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Adorable Lakeside Hideaway With Gorgeous Views Of Seneca Lake!

Bedrooms 2
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Full Bathroom, Sleeps 4; Separate Lakeside Cabana For Relaxing

Welcome to Blackbird Cottage! On a quiet dead-end street, Blackbird Cottage is really 2 cozy bungalows for the price of one. This is a perfect cottage for a couple or a group of up to four looking to relax on Seneca Lake. The main cottage offers 2 bedrooms (1 queen bedroom, 1 full bedroom, linens provided) plus a full bath (tub with shower, four towels provided), fully outfitted kitchen including cooking spices and all pots/pans you will ever need, lovely lake-view dining area with panoramic views, and comfortable living room for relaxing and watching cable TV or your favorite movies. At beach level, our newly renovated lakeside cabana (no sleeping facilities) is surrounded by decking and lounge chairs, just a few steps from your own boat dock and beach, and is outfitted with mini-fridge, bar, blender and comfy furniture giving you a wonderful place to relax at the end of a day on the lake. There is a small fire pit on the beach front as well for evening fires. Between the two buildings is a lovely landscaped patio with a patio set, lounge chairs, gas grill (propane included!), shade trees and of course lake view. It doesn't get better than than this! The cottage ceilings are fairly low due to the fact it was originally built in the 1950's. We are also on a quiet dead-end street with close neighbors along the lake who enjoy the relaxing nature of the area. We can accommodate up to four guests during your stay under our renter's permit.

Whether visiting the area for our wonderful wineries, getaway, romantic weekend, or fishing our world-famous lake trout, you will love Blackbird Cottage on Seneca Lake!

We just bought a two person canoe for the 2016 season which is located under the lower deck. Please use at your own risk and use responsibly. Great for fishing and sunsets! Life jackets are provided as well.

Washer/Dryer in the basement for use.

Blackbird Cottage is a centrally located getaway in Dresden, New York, at the intersection of Routes 14 and 54 and near many of the region's award-winning wineries on the Seneca and Keuka Lake Wine Trails. Nearby towns of Penn Yan, Geneva, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport are a short drive away and offer shopping, antiquing, and more. We are 6 miles from groceries, a local butcher, gas, restaurants, and movie theaters. 8 miles from a state boat launch and boat rentals. A public playground, beach and tennis courts are 1 mile from the cottage. On a rainy day, enjoy the cottage's cozy living room outfitted with a Vizio 32-Inch HDTV as well as a selection of books and magazines ... or play board games or cards at the dining table as you enjoy the lake view. An auxiliary sound system is in the living room so bring your ipod with!

Our dock can hold a small to medium sized boat. 3 cleats installed. 3ft depth off the end with a sandy bottom so please keep that in mind while swimming. No diving, of course. Boat lift is under repair at the moment so please inquire if that is needed for your stay.

Dresden is a rural area offering scenic drives through farmland and rolling hillsides of grape vineyards and past beautiful natural sights such as waterfalls. As well as boating, fishing, and other lake pursuits, nature lovers and active travelers will love the proximity to the Keuka Outlet Trail for biking, hiking, and exploring. Whether you seek outdoor adventure in your kayak or on your mountain bike or you prefer a stroll through antique stores followed by a glass of wine at one of our fabulous local wineries, you will love your stay at Blackbird Cottage on Seneca Lake!

Payment for reservation is due at time of booking. If you are booking for two weeks or longer, please reach out to discuss partial payments as we are happy to accommodate such requests for longer stays. Although we are kid friendly, we highly recommend life jackets at all time when on the beach front along with proper supervision. We also require renters to be over the age of 25. By booking you agree with this policy and comply with the request that the renting party is over the age of 25. No pets allowed.

We look forward to hosting you! Please reach out with any questions you may have.

More Details

Property Manager
Scott Bronstein
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Scott Bronstein

As a local business owner in the Finger Lakes, providing access to this beautiful area is important. Blackbird Cottage provides an excellent mix of solitude and close proximity to the many attractions around Seneca Lake!

Scott Bronstein purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Scott Bronstein chose Seneca Lake

It is perfect for 1 - 4 guests enjoying a short, or extended, vacation. Well stocked kitchen and a prime location. The views are stunning and the newly renovated cabana provides an excellent relaxing point by the waterfront.

What makes this cottage unique

This rental is managed by the owner, Scott, and not a rental company. I am around if needed!


