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"Lake Spirit" Welcomes You!

SuperhostAlpine, New York, United States
Entire house hosted by Felicity
15 guests6 bedrooms10 beds2.5 baths
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This lakeside home is NOT your typical Airbnb rental! Swim, fish, and enjoy the kayak, canoe, and paddleboat. Relax in the hot tub, hang out on the 2 decks and 2 docks, watch birds, and explore the beauty of the Finger Lakes. Enjoy the BBQ, fireplace, fire pit, books, and games. While off the beaten path, it is 15 min. from Watkins Glen, 25 min. from Ithaca, and close to many vineyards and distilleries. PURE ENCHANTMENT

The space
The home boasts a treasure of delights. Although there are wonderful places to visit nearby, most guests abandon their plans and choose instead to stay at the cottage. In the summer, the lake is warm enough for swimming and the fishing and boating are grand. In the winter, there are groups of ice-fishers, folks racing over the ice on motorcycles and snowmobiles, and just celebrating the beauty of this little and mostly unknown treasure.

There are six dedicated bedrooms, a sleeping area in the basement, and a huge (15' x 30') deck, which is suitable for sleeping outdoors. There is also a smaller (15' x 15') deck and a shade patio. There is a full kitchen, 2 1/2 bathrooms, laundry, gas fireplace, and a 4-person hot tub. There is off-street parking for 4 cars and a beautiful fire pit. The house is filled with beautiful artwork and Steuben-style stained glass lamps. Here are details on the bedrooms:

1. Upstairs large gathering area / bedroom with full-size futon and fold-up twin beds.
2. Upstairs bedroom with 1 king (or 2 twin) bed(s). .
3. Upstairs bedroom with queen-sized bed.
4. Upstairs bedroom with 2 twin beds.
5. Main floor: master bedroom with queen bed.
6. Main floor: study/small bedroom, with a "full-size" futon, but I would suggest that it is better for one person than two (unless they're small or very comfortable with each other)
7. Main floor living room: 1 sofa (suitable for children and smaller adults)
8. Basement: a queen-sized bed but the ceilings are low, so tall folks will want to be careful.

PLUS -- there's the possibility of sleeping under the stars on one of the two decks.

BATHROOMS:
Second floor: Full-size bath with a whirlpool tub and double sink.
Main floor: Full-size bath with tub and sink.
Basement: 1/2 bath with toilet and sink.

SUMMARY: There have been as many as 12 adults and 2 large dogs here -- and that was BEFORE I added two additional bedrooms and a full bath upstairs!

You will have a special code to access the house. Once in, you will have access to everything except the garage and one closet.

When there are renters, I stay at the "garage-with-loft" on the other side of the road, which means that I'm close enough to be helpful but not so close that I will interfere. I will try to meet and greet you upon your arrival. If I'm traveling, my co-host who lives just 10 minutes away is around to help you with any needs you may have. Also, she is getting trained to manage the coronavirus and will be getting special equipment, so the house will be super-sanitized between guests.

Cayuta Lake (familiarly called "Little Lake") is a hidden gem, close to Ithaca, Watkins Glen, and the bigger Finger Lakes (including the growing list of wineries and distilleries), but without the traffic, noise, and commotion of our neighbors. The lake is just under 2 miles long by 1/2 mile across. Because it is only 25-30 feet deep, it freezes long before other lakes in the winter. It also warms up earlier than nearby lakes -- which makes for delightful swimming. More than half of it is protected wilderness areas, which makes it even more delightful. It is the embodiment of peace.

Although the main floor of the house (including 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and living area) is handicapped-accessible, getting to the cottage is not.

The closest town is Odessa (5 minutes away). Watkins Glen is 15 minutes away. Ithaca and Elmira are each 25-30 minutes away. Corning is 40 minutes away. All kinds of historic, artistic, and cultural delights are within 90 minutes of the cottage.

You are welcome to enjoy my "sit-on" kayak, canoe, and paddleboat, plus there is a public access just a mile from the cottage (at the north end of the lake) if you want to bring your own small power boat.

There is a minimum 2-night stay.

Except for those few areas marked "private," you can enjoy the entire house.

There is no public transportation (the lake is definitely off the beaten path) but there are cabs, tour buses, and drivers for hire (especially nice for folks who want to go wine tasting). Use the driveway for unloading, but please park across the street by the garage.

