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Mockingbird Cottage, Minutes from Cayuga Lake and Cornell

47 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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3 - 4 nights


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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Mockingbird Cottage is settled in the middle of the Finger Lakes Region in central New York. Our beautiful home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and sits on 1.3 acres. This house is nestled among mature trees and several meticulously maintained perennial gardens. The property has been professionally landscaped for over ten years and is gorgeous.

On the outside, this house has a fenced in back yard with a deck, Adirondack chairs and picnic table with umbrella. Eating outside on the deck in the summer is one of our favorite things to do. It’s also a great way to stay dry and watch while one of the occasional ten-minute summer storms rolls in and has it raining buckets one minute and the next not a cloud in the sky. There are extensive perennial gardens and beautiful natural stonework.

Our cottage is of moderate dimension, and though it looks small from the outside, it is rather deceiving. With eight rooms and pleasant sense of space, there are essentially three living rooms in this cottage. The first one is more cozy than spacious. The couch is a large sectional and the end chair reclines to a full lay down position. The 27-inch TV and gas fireplace are also in this room. The second living room is quite large and has sliding glass doors that go out to the deck and yard. The third living room, is the smallest of the three. It has a wood-burning fireplace, a love seat and chair. With the fireplace sitting area as the center, the downstairs also has two of the three bedrooms, a bathroom with a small shower (the upstairs bathroom is a full bath), laundry room, and separate entrance to the backyard. The downstairs feels connected, yet separate from the upstairs. In terms of space, and the way it's laid out, the cottage has a feeling of privacy for those who need it while having adequate space for a group to feel connected.

The cottage has hardwood floors, new paint and carpets, one wood-burning fireplace (with plenty of wood provided), one gas fireplace, central vacuum, washer and dryer, living room, dining room, and family room with television, DVD player and a extensive DVD library with over 300 movies. There are lots of unique built-ins throughout the house that add to its cottage-like character. The first-floor bedroom has a queen bed, built-in dresser and sliding glass doors that look out to several acres of soothing pastoral views. The entire house is beautifully furnished in Pottery Barn style and has a library of with several hundred books, including a large selection of cookbooks. Fine linens are provided, accompanied by down comforters.

The Finger Lakes Region is a beautiful area with many lakes. Our cottage is located just five miles southeast of the tip of Cayuga Lake, where you can participate in kayaking, waterskiing, sailing, power boating and water sports. Also, the cottage is about 40 minutes from Greek Peak Ski Resort, several state parks, and dozens of wineries, and just under one hour from Skaneateles Lake. For anyone considering visiting Cornell University, we are only two minutes from the Cornell Vet School, two minutes from East Hill Plaza and six minutes from Cornell’s main campus and Ithaca’s downtown Commons.

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Suzanne Loesch
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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October 17, 2016
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About Suzanne Loesch

We are a couple that has been together for 25 years. We love to travel and both of us have small businesses we run in town. We have a stationery store called Mockingbird Paperie and a corporate and start up consulting business. We love dogs and have five of them! we both come from large families one is Italian the other Irish... so we never argue. I (suzanne ) am from San Francisco California and When I met Tim we fell in love and he brought me back to the finger lakes region where he grew up. We have two adult daughters that are both artists and we look forward to having you at our cottage!

Suzanne Loesch purchased this house in 2006

Why Suzanne Loesch chose Cayuga Lake

We live very close by and every time we drove by we would pass this house and notice it's charm and uniqueness and the people that lived in it became our friends and landscapers. The landscaping is what blew my mind and at one point the house had won an award for best landscaped house in Ithaca, I asked the owner if she was ever to consider selling to please let us know. She did and we bought it and a year later we turned it into Mockingbird Cottage.

What makes this house unique

It's a country house that feels like it's not too far away from town.. We are minutes to Cornell and minutes to the lake and town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at Mockingbird Cottage!!!

we enjoyed the beautiful house, yard,the delicious raspberries and the amazing flowering gardens around the house!!!! WE also enjoyed the many animals in the yard, such as birds, chipmunks, adorable baby bunnies and ground hog living near the barn and a mama deer and her two beautiful little fawns munching the grass.

