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Bedrooms 3
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

This is a very nice, clean 3 bedroom RUSTIC cabin/cottage on Seneca Lake right next to a waterfall !! Your own private dock right on the water, with flat walkout to the lake. The falls are wonderful to sleep next to they lull you to sleep. The house has full kitchen, living room, full view of the lake and mountains, washer/dryer, pellet stove, full bath and amazing sunsets. Upstairs is a master bedroom with flat TV/cable & skylights. The full bathroom also has high ceiling and skylights, and looks out over the falls. The other 2 rooms also have skylights, one with a full bed and the other with a single bed. Downstairs is a couch that can sleep 2 as well. This cabin/cottage has an overall RUSTIC feel with rustic/distressed furniture and some new furniture, along with full window views of the lake. It has an eclectic feel with some antique furniture and new mixed in. It is cleaned in between renters. **The front yard is a flat walkout all the way to the lake which is about 40 yards. **PET friendly with an enclosed area to the back. Pets must be approved and proof of rabies, etc. Extra PET fee is $50 for the stay.

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Vicky

I've owned this property for over 10 years and have rented it out during the spring/summer/fall months when I am traveling. It is comfortable and homey.

Vicky purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Vicky chose Burdett

This is so peaceful and next to the waterfall and ON SENECA LAKE with your own dock to sit on or tie your boat too. You have your own beachfront and its the best spot in the Finger Lakes !

What makes this cottage unique

The waterfall will make you want to stay ..... and come back over and over again. I have many families who return each summer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Me and my family came to stay and what a gorgeous place !! Its right next to the Hector waterfall and right on the lake and we love the rustic cabin its got a cozy wood pellet fireplace and room enough for us to feel relaxed. We loved the rustic furniture and also the new flat tv's and the the kitchen sooooo nice. Its colorful and cozy and we were able to bring our doggy and he had his own little fenced in yard. We loved it and will definitely come back again. You can see the whole lake from the windows and has a wonderful flat front yard all the way to the lake. Our kids loved it.
Nov 2012
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Burdett Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Only 2 vehicles allowed to park on the property. You must let me know if you expect 2 have more vehicles.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom is upgraded with new fixtures, has full bath and shower, skylights and vaulted ceiling with cedarwood. Always kept clean.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Full Size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This is a great getaway on Seneca lake, also located on the Wine & Brewery Trail.


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(6 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 3.5 based on 7 reviews

Lake Week 2017

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay by Hector Falls, NY the cottage was perfect for our family. We fit 6 comfortably and we enjoyed the open area between the cottage and the dock. We fished, kayaked and played in and around Seneca Lake. The cottage while not fancy was comfortable

and the price was right. We also were happy that we could bring our pets. The neighbors were

friendly and overall we would return to rent again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you !! You are welcome to stay any time =-) Vicky
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The Good and The Bad

