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Finger Lakes Wine Country Retreat with Seneca Lake View

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Hector Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms/1 Bathroom Historic Farm House in Finger Lakes Wine Country

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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016

About Samira

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

Why Samira chose Seneca Lake

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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!


based on 22 traveler reviews

Finger Lakes Wine Country Retreat with Seneca Lake View
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Beautiful, great outdoor space, quaint and clean inside, beautiful views and well-kept!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Bridgewater, New Jersey

Perfect location, beautiful house and property!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for a long weekend getaway!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great location for exploring the Finger Lakes!

  • 4 of 5

Ideal location for visiting lakes, hiking (located across the road from National Park Station), wineries/breweries, and watching the sunset.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great home base for exploring the finger lakes

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location to enjoy all the finger lakes and ithaca highlights. After a day of hiking, beer tasting, and Ithaca town stroll, it was nice to have a quaint, comfortable house to come back to and take in an evening sunset over the lake. Our dog Dexter loved having the gated yard to play and enjoy an evening fire with us. Although some breweries did not permit our dog, most were accommodating. Don't miss Two Goats (walkable- less then a mile) and Lucky Hare Brewing. Samira was available via phone for any issue/question. We'd definitely come back and stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Will be back again!! oh! and bring the dog! :)

  • 4 of 5

This was my 3rd time staying at this home with my dog. (I'm not certain which of us enjoys it more?!?) . This home is always clean! ALWAYS!! The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes, bowls, utensils, pots, pans, glasses, cups- everything you could need if you wanted to cook a meal. There are plenty of towels & linens available for guests to use. (the towels are in very good condition- they are fluffy & smell fresh, and they aren't thread bare and rough on your skin!!) The pictures and overview description of the home and property are very accurate- reasonable rates too. The house has been updated and renovated nicely, while still maintaining character of the home's original woodwork & floors. Guests will relax & enjoy their stay in this lovely home. You won't be disappointed.

We stayed Memorial Day wknd and it happened to be the hottest & most humid days of the year since last Oct! Ceiling fans on the main floor were helpful in keeping the house cool as the window AC units were not yet in. We kept most of the windows open and the morning breeze off the lake was refreshing & felt good. If guests wish to travel with their dog, this is the place to stay! A nice, large fenced in area in the backyard, adjacent to the big red barn, has a stone pit and picnic table. The house is near the National Park on Rte 414, and Sampson State park is about 20 minute drive North in Romulus on Rte 96A for a good hike or trail walk. We also like to drive into Watkins Glen and walk with our dog through the quaint little town to check out the shops. Several new places have opened over the past couple of years, so it's nice to take a peek at those along our walk ~ there's a new Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop and El Rancho Mexican café.

This house is on the eastern shore of Seneca centrally & conveniently located on the wine trail- about 10-12 wineries within 10 miles. Alot of new breweries have also popped up around Seneca- Grist Iron Brewing is one, within a mile of the house. They have live entertainment Fri & Sat nights and their food is decent. The house also makes for a convenient drive to Cayuga's western shore- about 25-40 minutes, depending on which wineries or parks you'd like to visit. Our favorites on Cayuga are Varick and Buttonwood Grove. Both have refreshing wine slushies perfect for sipping on their decks overlooking the lake!

Thank you to the owners for opening up & sharing their lovely home for others to enjoy! We will be back for a 4th visit! :)

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Elmira Corning Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Two Goats Brewery
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Stonecat Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hector State Park Beach

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.


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Hector Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50

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Hector Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs Bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom, with lake views. On first floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The family room does have a pull out sofa bed (brand new)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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