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Large Private Country home, Hot Tub, 15 min to Wineries, Ithaca and Watkins Glen in Ithaca

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vacation rental description

Clarke's Cottage on Hidden Pond is a 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath farmhouse situated on 6 1/2 private acres in a peaceful park-like setting. The unassuming exterior blends in to it's country surroundings, while the inside will blow you away! Outside, the 6 person hot tub looks out over the pond, fire pit and grounds.

The entire interior has been renovated and recreated in 2010 with today’s creature comforts. The fully equipped gourmet kitchen has granite counters, a Viking 6 burner range top, Subzero refrigerator and a center island with seating. There are HDTV flat screen TVs w/cable in the gathering room & the library, as well as high-speed WiFi throughout the house. The library has books & games for your use. Additional 1st floor rooms are the dining area that seats 10, a bedroom with queen bed off of the library, an entry room, the 1st floor half bathroom & a laundry room complete with washer, dryer, ironing board & iron. PLEASE NOTE: NOT SUITABLE FOR WEDDINGS OR RECEPTIONS.

2nd floor: : The 2nd floor features a spacious master suite w/a king sized bed, cathedral ceiling & a walk-in closet. This suite has windows on 3 sides, & a beautiful view of the hidden pond at the back of the house. The attached master bathroom has an over sized whirlpool tub & a very large walk-in shower. From the tub you can look out of the 6 ft picture window into the treetops of huge maples or gaze at the historic red barn while listening to the birds singing sweetly. The large expanse of granite counter has 2 sinks and a vanity area.

On this floor you will also find 3 more bedrooms, 1 w/a king bed, 1 w/a queen & the last w/2 twin beds. There is also a large hall bathroom w/2 sinks & a tub/shower combination. Clarke’s cottage comes furnished w/sheets, towels & pillows, as well as some of the most comfortable pillow top mattresses you have ever slept on. The 2 king-bedded rooms have IPod docking clock radios as well.

The Property: : Outside – the beautiful vistas of woods & farmland create a peaceful getaway from city life. The large pond is surrounded by trees, creating a private lagoon to enjoy through all seasons. The hot tub is just steps away from the back door, and enjoys a view of the firepit and pond. There are picnic tables & lawn chairs, a gas BBQ, volleyball net & an inflatable raft on site for your enjoyment.

Homes on this country road are set so far apart that your privacy is assured. If you awake early enough, you might see deer, fox & other wildlife making their way home. A Great Blue Heron comes often to visit the pond. Songbirds will keep you company while you sip your morning coffee. Long after your stay, you will find yourself coming back to Clarke's Cottage as a pleasant memory.

Outdoor Hot Tub: We have added a wonderful 6 person hot tub to enjoy out under the stars. Soak your cares and tension away while enjoying the fresh country air and stars like you'd never see in the city!

Due to the intimate nature of the property, the home is only for use of registered guests. We do not allow weddings, parties or functions that include unregistered guests at this home.

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Last modified on 08-21-2014 at 1:02 AM.

