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Unplug at this converted barn overlooking the water in the Finger Lakes

The house is built into a hillside overlooking Keuka Lake.

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One of New York's most beautiful areas is the Finger Lakes region, a 9,000-square-mile expanse taken up by gorges, waterfalls, valleys, rolling hills, and the 11 narrow glacial lakes from which the region takes its name. In addition to all the natural beauty, the Finger Lakes are home to New York's wine country, where a profusion of vineyards pair homegrown wines with breathtaking scenery. 

If you're looking to get away and that sounds at all appealing to you, consider this rustic lake house on the shore of Keuka Lake, on the market for $324,900. The converted barn sits on 14 acres in the town of Pulteney, a short drive from a dizzying number of vineyards, competing brew pubs in Hammondsport, and a craft market in Penn Yan. Also nearby are state forests and Keuka Lake State Park, on the lake's northeast end.

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The house's living room features a wood stove, vaulted ceilings, and sliding glass doors. One set of doors looks like it goes to nowhere (the ground slopes dramatically towards the lake) perhaps in anticipation of extending the porch further around the house?

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The house features a lot of wood in its beams, trim, and floors.

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The kitchen connects to the living area and has a small breakfast bar.

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The country kitchen has maple cabinets and not-ancient appliances.

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There's a sleeping loft that appears to open onto the living space below.

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And there's a second bedroom that the current owners appear to have cleared out. There's no floor plan with the listing, so we're not exactly sure where this room is, but it appears to be on the lower level.

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The porch looks out over the lake and seems like it would be a nice spot in the fleeting warm months.

The house is about a five-hour drive from New York City in good weather, but endless dry Riesling awaits you when you arrive.