1BR House Vacation Rental in Ithaca, New York

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Updated on Aug 31, 2019

Craftsman Summer House

Located in: Ithaca
Inspried by historic rural Norwegian farmhouses, the summer house is actually three buildings - all rented as one unit for your exclusive use - a main living cabin, a sleeping cabin, and a washhouse. It offers lots of privacy and more space than the other spaces. A showcase for the skills of local artist and blacksmith, Duran Van Doren, who designed and crafted the lights, fixtures and deck railing. It is located on the crest of the hill overlooking the valley with really stunning views. With stone roofs, windows all around, and a deck cantilevered out over the hill, nature feels very close at hand.

The main cabin is 16’x20’. It is surrounded by an 1,200 sq. ft. deck with a stone table with chairs for six on the east side and a thickly cushioned loveseat, cocktail table, and two big comfy armchairs on the north side. The gas grill is on the west side of the deck next to another stone table.

The cabin is constructed of logs and hemlock beams with a rustic stone roof. The north wall of the main cabin has two large floor-to-ceiling arched glass windows set in hemlock frames and a glass-paned door leading out to the deck, while the other main cabin walls are made of stone for the first three feet with screened windows which open out 100 degrees continuing up to the roof line. The sleeping cottage and the washhouse are all wood construction.

There are occasional chinks in the walls, where the uprights meet the floors and walls, and the screens are not a 100% tight fit - so while it is weather-tight, there are places where insects and even field mice may venture in. We have peppermint essential oil dispensers and balsamic fur sachets throughout the three houses to keep them out, but there is no guarantee that you won’t see a bug or even a mouse inside. So far we haven’t seen any snakes! So if you need to be separate from ‘nature’ this is not the space for you.

Though the buildings are rustic, the furnishings are not! The main living area has a very comfortable queen size sleeper sofa (with a memory foam topper), two leather Harden arm chairs, a matching oversize ottoman, and Harden side tables. The interior dining area has a round Harden oak table and four chairs with arms.

The breezes on the ridge are nearly constant, and with the windows open it is generally comfortable even in warm temperatures. There are also fans for more directed cooling. But in really tropical weather, the afternoons may be too warm for you. Our summer evenings usually drop into the 60s, allowing the buildings to cool off, but we can’t guarantee the weather. :-( In six years we have only had one guest complain about the temperature, and she was unwilling to open the windows to allow the breeze in.

The kitchen area is defined by stone countertops with a carved bluestone sink, an under-counter fridge, a countertop induction burner, a French press, an electric kettle, a large Breville microwave oven, and a Breville countertop oven. [Also available upon request are an Instant Pot/rice cooker, a Cuisinart egg cooker, a Breville juicer, and almost any other gadget or culinary implement you might need.] There also are dishes, utensils, glasses, mugs, and pots and pans.

The sleeping cottage next-door (about ten feet from the main building and joined to it with a four foot wide granite walk) is furnished with a queen size W.J. Southard ‘Cazanovian’ organic latex mattress with a 4” wool pillow top covered in cotton, and an oak Misson-style bedroom suite from Harden Furniture, a rural New York State company.

The washroom is in a third building, about six feet from the main living area (still on the deck, and the walk between the door of the cottage and the washroom is covered). The room is divided in thirds, with the carved bluestone sink as you enter, the honed Colorado red sandstone shower, and the toilet in separate rooms to the left and right.

The hilltop house has wifi, but no television.
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