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Speaks: english

Heron Ledge – Watkins Glen Cliffside View

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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2 bedroom, 2 bath, lakefront view property

If you’re planning a trip to the Finger Lakes, Heron Ledge has just what you want: privacy, massive view, large decks, open floor plan, and contemporary accommodations. Only minutes from Watkins Glen, the home is perched 125’ above the lake on a cliff known as the “Painted Rocks.” Located on the east side of Seneca, you will be spoiled with breathtaking sunsets. This is the perfect “base camp” for exploring the wineries on both the east and west sides of Seneca Lake. If the wine trail doesn’t keep you busy enough, explore the cheese trail, tour the local waterfalls, or rent a boat in Watkins Glen for your own personal tour of the lake.

The first floor of the house has an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the lake. The kitchen, living room, and dining area flow together for easy socialization. The kitchen is appointed with a large pantry; you are stocked with all of your cooking needs. Basic herbs, spices, and condiments are provided. A new refrigerator/freezer and state of the art dishwasher accompany a gas range, microwave, and Kuerig coffee maker. Pots, pans, baking dishes, and a full complement of serving ware ensure you have everything you need for homemade meals. A furnished sunroom is located off the kitchen for enjoying a good book in the afternoon, and the loft offers an additional sitting area with a coffee table, love seat, futon sofa (that converts to a sleeping space) and a desk. A wireless printer and paper are provided for your personal use to print out wine tour itineraries and maps.

The lower level of the house contains the master bedroom, guest room, and a beautifully tiled bathroom. The master bedroom has a king size bed, walk-in closet, lake view, and a private entrance onto the deck. The guest bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, dresser, end tables, closet, and lake view. Towels and linens are provided.

The living room is equipped with a 47” flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD player, and a surround sound system. Standard cable TV with over 100 HD stations and high speed wireless internet is also provided. All of the entertainment components are Wi-Fi enabled with access to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, etc. There are hundreds of channels of internet radio to choose from too. If you are looking for more traditional forms of entertainment, we also have board games for all ages, playing cards, dominoes, and jig saw puzzles. Forgot to bring a book? We have two large bookcases filled with almost 500 books to read! But most likely you will be content to sit out on one of the 3 amazing decks with a glass of wine to enjoy Seneca Lake.

This year-round house was custom designed and is well maintained. A dishwasher and washer/dryer are provided. The lower level has radiant heat through the concrete floor, and the upper level has two Mitsubishi heating and cooling units to keep the house comfortable in any weather. The fireplace on the main floor adds ambiance and therapeutic warmth on a cold winter night. The HRV central ventilation system continuously circulates fresh air throughout the house. A Weber gas grill on the deck delivers quick and convenient meals.

Outdoors, we have over 3 acres of naturally wooded hillside. Mature oak, hickory, and maple trees create lush shade in the summer time. In the fall, the colors are unbelievably beautiful. Natural stone steps wind down to a spacious lower level with a fire ring, all inlaid with large shale flagstones. The stone steps continue down to a huge observation deck on the edge of the cliff. Epic views over the lake, and down on the fishermen. The nighttime lights of Watkins Glen will captivate you.

Heron Ledge is marketed as an amazing view property with privacy, but it also has 800’ of natural shale beach. Locals know this property as the “Painted Rocks” and it features centuries-old cliff-side painted illustrations commemorating the indians’ escape from General Sullivan’s war campaign. The paintings have been restored over the years, and an American flag and tee-pee were added in 1929. The Painted Rocks remain an important landmark and icon to Seneca Lake boaters and its lore. Access to the beach, however, is not a casual affair. It involves a long hike down steep slopes with a short vertical climb at the end. The path is not well defined (follow the orange flagging), but your reward will be a huge private beach with a dock. This is NOT a traditional vacation rental with direct access to the lake, but if you have full mobility and plenty of energy, you can get there!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Suzanne (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Suzanne

We grew up in the Finger Lakes and spent most of our weekends at either Seneca or Keuka Lake when we were younger. We love the climate, the change of seasons, and the national recognition of the regions wine industry that continues to develop over the years.

Suzanne purchased this house in 2012

Why Suzanne chose Seneca Lake

The east side of Seneca Lake offers beautiful sunsets on a nightly basis! We are close to Watkins Glen for convenient shopping, and also central to Ithaca, Elmira, or Corning. If you want to visit the local wineries, we are at the end of the lake, so you can head up either the east or west side of Seneca for your tour.

