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'The Grey Barn, Gorgeous Solar House in The Finger Lakes, on the WineTrail

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedrooms plus full futon sofa, 1 and 1/2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9 in beds.

The Grey Barn Offers Unique Lodging in the heart of the Finger Lakes. With new solar panels you will feel no comfortable about being comfortable!

This house has been beautifully renovated and specially designed for vacations, events, retreats and short term rentals . We have four unique bedrooms, two queen bedrooms downstairs and queen bedroom and double bed upstairs adjoining a full size futon sofa bed. The house can easily sleep 10 guests comfortably.

The new kitchen is large and completely equipped. There are cooking utensils, dishes,coffee pots, microwave,toaster etc. and all the place setting you might need.

The house is designed around a large open space that is very popular with guests. It is perfect for families and reunions. There are large sunny living spaces, a dining area and an open upstairs area with TV for playing DVDs or hook up your computer. Free WiFi on site. There is one and a half baths and a full laundry. We provide fresh linens, towels and soaps so you don't need to pack extra things. And yes, we have a hairdryer and ironing board!

On 2 acres there is room for outdoor activity, games or relaxing.

Enjoy the views from the upstairs deck or the patio, and use the grill provided .

You will be 3 miles to Cayuga Lake and 7 miles to Cornell and Ithaca. We are on the Wine Trail.

The Grey Barn is truly a complete home away from home.

WiFi , cell service, lots of parking provided..

On the Property : The Grey Barn is perfect for families on vacation, visiting students, reunions, weddings, or any occasion. Hikers, cyclists, ornithologists and all recreation minded folks are welcome to stay to take advantage of all the Finger Lakes has to offer. On 2 pristine acres, there is lots of room to get out and enjoy the country. Set up the croquet set and play a game. Throw the football around or just relax with a good book. Ithaca Farmers market or our own organic farm will keep you fed and entertained. There is a charcoal grill so you can cook your favorite meals outside.

Ithaca and The Finger Lakes Area: Ithaca is Gorges! We are fantastically lucky to have 6!!! parks in the area with a variety of gorges, astonishing waterfalls, beaches,playgrounds, fishing and endless activities.

For birders there is the Cornell Ornithology lab, a world renowned resource. We are on the famous Wine Trail. Hiking trails and mountain biking are what put Ithaca on the list of top 10 small cities to live in. The Ithaca Farmer's Market is the best in the US.

We have restaurants for all tastes from 5 star to carry out. For shoppers we are 4 miles to the 'Malls at Ithaca' and not too far from Waterloo and the Carousel Mall in Syracuse.

With a Regal Cinema Theater and the Cinamopolis there are options for everyone.

Events at The Grey Barn: The house can be used for many kinds of occasions. The large open floor plan makes it perfect for larger groups who want to share meals, entertain, and enjoy each others company. Families appreciate the large gathering spaces as well as the quiet private areas. It is perfect for wedding guests from out of town, a mid sized reception or the wedding itself. Just ask and we can figure it out!

Reunions, anniversaries, retreats, work related events can all be held here. We are 2 miles to the Ithaca Airport, so travel is easy.

More Details

Property Manager
Sarah Thomson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Sarah Thomson

When I came to the finger lakes I knew I was home. As a lover of the country there is no more beautiful scenery than Cayuga Lake and its rolling hills, gorges and waterfalls. As a lover of cities, Ithaca is a unique blend of college town, agricultural center and state of the art high tech industry. There are restaurants representing cuisine from all over the globe, world renowned museums and infinite things to do and see. I enjoy helping people get the most from their well earned vacations. That is why we put so much thought into designing The Grey Barn as a home away from home for travelers from all over the world. Come experience The Finger Lakes with us!

Sarah Thomson purchased this house in 2007

Why Sarah Thomson chose Finger Lakes

The Grey Barn is now SOLAR! We are certified as a green business using energy efficient appliances and recyclable products. You can help by composting and recycling while you are here if you like, we make it easy! We have a farm 4 miles down the road and often drop off fresh seasonal organic vegetables to our guests. Our guests love the cheerful open nature of the house and central location to the Lake , Universities and Wine Trail.

Read the guest comments to see for yourself if this is the house for you. We hope so!

What makes this house unique

The Grey Barn is a self catering private house that you will call your home while you are here. We live 4 miles away and can help when needed or give our suggestions as to what to do while you are here.

People love the open floor plan and always say it is much larger than the pictures suggest. Guests love the comfort and decor of the house and is a real hit with reunions for families, small weddings and gatherings. I tell guests they need not bring anything except food and themselves.

Wherever you are coming from you will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of The Grey Barn.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a great place to stay! We had 8 people (two kids) staying and it worked out great. They have a big upstairs for those who want a little more privacy or need more space. The whole place is clean and had bright, happy colors and artwork on the wall. They had all of the amenities that you need for a short stay, including games and such for kids. We were able to get into Ithaca within 10 minutes. I would definitely rent this place again. VRBO Referral Jenny(Chicago )
Nov 2012
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Amenities

Groton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Half 1 - toilet , toilet and sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , downstairs, private room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , downstairs, private
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs with balcony and private entrance.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , double bed futon sofa.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , upstairs double bed
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

'The Grey Barn, Gorgeous Solar House in The Finger Lakes, on the WineTrail
average rating of 4.7959185 based on 52 reviews
New Hartford, CT
5

Property is beautiful, spacious and had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at The Grey Barn for our daughter's graduation from Ithaca College. It was everything we wanted and more! Perfect location just 15-20 mins from downtown Ithaca. The home is beautiful and the beds were great! This is the perfect place for a larger group and the sunsets are magnificent!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I am glad the house worked out for you and your daughter's graduation was a memorable event. It is always a pleasure to see families using the house and the grounds for larger gatherings. You are welcome back anytime if you find yourself in the area. Have a wonderful rest of your summer. Take care, Sarah
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Magical Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was the absolute best choice of lodging for our family reunion. The large open main floor allowed all of us to feel comfortable whether we were conversing or having a meal. My grandchildren were thrilled with the thoughtfulness of the large Lego box available for building. What a treat. My family especially loved the outdoor seating area and the large lawn area for the children to safely play. We have sufficient amenities to prepare breakfasts and lunches (our dinners were catered. Everyone is asking "When can we come again!" Thank you to our hostess Sarah!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect!! Could use a second bath. Loved it would definitely go back..

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ralph for your kind comments. I hope you do return! Take care, Sarah
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Turlock, Caifornia
4

Comfy, nice great room and a great location near the airport

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed our stay, we were in town for a big reunion. Slept 7 ok but one shower was rough on 7 adults. Required planning! Kitchen and bath stocked nicely

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peggy for your comment. Yes that can be an issue for some, I'm glad you could work it out. Thank you for staying with us. Take care, Sarah
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5

The grey barn is a gem!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the grey barn! It was very comfortable with everything we needed for our stay. The location is very convenient to Ithaca for Cornell or Ithaca College events, and the setting lovely with sunset views over the cornfields. We would love to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alison. I am so glad you had fun and the house was comfortable for you. I hope you do get the chance to return, you certainly are welcome any time! The sunsets this summer have been spectacular, I'm so glad you got the chance to enjoy them. Take care, Sarah
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St. Paul, MN
4

Clean, eco-friendly home with lots of room.

  • 4 of 5

The grey barn has a great layout: large open kitchen-dining-social area, encourages a lovely social environment. Our daughters are very Eco minded so the solar energy, and composting were both delightful additions.

Kitchen is well stocked. Sarah was quite helpful with kayak rental location as well as stopping by to make sure all was well.

The only drawback was that the barn is on a very busy county road: advantage was easy access to getting places but a bit noise at night in back bedroom.

We enjoyed our family get together here.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Katherine for your review. We have enjoyed the solar panels and of course the compost is what is feeding the gardens! I am glad you got a chance to kayak as the lake is really the gem of Ithaca. We continue to plant trees in hope of blocking the road and noise, they are growing! Thank you for staying with us and we hope you will consider us again if you are in the area. Take care, Sarah
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Map

Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Ithaca
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Crossroads
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Steamboat Landing
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Ithaca
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Syracuse
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Crossroads, Rouges Harbor, Bookers, Ciao
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Greek Peak
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Myers Park
Car: necessary

The motto for Ithaca is ' Ithaca is gorges' This play on words reflects both the phenomenal gorges, no less than 6 of them within 15 miles and most within 7 miles. These fantastic gorges can be easily accessed to hike and some have swimming holes. Gorgeous is Cayuga Lake and surrounding area. The lake beckons you to swim, fish, boat or just watch its many moods. At The Grey Barn you will be on the Wine Trail, near the Cornell Plantations and Ornithology Lab.

If you are a biker you are in one of the top Mountain biking areas in NY and road biking can't be better.

You will be tempted by multiple restaurants with diverse cuisines nearby. However you may prefer to pick up local foods and cook them at home in the full large kitchen back at The Grey Barn.

If you are interested in vegetable farming we have an organic vegetable farm 4 miles down the road that we would be happy to show you and offer fresh produce in season.

However you spend your time you will want to return to see the area in a different season and light and we will welcome you back!

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Rates & Availability

Groton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$550
$3,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

If you need to cancel I will refund payment, less cancellation charge, if I can re-rent the property .
If you are planing an event, wedding or group gathering please call or email for special event pricing.
Thank you,
Sarah

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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