|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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.
Ducks on the Pond, Chickens on the Hillside: We've joined the local food effort by adding a small flock of Cayuga and Indian Runner ducks to our pond and chickens to the hillside and woods. 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.
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.
The owners 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 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 eight 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.
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. 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to stay on our way home to Rochester, NY from NYC. I came across this cottage and contacted Nancy. She responded immediately and was so informative and helpful. The stone cottage was cozy and romantic and had all the amenities we needed. It's close to waterfalls, wineries and great restaurants. Nancy recommended the Ithaca farmers market for breakfast on our way home and it did not disappoint! The fireplace, jacuzzi tub and temurpedic mattress were incredible! I really can't say enough about the accommodations and Nancy. I hope we have the opportunity to return!
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.
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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.