  • 2 of 5

GOOD-Location-Beautiful! Updated appliances, fenced yard, level yard, lake access, water fall is amazing, dock, close to wineries and downtown. BAD-Smell: Upon arrival the entire 1st floor of the house had a terrible odor. It wasn’t until we did a load of laundry that we found the culprit. A green bed sheet had been left in the washer wet and who knows how long it had been there. We ran it through another cycle and were able to resolve the smell issue; however it should not have been there in the 1st place. Bathroom: The sink and toilet are relatively new, but the bath and shower area itself was a handful. We were able to get the shower working (txt'd the owner, who immediately txt'd back with the trick on how to get it to work). The window in the bathroom doesn't have a curtain or blind on it causing you to be exposed while showering. Now,I can guarantee how the owner will respond, the window is on the second floor on the waterfall side of the house. However,I’m 5’5” and it came to my waist. Also, the frame appears to have some substantial water damage. Backyard: The owner OR previous renters did NOT clean up after their dog. It took my wife a good 15min to clean up all the #2’s. Also, there were two chairs that had been out in the rain, wind and sun for who knows how long, we didn’t touch them for fear they would fall apart and we didn’t want to be responsible for breaking anything. Kitchen:Freezer had something fuzzy growing in it but the fridge itself was relatively clean. We went to use some of the dishes in the cabinet and there was dried food on them, like they were rinsed off but never washed before they were put away. Bedrooms:If you are going to advertise bed linens I would recommend they not be stained with holes. The king bed had a number of disturbing stains on the sheets. I guess it is just best to bring your own. Dock Area:There was a massive pile of garbage on the shore right next to the dock. This pile consisted of everything from cabinets, clothing(soiled), recyclables, sticks to kitchen waste. I'm not sure if it was the owner’s pile or one of the neighbors; however it was truthfully down right disgusting. Finally,when renting a cottage/rustic cabin four walls and a roof should be at the very least prepared to the people renting it. Our stay would have been SO much better if washer was taken care of, yard cleaned up & the pile of garbage either removed or burned. But alas, it was not so.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry these renters were not happy. I would have attended to anything they requested, but I did not receive any complaint or request while they were there. This cabin is rustic and cozy. I have many people who return year after year.
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Outside great for the summer

  • 3 of 5

The yard, dock and lake area were perfect for our 1 year old daughter and our dog. They enjoyed the play area. We did bring our boat and it would be nice to note the driveway is VERY steep and narrow and you should not bring a trailer down it; launch the boat before you get to the house. The dock does not have access to a hoist so make sure you bring lots of bumpers for the boat; we had to run to walmart to purchase a few more.

The house itself was sufficient but the floor was dirty when we got there and I ran the vacuum so our 1 year old could crawl around. There were random things that were broken, lights out, toilet seat cover, garbage lid, but none really affected our stay; just would have been nice if they were all fixed. The house is definately a budget stay for the money compared to others around.

The waterfall was nice and it was great to have the town so close. We went hiking at 2 state parks since they were so close.

The property was nice, but not sure if I would stay there again. I have yet to get my security deposit back after numerous attempts at communication with the owner. It has been 2 months.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, My apologies. I ended up changing email accounts and lost your address to mail the deposit back. Please send me an inquiry with your current address. I have had the check in my purse waiting to hear back from you. Now with your name and address I can mail it back. I thank you for your kind Review. I hope you will stay again. the owner Vicky
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Nice property, okay cottage

  • 4 of 5

I think the last (somewhat) critical review was very fair and that the owner response came across as more than a bit defensive. When other lakeside properties are renting for $2k or more a week, this is a very attractive rental for the price. The property is great, the private dock is fantastic, but the cottage itself is less than overwhelming.

We were very happy with the full-size Weber grill in the backyard, the kitchen was acceptable and the master bedroom was spacious. The other two bedrooms were small but functional. The bathroom was adequate, but the seat (not lid) wouldn't stay up. A minor annoyance. On-site laundry was a huge plus and the dishwasher was very nice to have. No complaints with the towels or linens, which were functional, if not luxurious.

All of that said, I was very satisfied with the property for the price. If you want a luxury cottage, this is not for you, but I think it was an excellent value. I would definitely rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a fantastic place for our family vacation - Beautiful and Unique

  • 5 of 5

Our family had the best time being here at this little cottage. Its one of the most unique places we've traveled to and incredibly beautiful to be here on such a lovely piece of property on Seneca Lake. We loved the falls, and the flat yard all the way to the lake. The cabin was homey and clean and the perfect size for us. We enjoyed the fireplace, and the outdoor grill, and loved sitting on the dock and being out here where there are so many wineries and beautiful places to hike and visit. Next time we want to bring our boat, the dock and beach are great. And our dog had the best time too. We will definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Royersford, PA, US

Good for family vacation with dogs. Reasonably clean, well equipped, but not upscale.