What makes this house unique

Location, Location, Location! There are no other cottages around us, you have complete privacy to do as you please. This end of the lake is very popular with boaters, and the fishing is superb in front of the house. From the observation deck 125’ above the lake, you have a commanding view over all of this activity.


based on 25 traveler reviews

Heron Ledge – Watkins Glen Cliffside View
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

Six days of HEAVEN!

  • 5 of 5

This is a special place. The view of Seneca Lake is spectacular from inside, from the decks on two levels, one of which extends quite a distance parallel to the lake, and on the ledge deck, set away from the house. Inside, the house is casually elegant and is in pristine condition. There are books and games galore, a carefully compiled compendium of area activities of all kinds, dining opportunities, as well as important and informative local information. The house is very secluded but is only a couple of miles from the town of Watkins Glen and the scenic Watkins Glen State Park. It is right along the Wine Trail route, and near to the marina and boat tours. Perhaps the most surprising, and appreciated touch offered by the property is the kitchen with all the glassware, dishes, pots and pans, and virtually any utensil you could want. Even more impressive is the fully (and I mean fully) stocked pantry which the owners allow you to share - (but request that you replace items used). There is an excellent gas grill right outside the kitchen. And with the best view of the lake available right there, why would you go out to eat and miss a private dinner by sunset? This secluded place was a joy to my husband and I and our daughter and son-in-law. We were quite disappointed when we had to leave. It is highly recommended

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Easton, CT

A Beautiful Retreat on Seneca Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Heron Ledge! The property was immaculate and the views of the lake were breathtaking. The living space was comfortable and contemporary, and all of the amenities were exactly as specified. The owners of the property went out of their way to provide current information about the Finger Lakes region and were exceptional communicators throughout the rental process.

We eagerly look forward to a future stay at Heron Ledge and highly recommend the experience to others!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Brooklyn, NY

Excellent choice for a weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Heron Ledge was wonderful. We were in town for a big marathon and really needed a comfortable, stress-free home to come back to after competing. This place felt like home. The kitchen is phenomenal. The wifi was excellent. The photos speak for themselves. There was nothing we went without. And since we happened to stay for July 4th weekend, we were able to see the Watkins Glen fireworks from the back deck. How can you beat that? Communication with the owners was easy and responses always prompt. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GREAT place, GREAT location, GREAT everything!!

  • 5 of 5

We researched the Finger Lakes area and many rental choices, and are so very glad we chose this one on Heron Ledge. I can't say enough, and probably sound as if we're related to the owners---which we are not! The property had everything one needs, and more. The location was perfect, beautiful views, great deck to sit and relax on, comfortable beds, and a great kitchen. We chose to visit 2 dozen wineries and do some hiking and boating in our 5 day visit, and this was a great location for that. I could go on and on and on, but in summary--it really was a GREAT place, we highly recommend it, and when we return we hope to again rent this property. Oh--and the owners were wonderful to deal with!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mechanicsburg, Pa

Exceeded expectations (and they were high)

  • 5 of 5

Our eight vacation in the area and this house exceeded expectations and we found the posted reviews to be spot on.

The first rental in which we encountered such a fully equipped kitchen pantry and very nice quality linens and towels. The interior craftsmanship and design touches were nicely done

The views were outstanding and the interior/exterior design of the house is such that all you need to do is kick back, relax, and soak in the views.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty Abounds

  • 5 of 5

Heron Lodge was the perfect retreat! I have rented many times through VRBO and have NEVER had the kind of experience that we had in this home. The place is even more gorgeous than the pictures portray. Super clean and so well stocked that I felt like I was in my own home. We were fortunate to have gorgeous weather to be able to enjoy the outside amenities including the fire pit. We watched boats and birds while sipping FingerLakes wines in front of the fire as the skies provided us with a most impressive sunset. As noted in other reviews, care must be taken when pulling into and out of the driveway as cars travel very quickly on the main road. A highlight of the summer for sure! We will definitely be making a return trip to this gorgeous home!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Elmira Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Watkins Glen International
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Stone Cat Cafe
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Clute Park
Car: necessary

At the house, is an organizational binder full of current brochures, maps, and ideas for everyone to enjoy their stay to the fullest.


Rates & Availability

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Jun 25 2016 - Sep 9 2016
4 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99

A nonrefundable 9% reservation fee is required at time of booking

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Seneca Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main level - toilet , shower
    Lower level - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Lower level of house
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Lower level of house
  • Master bedroom has walk-in closet and private entrance to deck. Both bedrooms have lake view. Loft has a sofa/futon for additional sleep accomodations.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming

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