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'The Grey Barn, Gorgeous Solar House in The Finger Lakes, on the WineTrail

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms plus full futon sofa, 1 and 1/2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9 in beds.

The Grey Barn Offers Unique Lodging in the heart of the Finger Lakes. With new solar panels you will feel no comfortable about being comfortable!

This house has been beautifully renovated and specially designed for vacations, events, retreats and short term rentals . We have four unique bedrooms, two queen bedrooms downstairs and queen bedroom and double bed upstairs adjoining a full size futon sofa bed. The house can easily sleep 10 guests comfortably.

The new kitchen is large and completely equipped. There are cooking utensils, dishes,coffee pots, microwave,toaster etc. and all the place setting you might need.

The house is designed around a large open space that is very popular with guests. It is perfect for families and reunions. There are large sunny living spaces, a dining area and an open upstairs area with TV for playing DVDs or hook up your computer. Free WiFi on site. There is one and a half baths and a full laundry. We provide fresh linens, towels and soaps so you don't need to pack extra things. And yes, we have a hairdryer and ironing board!

On 2 acres there is room for outdoor activity, games or relaxing.

Enjoy the views from the upstairs deck or the patio, and use the grill provided .

You will be 3 miles to Cayuga Lake and 7 miles to Cornell and Ithaca. We are on the Wine Trail.

The Grey Barn is truly a complete home away from home.

WiFi , cell service, lots of parking provided..

On the Property : The Grey Barn is perfect for families on vacation, visiting students, reunions, weddings, or any occasion. Hikers, cyclists, ornithologists and all recreation minded folks are welcome to stay to take advantage of all the Finger Lakes has to offer. On 2 pristine acres, there is lots of room to get out and enjoy the country. Set up the croquet set and play a game. Throw the football around or just relax with a good book. Ithaca Farmers market or our own organic farm will keep you fed and entertained. There is a charcoal grill so you can cook your favorite meals outside.

Ithaca and The Finger Lakes Area: Ithaca is Gorges! We are fantastically lucky to have 6!!! parks in the area with a variety of gorges, astonishing waterfalls, beaches,playgrounds, fishing and endless activities.

For birders there is the Cornell Ornithology lab, a world renowned resource. We are on the famous Wine Trail. Hiking trails and mountain biking are what put Ithaca on the list of top 10 small cities to live in. The Ithaca Farmer's Market is the best in the US.

We have restaurants for all tastes from 5 star to carry out. For shoppers we are 4 miles to the 'Malls at Ithaca' and not too far from Waterloo and the Carousel Mall in Syracuse.

With a Regal Cinema Theater and the Cinamopolis there are options for everyone.

Events at The Grey Barn: The house can be used for many kinds of occasions. The large open floor plan makes it perfect for larger groups who want to share meals, entertain, and enjoy each others company. Families appreciate the large gathering spaces as well as the quiet private areas. It is perfect for wedding guests from out of town, a mid sized reception or the wedding itself. Just ask and we can figure it out!

Reunions, anniversaries, retreats, work related events can all be held here. We are 2 miles to the Ithaca Airport, so travel is easy.

More Details

Property Manager
Sarah Thomson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Sarah Thomson

When I came to the finger lakes I knew I was home. As a lover of the country there is no more beautiful scenery than Cayuga Lake and its rolling hills, gorges and waterfalls. As a lover of cities, Ithaca is a unique blend of college town, agricultural center and state of the art high tech industry. There are restaurants representing cuisine from all over the globe, world renowned museums and infinite things to do and see. I enjoy helping people get the most from their well earned vacations. That is why we put so much thought into designing The Grey Barn as a home away from home for travelers from all over the world. Come experience The Finger Lakes with us!

Sarah Thomson purchased this house in 2007

Why Sarah Thomson chose Groton

The Grey Barn is now SOLAR! We are certified as a green business using energy efficient appliances and recyclable products. You can help by composting and recycling while you are here if you like, we make it easy! We have a farm 4 miles down the road and often drop off fresh seasonal organic vegetables to our guests. Our guests love the cheerful open nature of the house and central location to the Lake , Universities and Wine Trail.

Read the guest comments to see for yourself if this is the house for you. We hope so!

What makes this house unique

The Grey Barn is a self catering private house that you will call your home while you are here. We live 4 miles away and can help when needed or give our suggestions as to what to do while you are here.

People love the open floor plan and always say it is much larger than the pictures suggest. Guests love the comfort and decor of the house and is a real hit with reunions for families, small weddings and gatherings. I tell guests they need not bring anything except food and themselves.

