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Renovated Family Friendly Private Lake House*ASK about Spring Special stay 3for2

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Perfect Retreat for Family/Friends- Escape and Enjoy!


Situated on 3 wooded acres, our newly renovated, spacious home offers a peaceful place to escape and relax with your family and friends. We have done that many times and we would love for you to have the same wonderful experience!

Our home features 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms (one bathroom, which has just recently been completely re-done, includes a tub while the other two have showers). A spacious living room with flat screen TV, gas fireplace (perfect for most mornings in upstate NY!) and vaulted ceiling with a wall of windows. A separate family/game room features a separate flat screen tv and an air hockey table which we've witnessed first hand is fun for all ages! Our large eat-in kitchen with dining area for at least 8 and the large central island make it the perfect gathering spot as the heart of the home. You will enjoy meals here whether that means cooking with all the pots/pans or whether that means take-out as there's plenty of space for both! The fridge and dishwasher can make stowing away leftovers and dirty dishes a breeze. Our spacious deck with outdoor sectional and chaise lounge chairs has to be a highlight of the home too - perfect for lounging with a good book, a drink/snack or just watching the sunset over seasonal lake views while listening to nature. We have a swimming pool with its own deck, sun umbrella and deck chairs. The third "dining" deck with gas grill also lets you enjoy the outdoors with a separate outdoor dining table (with seating for 8). Each bedroom and bath is located on separate floors allowing for privacy while still being together. You and your guests will have ample space to park your cars/trucks/boats, etc! (For those interested, nearby Smith Park has a boat launch area for a nomimal daily fee.)

We hope you'll feel pampered and comfortable in each bedroom. With clean linens and fluffy pillows, you'll find that the lower level and main floor bedrooms both have queen beds (for a total of 4 guests) - with the main bedroom having its own flat screen tv. Kids will LOVE the upstairs bedroom which features two fun ‘boat’ beds that each include an additional trundle bed- loads of fun for family sleepovers. (We have found it is nice to tuck the kids away safely upstairs for the night while we continued a relaxing evening downstairs without having to worry if we were being too loud.) FYI, this bedroom is quite large and can accommodate an aerobed which is also available for use as an alternative in case a couple wanted to stay up there. All the bedrooms have blinds and/or curtains that block out the majority of sunlight that comes through the windows. The house can accommodate an additional 4 guests with the use of two queen sleeper sofas. We have enough linens and pillows for those too! These are located in the living room and game room so there is nobody sharing a bedroom.

Whether you're staying for a week or a long weekend, we have tried to provide all of the conveniences of being at home without you having to bring anything! All of the below are provided:

• Clean linens (bath towels, pool towels, sheets, pillowcases, comforters/blankets)

• Ironing board, vacuum, hair dryer and pool floats

• Cable TV

• STRONG Wifi and cell signals (no land line)

• Washer and dryer

• Fully equipped kitchen features pots, pans, utensils, plates, glasses, mugs, kitchen towels, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker and Keurig

• Central A/C and radiant heating

• Gas fireplace

• New stainless steel appliances

• Gas grill on deck (grill tools)

• Child-friendly conveniences available upon request: Pack n play, baby monitor (audio - not video!), high chair and 2 booster seats

The house is set on a large lot and an uber private location provides tranquility at all times of the day and night - with plenty of space to explore, run around and enjoy. You can hear an occasional jet ski but more often than not, this house nestled in the woods will make you feel like you're camping with all the comforts of a fully functional, tempature controlled home :)


We feel our location in Hector is as good as it gets! More than 20 wineries, a handful of breweries and a few distilleries are just a short drive away, along with several delicious restaurants to fit everyone’s budget - from fine dining (Farm to table) to comfort food (pizza/burgers). Most offer beautiful views of the lake to enjoy while you sip/taste the best of the region. We would be happy to recommend some of our favorites to you!

From the house, it’s a 5 minute walk (10 minutes with little ones or lessor mobility) down to the lake with direct access through Smith Park which borders our property. When in-season, the wade-in beach has lifeguards on duty, benches, grills and plenty of space to grab a nap, catch up on a book or splash around. As we've experienced ourselves with our kids, it is so much fun for kids to play with the pebbles and run in/out of the shallow water! For the braver souls, there is a dock to jump into the deeper water too! A quick drive to downtown Watkins Glen is where you'll find grocery stores, gas stations, banks, shopping, the raceway, Watkins Glen Gorge (amazing views and a great workout!), and Captain Bill’s lake cruises (really nicely run/operated). In short, there is plenty to do – or do nothing at all! As if it's not obvious from the above, kids are welcome, and we can't forget to allow for our four legged dog friends either! (Sorry we are highly allergic to cats!) There is no smoking allowed in our home.