Dresden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • One bedroom has a queen-size bed, closet, and dresser. Second bedroom has a full-size bed, closet, and dresser. All linens and towels provided.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Adorable Lakeside Hideaway With Gorgeous Views Of Seneca Lake!
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews

Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

Well cared for property with great attention to details. Great lake views. The owner really cares about the quality of the visitor's experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great mini vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage. Vintage charm, with everything we needed. The beautiful sunrise with a good cup of coffee from the lakeside deck was amazing! We all loved the area, the locals were all so welcoming. We are planning our trip to return to Lake Seneca in fall of 3017, and hope to stay in Blackbird Cottage again.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the excellent feedback! We hope to have you back in the FLX for your next vacation. Cheers, Scott
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The PERFECT, cozy Lake-side cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the Blackbird Cottage. The cottage was exactly as described and certainly did not dissappoint. The separate terraced levels offer incredibly unique views of the lake, as well as multiple seating/dining options during the stay. We have nothing but positive memories, and would definitely recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great feedback Gabriel. Looking forward to your next vacation at Blackbird Cottage!! Cheers, Scott
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Fantastic holiday weekend stay.

  • 5 of 5

On our annual family Memorial Day Weekend getaway, we chose Blackbird Cottage this year. And, it was a great choice to make. First, I'll start with the owner Scott. He was very nice, and very responsive. I asked questions, and got responses in a timely manner. I always appreciate that. Also, there was a minor issue when I arrived (A/C unit wasn't in) and he was most responsive about that. Top notch!

The property itself was great. There's really 5 ways to enjoy the this property. First is the view from inside the cottage itself. The view from the window is terrific. You can look out at the water anytime you want. It was comfortable in there, and at 5'7" I didn't even notice the lower ceilings people mention. But, we didn't spend much time in there aside sleeping anyways.

The second is from the patio in the back of the cottage. I used it twice for grilling dinner, and eating out on the patio furniture. It was a fine place to eat and relax.

Then the cabana, and it's deck. This cabana was fantastic. We had a t-storm and it was terrific to sit and enjoy watching (and hearing) it go overhead. The fridge was handy to keep some drinks in, so we wouldn't have to go up to the cottage to grab one. If I had an air mattress, I probably would have just slept in the cabana all weekend.

The next level down is the beach area and dock. There is a small fire pit with a couple chairs to sit on the little beach. We mainly stayed out at the end of the dock. It was nice sitting out there looking out at the water, and watching the ducks and geese swim by. It was also nice looking into the clear water and see all the amazing fish which I wasn't catching. Maybe next time!

Finally, the water itself. Scott had a 2 person canoe on hand. We also called a local place and had them deliver a few kayaks for the weekend. We really enjoyed being on the water, and there wasn't too much motor traffic which made it nice for kayaking.

The location was fantastic. Things aren't right around the corner, but you aren't too far from both Geneva and Penn Yan. Watkins Glen is about 30 minutes away, The Windmill isn't far, and there are numerous wineries to enjoy in the area. The place itself is at the end of a dead-end street. It's really a good location.

Overall, fantastic stay. Multiple levels to enjoy the property. Fantastic location. Responsive, and local, owner. If I end up going to the area for another vacation I'd definitely stay here again. And, I'd recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for an extended weekend. The pictures and description of this property are very accurate. The views were great and the location was perfect for our family. The property was clean, the communication with the owner was very good. The furnishings were very nice for a rental property, not cheap throw away kind of stuff, for example the gas grill was a Weber. We were also welcomed with a bottle of wine.

As others noted, it is a cottage and the ceilings and shower were a bit low but not enough to be a big inconvenience.

Our family brought along kayaks, paddleboards and hybrid bicycles. We spent a good bit of time on the lake and rode the nearby Keuka Outlet trail, which is definately worth exploring. A nice addition was that the owner also had some inflatable rafts and a kayak for guests to use.

We enjoyed a nightly fire in the fire pit by the lake. The "beach" part of the property, where the pit is located, is a bit small but we were able to enjoy the space.

Overall, our family was very satisfied with this property and everything that it was easily accessible to. I would and have already recommended this property to other friends who also visit Seneca Lake and will look into booking this property again.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review!! We look forward to having you back again. There are some fantastic improvements on the horizon. Cheers!
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What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Blackbird Cottage for my 30th birthday along with my husband and another couple. We absolutely loved it. It was comfortable, clean, quiet, and just what we were looking for. I'd recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Dresden Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Season
Oct 25 2017 - Nov 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $59 + Tax
Tax Rate 4.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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