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Quaint waterfront cottage on Cincinnatus Lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Updated two bedroom, one bath cottage just minutes from Smithville Flats, NY. Surrounded by state forests, recreational opportunities abound! Hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and boating. Only a half mile from stocked pheasant hunting on the old Tarbell Farms, now owned by the State of New York DEC.

Modern appliances, new kitchen cabinets, granite counters, walk in shower. Screened front porch overlooks the lake. Two bedrooms are downstairs as is the bathroom. A third bed is upstairs in the wide open second floor. Available for previewing before you commit.

A land line telephone and Wi-Fi internet will be installed May 1, 2018 for my guests use.

The maximum number of guests that may stay at the property at the published rates is three. Additional guests will be charged an additional $10 per day, per person to offset additional utilities and cleaning costs. Thanks! The maximum number of people allowed is seven.

More Details

Stuart Opp
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Stuart Opp

I own and operate a country store in Largo, Florida. I grew up in the town of Greene, NY which is about 9 miles away from where the cottage is located. I've lived in Florida for the last 30 years, and plan on using my cottage a couple of months a year myself!

Stuart Opp purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Stuart Opp chose Smithville Flats

My grandmother owned a cottage on this lake in the 1950's. When this property became available, I just knew I had to have it. Before I moved to Florida I'd spend hours and hours in the surrounding woods exploring and hunting. One of my favorite pastimes is just getting in the car and driving on the hundreds of miles of unpaved roads that crisscross this whole area.

What makes this cottage unique

I've always been a fan of post and beam construction. When I saw that this cottage had the joists, beams and rafters all exposed, I was immediately attracted to it. Since I've gotten it, I've insulated the roof from above, leaving the roof rafters exposed. On the first floor, all of the floor joists and wood floor above are all exposed. I think it's a great look!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Smithville Flats in Chenango County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

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Quaint waterfront cottage on Cincinnatus Lake
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Fantastic mini-vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! Our family thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our 4 night stay! The beds were comfortable, the house was neat, and the fishing was INCREDIBLE!! The caretaker (Dustin) met us in town and took us to the house to ensure we got there without getting lost. Dustin was knowledgeable about the area, and made himself fully available, for anything we needed (which we never ended up needing anything). Phone service is "spotty" and internet service was as well. To us, this was an unexpected bonus. We spent alot of quality "family time," There were 2 rowboats and a canoe for our use. We caught so many fish, we froze a bunch and took them home to enjoy another day! Swimming off the dock was another highlight for our children. Smithville Flats is great place to visit, and the sandwiches at the general store are WELL worth the trip into town! All in all, we loved this place and will likely be booking several trips there next summer, if the owner will have us back!!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for letting me know how much you enjoyed your stay! You are certainly welcome to come back any time. Sincerely, Stuart
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summer vacation

  • 4 of 5

My son and I had a very good time on a lake fishing for bass . Cottage has everything you need. Other lake and river close to the cottage give us more opportunities to explore outdoors. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this property for a week. It has a great rustic charm. Wonderful for am kayaking on the lake. The weather was beautiful. It has a perfect fire pit to cozy up around. Sitting on the screen porch in the early morning watching all the wildlife the Gease in the morning. The Hawks and cranes swoop and grab fish from the lake. Fishing is great in the lake. There is a row boat to use along with a canoe. It was very delightful stay. We enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time on a lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a very good time on a lake. Cottage has everything you need, but don't expect luxuries. We enjoyed lake front, fishing from the dock and daily rowboat excursions. Stuart and property manager Dustin were very helpful at any point of our trip. We highly recommend this lake for Bass fishing, my boys caught 4-5 of them every evening. Couple suggestions: it would be great to have couple of life vests when using row boat or a canoe (we had our own) and spring cleaning/mopping would go a long way.

Thank you for a great stay. Barbara, Jack and kids.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the cottage. I have several life beats and I'll make sure a few are available. I'm an absentee owner and I've had a lot of work done on the place recently. I agree with you about the cleaning. We'll try and do better. Thank you.
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Fall leaf peeping by the lake

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had a great 5 days at this cabin by the lake. The summer crowds were gone and left us to some wonderful peace and quite by this cozy little lake watching the leaves turning colors. We were a bit worried when we showed up and saw that all the neighbors had seados and jet skis, thankfully The busiest day for all the seados and pontoon boats was Saturday and that was the day we went for a drive and apple pickin. We were also worried about the closest neighbor that is a bunch of trailers and a mobile home that is about 50ft away and shares the big lake front yard, but thankfully they were not there for our stay. The place was a bit of a work in progress, bare light bulbs and wiring and unfinished entry. It was a bit of a shame as well to have such a cool old style back woodsy cabin being fixed up with art deco Home Depot refurbishing. I was quite surprised to discover that the cabin was the only one on the lake that didn't have any Adirondack chairs (I think they are even named for this area), thankfully a neighbor let us borrow some so we could enjoy the nice lake front yard, fire and dock. My wife and I both agreed that it was a pretty bare bones bachelor hunting/fishing kind of feel to it. The place could really use a "womens touch" to make it more comfortable. We were a bit cramped in the double sized bed, could have used at least a queen bed with pillows (not provided). Place was a bit of a conundrum with bedding but no pillows, nice lake front yard with no chairs, wine chiller with no wine opener?. Out in the country but only about a hundred yards from a pretty busy cross state highway with frequent semi trucks. All and all my wife and I really had a nice time and would recommend staying there once the place gets a few more finishing touches to it.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It is a work in progress! Since you've been there we've gotten three wine bottle openers and a vegetable peeler too! We also replaced the ultra modern range hood with a plain old white one and I'm trying to get it finished up and more comfortable. I have no problem getting some pillows for my guests. Thanks again. P.S. I've taken more photos and will post them in mid October.
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Smithville Flats, NY

Peaceful, Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I needed a quiet retreat from hectic everyday life and this was perfect. The cottage has many upgrades making it very comfortable. There is a screened porch looking out on the yard that goes down to the lake, perfect for drinking our morning coffee. We loved waking up every morning to a view of the lake from our bed. We took a trolling motor to use on the provided row boat and even caught some fish. The water at the end of the dock is only abou 3 ft. Deep making it perfect for young children. We are already looking forward to staying here next summer.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive reinforcement. I spent time on this lake when I was a child. My grandmother had a cottage just a few doors to the South. Back then, the dam was out and all that was there was a marshy stream. I found this place two years ago, and found out that it hadn't been occupied in 30 years! With the help of my brother, we have revitalized the old place while trying very hard to keep its charm and simplicity. I appreciate your feedback and please just let me know when you'd like to have it again. It'll be open from around May 1 to October 30 next year too. Thank you!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Seebers Tavern
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Route 81
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Smithville General Store
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Smithville Flats, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

one time cleaning fee £35.51
Refundable Damage Deposit £142.04
Pet Fee £35.51

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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