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Large Private Country Home, Hot Tub, 15 Min to Wineries, Ithaca and Watkins Glen

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Last updated: 09/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Ithaca house description

Clarke's Cottage on Hidden Pond is a 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath farmhouse situated on 6 1/2 private acres in a peaceful park-like setting. The unassuming exterior blends in to it's country surroundings, while the inside will blow you away! Outside, the 6 person hot tub looks out over the pond, fire pit and grounds.

The entire interior has been renovated and recreated in 2010 with today’s creature comforts. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen has granite counters, a Viking 6 burner range top, Subzero refrigerator and a center island with seating. There are HDTV flat screen TVs w/cable in the gathering room & the library, as well as high-speed WiFi throughout the house. The library has books & games for your use. Additional 1st floor rooms are the dining area that seats 10, a bedroom with queen bed off of the library, an entry room, the 1st floor half bathroom & a laundry room complete with washer, dryer, ironing board & iron. PLEASE NOTE: NOT SUITABLE FOR WEDDINGS OR RECEPTIONS.

2nd floor: : The 2nd floor features a spacious master suite w/a king sized bed, cathedral ceiling & a walk-in closet. This suite has windows on 3 sides, & a beautiful view of the hidden pond at the back of the house. The attached master bathroom has an over sized whirlpool tub & a very large walk-in shower. From the tub you can look out of the 6 ft picture window into the treetops of huge maples or gaze at the historic red barn while listening to the birds singing sweetly. The large expanse of granite counter has 2 sinks and a vanity area.

On this floor you will also find 3 more bedrooms, 1 w/a king bed, 1 w/a queen & the last w/2 twin beds. There is also a large hall bathroom w/2 sinks & a tub/shower combination. Clarke’s cottage comes furnished w/sheets, towels & pillows, as well as some of the most comfortable pillow top mattresses you have ever slept on. The 2 king-bedded rooms have IPod docking clock radios as well.

The Property: : Outside – the beautiful vistas of woods & farmland create a peaceful getaway from city life. The large pond is surrounded by trees, creating a private lagoon to enjoy through all seasons. The hot tub is just steps away from the back door, and enjoys a view of the firepit and pond. There are picnic tables & lawn chairs, a gas BBQ, volleyball net & an inflatable raft on site for your enjoyment.

Homes on this country road are set so far apart that your privacy is assured. If you awake early enough, you might see deer, fox & other wildlife making their way home. A Great Blue Heron comes often to visit the pond. Songbirds will keep you company while you sip your morning coffee. Long after your stay, you will find yourself coming back to Clarke's Cottage as a pleasant memory.

Outdoor Hot Tub: We have added a wonderful 6 person hot tub to enjoy out under the stars. Soak your cares and tension away while enjoying the fresh country air and stars like you'd never see in the city!

Due to the intimate nature of the property, the home is only for use of registered guests. We do not allow weddings, parties or functions that include unregistered guests at this home.

Property Type

  • House
  • 2600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Non Smoking Only:

                We have a strict no smoking indoors policy, renters are subject to a $1000 fee if smoking indoors occurs....moreless

              • Not Suitable For Children:

                Children are welcomed, but please be aware that there is no gate surrounding the pond, and parents assume all risks of supervising their children. Also, the home is furnished with very nice furniture and oriental rugs, so food must be confined to the kitchen, dining and picnic areas. ...moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                21 years of age and up....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                2nd floor master suite...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 king

                2nd floor...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

                2nd floor...moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

                2nd floor...moreless

              • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

                1st floor off library...moreless

              • This 2 story farmhouse has 5 bedrooms, 4 of which are upstairs and one on the first floor. The 2 full bathrooms are located on the 2nd floor. Please note that the first floor has a half-bathroom only....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, jetted tub


              • Bathroom 3: toilet


              • The first floor has one half-bathroom. The second floor has a full bathroom with a tub/shower combination located off the main hall, and a second luxury full bathroom in the master suite, complete with a large custom walk-in shower and an over-sized jetted bathtub with wonderful views of the side lawn, trees and historic barn. Each second floor bathroom has double sinks....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Our serene farmhouse sits on over six acres with the large pond a beautiful focal point. There are views of rolling farmland, hills and forests in all directions. The brand new 6 person hot tub has a commanding view of the acreage, pond and fire pit. An unassuming exterior blends into the countryside, while the plush interior offers a luxuriously comfortable and modernly equipped home seldom found in vacation rentals. No disposable furniture here! The fully furnished gourmet kitchen features a six burner Viking range-top, a Sub Zero refrigerator, all stainless steel appliances and gorgeous maple cabinetry topped with a granite counter top. Each bedroom has premium pillow top mattresses on the beds, promoting quite possibly the best sleep you've experienced in years. You can't help but fall in love with the Finger Lakes!...moreless