We had a great time!

Thank you!
Jul 2009
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Mockingbird Cottage, Minutes from Cayuga Lake and Cornell
average rating of 4.893617 based on 57 reviews
Waxhaw, NC

Nice Cozy cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very nice cozy cottage close to Cornell and the finger lakes region. Surprisingly spacious inside, it was very comfortable for our family of four and our medium size dog. About 10 minutes drive from a ton of choices for food at Ithaca commons, Wegmans and other stores close by for groceries and other needs. Well appointed, comfortable beds and furniture, good working wifi.

Certainly would recommend for folks visiting this area.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, tasteful and comfortable !

  • 5 of 5

We rented Mockingbird Cottage with another couples for 4 nights in July. It was the perfect place to hang out with good friends, cook, eat in the garden and enjoy our time together.

The cottage was tastefully decorated, peaceful and allowed plenty of room to have time alone if you needed it.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us...we will be back !!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A refreshing weekend with friends !

  • 4 of 5

The mockingbird cottage turned out to be a perfect vacation home for our recent stay in Ithaca.

The cottage is comfortably located in the heart of Ithaca city, yet calm, refreshing and away from the city center hustle. The 24 hr grocery store, a pharmacy, and Dunkin donuts are just over a mile from the cottage and are super convenient during the stay.

The cottage itself is very charming, very well furnished, stocked with all basic amenities, loaded with games, books and dvds. The big backyard and overall landscaping around the house, the deck all add to the essence of a peaceful cottage.

It is close to all major attractions around Ithaca, downtown and Cornell.

All in all a pleasant peaceful experience !

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Emerald Hills, (SF Bay Area)

Cozy, amazing cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

Review Mockingbird Cottage 1/24/16

This is a long overdue review of this beautiful home! I am currently in the “cottage” (which feels much larger than a cottage, but has all the coziness) for the 3rd time. We originally rented it in August 2014 to bring one of our twin sons to college at Cornell, and have come back to visit several other times. This would have been our sixth visit, but the place is so great it gets booked up really fast, so be on your toes!

The house is gorgeous with beautiful art everywhere you turn, high end linens on all the beds, and whimsical antique touches throughout. The kitchen is large and fantastic to cook in with all the necessities and more. They have a brilliant cupboard filled with coffees and teas and giant mugs, which is particularly important when you get in at 9pm and there is snow everywhere! The dining room is lovely looking out on the backyard, which is a scene from Currier and Ives in the winter and a breathtaking pastoral wonderland in the summer. Old red barn!

The living room is great with a gas log stove, large couches, a bookshelf full of DVDs and another bookshelf full of books! The downstairs has its own family room with two bedrooms which is great for kids. It has a fireplace and TV (which our boys used to set up their gaming system).

The master bedroom upstairs has a delicious bed with gorgeous linens and beautiful original built-in wood closets and drawers. Waking up to the gorgeous view of the back acreage is a delight—in the fall it is lush and green, in the winter a carpet of diamond white snow.

Of course the landlords of the VRBO houses are what really make the difference between a wonderful stay and a mediocre visit and Suzanne & Tim are wonderful, responsive owners. They live just around the corner and can respond to anything you need help with right away. They are very kind and welcoming and will insure that your stay is delightful!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family place!

  • 5 of 5

We were in Ithaca for a wedding. My brother, his wife, their daughter and her husband stayed with us. The charming home was roomy and delightfully decorated. We had everything we needed. If we had any questions the owners were nearby and kindly assisted us.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mockingbird Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very comfortable for the 6 of us and we enjoyed sitting on the back deck in the evening. Everything we needed was there. The location was good. It was close enough to Ithaca that we could go for dinner or even order in pizza. It was also fairly close to the state parks so we could go hiking in the mornings and visit some wineries in the afternoon. The state parks are absolutely beautiful and the wineries are good and abundant.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Cornell University
"Gorgeous college! Check out Cornell Plantations for a nice nature walk."


Rates & Availability

Ithaca House Rental Rates

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May 25 2017 - May 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

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Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $30

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Ithaca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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