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Christine R Swift

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Private, Wine Country Estate Minutes From Wineries, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca & More

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights

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Private Main house sleeps 8-9 in 3/4 Bdrms, & Cottage on Wooded grounds sleeps 2

One of the most distinctive historic properties in the Finger Lakes, the former White Gazebo Inn B&B, is now open for weekly vacation rentals!

The White Gazebo property is home to an original Victorian gazebo built in 1852, as well as a picturesque period barn, sprawling pastures, and quiet woodland privacy. The regal, historic home includes three/four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms. Private terrace and patio for gathering, picnicing and barbequing, and extensive grounds for walking, or just sitting and sipping wine and enjoying the bounty of the Finger Lakes, or for doing just about anything. Just dream!

The main house is a charming, cozy home with a recent addition for more space and key amenities- a Master Bedroom suite, a cozy family room, a breakfast nook, and a utilities room with a full laundry. The second floor has two bedrooms and a shared bathroom with windows facing the historic gazebo. Large closets. The home comes furnished with sheets, towels and pillows.

Outside- the grounds provide a peaceful relaxing setting. If the Lakes are not keeping you cool enough, an inground pool is here for your swimming enjoyment (Closes last week of August). Tables, lawnchairs and gas BBQ grill are at your fingertips.

The main house and cottage may be rented together; rates shown here are for the main house and grounds use only. However, the cottage may be rented at a sharp discount along with the main house, as we truly wish for our guests to enjoy the full intimacy the property offers- it is its true hallmark. Even if you don't need to sleep two more people, the cottage is useful as a poolhouse changing room, or for lawn picnic/event kitchenette convenience.

Minimum stays may be negotiable depending on booking calendar; please call to inquire. Fall minimum stay is 3 nights.

If the cottage is NOT rented with the main house, guests should be aware that it is possible that the pool area may be shared with cottage guests; driveway and parking do not need to be shared, however, as the cottage has private driveway access.

Please call for seasonal weekly rates on the cottage. It is not generally rented by the night, or for less than three days.

Special requests for reunions, events, weddings, or receptions on the grounds are negotiable with a full property rental fee (House plus cottage). Call for details.

No bookings available for 2016 Cornell or Ithaca Graduation.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Christine R Swift (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About Christine R Swift

I welcome you to my childhood home!... where growing up in one of the best small towns in the country, Trumansburg, provided me fond, lasting memories.

And as you can see, I always took great pride in taking care of the family property- that's me keeping the Gazebo spotless oh so many years ago... Even then, I always knew there was no place like home. Experience our home for yourself and you will agree.

Christine R Swift purchased this estate in 2013

Why Christine R Swift chose Cayuga Lake

For years, my parents welcomed guests from all over the world into our home as the White Gazebo Inn Bed and Breakfast.

We hosted parents and students from Cornell and Ithaca colleges. Grassroots music fans, international scholars and wine enthusiasts all which enjoyed the welcoming sight of the White gazebo as you drove into Trumansburg.

Growing up here I have fond memories of the many family gatherings of picnics under the trees to celebrating a family wedding in the gazebo. The White Gazebo is Serene, private, and convenient to many of the major attractions of the Finger lakes.

We will help you navigate your way to them with pleasure! After all, we now live elsewhere, and could vacation anywhere, but we choose to come back year after year and spend our precious vacations in the Finger Lakes. You should, too!

What makes this estate unique

Why you will LOVE the Finger Lakes... (And why the White Gazebo is the perfect base for enjoying all the best the region has to offer...

THE WINERIES: (Of Course...)

The White Gazebo is uniquely situated for you to enjoy easy access to both the Cayuga Lake and the Seneca lake wine trails:

The Cayuga Lake wine trail starts one mile from here, and wineries such as Americana (2 miles away) are now places to gather and relax, and enjoy both cuisine and entertainment as well as the fruits of the vine. Seneca lake wineries such as Hazlitt's and Wagner have become popular gathering places for Friday night music on the Terrace and other special events, and are only 10-15 minutes away from the White Gazebo. THE OUTDOORS:

With Taughannock Falls park just one mile away and its miles of hiking trails, lake access, fishing and boating options, there is no end to the outdoor activities you can pursue right here. Additionally, the proximity of the Finger Lakes National Forest to the White Gazebo opens even more possibilities for hiking, fishing, and more. Even Lake access to Seneca is only 15 minutes away! There's Montezuma N.W.R, etc. We love to kayak, bike, and fish, too, and can help you find your way to the activities you desire!


