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Elegant, One of a Kind Garden Yurt in Ithaca

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vacation rental description

Stay in an elegantly appointed, ecologically friendly yurt set in a breathtaking discovery garden only 12 minutes south of Ithaca in Newfield, NY. Climbing Vine Cottage offers style and comfort with eclectic details throughout. The artistically-designed, fully equipped kitchen delights with nature-inspired knobs and pulls on each cabinet. Lovely hardwood dining table comfortably seats 6. Hutch holds quirky high-quality table service to make dinner parties look great. Master bedroom features full-size memory foam bed for ultimate comfort plus flat screen TV and DVD. Relax in the living room on a White Lotus full-size futon couch (makes a very comfortable bed!) in front of a flickering fire. Kids love hanging out in the clubhouse/loft area which has two twin beds, down comforters and a dome window for incredible star gazing. Expect to be delighted!

Beautiful Cottage Seeks Ideal Guest: Comfortable, artfully designed, hand crafted yurt nestled into vibrant garden seeks visitors for memorable stay. If you like nature, hiking and gorge walks, if you are tired of cookie cutter hotel rooms or antique stuffed B & B's, if you want something unique and delightful let's get together for one night or many weeks! Hey, I know I'm just a 'luxury apartment in the round' but who says places can't have personality! Please write my caretaker and come visit me!

Talk About Kid Friendly!: Climbing Vine Cottage began as a playground and school for young gardeners. Small hands helped grow fruits, vegetables and flowers for their families and our local soup kitchen Loaves and Fishes. Children have raised butterflies, caught frogs and identified bugs. The yurt was our classroom. In the garden you'll find the cedar tool shed neatly organized with high quality child-sized tools and children's gardening books. In the yurt children will be delighted to sit at the child's table for 4 and use the beading, drawing, collage and clay materials we always keep in stock. There's a play kitchen, tea set and apron, plus baskets with legos and a train set and a well-stocked children's book shelf. Additionally you'll find kid-friendly-adaptive-devices like a step stool, potty seat, and low bench.

For adults without kids don't worry, when we know you're coming we place these materials out of the way, on shelves, etc.

Perfect for a Romantic Getaway: Climbing Vine Cottage makes it easy to find the time for each other. Cook together in a beautiful kitchen or get take out. Cozy up by the fire or climb in bed and watch a DVD. Better yet, climb up to the loft to watch the stars. Explore the forest and gorge in privacy surrounded by peace and beauty.

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Michelle Menter (607) 564-7140

cottage rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • cottage
    • floor area 850 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • rural
      • Countryside setting only a few minutes walk to waterfalls and 12 minutes drive to town.
  • Theme
    • family
    • away from it all
    • romantic
  • General
    • iron & board
    • mobile phone
    • living room
    • parking off street
    • air conditioning
    • heating
      • A thermostat-controlled wood pellet stove keeps the yurt cozy in winter months. Wood pellets provided.
    • linens provided
    • activities guide
    • ceiling fans
    • water cooler
    • filtered water
    • local activities guide
    • shampoo
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • wireless internet
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • safe
    • sofa bed
    • parking
    • wood stove
      • Wood pellet stove. Pellets provided.
  • Kitchen
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • cooking utensils
    • coffee grinder
    • pantry items
    • refrigerator
    • freezer
    • stove
    • oven
    • kitchen
    • dishes & utensils
  • Dining
    • dining
    • dining area
    • child's highchair
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1: toilet, shower
      • A colored glass doorknob opens into a lovely bathroom. Exciting light green walls are accented by custom tile work around the shower. Shampoo, conditioner and local soap are in the wall cabinet over the sink. Behind the toilet you'll find fresh towels, toilet paper and earth friendly cleaning products.
  • Bedrooms
    • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6, beds for 6
    • master bedroom: 1 double, Memory foam mattress and down comforter
    • loft: 2 twin/ single, Dome window for star gazing!
    • living room: 1 child bed, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Super comfortable White Lotus full-size futon & child's bed
      • Sleep soundly in the master bedroom on an incredible, full-sized Sealy Posturepedic memory foam bed under a down comforter with high thread count sheets. Fall asleep star gazing out of the large dome window in the loft. It's like being right outside except you're cozy and warm with 2 twin beds, down comforters and quilts. The living room can be easily converted for extra guests: the White Lotus full-size futon couch makes a super comfortable bed. Take the over stuffed pillows off the second, smaller living room couch to reveal another great White Lotus futon (child sized). You'll find high thread count sheets, super cozy quilts and blankets in the closet. We even have a full-sized air mattress to accommodate larger groups.
  • Entertainment
    • dvd player
    • books
    • books for adults
    • books for kids
    • games
    • games for kids
    • toys
    • video library
    • television
      • A flat screen TV is in the master bedroom to watch DVDs on. There's a small eclectic DVD collection to choose from or you can bring your own!
    • radio
    • cd player
    • audio tape player
  • Outside
    • deck / patio
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • walkway to water
    • lawn / garden
    • wood deck
    • child's swing
    • outdoor grill
      • Gas grill
  • Suitability
    • children welcome
    • wheelchair inaccessible
    • non smoking only
    • low allergen environment
    • long-term renters welcome
  • Notes
    • Walk through the garden gate into a magical, earthy wonderland. Stroll the garden to find late blooming New England Asters or watch the blue jays feasting at the 12 foot high sunflowers. Climb the deck stairs through the climbing vine arbor and enter a yurt unlike one you've ever seen before. You won't find lattice walls or plastic windows, this custom made yurt is much more like a luxury apartment in the round! The kitchen is fully equipped with high-end appliances, cast iron and stainless steel baking and cookware, lovely table service and cutlery, coffee grinder and french press. Every kitchen cabinet door opens with a different nature-inspired knob or pull made of glass, beads, bone or metal. One cupboard holds cooking basics like spices, honey, sugar, popcorn, cocoa powder, etc. The stylish dining table seats six in comfort. The living room couch is enveloped in blue velvet. Get cozy in front of the thermostat-controlled wood pellet stove and relax!