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
    • floor area 2600 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • waterfront
      • Just steps out the back door you will find our Hidden Pond, which allows privacy by way of the tall trees enclosing over half the shoreline.
    • ski-out
      • Cross-country skiing right out your door.
    • rural
      • Peaceful county setting yet 15 minutes from Ithaca, Watkins Glen, Cornell University, Ithaca College and the Cayuga and Seneca Lake Wine Trails.
  • Theme
    • family
    • romantic
    • sports & activities
    • tourist attractions
    • away from it all
  • General
    • telephone
    • air conditioning
      • central a/c
    • linens provided
      • We provide high thread count cotton sheets, blankets and quilts, feather and hypo-allergenic pillows and luxurious fluffy towels.
    • internet
    • washing machine
      • New front-loading washer. bright laundry room off of kitchen
    • clothes dryer
      • New front-loading dryer
    • iron & board
    • wireless internet
    • broadband access
    • activities guide
    • alarm clock
    • firewood
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • parking off street
    • parking for rv/boat/trailer
      • Large circular driveway can accommodate boat and travel-trailers with no need to back up.
    • heating
      • central
    • parking
      • off-street parking for up to five vehicles.
    • towels provided
      • bathroom linens as well as a supply of hot tub towels.
    • free long distance
      • within the continental US and Canada
    • living room
      • large sectional sofa and two reclining chairs with large HDTV with Dvd player and cable.
  • Kitchen
    • dishwasher
    • refrigerator
      • Sub-Zero refrigerator
    • freezer
    • oven
    • microwave
    • pantry items
      • A supply of standard spices, condiments and pantry items are on hand.
    • stove
      • Viking 6 burner gas cook top
    • dishes & utensils
    • coffee maker
      • Includes a starter supply of coffee and filters.
    • blender
    • stove
    • kitchen
      • Kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances including a Viking 6 burner stove and granite counters, as well as an island with additional seating
    • cooking utensils
    • grill
    • 4 ring stove
    • toaster
  • Dining
    • dining
      • dining area adjoins the kitchen, additional seating for two at the kitchen island.
    • dining area
  • Pool / Spa
    • outdoor hot tub
    • whirlpool
    • hot tub
      • Brand new - 6 person hot tub available year round
    • jetted tub
      • Wonderful oversized whirlpool tub in the master bathroom.
    • whirlpool
    • jacuzzi
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms 1 half Bath
    • bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower
    • bathroom 2: toilet, shower, jetted tub
    • bathroom 3: toilet
      • The first floor has one half-bathroom. The second floor has a full bathroom with a tub/shower combination located off the main hall, and a second luxury full bathroom in the master suite, complete with a large custom walk-in shower and an over-sized jetted bathtub with wonderful views of the side lawn, trees and historic barn. Each second floor bathroom has double sinks.
  • Bedrooms
    • 5 bedrooms, sleeps 12, beds for 10-12
    • bedroom 1: 1 king, 2nd floor master suite
    • bedroom 2: 1 king, 2nd floor
    • bedroom 3: 1 queen, 2nd floor
    • bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single, 2nd floor
    • bedroom 5: 1 queen, 1st floor off library
      • This 2 story farmhouse has 5 bedrooms, 4 of which are upstairs and one on the first floor. The 2 full bathrooms are located on the 2nd floor. Please note that the first floor has a half-bathroom only.
  • Entertainment
    • satellite / cable
      • TVs have digital, high-def cable.
    • radio
    • stereo
    • cd player
    • dvd player
    • books
    • games for kids
    • video library
      • Blue-ray Dvd player in gathering room
    • television
      • 50' HDTV in the gathering room complete Blueray player and a Bluetooth soundbar, the Library has a smaller HDTV.
    • games
      • several board and card games are provided.
  • Outside
    • deck / patio
      • Large paved patio with picnic tables, gas grill and chairs surrounding the large firepit
    • lanai / gazebo
      • Covered porch on north side of house
    • patio
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • outdoor grill gas
    • lawn / garden
      • Over 6 acres, with large expanses of lawn to play croquet, volleyball and other lawn games.
    • outdoor grill
      • gas
    • barbecue
  • Suitability
    • non smoking only
      • We have a strict no smoking indoors policy, renters are subject to a $1000 fee if smoking indoors occurs.
    • wheelchair inaccessible
    • not suitable for children
      • Children are welcomed, but please be aware that there is no gate surrounding the pond, and parents assume all risks of supervising their children. Also, the home is furnished with very nice furniture and oriental rugs, so food must be confined to the kitchen, dining and picnic areas.
    • pets not allowed
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • 21 years of age and up.
  • Notes
    • Our serene farmhouse sits on over six acres with the large pond a beautiful focal point. There are views of rolling farmland, hills and forests in all directions. The brand new 6 person hot tub has a commanding view of the acreage, pond and fire pit. An unassuming exterior blends into the countryside, while the plush interior offers a luxuriously comfortable and modernly equipped home seldom found in vacation rentals. No disposable furniture here! The fully furnished gourmet kitchen features a six burner Viking range-top, a Sub Zero refrigerator, all stainless steel appliances and gorgeous maple cabinetry topped with a granite counter top. Each bedroom has premium pillow top mattresses on the beds, promoting quite possibly the best sleep you've experienced in years. You can't help but fall in love with the Finger Lakes!

activities and attractions in Ithaca Central New York

  • Attractions
    • nude beach
    • cinemas
    • restaurants
    • museums
    • autumn foliage
    • churches
    • library
    • marina
    • playground
    • pond
    • forests
    • live theater
    • synagogues
    • waterfalls
    • winery tours
    • coin laundry
    • health/beauty spa
  • Leisure Activities
    • antiquing
    • horseback riding
    • sight seeing
    • eco tourism
    • walking
    • bird watching
    • scenic drives
    • outlet shopping
    • sledding
    • wildlife viewing
    • boating
    • miniature golf
    • shopping
    • photography
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • hot air ballooning
    • snowmobiling
    • cross country skiing
    • kayaking
    • water tubing
    • pier fishing
    • wind-surfing
    • water skiing
    • mountain biking
    • fly fishing
    • freshwater fishing
    • hunting small game
    • ice skating
    • rafting
    • golf
    • cycling
    • sailing
    • hunting
    • fishing
    • hiking
    • swimming

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
High Season
May 30 2014 - Sep 2 2014
4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sep 3 2014 - Nov 2 2014
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 3 2014 - Dec 23 2014
3 nights
Nov 26 2014 - Nov 29 2014
Flat fee
4 nights
Dec 24 2014 - Jan 3 2015
4 nights
Jan 4 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 nights
Apr 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. A deposit amount of 50% of the rental rate is due when making the reservation, with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival, 120 days prior to arrival for Special Events and holiday periods.
Rates are based on up to ten people occupancy and are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Holidays and Special Events require longer stays and/or a higher nightly rate. Please inquire.