This region is the site of the most dynamic natural, organic and local food revolution anywhere. We can get your started with how you can enjoy the farm market scene, local producers, and soon you'll be out on the grill, cooking up anything you can imagine, all produced and raised within miles of Trumansburg! MUSIC, CULTURE, CRAFT FAIRS AND OTHER EVENTS:

All within easy range of the Gazebo!:

The Grassroots Festival; Ithaca Highland Games; Watkins Glen Italian Fest; Hammondsport Craft Fair.. THE MUSEUMS AND REGIONAL HISTORY:

With the Museum of the Earth just 5 miles away, and the Musuems of Ithaca (ScienceCenter, Johnson Art Museum) only a few minutes further, there's plenty to do even on rainy days!


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)
Private, Wine Country Estate Minutes From Wineries, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca & More
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Great Place for a Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The White Gazebo Inn is a wonderful place to stay. Everyone in our extended family loved the experience of being there. The home was neat and clean and had a well equipped kitchen. One of our favorite places to gather was the porch which had a gas grill and tables for dining outside. The back yard was a great place for a wiffle ball game. Chris and Christine, the owners, were helpful and eager to please us. The house is within walking distance to town where there are shops and restaurants. We took more than one walk to a conveniently located ice cream shop. The pool was great for our grandchildren who ranged from age two months to 12 years old. We were a short drive from Taughannock Falls State Park where we could hike to the breathtaking falls and also swim in Cayuga Lake. At the lake we were able to rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards for a reasonable price. Staying at the White Gazebo Inn was as comfortable as staying in your own home; however, we had so much more to do there. We would love to come back again in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We enjoyed having your stay with us and knew the home would be well loved and kept by your family. We look forward to you visiting us again soon!
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Wonderful Finger Lakes Stay

  • 5 of 5

Hi Christine,

Our large party had a great stay at the White Gazebo Inn. Nancy and her biking girl friends biked from Rochester to the Inn. They all found the accommodations very satisfying, especially the Pool after a long day on the road. The house is wonderfully located to many of the finger lake gems. The girls were able to walk to Taughannock Falls Park and hike the entire rim trail. We find this area to be one of the nicest biking and Kayaking regions in the country, with majestic views and a variety of destinations including downtown Ithaca, wineries, breweries, and even cheese tasting at a goat farm. The spacious outside veranda was a favorite space on a summer week with well manicured landscaping and peaceful surroundings. The house had all of the amenities that we needed for a weeks stay (some did want a few more cable channels to watch the Tour De France, but we opted for outdoor activity anyways.) There was plenty of space inside to allow our large group to comfortably prepare meals as well as get ready for the days activities. We even took advantage of the indoor tables for evening card playing. Thank you again for providing a wonderful location with friends and family.

Steve and Nancy

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time! The house was large enough to hold all of us and a great place to relax. The kids played for hours in the pool while the adults had plenty of places to hangout, inside or out. It is located in an area that getting to Cayuga or Seneca Lake is very easy, and there is so much to do in the Finger Lakes. In addition, it’s walking distance to the village and just down the street from Not My Dad’s Ice Cream that serves the biggest portions of ice cream I have seen. The owner Christine was very responsive to any query I had. Will recommend to friends and family wanting to stay in the southern part of the Finger Lakes.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picked home because of great reviews. Maybe only good reviews get posted?

  • 1 of 5

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The home is a beautiful, historic residence that did provide us with good accomodations. Two weeks after our stay 7 pictures were sent to us with the news that our security deposit was not to be returned. I will attempt to attach those photos. The floor was ruined? (picture of normal wear on wood flooring), couch was stained (one picture was of the spring covered fabric under the pillows), and towels were distroyed (bleached- we used nor bought any bleach).

There was definately miscommunication as well. The pool which was one of the selling points of our selection of this home was not ready upon arrival. While the contract does indicate that circumstances beyond their (owners) control might prevent its use- the pool's maintenance man indicated to us that he had not been called prior to our arrival to begin chemical treatment. We waited 2 days for chemicals to be shipped to the residence and additional days for it to work. Lawn was in need of mowing upon arrival- only when we inquired, was a call placed to their service to have it done.

