Welcome to a slice of way back when. Nestled in the heart of New York wine country and five minutes from the Watkins Glen International Raceway, Seneca Lake, wonderful Clute Park with old-fashioned playground equipment, sunset cruises, funky antique shops, peaceful waterfalls, winding trails, world class restaurants, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms, this farmhouse built in 1860 is flooded with light, fresh breeze and a laid back attitude. The moment you open the door, you'll take a deep breath and say, "I could definitely relax here."
Five rooms are available:
• The Green Room, king bed
• The Burgundy Room, queen bed -- and a Pack and Play crib in the closet
• The Wrought Iron Room, full bed
• The White Room, two twin beds
• The Downstairs Room, queen bed -- there is also a fold out couch for one person on the first floor
All rooms offer wireless Internet with central air conditioning, ceiling fans, white noise machines and air purifiers, or windows that open for fresh air.
Evenings welcome you back to a relaxing front porch or fenced-in backyard -- pets welcome.
The house is completely furnished with four bedrooms upstairs, and one bedroom on the first floor. There are two full bathrooms, one on each floor, one combined with a first floor laundry room with washer and dryer, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, kitchen nook, pantry, and formal dining room with comfy dog couch and living/sleeping room.
There is plenty of parking, including for trailers (just park in the public area across the street) and a fenced-in large back yard to enjoy the fire pit at sunset.
Smoking is prohibited inside the house. Occupancy is limited to 10 children/adults plus an infant on the property.
Includes WiFi, towels, sheets, blankets and pillows, basic spices, dish soap, trash bags, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, and propane for gas grill. There are many kid games, stuffed animals and toys.
You are expected to leave the house in the same condition in which you found it; however no need for vacuuming or deep cleaning -- please leave beds unmade upon departure.
Check-in is at 4 pm and checkout at noon.
Please note the booking rate is below market rate as we are making various upgrades including:
Remove pine tree in front of porch
New mattresses, pillows and bedding
New interior decor
Ceiling fans in bedrooms, dining, nook and bathrooms -- 8
Repair bay window roof
Paint exterior of house
Replace breaker box
New shower heads
New cookware, games and toys
Plant hydrangea and lavender bushes
Place white noise makers in all rooms
Wallpaper dining room, entryway and twin room
Support flooring with basement jacks
Paint and support fence
Replace back porch
Replace roof --- black architectural
Install copper plumbing; replace corroded galvanized water line; replace 3-4 bends at cracked hubs in sewer line; and Install plumbing emergency shut off valve
Replace downstairs shower
Build screened-in porch
Rave Reviews -- The best part of sharing our home is how people feel about their visit:
"It was so peaceful. We'll be back again."
"A beautiful home, a beautiful area."
"So warm, inviting, tidy and smells like a little slice of heaven."
"The rooms are spacious, airy, clean and comfortable. Great bedding!"
"Check the yard at night -- fireflies!"
"Lovely setting, calm atmosphere, a great night's sleep . . . what's not to love?"
Things to Do
Watkins Glen International Raceway
Cities of Ithaca and Corning
Watkins Glen State Park
Many, many waterfalls
Boating and Cruises on Seneca Lake
Seneca Sailing Adventures -- so fun!
Wineries, Wineries and More Wineries
Finger Lakes Hiking Trails
Corning Museum of Glass
Fall Color Tours
Other Suggestions We’ve Received!
Fish, or watch people fish, in Catharine Creek (include instructions for how to get a permit, when the season is in effect)
Float on one of the nearby rivers
Visit Mark Twain's grave and Ernie Davis' grave in Elmira
Ride in a glider on Harris Hill in Big Flats
Visit the Bath Fish Hatchery
Best Restaurants in the Area
Thai Elephant is in Watkins Glen on East 4th
The Stone Cat is a local favorite (and our hands-down favorite), especially for girls' night out. Great food. Ten minutes away
Grist Iron is a new microbrewery done very right -- great beers, great atmosphere and great food.
Glenora Veraisons offers gorgeous views of the lake, upscale dining with a wine tasting room. Fifteen minutes away
The Mate Factor Café is a hippy heaven with natural surroundings and organic food. Twenty-five minutes away
Moosewood is our favorite vegetarian restaurant in the country, right in our back yard! Twenty-five minutes away
The Esperanza Mansion offers beautiful grounds and a lovely place for brunch/dinner or Mom-daughter time. Just over a half hour
There are many vegetarian and vegan restaurants available throughout the area.