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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

Why Amy Scarlatella chose Burdett

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
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
Property is great for families, but please note you will need to keep an eye on your little ones as the property overlooks the lake and there is no fencing.


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Romantic getaway or family vacation on 10 acres and private beach
average rating of 4.633333 based on 30 reviews

Wonderful Fall Getaway on the Seneca Wine Trail

  • 5 of 5

The cabin we stayed in had a beautiful view of the lake from the inside picture window which we enjoyed very much every morning when we woke up. The cabin is rustic and it was very cozy. We enjoyed using the wood burning stove for heat as it was a bit chilly this time of year. We spent some time on the beach enjoying the pretty sunsets and watching a few sail boats pass by including a Schooner tour out of Watkins Glen which we later went on and had an amazing time (Highly Recommend). We really enjoyed the location of this cabin as it was conveniently located near downtown Watkins Glen and in the center of the Seneca Wine trail. We love this area so much and look forward to coming back again.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jim, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you next year, take care. Amy
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Beautiful and secluded location!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the gorgeous view of Lake Seneca. Perfect for a weekend getaway with friends or a loved one!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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GREAT Family Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the cabin and peaceful atmosphere of the property. Sitting by the lake relaxing was amazing. Close to many great vineyards and hiking (we hiked Treman, Watkins Glen and Taughannock Falls).

We are looking forward to coming back again!!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Christa, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Take care. Amy
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  • 1 of 5

We felt it was misleading saying that it was a romantic getaway & is not private AT ALL as there is another cabin right next to it.You are practically sharing the space with them.The first day it was vacant however people did come with children and in order to go down to the water you have to go into their space to get to the stairs, they had to control their dog so we could go to the stairs.It isn't a family friendly spot either as advertised as there isn't really any flat area for kids and it drops off where they can get hurt if they are little children.You have watch your children pretty much the whole time, okay for tweens and teens..When you walk down to the water there is a canoe that has weeds growing through it, the area looks trashy.there was a lounge chair down there that looks so worn out like its been there for years & never moved.There are kayaks but you have to rent, for the price they should be free to use.we didn't look into renting because we were in the area for wedding and we didn't have time.When the ad said there was a beach area it is really just rocks not sand like you imagine a beach to be.The house over all served its purpose but it was very expensive and we would not recommend it for romance or small kids. The grounds were not kept up, there was broken glass on the side of the parking area and other junk and the house needs some painting.there are simple things that could be done to make it more desirable.The bathrm is exactly what it shows but should be upgraded it is a plastic shower like you are at a kids camp not something you would normally look for if you were looking for a romantic getaway. Down by the water where the dock is there are exposed electric wires, safety issue.The other thing we were really bothered by is that we were charged a cleaning fee ...for what exactly when we were required to clean everything before leaving so we could get our deposit back.that's not vacationing.we had to vacuum, clean bathrm shower, sink,flr ,toilet,& kitchen.if there was no propane you had to buy it.not good if you are going out to bbq & the tank is empty.4 wheel drive a must.driveway is bad & if it rains worse.I think that this place has potential to be better but at this price it is not worth it at all.there wasn't much avail. that weekend so we rented because we need something.My son's cabin was really nice, hot tub,updated,granite counters, fire pit & bar & gazebo w/ chairs by the water, well maintained

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Patti, We wanted to address your concerns, as from our perspective, we clearly layout what our property does and does not provide. Your feedback suggests you were looking for a modern, less outdoors/natural environment, w/ more amenities, than what we note in our description on Homeaway. By the tone of your review, you became angry, and that may be why you did not reach out to us during your stay, with any concerns. That is unfortunate. Privacy: 3 cabins/10 acres. One cabin is 1 acre (44,000 ft) away from two other cabins. The two cabins are 200 feet apart. Dog Friendly: we clearly note we are dog friendly and note the rules for having a dog. If a tied up dog was making it difficult to go down the stairs, we very much would have liked you to alert us, so that we could speak with owner and ask them to shorten their tie up. It is unfortunate that you choose not to do this. Family Friendly: our property has a flat 200ft grass area in front our your cabin, which overlooks the lake, that we keep mowed. To your point, we do not fence our property, which some parents would likely prefer. We try as much as possible to keep the property looking natural, but recognize that that can have drawbacks. Unkept: It is disturbing that you would say this a we take great pains to keep our property clean and natural. If there were any issues, we wish you would have called us, so that our HK person could come out to address the issue. Our beach furniture is not new, but is clean and maintained. Also, we provide 2 propane tanks for grilling. We note in the R&P’s that if one is empty, that you refill it at the gas station, 2 miles away, and we will reimburse you. This does not appear sufficient for your needs. Beach: Seneca Lake is shale. There is no sand anywhere on the lake. Our water system draws from the lake, so you do see a water pipe going down the side of the property & the connection (tapped wires) to the submersible pump. It would be unusual that a guest would want to be swimming near the pump/maintenance area, when there is 200ft of lake front. Cleaning Fee: Our HK person provides clean linens, ensures basics (shampoo/cond., coffee, TP/PT, Soap.etc are provided, in addition to basic cleaning after guests checkout. This comes down to expectations. We note in all photo’s & descriptions, what our property offers, which is clean lakeside cabins. The property is not new, but it is well maintained.
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Great cabin in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I (and our dog) stayed in this cabin for a long weekend, and we had a great experience! I was pleasantly surprised that the cabin was nicer in person than it looked in the pictures. It is very clean and well equipped- sheets, towels, utensils, cleaning supplies, first aid kits, vacuum, cable TV, grill, kayaks, firepit, etc. The location is perfect! A little secluded from the main road, but only a short drive to the downtown, the gorges, and countless wineries and breweries (which are all dog friendly). We stayed in one of the older cabins (Montour) which has beautiful views of the lake and a short walk down the steps to the water. I was worried that our clumsy Newfoundland puppy wouldn't make it down the steep stairs based on some past reviews, but he had no problem and was even able to swim in the river. It is definitely a good idea to have a 4wd SUV or truck, but our 4 runner was able to make it up without putting it in 4wd. This place feels safe and relaxing, and is a definite step up from camping while still having that outdoorsy experience. We will definitely be back and will recommend to all of our friends!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Paige, Thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay in the, "Montour" cabin and the area in general! We appreciate your feedback on updating the pictures of the cabin, we will definitely freshen those up over the winter! We agree that AWD or 4WD is recommended, especially for guests that are not familiar with driving on steep gravel. Take care and have a good winter. Amy Seneca Secrets
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We were very pleased with the cottage. There was more than enough pots and pans and kitchen supplies

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was fully stocked with everything we needed for cooking, plates, cutlery, bug spray, shampoo, etc. The view from our cottage was spectacular. Every night we watched the sunset. The finger lakes scenery and national parks were second to none. We explored several waterfalls and toured the area. For motorcycling the area I think it was the best rides we've ever done. We definitely want to go back this fall to see the trees change colour.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Kevin, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in the, "Montour" cabin and love the area as much as we do! We also really enjoy to watch the sunset, down by the water, usually with a glass of wine or beer in hand. Take care. Amy Seneca Secrets
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 4.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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