The Space(WE LIVE HERE. THIS IS PART OF OUR HOME. We pay our local occupancy tax and state sales tax and federal income tax on our Airbnb income.) We are offering for OCCASIONAL rentals a Mid-century architect designed apartment on the first floor of our home set into hill. Large picture windows overlooking the gardens, our small suburban farm (including chickens, dog and cats!) and your own private patio. Luxurious new bed in 2016, crisp linens in a light and airy bedroom with a study desk and good reading lights. The bathroom has a large walk-in shower and a heated floor for chilly mornings. Kitchenette features a fridge, microwave, coffee pot, kettle and farm table. Vintage china and silver, as well as service for tea. There is no stove or oven. Free (and fast) WIFI. This listing is for use of this entire space on the ground floor. You may, for convenience enter through our garage and mudroom if you prefer this entrance, but it is not public space. (We live upstairs, and are present hosts.) We also, in off season rent to people who only want only one room in a separate listing, and if this is your wish, please inquire. Late night arrivals are discouraged unless utterly unavoidable. We have a cat and a dog.
We call ourselves the Renwick Creek Retreat Homestead, named after the year-round creek that meanders across our nearly two-acre property wooded with mature trees, with its inviting, meditative presence. We are working to return this two acre property to being a sustainable living space, one step at a time, including a purchase of the property next door to add to the space. We have a small suburban farm, complete with chickens and goats and an organic garden. This is our home in a normal neighborhood in Ithaca, and we live here with our dog (a Golden Retriever named Dobby) and two cats (Horizon and Mr. Snuggles), two pet miniature goats (who live with us as pets, not farm animals) and the chickens. We have cats (please note this). We live on the upper floor above the apartment space. You will see the dog and cats (yes, we have cats!) as they come and go and the goats when we take them for a walk in the yard. The hens live in the back yard in a fenced area away from the patio so you will see them but not smell them. This is not a host-less AirBnB experience.
You can enjoy exclusive use of our patio and large gardens and yard and will have two entrances, one totally your own. The front living room has floor to ceiling windows and the front bedroom has a very large window overlooking the garden. The rental fee includes 8% state sales tax and Airbnb will add on the local occupany tax according to law. Please do not book if you or anyone in your party has pet allergies, as our animals live on this property and you will see them. People who have any allergy to cats or animals at all, even if slight, please do not request to book. The rental features two bedrooms, perfect for families traveling. We only rent this space downstairs to one party, family or small group at a time so you would never find yourself sharing this space with strangers. Entrance to the house is private and we have plenty of off street parking in this very quiet and safe neighborhood. We welcome families with small children and also have a variety of children's books and essential items (high chair, toys) for our youngest guests. (Please determine if you are OK with pets and the suburban rural before booking our home. It is always disappointing to book to people who did not read the description and are shocked to discover this is not an urban apartment or the whole house.) We are a few minutes walk through the woods to Sapsucker Woods and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Our guests are supplied with a basket of tourist information on wineries, walking tours, Cornell and IC. The space is lovely and quiet, with lots of places to sit with your family, read a book, or take a walk to nearby Cornell attractions and wild areas. Rentals are more for graduation weekend and require a three day minimum for those weekends.. Please note that the prices for these weekends are higher than usual, and are based on renting the space as your own private family reunion/events space. If you are interested in doing this, please let us know and we are happy to assist you in the booking through "special offer." We know all the good caterers in this area who can legally operate in Tompkins County.
Our family is committed to trying to do our part to live sustainably. In the summer, we have an organic vegetable garden and herb garden and guests are welcome to help themselves. We try and run our guesthouse as low impact as possible. We ask that you be considerate of resources when staying here. Please turn off lights and be thoughtful of water use.
We welcome guests from all over the world. Japanese, English, and some Spanish spoken. Strictly non-smoking rental, inside and out. We sadly can not allow other people's dogs or other pets, as we already have pets in this house. The bus stops outside our front door. During winter, you are minutes from excellent cross country skiing. In all seasons, walks abound from just outside the front door. Maps provided for all attractions. The hosts LOVE Ithaca and the Finger Lakes and have lived here for 25 years. When booking, we ask that you accurately and honestly book the number of guests who will be staying so we can stay within our legal limits. If you add to your numbers, you must let us know, so we can be sure and accommodate you and care for you properly. Names must be supplied for all guests. (Babies count as human beings by law.) If your numbers go up beyond what we can comfortably and legally accommodate after a booking, we reserve the right to cancel your reservation. Your reservation request indicates you have read our entire description and know we have pets -- a dog and cats, and no oven or stove and do not allow smoking. I am happy to loan you a single women's bike with a deposit (no charge for borrowing the bike and deposit is refunded if bike is returned.)
