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Heron Ledge – Watkins Glen Cliffside View

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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 has 800’ of natural lake frontage, but unfortunately, convenient lake access from the property is not available. If you need to get your feet wet, Clute Park is only a short drive away. With its soft silty bottom, and warm shallow water, it’s the preferred place for locals to swim. This is NOT a traditional vacation rental with direct access to the water, but the privacy and panorama over Seneca Lake is unmatched. We call the nighttime view of Watkins Glen our mini-Manhattan. The hardest part about coming to Heron Ledge is leaving!

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 28, 2017

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.


Burdett House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All trash & recyclables must be BAGGED and placed in the bins at top of driveway upon exiting. The disposal service will not pick up loose items.
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
  • 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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Heron Ledge – Watkins Glen Cliffside View
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful home with scenic lake views!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Heron Ledge. The home was immaculate and so comfortable. We especially enjoyed the outside decks! Also, the home was so well stocked! We would definitely stay again when visiting Watkins Glen!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful vacation house with great views. Far enough from town that it's quiet but only a few minute drive away from the restaurants & entertainment.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Wayne, IN

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at Heron Lodge, overlooking Seneca Lake. The home is beautiful and had everything you could possibly need to cook up some delicious meals.

The location is up and away from everyone, very nice and quiet. We would love to visit

here again some day.

Thank you to our hosts, your home is lovely.


  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Powell, OH

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful inside and out. I have never been to a vacation rental that is so well stocked and has high quality linens. We spent so much time simply enjoying the views. The owners were fabulous and gave us some great recommendations of things to do in the area. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southampton, PA

Unbelievable views in an extremely comfortable home!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about the views from this home. If you are looking for a relaxing time at the lake - sitting on the deck watching the activity on the lake - this is the place for you! The house is super clean and well-stocked beyond belief. I have rented many vacation homes and this one surpasses all of them for the care taken to make the renter comfortable and cared for! Suzanne and Eric do a wonderful job of that! From the well stocked pantry with all the essentials needed for cooking and cleaning, to the quality linens and comfortable beds - this place has it all. Suzanne and Eric have made it one of the most inviting rentals I have been in (all the labels on switches and the well-prepared information book were most helpful!).

The location is perfect in the center of the Finger Lakes with easy access to all of the lakes and cities of Ithaca, Corning, Geneva, Canandaigua, Hammondsport, etc. We spent some time in all of them but always enjoyed returning to the house to sit on the deck and relax!

We did an afternoon sail on the schooner "True Love" and it was fun to see our rental from the lake - since Heron Ledge is on the cliff above “Painted Rocks” all the tours swing close to the cliff below.

Thanks so much for sharing this lovely spot with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Privacy & peaceful bliss..

  • 5 of 5

This house has an amazing layout and so many places, as others have described, to just sit back, relax and take in the views. We absolutely took advantage of every single one of them. Having the fire pit outside at night was also fun and relaxing.

My husband and I were there with my parents who are in their 70s. I had them use a walking stick to negotiate the steps outside, and as long as they took their time, they were absolutely fine. Part of the fun of this house is getting up and down to all the levels outside to enjoy the outstanding views of Lake, trees & sunsets.

We were surprised to see there really aren't many houses available besides this one (that we saw for rent) in this area with the same views and so close to town.

We also had a great time at night when it was dark watching very scary movies (free amazon/netflix) and listening to their incredible surround sound system. It was a perfect setting and just so cozy.. we all felt at home (Although very scared after watching movies haha)

Suzanne was very responsive and helpful with all of my questions and gave us some great suggestions as well.

We would all highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Insurance $99

There is no "same day direct billing", at minimum of 24 hours of notification of intent to rent is required to rent.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.