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Writer's Retreat / Vacation Rental

Bedrooms 2
Space 930 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

Wonderful Vacation Spot For Small Family, Or Quiet Retreat For Writer/scholar.

This beautiful hilltop cottage in upstate New York is the perfect vacation spot for a small family, or a quiet retreat for a writer or scholar. Located near the Finger Lakes, it is less than four hours from New York City, and only 40 minutes from the spectacular gorges and vibrant cultural attractions of Ithaca. The immediate vicinity offers river sports (kayaking and canoeing), skiing, snowshoeing, country rambles out the front door, hiking and biking, and antiquing. Ithaca's superb restaurants, cinema, bookstores, gourmet groceries, libraries, live theater and museum are close at hand, and the Finger Lakes wineries and Corning Museum of Glass are an easy day trip. Syracuse, an hour north, offers a fine regional theatre and burgeoning art scene. Parents of college students attending SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College and Cornell will find this a convenient rendezvous spot to spend down time with their kids during breaks or at graduation. For those who need a peaceful getaway and time to think and work, it offers seclusion in a lovely, natural setting. The quiet of the days is broken only by the sound of peepers in the spring, birds in the summer and crickets in the fall. On clear nights the stars are truly spectacular.

The house in tastefully furnished by its artist owner. It has one bedroom and a sleeping porch, one bath, a full kitchen with a fine, vintage Chambers cook stove, a Vermont Casting wood stove in the living room, a dishwasher, washer/dryer,

and dish TV. It is situated on thirty acres of open field and woods, with a small pond big enough for swimming and a half mile mowed path through the meadow.

The house is smoke free, maximum occupancy four people, children welcome but pets are not. One week minimum.

More Details

Linn Underhill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Linn Underhill

I am an artist/photographer, and have lived here for the last 30 years. I teach at Colgate University and am getting ready to retire. This is the spot where my three children and seven grandchildren love to gather once a year in August, for a beautiful family reunion. Now I want to share it with others who love the peace and beauty of rural New York state.

Linn Underhill purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Linn Underhill chose New York

I was first attracted to the long view out the north window, the open field and the woods. Its location, within striking distance of Ithaca, Binghamton and Syracuse, means that social, cultural and practical attractions are close at hand. I now live in my studio, built in 2003, so the house is available for guests year-round -- cool in the summer and cozy in the winter.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful place to spend a birthday! Thanks for letting us use your comfortable cottage.
Apr 2013
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Marathon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 930 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch Furniture
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Writer's Retreat / Vacation Rental
average rating of 4.857143 based on 18 reviews

A secluded, peaceful location to enjoy special ttime

  • 4 of 5

The writer's retreat was perfect for the 5 days we spent there. Our party was composed of four adults and the house was spacious enough to accommodate us comfortably. The vintage stove worked wonder. The rental is a bit isolated, which was perfect for us but may require some shopping planning if one minds spending a lot of time driving to a decent grocery store. The drive to Ithaca is long --it took us an hour each way-- but again, the house's isolation was a plus for us. The pond is a gem if you don't mind sharing it with lily pad-looking plants and tiny aquatic creatures. The only reason we give the place 4 stars and not 5 concerns the general state of the house. The interior and exterior looked a bit more shabby than they did on the photos here. That said, we would rent it again on a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for us.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely tranquil spot. Gracious hostess. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful location. Quaint, rustic. Everything on hand you need for a quiet , self catering holiday.

  • 4 of 5

Remote, need GPS to take you to the door. Wooded surroundings, care needed on roads into the property. We loved the oven, wood burner and shabby chic feel to the property.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, creative vibe with great amenities and amazing scenery

  • 5 of 5

I am a writer and college professor. I booked Linn's place for four days between two trips for work. I envisioned a real writer's retreat: a place where I could hole up for several days by myself and get some good writing done. Linn's place offered that and so much more. It was a comfortable place to get away from distractions and focus on work, for sure. But the property also offered plenty of opportunities to set down the work, too: to take meditative walks, look at the stars (wow! the stars!), and have afternoon hangout time on the patio with Linn's friendly cat, Pretty. Linn is an artist with an artist's sensibility and that permeates everything about the cottage and property. I feel lucky to have found her place and I hope to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet, Peaceful and Charming Spot

  • 5 of 5

Linn's cottage is lovely; in such a quiet peaceful spot in the country. The house has most everything one could need with a comfortable bedroom and a sleeping porch, well-equipped kitchen and front patio. The pond is a short walk from the house (like 2 minutes) and is a nice secluded spot. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage in a peaceful and beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We were visiting for our son's graduation and stayed at the cottage for four nights. Linn stayed in touch and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. The cottage has an interesting book collection, games, music, comfy beds and at night we would fall asleep with the sound of crickets and frogs. With that said be prepared to stock up on food and other needs, it's not a short hop to the local store but that is what makes it so special. Each night we looked forward to our evenings sitting outside under the stars. It's a lovely place!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ithaca, NY
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Syracuse, NY
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Greek Peak


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

$560/week or $1750/month. Minimum stay one weeks.
$800/week, $200/weekend night, $150/week night during May and June graduation season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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