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Nancy Norton

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Nancy Norton

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Stone Quarry House

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Ithaca Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Four Cottages each with cooking facilities, bedroom, bathroom, and sleeper sofa

Welcome to the Stone Quarry House nestled in the hills just two miles east of Ithaca. Luxuriously furnished with Tempurpedic beds, pressed high-count cotton sheets, Jacuzzis and en suite baths, hand-knotted carpets and Stickley furniture, each of our four free-standing private living spaces is a calm retreat from everyday life.

Located just minutes from Cornell University and Ithaca College, Stone Quarry house is also convenient to downtown Ithaca and many beautiful walking trails through Ithaca's gorges. Whether you are here for a weekend or a season, Stone Quarry House is the place to stay.

Eco-tourism and Staying Green: We've purchased wind power from the energy grid in the past, but in the summer of 2008 we installed a large solar array and we tripled that in 2011. We continue to work toward energy conservation efforts, but the solar panels meet our energy needs now, even giving us enough electricity for two electric cars. We clean with eco-friendly products and hanging our sheets out to dry in the fresh country air whenever possible.

Local Food Renaissance: Central New York is enjoying a blossoming of local food resources. The Ithaca Farmer's Market is full of locally grown produce and ready to eat foods. Our restaurants are adding locally grown ingredients and many are building their cuisine around local and seasonal foods. Vegetarian Ithacans have splurged the Moosewood Restaurant. Now the omnivores among us are glad to see local pasture-raised meats showing up on many area restaurant menus. Ask us about our favorites which include Agave, Just a Taste, Bandwagon Brew Pub, Ithaca Beer, Hazelnut Kitchen, Suzanne's, and many more.

Ducks on the Pond, Chickens on the Hillside: We've joined the local food effort by adding a small flock of Cayuga and Indian Runner ducks to our pond and chickens to the hillside and woods. We supplement their foraging with local organic grains, resulting in eggs which are naturally high in protein and Omega 3's. They are fun to watch and the eggs are wonderful. We added a larger garden, arbor and small orchard in 2009. Let us know if you are interested and you may be able to join in a picking party, try your hand at canning or drying food, or just try some really local fresh eggs.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Nancy Norton (Owner)
Member since: 2003
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Calendar last updated:
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About Nancy Norton

Buzz and Nancy met in 1990 and have slowly transformed the property as they've raised their children there. Buzz is from Ithaca, and Nancy's paternal family has lived in upstate New York for almost 200 years. Her maternal family is from Brooklyn. They both love traveling, and appreciate the new ideas they pick up when away from home.

Why Nancy Norton chose Ithaca

The owners family has had a stone quarry here since 1956 when they took it over from Cornell University. Stone is no longer quarried here; the stone fabricating business was sold in 2012 and the neighborhood is increasingly residential.

We love the hillside meadow, the woods, the pond, the gardens, the orchard, the root cellar, the views . . . though with about eight acres, it all keeps us busy!

The main house was a Cornell Farm Service home Buzz moved here in 1987. After renovating the main house and raising our children, in 2003 Buzz built a garage with a 700 sq. ft. apartment for extended stays on the second floor. It was so popular, he built the stone cottage two years later. The tower cottage came along in 2012, and in August of 2014, the hillside cottage was opened. Each is unique, but all are supremely comfortable.

What makes this cottage unique

Buzz started with a blank palate here, as the property was old quarry land. If Buzz isn't golfing, he is happiest taking an idea from paper to stone and wood. Buzz enjoys design, and our travels have subtly influenced each new building. The local blacksmith, Duran Van Dorn, has contributed his unique style as well. Nancy enjoys the interior design, keeping the focus on guest comfort while considering sustainability and utilizing the local producers of fine furnishings, particularly Stickley, Harden and Southard.

Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home - walk the grounds, relax on the patio, or the hammock under the poplars, or the swing down by the pond, watch the swallows by day or fireflies on summer evenings, maybe catch a glimpse of the chickens or observe the ducks on the pond. Nights are quiet and days can be as busy or relaxing as you'd like.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a beautiful space! We had such a lovely, relaxing trip thanks to the peace and quiet of the apartment - truly felt as though we stepped out of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. The gorgeous grounds and comfortable furnishing made us feel right at home. Can't wait to come back and try the tower and the stone cottage too!
Nov 2013
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Stone Quarry House
average rating of 5.0 based on 281 reviews
Brooklyn, NY

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed at the stone cottage last Fall and we could not have been more pleased, both with the accomodations and with Nancy and Buzz, they are just great. Whatever questions we had, they were right there spot-on with answers and advice. We had never been to the area and they were full of great information and suggestions, both for walks and places to which we could drive. The cottage itself is an absolute marvel, we had never seen anything like it and it looks as if every little detail had been considered and made as fine as possible. And the bed and the bathtub are worth the price of admission alone. A great great place, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2007
  • Stayed: May 2007
  • Source: HomeAway

Magical and Lovely

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely and enchanting cottage! Along with being environmentally friendly, we found our accommodations to be comfortable, clean and aesthetically beautiful. The craftsmanship of the cottage was just stunning! We stayed two nights and enjoyed snuggling under the electric blankets on a luxurious temperpedic bed, taking baths in the Jacuzzi tub and sitting by the fire. My husband loved the variety of coffee available and drank cup after cup! The grounds were larger than anticipated, and we had a blast roaming them with our two dogs. We anticipated a small television, so we brought our laptop and some movies. The cottage also had WiFi, so we could stream Netflix through, as well. We traveled to wineries, dinned in town and shopped a bit. All were a convenient drive from the cottage. Best of all, Nancy answered many questions we had before our stay. We had our choice of where to stay (the grounds offer several choices) and she helped us pick which one was best suited to our needs. We are looking forward to traveling there again in warmer weather and trying one of the other choices! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Great cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to stay on our way home to Rochester, NY from NYC. I came across this cottage and contacted Nancy. She responded immediately and was so informative and helpful. The stone cottage was cozy and romantic and had all the amenities we needed. It's close to waterfalls, wineries and great restaurants. Nancy recommended the Ithaca farmers market for breakfast on our way home and it did not disappoint! The fireplace, jacuzzi tub and temurpedic mattress were incredible! I really can't say enough about the accommodations and Nancy. I hope we have the opportunity to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Even better than promised

