Meet the Owners of Cobtree Resort…

Meet Robert and Jane Lawty, owners of Cobtree Vacation Rental Homes Resort on the northwestern shores of beautiful Seneca Lake, located just 5 miles south of historic Geneva in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

We asked Robert for a taste of “the Finger Lakes Experience” as owner of a premier resort that strives to offer a home away from home.

  • Tell us a little about Cobtree: “Cobtree vacation rental resort is the only AAA 3 diamond-rated premier deluxe accommodations provider in the Finger Lakes region that offers different styles of properties, with 7 rental homes available on the same location overlooking the Western shores of Seneca Lake.  These homes are suitable for large groups, weddings, bridal showers, wedding receptions, family reunions, small groups, intimate getaways, religious retreats, and we are pet friendly.  Combined together the properties can currently sleep up to 52 people sharing.”
  • How did you get into the business? “My wife and I owned two vacation rental cottages in England.  When we came to the USA on vacation together with our children, we discovered the beautiful and scenic Finger Lakes of upstate New York when we were driving around… We saw an opening for this type of development and looked around for a suitable property overlooking the lake in which to start our business.  Unfortunately, direct lake access property was out of the question due to the very high cost of acquiring a parcel large enough to do what we do here today at Cobtree.”
  • What do you like most about the Finger Lakes? “…the beauty, the peace and quiet, the vast number of activities to do throughout the year, the many fine restaurants and wineries that abound in the region.”
  • What has surprised you about your job? “Surprisingly my day to day job runs very smoothly, whilst on rare occasions and as can be expected, we experience some amount of difficulties in dealing with very demanding members of the general public…”

  • How has the business changed over the years? “Our business has been steadily expanding over the years and from one property that we initially purchased, we now have 8 three bedroom properties at Cobtree (one we live in).  Next year, we plan on building two additional four bedroom log homes to accommodate larger groups staying together on the property.  Our occupancy rate in the summer months is now close to capacity (95-98% year to year). Our spring and fall months are equally busy, whilst in the winter it is harder to attract guests, but being so close to the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, we do not do too badly, except this year when there was almost no snowfall.”

In addition to creating home away from home accommodations for visitors to the Finger Lakes, Robert and Jane enjoy their business as a lifestyle, rather than a mere way to make profit.  Cobtree homes and cottages are located on a 13 acre development surrounded by 52 acres of open farmlands with 18 acres of woodlands and with stunning views of Seneca Lake. 

Take a look at what “home away from home” in the Finger Lakes can mean for you.

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