                  • Television:

                    50' HDTV in the gathering room complete Blueray player and a Bluetooth soundbar, the Library has a smaller HDTV....moreless

                  • Games:

                    several board and card games are provided....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    TVs have digital, high-def cable....moreless

                  • Radio
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • Books
                  • Games For Kids
                  • Video Library:

                    Blue-ray Dvd player in gathering room...moreless

                  • DVD Player


                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions
                  • Away From It All


                  • Nude Beach
                  • Cinemas
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Forests
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Churches
                  • Live Theater
                  • Coin Laundry
                  • Synagogues
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Health/Beauty Spa

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sledding
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Boating
                  • Shopping
                  • Photography

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Fitness Center
                  • ATM/Bank

                  Location Type

                  • Waterfront:

                    Just steps out the back door you will find our Hidden Pond, which allows privacy by way of the tall trees enclosing over half the shoreline. ...moreless

                  • Ski-Out:

                    Cross-country skiing right out your door....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    Peaceful county setting yet 15 minutes from Ithaca, Watkins Glen, Cornell University, Ithaca College and the Cayuga and Seneca Lake Wine Trails....moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Sailing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rafting
                  • Golf
                  • Fishing
                  • Hunting
                  • Hiking
                  • Swimming
                  • Cycling

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                      • Dining Area
                      • Dining:

                        dining area adjoins the kitchen, additional seating for two at the kitchen island....moreless

                      • Seating for 10 people

                      forms of payment

                          • Accept Credit Card


                          • Free Long Distance:

                            within the continental US and Canada...moreless

                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                            Large circular driveway can accommodate boat and travel-trailers with no need to back up....moreless

                          • Parking:

                            off-street parking for up to five vehicles....moreless

                          • Towels Provided:

                            bathroom linens as well as a supply of hot tub towels....moreless

                          • Heating:


                          • Iron & Board
                          • Broadband Access
                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Activities Guide
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Firewood
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Local Activities Guide
                          • Local Maps
                          • Paper Towels
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Washing Machine:

                            New front-loading washer. bright laundry room off of kitchen...moreless

                          • Clothes Dryer:

                            New front-loading dryer...moreless

                          • Internet
                          • Telephone
                          • Air Conditioning:

                            central a/c...moreless

                          • Linens Provided:

                            We provide high thread count cotton sheets, blankets and quilts, feather and hypo-allergenic pillows and luxurious fluffy towels....moreless

                          • Living Room:

                            large sectional sofa and two reclining chairs with large HDTV with Dvd player and cable....moreless

                          house cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Optional


                              • Dishwasher
                              • Refrigerator:

                                Sub-Zero refrigerator...moreless

                              • Freezer
                              • Oven
                              • Microwave
                              • Grill
                              • 4 Ring Stove
                              • Toaster
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Blender
                              • Stove
                              • Pantry Items:

                                A supply of standard spices, condiments and pantry items are on hand....moreless

                              • Coffee Maker:

                                Includes a starter supply of coffee and filters....moreless

                              • Kitchen:

                                Kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances including a Viking 6 burner stove and granite counters, as well as an island with additional seating...moreless

                              • Stove:

                                Viking 6 burner gas cook top...moreless

                              • Dishes & Utensils


                              • Outdoor Grill Gas
                              • Barbecue
                              • Deck / Patio:

                                Large paved patio with picnic tables, gas grill and chairs surrounding the large firepit...moreless

                              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                                Covered porch on north side of house...moreless

                              • Patio
                              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                              • Outdoor Grill:


                              • Lawn / Garden:

                                Over 6 acres, with large expanses of lawn to play croquet, volleyball and other lawn games....moreless

                              Payment Type

                              • Visa
                              • Mastercard
                              • Discover

                              Pool / Spa

                              • Outdoor Hot Tub
                              • Whirlpool
                              • Jacuzzi
                              • Jetted Tub:

                                Wonderful oversized whirlpool tub in the master bathroom....moreless

                              • Hot Tub:

                                Brand new - 6 person hot tub available year round...moreless

                              • Whirlpool


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                              Sep 3 - Nov 2, 2014
                              3 night min stay

                              Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                              Nov 3 - Dec 23, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              Nov 26 - Nov 29, 2014
                              4 night min stay

                              flat fee
                              Dec 24 - Jan 3, 2015
                              4 night min stay
                              Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
                              3 night min stay

                              Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                              Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015
                              5 night min stay

                              Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                              My Standard Rate
                              3 night min stay
                              $595 $595
                              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

                              Additional information about rental rates


                              • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
                              • Tax Rate 4%


                              Rates are based on up to ten people occupancy and are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Holidays and Special Events require longer stays and/or a higher nightly rate. Please inquire.

