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Spacious Lake House On Cayuga Lake. Sleeps 18.

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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6 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 18 in a Comfy and Spacious Environment

Thank you for your interest in our home!

If you are looking to accommodate a larger group, or this home is booked, please take a look at our other home VRBO #467231. The homes are neighbors and can sleep up to 30 guests between the two.

At nearly an acre, and with 150 feet of waterfront, our property provides plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the various seasons. Whether grilling on the porch in the summer, or enjoying a fire by the shore in autumn, this space provides a quiet place to relax with friends and family.

Our home sleeps 12-18 people comfortably in 6 bedrooms.

The driveway leads down the hill and directly to the front door. Over the years, kids of all ages and family members with varying states of health have loved the property year round. In the dead of winter, snow piled waist high, it is possible to live in solitude on the lake, while driving directly to the front door. I've done it. Eagles fishing during the day, ducks and geese chattering at night. It's pretty close to perfect.

In the dead of winter, the frozen tributaries and streams surrounding Cayuga push the resident waterfowl population into our backyard. It's an amazing way to sleep, and my favorite time on the lake. Though we can't live in it right now, we love knowing that other people can enjoy the homes.

*We can now tent weddings, christenings, graduation celebrations, etc. Feel free to contact for details!*

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

The Dudley Group LLC
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016
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About The Dudley Group LLC

About the owner: The shoreline of Cayuga Lake is my home. I grew up in Florida, vacationing in Ithaca from 1976 every summer. When I retired I was able to purchase this original old treasure.

Time here has inspired two of my children to choose Cornell for their education.

Fire pits, smores on the lake, and hot fudge sundaes from Purity Ice Cream get you through those growth moments of life.

We are spoiled with air conditioning and city water (all the luxuries not common to the lake cottages of our years as a tenant, each summer).

Quiet surrounds us, as in a bubble, while outdoor grilling.

When reading in the nook on the second floor time stands still.

I love to sleep downstairs at night, while my kids are all snuggled upstairs playing cards, giggling with cousins and friends. There is always room for one more at this lake house.

We are connected, as if in a tree house, to all that is mother nature.

It is difficult to be humble about this ages of timeless treasured memories, but it is easy to be a steward of this precious land.

The Dudley Group LLC purchased this house in 2005

Why The Dudley Group LLC chose Cayuga Lake

Why the Owner Chose Ithaca:

We chose Ithaca for family. At the time, the closest remaining members of our family lived in the area, and after a lifetime of battling the sun and traffic in South Florida, this place provided shelter in a storm... Metaphorically, that is... But literally too.

I vividly remember living through Hurricane Andrew. The devastation was unlike anything I'd known. So though not a primary motivation, it's been a bit of a blessing. I'd rather deal with some snow than a hurricane, series of faults, etc no question.

We chose this home because we ran out of space in our first one! After purchasing the first home, Loretta promptly began breaking things, and completely remodeled it into its first iteration. Life on the lake was so amazing that no one left. So we needed more space, which is why we bought this property.

The fact that two adjacent homes can accommodate 30+ people sleeping per night is amazing. I doubt there is another place anywhere on the lake that can offer the same. And I'm quite certain there isn't another within 2 miles of ithaca. In fact, I'll offer it as a personal challenge to myself and you! The first person to find another business that sleeps 30+ people in two homes gets 10% off their stay!

What makes this house unique

The Unique Benefits of this House:

There is a mother Eagle who has had her nest full of new little babies for 7 years now from the same high nest in a tree on the North property line, over the gorge. Every year, like the clock work of Spring. She never seems to tire, she never ages, she soars the shore, over the lake, with grace and strength. Each year, her precious eaglets hatch and after finding their own wings, they take flight. She then sends them off.....then does it all over again in a year. A glimpse of her is renewal…where does she get that from? Here…in Ithaca, just like I do. I wish the same for you.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Spacious Lake House On Cayuga Lake. Sleeps 18.
average rating of 4.3 based on 10 reviews
Philadelphia, PA

Great house with lots of bedrooms!

  • 5 of 5

The lake house was just what we needed for a September weekend at the lake. There were enough rooms for our large group of friends, meaning everyone had a nice bed to sleep in and the living space was big enough for everyone to hang out comfortably. The deck is spacious, has a nice grill and offers a nice view of the lake. The dock is great for a day at the lake and we easily caught many fish. We also enjoyed a fire and smores on the beach.

The only downside was the hike to and from the lake from the house is very steep and once you get into the water, you'll likely need to swim to shore. The ladder on the dock was difficult for even the most fit of my friends.

The house was clean and well maintained and when we had an issue, the owners were easily accessible and sent someone down right away.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and spacious traditional house on the lake.

