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Nestled Above Seneca Lake in the Heart of Wine Country With Private Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Lakefront Cottage, Gas Fireplace, Dock and Beach

This cottage is nestled at the end of the lane, below the vineyards and farm meadows. Three bedrooms offer a queen size bed in the master suite and double beds in the other two bedrooms. A modern kitchen is equipped with a full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, serving ware and a full complement of pots and pans to serve homestyle meals; including paper products, bottled drinking water, coffee, spices, and condiments. Games, books, satellite tv, and dvd provide entertainment. The outdoor grill delivers delicious meals on the deck overlooking the lake. Enjoy the solitude and gorgeous views from the deck and living area windows. A newly built staircase leads to your private beach. Cliff house sits above the lake on an ancient shale cliff. Sturdy railings surround the deck and overlook areas, however, always supervise children at all times for safety. You have access to our electric boat lift that can hold a boat up to 21', two kayaks, a canoe, life jackets and beach chairs. The beach has a fire pit for evening campfires.

Elisabeth Smith, Paul DeLaney
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

About Elisabeth Smith, Paul DeLaney

We love our Seneca Lake adventures and have been vacationing at the cottage next door to the Cliff House for many years with our children and grandchildren. We are pleased to share this beautiful place with you and hope you will enjoy being our guests at Cliff House.

Elisabeth Smith, Paul DeLaney purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Elisabeth Smith, Paul DeLaney chose Seneca Lake

Cliff House was built in 1956 on property belonging to my grandparents. In fact, Cliff House sits on farmland that has been in my family for five generations. Seneca people first inhabited this land and built a village nearby. On a quiet night, legend claims, you can hear the drums of the Seneca across the water.

What makes this cottage unique

The view from the deck takes our breath away and we feel at peace; a perfect place for morning coffee, yoga or sipping wine.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hector in Schuyler County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , adjoins master bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , includes large closet and dresser.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , includes large closet, dresser and ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , includes dresser and ceiling fan.
  • Master Suite, Queen size bed, large closet, dresser, ceiling fan Bedroom 2: Double bed, Large Closet, dresser, ceiling fan Bedroom 3: Double bed, dresser, ceiling fan Pull Out Sofa, Queen Size, Living Room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Nestled Above Seneca Lake in the Heart of Wine Country With Private Beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Amazing view! Clean house. Perfect for a wine tour weekend. Super close to all the best spots. We will be back for more!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed Cliff House and we look forward to your return! Best Regards, Elisabeth and Paul
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Cozy Clean Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful! The property is well-maintained and the view is spectacular. The house had all adequate necessities for our week-long stay, including a complimentary bottle of wine from a local winery. We didn't mind the 45 minute drive each way to Ithaca for my daughter's graduation from Cornell University.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Please visit again and best wishes to your daughter on her graduation from Cornell University. Elisabeth and Paul
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Lovely stay, quiet, peaceful and picturesque

  • 5 of 5

Several nice touches at this location, the owners are super friendly and responsive. Secluded and quiet and great views of the lake. I can't recommend it highly enough

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Could have been better

  • 3 of 5

This home is in a secluded location down a one lane dirt road. The view of the lake from the deck is awesome. Because it was cool and rainy during our visit, we never made it down the steps to their boat house. The home itself was fairly nice although not as clean as we would have liked. Also, we killed several spiders and two centipedes In the house.

The kitchen was adequately furnished. There was a nice table for dining and a cozy living room. There was one bathroom off the hallway and another off the first bedroom. There were two more bedrooms, one of which was small and had no closet. One of the bathroom sinks was barely draining while we were there.

We personally would not stay here again for the following reasons. The beds, pillows, and linens were in desperate need of being replaced. Despite paying a sizable cleaning fee, you are required to carry your own trash out and try to cram it into overflowing cans. You are required to wash your sheets and towels before you leave. Laundry detergent was provided, but this was a two hour endeavor with their front loading washer and because the breaker tripped several times when using the dryer - a real headache when you're trying to leave by 7 a.m. You also need to allow time to hand wash your dishes before you leave as there is no dishwasher.

The owners were responsive to my questions before my stay. Their home has the potential to be a great place to stay if the furnishings were updated and they removed the requirement of washing the linens. It seems for the cost of the cleaning fee, whoever is cleaning could do the wash while they work. Also, this is the first vacation home we have stayed in where wifi was not provided, but we had adequate cellular service.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Great house nestled at the end of a private lane with beautiful views of Seneca lake. The house was clean and well equipped. The owners were friendly, responsive, and accommodating. Convenient location for numerous wineries.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and great views of Seneca Lake

  • 5 of 5

Property is well maintained and equipped with amenities for a country home...

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Located on the seneca wine trail, cheese trail and a five minute drive to several breweries, this quiet cliff house is the perfect base camp to explore the finger lakes. Nestled in the woods, below the vineyards overlooking seneca lake, this one story cottage offers you a private lakeside beach, and dock for enjoying water sports, fishing or an evening campfire. You have access to an electric boat lift that holds up to a 21'boat, two kayaks and a canoe; with life jackets for your safety. A newly built staircase leads to the beach.. Explore the waterfalls, or walk through the vineyards to the winery to enjoy the grape harvest. Visit nearby cornell university (24 miles) in ithaca or watkins glen state park (12 miles) to hike the gorge, go to the race track or book a tour of the lake by sail or motorboat. Visit seneca falls, home of the women's rights museum (29 miles) and stop along the way at an amish produce stand or gift shop. Most importantly, dine on our deck overlooking the lake and experience a brilliant sun set.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Hector, Finger Lakes

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
5 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £193.26
Cleaning Fee £77.3
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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