This is a lake cottage, which means that it's relaxed. The water comes from a natural spring and my neighbors tell me that there was a company that once hoped to sell it commercially. One of the earlier complaints was that there was a noticeable sulphur smell, but that has been eliminated with the new water softener.

Also, there are fans throughout the house and an A/C in all of the bedrooms. (Another improvement after they were a few complaints from previous guests.)

Because the house is on a septic system, please be careful about water. (Pretend that you've been living in California, if you know what I mean.)

Finally, well-behaved dogs are welcomed with prior approval and a $50 extra cleaning fee. There is a dog door to the deck and the gate can be shut if you don't want them roaming throughout the neighborhood.

Guest access
With the exception of a small part of the basement, the cottage, yard, upper and lower decks, and patio are yours to enjoy. There's also a stone dock and a large aluminum dock. I do infrequently use the aluminum dock.

Other things to note
I will send a note with details before you come. Sometimes the airbnb email address block attachments, so you will want to send me a "regular" email after you reserve the cottage. I provide all the basics (sheets, towels, appliances) plus a lot of amenities (toiletries, coffee, tea, spices, etc.). There are also games, puzzles, books, and other delights. As this is my personal home and I enjoy entertaining, you'll find most everything you need to have a good time with friends.

Enjoy the lake, boats, and docks at your own risk. There are life jackets, noodles, and floats. Please be careful on the decks and docks. The stone dock is beautiful but uneven and can be slippery.

Finally, I have collected a good deal of beautiful (and sometimes fragile) artwork, including some with religious themes. Let me know in advance if this is likely to be a problem for you, and I will try to move it to the basement.
This lakeside home is NOT your typical Airbnb rental! Swim, fish, and enjoy the kayak, canoe, and paddleboat. Relax in the hot tub, hang out on the 2 decks and 2 docks, watch birds, and explore the beauty of the Finger Lakes. Enjoy the BBQ, fireplace, fire pit, books, and games. While off the beaten path, it is 15 min. from Watkins Glen, 25 min. from Ithaca, and close to many vineyards and distilleries. PURE ENCH…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 sofa bed
Bedroom 3
3 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Bedroom 5
1 queen bed, 1 couch
Bedroom 6
3 single beds

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Hot tub
Wifi
Indoor fireplace
Cable TV
Laptop-friendly workspace
TV
Air conditioning
Heating

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Alpine, New York, United States

See the map in the photo section, and you'll see that the cottage is isolated but near all of the treasures of the Finger Lakes. Few people know about Cayuta ("Little") Lake, because homes rarely go on sale (they are scarfed up from family and friends). Locals know it as a rare treasure, partly because more than half of the lake is undeveloped and always will be. There is a public access launch at the northern end of the lake if you want to bring your boat. Do bring binoculars, as you are likely to see bald eagles, herons, cormorants, orioles, finches, and numerous other birds you don't see everyday. Lately, I've seen the occasional beaver, mink, and otters enjoying the lake.
See the map in the photo section, and you'll see that the cottage is isolated but near all of the treasures of the Finger Lakes. Few people know about Cayuta ("Little") Lake, because homes rarely go on sale (t…

Hosted by Felicity

Joined in December 2015
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I'm a retired minister in a very progressive church, involved in organizing and leading groups in spiritual development and social justice actions. I've volunteered in various projects throughout the world and love meeting people and showing hospitality to all. I hope that visitors will enjoy the gifts that come with being in this beautiful and peaceful part of the world.
I'm a retired minister in a very progressive church, involved in organizing and leading groups in spiritual development and social justice actions. I've volunteered in various proj…
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I like to meet the guests and show them the cottage, location of extra sheets and towels, care of the hot tub, nearby places to visit, etc. But I typically stay at my garage-with-loft on the other side of the street. I'm available to interact with guests who wish that and will call or text to check in after your arrive, but otherwise I ignore guests. I will occasionally come down to the aluminum dock to go kayaking on my personal kayak (not the one that I offer guests.)

There are two external security cameras -- one at the front door and one on the deck facing the back door, but I understand and honor the need for privacy.
I like to meet the guests and show them the cottage, location of extra sheets and towels, care of the hot tub, nearby places to visit, etc. But I typically stay at my garage-with-l…
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House rules
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed