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Elegant, One of a Kind Garden Yurt

Michelle Menter

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Michelle Menter

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2015
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Elegant, One of a Kind Garden Yurt

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


Ithaca Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6

Climbing Vine Cottage is a custom-designed yurt nestled in an organic vegetable and perennial flower garden near our home. The yurt features a fully equipped, eat-in kitchen (includes chocolate and award winning, locally roasted coffee) with seating for 6. The bathroom is stocked with towels, local soap, shampoo, etc. Sleeping accommodations include a lovely master bedroom (full size bed) with flat screen tv for dvds, fold out futon bed in the living room (full size) and two twin beds in the loft. In the winter months the yurt stays cozy with a thermostat-controlled wood pellet stove (pellets are provided). The stone patio offers outdoor dining, a gas grill and fire pit. The wildflower field, only steps away, connects to a nature preserve and Van Buskirk Gorge with many waterfalls. Guests are welcome to harvest berries, fruit and vegetables from the orchard and garden. High speed wireless internet is also included.

Beautiful Cottage Seeks Ideal Guest: Comfortable, artfully designed, hand crafted yurt nestled into vibrant garden seeks visitors for memorable stay. If you like nature, hiking and gorge walks, if you are tired of cookie cutter hotel rooms or antique stuffed B & B's, if you want something unique and delightful let's get together for one night or many weeks! Hey, I know I'm just a 'luxury apartment in the round' but who says places can't have personality! Please write my caretaker and come visit me!

Talk About Kid Friendly!: Climbing Vine Cottage began as a playground and school for young gardeners. Small hands helped grow fruits, vegetables and flowers for their families and our local soup kitchen Loaves and Fishes. Children have raised butterflies, caught frogs and identified bugs. The yurt was our classroom. In the garden you'll find the cedar tool shed neatly organized with high quality child-sized tools and children's gardening books. In the yurt children will be delighted to sit at the child's table for 4 and use the beading, drawing, collage and clay materials we always keep in stock. There's a play kitchen, tea set and apron, plus baskets with legos and a train set and a well-stocked children's book shelf. Additionally you'll find kid-friendly-adaptive-devices like a step stool, potty seat, and low bench.

For adults without kids don't worry, when we know you're coming we place these materials out of the way, on shelves, etc.

Perfect for a Romantic Getaway: Climbing Vine Cottage makes it easy to find the time for each other. Cook together in a beautiful kitchen or get take out. Cozy up by the fire or climb in bed and watch a DVD. Better yet, climb up to the loft to watch the stars. Explore the forest and gorge in privacy surrounded by peace and beauty.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michelle Menter (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2015

About Michelle Menter

I grew up on this land hiking the gorge, playing in waterfalls and riding horses in the pasture. After traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East and India and living in San Francisco I came back home to build a house here so my children could also experience the beauty of living close to nature. Family members helped to build the yurt which originally served as the school house for my children's gardening program. My dad and I are avid gardeners and orchardists. It's our pleasure to offer warm hospitality to travelers seeking a unique yurt experience!

Michelle Menter purchased this cottage in 2008

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
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Elegant, One of a Kind Garden Yurt
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
Woodbury, NJ

We'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

We're so glad we choose to stay at Climbing Vine Cottage! The warmth of the fire, the sound of the rain on the roof and the gentle quietness of the land added to our rest and relaxation. We will definitely be back in winter! And spring! And summer!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love when our guests have a great time here at Climbing Vine Cottage. As a thank you to our happy vacationers, returning guests save 5%.
Rochester, NY

Lovely, peaceful, quiet, one-of-a-kind

  • 5 of 5

The photos and description of the Garden Yurt were highly accurate--in fact it's even more lovely in person! The yurt was perfect for our family of 5. Our children (10, 8, and 6) loved the garden, chickens, frogs and the children of our wonderful host, Michelle, who were as gracious and welcoming as she is. We felt at home within 5 minutes of arriving.

Property. The property is lovely--even more so in than the beautiful pictures. Tucked well back from the road, it is quiet and peaceful. There is a wonderful and challenging hike from a path right behind the yurt that will take you down through woods to hidden waterfalls and a gorge that our family felt like we discovered. The garden is "tastefully" planted with flowers and vegetables. Michelle invited us to pick and eat strawberries, lettuce, carrots. The kids could hardly believe it! The property is also within 15-20 minutes from all that Ithaca offers.

