, information on Finger Lakes Wine, and personal touring and restaurant recommendations. The kid's room has a stocked toybox.

Put the kids to sleep and retreat to the lofted high-beamed log master bedroom with moon windows and private bath. Second bedroom with a double bed, and one single room with a standard bed and a built-in bed alcove for a child. There are two bathrooms, shelves of books, and a selection of the best books (in my opinion) about the local area. Linens and most other details required to move in are supplied. The kitchen is fully stocked down to the olive oil. Pick some Seneca Lake fruit (not like what you get in grocery store) and make a pie.

A walk through a grove and down a stairway takes you down to the lake and the dock, set among other lake cottages. There is a place to tie your boat during the day (launching and overnight mooring is at Lodi Point - three miles by water) and safe places for children to swim, including the wading-pool stream in which generations of lake dwellers have splashed. Seneca Lake is notable for fishing: the world’s largest lake trout are routinely taken here.

This is a rustic home, built of local materials It is not a condo. Kids can leave wet swimming suits on the floor and it’s not going to hurt anything. Grill in the Weber and eat out on the picnic table.

The cottage is also a destination for romantic retreats - we have hosted more than a few couples getting married at Wagner Vineyards.

Write for complete photos. Ride a BMW, and I'll take you on a tour of the Finger Lakes, which my friend Drew from flat Florida deems a 'Motorcycle Amusement Park.' OK, he rides a Bonneville. Whatever bike (or bicycle) you ride, I can map you or show you the great bike roads.

Guest Comments::

It was fun to be in the woods but also have easy access to the lake. It was amazingly quiet all week long and swimming was great. Our day trips to Watkins Glen State Park, Taughannock and Buttermilk Falls, and Skaneateles were quite memorable.

We had a great visit. The kids really enjoyed the water and the creek & everything about the house. The house was gorgeous!

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David and Nate Schwartz
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
December 31, 2017

About David and Nate Schwartz

I built this place in the mid-1970's, and my son Nate grew up here in the summers. We now live in Ithaca, where I practice psychotherapy and write books, and he cooks at The Moosewood Cafe and performs as a DJ.

David and Nate Schwartz purchased this house in 1976

Why David and Nate Schwartz chose Lodi

This home is almost entirely built from local trees and natural materials: red pine, hemlock, fir, and oak. We used to live here year-round. There is no plastic or artificial materials.

What makes this house unique

On the Seneca Wine Trail and Seneca Lake, but very private. Surrounded by our 15 acre woods, streams, and waterfalls, the pebble beachfront, neighboring docks and family cottages retain the feel of a simpler 'summer at the lake.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Ahh...Where do we begin? This week has been amazing. The cottage is exactly what we wanted, from the smell to the sound of the wooden screen door closing! This is our first real family vacation and we could not be happier with our choice. We celebrated our tenth anniversary here, and it was perfect! The people around here are also very kind
Jul 2014
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Lodi House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Well-behaved dogs are welcome. No cats, unfortunately, as other guests might be allergic to them.


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Rustic Retreat on Seneca Lake - Romantic, Kid and Dog Friendly.
average rating of 4.428571 based on 16 reviews

a beautiful spot, but...

  • 3 of 5

Rustic is a pretty reasonable term to describe this cabin. Yes, the location is absolutely beautiful! The views from the water are breathtaking. But, the first thing that struck me on arrival was that the place was not clean. When I rent through HomeAway, I expect to walk into a house and not feel like I need to clean the toilets and tub and wash down the kitchen counters and sink. The stovetop and oven needed work, too. The description of the place on home-away says it is suitable for the elderly. My friends who have physical disabilities found it difficult to get to the second floor and were essentially unable to access the beach area. It was also a bit disturbing to turn on the electric heater on a cold and damp evening and have the smoke detectors go off and smell burning wires.

With a little more effort in the cleaning department and some investment in furnishings, I think the owners could make this a truly wonderful place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Very quiet and comfortable night sleeps. The cabin had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect week away

  • 5 of 5

Our week away at David's lake house was absolutely perfect. It was the perfect week away from the city tucked away between the lake and the woods. The house was so secluded and peaceful and had everything we would need. We spent the days by the lake or exploring around the area. We stopped by several breweries and wineries close by, all of which have gorgeous views of the lake. We even spent a day in Watkins Glen, only a 20-30 minute ride to check out the Watkins Glen state park and Farm Sanctuary, both of which were phenomenal. Sunsets down by the lake are a must, absolutely beautiful. At night we BBQ'd, enjoyed a drink, and hung out around the bonfire either by the house or down by the lake. We loved that we were able to bring our dog along for the trip, he was so happy and loved exploring and swimming in the lake. David was so kind and so helpful, we really appreciated all that he had done to ensure that our week away was perfect. We would definitely recommend staying here and hope ourselves to be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The setting of this handbuilt cabin in the woods settles you into peace and serenity. It is rustic, laid-back, and comfortable. Everything you need is here. The master bedroom is perfect. We loved exploring the woods, beach and creek. Despite 90 degree weather, the woods and house remained cool and relatively mosquito-free. Campfires on the beach watching the amazing sunsets while making smores- how can you go wrong? David, the owner, was a great guy, so helpful and kind. We were welcomed as friends. It is a uniquely lovely property.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Best of both worlds!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love this cottage! This was the second year we stayed and it's exactly how it's described and the best of both worlds! It's a rustic cottage in the woods but a short walk to the lake and your on the water! The cottage has everything you need to make your stay comfortable. The location is perfect for amazing sunsets! My family truly enjoys our week there and we can't say enough about how great it is!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Beautiful cottage, beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at this cottage. The description of the cottage was perfect and the owner was great. Answered all of our questions and made us feel welcome when we got there. He even had a bottle of wine from the local winery chilling for

Us. I definitely recommend this


  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
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Dano's Heuriger On Seneca
"A Wine Garden run by a former ballet dancer from Vienna. Excellent, with a wonderful view."
Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine
Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery
"The best tour in the Finger Lakes, a brewery, and a restaurant. A walk through the vineyards..."
Shalestone Vineyards
"The best Red wines in the Finger Lakes, in my opinion, and just down the road."
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
"Some of the best white's in the Finger Lakes and a walk up the hill from the cottage."
Two Goats Brewing
"The favorite place for locals to have a beer and listen to some music. Fabulous view from deck."
Taughannock Falls
"The second-highest falls East of the Rockies. Nearby. "
Stonecat Cafe
"Our favorite restaurant - ten minutes away. "
Watkins Glen State Park
"One of the seven wonders of the world, or close."
Finger Lakes National Forest
"Hiking, biking, wild blueberries."
The Rongovian Embassy -- CLOSED
"They grant diplomatic asylum."
Sampson State Park
"A place to launch and leave your boat."
Moosewood Restaurant
"One of the twenty restaurants that changed cuisine in the 20th century, and founded fine veg..."
Ginny Lee Cafe
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Ithaca or Elmira,
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $80
Tax Rate 3.0%

10% off for recent veterans and their families. ALL WEEKS ARE SATURDAY TO SATURDAY

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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