About This Listing
A cottage on five private wooded acres. The cottage sits on top of the hill, with a private road leading to several hundred feet of private waterfront on Second Creek, just at it enters Great Sodus Bay.
Get away from it all at this comfortable cottage in the woods and with access to its own waterfront area.
Our place is on Great Sodus Bay, a bay off Lake Ontario some 40 miles east of Rochester and 25 miles north of the Finger Lakes Region. It is on one of the few relatively undeveloped areas of the Bay, with newly-established conservation land all around. It is a few minutes to the village of Sodus Point, with restaurants, a historic lighthouse and beaches on the bay and Lake Ontario.
While a lot of waterfront property on the bay and the Finger Lakes is fairly well-developed, we are fortunate to have five completely private acres with several hundred feet of waterfront. The waterfront is on Second Creek, which opens just past our property onto the bay.
Our place has two floors. You enter on the main living floor, which has cathedral ceilings in finished pine, a huge stone fireplace and sliding glass doors to a back deck on two sides of the house. There are two other bedrooms on the main floor, along with a completely new kitchen (as of July 2014) and full bathroom.
Downstairs is another large living area.. The Boat Bar is there, too, an actual wooden craft set up as a bar with nautical charts all around. There's another bedroom on this floor, too. Since the house is built on a slope, you exit from this lower floor to the back of the house.
The house is set on the top of the ridge, so the deck looks down the hillside to the water. We have our own road leading down through the property to the water. At the bottom of the hill, there is a small shed set up to sleep two in a rustic fashion, though there's no water or electricity at the bottom of the hill.
As you'll see from the pictures, our place is on a creek, right at the point the creek opens to the bay. The water is shallow with some weeds, so most people won't want to swim here (though our daughters have jumped in from time to time). And, being shallow, we haven't tried to put a boat in, although we have kept a jet ski there successfully, and have used it to get out into the bay.
We have several benches interspersed at various points along the road and paths to create little "places" for reading or contemplation (see pictures).
Also, we have several kayaks with which you can turn right and go directly out onto the bay. Or you can turn left and explore the wonderful Second Creek, a meandering maze of water and wildlife. We've seen foxes, beaver, deer and all manner of water birds.
The area around the house has just been acquired by a nature conservancy. So the creek and the area around it is protected. Down the street, where the road to the cottage turns in, is historic Alasa Farms, originally a Shaker compound and now preserved as part of the conservancy agreement for large animal shelter, farming and historic programs.
Access to the house is down an almost mile long gravel road from Alasa Farms through fields and woods. Past our place, along the bay, there are another handful of cottages.
Sodus Bay itself is great for swimming, boating, fishing, etc. A short drive into town (Sodus Point) brings you to swimming beaches both on the bay and on Lake Ontario as well as restaurants, bars and things to do.
WHAT WE ARE NOT AND WHAT WE DON'T GOT.
You want to know what might be missing in this glowing account? Nothing works for everybody so here are some other things about the place you should read about to make sure it is for you.
Please note that as stated above we are on a shallow creek and it's not for swimmers. The house is on the top of the hill looking down through trees through the water, which is visible through several "windows" though the trees. But the cottage itself is not "on the water". We just installed a brand new kitchen (including a dishwasher) but overall, the place gives off a homey, not a showoff, vibe. This ain't the Hamptons, it's our home, and we use it too. The bed linens and towels will all be fresh and clean, but they are family style, not hotel style. We do not have a washer-dryer (laundromats a few minutes drive if you need one). And we do not have wi-fi, an internet connection or, frankly, any good over the air TV reception. We do have a large screen TV and DVD player for your media needs, and the area has very good cell reception from AT&T and spotty cell reception from T-Mobile.
I reiterate these caveats here since all potential renters should have a full picture of the place to make sure it is a good fit. If you are thinking this is a high end palace, or a fake "retreat" complete with internet and cable, think again. It is a real retreat from all that.
Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6 or more depending on use of beds and shed
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $1600 /week
Monthly Price: $4500 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Country: United States
Size: 2000 ft2 (186 m2)
Other Things to Note
Since we are set up for weekly rentals or longer, we prefer if you bring your own bed linens and towels. However, we have a full set of sheets and both bath and beach towels at the cottage. These are nothing fancy--just what we use--but in a pinch, say if you don't have king sheets, you should feel free to use what is in the place.
Lovely remote forested setting, cozy and comfortable with a fully equipped kitchen, which was important to us, and wonderful wood stove. Great spot for a small group or family. Easy access to surprisingly undeveloped Lake Ontario, parks and hiking. Great place to bike on dirt or asphalt roads along miles of orchards and farmland.
I had never heard of Sodus bay before our stay and we were treated to a quiet, private home with lots to offer and a lot of potential. The directions were very helpful and the details about things to see and do in Sodus bay really helped us plan our stay with activities for the kids. Shaker farms was enjoyable for the little ones and a learning experience for the grown ups. The beach at Sodus Bay was clean, accessible and well kept.
We reached Thornton point without incident and enjoyed exploring the house and the lake. There is a kayak that visitors can use but we didn't get a chance to use it. This was the first time the house was being rented out so there were a few things that could definitely be fixed or improved on.
For a first time rental this house was really nice but with a little elbow grease it would be exceptional for people who want to unplug, de-stress and take a break from the rat race. Walking into the house you have the kitchen and living room to your left and bedrooms to your right. There is a furnished basement with an additional room and half bath downstairs. The basement was very cool and comfortable in the summer.
Based on where the property is located, the TV signals are not available and the property does not have wifi/internet access. The house gets water from a well and on our last day at the house we ran out of water in the tank due to some type of issue with the pump. The home owner was easily reachable and put us in touch with a kind neighbor who allowed us to get water from their taps. This should not be an issue for future renters since the house was scheduled to get municipal water put in the day after we left (Jul 8,13). Linens and towels were provided by the owner and great for the lake or beach use. The owner also had outdoor games like badminton and indoor games like dominos, monopoly etc for our use. Besides the water fiasco we had a lovely visit and would recommend this home to other renters.
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