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Review of Stone Quarry House

Hilltop House At Night, Bathhouse on Left, Main Cabin Center
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Hilltop House At Night, Bathhouse on Left, Main Cabin Center
Main House and Apartment in the Winter
Hilltop House From The Pond
Stone Roof and Chimney of the Hilltop House
Hilltop House Deck And View
Hilltop House Main Cabin East Side
Hilltop House Main Cabin West Wall - Sofa With Deck To The Right, Wood Stove To The Left
Hilltop House With Queen Size TempurPedic Sleeper Sofa Set Up in Main Living Cabin
Hilltop House Kitchen, Sink, Fridge/Freezer, Microwave and Countertop Oven, Induction Burner
Hilltop House Main Cottage Lights Designed and Crafted by Master Blacksmith Duran Van Dorn
Hilltop House Sleeping Cabin Exterior
Hilltop House Sleeping Cabin With Queen Size Bed
Sandstone Shower In The Hilltop House Bathhouse
Hilltop House Bathhouse Stone Sink
Hilltop House Sunset View From Main Cottage
Post And Beam House Exterior
Post And Beam House TempurPedic Queen Size Bed, Cantilevered Stone Nightstands Windows Looking West
Post And Beam House Second Floor East Side Cozy Corner Chair Becomes Comfy Twin Size Bed
Post And Beam House Living Room From Upstairs, Sofa Opens To Become Very Comfortable Queen Size Bed
Post And Beam House Living Room, Corner Table Opens To Seat Four With Two Chairs and Two Stools
Post And Beam House Looking Upstairs From Living Room
Post And Beam House Staircase To Second Floor and East Entrance
Post And Beam House Kitchen, Fridge/Freezer, Range and Oven, Dishwasher, Sink. Dishes, Etc. Provided
Post And Beam House Bathroom Sink
Post And Beam Bathroom, Toilet and Washer/Dryer, Shower to the Left (Not Shown)
Tower Cottage Showing Balcony
Main Living Area Of The Tower Cottage, Dining Area on Left, Kitchette on Right, Sitting Area Center
Tower Cottage Bathroom, Glass Tiled Shower on the Left, Stone Sink in Center, Toilet on Left
Tower Cottage Second Floor Bedroom and Cantilevered Stone Stairs
Tower Cottage Back Deck
Stone Cottage Exterior
Stone Cottage Walkway
Stone Cottage Jacuzzi
Stone Cottage Interior From The Front Door
Stone Cottage Interior, Showing Bath Open to the Room and Fireplace
Apartment On Second Floor Above Quiet Three Bay Garage
Apartment Entrance
Apartment Entrance
Apartment Dining Area and  Top of Stairs From Living Area
Apartment Interior From The Bedroom, showing Queen Size Sleeper Sofa
Apartment Living Room Open To Kitchen
Apartment Bedroom View From Living Room
Apartment Kitchen North Side
Apartment Kitchen West Side
Apartment Kitchen East Side
Apartment Kitchen Island
Apartment Bathroom From The Living Room, Door Leads to Bedroom
Apartment Sink and Toilet
Apartment Tub/Shower Seen From Bedroom Entrance To The Bathroom
Owners, Buzz and Nancy in the Canary Islands
Main House Garden Entrance
Main House Front Garden Gate, Designed And Fabricated By Master Blacksmith Duran Van Dorn
Main House Root Cellar
Patio With Weber Grill, Near Stone Cottage, Tower Cottage and Apartment
Patio Garden for Guests With Tomatoes, Basil, Peppers, Mint, Stevia. Parsley, Thyme, Sage, And More
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Condo/Apartment -
Studio, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Ithaca, Finger Lakes, New York

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VH55
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful, comfortable, and clean”
Reviewed August 19, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

My husband and I, along with our 17 and 19 year-olds spent 4 nights of our recent vacation week at the Hilltop House comprised of 3 separate buildings, atop the hill giving us amazing views of the valley and surrounding hills.

Two of us slept in the main cottage on a very comfortable sleeper sofa; there are no curtains and large windows, but it still seemed very private. And the other two slept in the bedroom cottage. The third building is the "wash house" which has the shower, sink, and composting toilet (no flush). There is decking that surrounds the main house and connects all the buildings, so walking outside to use the bathroom was not an issue, even during a rain shower. Plenty of very nice towels of all sizes are provided and the bedding was very comfortable.

With both gas and charcoal grills outside, along with a small refrigerator, electric tea pot, large toaster oven, microwave, french press coffee pot, plug-in electric cooking surface, and plenty of dishware, glassware & cutlery, we were able to cook some meals and enjoy the vistas. There are no spices, cutting boards, or many special utensils, so if you plan to cook, you either need to pick some up in town or bring your own. There was one stainless steel pan and electric egg-cooking device as well.

