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Private hot tub, outdoor fireplace, lake views, minutes to Cornell/downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath pet friendly with wooded lot, minutes to downtown Ithaca

This vacation property has a very large patio overlooking the lake with a fireplace and a hot tub which provide a wonderful night-time place to relax. This cottage was a speakeasy in the 1920s, so it has plenty of charm, but it was fully renovated in 2009. Both bedrooms have a new queen size memory foam mattress. The maximum occupancy is 4. Front-loading washing machine/dryer and dishwasher included. Not suitable for children under 4 years old due to things not being baby-proofed. You cannot access the lake from the property, but there is a swimming area just a 2 minute drive down the hill towards Ithaca. The Commons (popular restaurant and shops pedestrian area in downtown Ithaca) and Cornell both just a 10 minute drive away.

Elena Collinsworth
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Elena Collinsworth

I moved to Ithaca to attend veterinary school where I met my husband at a mutual friends 4th of July party. He was a lecturer for ROTC at Cornell, and we both since have been relocated to Virginia. We really loved Ithaca, and hope to return someday. Many hours were spent in the yellow cottage with friends and family, and my best friend was my roommate. The cottage was restored with love and care, and I put in many hours of work on the house myself.

Elena Collinsworth purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Elena Collinsworth chose Ithaca

I fell in love with the property and the character of the cottage immediately. Many people had passed it over because it needed TLC. I think you will also fall in love with the uniqueness and surroundings of this little cottage. I added a hot tub in 2011, and many hours were passed under the stars talking with friends and enjoying the twinkling lights on the other side of the lake through the trees.


Ithaca Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
A relaxing retreat close to all that the Fingerlakes have to offer


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(58 traveler reviews)

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Private hot tub, outdoor fireplace, lake views, minutes to Cornell/downtown
average rating of 4.4827585 based on 58 reviews
Chicago, IL


  • 4 of 5

Felt like we were camping for the weekend but with more comfortable beds. Kitchen was newly renovated so that was perfect. Minor issues: lots of bugs in the House even though there are screens on all the windows (not sure if perhaps the cleaners had kept the doors open prior to our arrival since it was in the 80s that day with no AC in the house); there is no remote for the DVD player which makes it hard to skip previews, pause, resume (since there is no cable, the only option is to watch DVDs); the outdoor space could use a little upkeep; it would be nice to have a recycling bin and larger trash bin for people staying longer than a weekend. Really enjoyed the hot tub.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Great location great views easy to get to town

  • 5 of 5

Very cute cottage hot tub was great

  • Submitted: May 19, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buffalo, NY

Charming, amazing view

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for our trip. It was so charming and the beds were really comfortable. We really enjoyed the hot tub and the out door fireplace, and the view of the water through the trees was gorgeous! We would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mechanicsburg, PA

Just right.

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect spot for my three night stay - quiet, comfortable, so nicely furnished, and just enough nature! The proximity to Ithaca (10 minute drive to the Commons) was especially convenient.

I really enjoyed the cozy charm of this old house, and I was happily surprised by the quality of the appliances - and the memory foam mattresses... just like home. :-)

My dog and I spent most of our time sitting on the closed in porch reading (me), counting squirrels (her), and watching the snow fall (in April!).

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Bryn Mawr, PA

Ideal location

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and had everything we would need. It was very quiet and had lake views, but still only a 10 minute drive to downtown. The hot tub was a huge plus! We will be back for our next trip to Ithaca.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rindge, nh

Quiet, charming property

  • 5 of 5

This property is wonderful! Full of cottage charm, but with modern conveniences. Antique hardware and furniture pieces, mixed with contemporary furnishings and modern appliances. Nestled into a wooded lot with a view of lake Cayuga. We were welcomed by a family of turkeys on day one and a herd of deer roamed through the morning of our last day. Beds are new memory foam mattresses, very comfortable. Plenty of linens, cookware, etc supplied.

Owner very accommodating and responsive to questions... Would absolutely stay here again (and again!), and reccommend to others.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

The cottage is located in a spot that I think is great for access to everything the Fingerlakes have to offer. It is only a couple of minutes away from the mall and the grocery store along with plenty of restaurants on Triphammer road. It also abuts the most historic neighborhood of Cayuga Heights where there are stately mansions nestle along the road with cliff views of all of Ithaca. Yet the cottage is fairly secluded, and surrounded by forests on a very quiet street. If you go up East Shore drive you will get to the vineyards along the East side of the lake and the cute little town of Aurora where the McKenzie-Childs farm is located (this is a very nice drive and visit to the founding location of this high-end whimsical furniture and home décor company). If you drive in the other direction there is an area for swimming at the Cornell sailing school that is only a couple of minutes down the road toward Ithaca. You can rent kayaks at Puddledockers, which is about ten minutes from the cottage near Meadow street. The commons is the boutique shopping pedestrian mall of Ithaca with plenty of great restaurants, and it is in the center of downtown, and also only ten minutes from the cottage. A thirty minute drive will take you to the many wineries on the West side of the lake and the quaint village of Trumansburg with plenty of antique shopping along the way. Robert H. Treman State Park is a great place to hike the gorges, and it is about fifteen minutes away from the cottage off of Meadow st. Ithaca Brewery is near to Treman Park, and it offers many nationally known micro-brews along with great locally-sourced food. The iconic Ithaca Falls are about a 5 minute drive away from the cottage (just drive down East Shore drive and head straight past Ithaca High School and the falls are on the left). Stewart Park is about five minutes away, which is the home to many festivals in Ithaca (Including Beerfest and the Scottish festival) and Stewart Park also has outdoor BBQ with a beautiful view of the lake.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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