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'The Grey Barn, Gorgeous Solar House in The Finger Lakes, on the WineTrail

Sarah Thomson

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Sarah Thomson

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2015
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'The Grey Barn, Gorgeous Solar House in The Finger Lakes, on the WineTrail

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Ithaca House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms plus full futon sofa, 1 and 1/2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9 in beds.

The Grey Barn Offers Unique Lodging in the heart of the Finger Lakes. With new solar panels you will feel comfortable being comfortable!

This house has been beautifully renovated and specially designed for vacations, events, retreats and short term rentals . We have four unique bedrooms, two queen bedrooms downstairs and queen bedroom and single bedroom upstairs and a full size futon sofa bed. The house can easily sleep 9 guests comfortably.

The new kitchen is large and completely equipped. There are cooking utensils, dishes,coffee pots, microwave,toaster etc. and all the place setting you might need.

The house is designed around a large open space that is very popular with guests. It is perfect for families and reunions. There are large sunny living spaces, a dining area and an open upstairs area with TV for playing DVD's or hook up your computer. Free Wifi on site. There is one and a half baths and a full laundry. We provide fresh linens, towels and soaps so you don't need to pack extra things. And yes, we have a hairdryer and ironing board!

On 2 acres there is room for outdoor activity, games or relaxing.

Enjoy the views from the upstairs deck or the patio, and use the grill provided .

You will be 3 miles to Cayuga Lake and 7 miles to Cornell and Ithaca. We are on the Wine Trail.

The Grey Barn is truly a complete home away from home.

Wifi , cell service, lots of parking provided..

On the Property : The Grey Barn is perfect for families on vacation, visiting students, reunions, weddings, or any occasion. Hikers, cyclists, ornithologists and all recreation minded folks are welcome to stay to take advantage of all the Finger Lakes has to offer. On 2 pristine acres, there is lots of room to get out and enjoy the country. Set up the croquet set and play a game. Throw the football around or just relax with a good book. Ithaca Farmers market or our own organic farm will keep you fed and entertained. There is a charcoal grill so you can cook your favorite meals outside.

Ithaca and The Finger Lakes Area: Ithaca is Gorges! We are fantastically lucky to have 6!!! parks in the area with a variety of gorges, astonishing waterfalls, beaches,playgrounds, fishing and endless activities.

For birders there is the Cornell Ornithology lab, a world renowned resource. We are on the famous Wine Trail. Hiking trails and mountain biking are what put Ithaca on the list of top 10 small cities to live in. The Ithaca Farmer's Market is the best in the US.

We have restaurants for all tastes from 5 star to carry out. For shoppers we are 4 miles to the 'Malls at Ithaca' and not too far from Waterloo and the Carousel Mall in Syracuse.

With a Regal Cinema Theater and the Cinamopolis there are options for everyone.

Events at The Grey Barn: The house can be used for many kinds of occasions. The large open floor plan makes it perfect for larger groups who want to share meals, entertain, and enjoy each others company. Families appreciate the large gathering spaces as well as the quiet private areas. It is perfect for wedding guests from out of town, a mid sized reception or the wedding itself. Just ask and we can figure it out!

Reunions, anniversaries, retreats, work related events can all be held here. We are 2 miles to the Ithaca Airport, so travel is easy.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Sarah Thomson (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2015

About Sarah Thomson

When I came to the finger lakes I knew I was home. As a lover of the country there is no more beautiful scenery than Cayuga Lake and its rolling hills, gorges and waterfalls. As a lover of cities, Ithaca is a unique blend of college town, agricultural center and state of the art high tech industry. There are restaurants representing cuisine from all over the globe, world renowned museums and infinite things to do and see. I enjoy helping people get the most from their well earned vacations. That is why we put so much thought into designing The Grey Barn as a home away from home for travelers from all over the world. Come experience The Finger Lakes with us!

Sarah Thomson purchased this house in 2007

Why Sarah Thomson chose Ithaca

The Grey Barn is now SOLAR! We are certified as a green business using energy efficient appliances and recyclable products. You can help by composting and recycling while you are here if you like, we make it easy! We have a farm 4 miles down the road and often drop off fresh seasonal organic vegetables to our guests. Our guests love the cheerful open nature of the house and central location to the Lake , Universities and Wine Trail.

Read the guest comments to see for yourself if this is the house for you. We hope so!

What makes this house unique

The Grey Barn is a self catering private house that you will call your home while you are here. We live 4 miles away and can help when needed or give our suggestions as to what to do while you are here.

People love the open floor plan and always say it is much larger than the pictures suggest. Guests love the comfort and decor of the house and is a real hit with reunions for families, small weddings and gatherings. I tell guests they need not bring anything except food and themselves.

