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Rural 3-BR Home, 12 Min. from Cornell, Couples or Small Families

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A pretty ranch-style house on three acres. Great sunsets from front porch.

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Last updated: 10/08/2014

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Ithaca house description

A roomy and well-designed home on 3 acres shared with deer, rabbits, and many bird varieties (Bird feeders at 2 windows). Completely redecorated inside with tasteful furniture and appointments. We grandparents stay here part time helping with three young grandkids down the road. Fully equipped kitchen, great living room with view, comfy beds in two bedrooms, 3rd BR an office with cots available for kids. Cool in summer, cozy in winter. Laundry, outside grill, garage with door-opener, plenty of parking. HD TV, cable, Blu-Ray, WiFi. University town 15 minute drive. Two small village centers minutes away with full grocery, restaurants, road houses. Giant mall 10 minutes away, all stores including good wine store. Renters get one dozen free-range eggs on arrival from daughter down the road.

Note that our cat Cato (A Russian Blue) travels with us. He's not there when we're not but, I'm told, his cat dander stays behind. So people with cat dander allergies should call ahead for information, or not sign up.

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Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Children sleep either in BR-2 (two twin beds that convert to a king) or in BR-3, normally an office but two cots and bedding available....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

            Closet space, luggage stand. Twins can convert to a king....moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Closet space, chest of drawer space. Cable TV with DVR....moreless

          • Bedroom 3

            Converted to an office, cots available with bedding....moreless

          • Bedrooms 1 & 2 have closet space available for guests as well as some chest-of-drawer guest storage. Master bedroom has TV with DVR set-top box....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

            ...moreless

          • Typical 60s ranch with one bathroom, tub with shower. Good news: unlimited hot water as comes off home heating system. Bad news is pressure is low: adequate but will not knock you back...moreless

          Entertainment

          • Books
          • DVD Player:

            Blu-Ray DVD player with Netflix, etc. access....moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            Reliable Time-Warner cable with DVR set top....moreless

          • Stereo:

            Speakers connected to TV with FM tuner. No CD or tape deck....moreless

          • Television:

            40 inch HD Sony TV with extra speakers for improved sound....moreless

          • Toys

          Theme

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

          Attractions

          • Arboretum
          • Botanical Garden
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Restaurants
          • Winery Tours

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Bird Watching
          • Boating
          • Scenic Drives
          • Walking

          Location Type

          • Beachfront:

            10 minutes to Meyers Point recreational park on Lake Cayuga. Great for toddlers. Full playground & picnic facilities. Boat launch....moreless

          • Lakefront:

            Lake Cayuga has several access points for swimming, boat launch, walking dog, playgrounds, etc. 10-20 minutes depending on activity....moreless

          • Mountain View:

            Mid-NY state 'mountain' ranges bathed in blue late-afternoon light stretching off to west. Beautiful late afternoon views from comfortable chairs on front porch....moreless

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cross Country Skiing
          • Cycling
          • Fishing
          • Fly Fishing
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Golf
          • Hunting
          • Hunting Small Game
          • Kayaking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Sailing
          • Skiing
          • Snowmobiling
          • Swimming

          Dining

          • Child's Highchair
          • Dining:

            Drop-leaf table and plenty of chairs has seated up to 10 (with help of card table). Steps from kitchen....moreless

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 8 people

          General

          • Air Conditioning:

            Window unit installed in summer. 30 inch ceiling fan cools house on summer evenings....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Full size in basement....moreless

          • Garage:

            Automatic door....moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Heating:

            Baseboard hot water. ...moreless

          • Internet:

            Time Warner internet service, hits 20mb download speeds....moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room
          • Parking:

            Garage plus two graveled spaces....moreless

          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine:

            Full size in basement....moreless

          Kitchen

          • Coffee Maker:

            Yep, with grinder. Trader Joe coffee beans always available....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Fully equipped. Grandma likes high quality pots and pans. A single frying pan costs more than my first car in the mid-50s....moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            Roll-around, full size....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Large, easy-to-work in kitchen fully equipped. 'All' typical counter-top appliances. Eat-in kitchen for 4 adults, 2 kids. Highchair available on request....moreless

          • Microwave:

            Yep. Also, waffle iron...moreless

          • Oven
          • Pantry Items:

            Fully stocked pantry with spices, oil, pasta, etc. Available to guests but please replace any used-up items....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Full size, freezer on top. ...moreless

          • Stove:

