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Writer's Retreat / Vacation Rental

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 930 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 4)

Wonderful Vacation Spot For Small Family, Or Quiet Retreat For Writer/scholar.

This beautiful hilltop cottage in upstate New York is the perfect vacation spot for a small family, or a quiet retreat for a writer or scholar. Located near the Finger Lakes, it is less than four hours from New York City, and only 40 minutes from the spectacular gorges and vibrant cultural attractions of Ithaca. The immediate vicinity offers river sports (kayaking and canoeing), skiing, snowshoeing, country rambles out the front door, hiking and biking, and antiquing. Ithaca's superb restaurants, cinema, bookstores, gourmet groceries, libraries, live theater and museum are close at hand, and the Finger Lakes wineries and Corning Museum of Glass are an easy day trip. Syracuse, an hour north, offers a fine regional theatre and burgeoning art scene. Parents of college students attending SUNY Binghamton, Ithaca College and Cornell will find this a convenient rendezvous spot to spend down time with their kids during breaks or at graduation. For those who need a peaceful getaway and time to think and work, it offers seclusion in a lovely, natural setting. The quiet of the days is broken only by the sound of peepers in the spring, birds in the summer and crickets in the fall. On clear nights the stars are truly spectacular.

The house in tastefully furnished by its artist owner. It has one bedroom and a sleeping porch, one bath, a full kitchen with a fine, vintage Chambers cook stove, a Vermont Casting wood stove in the living room, a dishwasher, washer/dryer,

and dish TV. It is situated on thirty acres of open field and woods, with a small pond big enough for swimming and a half mile mowed path through the meadow.

The house is smoke free, maximum occupancy four people, children welcome but pets are not. One week minimum.

More Details

Owner
Linn Underhill
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
16 September, 2017

About Linn Underhill

I am an artist/photographer, and have lived here for the last 30 years. I teach at Colgate University and am getting ready to retire. This is the spot where my three children and seven grandchildren love to gather once a year in August, for a beautiful family reunion. Now I want to share it with others who love the peace and beauty of rural New York state.

Linn Underhill purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Linn Underhill chose New York

I was first attracted to the long view out the north window, the open field and the woods. Its location, within striking distance of Ithaca, Binghamton and Syracuse, means that social, cultural and practical attractions are close at hand. I now live in my studio, built in 2003, so the house is available for guests year-round -- cool in the summer and cozy in the winter.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful place to spend a birthday! Thanks for letting us use your comfortable cottage.
Apr 2013
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Marathon in Cortland County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 930 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river ...
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Porch Furniture
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • water tubing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.866667 based on 19 reviews
5

Solitude and Simplicity

  • 5 of 5

Linn's place offers a tranquil place to get away from the city and noise, which is just what I did for 6 days. The place is off the beaten path but the drive is lovely with distant views of rolling hills and country roads lined with beautiful blue chicory. I had planned to do a bit more sightseeing, but once there, I found such peace in walking through the meadow and wooded trails, or just sitting by the pond watching the dragonflies flit by, that I spent a good deal of my time there. The cottage was cozy with abundant light and a good-sized kitchen that had everything I needed. Thank you, Linn, for providing such a serene place to reconnect to nature.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia
4

A secluded, peaceful location to enjoy special ttime

  • 4 of 5

The writer's retreat was perfect for the 5 days we spent there. Our party was composed of four adults and the house was spacious enough to accommodate us comfortably. The vintage stove worked wonder. The rental is a bit isolated, which was perfect for us but may require some shopping planning if one minds spending a lot of time driving to a decent grocery store. The drive to Ithaca is long --it took us an hour each way-- but again, the house's isolation was a plus for us. The pond is a gem if you don't mind sharing it with lily pad-looking plants and tiny aquatic creatures. The only reason we give the place 4 stars and not 5 concerns the general state of the house. The interior and exterior looked a bit more shabby than they did on the photos here. That said, we would rent it again on a heart beat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great for us.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely tranquil spot. Gracious hostess. We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Peaceful location. Quaint, rustic. Everything on hand you need for a quiet , self catering holiday.

  • 4 of 5

Remote, need GPS to take you to the door. Wooded surroundings, care needed on roads into the property. We loved the oven, wood burner and shabby chic feel to the property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet, creative vibe with great amenities and amazing scenery

  • 5 of 5

I am a writer and college professor. I booked Linn's place for four days between two trips for work. I envisioned a real writer's retreat: a place where I could hole up for several days by myself and get some good writing done. Linn's place offered that and so much more. It was a comfortable place to get away from distractions and focus on work, for sure. But the property also offered plenty of opportunities to set down the work, too: to take meditative walks, look at the stars (wow! the stars!), and have afternoon hangout time on the patio with Linn's friendly cat, Pretty. Linn is an artist with an artist's sensibility and that permeates everything about the cottage and property. I feel lucky to have found her place and I hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York NY
5

Quiet, Peaceful and Charming Spot

  • 5 of 5

Linn's cottage is lovely; in such a quiet peaceful spot in the country. The house has most everything one could need with a comfortable bedroom and a sleeping porch, well-equipped kitchen and front patio. The pond is a short walk from the house (like 2 minutes) and is a nice secluded spot. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ithaca, NY
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Syracuse, NY
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
81
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Greek Peak

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Marathon, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
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£508
£859
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £55.51

$560/week or $1750/month. Minimum stay one weeks.
$800/week, $200/weekend night, $150/week night during May and June graduation season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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