                              We appreciate your understanding that the minimum night stay requirements are not a condition open to negotiation.

                              Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. A deposit amount of 50% of the rental rate is due when making the reservation, with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival, 120 days prior to arrival for Special Events and holiday periods.

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                              Last updated: 09/15/2014
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                              Located between the two largest Finger Lakes and their wineries, Cayuga Wine Trail and Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Clarke's Cottage on Hidden Pond is a very private 5 bedroom retreat on over 6 acres of serene grounds. The village of Trumansburg (10 minutes away) is home to Taughannock Falls State Park and the Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance held every year in July, as well as popular pubs and restaurants.

                              This modern farmhouse with gourmet kitchen is 15 minutes from Ithaca, NY, home of Cornell University and Ithaca College and hundreds of restaurants. The city of Watkins Glen is also just 15 minutes away, where you can enjoy Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen Race Track and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.

                              Under 45 minutes to Canandaigua, Corning Glass Museum, Geneva and Keuka Lake. The house's location offers you the convenient proximity to the best features of the Finger Lakes from a home base in a pastoral setting that is peaceful, private and amazingly rejuvenating

                              Other Activities: There are over 100 wineries in this area, open to the public, and more than 150 waterfalls to visit.

                              Golf: There are three golf courses within 15 minutes of Clarke's Cottage.

                              Ski: Cross-country skiing throughout the Finger Lakes region.


                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2008

                              About the owner: Mitch and I moved from Colorado to the beautiful Finger Lakes region to begin another phase of our life together and to be closer to my parents as they are getting older. I grew up in the Buffalo area and Mitch came from the east coast originally, so this was a 'coming back to our roots' move. After several years of searching in three different states, when we found the Finger Lakes we knew this was the place we had always dreamed of. Our love of water sports, lush green forests and a desire for the peaceful country life made Trumansburg an ideal choice. We found a wonderful historic mansion which we renovated into the Halsey House, a luxury bed and breakfast and we never looked back. Mitch and I are avid animal lovers, with six exotic parrots and our beloved rescue dog Tess. Renovating these splendid old houses has become our passion and Mitch is certainly developing his woodworking and cabinetmaking skills here. Someday I hope to get back to my hobby of making quilts, if I could only find the time. When we have the opportunity for a vacation, you will most likely find us in the Caribbean scuba diving.

                              Why the Owner Chose Ithaca:
                              This area of upstate NY is known as the Finger Lakes region, and its micro climate gives us milder winters and much less humid summers than other parts of the state. It also makes for a wonderful place for growing grapes. We are surrounded by wineries and vineyards, sandwiched between the Cayuga Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. We have sparkling lakes, over a hundred waterfalls, parks, farmland, forests, quaint villages and small cities. Although we are within a half day's drive from many large cities, we are a world away from the bustle and crowds. Clarke's Cottage is 15 minutes from Ithaca, where Cornell University and Ithaca College bring culture and a vibrant atmosphere. Restaurant choices abound here, including several who specialize in featuring the bounty of the region's local farms. The charming city of Watkins Glen is also 15 minutes away, with a park along the shores of Seneca Lake, The Glen racetrack, and the not-to-be-missed Watkins Glen State Park. The stunning beauty of this area is apparent through all four seasons, and you can be as active or as relaxed as you choose.

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                              • Kitchen


                              • view of kitchen

                                view of kitchen

                              • Master bedroom

                                Master bedroom

                              • Gathering room

                                Gathering room

                              • Library


                              • Skylight queen bedroom

                                Skylight queen bedroom

                              • bedroom with two twin beds

                                bedroom with two twin beds

                              • the firepit, much enjoyed by our guests!

                                the firepit, much enjoyed by our guests!

                              • a local waterfalls, another great reason to come to the Finger Lakes

                                a local waterfalls, another great reason to come to the Finger Lakes

                              • sunrise in early June over Hidden Pond

                                sunrise in early June over Hidden Pond

                              • Hot tub, firepit and pond

                                Hot tub, firepit and pond

                              • Viking six burner cooktop

                                Viking six burner cooktop

                              • Clarke's Cottage from the north lawn

                                Clarke's Cottage from the north lawn

                              • Master bath

                                Master bath

                              • green king bedroom

                                green king bedroom

                              • master bath

                                master bath

                              • 1st floor queen bedroom located off the library

                                1st floor queen bedroom located off the library

                              • view of the lawn, fields and barn, looking away from the pond

                                view of the lawn, fields and barn, looking away from the pond

                              • view from covered porch looking north

                                view from covered porch looking north

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                              This listing was first published here in 2009.

                              Date last modified - Friday, September 12, 2014

                              $495 - $595 per night (USD)

                              5 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 12

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                              Minimum stay: 3-5 nights
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