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Wonderful Cayuga Lake Home between Ithaca & Aurora

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,250 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious Lakefront Home, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, Cayuga Wine Trail

Note: We are booked for CU graduation 2018. IC graduation weekend is $1250 per night with a 2 night minimum stay.

Come enjoy quality time with family and friends at this unique property that offers multiple levels of living space, spacious bedrooms, beautifully landscaped gardens, and much more.

Enter this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home through the front door to the open foyer on the 3rd of 5 levels. A bedroom featuring a queen bed, TV, and a full bath with shower is located on this level. A staircase leads up to the 4th level bedroom with king bed, TV, and a full bath with shower. A winding staircase, located in this bedroom, leads you to a sitting tower with a full futon for more flexible sleeping arrangements. From the entry level, head down the staircase which leads to a fully stocked kitchen. The kitchen is open to the family room featuring a wall of windows overlooking beautiful Cayuga Lake. The dining room and sun porch are located just off the family room making this a perfect place for casual dining. The master bedroom, just off the kitchen, offers a king sized bed. This bedroom features a full bath with a tub/shower and French doors that open to a semi-private deck. Located on the first level is a bedroom with a double bed, TV, and sliding doors that open to a large deck that overlooks the lake. The fourth full bath is located just across the hall from this bedroom.

Expansive decking, lush gardens, and a nice, gradual lakefront makes this property a scenic and serene retreat.

Our home is located approximately 18 miles from one of the Finger Lakes most beautiful and diverse cities, Ithaca, NY. We are located one mile off of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Visit the Ithaca, Buttermilk, Treman, or Taughannock Falls; tour the Cornell Plantations or enjoy some wine or micro-brewery tastings. In downtown Ithaca you will find an outdoor pedestrian mall with plenty of restaurants, cafes and specialty shops.

More Details

Catherine Ross
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Catherine Ross

My husband and I have lived about 10 miles from our cottage since 2001. My husband grew up in Dryden, NY and I fell in love with the water while growing up on Long Island. We are both graduates of Cornell University and we worth together in a family business in Ithaca. Neither of us have found a place that we would like to live more than our beautiful Finger Lakes region.

Catherine Ross purchased this house in 1978

Why Catherine Ross chose King Ferry

Our lake home has been in our family for over 4 decades. Throughout that time family members have created and help maintain a vacation destination where people can enjoy each others' company while surrounded by beauty. Once a mostly seasonal cottage, our parents had an expansive addition built in 2000. They lived full time at this wonderful home until they decided to downsize in 2008. At that time my husband and I volunteered to maintain the home. We have lived just 10 miles from our cottage since 2001 and own a long standing business in Ithaca. We are thrilled that the option of offering vacation rentals helps us to keep this very special place in our family. After five years of vacation rental and enjoying countless glowing guest comments, I know many people feel the same way about our home.

What makes this house unique

This home holds wonderful memories for my family - holidays and summer get-togethers with all the cousins playing in the lake, fishing off the dock, adults relaxing, grilling a great meal to share, enjoying the heavenly sunsets, and making s'mores over a bonfire.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Each member of our party was EXTREMELY impressed with the property. We felt that the pictures posted on the website did not do justice to the beauty of the home.
Dec 2011
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King Ferry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Level 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Level 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Level 3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Level 4
  • 4 full bathrooms, one with each bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Level 4 - king bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Level 2 - one king, main living level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Level 3 - one queen, entry level
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Level 1 - walk out to main deck
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), additional bed space available in 3 of the 4 bedrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
kayaks, paddles, life jackets, Lakeside refrigerator in storage building, firepit, guests provide linens, spare linens on site but must be washed and returned to storage if used, enclosed sun porch


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Wonderful Cayuga Lake Home between Ithaca & Aurora
average rating of 4.9423075 based on 56 reviews
Millersville, PA

Great House

  • 5 of 5

We were up for a long weekend in the Finger Lakes and stayed at this house with 3 other couples. The house was awesome. We arrived about 10 pm Thursday and Kathy had the house warm and inviting. With 4 large bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, all our friends loved their rooms. The large living room and patio and deck were great places to hang out during the weekend. Kathy had everything marked for use in kitchen and we all loved the location right on the lake down a dead end street, which was very quiet. Kathy was quick to return messages to us up to our arrival to make sure everything went smoothly. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house exceeded our expectations. Four couples stayed in this beauty for a long weekend in October. It's spacious and immaculate. We all still raving about this amazing house.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An awesome weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We spent the weekend at this beautiful lake house. Three couples taking a weekend in the Finger Lakes to taste some wine and simply relax. This lake house was the perfect place to do just that. All of us were very pleased with the accommodations and the lake view was awesome. Would definitely do this again.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pristine Lake House -Warmth, Tranquility, Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This lake home is incredible in many ways! Kathy, the owner made the application process fast and easy!

The home is very spacious and very clean and organized. We loved that everything had a place and that there were labels everywhere which were so helpful in putting things (especially in the kitchen) in its proper place! Even the silverware drawer had labels! All the notes left by Kathy were helpful.

It was nice that clothes detergent was provided as well as dishwasher detergent and other cleaning supplies which made it easy to clean and keep the place looking tidy.

We liked that certain towels were for outside use and others for inside use. And the inside towels were designated to specific rooms as well. All the special touches and organization really shows owner pride in this home.

The home is so large that with 6 adults, (even if there were 8 adults) we never felt that we were on top of each other. We were as close or as spread out as we wanted to be!

The landscaping is so beautiful, all the plants, flowers and the steps leading to the scenic lake view. (I would probably rearrange the living room furniture so that it faced the windows looking out at the beautiful lake:) Lots of steps around the whole house, inside and out but WOW you'll be sure to get all your steps in for the day:) We took walks around the neighborhood every day too and met some nice people.

