|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
A renovated 1850s Farm House situated on 3 acres with panoramic views of Seneca Lake awaits you. There are two bedrooms--one King bedroom and one Queen bedroom. There is also a fold out sofa for extra guests and a private office should you need time away to work. Do you like to cook? The remodeled kitchen is fully stocked with cookware, spices, and cooking oils for whatever you'd like to prepare. The property also includes a number of out buildings. Two of these buildings are available for guests--one is an old carpentry shop and is equipped with exercise equipment, reading books, and a TV/DVD setup. the other is a renovated chicken coop that now serves as a small beverage/activity station under enormous English walnut trees. A large section of the yard is in a fenced-in area (helpful to keep children and pets from wandering off too easily) that has a fire pit/food smoker, horseshoes, croquet, and beanbag toss games. We hope you love this property as much as we do and enjoy your stay.
A native Ohioan, Steve has worked in Upstate New York in the Agriculture and Wine businesses for over 15 years. Kelly was born in Rochester, New York, and launched her photography business in this house. You'll see why when you visit the area, the scenery is fantastic. Steve and Kelly now work in Rochester, New York, so they can't be at the property as much as they would like to be.
Samira purchased this farmhouse in 2001
Steve had always wanted a place in the country, with a nice water view and a nice big, red barn--and he found it! The previous owner, Harold Palmer, had been there since 1935 and was a carpenter--building many of the cabinets and making many of the renovations himself. Harold's father, Jack, started Palmer's Lake Rides in the early 1900s. The 'Stroller' can still be seen and ridden in Watkins Glen to this day. Steve was very honored that the family picked him to own and take care of the place.
The history of the place, the views, and the fun outbuildings and patio make it very easy to relax. There are also barn swallows to watch as they acrobatically swoop in and out of the barn windows and chat with each other on the electric wires. There is also a red tailed hawk that nests in the corner of the property and an unlimited number of critters. After all, it is an old farmstead!
We loved this house. There was plenty of space with a beautiful view of the lake. We loved the outdoor area which includes a fire pit/stove that we cooked our left-over pizza on. This would be the perfect house to stay at during the nice weather months. The house was clean and we all agreed the beds were very comfortable. We couldn't have asked for a better location, the best wineries and breweries are 5 minutes from the house. We plan on coming back in the spring and we will stay here!
We enjoyed our stay in Hector, it being one of our favorite areas in the Finger Lakes region, due to its proximity to many excellent wineries on Seneca Lake. The kitchen is well-equipped at this house, and the grounds (which include acres of grapevines) and the views of the lake are spectacular! The house is spacious, and the TV has a surround-sound system that's nice for watching a DVD from the extensive collection available at the house. However, we didn't know about two things that were (in our opinion) drawbacks: 1) the house is situated on a very busy road, and 2) wifi is not provided. The noise and headlights at night and in the early morning were significant for us, because we are light sleepers. The amenities for this listing no longer indicate that wifi is provided, but I observed that the online guide for this property (accessible after you reserve) and the on-site house manual (the binder of info for guests) include instructions for using the wifi; plus, there was a cable modem and wifi transmitter on site, but neither were functional, and when we inquired, Samira confirmed wifi is not available. Overall, we had a good time in Hector -- we just wish that these two aspects of the rental had been stated explicitly in the description so that we weren't surprised upon arrival.
I had never been to the finger lakes and this experience could not have been any better! I brought my two dogs who loved the fenced in area out back where they had tons of space to just run around and play while I read and took in the beautiful view of the lake and greenery. The house itself was a great space and wonderful set up. It was super central to wineries and breweries and right down the street from Stonecat Cafe, adorable little place to eat! Highly recommend and I'll definitely be returning!
This property is exactly like the pictures- The property is absolutely beautiful. The house had everything we could have asked for. We stayed in late August and it was very hot for the region. Each bedroom was equipped with a window A/C which made for a cool and comfortable sleeping environment. There were a number of great wineries and breweries less than a mile away. We got a guided tour (shout out to Wine Wagen Tours!) for one day. The road that the house is off of is very busy and not walkable so driving is a must even though some restaurants/ wineries are very close. We had an awesome stay and definitely would like to return in the future.
Ideal location for visiting lakes, hiking (located across the road from National Park Station), wineries/breweries, and watching the sunset.
Almost every water activity, banking, groceries, restaurants, and hospital/medical care are within 10 miles of the house. Great regional cuisine is practically next door. The house is also on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, so there are at least 80 wineries within a 30 mile radius. Watkins Glen is 8 miles South of this location as well.
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.