We appreciate your understanding that the minimum night stay requirements are not a condition open to negotiation.
Tax Rate 4.0%

Cancellation Policy

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traveler reviews for this ithaca house rental

Amazing Get Away for Family

Review submitted: July 1, 2014   Date of arrival: June 19, 2014

Our family homes are quite spread out from Colorado to South Carolina. This vacation was the first time we had all been on vacation together for nearly a decade. The finger lakes won as a family friendly retreat, and Clark's Cottage won as the best place to rent in the area. It was easy to get to, yet remote enough to feel like an escape.

With some children in tow, we could easily split up during the day to visit nearby lakes and museums or venture to distilleries and vineyards. While the location made it easy for us to split up and explore during the day, each night, we made huge meals in the gourmet kitchen and pulled seats up to the fire pit outside. It was the perfect way to relax and reconnect.

We will definitely return!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Beautiful and Peaceful

Review submitted: May 29, 2014   Date of arrival: May 15, 2014

What a great property for a large group of people! We were in town for a graduation at Ithaca College and found this place to be just what was needed to get away from the craziness of the weekend! We did go the the Farmers Market in Ithaca and also saw many waterfalls during the stay. Since the weather was rainy we did spend one day in Corning at the Corning Glass Museum which is worth the trip.

The house was beautifully furnished and had everything that was needed. One negative was not having good cell phone reception.

Owners response: We appreciate the review, thank you for taking the time to tell others about your stay in Clarke's Cottage and how it is a relaxing getaway from the crowds in town during commencement weekends. The home's location in the peaceful countryside can result in spotty cell phone reception, depending on your carrier. When my husband and I were working on the remodeling of the house, we discovered that the master bath's shower had the best reception - we nick-named it the telephone booth. We understand the need to stay connected and have provided a land line phone for your use while you are there so you can stay in touch with home and work, and there is WIFI throughout the house as well. Happy vacationing!

KC Christopher

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Great for Groups

Review submitted: April 1, 2014   Date of arrival: March 28, 2014

Overall-the house was a great experience and we plan on visiting again.

LOWs: Based on the photographs, I was concerned when the GARMIN said we had arrived. The exterior of the house is in need of landscaping and looks quite dull. The other low is the location. The nearest real grocery store is about 20 minutes away. It was a little difficult with only one full bath for the bedrooms, so we shared the master bathroom.

HIGHs: The interior of the property is wonderful. The downstairs has a great layout if you've got a big group. The size of the house is nice as well. One couple in our group had a newborn and we were able to be reasonably vocal downstairs without worrying about waking anyone on the second floor. There is a nice study on the first floor if you're looking to get away from the group. The house is furnished nicely, well stocked with towels and kitchen utensils, and the beds are very comfortable. Oddly enough, the desolate location is also a positive; although it's not close to a town or shopping, it's central to the lakes and wine tours.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sight seeing

Owners response: Thank you for leaving a review, we really appreciate when our customers take the time to share their experience with others. We would like to clarify a couple of things so that our future guests know what to expect from Clarke's Cottage and can plan accordingly,

This house is on a country setting, as per our description, and it is ten minutes from Trumansburg. Many of our customers choose this property because of it's location in the peaceful countryside and yet it is just minutes from what the Finger Lakes has to offer. This charming village of Trumansburg has a grocery store, liquor store, restaurants, a chocolate shop, many other stores, bars, a bank, library and gas stations all within ten minutes or so from the house. Ithaca and Watkins Glen are fifteen minutes from the house.

This house has two full bathrooms and one half-bathroom. The half-bath is located on the first floor, one full bathroom is in the hall on the second floor and the other full bathroom is en suite in the master bathroom. If you are looking for a property with more bathrooms per bedrooms, please feel free to check out or other vacation rentals in the Finger Lakes, Good Vibrations (five king bedrooms, three bathrooms) and Willow Creek (six bedrooms, five bathrooms).

As for the grounds, Clarke's Cottage is set on almost seven acres, with rolling lawns, a large pond, mature trees and gardens planted around the house. This customer did not see the gardens because his visit was in March at the end (we hope) of the longest, coldest winter we have had in a long time. Each year we add to the plantings and trees on the property and 2014 will be no exception.

If you are looking for a peaceful getaway from city life, a private beautiful setting among cornfields, woods and farms, a house that has been remodeled and furnished for your comfort and enjoyment, and a place to spend time with family and friends then this house may be for you. If you are looking for an urban property in the hustle of city life or more formal and stately surroundings, our charming farmhouse is not the place you are looking for.

Have a wonderful stay in the Finger Lakes, where ever you choose and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us!

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


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