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Rural 3-BR home, 12 min. from Cornell, couples or small families

Owner/Property Manager

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2015
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Rural 3-BR home, 12 min. from Cornell, couples or small families

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Ithaca House Rental Photos and Description

Rural setting, minutes to colleges and downtown Ithaca, beautiful views.

A roomy and well-designed home on 3 acres shared with deer, rabbits, and many bird varieties (Bird feeders at 2 windows). Completely redecorated inside with tasteful furniture and appointments. We grandparents stay here part time helping with three young grandkids down the road. Fully equipped kitchen, great living room with view, comfy beds in two bedrooms, 3rd BR an office with cots available for kids. Cool in summer, cozy in winter. Laundry, outside grill, garage with door-opener, plenty of parking. HD TV, cable, Blu-Ray, WiFi. University town 15 minute drive. Two small village centers minutes away with full grocery, restaurants, road houses. Giant mall 10 minutes away, all stores including good wine store. Renters get one dozen free-range eggs on arrival from daughter down the road.

Note that our cat Cato (A Russian Blue) travels with us. He's not there when we're not but, I'm told, his cat dander stays behind. So people with cat dander allergies should call ahead for information, or not sign up.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner/Property Manager (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2015

About Owner/Property Manager

Grandma & I rent this house from our daughter and partner who down the road with 3 grandkids: six, five, and two. We spend part of each month here reveling in grandkids (and helping parents) and enjoying the rich variety of activities in a university town. Our other two grandchildren (seven and four) are in Boston area so we are in our Boston home the rest of month enjoying the wide variety of a 'bigger' university town. Having failed retirement twice from the computer industry, I'm giving it one more honest try. Grandma is retired after teaching early elementary across 39 years. Personally, we occasionally use VRBO to rent, with friends, a villa in France where we shop the outdoor markets and wineries and cook up a storm.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 2006

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Ithaca

A decade ago, our daughter and partner bought the 150-year-old farmhouse across the road from Thornapple, gutted it, and had architect sister-in-law redesign the interior to a beautifully laid out farm house for raising kids. They befriended the retired late-70s gal across the road in Thornapple Cottage. It came to pass that she was planning to move south and live with her daughter, leaving the house that she and her husband built and raised a family. Finding it would be would be on the market, our daughter bought it for a rental. When we decided to become two-location grandparents, we simply rented it from our daughter. Needed some major redecorating so we did it. Grandparent sweat-equity. Pretty much child proofed, its a wonderful destination for us and, from the comments from the renters we've had thru VRBO, others love it too.

What makes this house unique

Being 12 minutes from Cornell University and 20 from Ithaca College, the house is wonderful for visiting parents, visiting professors, and others such as autumn deer hunters. Grandparents wanting to visit their grandchildren whose parents are in grad school will also find Thornapple Cottage a real treat. You're able to visit your family, retreat to your own house, and invite your family, grandkids, or whatever over for an afternoon or a dinner. Eat-in-kitchen seats 4-6 for informal meals and dining area has IKEA fold out table where we've seated 8 or 10 (with a card table assist.)

A locally-owned full-service super market (friendly, owners onsite) is five minutes away, along with full service library and a good country restaurant with a brew-pub bar where the grandkids can drink Shirley Temples and throw peanut shucks on the floor. A full mall is 12 minutes away as well as up-market shops you'd expect to find near an Ivy League university.

Great-grandma's 100 year old quilt is on the new queen-size bed and the twin beds have wonderfully firm and comfortable mattresses - and the twins can be made into a king. A ceiling fan moves a complete change of air thru the house every couple of minutes on summer evenings and a window a/c is unobtrusively in place for those really humid nights and days.

Sitting on the front or back porch at dawn or dusk in summer rewards you with a wide variety of birds trilling their hearts out. Deer, which last fall included a set of twin fawns, occasionally hang out in the back yard, playing like puppies. (Could the salt lick under the three apple trees be an attraction?)