            Four burner, counter top electric with fan. In-wall oven....moreless

          • Toaster

          Outside

          • Lawn / Garden:

            Comfortable lawn chairs (two)...moreless

          • Outdoor Grill:

            Old but big and serviceable....moreless

           

          Reviews

          Write a review 4.8
          from 4 traveler reviews
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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          2015 IC Graduation
          May 15 - May 17, 2015
          3 night min stay

          $750
          flat fee
          College Move In Week
          Aug 17 - Aug 22, 2015
          6 night min stay

          $1,000
          flat fee
          2016 IC Graduation
          May 20 - May 23, 2016
          4 night min stay

          $750
          flat fee
          2016 Cornell Graduation
          May 27 - May 29, 2016
          3 night min stay

          $900
          flat fee
          2017 Cornell Graduation
          May 26 - May 28, 2017
          3 night min stay

          $900
          flat fee
          My Standard Rate
          2 night min stay
          $155 $185
          Fri, Sat
          $900

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

          • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
          • Tax Rate 3%

          Notes:

          PayPal payments also available.

          14 days or more: $120 per day.

          Leave broom-clean and vacuum cleaner clean. Strip beds and put sheets & towels in basket in basement near washer. Dishes clean, or in dishwasher and running. Trash & recycle in containers in garage.

          Optional $75 cleaning fee and none of the above.


          Cancellation policy:

          Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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          Location

          2 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
          3 Miles
          Nearest Barpub
          Rogues Harbor Inn
          2 Miles
          Nearest Golf
          Cornell Univ - Robert Trent Jones
          60 Miles
          Nearest Train
          Amtrack, Syracuse NY
          20 Miles
          Nearest Motorway
          I-81 in Cortland
          3 Miles
          Nearest Restaurant
          Waterwheel Restaurant, Freeville
          20 Miles
          Nearest Ski
          Greek Peak, Cortland NY
          3 Miles
          Nearest Beach
          Meyers Point, Lake Cayuga:

          Car: Necessary

          Rural setting with beautiful sunsets. 15 minutes from Cornell University, downtown Ithaca, and 20 minutes from Ithaca College. Three wineries with 20 minutes, 100+ wineries in 3 hour radius. Finger Lakes recreational area. Two professional theater companies, Ivy League sports, famous farmer's market.

           

          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 2006

          About the owner: Grandma & I rent this house from our daughter and partner who down the road with 3 grandkids: six, five, and two. We spend part of each month here reveling in grandkids (and helping parents) and enjoying the rich variety of activities in a university town. Our other two grandchildren (seven and four) are in Boston area so we are in our Boston home the rest of month enjoying the wide variety of a 'bigger' university town. Having failed retirement twice from the computer industry, I'm giving it one more honest try. Grandma is retired after teaching early elementary across 39 years. Personally, we occasionally use VRBO to rent, with friends, a villa in France where we shop the outdoor markets and wineries and cook up a storm.

          Why the Owner Chose Ithaca:
          A decade ago, our daughter and partner bought the 150-year-old farmhouse across the road from Thornapple, gutted it, and had architect sister-in-law redesign the interior to a beautifully laid out farm house for raising kids. They befriended the retired late-70s gal across the road in Thornapple Cottage. It came to pass that she was planning to move south and live with her daughter, leaving the house that she and her husband built and raised a family. Finding it would be would be on the market, our daughter bought it for a rental. When we decided to become two-location grandparents, we simply rented it from our daughter. Needed some major redecorating so we did it. Grandparent sweat-equity. Pretty much child proofed, its a wonderful destination for us and, from the comments from the renters we've had thru VRBO, others love it too.

          The Unique Benefits at this House:
          Being 12 minutes from Cornell University and 20 from Ithaca College, the house is wonderful for visiting parents, visiting professors, and others such as autumn deer hunters. Grandparents wanting to visit their grandchildren whose parents are in grad school will also find Thornapple Cottage a real treat. You're able to visit your family, retreat to your own house, and invite your family, grandkids, or whatever over for an afternoon or a dinner. Eat-in-kitchen seats 4-6 for informal meals and dining area has IKEA fold out table where we've seated 8 or 10 (with a card table assist.) A locally-owned full-service super market (friendly, owners onsite) is five minutes away, along with full service library and a good country restaurant with a brew-pub bar where the grandkids can drink Shirley Temples and throw peanut shucks on the floor. A full mall is 12 minutes away as well as up-market shops you'd expect to find near an Ivy League university. Great-grandma's 100 year old quilt is on the new queen-size bed and the twin beds have wonderfully firm and comfortable mattresses - and the twins can be made into a king. A ceiling fan moves a complete change of air thru the house every couple of minutes on summer evenings and a window a/c is unobtrusively in place for those really humid nights and days. Sitting on the front or back porch at dawn or dusk in summer rewards you with a wide variety of birds trilling their hearts out. Deer, which last fall included a set of twin fawns, occasionally hang out in the back yard, playing like puppies. (Could the salt lick under the three apple trees be an attraction?) Large front window frames beautiful sunsets in both summer and winter. Full HD TV with cable and DVR make for relaxing leisure time. Drive-in garage with auto door means that getting groceries in during rain or cold is easy and convenient. Very few mosquitoes the past two summers, just at dusk.