What I need from people wishing to book: If you are new to Airbnb, you must upload an actual face photo of yourself, get the four verifications required and write a bio for yourself telling us something about yourself. all members of your party need to be OK with Airbnb and the unique form of lodging that this is. I need names for all guests coming, including babies. This is for everyone's safety. Make sure you read my entire description so I can give you the best experience possible. I am always happy to help you get registered on Airbnb if you are a Newbie! I believe Airbnb is about normal people inviting travelers to stay in their homes. Your rental from us will go directly to defraying the costs of educating our three (very smart) children in college and graduate school. Late night check-ins are STRONGLY discouraged and allowed only if unforeseen and unavoidable. Guest AccessPrivate entrance through gardens. Laundry for four day stays or longer, off street parking, full use of first floor (except our mudroom and garage which you are free to use but which is not public space and may not be "glamorous," private use of patio for registered guests only during stay. Hosts' private residence upstairs is not shared space. We live in this house so we will see one another as we come and go into the gardens and hear us as we go about our daily lives upstairs. Late night check-ins are STRONGLY discouraged and allowed only if unforeseen and unavoidable. Interaction with GuestsLocal law strictly forbids any Airbnb host from serving you a meal, so please do not be disappointed when I can not do that. We will provide all the ingredients for you to make your own nutritious breakfast or you can self-cater all foods for yourself and we provide coffee, tea and fruit. Use of our laundry is gratis on stays of four days or longer, for a small load or two. We will greet you and settle you in, and then leave you to enjoy your stay in quiet and privacy. You will see our pets, however, and they can't be made to go away. We live upstairs and you will hear us moving about. Please do not book if you have pet allergies that are not easily managed on your own. The cat flap to the house is in the living room, so you will see the friendly cats. (Mr. Snuggles sightings are rare.) We are available by phone throughout your stay and check in with you morning and evening. With advance planning, I am sometimes available to take you places, and especially love the wine region and am passionate about it. I also have taught at Cornell for 25 years and know it very well and am happy to share that information with you. You will meet all of our pets. (We can not make them disappear.) They may try and adopt you. I have prepared a through guidebook here of all my favorite local places and why I like them. Please use it! I can e-mail it to you in advance if you like so you can look over my suggestions. If I don't say so myself, this area is pretty awesome. I am delighted to pick you up from the Ithaca airport or bus station or stop if I can swing it. The NeighborhoodThis is a quiet and diverse neighborhood a short distance from Cornell and near the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Many of the lots, like mine, are large, some over a few acres, so it feels very rural and quiet. It is safe and lots are large and wooded, so one sees a lot of birds and wildlife, including deer, foxes and coyotes. We know all our neighbors well. We have lived her for 25 years. Our lot is over 2 acres and features a huge privacy fenced back yard with a garden inside of that, and ample off street parking. Getting AroundBy car, we are a five minute drive to Cornell, two minutes to the Lab of Ornithology and 20 minutes to Ithaca College. The bus to Cornell and downtown stops at half a block away. We have ample off street parking for all our guests. The Tompkins County Regional Airport is a very short distance from our house (and only small planes land there so it is quiet) and with advance notice, we are happy to pick you up from and drive you to the airport at no cost. I am always happy to see if I can arrange to pick up guests who may be arriving on the Cornell bus, shoreline but or by air into Ithaca. This is a small town and with advance planning, I can help get you where you need to be if you come without a car. Other Things to NoteThis is one of the largest and most vibrant wine regions in the United States, and we love the many beautiful things this region has to offer. Guests for events at Cornell, IC, horse competitions, cycling or birding events will find us really well informed on the region! Please note that we will not book outside of airbnb (for added guests or additional days), so please don't ask. When booking, we ask that you accurately and honestly book the number of guests who will be staying. If you add to your numbers, you must let us know, so we can be sure and accommodate you and care for you properly. If your numbers go up beyond what we can comfortably accommodate after a booking, we reserve the right to charge you for the additional guests, book you into our overflow listing or cancel your reservation. Please keep in mind that this is a home offered through Airbnb and not a professional Bed and Breakfast. We are required t operate under different local ordinances. If you have any questions, please ask!