Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Private Country Estate near wineries, 6 bdrm, 4 ba, hot tub, firepit & billiards

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Mid-Century Lodge - bright, open-concept w/ 7 beds, 4 baths, 14 acres in ITHACA

Shangri-Lodge: A Zen, Mid-Century Retreat On 14 Acres

Whether it’s wine, waterfalls, or unwinding that brings you to the Finger Lakes, Shangri-Lodge will help you have a trip to remember.

We remodeled this 6-bedroom, 4-bath mid-century style home in 2013 and 2014, living in the house while we worked. We loved it so much, we were reluctant to move when we finished. But we wanted to share this special place with guests even more!

Shangri-Lodge sits on 14+ pastoral acres less than 10 minutes by car from downtown Ithaca, quaint Trumansburg, and the Cayuga and Seneca Wine Trails. Summer evenings are wonderful at Shangri-Lodge, with a fire crackling in the fire pit and the kids chasing lightning bugs under a big, star-filled sky. The year-round outdoor hot tub for 6 near the burbling creek provides another wonderful spot to relax.


An open floor-plan, many windows and skylights overlooking the property, and a great room under beamed ceilings make Shangri-Lodge feel expansive, but we arrange the furnishings into conversation areas to keep it intimate. Grab a plush blanket from the cabinet and settle in on the sofas and chairs in front of the wood burning fireplace and flat-screen.

Near the dining room, a second conversation area features four chairs gathered around a plush ottoman, so you can put your feet up together and plan your adventures. The dining table, illuminated by statement lighting, seats 12 before a lovely view of the grounds.

Our dream kitchen lives at Shangri-Lodge. Bring your favorite recipe (or try one of ours) and let the kitchen be your canvas: it has a 4-burner gas stove with griddle, a professional double fridge/freezer, quartz countertops, and cabinets fully stocked for chefs with all utensils and small appliances.

A huge, 19 foot custom island takes center stage in the kitchen. With its four barstools, it’s the place to gather for morning coffee and, in the evening, uncorking your haul from the wineries. (Don’t worry, the whisper-quiet Bosch SilencePlus dishwasher won’t interrupt your after-dinner conversation.)

On the lower level, find our family room, with an electric fireplace, flat-screen TV, sectional sofa, pool table and a door that leads directly to the hot tub. In wintertime, simply walk out the door and take three steps into the steamy water. A stack of fresh towels waits for you in the cabinet.


Shangri-Lodge sleeps 13 people, all in ultra-comfortable beds. Five of the six bedrooms are on the ground floor, with two king beds and one queen bed on one side of the house and two queens on the other - a great setup for privacy.

One of the queen bedrooms has an en-suite bath with a remodeled walk-in shower. Three more ground-floor bedrooms are situated around a shared bath with a tub/shower combo. A third bath is located near the kitchen, across from the full-size laundry area that guests are welcome to use.

Upstairs, find the large, lofted sixth bedroom, with a queen bed and a separate twin. The convenience of an en-suite bathroom completes this suite. Wood-paneled walls and skylights to create a cozy, cabin feel in this space. There’s even a writing desk in case you get inspired. Or check your email; the whole house has state-of-the-art Wifi hubs.


Shangri-Lodge sits on 14 acres of former farmland, the most spacious lot among all our Classic Country Vacation Homes. A road divides our 14-acre property just in front of the house. On the house side, you'll find the creek and the fire pit with Adirondack chairs. Across the road is the creek-fed pond with a floating dock with a diving board. If what you seek is an easy, quiet escape from the city, you'll find it here.


Don't let its rural setting fool you: Shangri-Lodge sits in an ideal spot, less than 15 minutes from nearly every can't-miss attraction in the Ithaca area, and just five minutes from downtown Ithaca itself. Head into downtown for a foodie's dream date at one of Ithaca's many farm-to-table restaurants on Restaurant Row.

Or take your group out for brunch at a low-key local's diner. Downtown Trumansburg, a quaint creekside village with restaurants, pubs, a bowling alley, farmer’s market, pizzeria, grocery and liquor stores and local shops, just a 10-minute drive from the Lodge. Start with espresso drinks at Gimme Coffee, then try the eclectic breakfasts (like kimchi pancakes) at Creekside Cafe.

If wine brings you to the Finger Lakes, you're in luck. There are over 50 nearby wineries to taste test your way through, all of them easily accessible. Cayuga Wine Trail, the oldest wine trail in the country, is a 10-minute drive from Shangri-Lodge, and the Seneca Lake and Keuka Wine Trails are a short drive away, too.

At Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, Robert Treman and Watkins Glen State Parks - all within a half hour or less - hiking trails, rushing waterfalls and scenic gorges await. Don’t leave without visiting Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes. Paddle out from the public pier on a kayak, cool down on the swimming beach or hop aboard a wine-tasting boat to sample some of the region’s best wines while enjoying its most stunning views.

Great flow, easy living, light, spaciousness, the outdoors, all of these factors make Shangri-Lodge an amazing house for people to come together and enjoy each other's company.

NOTE: Not suitable for weddings, receptions, parties or gatherings which include outside guests. Property is for the use and enjoyment of registered guests only, unless prior approval from owners is given.

More Details

KC Christopher
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About KC Christopher

Mitch and I (KC) have spent years learning what travelers are looking for and how to pamper them while operating the Halsey House B&B in local Trumansburg for over a decade. We bring that knowledge to each vacation home we offer and you can rest assured our standards are at the highest level you will encounter in the Finger Lakes region and beyond.