  • 4 of 5

This is a clean and well kept home on the lake, just a couple miles north of downtown Ithaca. The first floor bedroom with bathroom, provided an accessible bedroom for my mother. Plenty of parking. Easy access to the lake for the more nimble. Lakefront beach is spacious allowing enough room for lawn games. Nice dock with a beach area to swim and to put a canoe in. Kitchen is a bit small for providing for meals. Deck has beautiful views of the lake. Extremely convenient to all of the activities that Ithaca provides--parks, fruit picking, ice cream, museums. Responsive owners. I would recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property recently updated, very clean and wonderfully appointed--beautiful sunrises--great expierenc

  • 5 of 5

Overall a 98%--Beautiful property, well maintained with very helpful & accessible mgmt. close to everything. Only a few items would make 100%. Breaker would occasionally flip (hair blow dryer) but easily flipped back on---Completion of steps or switchback path down hill to access beach would benefit elderly and young visitors. Dock repairs from ice damage. Loved it--Thanks Again!! Karl & Barb

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! We're always grateful when our tenants have a good time. Concerning your three points, thank you for the feedback. Our electrician identified and resolved the problem with the circuit breaker; the house now has more than enough capacity to meet the needs of future tenants. Unfortunately, we won't be able to build stairs until our first break in the schedule, this September, but we’re grateful for the idea, and will update here with pictures as soon as it’s complete. We’re working on the dock, too. We found a great dock guy! And have scheduled a time to get it repaired and, hopefully, to add a cool new portion of the dock. He’s assured us that the dock is structurally sound, and that the problems are cosmetic and aesthetic in nature; an army of kids doing cannon balls all summer couldn't knock it down! We loved hosting your family for graduation; see you back at the lake soon! Sincerely, The Dudley Group LLC
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Large family get together

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family. The house was clean, had a spectacular view of the lake and had just about everything we needed. The driveway was a little tricky but once inside this beautiful home you forget about that. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for large or small groups!

  • 5 of 5

House was quaint, comfy, and clean. All amenities were provided, utilities fully functional, and bedrooms made up and very cozy. Perfect for large or small groups with plenty of space to play around by the water. Would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious but had some issues

  • 2 of 5

Our children joined us from around the country for this vacation. This house was roomy and had a great location. The beds were very comfortable. But there were many small things that added up to problems. The driveway had huge potholes, the refrigerator cooled to 40 degrees at night, but as soon as we started using it it went up to between 45-55 degrees--not safe for food. The slider did not open all the way and didn't lock, but that was good, because the key in the lock box didn't work and we needed to enter via the slider. Luckily we had warm but not hot weather because when all of the air conditioners were on at once, the circuit breaker tripped. One room had no window screen. Also, the pictures on line are misleading. The steps down to the dock that are shown on line are barely visible because of overgrown vines. Also the yard to the steps is extremely steep. But probably the worst thing was waking up to mouse droppings in the kitchen. We learned that we had to put all food on the pedestal dining room table that mice could not reach. We did have a great time being together and enjoyed the deck (bring your own chairs, there are only 2 plus a picnic table) and the lake, but we would never rent here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To any future guests, please know that we have complete remodeled the house with a new refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer, piano, couches, etc. We've been thinking about how to respond to this, and have decided to be clear and direct about what happened. This is Mark writing for the family. The allegations that were made about the refrigerator being 40+ degrees, and about mouse droppings, are untrue. Elissa and I responded immediately to a series of concerned texts, sent at 11:00 pm on a Sunday. To address the issue, we went to the house the next morning. When we open the refrigerator, the thermometer said 36 degrees. We explained that it was an old unit, but that with some TLC and careful thinking (not putting in 50 water bottles, as it increased the units work load) it always worked for our family. The focus of the conversation then shifted to mouse droppings. I asked where they were, was told that no one really remember, but that there might be some under the sink. I then got on my hands and knees, and checked every single cupboard in the kitchen, as a gesture. I knew they were clean because, during the turn over in between guests, I personally cleaned that entire kitchen. I checked every single cabinet and cupboard. To allege that we had mice, or that evidence of mice was found, is just not honest. It did not happen. That said, it wouldn't be horrible if it did. Mice occasionally seek shelter in lake homes. But, specifically, in the three years that that house has been open to guests, we've never had another tenant claim to have encountered mice, or to have found evidence of their presence. We responded to all concerns tenants text message immediately. We are available to our guest 24 hours a day. To any future guest, interested in booking, know that you will have our phone number, and that we will always be available should you need anything. We respect every complaint, concern and question that we get. We appreciated the concern about the refrigerator, and decided it would be easier to get a new one. We're always learning from our tenants. The lesson we've taken from this booking is that vacations can be stressful, that reviews can hurt, and that everything is better with a Baldwin piano and new appliances.
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Nearest Airport
8.3 Miles
Tompkins Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.2 Miles
The Boat Yard Grill
Nearest Golf
6.3 Miles
Ithaca Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Pines (a tradition of Ithaca on the lake)
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Greek Peek
Car: recommended


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Ithaca House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 Fall
Oct 25 2016 - Nov 7 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall
Nov 8 2016 - Dec 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Dec 2 2016 - Feb 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Early Spring
Feb 2 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Mar 1 2017 - May 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
2017 Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Cornell 2018
May 23 2018 - May 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250

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Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2286 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , Sunroom
  • All rooms are outfitted with LL.Bean Sheets and Duvets. Both pullout couches have memory foam covers.
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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