Even with road construction going on down at the bottom of the hill, it was a very peaceful and relaxing stay with a short car ride into downtown Ithaca or to surrounding local attractions.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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Management Response
Aug 21, 2015
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! Storage space in the kitchen is limited, so we've tried to be careful about only putting the most useful items in the kitchen area. But if anything else would be useful - please let us know! We have duplicates of almost everything available upon request - a Breville juicer, pasta machines, a crate of spices, teas, different coffee makers, crock pots, pressure cookers, a bread machine . . . just let us know what would be useful. ;-)
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Susanne B
Ithaca, New York
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Relaxing and peaceful”
Reviewed August 12, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Spent 5ds at the Stone Cottage. Peaceful, tranquil, & relaxing.One room (small bathroom closet)--but it's large, has a king bed w/extremely comfy sheets & pillows, jacuzzi tub with rain shower head- which got a lot of use after local hikes through waterfalls/state parks, couch which i think pulls out to a bed, 4 wooden/leather chairs,small apartment style fridge, microwave (took me a while to figure out how to use it), fireplace (did not use), ceiling fan , window air conditioner, small bathroom sink, ironing board/ iron, clock radio, closet, desk of drawers, and small tv. Includes silverware, wine glasses, coffee cups, plates, bowls, salt/pepper and I think i saw a hotplate and coffee pot. They even offer two bathroom robes like a luxury hotel. Plenty of soft bathroom towels, handcloths, one kitchen towel. Think 'loft' but in the country. Not much privacy inside if you had a family (no where to change clothes and the jacuzzi tub is in the same room as everything else), but it was PERFECT for me as a solo person looking for solitude. Uplighting in corners and a beautiful stone lamp in seating area. It is on a gated lot with other rentals (tower cottage and apartment home as well as main house is in same area- however, i never heard anyone except the crickets waking me up in the morning and some construction on the road during the week- which is obviously not the fault of the owners). The parking and outside seating/grill/pond area are 'common areas'. I thought I'd be bothered by the other rentals so close, but it wasn't an issue. The stone and slate inside the home is georgeous. It can be rustic and you can see some 'criters' around such as house spiders and some cob webs, but it's built in the ground, so it really made it even more realistically wonderful and definitely not the fault of the owners.The home owners left me to my privacy but answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. They answered the phone anytime I called. If i were being picky- the only concern i have is that the rental is based on length of stay, so if someone is staying longer, you may be bumped to another rental on the property. They keep you on one of the 4 properties so you have a place to stay, and this worked out in my benefit and we communicated throughout the process, but if i were a 1-2 night rental looking for a specific property (they are all uniquely different) I would want a confirmation on that specific property. (i'm sure they could work something out in communication-- as i mentioned, it worked out for me but confirm what you're renting and the rules prior to making the decision). There are a lot of nearby things to do, I hiked at Watkins Glen (very crowded), Buttermilk Falls (lots of stairs), and Robert Treeman (I enjoyed this one). My favorite was taking a book to Lake Falls (on corner of Lake and Falls Roads). It was a 5 minute walk and was not crowded. I sat very close to the falls and read for hours. The water was so loud that even when others came by, the water tuned out anything else. I also went to the NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, walked over the pedestrian suspension bridge and drove through the covered bridge near by. I enjoyed seeing all of the 'dolllike' houses with their ruffled shingles. Overall i had a wonderful time and am thankful for renters like this who open up their places to make a vacation more memorable.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Solo
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Management Response
Aug 21, 2015
Thanks for leaving such a detailed review! I love to hear your insights and I'm glad you shared them with other travelers. :-)

We usually have three wooden screens in the stone cottage to set up around the tub/sink area to create a bit more privacy. A new housekeeper had removed them before your arrival, but they are back in the stone cottage now.

With stone construction an occasional spider does get ahead of us and I find cobwebs sometimes. Our cleaning staff works on it, but as you note, the stone cottage is pretty 'close to nature'

I agree that the policy of offering extended stay reservations the first choice of location can be unsettling if you have your heart set on only one place. All four spaces can accommodate four, but each is unique. Unfortunately, we can't guarantee a particular space, but we do our best to see that each party can stay in their preferred location.

We always guarantee one of the four spaces on the property once a reservation is confirmed. We make changes as seldom as we can, but it can happen on occasion. We alert effected parties immediately and offer them their choice of available locations or a full refund and assistance finding alternate lodging. All four spaces can accommodate four, but each is unique. Unfortunately, we can't guarantee a particular space, but we do our best to see that each party can stay in their preferred location.

Thanks again for a complete and thoughtful review!
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KimCarlKi...
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Lovely Stay”
Reviewed July 15, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We were really excited to stay at the Tower. Nancy is just lovely and so welcoming to our family including our dogs. The Tower is very comfortable and refreshing. Every aspect is luxurious from soft robes, refreshing shampoo and soaps, coffee and soft crisp sheets. the Tower is perfect for a couple and we enjoyed all 3 nights. The dogs loved playing frisbee in the yard. Love the sustainability practices as well. We look forward to coming back for another visit soon.

