There are several contributing factors to the spectacular nature of this property. It was given as a gift to a minister and his wife, and was owned and nurtured by their descendants, ministers and naturalists for over a hundred years. We were fortunate to be able to acquire the property in 1997 and have taken on the task of preserving their legacy. Perhaps it was their devotion to both faith and nature that gives the grounds its peaceful demeanor--sometimes its so placid it almost feels surreal. From the cathedral like canopy of the towering pine trees, to the meandering 230' shale beach, the property enfolds you, and lets you know all is well.
Keuka is known as the "lady of the lakes" because of its gentle disposition, and the aura of this home compliments that.
With its natural charm from the late 1890's, the upstairs has open ceilings and a great room to congregate and relax.
There are four bedrooms, with the Master being on the first floor, and the sheets on the new mattresses are all 500 thread Egyptian cotton. There are two futons sofas that pull out into a double bed in the upstairs Great Room, and the Sleeping Porch, as well as in the bedrooms a double bed, one queen bed, and two twins in bedroom #3, and one twin in bedroom #4.
This old cottage would remind one of the "Great Camp" tradition of the Adirondacks, in that it is rustic but comfortable and very elegant. The sleeping porch is everyone's dream come true, nestled under the gorgeous ancient, and towering white pines which are like an aeolian harp when there is a gentle breeze. One can also smell the pine scent of these beautiful trees at night if the windows are open.
We completed renovations in 2011 that have enhanced this charm, and expanded the functional space, and added things like a laundry room, garbage disposal, dishwasher, tubs showers etc.
Swimming is very special; you can dive into deep water right from the dock, the water is spring fed..... so pure and clean.
Ample beach for daytime fun and a great fire pit for nighttime bonfires. The property is flanked on both north and south ends with trees, which gives very unusual privacy--one of the top 3 most private on Keuka!
The 12 X 12 X 20 foot long dock is great for swimming fishing and relaxing. You can walk right in to shallow waters all the way across the 230' of beach frontage.
"Jouhrnneyd Afar" is situated on a small point, where you can see both north and south the most incredible views. The sunset views are always breathtaking, and after 11:00 AM the afternoon and evening sun lasts forever for swimming & water skiing (if you have a boat) . If ever there is a rainstorm, the best place to watch this incredible event would be from the sleeping porch. The sight each time is unforgettable.
Don't forget to bring your bikes, as this is the most incredible spot for cycling on the lake! Our road is VERY private, and riding south you can enjoy the challenge and the splendor of the ride to the end of the bluff, and up toward Skyline drive and past beautiful Garrett Chapel, which is much like a fairy tale setting.
We, as owners do all the meeting and greeting, and cleaning, --and make our home polished clean for each and every renter. Being on a shale beach, with no grass between shale beach and entry, requires some care during your stay, in order to keep it this way. We are gracious, but selective about our guests, as they are selective about the properties they rent.
If tenants consider themselves comfortable with tidying up, this will make us a good match. We also require that no more than 6 TOTAL persons occupy the property during the tenants stay, both inside the cottage and out for entertaining.
Welcome to "Jouhrnneyd Afar"! We are so blessed to have you as our guests!
Other activities: kayaking, boating, cross country skiing, wildlife viewing, miniature golf. Check out the Keuka lake area attractions.