About the property
- Cottage400 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Four Cottages each with cooking facilities, bedroom, bathroom, and sleeper sofa
Welcome to the Stone Quarry House nestled in the hills just two miles east of Ithaca. Luxuriously furnished with Tempurpedic beds, pressed high-count cotton sheets, Jacuzzis and en suite baths, hand-knotted carpets and Stickley furniture, each of our four free-standing private living spaces is a calm retreat from everyday life.
Located just minutes from Cornell University and Ithaca College, Stone Quarry house is also convenient to downtown Ithaca and many beautiful walking trails through Ithaca's gorges. Whether you are here for a weekend or a season, Stone Quarry House is the place to stay.
Eco-tourism and Staying Green: We've purchased wind power from the energy grid in the past, but in the summer of 2008 we installed a large solar array and we tripled that in 2011. We continue to work toward energy conservation efforts, but the solar panels meet our energy needs now, even giving us enough electricity for two electric cars. We clean with eco-friendly products and hanging our sheets out to dry in the fresh country air whenever possible.
Local Food Renaissance: Central New York is enjoying a blossoming of local food resources. The Ithaca Farmer's Market is full of locally grown produce and ready to eat foods. Our restaurants are adding locally grown ingredients and many are building their cuisine around local and seasonal foods. Vegetarian Ithacans have splurged the Moosewood Restaurant. Now the omnivores among us are glad to see local pasture-raised meats showing up on many area restaurant menus. Ask us about our favorites which include Agave, Just a Taste, Bandwagon Brew Pub, Ithaca Beer, Hazelnut Kitchen, Suzanne's, and many more.
We've joined the local food effort by adding a small flock of chickens and fencing off a large section of the meadow behind the garden and the stone cottage for them to graze safely from preditors. We supplement their foraging with local organic grains, resulting in eggs which are naturally high in protein and Omega 3's. They are fun to watch and the eggs are wonderful. We added a larger garden, arbor and small orchard in 2009. Let us know if you are interested and you may be able to join in a picking party, try your hand at canning or drying food, or just try some really local fresh eggs.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Nancy Norton
Buzz and Nancy met in 1990 and have slowly transformed the property as they've raised their children there. Buzz is from Ithaca, and Nancy's paternal family has lived in upstate New York for almost 200 years. Her maternal family is from Brooklyn. They both love traveling, and appreciate the new ideas they pick up when away from home.
Why Nancy Norton chose Dryden
Buzz's family has had a stone quarry here since 1956 when they took it over from Cornell University. Stone is no longer quarried here; the stone fabricating business was sold in 2012; the quarry is being reclaimed, and the neighborhood is increasingly residential. We love the hillside meadow, the woods, the pond, the gardens, the orchard, the root cellar, the views . . . though with about eleven acres, it all keeps us busy! The main house was a Cornell Farm Service home Buzz moved here in 1987. After renovating the main house and raising our children, in 2003 Buzz built a garage with a 700 sq. ft. apartment for extended stays on the second floor. It was so popular, he built the stone cottage two years later. The tower cottage came along in 2012, and in August of 2014, the hillside cottage was opened. Each is unique, but all are supremely comfortable.
What makes this Cottage unique
Buzz started with a blank palate here, as the property was old quarry land. If Buzz isn't golfing, he is happiest taking an idea from paper to stone and wood. In 2016 he began a new business, Tiny Timbers, building small post and beam houses which are particularly appealing to those downsizing or looking for a second home. The local hemlock and many windows contribute to a design that feels particularly well integrated to the beautiful environment in the region. Buzz enjoys design, and our travels have subtly influenced each new building. The local blacksmith, Duran Van Dorn, has contributed his unique style as well. Nancy enjoys the interior design, keeping the focus on guest comfort while considering sustainability and utilizing the local producers of fine furnishings, particularly Stickley, Harden and J.W. Southard. Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home - walk the grounds, relax on the patio, or the hammock under the poplars, or the swing down by the pond, watch the swallows by day or fireflies on summer evenings, maybe catch a glimpse of the chickens or observe the ducks on the pond. Nights are quiet and days can be as busy or relaxing as you'd like.
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The most beautiful stay in gorgeous Ithaca, NY!!
I surprised my husband for his 50th birthday with a trip to Ithaca, NY. I wanted something unique, that would provide an experience that would always be remembered. After looking on HomeAway, and many other sites, I came across the stunning Stone Quarry, and specifically, the Hilltop Suite.
I planned our stay with Nancy, the most graceous host, and owner of the homes, with her husband. She gave me ideas on things to do in Ithaca, always answering any questions that I had.
When we arrived at the Hilltop Suite, it was more beautiful than you could imagine, and so much more beautiful in person. The pictures do not do those views justice. The home was clean, comfortable, and everything we both could have imagined. The home is dog friendly, which makes it even more special for my husband and me. The property is vast, seeing miles around the beautiful scenery of Ithaca.
I would HIGHLY recommend staying in one of Nancy's homes, and even more recommend the Hilltop Suite. If you're looking for a peaceful getaway, where the only thing you hear are the sounds of nature, yet you're only a couple miles away from downtown Ithaca, this is the place for you! It is your own personal getaway that provides you with all you need.
