Clarke's Cottage on Hidden Pond is a 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath farmhouse situated on 6 1/2 private acres in a peaceful park-like setting. The unassuming exterior blends in to it's country surroundings, while the inside will blow you away! Outside, the 6 person hot tub looks out over the pond, fire pit and grounds.
The entire interior has been renovated and recreated in 2010 with today’s creature comforts. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen has granite counters, a Viking 6 burner range top, Subzero refrigerator and a center island with seating. There are HDTV flat screen TVs w/cable in the gathering room & the library, as well as high-speed WiFi throughout the house. The library has books & games for your use. Additional 1st floor rooms are the dining area that seats 10, a bedroom with queen bed off of the library, an entry room, the 1st floor half bathroom & a laundry room complete with washer, dryer, ironing board & iron. PLEASE NOTE: NOT SUITABLE FOR WEDDINGS OR RECEPTIONS.
2nd floor: : The 2nd floor features a spacious master suite w/a king sized bed, cathedral ceiling & a walk-in closet. This suite has windows on 3 sides, & a beautiful view of the hidden pond at the back of the house. The attached master bathroom has an over sized whirlpool tub & a very large walk-in shower. From the tub you can look out of the 6 ft picture window into the treetops of huge maples or gaze at the historic red barn while listening to the birds singing sweetly. The large expanse of granite counter has 2 sinks and a vanity area.
On this floor you will also find 3 more bedrooms, 1 w/a king bed, 1 w/a queen & the last w/2 twin beds. There is also a large hall bathroom w/2 sinks & a tub/shower combination. Clarke’s cottage comes furnished w/sheets, towels & pillows, as well as some of the most comfortable pillow top mattresses you have ever slept on. The 2 king-bedded rooms have IPod docking clock radios as well.
The Property: : Outside – the beautiful vistas of woods & farmland create a peaceful getaway from city life. The large pond is surrounded by trees, creating a private lagoon to enjoy through all seasons. The hot tub is just steps away from the back door, and enjoys a view of the firepit and pond. There are picnic tables & lawn chairs, a gas BBQ, volleyball net & an inflatable raft on site for your enjoyment.
Homes on this country road are set so far apart that your privacy is assured. If you awake early enough, you might see deer, fox & other wildlife making their way home. A Great Blue Heron comes often to visit the pond. Songbirds will keep you company while you sip your morning coffee. Long after your stay, you will find yourself coming back to Clarke's Cottage as a pleasant memory.
Outdoor Hot Tub: We have added a wonderful 6 person hot tub to enjoy out under the stars. Soak your cares and tension away while enjoying the fresh country air and stars like you'd never see in the city!
Due to the intimate nature of the property, the home is only for use of registered guests. We do not allow weddings, parties or functions that include unregistered guests at this home.
Mitch and I moved from Colorado to the beautiful Finger Lakes region to begin another phase of our life together and to be closer to my parents as they are getting older. I grew up in the Buffalo area and Mitch came from the east coast originally, so this was a 'coming back to our roots' move.
After several years of searching in three different states, when we found the Finger Lakes we knew this was the place we had always dreamed of. Our love of water sports, lush green forests and a desire for the peaceful country life made Trumansburg an ideal choice. We found a wonderful historic mansion which we renovated into the Halsey House, a luxury bed and breakfast and we never looked back.
Mitch and I are avid animal lovers, with six exotic parrots and our beloved rescue dog Tess. Renovating these splendid old houses has become our passion and Mitch is certainly developing his woodworking and cabinetmaking skills here.
Someday I hope to get back to my hobby of making quilts, if I could only find the time. When we have the opportunity for a vacation, you will most likely find us in the Caribbean scuba diving.
This area of upstate NY is known as the Finger Lakes region, and its micro climate gives us milder winters and much less humid summers than other parts of the state. It also makes for a wonderful place for growing grapes. We are surrounded by wineries and vineyards, sandwiched between the Cayuga Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
We have sparkling lakes, over a hundred waterfalls, parks, farmland, forests, quaint villages and small cities. Although we are within a half day's drive from many large cities, we are a world away from the bustle and crowds.
Clarke's Cottage is 15 minutes from Ithaca, where Cornell University and Ithaca College bring culture and a vibrant atmosphere. Restaurant choices abound here, including several who specialize in featuring the bounty of the region's local farms.
The charming city of Watkins Glen is also 15 minutes away, with a park along the shores of Seneca Lake, The Glen racetrack, and the not-to-be-missed Watkins Glen State Park. The stunning beauty of this area is apparent through all four seasons, and you can be as active or as relaxed as you choose.