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Mountain Country House on 70 Acres with 5 Ponds

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

We call it POND VIEW it is a unique vacation place on 70 acres in the rolling hills of Spencer NY. It's a great place for 2-6 adults plus children. If you like nature and the outdoors, this is for you - very quiet, peaceful, private, at the end of a well-maintained 1/2 mile no-outlet road.

The 3-bedroom 1-bath house is completely remodeled inside, with refinished oak flooring and woodwork harvested from Pond View's trees. There are oriental rugs, antique furnishings, and quilts throughout. The house is fully stocked with cookware, dishes, sheets, towels, etc.

First floor has open floor plan; new kitchen includes breakfast bar made from a lightning-felled red oak from the top of the mountain. Large covered deck for eating, relaxing. Outside renovations are still underway. House is surrounded by beautiful ponds (total 5, largest 1 acre), meadows and woods.

House site is half-way up a mountain that rises to highest point in Tioga County (1600 feet). Over 2 miles of hiking trails (wide enough for SUV/4x4). Great fossil hunting on mountain. 3 ponds are stocked with bass - bring your fishing gear (catch and release). The grounds are frequently visited by wildlife (deer, turkeys, geese) and birdwatching.

Many attractions within easy drive: Finger Lakes wineries, state parks with waterfalls and hiking trails, Tioga Downs (harness racing, gaming), Corning Glass Museum, glider airplane rides in Elmira (soaring capital of eastern US), antique shops, etc. Spencer has a good grocery store, gas station, bank, and most basics, along with a golf course/country club.

Very comfortable country living.

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Sam Konowal
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2018

About Sam Konowal

Two couples own the property as partners. We enjoy hiking, fishing, bird-watching, fossil hunting, and other outdoor activities on the property.

Sam Konowal purchased this house in 2004

Why Sam Konowal chose Spencer


What makes this house unique

From the house, you look out onto 3 beautiful ponds (5 total), meadows, and woods, and all you hear are birds and frogs - no traffic, no outlet road, extremely private and peaceful, and a sky full of stars on clear nights.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much! We had a wonderful time ,gorgeous views ,great hiking and extremely relaxing.

We can't wait to come back.
Oct 2010
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Spencer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Just added on 2 nd floor.
    Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower , On 1 st Floor
  • There are 2 full bathrooms Tub with shower combination 1st fl Shower only on 2nd fl
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed in living room opens to queen size
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Five Ponds, 3 Stocked for Fishing, 2 Miles Hiking Trails Wide Enough for Suv/4x4, Large Covered Deck over looks Pond.


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Mountain Country House on 70 Acres with 5 Ponds
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews
Strongsville, Ohio

This place is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin comfortably housed our party of 8. July 28-Aug 4 2018.

Our family consisted of 3 couples and two young men 18 and 22yo. The house is very clean and has everything you need. The well water has a filtration system on it. You would never know it was well water and we were never short on hot water. We worked with Sam in the booking stage and upon arrival we met Roger and Sherry who are wonderful folks intent on seeing that a good time is shared by all!.we fished and kayaked. We visited Watkins Glen and Lucifer Falls. Had very good pizza in Spencer. The Boat Yard in Ithaca was a great recommendation by Sherry! Rooster Fish brewing in Watkins Glenn has great beer and burgers and you have to try the pickled onion rings! We ate way too much! We feel like there is so much we missed only because of time! So the only solution is to come back!

Thanks Roger, Sherry and Sam for sharing this little piece of heaven with our family!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice experience you had with your family and friends. Hope you can return in the future Sincerely, Sam
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Wonderful getaway for the family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at Pondview! The house had a very well stocked kitchen and everything in the house was clearly laid out and labeled. We had fun fishing at the catch and release ponds. The house even came with several fishing poles and a well stocked tackle box. We enjoyed barbecuing on the charcoal grill each night for dinner and we also enjoyed watching movies from the house's vast collection of DVDs and VHS tapes each evening. We visited in late June/early July and it was quite warm (up to 100 F on one of the days). Two of the bedrooms had window air conditioning units while the common room downstairs and the master bedroom upstairs had larger, portable air conditioning units. We were very thankful for these and they were even turned on prior to our arrival to make the house comfortable. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their stay and we highly recommend Pondview!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Although it rained heavily for two of the four days we were there, this was a nice vacation. The house is wonderful -- open floor plan, hardwood floors throughout (even the bathrooms). Fully stocked with anything you might need, and all cupboards and drawers are labeled. Even the appliances and plumbing have labels to help you use them correctly. Need a paper clip? In the desk. Some glue? In the miscellaneous drawer. Binoculars? By the window. Marshmallows? In the cupboard. Washer/dryer and soap? In the mud room. The house is well away from other houses; you will really feel like you are alone. Almost no traffic noise. Beautiful bird songs from the forest and frog songs from the ponds. There are several trails through the forested hills, and mowed walking areas around the many ponds. Hike the hill and get a great view of the surrounding countryside. Communication with the owners was by email and text; it was timely and helpful. But mostly because the house is so well provisioned and labeled, it's easy to be self-sufficient here. We did go into the small nearby town of Spencer for a few perishable groceries (milk, eggs, bread). Our two little Yorkshire Terriers had a great time being walked (leashed) around the property and hunting along the pond edges for frogs (no frogs were harmed). Even the rainy days were nice in a way, because the metal porch roof makes a pleasant sound from the raindrops -- a good place to sit and read. And we played family games and watched a couple movies from the large collection thoughtfully provided by the owners. Wi-Fi (a necessity for our teens) was a bit slow, but worked fine. At night we walked outside to hear the frogs and owls and watch the many sparkling fireflies.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I hope the memories you have will last for a long time. Thank you.
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Wow! Beautiful place in the country; very well supplied and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Pondview is a gorgeous place to get away. The only sounds are abundant frogs and birds. It's well supplied with movies, fishing gear, a barbecue and a fire pit next to one of the ponds. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We didn't have a lot of time to explore during the day, since we were there for Cornell graduation and spent most of our time in Ithaca, but did venture a short distance up a leafy trail that starts right next to the house. Wish we could have stayed longer to just enjoy the property.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Williamstown NJ

Wonderful Fall Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a place where we could get away from it all and enjoy some time relaxing, unwinding and enjoying each others company. We found everything we were looking for at Pond View! This is a private, beautiful setting that far exceeded our expectations. The fishing was great, the hiking was very scenic and the fossil hunting was quite exciting! In addition, the home was stocked with everything you would ever need on a vacation. On the days we did venture off the property, it was a very leisurely and short drive to all of the areas attractions. During our stay, we attended the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, visited several wineries, went horseback riding and hiked at Watkins Glen State Park. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will definitely be returning!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Well stocked cabin with everything you may need or forgot you would need. Great spot for relaxing and getting in touch with nature. Clean and safe, as well as close to great hiking and winery spots.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Easy fossil hunting on top of mountain,

Camp fire at pond, easy walking trails

It's like a mini state park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40

Must be over 25 years old.
Copy of drivers license if under 30 years old
Possible renters insurance needed.
No more than eight people at house anytime.
No smoking inside else.
No illegal drugs inside house or illegal drugs outside on grounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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