  • 5 of 5

Members of my family and I needed an unexpected get away over a holiday week-end - some place where we could relax, have some fun and not worry about myriad little things associated with staying in a hotel or B&B - the Stone Quarry House was the perfect answer!!! We enjoyed our stay on this property immensely. We opted to stay in the apartment. The accommodations were very attractive, comfortable and spacious. The property is lovely, well-maintained, "green", wonderfully quiet but also close to shopping, wine trail, Ithaca attractions, etc. We enjoyed the opportunities provided to either cook our own meals in the well appointed kitchen, to order in or to dine in town. The outdoor barbeque patio was an unexpected treat - the perfect ending for day a spent exploring a few gorges. Nancy Norton is a wonderful hostess and I so appreciated her helpfulness before, during and after our stay. I highly recommend the Stone Quarry House. Thanks again Nancy!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Western MA

What a fabulous weekend vacation we had

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we pulled into the drive at Stone Quarry House and the automatic gate swung open, we were captivated. The geese and ducks on the pond, the little beaver who was trying to make the pond his home, the dogs the chickens the cat... all greeted us as if we had come home. Nancy was absolutely a lovely hostess, taking us to the cottage and going over the basics of how to work the fireplace, the jacuzzi tub, where to dine. Then she did the most wonderful thing... she left us alone the rest of the weekend! The cottage was so cozy and inviting at night with the lighting and fireplace. The jacuzzi tub was fabulous, I was afraid there wouldn't be enough hot water to fill it, but it was more than enough. The kitchenette was more than adequate for our needs and I loved using the little egg cooker with the fresh eggs Nancy graciously gave to us. The sun streaming in the cottage during the day was so nice and the tempurpedic mattress I loved. Ithaca has a lovely shopping area downtown called The Commons with neat shops and restaurants. Kilpatricks Pub was a really good choice for us. Good beer and Irish comfort food. We will definitely come back this summer Nancy!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Endicott, NY

Beautiful Hillside Retreat in Ithaca, NY

  • 5 of 5

The Stone Quarry Cottage is a very beautiful hillside retreat very close to Cornell and Ithaca College, as well as several state parks. What we found was exactly what had been described in their HomeAway posting and website, in terms of the features and amenities of the cottage. Their home address is not on any of the sites but can easily be found through Google.

The whole compound where the cottage is located is well-laid out. The cottage is in the rear of the property which is great for privacy. The whole compound and cottage was clean and well-maintained. We especially loved that the owners are environmentally conscious and had placed amenities for recycling. They also have environmentally friendly products in the bathroom and cupboard.

Little things such as wine glasses and a bottle opener are available as well as big things such as a working fireplace (wood and matches provided) and a jacuzzi.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Taughannock Fall State Park
Car: recommended

Ithaca is a community full of active artists and musicians. It is a rare night that doesn't offer a live concert or theater event. The Cornell Concert series offers world renown classical and jazz artists as well as exciting world music. A veritable treasure chest of resident musicians frequently play at local venues. Famous for its gorges and state parks, Ithaca has countless hiking trails.

Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary and the Cornell Plantations, some of the most beautifully walks in Ithaca, are just minutes from Stone Quarry House. Nearly twenty screens at Ithaca's movie theaters show a wide range of films from blockbuster hits to lesser known art films you would only expect to see at film festivals or in larger cities.

Dine out at the world famous Moosewood Restaurant, or choose from one of many other fine restaurants in town. Ithaca is famous for its International Cuisine.

Other Activities: skiing, snowboarding

Golf: Ask about access to the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course at Cornell. Buzz is a frequent golfer, and he may be able to help you set up a time to play or advise about other area courses.

Ski: Winter offers its own fun: you can cross country ski right out your front door, or drive twenty minutes to Greek Peak, the largest ski resort in Central New York. Winter also means sledding and ice skating on our own Stone Quarry House pond, or one of three indoor rinks in Ithaca.


Rates & Availability

From $195 Per night

Ithaca Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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CU Commencement
May 27 2016 - May 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Hillside Cottage rates are $20 more per night than standard rates.
Any reservation including a weekend night will have two nights billed at the weekend rate, unless discounted by the owner.
Contact us directly for monthly rates.

Cancellation Policy

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Ithaca Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Stone Cottage - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Large Jacuzzi Open to the Room
    Apartment Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Tower Cottage - toilet , shower , Waterless Toilet, Stone Sink, Glass-tiled Shower
    Hillside Cottage - toilet , shower , Waterless Toilet, Honed Colorado Sandstone Shower Stall
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Tower Cottage - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Freestanding cottage with kitchenette and back deck
    Apartment - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , free-standing with full kitchen for short or extended stay
    Stone Cottage - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , wood-burning fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, and kitchette
    Summer House - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Freestanding unit, kitchen, deck, private bedroom, full bath
  • Superior beds with hypo-allergenic or down duvets covered with high count line-dried cotton sheets and choice of down, Tempurpedic, or hypo-allergenic pillows.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Eco-Friendly cleaning practices, solar and wind powered utilities. Relax with the hammock, swingset, walled garden, and large yard. WiFi, wireless high-speed internet access in the apartment and the stone and tower cottages.

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