We are in the process of filing a petition at small claims court. This expenditure of time and money may consume the money lost, however we will not simply stand by an untrue accusation.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is unfortunate that we received this review of our lovely home which has outstanding reviews before and after this guest. VRBO allows for all reviews to be posted stellar and otherwise. We were available and responded to this guest's requests prompty. This was the first time we had to retain the security deposit due to the extent of damages incurred, which went above and beyond normal wear and tear. We open our home to guests who respect and love our home as it was their own. Our other reviews speak for themselves.
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Northport, Long Island

Meticulous, spacious home

  • 5 of 5

My family of 10 (6 adults, 4 young children) had a wonderful time here in this beautifully furnished, decorated and maintained historic home. It was a little chilly for all day swimming, but the pool is situated for sun all afternoon and was enjoyed by all. The village is just a stroll away with restaurants and Wednesday evening farmers market, with a supermarket minutes away for convenience. We brought a portable 10-foot ramp for me to get up the 3 steps at the entrance in my wheelchair and another 3-ft ramp for the additional step inside. Once inside, all was accessible, including large, ADA style bathroom with separate shower.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tamar. We were so pleased to see everyone in your family enjoying the pool! Growing up at the house I, too, spent lots of time poolside. I loved to hear the laughter and splashes of your grandchildren! We are glad that the measurements for the ramp worked and that your were comfortable with your stay. We look forward to hosting you again!
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Central Ohio

Felt like home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our family truly enjoyed our stay here. The home has nice character and charm on a nice sized chunk of land that felt very private. The kids especially enjoyed the pool and made good use of it as weather hit in 90's one day. We really liked the location which was in Trumansburg and within walking distance of downtown. It is also a very short drive to the falls and slightly farther to Ithaca. Made for a convenient location to use as a base to hit Ithaca, Watkins Glen and the numerous wineries in the area. Home is well maintained with all of the things needed including kitchen items. I think I even saw an ice cream maker in one of the cabinets. Owners were super easy to work with. In fact, I got a phonecall within a couple hours of inquiring about the rental and updates through the process. Once we arrived the local caretaker stopped by for a quick overview of the house and to answer any questions. She is a very nice person. We also got to meet the owner in person as she was in town to turn the property for the next group and she was also as nice in person as she was via phone and email. We had a great time and enjoyed the peacefulness of a lovely house in a lovely small town. Would rent again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Venice Ristorante
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Taughannock Falls
"The most famous scenic destination in the area. One mile from the White Gazebo Inn.. Vacati..."
Not My Dads Soft Serve
"The best thing to do in the evening at the White Gazebo. Walk two blocks to Not My Dad's an..."
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The world famous Rongovian Embassy! {'The Rongo'}
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Trumansburg Golf Course
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Amtrak Syracuse
Nearest Motorway
38 Miles
Interstate 86 (old 17)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Falls Tavern
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Cayuga Lake State Park
Car: necessary

The first Winery on the Cayuga Wine Trail (west side) is one mile away!

Taughannock State Park is less than 2 miles away, with full access to Cayuga Lake: Canoe and Kayak rentals available there, with no transport required to put in, a swimming area, boat ramps, fishing sites, and hiking trails to the world famous Taughannock Falls.


Rates & Availability

Trumansburg Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
End of Summer Special
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Ithaca College Graduation 2017
May 19 2017 - May 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Cornell Graduation 2017
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Grassroots 2017
Jul 19 2017 - Jul 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaner's Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are based on a 8-9 person occupancy and are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Occupancy of 10-12 is possible if renting the cottage as well as the main house. Please inquire for rates that include the cottage. Special events such as graduations and weddings will be set at a higher rate. Please call or email to inquire.Check in at 4pm Checkout at 10am. Rates include linens and bath towels bring your own beach towels. Please leave the house in the same condition as when you arrived. NO OPEN FIRES or campers allowed on the property. No PETS! Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Trumansburg Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Large 12X12 bath with oversize step in shower is private
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs bath with lots of storage for two upstairs rooms
    1st Floor Half Bath- Just off the family room.. - toilet , Convenient for first floor/outside use; makes master private
  • Master Bath is a wonderfully large, like-new addition to the Master suite, with a spacious walk-in enlarged shower and separate oversize tub. With the first floor half-bath available for others, the master bath is fully private for the master suite! The half bath is conveniently accessible for the entire first floor, as well as outside via the laundry room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Lavender Room - 1 double , Second Upstairs bedroom
    Cottage - 1 double , Cottage can be rented along with house for additional fee.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master Bedroom opens to an adjoining suite via French doors
    Master off-suite bedroom: The 'Parlour Bedroom'' - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , The Parlour Room can be setup as requested, up to a full bed
    Jenny Lind Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , One of the singles can be converted to a full bed on request
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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