Wherever you are coming from you will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of The Grey Barn.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a great place to stay! We had 8 people (two kids) staying and it worked out great. They have a big upstairs for those who want a little more privacy or need more space. The whole place is clean and had bright, happy colors and artwork on the wall. They had all of the amenities that you need for a short stay, including games and such for kids. We were able to get into Ithaca within 10 minutes. I would definitely rent this place again. VRBO Referral Jenny(Chicago )
Nov 2012
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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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'The Grey Barn, Gorgeous Solar House in The Finger Lakes, on the WineTrail
average rating of 4.787879 based on 36 reviews

The Grey Barn

  • 5 of 5

The Grey Barn is everything it promises to be, and was the perfect place for our family to gather for our daughter's wedding at Cornell. The open floor plan more than accommodated the 30+ people we entertained for a pre-wedding barbeque. (It rained that evening, and everyone HAD to be inside.) The house features a kitchen that is fully stocked with cooking and dining utensils. There is a large dining area and comfortable furniture arranged in inviting conversation circles in the great room. The owners have furnished this house with many special touches to make visitors feel completely at home; live plants, interesting artwork, family board games, radio, TV, etc. The bedrooms are large and very comfortable. Beautiful linens, comforters, pillows, and thick, soft towels are furnished. The owners are very nice and were available at all hours. The house was clean and beds were freshly made when we arrived. The landscaping is attractive and well maintained. The property is just a few minutes outside of Ithaca in a quiet, private rural area; about a 15 minute drive to The Commons downtown, or Cornell University campus. There are shopping malls, a movie theater complex and restaurants just minutes away. We would definitely rent this house again... and would stay longer next time!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Graduation to Remember at Grey Barn

  • 4 of 5

The Grey Barn was the site of our daughter's college graduation celebration. The house provided plenty of rooms for our guests to stay, and a huge open concept kitchen-dining room-living room for entertainment. The house is conveniently located on the Finger Lakes, which enabled our guests to go wine tasting, sightseeing, hiking and shopping on the day before the graduation ceremony. The Grey Barn's comfortable accommodations made our stay delightful and pleased our guests. We would recommend the Grey Barn as a wonderful location for lodging and celebrating when you have an important life event.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind remarks. We know it was an exciting weekend for your family and are glad we could help make it a special one for your guests as well. We hope you will revisit us perhaps for a reunion some day. Thank you for choosing The Grey Barn, Sarah and Keith

My family and I absolutely love it here

  • 5 of 5

My family and I love, I mean love it here! It is warm, clean, and beautiful! My oldest brother lives in the area, so the rest of my family and I stay at the Grey Barn, and it accommodates all of us! We have family meals- as it has a beautiful, open, warm and inviting kitchen and dining area! My parents love it when we are all together and have family breakfasts there! It is close to Cornell, Ithaca and the vineyards- which is a great thing to do during the summer!! My family and I highly recommend staying here, just not on the weekends, we plan on staying there :) Enjoy!!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we love having you! Thank you so much for the kind review. It is so wonderful that you have family so nearby and the house works for you. You are all welcome any time! Take care, Sarah

The Grey Barn

  • 5 of 5

The Grey Barn was a wonderful place to stay. All the rooms were comfortable and welcoming. It had everything to make our stay a pleasure. It was close to Ithaca.

The Thomsons were very welcoming and Sarah very helpful when I would email her.

I would highly recommend The Grey Barn to anyone. Hopefully I can stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us for your big event! I appreciate your comments and hope you do have the opportunity to return to beautiful Ithaca, you will always be welcome. Take care, Sarah

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay and have an event. We recently had our wedding on the grounds, and it was perfect. Plenty of space, a bright open layout friendly for hosting wedding guests, and beautifully kept grounds to enjoy. Sarah, the owner, was wonderfully accommodating with our vendors to ensure that we were able to host the entire event on site. I highly recommend The Grey Barn to anyone looking for a great place for a getaway or an event.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and your wedding was truly beautiful! Please come any time, we would love to see you all again. Take care, Sarah

A wonderful place to stay and sip vino!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean. I loved the the open floor plan of the main social/gathering area. Slept a lot of women comfortably. Beautiful artwork and decor. Thanks for a wonderful girlfriends getaway weekend. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Myriah, Yes it is a good "girlfriend getaway house" and I hope you return to sip vino with your friends soon! Take care, Sarah


Cornell University
Ithaca Farmers' Market
Cornell Plantations
Purity Ice Cream Company
Ithaca Bakery
Stewark Park
Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Bookers Backyard
Boatyard Grill
Myers Park
King Ferry Winery maker of Treleaven Wines
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
"Newly remodeled for winter and summer activity!"
Robert H. Treman State Park
Buttermilk Falls State Park
"Fantastic hiking and swimming!"
Taughannock Falls State Park
"Another Must see waterfall!"
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Steamboat Landing
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Crossroads, Rouges Harbor, Bookers, Ciao
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Greek Peak
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Myers Park
Car: necessary

The motto for Ithaca is ' Ithaca is gorges' This play on words reflects both the phenomenal gorges, no less than 6 of them within 15 miles and most within 7 miles. These fantastic gorges can be easily accessed to hike and some have swimming holes. Gorgeous is Cayuga Lake and surrounding area. The lake beckons you to swim, fish, boat or just watch its many moods. At The Grey Barn you will be on the Wine Trail, near the Cornell Plantations and Ornithology Lab.

If you are a biker you are in one of the top Mountain biking areas in NY and road biking can't be better.

You will be tempted by multiple restaurants with diverse cuisines nearby. However you may prefer to pick up local foods and cook them at home in the full large kitchen back at The Grey Barn.

If you are interested in vegetable farming we have an organic vegetable farm 4 miles down the road that we would be happy to show you and offer fresh produce in season.

However you spend your time you will want to return to see the area in a different season and light and we will welcome you back!


Rates & Availability

From $450 Per night

Ithaca House Rental Rates

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high season
May 1 2015 - Oct 1 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes If you need to cancel I will refund payment, less cancellation charge, if I can re-rent the property .
If you are planing an event, wedding or group gathering please call or email for special event pricing.
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Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , downstairs, private room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , downstairs, private
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs with balcony and private entrance.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , double bed futon sofa.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , upstairs single bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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