          Contact us

          Speaks: english
           

          Photos

          • A pretty ranch-style house on three acres.  Great sunsets from front porch.

            A pretty ranch-style house on three acres. Great sunsets from front porch.

          • Grandpa having fun clearing scrub.  Where's your shin guards and helmet?

            Grandpa having fun clearing scrub. Where's your shin guards and helmet?

          • Fully equipped kitchen with good layout and room to work.

            Fully equipped kitchen with good layout and room to work.

          • 40 inch HD TV with cable and DVR.  Aux speakers and blu-ray DVD player.

            40 inch HD TV with cable and DVR. Aux speakers and blu-ray DVD player.

          • Twin bedroom. Can be made into King.  TV with DVR in master bedroom.

            Twin bedroom. Can be made into King. TV with DVR in master bedroom.

          • Laundry. 'Breyer Bugs' in basement. Eat all Breyers ice cream at 3am in morning

            Laundry. 'Breyer Bugs' in basement. Eat all Breyers ice cream at 3am in morning

          • Who can resist taking color pictures like this?

            Who can resist taking color pictures like this?

          • Two does, one with twins, playing like puppies one afternoon. - office window

            Two does, one with twins, playing like puppies one afternoon. - office window

          • Two-year-old grandson loves tractor.  Bushes about to get a good haircut.

            Two-year-old grandson loves tractor. Bushes about to get a good haircut.

          • Meyers Point extensive playground keeps kids entertained and view sooths parents

            Meyers Point extensive playground keeps kids entertained and view sooths parents

          • About 100 yards to left is town marina with two boat launch ramps.

            About 100 yards to left is town marina with two boat launch ramps.

          • 15 minutes from  Thornapple, taken just below the Cornell Campus.

            15 minutes from Thornapple, taken just below the Cornell Campus.

          • Original owner's plaque.

            Original owner's plaque.

          • Sun-splashed kitchen from entry door.  Table grows to hold 4 adults and 2 kids.

            Sun-splashed kitchen from entry door. Table grows to hold 4 adults and 2 kids.

          • From dining area.  Couch takes six-footer stretched out. Where's my book?  Yawn

            From dining area. Couch takes six-footer stretched out. Where's my book? Yawn

          • Master bedroom, Great Grandma Nellie's quilt over new queen-size bed.

            Master bedroom, Great Grandma Nellie's quilt over new queen-size bed.

          • Bath, tub, shower.  How did families in the '60s get along with one bathroom?

            Bath, tub, shower. How did families in the '60s get along with one bathroom?

          • Winter sunsets are gorgeous.  LR faces west to Lake Cayuga - below horizon.

            Winter sunsets are gorgeous. LR faces west to Lake Cayuga - below horizon.

          • Road side across from Thornapple.  Wild flowers abound in neighborhood.

            Road side across from Thornapple. Wild flowers abound in neighborhood.

          • Cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, chickadees - hard to focus on desk work.

            Cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, chickadees - hard to focus on desk work.

          • Nearby Meyers Point Park has picnic, playground, boat launch, and beach.

            Nearby Meyers Point Park has picnic, playground, boat launch, and beach.

          • Quite shallow near shore, great for kids.  Kayaks and canoes easy to launch.

            Quite shallow near shore, great for kids. Kayaks and canoes easy to launch.

          • Gorges are famous in this area.   Wonderful hiking here and along lake.

            Gorges are famous in this area. Wonderful hiking here and along lake.

          • Available for holidays in winter and summer.

            Available for holidays in winter and summer.

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          Minimum stay: 2 nights
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          • Bedrooms
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          • Bathrooms
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          • Property type
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          Speaks: english
          • Calendar last updated: 10/08/2014
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