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Historic Ellis Hollow Vacation Rental 8 Minutes from Ithaca

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-12)

Located at 1768 Ellis Hollow Rd, you will find this beautiful 3000 square foot, six bedroom single family home located in a quiet country setting just minutes from downtown Ithaca, New York.

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this former Church has been newly remodeled with modern day features yet retains much of its original charm.

Inside you’ll find a large open living space with a magnificent gas fireplace, original wainscoting, pressed tin ceilings and natural hardwood floors. The quaint furnishings and cozy dining area are complemented with internet access, high efficiency hot water baseboard heat and a completely remodeled modern furnished kitchen.

There’s also plenty of sleeping accommodations with two guest bedrooms and a master bedroom suite that includes an adjoining bathroom with whirlpool tub and an exterior Romeo and Juliet Balcony.

Downstairs, below the main living room, is a large walk out lower level with 3 additional bedrooms and a laundry facility.

Weekly and weekend bookings are available year round so plan now for your family reunion, summer getaway or upcoming graduations.

Keywords: Ithaca Rental, Ithaca Vacation, Cornell Graduation, Ithaca Wedding, Extended Stay, Ithaca Rental Property, Cornell Commencement, Ithaca College, Cayuga Lake

More Details

Property Manager
Maureen Ronsvalle
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Ron and Linda,

We just returned from a wonderful time in "our" church. To begin with, it's certainly beautiful to approach, the lovely paint job, the flowers, the picnic table..which we used under the tree and then moved back to its original place. There's plenty of parking, although we only had two cars. The inside is a lovely mix of old, vintage-y church/like items. It's fun and funky, and having all the amenities...separate bathrooms, tubs, showers, working fireplace, tons of clean linen, and a stocked kitchen full of conveniences, coffee filters, Saran wrap, garbage bags, mops, paper towels, clear instructions on recycling..made it very easy to know what to do. I liked that we could call maintenance, but didn't need to. I thought the posted "rules" were complete. We have a house in Maine that we rent, and I remember trying hard to make sure the list of rules and suggestions was clear but not exhausting. Thanks again for such a great time.
Oct 2012
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Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Located on the Main Level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on the 2nd Level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub , Located off master bedroom - 2nd Level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Located on the Lower Level
  • 3.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor Master Bedroom - bathroom attached.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2nd Floor near Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1st Floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Lower Level
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Lower Level
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Lower Level
  • There is a Full sleeper sofa on the main level.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
Large walk-out lower level with additional sleeping space.


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Historic Ellis Hollow Vacation Rental 8 Minutes from Ithaca
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 14 reviews

Great place for large group.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful old renovated church. Worth the price if you have a big group.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great group stay

  • 5 of 5

I was in town for a wedding with a large group of friends and Maureen's house was a great space for a group our size.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful house. A nicely converted church that comfortably handled a big group. Close to Cornell campus. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic Ellis Hollow Church Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family gathered here for a one week summer reunion. It was just perfect! Lots of space to hang out indoors & out. Parents tucked little ones into bed early. Grandparents enjoyed the seclusion of the master suite. And the poker game could go late into the night. Pancakes with fresh picked blueberries (from farm nearby) were enjoyed around the big old dining table. The place was very clean & well equipped. All the windows with screens & the fans kept the place cool & comfortable during a very hot week. Maureen was very accommodating and a pleasant person to do business with. All our local & out of town family loved this place. You will too.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ithaca, NY

Charming comfort

  • 5 of 5

We had a small family reunion at the historic Ellis Hollow Church. The accommodations were as described, clean, well-maintained, and met our needs nicely. The kitchen was very functional and allowed us to prepare our communal meals as well as good for grazing for breakfasts and lunches. We liked that they have bins for recycling. There was plenty of parking for the cars.

We spent a good deal of time sitting in the main area, playing games and music, and telling family stories. Because of it's history, it felt right to reminisce there. You can have a pleasant walk on the country roads near the church, but use caution with traffic at certain times of day. There's a nice yard in front if you're there during warmer weather. It's only 5-10 minutes to East Hill Plaza which has a nice grocery store and 10-15 minutes to downtown Ithaca and the many surrounding parks and wineries. It's also not far from Dryden if you go over the hill.

We spoke with Maureen and Linda before arrival. Both were very pleasant and helpful with the reservations and information for our planning. I have and will continue to recommend this rental to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ellis Hollow historic church - poor rental. To be avoided!

  • 1 of 5

I rented this historic church at Ellis Hollow for 1 month in November 2013. I was attracted to it as it was written up to be a beautifully restored antiquated church. However, I was terribly disappointed with my stay for several reasons.

While the church retains its quaint facade, the furnishings inside are both tacky and mostly broken down. All the sofas sag, the bedside tables and chest of drawers are rickety and stick when opened, the basement kitchen is completely unusable and has cobwebs (there was a big cobweb hanging from one of the basement bedroom fans!)... the list goes on. The entire 'antique' ambiance is gone, thanks to all of that. The worst part? The innumerable bugs and spiders that crawl everywhere, on a daily basis. I had to pick up dead bugs almost everyday from the floor. Not a good vacation chore! When I called management to complain, I was told that this is to be expected in an old 'historic' home! Really?! Well, the owner charges high rent for this old 'historic' place and at the least, I expect decent furniture and basic cleanliness.

A week after I started staying in this so-called 'renovated' church, the boiler in the basement broke and water flooded everywhere. I was categorically told that I would have to manage without hot water for 2 days - and this was in November when it was really very, very cold. There was no courtesy call made to apologize for the unexpected problem or at least offer me a refund. Guess I had already paid up my monthly rental amount - that's all the owner cared about.

By the way, beware about your security deposit - it will not be returned on the last day, as claimed. I had to personally ask for my security deposit, after 1 month passed by with no sign of it. Then, I found to my horror that only a small portion of the actual deposit was refunded back to me, based on some trumped up charges of cleaning, repair etc. of the church. They were not substantiated with any proof either. Essentially, I got ripped off, in more ways than one. However, even though the owner got away with my money, I learned a good lesson from my bad experience.

I hope this honest review will prevent others from getting conned by this church rental. I would not recommend the Ellis Hollow church as a vacation rental - unless you want to lose money paying for junk and bad service.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Cornell University
Nearest Point of Interest
East Hill Shopping Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Six Mile Creek Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Ithaca College
Nearest Point of Interest
Tompkins Cortland Community College

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.,Minutes from several State Parks, Greater Ithaca Arts Trail


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $200

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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