Ithaca is the most charming area, with wonderful restaurants and shops, national parks, stunning gorges, hiking trails....all while being right in the heart of the Fingerlakes. It is now one of my favorite spots to visit, and we will be back!! All three of us loved it!!
Thank you, Nancy (and husband)!!!
Michelle, Norm, and Schultzy
Thanks so much for staying at the Stone Quarry House and for your comments about your stay. If you can get away in the winter, you might try the stone cottage with the wood burning fireplace and in room Jacuzzi tub. Maybe you or Schultzy have a winter birthday?
Loved the stone cabin
Thanks, Nancy. To reiterate the note I left, I loved staying there, and that you accommodated me at the last minute. After incredibly long days, the heated comfortable bed and natural fire was wonderful. I can see this place would be even more of a treat in the summer with the outdoor gathering area.
Perfect little cabin
This is the second time my husband and dog have stayed at the Quarry House and we all love it. Cozy cabin, great fireplace and big tub and super comfortable bed. My dog absolutely loves roaming the property and we just love the vibes here and the owners are so nice and welcoming. Thank you guys!! PS whoever stays here next and you want to order delivery - try Luna! Their food is amazing and quick delivery.
Thanks so much for staying with us again! I haven’t tried Luna yet, but I look forward to it given your recommendation.
The Tower Cottage was a perfect home base for exploring the town of Ithaca and the breweries and wineries in the Finger Lakes region. We enjoyed letting our dog run about the property, a peaceful afternoon at the cottage playing games and reading, and sleeping up in the tower. The tower sleeping space is truly magical and the bed is one of the most comfortable we've experienced. All the furnishings in the cottage are beautiful and well-made, and the decor makes the place unique, but also truly feel like home. We would definitely stay again!
Thanks so much for staying with us at the Stone Quarry House. It was great having you here and we’d be happy to welcome you back!
This is our third visit to Stone Quarry, and second time at Hilltop. We stayed in the lovely, wonderfully appointed Tower cottage last fall—you have to spend a couple of nights sleeping in the tower cottage bed—it's magical!
We booked a few days at Hilltop in July and extended our stay because we couldn't tear ourselves away. Now we're at Hilltop again in November. It's chilly but the wood stove really heats the place up. Nancy reached out to me a few days before our stay to make sure we were up for the challenge of keeping up with the wood burning stove in order to stay warm—and she and Buzz were kind enough to set up the sofa bed in the living room just in case we preferred to sleep in there. The bedroom has the heated sheets but we opted for the living room—the stove really made the space warm and cozy—and the autumn views are spectacular. SO glad we got to experience Hilltop in the fall.
We'll be back!
Thanks so much for your throrough review! It is so helpful to know your experience of the Hilltop House so late in the season. We look forward to seeing you again in May!
Lovely, Peaceful, Clean....Absolute Perfection!!!
This was my first foray into the VRBO experience. I believe I lucked out in finding the Stone Quarry property...I can't imagine all experiences could be this good! I was in town to attend my daughters Speech & Debate tournament being held at Cornell University. This property is a short drive (less than 10 minutes from my specific destination). This made a nice get away from the hustle & bustle of the campus but close and easy to get there as I needed to. I stayed in the apartment above the garage. There weren't many photos of this space on the site...but it is gorgeous & well appointed. Hard wood floors, lovely furniture, even granite counters in the kitchen and a lovely flowing floor plan. I can't imagine staying in a hotel after this...SO much nicer! Nancy was also so very hospitable. I had several questions about the area & apartment. She answered all of them quickly and with such detail I actually felt bad asking at one point knowing she would put quite a bit of time & effort into her response. The apartment was incredibly clean. The bed (King size) & all furnishings were comfy & well appointed. I'd stay here again in a heart beat...highly recommend!!! :-)
Ithaca is a community full of active artists and musicians. It is a rare night that doesn't offer a live concert or theater event. The Cornell Concert series offers world renown classical and jazz artists as well as exciting world music. A veritable treasure chest of resident musicians frequently play at local venues. Famous for its gorges and state parks, Ithaca has countless hiking trails.
Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary and the Cornell Plantations, some of the most beautifully walks in Ithaca, are just minutes from Stone Quarry House. Nearly twenty screens at Ithaca's movie theaters show a wide range of films from blockbuster hits to lesser known art films you would only expect to see at film festivals or in larger cities.
Dine out at the world famous Moosewood Restaurant, or choose from one of many other fine restaurants in town. Ithaca is famous for its International Cuisine.
Other Activities: skiing, snowboarding
Golf: Ask about access to the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course at Cornell. Buzz is a frequent golfer, and he may be able to help you set up a time to play or advise about other area courses.
Ski: Winter offers its own fun: you can cross country ski right out your front door, or drive twenty minutes to Greek Peak, the largest ski resort in Central New York. Winter also means sledding and ice skating on our own Stone Quarry House pond, or one of three indoor rinks in Ithaca.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Hillside House rates are $50 more per night than regular rates and post and beam house rates are $30 more per night than standard rates. Any reservation including a weekend night will have two nights billed at the weekend rate, unless discounted by the owner. Contact us directly for extended stay or monthly rates.