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Fantastic Family Retreat Tenwood Lodge

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Ithaca House Rental Photos and Description

Close to Cornell and Ithaca College in rural Ithaca

Tenwood Lodge, our family retreat, was designed to link with nature. The name represents ten varieties of locally available wood we built it with.

We offer a time away from it all to be with those that matter most: Family, friends, yourelf! Family Reunions and Celebrations are our favorite things (no weddings here, but you rmay stay here as family or friends of the wedding party)

Commencements and holidays are priced higher: Ithaca College and Cornell Commencments offer a special event reason for a family reunion. We have priced Commencements to include the Bunkhose (making it a bigger home with a bigger price tag--still a value vs hotels on those weekends)

Enjoy scenic views from lots of windows, a great room, a large dining room and huge gourmet kitchen. Relax with a glass of wine or wake up with a cup of coffee on one of three sitting decks. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, rabbits and chipmunks are likely to wander through our property while you are here. Coyotes often serenade us at night.

Three of the four bedrooms have gorgeous vaulted knotty pine ceilings which match the great room (Trophy Room). The remaining one, the Master Bedroom Suite, has a lovely Sanijet (tm) spa tub for two.

Brace yourself, the owner has a collection of lovely taxidermy in the Trophy Room. Also there is no TV service, but we do have a DVD player available if you let us know in advance. Cell service (Verizon) should work here, wifi internet is available, but is limited (no video please-it gets pricey as broadband, cable, etc is not yet available in this rural part of Ithaca)

Tenwood Lodge has 2 full and 2 half baths. Three of the bedrooms have one Queen bed, another has a combination of double and bunked twins so younger ones can sleep near parents or cousins can have a continuous slumber party.

Our Vacation Rental is great for family gatherings and reunions, retreats, families attending weddings, and college commencements and reunions, in less than a year we've had all of them! (Please note: we are not a wedding venue, but can recommend two or be a homey base camp for attending area weddings, either as guests or family of the couple.)

Should this NOT be enough space, we can add in the Bunkhouse (not listed at present) for an additional fee to sleep 6 more people (2 bedrooms, 1 Bath, and family room in an attached structure)

Tenwood Lodge has been a member of VRBO for whole house rentals since May 2014.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Kim Nitchman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2016
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About Kim Nitchman

We are Russ and Kim. We have five wonderful kids, growing or grown up already. We have been improving this property since we first purchased it in 2000 and there is always work to be done. It is quite likely that one or more family members will be around the property or across the driveway during your stay. This listing is for the newest part, Tenwood Lodge, completed in 2013. We also have the bunkhouse (right side of the picture showing behind the low roof) which is not part of the listing, but can be included for large groups for an additional price.

Kim Nitchman purchased this house in 2000

Why Kim Nitchman chose Cayuga Lake

We love the Ithaca area, this valley and the agricultural opportunity here in Danby. The views here of the wooded hillside and the growing corn are peaceful and relaxing.


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Fantastic Family Retreat Tenwood Lodge
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
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Life Is Good At The Tenwood Lodge

  • 5 of 5

There are many superlatives or perhaps not enough that could be used to describe Tenwood and it's surroundings, in fact many have been used in previous reviews. We were fortunate enough to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend with very mild temperatures. This is just an awesome place to stay and get away. Perfect for large gatherings with plenty of room for all. The house is meticulous and well maintained. The property is serene, beautiful and there is plenty of it to enjoy. The property is as described, and the home is so much more than the pictures show. Kim, is a wonderful host and will go above and beyond in order to insure you have a wonderful stay. You will not be disappointed and you will not want to leave. Do hope I am lucky enough to return and enjoy the Tenwood Lodge again someday. Thank you Kim.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Tenwood Lodge for a family wedding in Ithaca. Kim could not have been more helpful. We greatly appreciated her opening her beautiful home to us.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay, Wendy, we enjoyed meeting you and your wonderful family! Thanks for coming to Tenwood Lodge!
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  • 5 of 5

The facility was wonderful... The weekend amazing!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great owners, great experience

  • 5 of 5

Reserved for 13 guests, and everybody was comfortable with more than enough bedrooms and common space for all.

Huge property with lots of outdoor space, grill for bbq'ing, and campfires every night.

Ultra modern home with all the amenities and a huge kitchen for your large party.

Kim and Russ were extremely accommodating answering our endless questions, and providing us with everything we asked for.

Highly recommend this place for any occasion.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. Such a great group celebrating an important milestone, congratulations and come back sometime!
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Weekend with friends

  • 5 of 5

Kim is an incredible hostess! She was very accommodating and available to answer all of my little questions. The house is beautiful and was perfect for a getaway with friends. I hosted a 30th birthday party, and sitting around the fire at night with a few drinks was exactly what we wanted. There is no A/C in the house, but we did not find this to be a problem, even at the hottest time of the year. The house is well insulated, it has plenty of fans, and it cools down at night. The house was only ~15 minutes from Cornell's campus. Overall, we had an amazing stay and will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting you and your group. It was indeed one of the hottest (and loveliest) weekends of the summer. During construction we considered adding air conditioning to Tenwood for the typcial 1 or 2 weeks of heat each summer, but preferred to spend the money on super-insulating the house. I am glad you found it quite comfortable. You were super guests and we'd welcome you back any time!
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  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay. Kim is an amazing host and the house and property are wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were happy to meet your group and look forward to your return. Thank-you for visiting Tenwood Lodge!
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Rates & Availability

Ithaca House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Cornell Reunion 2017
Jun 8 2017 - Jun 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fourth of July
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Ithaca College Commencement
May 18 2018 - May 21 2018
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Cornell 2018
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 3.0%

Payment can be done in 1, 2, or 3 payments as agreed upon in advance of reservation. We are registered with the county to collect and return 3 % room tax on vacation rental. Cancellation Policy: full refund (minus VRBO service charge) 6 months prior to check-in. Between 2 and 6 months, Deposit refunded only if time is re-rented. After full payment, refund only if time is re-rented (minus service charges), although credit for another date may be considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Sanijet Tub for 2 with cool lights, double sink vanity
    Second Floor Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sink vanity and toilet with view in half-wall alcove
    Powder Room - Used more than any other, it's on the first floor
    Turret Room's ensuite Bath - lovely corner unit for this room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom Spa Suite - 1 queen , This first floor room has lovely private bath/shower
    Pasture Room - 1 queen , The Pasture Room has wonderful south/southeast views.
    the 'Family' room - 1 double , 2 bunk bed , bunks and full bed make it great for young kids + mom/dad
    Turret Room - 1 queen , 360 degree views with ensuite half bath and stairs our fav
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
If needed, housekeeping may be arranged in advance, as well as recommendations for chef, massage, and wineries.

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