Writer's Retreat / Vacation Rental

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Wonderful Vacation Spot For Small Family, Or Quiet Retreat For Writer/scholar.

This beautiful hilltop cottage in upstate New York is the perfect vacation spot for a small family, or a quiet retreat for a writer or scholar. Located near the Finger Lakes, it is less than four hours from New York City, and only 40 minutes from the spectacular gorges and vibrant cultural attractions of Ithaca. The immediate vicinity offers river sports (kayaking and canoeing), skiing, snowshoeing, country rambles out the front door, hiking and biking, and antiquing. Ithaca's superb restaurants, cinema, bookstores, gourmet groceries, libraries, live theater and museum are close at hand, and the Finger Lakes wineries and Corning Museum of Glass are an easy day trip. Syracuse, an hour north, offers a fine regional theatre and burgeoning art scene. Parents of college students attending SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College and Cornell will find this a convenient rendezvous spot to spend down time with their kids during breaks or at graduation. For those who need a peaceful getaway and time to think and work, it offers seclusion in a lovely, natural setting. The quiet of the days is broken only by the sound of peepers in the spring, birds in the summer and crickets in the fall. On clear nights the stars are truly spectacular.
The house in tastefully furnished by its artist owner. It has one bedroom and a sleeping porch, one bath, a full kitchen with a fine, vintage Chambers cook stove, a Vermont Casting wood stove in the living room, a dishwasher, washer/dryer,
and dish TV. It is situated on thirty acres of open field and woods, with a small pond big enough for swimming and a half mile mowed path through the meadow.
The house is smoke free, maximum occupancy four people, children welcome but pets are not. One week minimum.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 930 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking

Location Type

  • River:

    Tioughnioga River -- Lighthouse River Sports offers canoeing, kayaking and tubing...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet:


  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch Furniture


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from 11 traveler reviews
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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$560 $1,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%


$560/week or $1750/month. Minimum stay one weeks.

$800/week, $200/weekend night, $150/week night during May and June graduation season.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Ithaca, NY
50 Miles
Nearest Train
Syracuse, NY
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Greek Peak

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1980

About the owner: I am an artist/photographer, and have lived here for the last 30 years. I teach at Colgate University and am getting ready to retire. This is the spot where my three children and seven grandchildren love to gather once a year in August, for a beautiful family reunion. Now I want to share it with others who love the peace and beauty of rural New York state.

Why the Owner Chose Marathon, NY, USA:
I was first attracted to the long view out the north window, the open field and the woods. Its location, within striking distance of Ithaca, Binghamton and Syracuse, means that social, cultural and practical attractions are close at hand. I now live in my studio, built in 2003, so the house is available for guests year-round -- cool in the summer and cozy in the winter.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Kitchen from the bathroom looking toward the dining room

    Kitchen from the bathroom looking toward the dining room

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  • The lilac in full bloom

    The lilac in full bloom

  • Morning dew catches a spider's web on the trellis

    Morning dew catches a spider's web on the trellis

  • The pond in spring

    The pond in spring

  • Patio and front door

    Patio and front door

  • The Chambers stove, vintage 1945

    The Chambers stove, vintage 1945

  • Dining room

    Dining room

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  • The sleeping porch gets the morning sun.

    The sleeping porch gets the morning sun.

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  • Basel from the garden

    Basel from the garden

  • A bumper crop of tomoatos.

    A bumper crop of tomoatos.

  • View of house, barn and studio from the pond.

    View of house, barn and studio from the pond.

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Writer's Retreat / Vacation Rental

Marathon, NY, USA #3473355ha

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