I stayed at "The Farm" for a personal "treat" retreat for myself, and indeed it was! Michael's place was the perfect blend of a quiet get away surrounded in beautiful nature and a fascinating, amazing, interesting and luxurious "farm" house. I stayed in the upstairs main "blue room" which has a view of the beautiful pond and field outside where the deer strolled by. I had requested Michael ahead of time of my intentions of wanting a long soak in the bath/jacuzzi, wanting something savory with my sweet for breakfast (not to mention some good coffee), and some recommendations for a place to dine. Oh my goodness, Michael delivered!! The "Birthday Bath" tub was beautiful and decadent, the jacuzzi was especially prepared for me with "pure" (drinking) water (no chlorine), and breakfast was wholesome with freshly prepared oatmeal with fruit, Blue Mountain coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a special concoction Michael prepared just for me with coconut, red onion, apple, nuts and a savory sauce. It was amazing. I also made reservations at the Heights Cafe as Michael recommended, and had a wonderful dinner, too. Post dinner, I cooled down after my bath while enjoying the moon and crickets outside, next morning, I soaked in the outdoor jacuzzi (there's a sauna, too) in the early morning mist listening to the birds, and took a stroll down to the pond and visited the boulder circle as recommended by hostess Siobhan. It was a restorative and rejuvenating stay.
Michael is a true Renaissance man if I ever met one, and everything was treated with the utmost care and passion. I felt taken care of throughout my stay. If you are looking for a quiet retreat to get away from it all, feel totally pampered by the beautiful and sensuous surroundings, or entertained and stimulated by the artifacts on the premises and the vast knowledge of the hosts, this is a wonderful place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Michael Casper, an entrepreneurial hotelier and restaurateur, recently opened Private Hotel and Pure Food. This unique, small boutique hotel, with chef's private kitchen, is tucked away in the countryside just outside downtown Ithaca. Fusing post, beam, pole, log and contemporary architecture, the newly opened hotel has received rave reviews for its sensitive and sophisticated style. The common areas are comfortable and homey, accented by Michael’s sense of whimsy. A chef in his own right, Michael creates and prepares a unique menu comprised of organic and vegan ingredients that are primarily locally grown and harvested. An ecclectic combination of rustic and refined, sophisticated and casual, modern yet remote, Private Hotel and Pure Food appeals to the discerning individual who desires high end appointments, the finest in bedding and linen, and the world’s freshest and healthiest food ... all provided in a serene, tranquil environment. ... more less