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Quiet, Private Lakefront Cottage - Skaneateles Lake

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Open-plan architect-designed cottage featuring lake views from all rooms, large central stone fireplace, elevated ceilings, stone flooring, bevel-edge wood walls, and lots of light. Large porch for lakeside dining and relaxing. Spectacular views of the lake in both directions. Located on a quiet dead end-road. 125 feet of lake frontage with flat access. Lake side privacy due to the shape and location of the house and landscaping. Sunny side and quiet end of lake (east side, south end).

Skaneateles Lake is a reservoir for the City of Syracuse. It is considered the cleanest of the Finger Lakes. There is a Finger Lakes Land Trust preserve directly behind our property (the trail is accessible from route 41). There are multiple parks and preserves (Bear Swamp State Forest, High Vista preserve etc.) surrounding the south end of the lake; the Land Trust is working to preserve this natural setting by connecting these properties into an “emerald necklace” around the south end.

The village of Skaneateles, 25 minutes to the north, is a well-known shopping, dining and tourist destination. They hold a music festival and boat show, have polo matches, run tour boat cruises and dinner cruises, and have free town band concerts. The town has many very fine restaurants from classic Victorian nine and twelve course meals at the Krebs to Doug’s Fish Fry, a local favorite. Boat rentals are available at the Skaneateles Marina a few miles south of the village.

Additional Features:

- large field for games etc.

- mooring available

- laundry

- master bedroom suite

- tastefully furnished - living room redecorated in 2017

- 25 minutes to the village of Skaneateles/50 minutes to Ithaca/20 minutes to Homer-Cortland

- plenty of parking

- housekeeping ready

- gas grill

- fire pit for camp fires

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 October, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Homer in Town of Spafford

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Please respect the privacy of our neighbors by keeping quiet after 10 pm.
  • Neighbors, pets and children all use the road as a sidewalk, so please drive SLOWLY through the area.
  • Please do not go on the neighbors property for ANY reason.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Bunk Bed
  • There is also a convertible couch in the living room that sleeps 2 people and a large couch for one more.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility ...
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
The cell reception is spotty. Sometimes it works in the house, but I can almost always get through out on the dock. The problem is that the lake is in a deep valley and the tower is on top of the hill. Texting from the cottage works fine, at least with Verizon. Because there is no access to cable we cannot provide WiFi. While it is possible to get service from a cell carrier, the small bandwidth allotment makes it impossible for us to offer it. There is a coffee bar (Origins by Coffee Mania) with free WiFi 15 minutes away in Homer. It is right at the corner of route 281 and 41 where you turn to come up to the cottage (95 Clinton St, Homer, NY). There is another small cottage on the property that is not part of the rental; it is sometimes occupied.


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(4 traveller reviews)

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Quiet, Private Lakefront Cottage - Skaneateles Lake
average rating of 4.25 based on 4 reviews
Rapid City, South Dakota

Awesome location with tons of space

  • 5 of 5

This is a great location with level lake frontage. There is a lot of space inside and one bedroom even has bunk beds for kids. I also love that the property had board games- great rainy day activity. The owner even let us borrow his canoe. The house is also located on a very quiet street so it is great to wake up to the quiet lake in the mornings.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location on West side of the lake.

  • 5 of 5

Great sunsets and lake views, plenty of privacy, deep clear water to dive into.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our labradoodle rented this property with a younger couple who have two toddlers. The property couldn't be more perfect for people looking for a place without stairs to the water. Truly at lake level. We had access to a dock and lawn which we were able to have campfires at night. There was ample space for the six of us + our dog. There was a lovely dining area which was screened in that gives you the sense of eating outside while being protected by screen if there were flies or other insects around. It was very quiet, clean and a lot of fun!! I would definitely rent here again. The owner couldn't be more acccomodating.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lakefront house

  • 2 of 5

The location was great...right on the lake with a large grassy yard at the back of the house by the water. There was a big screened -in porch. Unfortunately we felt the carpet and furniture were rather shabby and dirty. New linens and an update would make it great!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are in the process of updating the older furniture and will have that done by next season. The carpet is cleaned regularly, but since it is such a light color it shows every little spot (after the lawn is mowed and grass sticks to people's shoes, for example).
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Nearest Airport
43.2 Miles
Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Glen Haven Restaurant
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Please note that the cottage is in a remote location. There is a small country store about 10 minutes up the road (basic groceries, beer, etc.). For restaurants, grocery store, shops etc, the village of Skaneateles is abut 25 minutes away. This is a quaint tourist town that a lot of people visit in the summer. They also have boat tours of the lake.

Homer/Cortland is nearby (about 20 minutes). All the basics that you would find in a small upstate city are available there.

The local neighborhood consists of mostly vacation homes owned by families, some of whom have small children. Please respect their privacy by keeping quiet after 10 pm.

Our check in time is between 3 pm to 9 pm; we cannot accommodate check in after 9 pm.

Our check out time is 11 am.

Please park in the field behind the house, not on the side of the road.

We do have an oven, but it is a small counter-top model, not big enough for a turkey or pizza.

Please do not use any of our boats.

Please read the Cottage Welcome Info sheet that you will find on the front hall table when you check in.

The cottage is non-smoking. You are welcome to smoke outside the house, but please clean up when you do.

My mother has some folk art from the rural South that depicts various religious and social scenes (the Last Supper, a "shotgun" wedding, angels, spacecraft). These objects do not represent our beliefs and are in no way reflective of our views about your beliefs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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