In the heart of the Finger Lakes, this apartment is just ten miles from Ithaca and twelve miles from Watkins Glen. So if one of you is into NASCAR racing and the other wants attend lectures and music, you can have it both ways from here. No traveling down long back roads, either, since we are right on State Route 79, the main road between them.
The apartment was completely renovated and updated in 2012. From the photos you can see that the floor plan involves a large open living space with kitchen, dining area, and living room. Oversize windows allow for plenty of light in both the morning and the evening, and the view out every window is green with trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers for the whole summer season.
The bedroom and adjoining bath can be closed off from the rest of the apartment for privacy. Plenty of parking, too.
There is a lane that leads back to the rear of the property, which visitors are welcome to use. It goes past the new and old planted areas and back to a berm pond and stream. There are large open lawns that allow space for your dogs to play and exercise, and they are welcome to go swimming in the pond, too!
This cozy accommodation is located on a property which operated for many years as one of the premier landscape plant nurseries in the area. Those days are gone, but the gardens are still there, and rejuvenation efforts are under way.
I was born and raised in New York’s 1000 Islands region, even further north than the Finger Lakes. But after I graduated, I left to go to the “big city” - Washington, DC. A few years later, I moved to Baltimore, MD, where I met my wife, a native Marylander. We both watched in dismay as all of the places she used to play as a child fell to the bulldozer and the march of suburbia. After 20-some years, we decided to act on our dreams of moving to the “country” where we could have bigger gardens and possibly even a few chickens.
Whenever we would visit the Finger Lakes, we would find others who had similar dreams to ours. People who had left the high-pressure, high-powered jobs in the city and started digging in the dirt and making things with their hands and growing healthy foods for themselves. Everybody seemed to be optimistic and enthusiastic. We made up our minds that this is where we wanted to live.
After shopping around for a couple years, we found the perfect property in 2007. Though we didn’t actually move in until 2012, we had our new home, and our new life ahead.
There are many obvious amenities on the property that our guests appreciate as much as we do ourselves. The large open lawn adjacent to the parking area is great for tossing a ball or playing fetch with Fido. Traveling dogs can stretch out after a long ride in the car.
There is a grassy lane that makes a perfect walking path to the other areas of the grounds, over 11 acres total.
This summer, we will be installing a raised garden bed with fresh vegetables for use by our guests. Imagine how good that heirloom variety tomato will taste in your salad or sandwich.
The apartment is one of two that are attached to a 6-bay carriage house. There are no shared walls between the two apartments.
As mentioned in the apartment description, our location is smack dab in the middle of all the action in the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, Watkins Glen, Burdett, Trumansburg, Odessa, Enfield, Newfield, Hector, and Montour Falls are all within a fifteen-mile radius.
My wife and I are very proud to be able to take our turn as “caretakers” of this historic property. The main house is not included in the rental, but it still provides a very dignified and noble view from the front porch of the apartment. There is a New York State historical marker tells that the house was built in 1815-20, and was originally occupied by the Honorable Henry Fish, who was the first assemblyman from Schuyler County, and chairman of the first Board of Supervisors. Further history of the building tells that one part was originally constructed as a Masonic Lodge in the early part of the 19th century. As you stroll around the grounds, remember that you tread a path that’s nearly two hundred years old.
Drink in all of the joys and entertainment that the Finger Lakes has to offer, and come home afterwards to a peaceful night’s rest in the quiet hamlet of Mecklenburg.