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Management Response
Aug 21, 2015
Thanks for your review! Our dogs aren't good at catch or Frisbee, so it was a treat to see yours enjoying themselves in the yard. :-)

We always appreciate it when guests arrive with their dogs recently groomed and when it is clear that the dogs have come along to enjoy the vacation with the family - not just to avoid kenneling fees. Thanks for cleaning up after them outside and for including them in your daily activities. Great dogs (and their families) are always welcome back!
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Travellin...
New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Everything we hoped for and more!”
Reviewed June 26, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

My husband and I just returned from an extremely relaxing 3 night stay here and can't wait to return. The owner, Nancy, could not have been more helpful and pleasant throughout the booking experience and stay. She replied to emails immediately and helped us decide which cottage would best fit our needs. She was there when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. We were most pleased to be able to bring our dog with us. The tower cottage was the perfect size for the three of us. Just note, the stairs to the bed may be a little steep for an elderly/arthritic dog or young child (our dog is 10 and did just fine.)
The location was great too. Just a short 10 min. drive to downtown Ithaca for food, shopping, etc. and 20-30 minutes to many local parks, waterfalls and wineries. There is also a gas station, pharmacy and supermarket even closer if needed.
This is a perfect place to stay if you are looking to getaway from the daily grind, release stress and enjoy nature and each other! Our favorite memories will be just sitting with the windows open or on the back porch reading and taking in the breeze and birds sweetly chirping.
Cannot recommend the Stone House Quarry enough. We will definitely be back!

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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Couples
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Management Response
Aug 21, 2015
Thanks for your review! I'm so glad you were able to take the time to relax on the back deck of the tower cottage. I like the way the tower cottage is tucked back into the woods a bit and, even though the front of the cottage is open to the pond, the drive, and the other buildings, when on the back deck, it feels very private.

Thanks for keeping Honey, your beagle, from chasing the chickens! We have almost completed the new fenced chicken yard, which should give them much more protection from the foxes - who have decimated our flock (and our neighbor's flocks) this summer! So next time it may not be quite as tempting for Honey!
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shababcha
Stamford, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ithaca College Graduation Weekend”
Reviewed May 21, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Excellent choice for a weekend stay that required close proximity to Ithaca College and yet enough distance for peace and quiet. Lovely property. The Tower Cottage was immaculate and well appointed. Although marketed as a romantic getaway, it was comfortable for three, but four would be fine too. We'll be sure to recommend to others looking for lodging in the area.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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Management Response
Sep 2, 2015
Thanks so much for your review! I'm glad to hear that the tower cottage was comfortable for three. I know the sleeper sofa is super comfortable, but another reviewer recommended that the tower might feel crowded with more than two, so I usually recommend it for two. The sleeper sofa does take up much of the main living area, but in the warmer weather perhaps the back deck area adds enough space to balance it out.
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farmhand2...
Rochester, New York
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Best experience ever!”
Reviewed January 12, 2015 for a stay in February 2014

We went in January and found this place extraordinarily quiet and private indeed behind a gated entrance. We were seeking comfort and simple elegance and found it here. If you are seeking glitz & commotion this is not it but should you prefer solitude, relaxation and comfort in front of a real wood fireplace with the simple elegance of Stickley furnishings, a huge and extremely comfortable bed and a Jacuzzi - you are in the right place! Despite great restaurants in Ithaca our best dinner was in front of that beautiful fireplace with a charcuterie platter from The Piggery and a bottle of Eve's Cider from Red Feet Wine Market in town. Our hosts Nancy and Buzz were perfect and left us alone save for an invitation to breakfast that was not on the agenda.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Couples
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Management Response
Dec 1, 2015
Thanks for your review, which really captures the qualities I really like about the stone cottage in winter! While our Ithaca winters can drag on a bit longer than I'd like, when settled down by the fire with a book and a dog and maybe a choice beverage, there isn't much better!
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AprilMoon...
Rochester, New York
2 reviews
“Enchanting getaway”
Reviewed December 24, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

What a lovely and enchanting cottage! Along with being environmentally friendly, we found our accommodations to be comfortable, clean and aesthetically beautiful. The craftsmanship of the cottage was just stunning! We stayed two nights and enjoyed snuggling under the electric blankets on a luxurious temperpedic bed, taking baths in the Jacuzzi tub and sitting by the fire. My husband loved the variety of coffee available and drank cup after cup! The grounds were larger than anticipated, and we had a blast roaming them with our two dogs. We anticipated a small television, so we brought our laptop and some movies. The cottage also had WiFi, so we could stream Netflix through, as well. We traveled to wineries, dinned in town and shopped a bit. All were a convenient drive from the cottage. Best of all, Nancy answered many questions we had before our stay. We had our choice of where to stay (the grounds offer several choices) and she helped us pick which one was best suited to our needs. We are looking forward to traveling there again in warmer weather and trying one of the other choices! Highly recommend!

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