Historic Railcar on Skaneateles Lake


Train hosted by Ian

  1. 7 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 5 beds
  4. 2 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the train to yourself.
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Great location
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Historic railcar built in the 30's by The Budd Company and located on Skaneateles Lake. Enjoy morning coffee and evening barbecues overlooking this most beautiful of lakes. Ideal for train enthusiasts, boaters, swimmers, fisherman and those wanting to simply kick off their shoes and relax in this most unique property on Skaneateles Lake.

The space
The car is 83ft long, recently refreshed. Separated into 3 bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, dinning area, sitting area and Deck. There is a fire pit, with comfy intentionally weathered and sealed Adirondack chairs. A large dock has more seating, providing both serenity on clear nights, and fun, sitting 20ft into this amazing lake. The property sits on 6 acres reaching back 1500+ft into public land, great for hiking and exploring. We maintain it as an all season base for train enthusiasts, vacationing, fishing, boating, hunting, cross country skiing and just relaxing. There is a gas barbeque on the upper deck at the end of the car a perfect place for early morning coffee, breakfast or just hanging out.
There is a Bunk bed in room 1 with a single above and a double below, sleeps three. The middle room is small, but has a single full and a very tight pull out trundle for a toddler. The Master room has a Queen. The living room also has a futon that folds out to a queen size bed. The train has proved very comfortable for six, although it will sleep 8.
It sits in a luscious wood made up of maple, oak and cherry trees, the perfect back drop to the beautiful lake at the front. The woods are a lovely walk if you can navigate the steep initial climb.
This is the country side, so along with the fresh wilderness, means you may encounter deer, raccoons, we see foxes, cute water mammals (musk rats, we have seen a pair of otters and the like), bats over the lake if you are lucky (cool to watch), we have a nesting pair of bald eagles, and the occasional bees, wasps, butterflies, spiders, lovely birds, the odd mouse....what you would expect in the country side. While I am not a fisherman, come prepared with your permit, the fishing is apparently excellent.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 bunk bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed, 1 toddler bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
42" HDTV with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
Air conditioning

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Where you’ll be

Homer, New York, United States

The summer community surrounding the car is largely made up of property owners who have chosen this wonderful place for their down time, and very renter friendly, but please respect the community. During the off season the area can very quite, lovely to walk and relax.

Hosted by Ian

  1. Joined in March 2016
  • 117 Reviews
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  • Superhost
I am a businessman with a firm belief that customer satisfaction is the secret to success. With my rental property, I want everyone to leave wanting to come back.

During your stay

There are three contacts for the property; myself Ian deSouza the property owner, Steve Datz the artist and property manager and Cindy Dymond the brains and voice of reason. Our quest is to provide something different that young and all can enjoy, lock into as a fond memory and create a desire to come back to this unique property, setting and place.
There are three contacts for the property; myself Ian deSouza the property owner, Steve Datz the artist and property manager and Cindy Dymond the brains and voice of reason. Our qu…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy