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Mountain Country House on 70 Acres with 5 Ponds

Spencer, NY, USA
  • House1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

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.

Keywords: House

Owner

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.
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Mar 13, 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

TO GET AWAY FROM CROWDS AND A SIMPLER WAY TO LIVE LIFE .

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.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 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

        Bathrooms

        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          combination tub/shower, On 1 st Floor
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, Just added on 2 nd floor.

          Location Type

            • Downtown
              Small-town USA Grocery store, bank, pizza shop, Restaurant ,barbershop Blinking light at main intersection .
            • Mountain View
              sunset over large pond.
            • Rural
              Fram land house is located on the highest mountain in Tioga County.
            • Village
              Close to Ithaca New York and Watkins Glen, Nice ride on country roads no traffic lights for at least 15 miles
            • Water View
              From inside house you can look at 3 ponds. Total of 5 ponds on grounds

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      Seating for 8
                    • Parking
                      For 6 cars
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine

                      Kitchen

                        • Coffee Maker
                          12 cup
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Complete utensils and dishes for 12 or more
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Lot of counter space. With seating 3 at counter
                        • Microwave
                          Above stove
                        • Oven
                          Electric
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          Side by side
                        • Stove
                          Electric ceramic Smooth top
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster Plus a toaster oven

                          Dining

                            • Dining
                              Large table for 6
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people

                              Entertainment

                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                  Yes
                                • Games
                                • Television
                                  ROKU TV ONLY NO CABLE/NO SATELLITE
                                • Toys
                                • Video Library
                                  Yes

                                  Outside

                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      There is a 18 hole golf course about 5 minutes away.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      3 ponds around house
                                    • Outdoor Grill

                                      Suitability

                                        • limited accessibility

                                          Attractions

                                            • churches
                                            • library
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • miniature golf
                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • bird watching
                                                • 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

                                                          Notes

                                                            • Five Ponds, 3 Stocked for Fishing, 2 Miles Hiking Trails Wide Enough for Suv/4x4, Large Covered Deck over looks Pond.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: Flexible

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              17 Reviews

                                                              Exceptional5/5

                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Wonderful Fall Getaway!

                                                              Patrick M.Williamstown NJ

                                                              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!

                                                              Great

                                                              Jaclyn K.

                                                              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.

                                                              Beautiful and relaxing

                                                              anthony C.

                                                              My wife and I stayed here with our two children (7 and 3), and our dog, for 5 nights. The property and land surrounding is absolutely stunning! We spent the first two days just exploring the grounds, hiking to the ponds, and swimming. So peaceful and quiet, a perfect getaway from our busy city lives.

                                                              The house is old but remodeled. What I mean by this is that the construction is high quality and solid - I think most of the structure is oak and other hardwoods. The remodeling is done well and brings modern amenities to the country living. Air conditioning is window and portable/free-standing - no central air - but didn't really require it anyway. Internet is slow but does exist - I assume that, due to the remote location, the DSL service is at it's max (about 1.5mbs down). It's enough to check email and browse the internet but not really stream videos. The house also had nearly anything you could think of - movies (VHS and DVD), board games, any cooking ware you can think of, plates, dishes, bowls, pitchers, sandwich bags, etc... suffice it to say, the house is extremely well stocked! I have never stayed in a vacation rental this well stocked, and I think that it really shows the level of care Roger and Sam (the owners) put into it.

                                                              Spencer is a quaint little town with a small grocery store and a pizza shop, and is 5 mins away. Larger box stores are located about 20 minutes away. The surrounding landscape is beautiful. At first we were skeptical of having to drive nearly 20-40mins to anything. But after the first day, we realized just driving around and enjoying the views were a treat in itself.

                                                              The owners, Roger and Sam, are so friendly and quick to respond. Roger stopped by the first day we were there and taught our kids to fish! He left us with a full fishing tackle box, bait, and rods, for us to keep fishing while he was gone. He also left us with bug spray and lots of tips to make our stay more comfortable and smooth. He even left us with some groceries and didn't expect anything in return. What great hospitality!

                                                              After leaving the house, we were already talking about possibly coming back in the future because it was such a nice stay!

                                                              Thank you Roger and Sam for such a wonderful time.

                                                              perfect for a get-away-from-it-all break

                                                              Amy W.Bristol, RI

                                                              My husband and I and our two big dogs spent a week here and the only bad thing about it was having to pack up and leave at the end of our stay. The house is terrific; well-laid out to take advantage of the views, and has clearly had a lot of attention paid to modernization and maintenance. Appliances and housewares were in great shape, furniture comfortable, everything organized. Excellent Wi-Fi signal, which was great considering cell phone reception is a bit weak.

                                                              Though the location is relatively isolated, the town of Spencer is a quick ten minutes away and has a good small supermarket. There are a handful of restaurants nearby as well. We came for the peace & quiet, though, so once we had stocked up on necessities we only left for a little wine tasting, a trip to Watkins Glen, and a look around the Corning Museum of Glass.

                                                              Ithaca is a straightforward drive up the road and has everything you'd need if you can't find it locally.

                                                              Our dogs ran and swam, we fished and found fossils, built a fire by the pond, hiked the property, caught up on our reading, and sampled some terrific Finger Lakes wine.

                                                              I would recommend this property to anybody looking for those kinds of activities, it is truly ideal.

                                                              perfect for a get-away-from-it-all break

                                                              Amy W.Bristol, RI

                                                              My husband and I and our two big dogs spent a week here and the only bad thing about it was having to pack up and leave at the end of our stay. The house is terrific; well-laid out to take advantage of the views, and has clearly had a lot of attention paid to modernization and maintenance. Appliances and housewares were in great shape, furniture comfortable, everything organized. Excellent Wi-Fi signal, which was great considering cell phone reception is a bit weak.

                                                              Though the location is relatively isolated, the town of Spencer is a quick ten minutes away and has a good small supermarket. There are a handful of restaurants nearby as well. We came for the peace & quiet, though, so once we had stocked up on necessities we only left for a little wine tasting, a trip to Watkins Glen, and a look around the Corning Museum of Glass.

                                                              Ithaca is a straightforward drive up the road and has everything you'd need if you can't find it locally.

                                                              Our dogs ran and swam, we fished and found fossils, built a fire by the pond, hiked the property, caught up on our reading, and sampled some terrific Finger Lakes wine.

                                                              I would recommend this property to anybody looking for those kinds of activities, it is truly ideal.

                                                              Great mountain top home away from home - 2 families fit easily!

                                                              Nancy Cleveland, Ohio

                                                              We arranged to meet our friends at this lovely home. With 4 adults and 3 children, we had lots of space. With two of the ponds within view of the house, the kids could play outside while we watched from the deck or living area windows. The dry pond was full of fossils for the kids to find.

                                                              Remember to bring fishing gear if you like to fish - the kids were pulling in fish faster than dad could get them off the hook to return them to the pond! Even though it rained quite a bit while we were there, we had one night of clear skies so we could enjoy the stars away from city lights.

                                                              Everything in the house was well labeled and clean. The air conditioning units kept up with the heat to keep the rooms pleasant. The interior is lovely with beautiful quilt work throughout. With dishwasher and full kitchen, we had evening meals and breakfast at the house. The laundry came in handy when the kids got muddy or went swimming. We could explore the Cayuga Lake area and state parks during the day, and retreat to the house for a relaxing evening. Bring charcoal to take advantage of the deck grill.

                                                              Would definitely recommend to groups wanting a relaxing place to socialize and return to nature!

                                                              Location

                                                              Spencer, NY, USA

                                                              Easy fossil hunting on top of mountain, Camp fire at pond, easy walking trails It's like a mini state park

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              $100
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $20 - $25

                                                              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.

                                                              $262avg/night
                                                              17 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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