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Cozy and Charming Lakeside Home Away from Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Welcome to our Home-away-from-home! This is truly a charming retreat from the everyday rat-race. 'Whispering Waters' is a year-round home and is located only 3 minutes from downtown Penn Yan on the Sunny east-side of Keuka Lake. The property is deep, sitting well off the main road, perfect for peace and quiet or playing in the spacious yard. The year-round nature of the home makes it ideal for all seasons...don't miss Fall Foliage in the Finger Lakes!!!

Inside you'll find personal touches and comfortable appointments, not the sterile atmosphere of Rental Agency properties. The full kitchen is bright and cheery with plenty of counter space. Upstairs there are 2 full bedrooms(1 Queen bed, 2 Twins) with a sitting room(complete with game and puzzle library) and full-bath (shower). There is a spacious Master Bedroom with full-bath (shower/tub) on the south side. A 3rd full bath (shower) with laundry room is located off the living room. Also off the living room is a fabulous sun room overlooking the lake and waterfront, with full dining table and sleeper sofa for extra sleeping space. In the warmer weather relax on the deck which also overlooks the lake. The views are stunning, especially at sunset.

For water activity, the staircase leads to some of the finest lakefront available on Keuka Lake. The natural pebble beach and gradual entry swimming area are ideal for families with children.

Activities in the area are abundant for all seasons. If you like wine-tasting, you'll have close to 100 wineries to choose from between the Keuka Lake and Seneca Lake Wine Trails. There is even a winery only a quarter-mile walk from the house!

Keywords: Cottage, year-round, family-friendly, Finger Lakes

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Lori Dahlberg
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Lori Dahlberg

I grew up in Penn Yan, and although I've lived in many states along the way, my heart has always been rooted here in the Finger Lakes. My family lives in New Jersey now, but we spend every summer vacation on Keuka Lake. Our children are learning, as I did, all the joy that comes with lake living. They are making lasting friends and memories every year.

Lori Dahlberg purchased this house in 2003

Why Lori Dahlberg chose Keuka Lake

There are so many things to do in this area that we NEVER get bored. We always have a list as long as my arm of things we want to do, and places we want to see, but we never seem to finish the's just too hard to leave the lake!

What makes this house unique

'Whispering Waters' is located in the best place possible: just far enough from town to feel that you're 'away from it all', but close enough that you can get in for whatever you may need in only a couple of minutes. I've seen a lot of lakefront, but the swimming area we have is so nice and gradual, and almost completely weed-free that I can't imagine finding better anywhere on any lake!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay at your house. The house is adorable and comfortable and had everything we needed.

Thank you ,
Oct 2014
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Penn Yan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom #3 - Main Floor - toilet , shower
  • 3 Full: 1 with shower/tub combo; 2 with showers only
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Lakeside Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Lawnside Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Extra Deep Mattress with pillow top
  • Queen size Beds (2) Master Bedroom, and Bedroom #2 upstairs, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 Twin beds in Bedroom #3 upstairs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (4) 2 full-size Sleeper Sofas - in Living Room and Sun Room; 2 Fold-out Foam chairs - in Sitting Room upstairs.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Stairs to 75 ft beautiful lakefront with dock(in-season), Firepit, Gradual-depth swim area. 2 pull-out Sofas, 2 fold-out Foam chairs. Renters must provide their own sheets/pillowcases, bath/personal towels. Only blankets/pillows/mattress protectors and kitchen towels are provided, however linen service is available-ask owner. First load laundry tab, first roll toilet paper in each bathroom, small dish soap, and single use dishwasher detergent tab provided. Take a book-leave a book library.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Cozy and Charming Lakeside Home Away from Home
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 27 reviews

Great value

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was in a great location, convenient to wineries on both Seneca and Keuka Lakes and other attractions, and the views of Keuka lake from the enclosed porch were beautiful. It was also spotlessly clean and very well stocked with everything you would need to feel at home. Considering the number of beds, bedrooms and bathrooms, it was an excellent value for the nightly cost. I would definitely book another stay here when I'm in the area, and would recommend it to anyone else looking for a comfortable place to stay in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Overdue Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Whispering Waters. We found the place to be clean and cozy. There was plenty of room to spread out although we spent most of our time in the sun room. The cottage was a great home base as we spent the weekend at the Windmill and various wineries and breweries around the lake. The owner, Lori, was very responsive and flexible with requests. The girls are already talking about our next get together!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whispering Waters is terrific for family getaways.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed four nights at this cozy little cottage with our daughter, son in law, and 14 month old granddaughter. The cottage was easily child proofed and had plenty of room to accommodate my son, 16 month old granddaughter, and the in laws when they visited for the day. The location is very convenient to Pen Yann and provided beautiful views of the lake and fall colors. The weather didn't cooperate enough for us to enjoy the beach front fire pit, but all in all we had a great experience. The only reason I didn't give five stars is the that it was a little hard to regulate the temperature. There was a space heater so we were able to warm up the baby's room with that. The frying pans weren't the best, but otherwise we had everything we needed and were very comfortable. Thank you Lori for sharing your charming retreat with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, clean cottage across the lake from Keuka College

