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Private Country Estate on 14 acres - 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, hot tub & billiards

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


About the property

Beautiful, bright, open-concept 6 bed, 4 bath Country Lodge w/14 acres IN ITHACA

Introducing Shangri-Lodge, our newest luxury vacation home in the Finger Lakes. The synopsis: a 3600 square foot home renovated in 2013-2014 featuring six bedrooms, four bathrooms, on a spacious 14+ acre property with gardens, lawns, fields, barns, a huge pond, many mature trees and a creek with it's own little waterfalls. Windows and skylights galore allow the home to be flooded with light and give you picturesque views out every window. Located in Ithaca, 6 minutes from downtown and close to both Cayuga and Seneca Lake Wine Trails.

The Details:

This delightful, spacious home began as a mid-century ranch with three bedrooms. In the 1980's an addition doubled the space by adding a vaulted great room, two more bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and a secluded master suite with a queen and a single bed on the second floor. You can just picture the Rat Pack boys mixing drinks in the great room and lounging around on the sofas in front of the fireplace so large you could walk in to it!

Since purchasing the house in June of 2013, we have completely remodeled the kitchen into a huge, bright, beautiful space that marries modern technology and convenience with some charming farm-style details. With 19 feet of counter space plus a 12 foot island, you can accommodate many cooks and helpers. The commercial-style 48' rangetop has four burners and a very large griddle. The kitchen is also outfitted with Frigidaire Gallery series double ovens and their Professional series refrigerator and separate freezer (yes, lots of space!) and a Bosch SilencePlus dishwasher.

Also in our renovation work, two bathrooms which were outdated and had teeny tiny prefab shower stalls have been gutted, reconfigured and built with custom spacious tiled showers (and, of course, new vanities, toilets and fixtures as well). The open concept space allows you to see from the great room into the kitchen as well as the dining room and conversation area in the library. The lower level has a spacious family room with sectional couch, pool table, a game table, flat screen HDTV and an electric fireplace. It is a fantastic, bright space to watch movie or sports, play games or as a refuge for the kids to get away from the adults.

Five of the bedrooms are on the first floor, with one of them having an en suite bathroom. There are two hall bathrooms also on the first floor, one with a shower/tub combination and the other with a shower. This layout works very well for people with limited mobility or who prefer not to do stairs. The sixth bedroom with queen bed, en suite bathroom and an additional single bed is on the second floor.

Let's talk about the great outdoors. The property is over 14 acres, divided by a road. Surrounding the house are gardens, trees and lawn that give way to fields of corn and forests. On the house side of the street, a creek runs the border of the property and continues on to refresh the inviting pond on the other side of the street. We have included a seven- person hot tub in a private area right out the side of the house within view of the creek. On the other side of the house you will find the fire pit with 12 Adirondack chairs and open lawn. Across the street is the natural pond with a nearby shelter to use as a picnic pavilion or just to get out of the sun.

Great flow, easy living, light, space, 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

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 Cayuga Lake

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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


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Private Country Estate on 14 acres - 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, hot tub & billiards
average rating of 4.918919 based on 37 reviews

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: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay with a couple caveats

  • 4 of 5

Overall, we enjoyed our stay. The house was well stocked. We really enjoyed the outdoor dining area and the fire pit. The house easily accomadated 3 families and their kids. The house is centrally located to local attractions and the interior was clean at check in.

We were very disappointed to learn during check in that the pond and rope swing were off limits due to various animal infestations. Additionally, there was a significant amount of mouse poop on the front porch. We realize the house is located in a wooded area, however, it was clear that that area hadn't been cleaned recently, rendering the porch swing useless. Additionally, the wireless internet left a lot to be desired. Just a heads up to anyone that needs to address work issues (We headed to town to the local Marriott :) )

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sara, we appreciate you taking the time to write a review of your stay and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We are very sorry that the pond was not available for your use due to a small family of muskrats deciding they should move in to it. It did take a week for the muskrats to be captured and removed from the pond and we erred on the side of caution by making swimming off-limits until the pond was declared critter-free. For future customers, we would like you to know that the pond is a natural feature unlike a swimming pool, and at times there can be geese, great blue heron, ducks and other wildlife hanging out there. It is part of living in the country, and many of our city-based customers enjoy the opportunity to see the natural habitat. Also, speaking of nature, the droppings found on the front porch were from a bat that lives way up in the peak of the porch roof, not from mice. These creatures are quite adept at eating insects (less mosquitos, more comfort around the fire pit!). Some nights, if your lucky, you may see some bats swooping around the fields beyond the fire pit eating those tasty treats. The porch is swept off each time we clean the house for the next check-in. If you are looking for a country getaway that is close to city amenities, large lakes and great wineries, Shangri-Lodge might just be what you are looking for. Best, KC & Mitch
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An excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

Everyone in our group - ages 79 to 3 - loved this property. It is beautifully maintained inside and out. The youngsters loved running around in the yard; the adults loved the spacious well appointed interior. And we all liked going for Purity ice cream. The owners are very responsive and justifiedly proud of this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Ithaca/Tompkins County regional airport
Nearest Barpub
4.6 Miles
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Nearest Golf
2.9 Miles
Hillendale Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
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Nearest Restaurant
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Boatyard Grill
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
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Nearest Beach
6 Miles
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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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.