Privacy. The yurt offers a great deal of privacy, as well. Although it is adjacent to the host's home, we felt we could interact with them as little or as much as we wanted, and the placement and architecture of the yurt makes is such that you feel like you're in your own world. There is a completely private patio in the back where you can have dinner or read in the sun completely hidden with nothing but nature surrounding you.

Yurt. The yurt itself is nicely appointed--tasteful decor and modern appliances. We didn't cook extensively, but I would imagine that chefs would have a blast there--terrific large gas stove and plenty of room to prep and eat. The fans kept things cool and comfortable while we were there (though the two days we stayed were not particularly hot). We had two children sleep in the loft and one on a futon. The two younger children slept in the loft, which they loved.

Cautions/weaknesses.It's hard to think of anything to criticize. My only caveat would be about the loft for young children. Coming down the ladder during the night could get dangerous for some young children (under 7 or 8?) because it is a blind backwards climb. You could hem them in with some kind of blockade, but in the unlikely event of a fire that could be dangerous too. It is a manageable caution, especially if you're there long enough for them to get used to it. Just something to be aware of if you plan to have very small children sleep in the loft.

Overall, we could not have been happier with our stay at the Garden Yurt. We would love to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Syracuse, NY

An amazing place for the child with in all of us

  • 5 of 5

Michele and her father George, showed so much hospitality and warm we felt as if we were home. The Yurt was roomy, comfortable and warm a true haven. We laughed giggled and danced. Thank you so much for creating a beautiful get away

Deborah Derusha

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Peace, quiet and green eggs for breakfast!

  • 4 of 5

We did not know what to expect upon arrival because we had never lived in a yurt before. For those who are new to yurts, they are actually big fancy tents! This one was very clean and dry and had finished walls. Nicely decorated with all the necessary basics; stove, fridge, fresh running water, nice half bathroom. No TV and microwave which annoyed hubby, but was fine with me, we survived. Michelle the owner graciously allowed us to help ourselves to fresh eggs every morning from her hens and to whatever fresh produce was available in the garden surrounding the yurt, the tomatoes are just lovely. My three year old had the best time ever playing in the sandbox with Elsa and Frankie (Michelle's kids) and looking out for frogs and gold fish in the pond. Oh by the way, some of the eggs are green (outside not in) and all are so delicious, nothing like freshly laid eggs for breakfast. Ithaca is just a few minutes drive and all the well known chain stores are there, Walmart, Home depot etc. There are some nice restaurants too. If you like hiking you have to go to Buttermilk falls and Tremont state park, lovely gorges and waterfalls. Over all I really enjoyed our stay in the yurt and the surrounding area. Hubby said it was too quiet, oh well. You must sit out at night and look at the stars, absolutely breathtaking. One thing to consider for those who have small children, there is a rather steep ladder leading to the upper level, the ladder is not retractable, so watch the little ones they can have nasty fall down the ladder. To my relief and surprise, our very rambunctious and recalcitrant three year old, only tried to climb the stairs once! There also lots of toys in the yurt for kids to play with which I thought was very thoughful.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Magical place for kids!

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I planned a family adventure to Ithaca, descending on Michelle, George, Elsa, and Frankie's friendly hospitality and their magical yurt with three adults and three children (ages 3 to 7). The kids were instantly enchanted, claiming the loft as their "fort" and running rampant through the garden and play area. Michelle and her kids generously shared their sandbox, swing set, and entire (huge) back yard for games of flashlight tag, hide and seek, and just running around having fun. The kids gathered fresh eggs, picked apples, helped dig for potatoes ("treasure"), and couldn't get enough of the frogs and koi. Sleeping arrangements were a little tight with that many in the house, and the space is by design very open (so if the three-year-old doesn't sleep, no one sleeps :), but the one private bedroom was helpful for that. Bring earplugs, and all is well with the world. There were staples in the cupboard, a gas grill and picnic table, and the kitchen had all the utensils/equipment we needed. The whole yurt was very tastefully decorated and thoughtfully stocked, with extra bedding and an array of children's toys, including a full toy kitchen set and art table/supplies (bring paper). Yes, the garden was as lovely and charming as it looks in the photos, and there's a porch to enjoy it from with a relaxing cup of [insert your favorite beverage]. The location was 20 minutes from downtown Ithaca (so do your grocery shopping ahead of time if you can -- we didn't, and the first night's dinner was on the late side because of it) and very convenient to wonderful parks. We highly recommend swimming/diving at Robert Treman State Park (weather permitting, of course) and the beach and large playground at Taughannock Falls State Park (deep end has a platform and diving board - fun!). All in all, a wonderful place to stay that is as much a part of our good memories as the rest of our activities -- not something you can say for a standard hotel! Many thanks to Michelle and her family. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful day/night spent in Ithaca