Large front window frames beautiful sunsets in both summer and winter. Full HD TV with cable and DVR make for relaxing leisure time. Drive-in garage with auto door means that getting groceries in during rain or cold is easy and convenient. Very few mosquitoes the past two summers, just at dusk.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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based on 4 traveler reviews

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Rural 3-BR home, 12 min. from Cornell, couples or small families
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Woodstock, NY, USA

Lovely home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Thornapple while attending 50th anniversary festivities for our Ithaca friends. While we'd been to Ithaca many times, we always stayed with our friends; for this big occasion the house was full, so we found Thornapple. We were able to make ourselves at home with ease in this quiet yet convenient location. Fred made everything very clear for us to enjoy our stay and the house was well equipped with whatever one might need. We had a slight delay in getting television and internet going, but the usual solution (re-boot/unplug and re-plug modem) worked and then everything was just great.

Everything was just as depicted and advertised and the home was clean and welcoming. We had a great take out dinner from Asia Cuisine (they get BUSY!! but prepared our food in a timely fashion). I would visit there again as I would Thornapple.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Memorable Graduation weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we rented this home during a visit to Ithaca and Cornell University. It's a very relaxing and affordable way to stay in the area. We've stayed in many of the Ithaca hotels but they tend to be expensive and we prefer to cook our own meals. The home is small/simple but very comfortable, clean and the large kitchen is fully equipped. The owner's hospitality is outstanding. He provides plenty of information about the home and how to operate everything (including the large screen cable TV!) and provides fresh eggs and complimentary wine. It's only minutes from Cornell in a peaceful, rural setting. We woke to deer in the yard one morning and had birds galore on the stocked feeders. During what was otherwise a very hectic, exhausting graduation weekend, our stay was relaxing and memorable. Thank you Fred!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Tranquility at its finest!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house with another couple during senior weekend at Cornell University. Upon our arrival we found fresh, farm eggs in the refrigerator along with a bottle of wine. The kitchen is fully stocked. Cleanliness is a priority with me and this house is spotless. There is a big screen TV in the living room and there is internet access. There are plenty of towels, soap, etc. in the bathroom. Our beds were very comfortable with lots of blankets and quilts available. Best of all, the neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful. It was so relaxing! I am an avid bird watcher, so I especially enjoyed watching all the birds flock to the feeders outside the kitchen window. Fred is very kind and easy to work with. He is one of the most accommodating hosts anyone could ask for. It sure beats staying in a hotel in Ithaca. My only regret is that I didn't discover this house when my daughter was a freshman.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Hendersonville, NC

June stay 2013

  • 4 of 5

I found our stay to be quite enjoyable. The house was exceptionally clean and the back yard served us well for our little toy poodle and grand children. I do think, though, that some maitenance should be addressed to tub and shower area. Re-grouting that area would make tub/shower area appear much cleaner and inviting. I loved the fact that the owner left us with so much info. about surrounding area and a bottle of complimentary NY wine!

I also liked the fact that we were so close to downtown Ithaca.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Rogues Harbor Inn
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Cornell Univ - Robert Trent Jones
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Amtrack, Syracuse NY
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
I-81 in Cortland
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Waterwheel Restaurant, Freeville
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Greek Peak, Cortland NY
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Meyers Point, Lake Cayuga:
Car: necessary

Rural setting with beautiful sunsets. 15 minutes from Cornell University, downtown Ithaca, and 20 minutes from Ithaca College. Three wineries with 20 minutes, 100+ wineries in 3 hour radius. Finger Lakes recreational area. Two professional theater companies, Ivy League sports, famous farmer's market.


Rates & Availability

From $155 Per night

Ithaca House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2015 IC Graduation
May 15 2015 - May 17 2015
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
College Move In Week
Aug 17 2015 - Aug 22 2015
6 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2016 IC Graduation
May 20 2016 - May 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2016 Cornell Graduation
May 27 2016 - May 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017 Cornell Graduation
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150.00
Tax Rate 3.0%
Notes PayPal payments also available.

14 days or more: $120 per day.

Leave broom-clean and vacuum cleaner clean. Strip beds and put sheets & towels in basket in basement near washer. Dishes clean, or in dishwasher and running. Trash & recycle in containers in garage.

Optional $75 cleaning fee and none of the above.

Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Typical 60s ranch with one bathroom, tub with shower. Good news: unlimited hot water as comes off home heating system. Bad news is pressure is low: adequate but will not knock you back
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Closet space, luggage stand. Twins can convert to a king.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Closet space, chest of drawer space. Cable TV with DVR.
    Bedroom 3 - Converted to an office, cots available with bedding.
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 have closet space available for guests as well as some chest-of-drawer guest storage. Master bedroom has TV with DVR set-top box.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming

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