More Details

Gary and Annie Brink
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018


Hector House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool


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(30 traveler reviews)

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Renovated Family Friendly Private Lake House*ASK about Spring Special stay 3for2
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We spent Christmas week at this beautiful home and we can’t say enough! Everything you need is there! The home is absolutely perfect, the location is great (far enough yet close enough), the lake view was awesome! The Brinks are on top of contacting you and are very pleasant!

We certainly have no regrets renting such a perfect getaway other than having to leave!! Wouldn’t hesitate to rent again!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice feedback. We honestly are so happy to have other people love the home and area as much as we do! So glad you had a lovely Christmas week here!
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Amazing home and property

  • 5 of 5

It was a lovely home. From the beginning felt like we were in our own home. We were a group of 6 people and enjoyed the separate bedrooms with separate bathrooms. Everything in the house was put together well.

There were a lot of wineries and breweries nearby. Shopping center was 10-15mins away which was also nice.

The hosts Annie and Gary were great in communicating with us. And we thank them for making our stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sanchita Thanks for the nice notes! So glad we were able to host you in our home for Thanksgiving. Would be happy to have you any time! Sincerely, Annie & Gary Brink
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A group of 5 friends, scattered over the East coast, have been getting together for a mini reunion every year for over 40 years. This year, we decided to have that reunion in "wine country" on Seneca Lake. This house is centrally located within wine country. It has a very quiet, private setting, is furnished with everything you could possibly need and had plenty of space to accommodate our group. The owners were friendly and well organized. They answered all my questions (via email) in a timely manner (usually within an hour) and made the rental process seemless. It made for a fantastic week....a perfect getaway!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to have you all stay and enjoy the house and the area! Glad you had a great stay indoors despite the rainy weather...would be happy to host you all in summer as well! Thanks, annie and gary brink
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Wedding Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with our stay at this rental. The house was perfect for our needs as we had kids staying with us so the boat trundle beds were a hit! The owners were great to work with as they were very accommodating with our dates and the number of nights we were staying, even when we needed to adjust out guest count and add a furry friend closer to our rental date. We easily were able to fit our family comfortably and not feel crowded. The open kitchen and dining was perfect for meals and the outdoor decks and seating was great even in the early fall. We would highly recommend this for a large group of friends or family because of all the space. There is a nice large yard for kids to play and not be near a main road or drive. With it being the weekend of our wedding the owner was very willing to help us with other aspects of planning and offer suggestions for the area. If we ever wanted to do a large gathering again I would certainly stay at this rental again.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Truly glad to host a wedding gathering! The area is a beautiful place to get married and the weekend of your wedding was no exception! Happy to host the kids and dogs as well and we'd be happy to have you back anytime to commemorate the occasion!
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Lovely home away from home was the perfect location to enjoy the beautiful Fingerlakes area.

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home was everything described and more. The surroundings were beautiful and very private. The entire house was extremely clean and very comfortable. We had every amenity we needed and everything was in perfect working order.

The location was very convenient, centrally located in the Fingerlakes area. Our first stop was the visitor center in Watkin's Glen and the person who helped us was great! Armed with lots of info, brochures and a good map, we organized our days and our activities by areas. Highlights were the Farm Sanctuary, the botanical gardens at Cornell in Ithaca, cheese tasting at Lively Run Dairy, driving the race track at Watkin's Glen and visiting wineries. There were lots of state parks with beautiful scenery and waterfalls.

We had breakfasts and dinners at home but we enjoyed lunch out every day. Everywhere we went the food was wonderful. We had four or five lunches in Watkin's Glen and we lunched at the famous Moosewood Restaurant the day we were in Ithaca. Our favorite was lunch at Thai Elephant. We also really enjoyed Nickel's Pit Barbeque, Wildflower Café, Crooked Rooster Brew Pub, and the Great Escape for ice cream.

We highly recommend this property. The owners were extremely helpful and communicated information very clearly. They checked in with us by email when we arrived to make sure everything was ok, and then emailed again right before we left to check again that we had a good experience and to provide instructions for our departure.

We would love to return during the summer months when we could enjoy the pool and the outdoor cooking/dining.

Thank you for a wonderful place to have a reunion with friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are honored to receive your review and are so happy to be able to acoomodate your group (and dogs!). Glad you found the house to be well stocked and everything to be comfortable. We would be thrilled to have you back during the summer months! (PS- can't wait to try the Thai restaurant now!)
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Excellent accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and well equipped house in a lovely wooded spot. Great kitchen, lots of comfortable common space and 3 private bedrooms. A wonderful deck, too. Nice bedding, plenty of good towels. The hosts provided timely and helpful information, made check-in/check-out easy. All this located a few minutes from Watkins Glen and surrounded by winery's and restaurants. Highly recommend this home and the area, we had a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alfred So glad you and your group had a great stay at the house. We're happy the house was well equipped (including two coffee makers which we decided was essential!). This is a beautiful time at the lake and we're thrilled you were able to see some of upstate NY at its finest! Sincerely, Annie & Gary Brink
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 4.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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