(The only thing that would improve this home is a powder room. Although the 4 bedrooms each have their own private bathroom, the bathroom in the bedroom off the kitchen gets the most use and if you have day guests, they will most likely use that bathroom. But this home still deserve 5 stars).

We took day trips to wineries, Ithaca Farmer's Market and MacKenzie-Childs and we went out to dinner at a nice restaurant in Ithaca. Lots to do, if you choose! However just relaxing in or outside the home is nice too!

From the moment you step into this pristine home, you feel a sense of warmth, tranquility and relaxation. Our 8 days there were awesome and we'd love to return one day!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion of 12. found that there was adequate room for everyone. Home was well equipped is every amenity that That one could possibly need

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wooster, OH

Amazing rental

  • 4 of 5

This rental included everything you can imagine for a vacation on Cayuga Lake. The house was spacious and comfortable. Our family enjoyed every moment!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: With a 5 star system, I consider 4 stars a 60-80% rating and felt that Kimberly's notes didn't seem to reflect that. I reached out to Kim to find out more about why she chose to take off a whole star on her review. Here is her response: Hi Kathy, I apologize if my 4 star rating caused you concern. It was not intended to be a slight in any way. Our stay was great and we enjoyed all of the amenities your home offered. We cooked together most nights and especially liked having four bedrooms and bathrooms on different levels of the house. It created a lot of space and privacy for each couple which was perfect for us! We had fun at the dock everyday and appreciated having the kayaks available. Everyone was very impressed and it truly was an awesome family vacation for us! If there is a way to change my rating, I would be happy to report a 5-star for you! The only suggestion I have (and this probably says more about me than your house considering I am a devout rule-follower), I did have times where I felt a bit stressed about making sure our group was being respectful of all your guidelines. And the stove top and I had a love-hate relationship most of the week. It got plenty of buffing during our week since my husband enjoyed cooking bacon each morning for breakfast. ;-) But having said that, I certainly can understand why you need to clearly outline the expectations when having so many users come and go. Maybe the only suggestion would be to make sure future upgrades are a little more durable. I can imagine that not every renter cares as much as they should about taking care of your lovely home. I hope this reply assures you that we were very happy renters and given an opportunity in the future to return to your area, I would certainly love to spend time in your property again! I have already recommended it to several of our friends and family! Take care and best wishes, Kimberly To future guests: I will be honest: I am looking for responsible and neat guests. I make this very clear in the booking paperwork.This is a very large house and we typically have 8-12 guests at a time. I have instructions, signs, and tips throughout the house to help guests follow the rules and help prevent a situation where something is damaged inadvertently. I count on guests to care for the house in a way that allows me to have the house ready for the next group but I am a reasonable person and do not expect perfection.
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King Ferry Winery maker of Treleaven Wines
"One of our favorites!"
Fargo Bar & Grill
"Casual local restaurant with good pub food."
The Heights Restaurant and H Bar
"Great for lunch or dinner on the fancier side. Interesting combinations of food. Located i..."
Taughannock Falls State Park
"Take an easy walk to the tallest waterfall in the northeast US! Bring water shoes if you wa..."
Robert H. Treman State Park
"My favorite local State Park! I love the paths in from upper entrance - pass the lower entr..."
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
"Great place for visitors of all ages. Walk along easy paths through the woods, and explore ..."
McGraw Tower
"If you're up for walking a ton of stairs, I highly recommend going up the McGraw Tower (Corn..."
Long Point Winery
"Another great local winery. Lots of nice reds available."
Buttermilk Falls State Park
"Another "gorges" State Park. Trail is on the steep side. Lifeguarded swimming at the botto..."
Bookers Backyard -- CLOSED
"Good local relaxed restaurant. Nice outdoor seating in the better weather. Big pig dishes ..."
Ithaca Farmers' Market
"Lots to see and eat at this fun Farmer's Market. Check their website for hours."
Man in the Moon Bake Shoppe & Cafe -- CLOSED
"Small but FABULOUS bakery/cafe. You can take their goodies to go or eat in. Breakfast & Lu..."
"My daughter refers to this shop as "the Alice in Wonderland store". Whimsically beautiful l..."
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
"Nice place for birding."
Jane Morgan's Little House Ltd
"Nice local ladies' boutique. "
"Make your list, head to Wegman's and do a major shopping for your stay. It is worth the tri..."
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt. 34B
Nearest Restaurant
6.9 Miles
Pumpkin Hill Bistro
Nearest Ski
33 Miles
Greek Peak
Car: necessary

Note: We are booked for Cornell graduation 2016 & 2017 and IC graduation 2016. Located conveniently between Ithaca and Aurora, our lake front home is a wonderful spot for family and friends to get together and relax. Our home is popular for families of Cornell, Ithaca College, and Wells College students to stay while in town for sports events, concerts and visits during the academic year. In the summer, guests love strolling through our gardens, swimming and kayaking from our beach , enjoying our beautiful views, and taking advantage of our proximity to wineries on the Cayuga Wine Trail. While in the area, don't miss Buttermilk Falls, Robert H. Treman, or Taughannock State Parks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

We are a 100% NO SMOKING property. Please read guest agreement carefully. Rates are valid for groups of up to 12 total including children. Additional guests may be accommodated with permission from the owner at an additional cost. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cornell and Ithaca College graduation weekend rates are $1250 per night with a three night minimum. We are booked for Cornell & IC graduation 2017. Events of more than 16 people are not permitted at the property without permission and if approved are subject to additional cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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