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Fantastic Family Retreat - 4 or 6 Bedroom options - Tenwood Lodge

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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. The pricing on this listing is for the 4 BR option, but we can handle up to 16-20 with our 6 BR option-discuss it with us!

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

Commencements and holidays are priced higher: Ithaca College and Cornell Commencements offer a special event reason for a family reunion. We have priced Commencements to include the "Bunkhouse" making it a 6 BR/3 full/2 half Bath home. (Commencements come with a bigger price tag--still a value vs hotels (who double and triple their prices) 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 4 Bedrooms and 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. 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)

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.)

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

More Details

Kim Nitchman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

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 in the barn apartment 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 4 BR listing, but can be included for large groups for an additional price. Commencement pricing is for both the Bunkhouse and Tenwood Lodge (6 BR total)

Kim Nitchman purchased this house in 2000

Why Kim Nitchman chose Ithaca

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.

What makes this house unique

Just look at the reviews to see how people have enjoyed our unique location and awesome house.


Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • 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 20
  • 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 ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
If needed, housekeeping may be arranged in advance, as well as recommendations for chef, massage, and wineries.


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Fantastic Family Retreat - 4 or 6 Bedroom options - Tenwood Lodge
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Victoria BC Canada

Wonderful Family Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Tenwood was a perfect venue for our recent family gathering. The well appointed lodge comfortably accommodated our large group. Despite the heat and humidity, the well insulated building kept out the heat during the day (if you closed the windows in the AM)and let in the cool breezes during the night. Sitting out on the various porches was a delight. The panorama of the fields of corn and distant hills with no other homes to be seen gave the impression of a very wild place, all within a very short drive of Ithaca.

Kim Nitchman was a most friendly and accommodating host. We can most assuredly recommend Tenwood Lodge for such gatherings.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you chose Tenwood Lodge while you were in Ithaca for your family reunion and it was a pleasure to meet you. We designed the place for just such family gatherings and it warms our hearts to hear that you enjoyed our special family retreat. Thanks for taking great care of it and for being lovely guests!
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Amazing Weekend at Tenwood

  • 5 of 5

Everything is just as described and pictured. My friends and I had the best time. Kim is also very helpful and accommodating. Would definitely recommend for large groups!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Picked Tenwood Lodge for it's close location to our daughters wedding reception. The place has enough space for twelve adults to sleep comfortably. The dining table was perfect for assembling the gift bags for the wedding guests. The kitchen spacious and easy to bake cookies and prepare breakfast and lunches for the entire party. Was able to have both bride's get ready without seeing each other. Only regret was that there was not enough time to enjoy the outdoors and the firepit.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very well maintained property! Clean, comfortable, all the amenities, and more.

  • 5 of 5

The owners are very accommodating and the property was perfect for our group of 15 college friends. An excellent location for visiting the Finger Lakes area. The home is uniques, spacious, and has everything you need or forgot at home. I would highly recommend the Tenwood Lodge and wouldn't hesitate to visit again. Thank you Kim for your excellent communication!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Island, New York

Perfect peaceful retreat for large group

  • 5 of 5

The Tenwood Lodge met the needs of our extended family perfectly for Cornell's commencement over Memorial Day weekend. Everyone liked it. The house is immaculate and everything was as promised. If you're seeking peace and relaxation, this is the place. We would like to thank the owner for her warm hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are all more than welcome, we were glad to serve your family. Thanks for the education about electric cars and congratulations again on a big achievement!
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Excellent home for family weekend to celebrate a college graduation

  • 5 of 5

This house worked perfectly for a family of 10 including small children. The kitchen and living room were very large allowing everyone to be together. All the bedrooms were wonderful and Kim was incredibly accommodating.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host your family for this very special event, graduation of the youngest child attended by the whole family! Congratulations on all levels! Kim and Russ
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Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Waterfalls and Cayuga Lake
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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