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Make Our Lake Home, Your Home Away from Home, All the Necessities That You Need

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Geneva House Rental Photos and Description

4 BR, 2 BA, LR w pullout sleeper sofa, kitchen, laundry,dining, Gazebo,Dock

Come enjoy home away from home in this comfortable relaxing home over-looking beautiful Seneca Lake! Located just 2 miles south of the famed Belhurst Castle, and 3 miles south of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, we are located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country and the start of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail which feature over 30 wineries! This home will comfortably accommodate families and give vacation memories that will last a life time! The home is fully equipped with all the necessities, less your food, and can comfortably sleep up to 10 adults. Enjoy the majestic sunrises & sunsets while enjoying meals for 10+ people in the Gazebo while cooking on a gas grill and sipping on a glass of your favorite Finger Lakes Wine or local beers! With 4 bedrooms, 2 full bath, kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room and Laundry Room plus all the comforts to call home, this will surely be a vacation to remember! Close to State Parks, beaches, restaurants, grocery stores, everything to make your vacation spectacular! There is a marina within a quarter of the house that rents boats along with a great restaurant across the street from them. Downtown shopping is within 5 miles of the house.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Barry Stilwell
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2016
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About Barry Stilwell

Family friendly, grew up on seneca lake whole life.

Barry Stilwell purchased this house in 2013

Why Barry Stilwell chose Seneca Lake

This property is located within 5 minutes of downtown Geneva and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Located at the north end of Seneca Lake

What makes this house unique

Cozy, spacious, gazebo, dock, views

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an awesome view....We had the best vacation in a long time. Everything that the owner listed was as they stated. House was very well kept and clean. All the amenities of home plus a view that we don't have. Sitting on the dock and reading a book was so peaceful, along with seeing the boaters go by.

Thank you again!!!! I give you 5 stars!!
Jun 2016
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based on 17 traveler reviews

Make Our Lake Home, Your Home Away from Home, All the Necessities That You Need
average rating of 3.8823528 based on 19 reviews

We were very pleased with the great location of this home

  • 5 of 5

Going wine tasting was very is located right in the wine trail and offered great views.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice location...great views!

  • 5 of 5

We liked the views...the house was very nice,clean and comfortable. Well supplied.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice and Quaint

  • 4 of 5

The home was very humbling and wonderful view for overlooking the lake. Close to Geneva, and in the middle of the trails on the west side of the lake. The outdoor areas were a great place to relax and get together. Enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lindsay, and I am glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and had a great time. Barry.
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Poor experience

  • 1 of 5

We rented this property from July 31 to Aug 4(4 nights). Here is our review representing two families.


- The patio is nice having a great view of sunset

- Owner responded very quickly when we were there and the detergent was running out.

- We enjoyed the wine from the owner as well


- The pictures of the house look great but actually the condition is really poor.

- The inside of the house is very flimsy and disrepair. It’s like if you touch it will break. (If anything breaks, you need to pay for a new one)

- There is one air conditioner upstairs and one downstairs. Both of them are super noisy and very old. It's impossible to sleep with them on.

· The furniture and amenities are very old

· All kitchen ware are very old

· No dish washer

· All bedroom doors cannot be closed

· No window can be opened and no curtains in any window except the master washroom

- It is very expensive to wire the money to him twice (deposit and fee), and also when he wired the deposit back, we shared these expenses, but still it added the cost.

There was also a quite story after we left. He claimed we broke 3 things

- lamp : we told him during the stay. It's an old lamp on the headboard (which is not a safe place for a lamp)

- sheet: he said it's messed. We didn't know until he said that

- curtain in the master bedroom: we didn't touch at all. It was where it was. He said some clip was off.

He sent three pictures of the new things he said he would buy them to replace. When I asked for the receipt he said he won't give it to me. The total cost he said was significant considering original items were second hand. And the end, I couldn't get a big chunk of my deposit back from him.

