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Exclusive Villa on Cayuga Lake - Finger Lakes, Near Ithaca

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 20)

Undisputedly the best family place on Cayuga Lake in the Heart of the Fingerlakes.

PLEASE NOTE: Ithaca College and Cornell University (Memorial Day) graduation weekends 2018 and 2019: Fixed price for up to one week's stay and up to 20 people. Similarly, please inquire for wedding events and rates.

Ideal for couples, small groups, retreats and large family reunions, as well as business retreats and strategy sessions, and popular for weddings of up to 150 people.

Superb and spacious home with 24 feet high cathedral ceilings and large windows facing the lake, elegantly furnished, original art work (partly by local artists), all natural paints, superb stereo/large flat TV for DVDs, 100% hardwood or tile floors, wool, sisal or Persian carpets, Finnish sauna, Finnish fire place and wood stove, fire pit in the garden, 50 acres woodland, ravines, waterfalls, right on the lake and with your own dock.

Also included is a daylight basement apartment with full bath, bedroom, living room, kitchen and wood/tile floors. The apartment is not rented to third parties unless you also rent the main house.

Weekly and week-end rentals for wine tours etc. available (2 day minimum); ideal for retreats, family reunions, writing your unfinished book, weddings, and more, all year round. Absolutely breathtaking in the summer, autumn, winter and spring!

adjacent dining area also looks out on the lake. And the home us surrounded by 50 acres of woods; great strolls and playing for kids. Even a fire pit is included, a sauna inside the house, and more. The daylight basement apartment's living room also has a double futon which can easily serve as a 6th bedroom. And a charcoal grill is available for your use (please bring your own charcoal).

In addition to the bedrooms, with king, queen and double sized beds, the living rooms have large futons and a spare mattress so the house sleeps up to 20 if needed. (But if you come alone or as a couple, the place is still fabulous and affordable; I used to live there year round).

Here is what recent guests (and now friends) had to say:

“I suspect word-of-mouth is the best form of advertisement. Perhaps I might say that in my search for Shangri-La, I found it just outside Ithaca! … Quiet, peaceful, heavenly spot. Perfect for what I needed” (Allison May 2005).

“Your house is a credit to you the detail and work you have but into it has made it an extraordinary house. I must admit that the photo's on the Internet do not do your house any justice. It is by far one of the nicest house that I have seen. Thank you again for sharing it with us.” (Aidan from Ireland, June 2004)

“My best friends all came and had the most wonderful time. The kitchen, porch, and fire pit had the amazing quality of drawing people in to a warm, cozy and happy hanging-out environment. The house is beautiful and wonderfully maintained. Everything is beautiful: the location, house, woods and nice owner, fabulous décor! Thank you so much for sharing it with me for my graduation”. (Sally April 2005).

Keywords: Exclusive Vacation Home

More Details

Anatole Krattiger
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, Swiss german !
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Anatole Krattiger

Adjunct Professor at Cornell University, now living in Switzerland for the moment, my original country. But I come back to Ithaca, which I call my home, ever so often. And Cayuga Lake I call "my lake" (sorry neighbors). I designed the house in part (it's a Lindal Cedar Home). Some say that the decorations in each room some make the entire house like a museum. Each corner, each wall, tells a story.

I was originally a farmer (yes, in the Swiss alps, milking cows and making cheese). And that's why you'll find a cow bell collection inside. It's even famous: All bells from Indonesia, Sudan, Switzerland, Kenya and elsewhere got recorded to serve as sounds for movies and the like. In the meantime, I did some other things (and study) and now work at one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations. For now!

Why Anatole Krattiger chose Interlaken

It is simply gorgeous. Ithaca is Gorges!

What makes this villa unique

Some of my friends say I live in a museum. Lots of attention to detail, to art, to colors, etc. It is simply all round a wonderful place


Interlaken Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 21
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Check in as of 4 pm, check out by 10 am (unless special arrangements have been made in advance)
  • Events of 25 people or more require permission and a separate agreement.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 4th toilet - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - shower , Next to sauna.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Plus one queen mattress on floor.
    King & Queen Futons in 2 LARGE living rooms - 1 king , 1 queen
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (5), two of which are futons. Double Beds (3), one of which is a floor mattress. Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), one queen mattress on floor.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
airconditionning, a large Samsung flat TV with DVD (but no TV channels to preserve the nature of a "retreat" place), a small TV with VCR, an excellent stereo with surround sound, iPod plug-in, fully equipped Kitchen, etc. Linens and Towels provided, your own lake front for Swimming and more, and 50+ acres for hiking including two waterfalls, No smoking inside the house.


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Exclusive Villa on Cayuga Lake - Finger Lakes, Near Ithaca
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 43 reviews

Great location, great accomodation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great end-of-winter alternative spring break trip. The room arrangements were excellent - lots of away places - lots of communal space. Beautiful trails and beach. We also made use of the proximity to Ithaca and made visits to wineries, "cideries," and a distillery. All quite good. Took trips to the Museum of the Earth and Taughannock Falls as well. We even caught the last big snowfall of the season and went to Greek Peak.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. And you know you're always welcome back. Return guests are my favorite!
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Stunning home in the most beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

There’s truly no other word to describe this place other than stunning. You honestly won’t want to leave. Full of beautiful, meticulously crafted features including a custom wood stove & sauna (!!) an incredible kitchen and several decks to enjoy the view of the lake. The property is neatly tucked away into the woods but just a few minute’s drive from everything you need. We couldn’t have been happier here - it was idyllic & impressive - almost hard to believe it’s real.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for large group

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and has everything you need for a large group. Great large common rooms to hang out, but also enough space for everyone to spread out and have privacy when needed. We really enjoyed our stay here and hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David. You and your group were wonderful guests to host. You're always welcome back.
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Great family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at the house. Perfect for a family vacation. Kids had a great time on the dock and playing under the waterfall. The kitchen was big to make dinner together. Wonderful time was had by all. Thank you for the memories.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice comments. You were a wonderful group to have and are always welcome back. Anatole
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Graduation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

My children and grandchildren enjoyed their long weekend, as well as myself. The house was perfect. Extremely well equipped- from kitchen to outdoor activities. Spacious enough for young ones to nap without being disturbed by adults. Beautiful view.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely gorgeous, and the property around it was even better. Hiking around the property, regardless of weather, is well worth your time (my group stayed in very early spring). The waterfall along the main road is stunning, and the lake front is very beautiful. A small highlight for me was the sauna. It was perfect after being out in the cold. I will definitely consider this property again when if I plan on taking a trip in the summer to the area. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Car: necessary

Golf (20 min), Fitness Center (20 min), Miniature Golf (20 min), Horseback Riding (30 min), Cinemas (20 min), Museums (20 min)




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Cleaning fee $350
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates vary by month, events (such as Cornell graduation/Memorial weekend), party size, etc. For Cornell Graduation/Memorial Day weekend, the indicated rate is for a minimum of 2 and up to 7 nights. Put differently, the rate is a flat rate for the Cornell Graduation, irrespective of duration (up to 7 nights).

Please inquire for

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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