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in this beautiful, neat, cozy, breathtaking yurt. My boys explored the surroundings, enjoyed the pond, visited the chicken. It was a sunny day when we arrived and a sunny day when we left, everything looked like in these spectacular pictures. The level of care and detail Michelle takes in attending to her guests is astounding. She has organic chocolate in the fridge for you, organic eggs, and fresh flowers on the dining table. She has a little compost container, and recycling bins. She planted mosquito eating carnivorous plants for the guests' comfort. Everything she carefully planned and executed in that yurt amazed me and pleased all of us. I apologize for taking so long in writing a review, I wrote in her beautiful journal she has at the yurt, but then I realized that you need to be there in order to read it, so this review can reach people before their arrival. If you ever think of going to Ithaca, try staying at the yurt, it is an experience that will stay with you throughout the years! Here I am, 2 years later, writing a review, and remembering everything, as if it happened yesterday!

Thank you, Michelle!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Tompkins Regional Airport
Nearest Train
68 Miles
Amtrak in Syracuse
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt. 34/96
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Car: recommended

Climbing Vine Cottage is only 12 minutes south of Ithaca but you can do and see a lot before you even get into your car. Explore the wild flower field or play ball on the game and party field. Walk a trail through the forest or hike down to the gorge to see ice carved waterfalls. You don't have to go far to experience the wonder of the Finger Lakes Region. Up the road you'll find great fruit picking and cider doughnuts at Little Tree Orchards or go two miles further and drive through Newfield's Historic Covered Bridge.

Climbing Vine Cottage is the perfect spring board for day trips to the Grassroots Festival and the Ithaca Festival, the Wine Trail, our award winning Ithaca Farmer's Market, great hiking and biking, the beautiful Cayuga Lake, the Sciencenter, world famous gorges and waterfalls, Greek Peak, great dining, the Ithaca Commons and international events sponsored by Cornell and Ithaca College. Experience what makes our region unique!


Rates & Availability

From $180 Per night

Ithaca Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
High Season 2015
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Fall Colors and Holidays
Sep 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50.00 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $50.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Rate rises for Ithaca College and Cornell Graduation weekends. Please inquire for grad weekend rate and minimum stay info.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Ithaca Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • A colored glass doorknob opens into a lovely bathroom. Exciting light green walls are accented by custom tile work around the shower. Shampoo, conditioner and local soap are in the wall cabinet over the sink. Behind the toilet you'll find fresh towels, toilet paper and earth friendly cleaning products.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double , Memory foam mattress and down comforter
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , Dome window for star gazing!
    Living Room - 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Super comfortable White Lotus full-size futon & child's bed
  • Sleep soundly in the master bedroom on an incredible, full-sized Sealy Posturepedic memory foam bed under a down comforter with high thread count sheets. Fall asleep star gazing out of the large dome window in the loft. It's like being right outside except you're cozy and warm with 2 twin beds, down comforters and quilts. The living room can be easily converted for extra guests: the White Lotus full-size futon couch makes a super comfortable bed. Take the over stuffed pillows off the second, smaller living room couch to reveal another great White Lotus futon (child sized). You'll find high thread count sheets, super cozy quilts and blankets in the closet. We even have a full-sized air mattress to accommodate larger groups.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Walk through the garden gate into a magical, earthy wonderland. Stroll the garden to find late blooming New England Asters or watch the blue jays feasting at the 12 foot high sunflowers. Climb the deck stairs through the climbing vine arbor and enter a yurt unlike one you've ever seen before. You won't find lattice walls or plastic windows, this custom made yurt is much more like a luxury apartment in the round! The kitchen is fully equipped with high-end appliances, cast iron and stainless steel baking and cookware, lovely table service and cutlery, coffee grinder and french press. Every kitchen cabinet door opens with a different nature-inspired knob or pull made of glass, beads, bone or metal. One cupboard holds cooking basics like spices, honey, sugar, popcorn, cocoa powder, etc. The stylish dining table seats six in comfort. The living room couch is enveloped in blue velvet. Get cozy in front of the thermostat-controlled wood pellet stove and relax!

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