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is a bargain compared to others in the area but there is a reason for that and more than 4 people need to double up or sleep in sleeping bags. There is only one wired internet connection (no wifi) but strong Verizon cell service - not sure about other networks. The following, however, aren’t really clear from the listing:

Not only is the cabin rustic, it is decorated in shabby chic/thrift store. Not bad on the whole but two destroyed cushions on the sofa and the only living room chair make them uncomfortable for sitting even though slip covers mask the damage. The window AC on the first floor was not in place when we arrived on a warm and very humid day with 92 degree weather predicted for several days. The second floor doesn’t have AC. The windows on the enclosed front don’t open so only the small side windows opened to let in air circulation downstairs . Other windows worked fine and were screened upstairs and down. On the cold night of the week, however, there weren’t enough blankets for the number of beds but Walmart was nearby.

The king size bed upstairs was firm but excellent. All bed linens were clean but pilly and some towels had holes in them. If we had known, we could have brought our own. The owner is obviously trying to upgrade as she goes along (lots of improvements are underway but not completed). The kitchen has been upgraded but I didn’t like finding someone else’s food in the fridge and cabinets even though we were told that everything was fresh and that we should feel free to help ourselves. The washer, dryer, and dishwasher were a bonus.

The waterfall is pretty but fenced off at the rear of the cabin. The lake front is as shown and the dock is good for fishing but the algae on the lake bottom interferes with good swimming. There was little privacy due to the closer proximity of the neighbors than represented by the pictures but everyone was friendly. There is only an easement for the cottage to the lakefront dock but if you have a boat, canoe, or kayak, this would be a great place to use them. If we go back to the finger lakes, we will definitely consider staying here again - the place “grew” on us.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a very quaint RUSTIC Cabin/cottage that gives the traveler a chance of a lifetime to sleep next to a waterfall and also be on flat level ground with a huge front yard all the way to the lake, along with your own dock and the ability to put in a boat right on the beach. It is Pet-friendly and has a fenced in backyard for the furry ones. The cabin was built in the 1930’s and has wooden floors, a pellet stove, skylights upstairs, and lots of knotty pine. The bathroom has a high ceiling, overlooks the waterfall, and is redone in cedar wood. It is comfortable and homey. If you are looking for 1st class accommodations, you are welcome to go next door and pay double. The bed configuration is on the listing and is as follows: 1 king size bed, one full bed, 1 single bed, and 1 fold down futon. The kitchen and bath have been upgraded and you have a dishwasher, a washer/dryer along with the new appliances in the kitchen. As described in the listing some of the furniture is new, some is old/distressed, and some are antiques. It has an eclectic feel with the mixture of décor. The previous traveler had me remove the A/C as their stay was in a cool week. I did bring the A/C back on request of the current tenants. In this region, the weather can be cool in the morning and very hot in the afternoon this time of year. The windows on the enclosed front DO OPEN, they slide and can be easily operated. There is an extra blanket given for each bed, if you think you might require more please bring some extras. The linens and towels are provided, but if you are always welcome to bring your own. The only food left were unopened canned or boxed items, some frozen unopened dinners, unopened beer and a bottle of wine. I do believe there were some fresh apples left in the fridge as well. The WATERFALL can be accessed via the other parts of the property and can be walked up to be enjoyed. Also, the dock and the whole front of the point are owned by myself & everyone who lives down here and is not just an easement, so I’m not sure where the travelers got their information. Good swimming is in several locations out on the point, and many families have come here with children especially and loved the dock and to play in the water. You have your own beachfront, private dock and a nice beach firepit with wood provided. This property sits the furthest back from the others and gives the most privacy of all the houses. Any questions, please contact me. The Owner
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Ithaca or Elmira NY
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Watkins Glen or Elmira
Nearest Beach
you've got your own beach here
Car: recommended

This property is located on Seneca Lake beneath Hector Falls. There is a beachfront with a dock, and it is located next to the waterfall.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $100

I prefer to rent by the week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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