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Private Stone Quarry House

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Four Cottages each with cooking facilities, bedroom, bathroom, and sleeper sofa

Welcome to the Stone Quarry House nestled in the hills just two miles east of Ithaca. Luxuriously furnished with Tempurpedic beds, pressed high-count cotton sheets, Jacuzzis and en suite baths, hand-knotted carpets and Stickley furniture, each of our four free-standing private living spaces is a calm retreat from everyday life.

Located just minutes from Cornell University and Ithaca College, Stone Quarry house is also convenient to downtown Ithaca and many beautiful walking trails through Ithaca's gorges. Whether you are here for a weekend or a season, Stone Quarry House is the place to stay.

Eco-tourism and Staying Green: We've purchased wind power from the energy grid in the past, but in the summer of 2008 we installed a large solar array and we tripled that in 2011. We continue to work toward energy conservation efforts, but the solar panels meet our energy needs now, even giving us enough electricity for two electric cars. We clean with eco-friendly products and hanging our sheets out to dry in the fresh country air whenever possible.

Local Food Renaissance: Central New York is enjoying a blossoming of local food resources. The Ithaca Farmer's Market is full of locally grown produce and ready to eat foods. Our restaurants are adding locally grown ingredients and many are building their cuisine around local and seasonal foods. Vegetarian Ithacans have splurged the Moosewood Restaurant. Now the omnivores among us are glad to see local pasture-raised meats showing up on many area restaurant menus. Ask us about our favorites which include Agave, Just a Taste, Bandwagon Brew Pub, Ithaca Beer, Hazelnut Kitchen, Suzanne's, and many more.

We've joined the local food effort by adding a small flock of chickens and fencing off a large section of the meadow behind the garden and the stone cottage for them to graze safely from preditors. We supplement their foraging with local organic grains, resulting in eggs which are naturally high in protein and Omega 3's. They are fun to watch and the eggs are wonderful. We added a larger garden, arbor and small orchard in 2009. Let us know if you are interested and you may be able to join in a picking party, try your hand at canning or drying food, or just try some really local fresh eggs.

More Details

Nancy Norton
Member since: 2003
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2017

About Nancy Norton

Buzz and Nancy met in 1990 and have slowly transformed the property as they've raised their children there. Buzz is from Ithaca, and Nancy's paternal family has lived in upstate New York for almost 200 years. Her maternal family is from Brooklyn. They both love traveling, and appreciate the new ideas they pick up when away from home.

Why Nancy Norton chose Cayuga Lake

Buzz's family has had a stone quarry here since 1956 when they took it over from Cornell University. Stone is no longer quarried here; the stone fabricating business was sold in 2012; the quarry is being reclaimed, and the neighborhood is increasingly residential.

We love the hillside meadow, the woods, the pond, the gardens, the orchard, the root cellar, the views . . . though with about eleven acres, it all keeps us busy!

The main house was a Cornell Farm Service home Buzz moved here in 1987. After renovating the main house and raising our children, in 2003 Buzz built a garage with a 700 sq. ft. apartment for extended stays on the second floor. It was so popular, he built the stone cottage two years later. The tower cottage came along in 2012, and in August of 2014, the hillside cottage was opened. Each is unique, but all are supremely comfortable.

What makes this cottage unique

Buzz started with a blank palate here, as the property was old quarry land. If Buzz isn't golfing, he is happiest taking an idea from paper to stone and wood. In 2016 he began a new business, Tiny Timbers, building small post and beam houses which are particularly appealing to those downsizing or looking for a second home. The local hemlock and many windows contribute to a design that feels particularly well integrated to the beautiful environment in the region. Buzz enjoys design, and our travels have subtly influenced each new building. The local blacksmith, Duran Van Dorn, has contributed his unique style as well. Nancy enjoys the interior design, keeping the focus on guest comfort while considering sustainability and utilizing the local producers of fine furnishings, particularly Stickley, Harden and J.W. Southard.

Guests are encouraged to make themselves at home - walk the grounds, relax on the patio, or the hammock under the poplars, or the swing down by the pond, watch the swallows by day or fireflies on summer evenings, maybe catch a glimpse of the chickens or observe the ducks on the pond. Nights are quiet and days can be as busy or relaxing as you'd like.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a beautiful space! We had such a lovely, relaxing trip thanks to the peace and quiet of the apartment - truly felt as though we stepped out of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. The gorgeous grounds and comfortable furnishing made us feel right at home. Can't wait to come back and try the tower and the stone cottage too!
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ithaca in Tompkins County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Stone Cottage - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Large Jacuzzi Open to the Room
    Apartment Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Tower Cottage - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Waterless Toilet, Stone Sink, Glass-tiled Shower
    Hillside House - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Toilet, Bluestone Sink, Honed Colorado Sandstone Shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Tower Cottage - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Freestanding cottage with kitchenette and back deck
    Apartment - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , free-standing with full kitchen for short or extended stay
    Stone Cottage - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , wood-burning fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, and kitchette
    Hilltop House - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Freestanding unit, kitchen, deck, private bedroom, full bath
  • Superior beds with hypo-allergenic or down duvets covered with high count line-dried cotton sheets and choice of down, Tempurpedic, or hypo-allergenic pillows.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Eco-Friendly cleaning practices, solar and wind powered utilities. Relax with the hammock, swingset, walled garden, and large yard. WiFi, wireless high-speed internet access in the apartment, the stone and tower cottages and the hilltop house.


