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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 - 5 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

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 Cayuga Lake

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


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

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Private hot tub, outdoor fireplace, lake views, minutes to Cornell/downtown
average rating of 4.457143 based on 35 reviews

Yellow Cottage - Ithaca

  • 5 of 5

Quaint, convenient and centrally located for great hiking trails, countless waterfalls and wineries galore. Updated fully stocked kitchen with outdoor patio and hot tub.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adequate accomodations

  • 3 of 5

Cottage would perhaps suit better during the summer months.

Would suggest some attention to detail being a landlord and frequent traveler.

Not pristine as far as the cleaning was concerned, cobwebs, crumbs, microwave, bathroom floor, were all in need of attention.

Limited towel racks. Limited lamps.

Sheets did not fit thin mattress correctly in one of the bedrooms so sleep was not comfortable.

Bathroom is extremely small and has no heat.

We were texted that the heat from the rest of the house heats it-but did not want to use the facilities with the door open!

Not terrible, not great for the price.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry you thought there were some cobwebs and crumbs. My friends who manage the property are very thorough at cleaning, but I'll let them know. I do know that some cobwebs can appear very quickly, as the cottage is in the woods. I lived there with my best friend for 4 years and we both get cold very easily. The cottage is small and heats up well, and the bathroom was always toasty, even in the Winter months. Just leave the door open when it's not in use and it works very well. We are getting new beds and memory foam mattresses in early June, so that should help with the bed situation.
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North Rose, New York

2nd time here, and we'd do it again

  • 4 of 5

This is our second stay at the little yellow house. Overall, it's very nice. The house is cute and comfortable. It sits on a side road just off a main artery into Ithaca, but you'd never know it. In the morning there are great views of the lake. It's an easy cab ride into Ithaca (about $16 each way), so you can enjoy some of the amazing restaurants and cocktails and not worry.

The hot tub is nice, and makes for a great way to end a long day on the wine trail. The kitchen has everything you'd need to prepare some great meals. We loved the sun porch for having coffee / tea and relaxing.

In the end the only challenge we had was the mattresses really need to be upgraded. With those changed it would be a full 5 stars and absolutely perfect.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, clean, and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage that is well-appointed, private, and clean. It had everything we needed and was only minutes from downtown Ithaca. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great winter get a way

  • 5 of 5

Watched the sun set over Cayuga Lake from the enclosed porch. In the morning drank coffee while enjoying tranquility of the woods.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute Lake Side Home

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We loved taking in the sights in and around Ithaca including hiking to waterfalls and brewery/winery tours. The home itself was very clean and well taken care of. We were surprised by the size of the kitchen which was larger than expected for such a small house. The bathroom again, was very clean. My husband liked that the shower head was high, because he is tall. The hot tub was great after a long day of skiing! Overall, we highly recommend the little yellow house. The only things I would possibly change would be for the fireplace to be usable and maybe add a couple of wall mirrors in the bedrooms. With just one bathroom, it would be nice to have an extra mirror to fix your hair while the bathroom is in use.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Ithaca Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
CU Graduation 2018
May 25 2018 - May 29 2018
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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