Peaceful Cayuga Lake cottage with updated interiors! Right at the water's edge!
NEW IN 2017! Even better than before! We've been making further updates to the house, and this winter we put in new energy-efficient windows which allows us to place window air conditioning units in the main living area and in each bedroom, added more energy-efficient cellular blinds, added under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen, and added some outdoor seating! Pura Vida is ready to enjoy in 2017!
“Pura Vida” is Spanish for “pure life,” a philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Relaxation; celebrating friends, family, and the good things in life; appreciating the beauty in every day; choosing to live life to the fullest! It’s more than just a saying... it’s a lifestyle that we hope you'll embrace when you stay here!
Come prepared to enjoy every day. Get up early and see the changes in color of the hills across the lake as the sun rises. Watch an afternoon storm advance across the lake and pass by, leaving the air clean and fresh. Listen to the loons calling. Enjoy the lake breezes and sound of the waves lapping against the dock. Explore the area parks, waterfalls, and wineries. Laugh around a table, enjoying a meal with loved ones. Relax and watch the stunning colors of sunset bleed into the deep sapphire of twilight as the stars start to twinkle. Curl up in bed and sink into comfortable slumber, ready for the next day's adventures. There's something kind of magical about the light, and the breeze, and the sound of the water here. Pura vida!
One of the first things that you'll notice when you arrive is that you are right on the water! The front deck hangs over the lake, and you can hear the water lapping at the piers. No long cliffside staircases to go up and down from the house in order to be near the water, unlike many other houses on Cayuga Lake, here you can drive right up! We are located a very short distance down a quiet, dead-end, single-lane road with a 5 mph speed limit - very peaceful and safe, and yet no long slow frustrating drives to get back to the main road for the day's adventures! The front deck has a table and chairs for outdoor dining, and plenty of seating to chat and enjoy the lakefront.
The next thing you'll notice is that with the main windows facing south and west, the house is full of light. While the windows facing the lake are open, light filtering blinds on the sides of the house contribute to the airy feeling but block views of neighbors, providing a sense of privacy and communion with the lake. A small lawn to the north invites bare feet, and the graceful and stately weeping willow provides shade. A colorful and comfortable hammock over the grass and under the willow invites relaxation right next to the water. An open floor plan on the main floor means that the kitchen and living room are one space and it's easy to chat while preparing a meal. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full size refrigerator, gas stove/electric oven, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, blender, hand-mixer, wafflemaker, dishes/tableware and dining area. The living room area includes new, comfortable seating, a flat screen TV with cable and a DVD player. Wireless internet is provided. Also on the first floor is a full bathroom with a combined shower/tub, and 2 bedrooms (BR1 has 1 queen bed; BR2 is small but has a bunk bed consisting of one upper twin-sized bunk (200 lb weight limit) and one lower full-sized bunk (400 pound weight limit) that can sleep 3. Please note that while sturdy the bunk bed is intended primarily for children and because of the twin over full mattress sizes and configuration, it may not be optimally comfortable/convenient for adults - please see photos). An open staircase leads to a second floor with a half bathroom (sink and toilet) and sleeping arrangements for an additional 2 people with 1 queen bed. New memory foam mattresses in 2016. Recently updated decor features a comfort-oriented, eclectic, contemporary style, with regional art adorning the walls - lots of unique touches! Think urban loft meets peaceful lake cottage!
An electronic code lock means that you can arrive as late as you wish and come and go as you please. We provide bed linens and a set of bath towels for every guest, and cleaning is taken care of by us when you depart. Fans are provided throughout the house but there is no air conditioning - this isn't usually a major problem as the majority of the time adequate cooling is provided by opening windows and using the provided fans to move cooler air provided by the lake breezes and water, but we can't control for heat waves, and if you can't live without A/C, this may not be the right property for you.
Outside a fire pit is available for beach fires and roasting marshmallows, and a propane barbecue is available for grilling. Watch the kids fish right from the dock. Bring your canoe or kayaks and launch them from our small shale beach. Relax in the sunshine or the shade from the weeping willow tree. The front dock is great for fishing (please bring your own gear) or jumping into the water, but because strong winds and wave action can come up quickly on the lake, the dock is not strong enough for overnight mooring of a heavy boat. If you wish to trailer a boat, it can be launched from nearby marinas or Long Point State Park but should not be tied to the dock or left in the water overnight - please contact us for recommendations. Parking is limited as this is a one lane road - there is space to park 3 cars on our property.
2 kid-sized (for kids <100 pounds) and 2 adult-sized kayaks + paddles available for use.
Pura Vida Cottage is far enough from the hubbub to be relaxing, and is still an easy 8 miles to Wells College in Aurora, or 20 miles to Ithaca College & Cornell University in Ithaca. We are 1/2 mile from the King Ferry Golf Club, within easy distance of many state parks and other hiking trails, as well as centrally located to the wineries on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, making it an ideal location for tourists and visiting parents/alumni to nearby colleges.
The house received a massive interior renovation in early 2016, with total overhauls to both the full and half bathrooms, updates to the kitchen including new fixtures, counters, and backsplash, new floors throughout, fresh paint in every room, and brand new, comfortable, memory foam mattresses! This property is clean, updated, comfortable and ready to enjoy!
Come and enjoy Pura Vida!
Other general house information:
- During the summer months (July-August) we rent by the week only and our check in/check out day is Saturday. Rates vary according to the dates selected.
- 2 night minimums for Cornell, Ithaca College, and Wells College graduation event weekends; for these special events check in/check out days are flexible.
- This property has a STRICT *no parties* policy. Overnight occupancy is limited to 7 people (adults + children) maximum. While we recognize that booking guests may wish to have a few local friends/family over for dinner or to visit, and we do not wish to be killjoys, please note that we do not allow gatherings larger than a maximum of 12 people (7 booking guests + 5 day visitors, inclusive of adults and children) at the property as part of *standard rental* due to septic system limitations. Failure to respect and comply with this policy will result in forfeiture of the security deposit.
- Well behaved dogs will be considered. Please see important pet policy information. If Guests bring pets or allow visitors to bring pets into the property without prior owner authorization, Guest understands that their security deposit will be forfeited
- This is a NO SMOKING property.
- Bed linens/blankets/pillows and limited bath towels for indoor use are included. Cleaning is taken care of by us when you depart. Please bring beach towels with you for outdoor use.
- Check in after 4:00 pm; check out before 10:00 AM
2017 Graduation Event Rates - We are sorry, these event weekends are already booked.
2018 Graduation Event Rates - in 2018 we are booking by the week only during event weeks. Cornell Graduation: $4000/week. Ithaca College/Wells College Graduation: $3000/week. If you are looking for a place to stay for these exciting events, we are in a beautiful location and within a very reasonable driving distance from Ithaca or Aurora! Stay on the lake and make a special visit, extra special!! Let a unique experience help create incomparable memories!
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Linens Provided
- Satellite / Cable
- Lawn / Garden
- Pets Considered
- Dining Area
- Children Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Towels Provided
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- DVD Player
- Coffee Maker
- Private Chef
- Outdoor Grill
- Dishes & Utensils
- Living Room
- Deck / Patio
Check In/Out Dates
Available, but Not Arrival Date