Private, Charming & Peaceful

Get away from it all while staying safe at Overlook Cottage

Overlook is a traditional, rustic summertime cottage situated at bluff’s edge overlooking the west side of Seneca Lake with a private beachfront and dock accessible from adjacent steps. Situated midway up the west side of the lake, Overlook Cottage is nestled right in the middle of the beautiful Finger Lakes region and its renowned wine trails. It’s a perfect spot to be as busy as you want (or not)! The cottage’s best features include an amazing private setting, charm, and value. Our previous guests, many of whom stay with us year after year, love Overlook for its natural beauty, peacefulness, and the ability to “get away from it all.”

Overlook Cottage Lake View Sunset
Overlook Cottage Exterior View
Overlook Cottage Outside Entrance
Overlook Cottage Vibrant Sunset
Overlook Cottage Living Area
Overlook Cottage Kitchen
Overlook Cottage Kitchen
Overlook Cottage Kitchen
Overlook Cottage Lake View on Seneca Lake
Overlook Cottage Fire Ring on Beach Front
Overlook Cottage Bedroom & Bathroom
Overlook Cottage Back Porch
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Don’t let the rustic exterior of the cottage fool you; the most common responses of guests when they first arrive at our cottage is ‘charming,’ ‘how cozy,’ and ‘it looks just like we expected!’ Our guests always appreciate the cottage’s cleanliness, secluded beachfront, and private wooded setting.

Cottage Layout & Features

Overlook Cottage is divided into thirds which run parallel to the lake. The first third (closest to the lake) is a full-length, screened-in porch; it’s perfect for relaxing, rain or shine (it will be your favorite place to hang out!) One side of the porch has a super comfortable sectional sofa perfect for napping and relaxing; the other side has a large table and plenty of chairs — just right for eating and playing cards or games (or – if you must – working on your computer!).

The middle third is a warm and inviting combined kitchen/living area with a sofa and large overstuffed chair, with windows opening to the porch and beyond. Stream a movie on the Roku TV by accessing your account, or, play a movie from our library or yours using the provided DVD/videocassette player. Also available are books and games such as checkers and puzzles. The kitchen area – which also has windows opening to the porch – includes a generous array of appliances, utensils, dinnerware, and cookware for use during your stay.

The back third of the cottage features two small bedrooms, each with one double bed, dresser, and small nightstand. An updated, yet simple, bathroom with porcelain tile floor and shower is nestled between the two bedrooms.

Family Getaway or Romantic Retreat

Overlook’s size makes it the perfect getaway/romantic retreat for two adults. Our most common renters are couples or families with one or two small children (note: we can accommodate a maximum of three adults, or two adults with two young children who can share the second bed). Children absolutely love the wooded outdoors and lake — so many rocks to skip! The gradual incline of the lake bottom makes it easy for children to sit in the water at the lake’s edge or walk out to where they feel comfortable. The many types of wildlife at our property, too, will delight those fortunate enough to see them — deer, newts, salamanders, ducks, great blue herons, red-tailed hawks, owls, ospreys, turkeys, eagles are just some of the “critters” with whom we share the environment.

Outdoor Amenities

Outside the cottage, you’ll find parking (on the same level as the cottage), a clothesline, picnic table, Weber BBQ grill, and campfire ring (we supply the firewood). You’re a few steps away from a multi-level staircase that takes you down to a private dock and beachfront that is yours alone to use – a rarity along the lake. Another campfire ring on the beach is perfect for watching the shooting stars and viewing the Milky Way while sitting around a fire. New for the 2021 Season: We are excited to be able to offer the use of a single and/or tandem kayak to our guests!

Nearby Wineries & Attractions

If you’re visiting the region’s wineries and newer brew pubs (and how can you not?), you’ll find that we are perfectly situated right in the middle of Seneca Lake Wine Country, with plenty of large and small wineries on both Seneca and Keuka Lakes within easy driving distance. In fact, you won’t find another location so close to so many great wineries! Our close proximity to Watkins Glen, Ithaca, Geneva, and Corning with their many activities, restaurants, and places to shop is also a plus, making our cottage the perfect spot for your vacation getaway. If you’re coming for the fishing, we also offer parking for boat trailers.

Glad to Assist!

Overlook Cottage is owner-managed, so we’re readily available to assist when needed. We offer you a personal touch, great location, and peace and quiet — the best value of any cottage, of that we’re sure! Please contact us for open dates and more information by emailing us or filling out our Reservation Request form.