|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This lovely victorian farmhouse/retreat is set in the the rolling hills above Cayuga Lake, just 15 minutes outside of downtown Ithaca. It is a very special place with 6 acres of beautiful grounds, a large 40 foot in ground pool, a six person softtub/hot tub, a four person infrared sauna, peaceful walking trails with benches, a pond with a paddle boat, a fitness room (in Separate outbuilding near the pool) and herb gardens. The main house has wrap around porches with seating, two special third floor bedrooms that share a cute bathroom with skylights and interesting dormered angles (each has a double bed), There are four second floor bedrooms. On the west wing, there is one with a queen bed, one with a queen bed and twin bed and a full bath and sun sitting room. On the second floor east wing, there is one with a double bed and twin bed, one with a twin bed and a half bath. The first floor has a full bath, diningroom, livingroom, kitchen, parlor (with sauna), entryroom and laundryroom. There are two more bedrooms in the carriage house, each with a private bath. Both bedrooms have a unique style bunk system, with a double bed on the bottom and a twin bed on top. They have private outside entrances. There is a basketball court beside the carriage house.
From June through August, up to 10 bedrooms are available. The 2 extra bedrooms, each with a private bath rent for $60/each/night for shorter stays, $50/each/night for one week or longer stays. In July and August, there is a one week minimum stay, check in day is Saturday in 2016 but will be Friday starting in 2017. Other months, our 2 day minimum applies.
Keywords: victorian, vacation home, inground pool, hot tub, House, farmhouse, estate, retreat, victorian
We use this lovely retreat as a health retreat center several times per year. In between, it is offered as a special vacation rental.
There is wonderful wildlife, it is very peaceful and tranquil. It feels as if you are secluded in the country, but a 15 minute drive gets you downtown.
Can't say enough about this wonderful property. The owners were always available to respond to any questions we had. The onsite caretakers were friendly and available to answer any questions we may have had during our stay The house and yard were in pristeen condition. The house was stocked with everything we needed. The kitchen had all the necessary appliances and cookware as well as dishes, glassware and cutlery. Ample linens were provided for all the guests. Although the weather did not permit us to utilize the pool, the paddleboat, walking trails and firepit were enjoyed by all. It was the perfect place to hold our family reunion as we celebrated our daughter's graduation from Ithaca College. This place is truly a 10 and we would definitely recommend it.
On top of taking my group last minute after a late-notice cancellation, the hosts were great and affordable. The house and the yard had loads of space and the kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed. It was the ideal place for our student retreat as it offered many different sitting areas that could hold a lot of people, and many rooms that weren't cramped at all. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
We can't express what a wonderful time our family had here! The area itself turned out to be pretty special. We enjoyed several gorge hikes, the farmers market, a few of us did local winery tours, the kids loved the museums and science center and more! This house offers so many amenities and lots of room. We loved them all! The sauna, hot tub, pool, fitness room, fire pit, pond, paddleboat, walking trails, basketball court, outdoor picnic area, it is just unbelievable how well set up it is for a vacation. We used all ten bedrooms as we have a large family group and everyone was comfortable and very very happy! We try to do a family get together every summer like this and it has been at many different places around the country. This is the first time that we want to come back to the same place rather than find another adventure, because it just works so well for what we need and we feel that the area has so much to offer as well! We highly recommend it!
This is the 3rd year that our family stayed at the Blue Spruce Vacation Retreat. We just love the house and grounds! It is the perfect place for a family reunion! The grandkids had plenty of great lawns to play games and run around on, they loved chasing frogs around the pond in the paddleboat and of course, the pool!! It is a very large pool, surrounded by lovely trees and the entire family spend a good deal of the week there! Some of our kids love to work out and are so pleased that there is a fitness room. They would always follow their workouts with a soak in the hot tub or a session in the sauna! The second year that we came, the owners added a covered outdoor picnic area with barbecue and picnic tables. This has become our favorite evening dinner and hangout spot, followed by smores around the fire pit, under the stars. The bedrooms are all comfortable, each having air conditioning, the kitchen is well equipped and the house has lots of warm, Victorian charm. We just love this place. We are already booked again for next year!
Our group of 10 family members stayed at this lovely home and property for a week in Aug. We had bedrooms to spare and no arguments over bathrooms! The property was wonderful too: trails to explore, pool to cool off in at the end of busy days, fitness room, hot tub, VCR/DVD and film library, fire pit, basketball court and my favorite, peaceful porches for just plain relaxing. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, pots, pans, etc., stove/oven, plenty of refrigerator space, and a dishwasher. (Also a blender, toaster oven and panini-maker.) Beds were comfortable, linens supplied. A washer and dryer were available which would be handy especially if small children were staying here. The owners have thought of everything to make guests' visits pleasant and comfortable.
My family, 18 people, recently stayed in this beautiful retreat. We had a wonderful week! The house was comfortable and charming,clean and plenty of different spaces so that we never felt crowded. The grounds were VERY nice, with a large pool, nice pond, walking trails that went through their own little private woods, large yard areas (we had many family games) a basketball court and outdoor hot tub (we loved our nightly soaks there)! The area was great with so many waterfalls and gorges, the lake, parks, museums, the farmers market and more. We did several wine tours, but mostly, simply enjoyed the house and grounds so much! There were barbecues, outdoor games, laughing around the pool and chasing kids along the trails. We loved it so much that we plan on coming back next year, even though we usually change it up!! I highly recommend this vacation house!!!
The area is famous for its many gorges and waterfalls. Also, the fingerlakes wine trail is close by for wine tasting and tours. Most of these attractions are within a 15 to 20 minute drive, there are some that are within a half an hour, such as downhill skiing. The area sports live theater, museums, science and nature centers, artisan shops and excellent restaurants.The Ithaca Farmers Market on the lake and many area artisans are also worth checking out!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$600|
In July and August, there is a one week minimum stay, check in day is Saturday for 2016, but beginning in 2017, will be Friday during these summer months. Additional Optional Fees: Event fee (event held on the property such as a wedding, etc, that involves guests other than those registered (additional security will be required as well) $800-1500 depending on the size of group.
Cleaning fee: This fee will not be charged if you leave the house in a broom swept condition, but if you do not, cleaning fees will start at $150, larger fees for excessive messes.
Additional room fees: For the 9th or 10th bedroom (each with private bathroom) it will be $350 week or $60 day.
Guests over our maximum: We will limit how many due to septic capacity, etc, but it will be $15/day for excessive guests
Our check in time is 4:30 (no early arrivals, the house will not be ready) and check out is by 10:00am (the cleaners arrive promptly). It is a large house to turnover and all of that time is needed to prepare the house nicely for guests.
Holiday and IC/Cornell graduation weekends will have different minimum stays and rates. Please ask
we require a deposit of half of the rent & tax to reserve, the other half is due 30 days PRIOR to check in along with a security deposit of $600.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.