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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 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 queen size beds in two of the bedrooms and a double bed in the third bedroom. 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 may use our two kayaks, a canoe, life jackets, dock 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:
8 October, 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:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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 3 - 1 Double Bed , includes dresser and ceiling fan.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , includes large closet, dresser and ceiling fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , includes large closet, dresser, ceiling fan, master bath.
  • Master, Queen size bed, large closet, dresser, ceiling fan Bedroom 2: Queen size 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
  • 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! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

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Nestled Above Seneca Lake in the Heart of Wine Country With Private Beach
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Great location, views and accomodations!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our mid-week stay at the Cliff House. It is perfectly located in the middle of the east side of Seneca Lake wineries and breweries. Also located near some of the better waterfall and gorge hiking trails. The Cliff House had everything we needed and was very comfortable. The lake views and sunsets were very nice. We enjoyed the kayaks provided also. Very quiet while we were there. We would definitely rebook if we come back to the Finger Lakes area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg, We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Cliffhouse and we hope you return! Elisabeth and Paul
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Awesome home

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous property!!! The home was fully stocked, beds were comfortable and the views and the lake just everything was gorgeous!! Thank you so much for allowing us to stay there

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope you visit the Cliff House again! Elisabeth and Paul
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We loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

The perfect home away from home with gorgeous views of Seneca lake, cozy living room with fireplace and view of the deck and lake. We can't wait to book again!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stephanie, We are so pleased you enjoyed Cliff House and hope you visit us again! Elisabeth and Paul
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Too many superlatives .

  • 5 of 5

Really, Elisabeth and Paul offered a superb house and amenities that we didn't think they would have there, but did, for our enjoyment. Great views, all amenities that you need and a house in excellent shape ( plus an outdoor shower !! ). I have nothing bad to say, seriously ; if you want an awesome experience on Seneca Lake , book now or it will be too late!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for visiting Cliff House, Scott! We hope you and your guests stay at our cottage again. Elisabeth and Paul
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Our first Seneca lake vacation - can't believe we waited this long!

  • 5 of 5

So I grew up just a little under an hour from here, and spent a LOT Of time at Seneca Lake over the years... but never, until this week spent a whole week at the lake, just hanging out, kayaking, relaxing, skipping rocks, enjoying spectacular sunsets, campfires, and best of all... not having to go home at the end of the day. I'm so glad CLIFF HOUSE was the place my family got to experience our first ALL SENECA LAKE ALL THE TIME vacation! It was, first of all, lovely, and quite comfortable. The house was well appointed with lots of extras that other rentals don't always provide (eg paper products and lots of kitchenware/utensils - which was great!) and of course, the kayaks and canoe. That was specifically on my list in searching for a place - and it was one of the highlights of our week, spending time every day paddling around the lake.

Betsy and Paul were gracious, friendly and accommodating. They happened to be around the week we were there, and were available for whatever we might have needed (which really was not much!), but also sensitive to respect privacy - in fact, the whole location was wonderfully private. The sunsets were consistently spectacular, and even though there is so much to explore in the area (wineries, gorges in Ithaca and Watkins, etc.) we honestly could have just stayed put all week and have been just as happy.

There is a pretty serious staircase going down to the lake, so maybe not suitable for the very young (definitely not unsupervised!) or those with mobility challenges, but if you are able, it is totally worth the bit of exercise!

We would most definitely want to come back here again for future lake vacations - thanks so much for everything :^)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, We enjoyed meeting you and your family and hope you return to Cliff House for another vacation! Best Regards, Betsy and Paul
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The best of the best!

  • 5 of 5

I have rented many houses through VRBO/Home Away/Air BnB. This rental was by far the best experience I have had. When they say they provide a stocked house, they mean that and then some. The amenities and items included were so amazing and thoughtful. You could tell the owners go to great detail to make sure you feel comfortable and have a great time, including reaching out to make sure as well. From the outdoor items provided to the stocked kitchen, to the thoughtful note left when we arrived, to the basic items that usually need to be packed, nothing was overlooked. The house is exactly how it is described and pictured. My friends and I were in area for a wedding and wanted to take an extended relaxing weekend, and that is exactly what we had. The location was perfect, the house was very clean, the views were breathtaking. We just loved our stay so much! Thank you Paul and Betsy for everything!! We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to renting from you again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kim, We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Cliff House and we hope you'll be back! All The Best, Paul and Betsy
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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 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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
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 £189.55
Cleaning Fee £75.82
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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