KC Christopher purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why KC Christopher chose Ithaca

This estate offers the opportunity to live in the country while being in the city. It epitomizes what we look for and create in a vacation home - luxury, comfort, privacy, land, trees, an intimate setting with room to spread out and enjoy the simpler, finer things in life like downtime and spending time with people dear to you.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

This is a rare gem, surrounded by nature's beauty and only minutes from downtown Ithaca but a world away from traffic, people and stress. A truly private oasis awaits you.


Ithaca Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Any outside visitors not staying at the house must be approved of in advance by owners.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bedroom #4's en suite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 1st floor back hall bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 1st floor hall bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor queen bedroom's en suite bathroom
  • Two bathrooms are en suite, two bathrooms are located in the hall and accessible by all.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1st floor king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1st floor queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1st floor queen with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1st floor queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1st floor king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor queen with twin bed and en suite bathroom
  • Five bedrooms are on the first floor, one bedroom is on the second floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

92% Complete
7% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Private Country Estate near wineries, 6 bdrm, 4 ba, hot tub, firepit & billiards
average rating of 4.923077 based on 39 reviews

Perfect house for our weekend away

  • 5 of 5

This home couldn’t have been more perfect for our group of women going away to celebrate a milestone birthday. There were 12 of us and the House never felt cramped, there were beds and towels for everyone. The beds were extremely comfortable and we even lifted up the corners of the sheets trying to find out what kind they were because they were so nice! This is hands down the cleanest place (vrbo, hotel, etc) I’ve ever stayed in. The hosts were very responsive to all of my questions leading up to our stay and very accommodating when the threat of a snow storm nearly derailed our trip. I can’t think of one improvement they could make.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Pacific Palisades

Amazing home on a beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this lovely home for a family getaway in the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York. The house is conveniently located just minutes from Ithaca so there is easy access to the college areas, grocery store, restaurants, etc. The house itself is pristine and decorated so beautifully! The owners have thought of everything that you might need during your stay and provide it. The property is so beautiful with the pond, vintage barns, fire pit and acres to go for walks! KC and Mitch are attentive owners who make the check in and check out process so easy. They are both so personable and are happy to help you in any way. I look forward to returning and staying at either this gorgeous property or one of their others in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great property

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 10 and here was plenty of space to gather together yet bedrooms for privacy. This house has everything you could want or need. We did not use the hot tub but it looked great. The fire pit with all the Adirondack chairs was fantastic. While nothing is ever perfect this house comes close. The internet was sluggish and with three of our group needing to do some work while in Ithaca this was problematic but for vacationers who don't need to be as connected it would be fine. I would also note that while two bedrooms have on suite the other two bathrooms get shared by four bedrooms. The one bathroom is a bit out of the way especially for the bedroom off of the living room. These are minor details for sure. Our group all agreed that we will rent this house again for our next trip to Ithaca. Great house,great location for visiting the wineries,cideries and the lovely town of Ithaca. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review Donna! We have recently upgraded the Internet service to Hughesnet's Gen 5 now that it is available in our area. We look forward to your next stay! KC
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Could not have been better!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The furniture was so comfy and there were lots of places for our family to gather. The kitchen was well equipped and large enough for many of us to cook together. The hot tub and the fire pit were also well used. Would definitely book again.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

The house is on great location very comfortable beautiful and well equipped I would definitely come

  • 5 of 5

The location is great

The house is well equipped clean and comfortable

It feels like lots of thinking and love were invested in this place

The house is clean and comfortable and fun

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great stay!

  • 4 of 5

What a special place! We are a family with 10 adults and two kids. There was plenty of room for us to stay comfortably!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Ithaca Farmers' Market
Features fresh local produce, local free-range meats, flowers, art from local artists, local...
Robert H. Treman State Park
The scenery is straight out of a Tolkein novel!
Buttermilk Falls State Park
An easy walk from parking right to the bottom of the falls, with more strenuous exercise if ...
Cornell Plantations
Ithaca Beer Co.
Ithaca Falls Natural Area
Cornell University
Puddledockers Kayak Shop
rent a kayak and enjoy Cayuga Lake!
Museum of the Earth
Experience! The Finger Lakes
This company offers amazing in-depth tours of the Finger Lakes.
Taughannock Falls
Beautiful overlook of the falls, along with hiking trails with views of the gorgeous gorge.
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Ithaca/Tompkins County regional airport
Nearest Barpub
4.6 Miles
Corks and More
Nearest Golf
2.9 Miles
Hillendale Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Rte. 96
Nearest Restaurant
4.9 Miles
Boatyard Grill
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Greek Peak Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Taughannock State Park on Cayuga Lake
Car: necessary

Ithaca is an ivy-league college town which has numerous cultural activities and an 'enlightened' population, making it laid-back and progressive at the same time.

Surrounding this small and vibrant city you'll find a strong agricultural countryside spotted by quaint towns and villages. In addition to over a hundred independent wineries, there are artisanal cheese-makers, micro-breweries, spirit distilleries, farmer's markets and organic produce roadside stands.

Popular activities include wine tasting in a region known for award-winning wines and hiking in the area's state and national parks while viewing over 150 magnificent waterfalls. There are local and unique festivals all year-round and excellent restaurants, many of which have a locavour philosophy to bring you the best and freshest ingredients this agricultural region has to offer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $180 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 3.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.