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Romantic getaway or family vacation on 10 acres and private beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 (5th person on couch).

Wake up to beautiful scenery and the serenity of lapping waves, at Seneca Secrets on Seneca Lake, in beautiful upstate New York, 35 minutes outside of Ithaca.

Seneca Secrets is located off of Rt 414, the main road that goes around Seneca Lake, 5 minutes from Watkins Glen. The property is situated on 10 forested acres that lead from the heart of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, down to the water, where you can see the lake peaking through the trees, as you go down our driveway.

Step outside the cottage and enjoy a picnic, overlooking the lake, a relaxing swim, or take a short drive and minutes away you will find that Seneca Secrets is surrounded by wineries, restaurants, waterfalls and the National Forest, great for biking & hiking.

Seneca Secrets includes a private beach area on the property, with kayak rentals available for your use. Here, you can leave your worries at home and enjoy a cozy cabin, in a secluded oasis and have a romantic getaway or a vacation with family and friends.

The cottage is completely furnished including dishes, silverware, coffee maker, pots and pans. We are well off the road and have plenty of parking and privacy.

Seneca Lake offers great swimming, boating, fishing, water sports, sun, and breathtaking sunsets. We are ideally located in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes, just minutes away from the area's premier vineyards, restaurants and local towns such as Penn Yan, Geneva, or Watkins Glen.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two or a long weekend with family and friends, Seneca Secrets offer a tranquil setting after a day on the water or a quiet retreat after an all-day outing.

Please note we also offer on-site kayak rentals. Please either call us or visit us at our website, SenecaSecrets. Please note, we have a sloping gravel driveway and recommend all-wheel drive.

More Details

Amy Scarlatella
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2017

Why Amy Scarlatella chose Seneca Lake

The first time we saw this property, it was dead of winter and we had to walk down the 3/4 mile long driveway, as the road was a foot deep in snow. As we walked down, we fell in love with the privacy of the property. When we came around the final bend of the road, we just stopped and couldn't believe how the property gave us such a beautiful view of the lake. We loved the cottages and beach area and knew that day, we found our home.


Burdett Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Romantic getaway or family vacation on 10 acres and private beach
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 21 reviews

Nice lake views, inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I came for a long weekend and stayed in the "New" cabin. We spent the days on the wine trail and hiking at the National Forest and loved coming back to sit on the deck and look at the lake. The main bedroom and living room have nice views of the lake, but I think it helped that a lot of leaves had dropped by then. The cabin had everything you would need, they even had little extra's (bathroom supplies, coffee/tea, DVD options). Nights were cold, but we did use the firepit one night and had a great time. Looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We appreciate your visit this past Fall and hope to see you in 2017. Your right on the, "New" cabin, once the leaves drop you can see the lake much better! Take care and thanks again. Amy & Marc
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Very nice, clean rental

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a pet-friendly rental for a few days around a wedding that we were attending in Geneva. A bit of a trek to get up to Geneva, but the cabin was lovely.

Very clean, plenty of space for two people and a dog; there is another bedroom though it might be a little tight for four adults. Would be great for two adults and two kids.

Grocery, beer, and liquor stores are very convenient. Lots of wineries around though we didn't check any out. Also some breweries and distilleries that we hear are quite good.

We stayed in the 'new cabin' and spent a ton of time on the deck. Great views of the lake, slightly obscured by the trees, but sunset-watching was still awesome! We didn't spend too much time by the water, as there were two other families at the other cabins, but we didn't mind.

A few recommendations for the owners:

Add blinds to all the windows. Really helps keep things cool on hot days.

The water pump right outside the bedroom window constantly kicking on every time someone flushes a toilet or turns on the sink is kind of annoying. Maybe it could be moved to the other side of the cabin away from the windows?

A light on the deck would be nice for post-sunset grilling.

We would definitely stay here again if we happen to be in the Seneca Lake area.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you so much for the feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve our guests vacationing experience. Much appreciated. Thank you. Amy
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

We have been here a few times over the years, and always have a great time. They put everything you can think of in the cabins, which makes shopping easy. Had some of my extended family join us and spent a really nice weekend between going to breweries and hanging out in the cabin. Even went down to the water (cold weekend!) to watch the sun go down. See you next Spring!!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for visiting! I think this is from Lisa, reading the review. Always a pleasure having you and so glad to meet more of your family. Very brave going down to the water, that was 4ft rollers and snow! Thank God, spring is finally arrived on the lake. Take care and enjoy your summer. Amy
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Love this place!!

  • 5 of 5

I have been here a few times and have a great stay every time! My friends and I stayed in the "New" cabin and really enjoyed hanging out on the deck after wine tasting and using the firepit at night (cold nights!). Thanks for another great vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Sara, It was great to have you back again. Always a pleasure seeing you! Take care. Amy
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Floral park

Another great experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at seneca secrets and it did not disappoint. This time we stayed at the upper cabin and it was also comfortable and clean with all the necessities. The owners are responsive and available to help at all times. We continue to find new and great things to do for the kids and adults alike. The location of this place is great and the views of the lake are superb. We highly recommend Seneca Secrets!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jeff, it was a pleasure having you and your family! Enjoy the rest of your summer, take care. Amy and Marc
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Floral park

Unique wine tasting home base

  • 4 of 5

This is a very different kind of rental, at least as far as we have experienced when not looking to go camping. The cabin is literally a cabin in the woods. You have to put the car in 4 wheel drive to get to the place (4 wheel drive is a necessity, not an option), which is probably a mile off the main road. The cabin we were in - montour falls is heated with a wood burning cast iron stove, which means you have to start a fire from wood roughly from scratch (kindling and wood are provided) to have heat. There are 2 bedrooms each with a full size bed and a serviceable kitchen with the essentials. The bathroom is adequate. Everything is clean. The owners are very responsive to the needs of their guests. There are three cabins total on the property each with its own grill and outdoor table space. The fire pit and lake access are shared. The space is ample, secluded and picturesque. It is definitely not handicapped accessible, or small child friendly. If you plan to travel with children under the age of 5 don't plan to relax outdoors until after they've gone to bed. There are multiple steep stair cases that meander toward the lake (even our very agile German shepherd tumbled down one flight). The location is superb for wine tasting. The south east side of Seneca lake is prime wine making territory and there are numerous high quality tasting rooms very close by. Watkins glen is also nearby. We loved it, but we like camping too. And we didn't relax until our son went to bed, just early enough to watch the sun set over the lake each night. We will definitely look to return sometime later.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you had a good time staying in the, "Montour Falls" cabin! We are very sorry to hear that your dog had a hard time with the stairs. Being a pet friendly place, we hope that all of our 4-legged friends enjoy their stay as well. We hope you enjoy the rest of your Summer. Take care. Amy & Marc
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Ithaca Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Grist Iron Brewery and Bar
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
StoneCat Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Seneca Secrets
Car: necessary

Step outside your cottage and enjoy a picnic, overlooking the lake, a relaxing swim, or take a short drive and minutes away you will find that Seneca Secrets is surrounded by wineries, restaurants, farm stands, breathtaking waterfalls. Located in between Lodi State Park and Watkins Glen, visit our website.


Rates & Availability

Burdett Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Mar 22 2017 - May 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Pre Season
May 4 2017 - Jun 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Post Season
Sep 7 2017 - Oct 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

We have a three night minimum for Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend
We have a four night minimum for 4th of July Weekend

50% due upon booking, the balance due a few weeks prior to stay. We accept Visa, MasterCard or Bank Check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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