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Private Stone Quarry House
average rating of 5.0 based on 285 reviews
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed at the stone cottage last Fall and we could not have been more pleased, both with the accomodations and with Nancy and Buzz, they are just great. Whatever questions we had, they were right there spot-on with answers and advice. We had never been to the area and they were full of great information and suggestions, both for walks and places to which we could drive. The cottage itself is an absolute marvel, we had never seen anything like it and it looks as if every little detail had been considered and made as fine as possible. And the bed and the bathtub are worth the price of admission alone. A great great place, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2007
  • Date of Stay: May 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Apartment with another couple and had plenty of room. It's a gorgeous area and well kept property. The only annoyance that happened on one of the days, was the garage door opening at 7 am, which is right below the apartment. It wasn't that big of a deal since we were all mostly up but could be a nuisance if you're trying to sleep in. I would love to stay again and check out some of the other properties.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A quiet peaceful stay in a magical place

  • 5 of 5

Staying in the tower cottage at the Stone Quarry House feels like living in a cozy castle of one's own, with room to read, relax, and eat, not one but two small private porches, and a round romantic bedroom tucked up in the tower. And it's just minutes from Cornell and ithaca's gorges and fine restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your beautifully written review! It was a pleasure to host you at the Stone Quarry House!
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Living art!!

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a work of art, clearly Nancy and Buzz have put much effort into this property. Sunset views are epic. There is a price to pay however (isn't there always) but it is a work in progress. Very unique property with outstanding artistic features, somewhat lacking in some creature comforts (vegetable peeler, et al) but that is nit picking. Tolerance and understanding is required, but it will be rewarded. They have made a great effort and are clearly learning. All good intentions on their part as far as I can tell. Overall, I would say this is "living art" and an interesting venture. Very romantic, very artistic.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review the Stone Quarry House. We encourage all guests to let us know what would be helpful during their stay; that way we don't crowd the kitchen with unneeded implements. But we've added a vegetable peeler to the utensil drawer at your suggestion. I hope you'll get in touch to let us know more about the 'price to pay' - hopefully just economic - and 'tolerance and understanding' - we may be blind to any faults and your insight would be helpful as it is our goal to have your stay here be extraordinarily comfortable and only memorable for the right reasons! :-)
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the apartment above the garage and found it to be perfect. Clean and spacious, with everything we could need. Mattress was very comfortable, setting was quiet. Nancy made us feel right at home and very comfortable walking the property. Our dog loved it all too, from the pond to the trail with a view above the gardens. Thanks again for everything. We highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always the greatest pleasure to hear from a guest who enjoyed their stay enough to let us know! It's fun to be able to share the property, the area, and our favorite time of year with our guests!
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Magical and Lovely

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Taughannock Fall State Park
Car: recommended

Ithaca is a community full of active artists and musicians. It is a rare night that doesn't offer a live concert or theater event. The Cornell Concert series offers world renown classical and jazz artists as well as exciting world music. A veritable treasure chest of resident musicians frequently play at local venues. Famous for its gorges and state parks, Ithaca has countless hiking trails.

Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary and the Cornell Plantations, some of the most beautifully walks in Ithaca, are just minutes from Stone Quarry House. Nearly twenty screens at Ithaca's movie theaters show a wide range of films from blockbuster hits to lesser known art films you would only expect to see at film festivals or in larger cities.

Dine out at the world famous Moosewood Restaurant, or choose from one of many other fine restaurants in town. Ithaca is famous for its International Cuisine.

Other Activities: skiing, snowboarding

Golf: Ask about access to the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course at Cornell. Buzz is a frequent golfer, and he may be able to help you set up a time to play or advise about other area courses.

Ski: Winter offers its own fun: you can cross country ski right out your front door, or drive twenty minutes to Greek Peak, the largest ski resort in Central New York. Winter also means sledding and ice skating on our own Stone Quarry House pond, or one of three indoor rinks in Ithaca.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ithaca, Finger Lakes

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Off Season
26 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
CU Commencement
24 May 2019 - 26 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £7.76 per person per night

Hillside House rates are $50 more per night than regular rates and post and beam house rates are $30 more per night than standard rates.
Any reservation including a weekend night will have two nights billed at the weekend rate, unless discounted by the owner.
Contact us directly for extended stay or monthly rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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