activities and attractions in Ithaca Central New York

  • Attractions
    • autumn foliage
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • forests
    • library
    • museums
    • playground
    • pond
    • live theater
    • coin laundry
    • restaurants
    • synagogues
    • waterfalls
    • winery tours
    • festivals
    • marina
  • Leisure Activities
    • antiquing
    • bird watching
    • walking
    • horseback riding
    • scenic drives
    • sight seeing
    • sledding
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • hunting
    • fly fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • hiking
    • swimming
    • tennis
    • skiing
    • golf
    • mountain biking
    • roller blading
    • sailing
    • cycling
    • fishing

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  • owner Michelle Menter
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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
High Season
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Fall Colors and Holidays
Sep 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Jan 1 2015 - Mar 31 2015
1 night
Apr 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
2 nights
High Season 2015
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Rate rises for Ithaca College and Cornell Graduation weekends. Please inquire for grad weekend rate and minimum stay info.
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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traveler reviews for this ithaca cottage rental

We'll be back!

Review submitted: November 6, 2008   Date of arrival: October 24, 2008

We're so glad we choose to stay at Climbing Vine Cottage! The warmth of the fire, the sound of the rain on the roof and the gentle quietness of the land added to our rest and relaxation. We will definitely be back in winter! And spring! And summer!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: We love when our guests have a great time here at Climbing Vine Cottage. As a thank you to our happy vacationers, returning guests save 5%.

Helpful votes: 12 / 24


Lovely, peaceful, quiet, one-of-a-kind

Review submitted: July 8, 2013   Date of arrival: June 29, 2013

The photos and description of the Garden Yurt were highly accurate--in fact it's even more lovely in person! The yurt was perfect for our family of 5. Our children (10, 8, and 6) loved the garden, chickens, frogs and the children of our wonderful host, Michelle, who were as gracious and welcoming as she is. We felt at home within 5 minutes of arriving.

Property. The property is lovely--even more so in than the beautiful pictures. Tucked well back from the road, it is quiet and peaceful. There is a wonderful and challenging hike from a path right behind the yurt that will take you down through woods to hidden waterfalls and a gorge that our family felt like we discovered. The garden is "tastefully" planted with flowers and vegetables. Michelle invited us to pick and eat strawberries, lettuce, carrots. The kids could hardly believe it! The property is also within 15-20 minutes from all that Ithaca offers.

Privacy. The yurt offers a great deal of privacy, as well. Although it is adjacent to the host's home, we felt we could interact with them as little or as much as we wanted, and the placement and architecture of the yurt makes is such that you feel like you're in your own world. There is a completely private patio in the back where you can have dinner or read in the sun completely hidden with nothing but nature surrounding you.

Yurt. The yurt itself is nicely appointed--tasteful decor and modern appliances. We didn't cook extensively, but I would imagine that chefs would have a blast there--terrific large gas stove and plenty of room to prep and eat. The fans kept things cool and comfortable while we were there (though the two days we stayed were not particularly hot). We had two children sleep in the loft and one on a futon. The two younger children slept in the loft, which they loved.

Cautions/weaknesses.It's hard to think of anything to criticize. My only caveat would be about the loft for young children. Coming down the ladder during the night could get dangerous for some young children (under 7 or 8?) because it is a blind backwards climb. You could hem them in with some kind of blockade, but in the unlikely event of a fire that could be dangerous too. It is a manageable caution, especially if you're there long enough for them to get used to it. Just something to be aware of if you plan to have very small children sleep in the loft.

Overall, we could not have been happier with our stay at the Garden Yurt. We would love to return!

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


An amazing place for the child with in all of us

Review submitted: November 14, 2012   Date of arrival: November 9, 2012

Michele and her father George, showed so much hospitality and warm we felt as if we were home. The Yurt was roomy, comfortable and warm a true haven. We laughed giggled and danced. Thank you so much for creating a beautiful get away
Deborah Derusha

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


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Michelle Menter (607) 564-7140

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This vacation rental has been listed since 10/15/2008.