I was so tired of communicating with him. It was no point to argue since he had my money. And I didn't know what else I could do. I was not sure he was doing the same thing to all tenants. Or maybe because we were coming from Canada, he dared to do that. I don't know if it was scam or not, but at the end he didn't show me the receipt.

We spent money renting the place and drove all the way from Canada to have a vacation on Finger lakes. We wouldn't mind to pay for the "damage" as long as it's reasonable. But this became a bad experience.

After all these, the only thing I can do is to tell the other people not to get the same trouble. My sincere suggestion is not to rent this property at all.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overall ok, but a little deceiving

  • 3 of 5

A group of us rent a lake house every year and this year we went with Barry's house. I'm not sure why it happens, but when you filter for houses with A/C, Barry's rental comes up even though there is no air conditioning. So that was a not so fun surprise. Also, I think it is not accurate to call this house a Lake Front house; Lake View is more accurate. There is a house directly below this one right on the water. When you go onto the lawn, you can only see the water if you're standing. If you try and sit in the yard chairs available, all you see is the roof of the house below. You are only able to access the dock from a small patch of grass at the bottom of the stairs. Also, there is no water access for swimming so I think saying water accessible is a half truth. It has a lift for a boat, but there is no ladder or any way to get into the water (well, getting in is easy, out is the hard part) without taking your life at risk over the makeshift dam they've built of rocks and a metal grate. Lastly, curtains. There are none on the bedroom windows. So every morning is an early one unless you plan ahead and Macgyver something. Oh, and one of the bedrooms has a curtain for the door. Overall, Barry was great with communication and the process went smoothly. The bottle of wine upon arrival was very nice. I had no problems with my security deposit being refunded.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Everything that you stated is referred to in the listing..this house is listed as overlooking seneca lake not as access..but there is access still...there is very limited access to the water on the west side as it is very rocky and not encouraged..hense why there is no entry into and out of the water...there is a nice public beach at the state park within 10 min from the house....sorry you felt deceived. The dock is there to enjoy the water...and the gazebo is where you enjoy the view of the water. Again sorry! The house has no central air but does have window air conditioning units that do a great job at cooling the whole house.
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Perfect Location for Finger Lakes Region Getaway

  • 4 of 5

My three grown sons and I stayed 3 nights in this well equipped and nicely furnished cottage overlooking Seneca Lake.

It was conveniently located within a few miles from Geneva, and the drive to Watkins Glen and returning on the other side of the lake offered spectacular views and access to more than 35 wineries. Roy's Marina is located within a mile where we rented a speedboat and spent one day on the lake fishing and tubing. Barry Stilwell handled the rental communication and transaction professionally, and his quick response to my questions was greatly appreciated.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim, Whenever you and your sons are ready for another visit just let me know. Thank you for the review! What could I have done, to have received 5 stars?
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Vonny's boat house restaurant and bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
seneca lake golf
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
nys thruway
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
seneca lake state park
Car: recommended

Most everything is within 15 minutes from the house and Watkins Glen within 30 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Geneva House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
general cleaning fee $50

$50 dollars of security deposit will be held as a general cleaning fee...if our booking calendar show availability, contact us for customized dates and rates. Our goal is to provide you with a great vacation stay and reasonable rates. We are located on the west side of Seneca Lake, just 2 miles south of Belhurst Castle restaurant and spa and Geneva on the lake.

Deposit of $500 due at signing to be used as security deposit, full balance due week of arrival. Security deposit refunded the following week less the general cleaning fee of $50.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Geneva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main level located in with laundry room.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , located in master bedroom
  • 2 full bath...This is a lake house on a septic system, please follow septic system rules...basically single ply toilet paper ONLY. No other personal hygene type products in toilets.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • 4 bedrooms. The House can sleep up to a max of 10, but prefer to keep it less due to the fact there is only 2 bathrooms.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
2 car max parking. Additional parking is available up by the road near buildings approximately 100 yards from the house.

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