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Speaks: english

Finger Lakes Wine Country Retreat with Seneca Lake View

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Seneca Lake 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
Samira (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

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 17 traveler reviews

Finger Lakes Wine Country Retreat with Seneca Lake View
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming home in picture perfect setting in the heart of wine country.

  • 5 of 5

This property was more than we imagined from the listing. The property is beautiful. Perfect lake sunsets with ample yard for kids and dogs. Owners were so accommodating to our needs! We are looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Finger Lakes Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the property for 5 nights in October and had a great time. The house is situated in a perfect location to use as a base camp for enjoying all the Finger Lakes area has to offer. When we were done touring for the day we got to come home to a comfortable house and yard. Our 2 dogs enjoyed it as well.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mini-moon hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a delight it was to stay at this property. It was exactly what my husband and I were looking for when we planned a relaxing weekend after our wedding. The house sits right on the Seneca wine trail. Everywhere you could anticipate to visit is within a radius of 10-12 miles from the home. That made it convenient to get around. Although it is on the main road, it sits back off the road, so you still feel tucked away. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and our three year old dog certainly enjoyed the space to play. Steve was a pleasure to work with. He answered questions promptly, and made us feel very secure knowing we could contact him at any time should we need to. We are already planning our next trip to the Finger Lakes, and plan on using this space again!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Almost home run

  • 4 of 5

This could have been an all-star experience. Location was unbeatably convenient for all the activities we planned, and the house was spacious and fairly well equipped. But we were disappointed that the house was on a busy highway, with noisy truck and motorcycle traffic at all hours. Also, the property seemed half-heartedly maintained, needing more thorough cleaning inside. A little pruning would have made the outside space more enjoyable, too.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Amazing getaway spot!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for exploring Seneca lake beer&wine trails. Even better, very close to 3 or 4 amazing state parks! House is cozy and spacious at same time.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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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.


Rates & Availability

Hector Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
August 5th Weekend
Aug 4 2016 - Aug 7 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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