Wherever you are coming from you will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of The Grey Barn.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a great place to stay! We had 8 people (two kids) staying and it worked out great. They have a big upstairs for those who want a little more privacy or need more space. The whole place is clean and had bright, happy colors and artwork on the wall. They had all of the amenities that you need for a short stay, including games and such for kids. We were able to get into Ithaca within 10 minutes. I would definitely rent this place again. VRBO Referral Jenny(Chicago )
Nov 2012
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Groton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Half 1 - toilet , toilet and sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , downstairs, private room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , downstairs, private
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs with balcony and private entrance.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , double bed futon sofa.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , upstairs double bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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'The Grey Barn, Gorgeous Solar House in The Finger Lakes, on the WineTrail
average rating of 4.7843137 based on 54 reviews
New Hartford, CT

Property is beautiful, spacious and had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at The Grey Barn for our daughter's graduation from Ithaca College. It was everything we wanted and more! Perfect location just 15-20 mins from downtown Ithaca. The home is beautiful and the beds were great! This is the perfect place for a larger group and the sunsets are magnificent!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. I am glad the house worked out for you and your daughter's graduation was a memorable event. It is always a pleasure to see families using the house and the grounds for larger gatherings. You are welcome back anytime if you find yourself in the area. Have a wonderful rest of your summer. Take care, Sarah
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Great location with lots of space for a gather of extended family!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed calling the Grey Barn home for our visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us Laura, we appreciate all our guests and hope your stay was enjoyable. Please know you are welcome back any time. Take care, Sarah
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Beautiful home with plenty of space

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over July 4th weekend, two couples and six kids (1-9 yrs). The open concept 1st floor was great and there were plenty of beds. We brought travel cribs for the two youngest. The property is nice but sits on a minor highway with no fence, so couldn't let smaller kids run around without close supervision. Theres plenty of games (and Legos) for keeping kids occupied. For outdoors, Myers Park was a short drive. Larger parks (Treman, Taughannok) were around 20 minutes.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical Weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was the absolute best choice of lodging for our family reunion. The large open main floor allowed all of us to feel comfortable whether we were conversing or having a meal. My grandchildren were thrilled with the thoughtfulness of the large Lego box available for building. What a treat. My family especially loved the outdoor seating area and the large lawn area for the children to safely play. We have sufficient amenities to prepare breakfasts and lunches (our dinners were catered. Everyone is asking "When can we come again!" Thank you to our hostess Sarah!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect!! Could use a second bath. Loved it would definitely go back..

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ralph for your kind comments. I hope you do return! Take care, Sarah
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Turlock, Caifornia

Comfy, nice great room and a great location near the airport

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed our stay, we were in town for a big reunion. Slept 7 ok but one shower was rough on 7 adults. Required planning! Kitchen and bath stocked nicely

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peggy for your comment. Yes that can be an issue for some, I'm glad you could work it out. Thank you for staying with us. Take care, Sarah
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Cornell University
Ithaca Farmers' Market
Cornell Plantations
Purity Ice Cream Co
Ithaca Bakery
Stewart Park
Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Bookers Backyard -- CLOSED
The BoatYard Grill
Myers Park
King Ferry Winery maker of Treleaven Wines
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
"Newly remodeled for winter and summer activity!"
Robert H. Treman State Park
Buttermilk Falls State Park
"Fantastic hiking and swimming!"
Taughannock Falls State Park
"Another Must see waterfall!"
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Steamboat Landing
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Crossroads, Rouges Harbor, Bookers, Ciao
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Greek Peak
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Myers Park
Car: necessary

The motto for Ithaca is ' Ithaca is gorges' This play on words reflects both the phenomenal gorges, no less than 6 of them within 15 miles and most within 7 miles. These fantastic gorges can be easily accessed to hike and some have swimming holes. Gorgeous is Cayuga Lake and surrounding area. The lake beckons you to swim, fish, boat or just watch its many moods. At The Grey Barn you will be on the Wine Trail, near the Cornell Plantations and Ornithology Lab.

If you are a biker you are in one of the top Mountain biking areas in NY and road biking can't be better.

You will be tempted by multiple restaurants with diverse cuisines nearby. However you may prefer to pick up local foods and cook them at home in the full large kitchen back at The Grey Barn.

If you are interested in vegetable farming we have an organic vegetable farm 4 miles down the road that we would be happy to show you and offer fresh produce in season.

However you spend your time you will want to return to see the area in a different season and light and we will welcome you back!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

If you need to cancel I will refund payment, less cancellation charge, if I can re-rent the property .
If you are planing an event, wedding or group gathering please call or email for special event pricing.
Thank you,

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.