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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
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

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

Note: We are booked for Cornell and Ithaca College graduation 2016 and Cornell graduation 2017.

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.

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Catherine Ross
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

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 Cayuga Lake

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:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)

Wonderful Cayuga Lake Home between Ithaca & Aurora
average rating of 4.95 based on 44 reviews

Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in your wonderful house and especially enjoyed the lovely sunset on the lake. Given the various sleeping arrangements, it was an ideal place to gather for a weekend with family and friends from out of town. The house was exactly as described and in tip-top condition. We instantly felt at home and would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is beautiful - very private, beautiful sunsets over the west side of the lake.

  • 5 of 5

We did not have great weather, but it was still a wonderful weekend thanks to a beautiful home that is perfect for a family gathering. The house is ideal for entertaining a large group, but offers a lot of privacy, as well. Anyone who likes to cook will be delighted by the kitchen and with the proximity to Wegman's, an incredible grocery store in Ithaca. My kids all want to come back next summer when they can use the kayaks and enjoy more outdoor activities. This house did not disappoint in any way!!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house, view, amenities are fantastic

  • 4 of 5

This property offers everything needed for a relaxing, comfortable stay by the lake. The home was very clean, the kitchen had everything necessary, there was plenty of room to spread out and the view was spectacular. It is easy to enjoy the lake on the dock, rent a boat, build a campfire along the shore, or sit on the deck just above the dock.

The bedrooms are huge and offer a sanctuary of privacy and comfort. There are two decks to enjoy. One overlooks the lake and the other has a hot tub and several grills to make preparing meals quite convenient. The driveway provides plenty of off street parking (we had 2 suvs and a large pickup truck). We noticed that many of the other houses on this road do not have adequate parking.

King Ferry winery is about a mile away and we enjoyed a wonderful evening playing cards (bring your own), sipping wine, laughing and listening to the live entertainment. We rented a boat from Finger Lakes Boat Rentals and found their prices most reasonable and the owners are great.

If the site allowed, I would give this property 4.5 stars. The only half star deduction is that the house does not have a half bathroom to share. It was only a minor inconvenience that will not deter us from visiting this home again.

The owner was a pleasure to work with and very responsive. The home is exceptionally well maintained and she is very accommodating.

We had a group of 8 adults and each of us highly recommend this property for your stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pictures don't do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous home in a beautiful location! WIFI wasn't stellar, but we knew that going in. That's part of being away from it all!! Certainly a great place to relax! Thanks, Kathy!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Lakefront home

  • 5 of 5

This house is a comfortable and "easy" retreat. The setting is beautiful, the house is spacious and well equipped. The website has a detailed list of ammenities that is spot on! This makes planning your stay very easy. Kathy pays attention to detail and is conscientious about meeting the needs of her guests. A wonderful spot to gather.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing lake front property!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic trip! The house is designed for multiple families to stay with each room having its own bathroom, great room attached to the kitchen and large screened in porch with plenty of seating.

Looking forward to going back again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

King Ferry House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable 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.

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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.


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