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Charming Lakeside Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lakeside Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-8)

Nestled in the hills 30 minutes southeast of Syracuse, right in the heart of Central New York, this lakeside cottage is perfectly located for the weekend getaway or a week-long holiday. Looking for a home base while exploring Central New York? This is the place!

Our property, called 'Tipsnook,' is a charming lakeside vacation rental property located in an Appalachian-like environment. The view of the lake is beautiful, and the property itself is a magical place. Come enjoy some days of swimming, fishing, and kayaking, and then some nights of grilling on the back deck and toasting marshmallows by the lakeside fire pit. Or come visit in the spring or fall to enjoy the lake's serenity by a crackling wood stove fire. We would love to share our little slice of paradise with you.

Nearby is a General Store/public boat launch just five minutes away. You can find a grocery store, pizza place, and cafe nearby in DeRuyter Village. Highland Forest county park is located a few miles away with hiking and biking trails. Cazenovia is close by (10 miles away), a wonderful tourist spot with restaurants, golf courses, gift shops, and churches.


The rustic cottage at Tipsnook has a cozy and quaint interior, which has been recently renovated. It consists of a Bedroom, Living Area, Sleeper Loft, Kitchen, and Bathroom. With a trundle bed in the private bedroom, a futon couch in the living area, and a loft for the kids, the cabin can accommodate up to 8 people.

While at Tipsnook, you will soon discover why frequent visitors refer to the side facing away from the road as the front of the cabin. Step out the 'front' door and you will find yourself at the lake. Out 'back' is a deck, which is great for sunbathing, grilling, and playing games. There is even a good-sized yard leading back to the road with plenty of room for horseshoes, frisbee, or any other game you enjoy.

The main room of the cabin has windows on every side, allowing for lake breezes and plenty of light. Sit at the table with your morning coffee and look out over the water as the early risers set their sails to catch a morning breeze. The cottage is purposefully a TV-free zone to help guests escape, but there is good cell phone reception and we do provide Wifi for your computers and devices. (Make sure to upload some vacation pictures to our community Facebook page!)

While there is a private bedroom in the 'back,' many visitors prefer to drop the futon into a bed and sleep with the windows open and the sound of the waves lulling them to sleep. Visiting when it's a bit cooler? The wood stove will warm you up in no time! Pillows and blankets supplied, but please bring your own sheets and towels (or we can provide them for a small cleaning fee). The loft is a favorite sleeping place for the kids!

The full kitchen has a refrigerator/freezer, an electric stove, a microwave, a toaster oven, and most importantly, a coffee maker. Water is pumped into the cottage from the lake, which is filtered and suitable for washing dishes and showering. Fresh drinking water is also provided along with dishes, silverware, pots and pans. And of course, if grilling is your thing, the gas grill is located on the rear deck.


Free Wifi

Kayaks (single & double)


Paddle Boat

Yard games (Bocce Ball, Cornhole, Horse Shoes)

Jigsaw Puzzles, Board Games, Cards

Lakefront Fire Pit

Wood-burning Stove


2-burner Gas Grill

Full Kitchen

Fresh drinking water

Bed Linens & Towels (available upon request)

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Don

I'm an Artist, Craftsman, Woodworker, Designer, lucky husband of 45 years, and proud father of 6 boys, all married to wonderful daughters-in-law and starting families of their own. Along with my wife Cathy, we own the property and have enjoyed many years of vacationing with our kids and grandkids at this timeless little nook of the world.

Why Don chose DeRuyter

The cabin at 'Tipsnook' has hosted 5 generations of our family over the past 90 years. Originally, it was a simple screened-in deck used for playing cards on summer evenings by original owners Dick and Warena Grime and their family, who owned a nearby cabin on the property. As their children grew and had families of their own, they converted the deck into a quaint cabin to accommodate guests and family. Their oldest daughter Meg married Tip Cornue, and the two eventually purchased the place... now known as Tipsnook.

Over the years, the cabin was expanded and updated. Meg and Tip had four sons, who had 14 children of their own, and now a fifth generation (16 kids and counting!) is growing up with memorable family vacations here. I am Meg and Tip's oldest son, now the 'Keeper' of Tipsnook.

Many family members have moved away, but we have all taken Tipsnook with us. It is a place of family and retreat, of celebrations and peace, of play and contemplation. Our tight-knit family still meets up here a few times over the summer, but when we're not using the cabin, we happily rent it out to our extended family and dear friends (many of whom come back again and again), as well as new friends who are just discovering Tipsnook for the first time. Come enjoy our little nook of the world. We'd love to share it with you!

What makes this cottage unique

There's a magical atmosphere here, a true escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Most people who rent from us come back again and again.

Over the years, Tipsnook has hosted families looking for some time together on vacation, published writers looking for that quiet place to finish a book, couples looking for a romantic getaway, bridal showers, artists, hikers, parents visiting their children for college graduation... and on and on.


DeRuyter Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Sleeper Loft - Must climb a ladder to sleep in cozy loft. (Great for kids)
    Main Living Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable full-size futon in the main room.
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Trundle Bed: 2 Twins that can interlock into a full-size bed
  • BEDROOM: Consists of a trundle bed Can sleep 2. LOFT: Consists of two futon mattresses. Can sleep 2 adults, or up to 4 kids. **Must climb a ladder.** LIVING AREA: Consists of comfortable futon. Can sleep 2.
  • Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Charming Lakeside Cottage
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

Great property! Clean, neat and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Don was there to meet us for check in. He was extremely helpful! We were only there for the weekend for a wedding. Due to that we did not spend a lot of time in the cottage because of the wedding related events kept us really busy. But the accomodations were extremely comfortable and very convenient. Really nice being right on the water too!

Thank you Don!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family place.

  • 5 of 5

Don was great. Had a warm fire waiting for us and the place was perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florham Park

Ideal for two

  • 5 of 5

Both the property and the owner were all you could ask for to enjoy the lake. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Freeville, New York

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

First experience of renting cottage .It was nice and cozy had a very enjoyable vacation . Only down fall was the futon mattress but we made it work .hoping to go next year

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing getaway for the family. Great cottage with all needed amenities!!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tipsnook. Great location on the lake. The cottage had everything we needed and comfortably fit our family of 5 (6 if you include the dog). Convenient location to town. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We enjoyed our stay at the cottage. With the young kids it was good to have a laid back place to go.

  • 4 of 5

We had what we needed for a short stay and it was great to have a place to go and even stuck inside due to bad weather it was nice for the kids to be relaxed and cozy indoors. The stove kept us so warm and Don was kind enough to have it all ready to go when we got there:-) only regret is that we didn't get to enjoy the lake as it looks beautiful!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: hey foisy family, thanks for the kind words! you're welcome to come back a little later in the season to perhaps enjoy warmer conditions. it's always kind of a crap shoot weatherwise that early. all the best, don
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Seneca Lake
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Cazenovia Country Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
AMTRAK, 131 Alliance Bank Pkwy, Syracuse, NY
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Route 81
Car: necessary

On a pristine lake under beautiful Central New York skies, this rental property is half an hour from Syracuse. It's also 15 minutes from the quaint village of Cazenovia, a good place for shopping, golf, and dining. Nearby Highland Forest county park offers hiking and biking trails. Three other state forests are nearby. Also close to the Finger Lakes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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