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Catherine Ross

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Wonderful Cayuga Lake Home between Ithaca & Aurora

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Catherine Ross (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

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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based on 34 traveler reviews

Wonderful Cayuga Lake Home between Ithaca & Aurora
average rating of 4.970588 based on 38 reviews
Wisconsin, USA

Fantastic Stay over Graduation Weekend 2016

  • 5 of 5

We had five families (including us - so 12 people) stay with us over graduation weekend, and this beautiful property with four bedrooms (each with its own bathroom) worked perfectly for our needs. It is situated in a lovely spot for sunsets, and we enjoyed being able to use the dock and the kayaks. The decks worked so well for our gatherings - breakfast, and grilling out for suppers. The beds are very comfortable, the kitchen is well-equipped with all the pans and utensils needed. It is obviously a well-loved gathering spot for the owner's family, and we can see why.

It is about 35 minutes from Ithaca, but with all the hustle and bustle associated with graduation weekend in Ithaca, we surely enjoyed the peaceful setting of this property. And with a vineyard and winery just up the road (5 min away), we were well set for a great gathering! Just a note to visitors -- visit Wegman's grocery store in Ithaca for your main groceries (as we did and as we do every time we come to Ithaca to stay) because there is not a grocery store close by.

We highly recommend this property and were so glad to be able to host our family from out of state here for Cornell's graduation weekend! (I reserved it two years in advance, and I'm so glad I did!) Thank you, Cathy, for a wonderful property to enjoy with our family!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ahhhh, serenity!

  • 5 of 5

This property lives up to every bit of its description . It is immaculate, spacious , very well equipped kitchen, gardens, decks and more. Truly a lovely home that met all our expectations and more. We had fabulous June weather which found us making use of the kayaks and lounging on the dock most days. Two wineries at top of the hill and many more around the lake. Busy Bee is a geat lunch spot. We kayaked there. It was truly the relaxing vacation I wanted my family of 8 adults to have.Kathy was easy to work with, promptly answered all our questions. My only complaint is that we had to leave.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful property on the lake

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautifully maintained on a quite street right near the lake. Gorgeous views from the main living room and deck. The grounds are very pretty and there is a path down to the lake where you can take a canoe or kayak. We had a group of eight adults and we all had a great time, there is a hot tub, grills, washing facilities and a fully stocked (and labeled) house.

Owner was very helpful in setting up the booking, left suggestions of which wineries, restaurants to visit. Got straight back to me when we had a small emergency. All in all a perfect place for a group of friends or family to relax and enjoy themselves.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Place!!

  • 5 of 5

This house could not have been any more perfect for our Cornell Law School graduation weekend for our family of 9. We loved that everyone had their own space with the spacious bedrooms each with a private bath. The kitchen was well stocked with equipment...but be sure to bring all you need for cooking (even salt and pepper). The home was very clean and the lake view is amazing. Kathy was very easy to work with and available for questions. Our only wish was that we could have stayed longer! I highly recommend this home! You won't be sorry!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this beautiful house! It was perfect for our group of friends, plenty of space, and amazing view of the lake.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our son-in-law is a doctoral student at Cornell and he and my daughter and grandson live in Ithaca. Our extended family decided to spend Thanksgiving with them. We thought a rental, where we would all be together would work best.

I came across this gem on Homeaway- It was perfect for us! About the house:

1. It has many levels, but if you have little ones, there are baby gates on the main floor to keep them corralled and safe!

2. The kitchen has every possible dish, pot, or cooking utensil that you would need. We cooked a massive Thanksgiving feast and found everything we needed to do it.

3. The lakeview from the living room is fantastic- Very serene.

4. The hot tub is a nice plus, especially in cold weather!

5. The bedrooms are spacious and extremely clean.

The owner does require that you wash all the linens before you leave. Be aware, that takes some time if you have a full house!

We visited nearby Aurora for walking and lunch and had a fantastic time there.

We enthusiastically recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad this family had a great holiday at the lake. They were wonderful guests! One clarification: guests can choose to bring their own sheets and towels or they are welcome to use ours. If they use ours, they must wash, dry, fold and return what they used. Guests do not need to bring and/or wash pillows, duvets, blankets, tablecloths, kitchen towels or hand towels that are left out for guests (barring an obvious spill/mishap that would need to be addressed by the guest right away) - only the bath towels, sheet sets, and beach/hot tub towels that are in the closets and clearly marked. It is infinitely easier at check-out if you bring your own sheets and towels. I encourage people to bring at least towels - if everyone in the group brings one towel set and takes it home, it cuts down quite a bit of what needs to be done before check-out. I wish I could offer laundry service but we are located in a rural area and there are no businesses available offering this service convenient to the house. I focus on keeping duvets, mattress pads, table cloths and kitchen towels clean between guests and that is about all I can handle in the 5 hours between guests checking out and checking in.
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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.


Rates & Availability

King Ferry House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak 2016
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 4 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Post Season
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Peak 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 4 2017
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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King Ferry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3250 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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

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