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was very enjoyable. The perfect location on the east side of the lake. Close to Penn Yan and Keuka Springs winery. Great sunset on the large beach area and perfect view for the Keuka College fireworks!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, awesome view and close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for a get-together we had with family and friends. Plenty of space for everyone, great view from the back room and the beach/dock on property. Very homey and reasonably priced. The house was close to winerys, brewerys and other necesities while on vacation. Lori the owner was great to work with, very helpful and accomodating to questions before booking and while we were staying in the house. Felt like we were staying at a family members house.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had an enjoyable stay at Whispering Waters! We really try to do whatever we can to make sure our guests are comfortable for their time by the lake. It does my heart good to know that we have succeeded to have happy guests! I hope to see you come back again in the future!
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Comfortable, well equipped, and easily accessible, home away from home

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time on Keuka this week. The cottage was comfortable and well equipped to meet and exceed our expectations. We had a great time at the water and the water front and dock were great for all sunning, swimming, and boating activities. We were also close to Penn Yan and a lot of good sights to see. We had an overall great experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It makes me very happy that you all enjoyed your stay. We try to make our home as comfortable as possible for our guests. If there's anything that would have made it better, and earned us the 5th star, please message me and let me know. We strive to earn that full rating, especially when guests could choose the newer, more modern homes on the lake. Thank you for taking the time to review our home! Please come back again if your future travels bring you back to our area!
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Penn Yan Diner
"Been in business for eons for good reason! Make sure you go to breakfast here, at the very ..."
Angel's Family Restaurant
"Tiny place - great service... ALWAYS busy! I love the breakfasts especially!"
Antique Inn
"My family has eaten at this little place since I was a very young. We still enjoy going bac..."
Pizza Hut
Lloyd's Limited
"A big favorite, especially for a pub-like atmosphere. Lots of different beer and great wing..."
The Switzerland Inn
"Fun place to eat by the water. Our favorite lunch spot! Young and pleasant staff...if you ..."
Keuka Spring Vineyards
"Award winning wines, and only 1/4 mile north of our property! You can even walk there for a..."
The Windmill Farm & Craft Market
" A destination for travelers from all over. Begun by the area Menonites ..."
Rooster Hill Vineyards
"Another wine tasting place only 1 mile South of our property. Good wines."
Union Block Italian Bistro
"Terrific food! A little pricey, but worth the $."
Bully Hill Vineyards Restaurant
"I'm giving the restaurant the 5 stars. It's about the best lunch you'll find on the lake an..."
Top of the Lake
"Very convenient and new owners for the last 1-2 years. I've enjoyed my meals, especially th..."
Timmy G's
"My Mom is a regular there, and so am I when I'm in town. Can't beat their fish fry. Great ..."
La Cocina
"Terrific Mexican Food!"
Flour Shop Cafe & Bakery
"Great little cafe! The Cinnamon rolls are to die for! But they're only sold on Saturdays a..."
Watkins Glen State Park
"Great place to hike, have a picnic, or swim in their Olympic sized pool! The Glen is gorgeo..."
Outlet Trail
"Outlet connects Keuka Lake to Seneca Lake. It makes a great walk/hike from Penn Yan to Dres..."
Cornell University
"About a 45 mile drive. Beautiful campus, well worth driving around."
Buttermilk Falls State Park
"Beautiful Water falls and hiking spot. Natural pool at the foot of the Falls is a natural s..."
Ithaca Falls Natural Area
"Another fabulous waterfall in Ithaca!"
Montour Falls
"5-star waterfall. Not much to the town, but the waterfall is wonderful!"
Ithaca College
Heron Hill Winery
"More fabulous wine with a hard-to-beat view of Keuka Lake!"
Pleasant Valley Inn
"Great place to go for a special romantic dinner!"
Glenn H Curtiss Museum
Corning Museum of Glass
"Lots of hands on things to do and make. Not just for kids!"
Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Greater Rochester International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
in Penn Yan
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Majestic Hills
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
in Penn Yan
Nearest Ski
31 Miles
Bristol Mountain, Naples, NY
Car: necessary

Wineries in abundance, Watkins Glen Gorge, Park, and Racetrack, Bristol Ski Mountain, Corning Glassworks, Many State Parks, Majestic Hills Public Golf Course.


Rates & Availability

Penn Yan House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off-Season Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Pre-Season 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Off-Season Fall 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 4.0%

Monthly rentals available - please contact owner.
Linen service available - please ask owner.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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