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“Lit et petit dejeuner extraordinaire!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Private Hotel + Pure Food Villa

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Private Hotel + Pure Food Villa
Ranked #1 of 17 Ithaca B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
1 review
“Lit et petit dejeuner extraordinaire!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

My husband & I stayed at Michael's beautiful home away from home for Ithaca's College Family Weekend, which also happened to be our 25th wedding weekend! We (thankfully) booked in August and were thrilled when we arrived to check in. The grounds are expansive and include acres that are available for long, romantic walks. We stayed in the Red Room, which has a large, amazing bathroom adjoining the sleeping area. The bed, linens and black-out curtains are so comfortable and allow for a quiet, dark, peaceful night's rest. The shower is fun with double shower heads/body spray heads, one on each side of this 6 foot wide beautifully tiled shower area. There is no ledge/step up entry into this shower, the entry is flush with the bathroom floor & is separated from the rest of the bath area by a shower curtain.
The kitchen Michael prepares the guest breakfast in is filled with appliances that meet the exceptional needs of this owner-chef and his lovely, friendly staff. We especially loved the herbs, wheatgrass, etc being grown for use in meals prepared by Michael. We were impressed how Michael was actually teaching the staff about the process of making the meals he prepared, as well as actually delivering the food in a beautiful presentation. BTW, please bring your imagination and ask Michael to make you something for breakfast you've always wanted to try! He will rise to the occasion and I have a distinct feeling he actually cherishes the challenge! You will not be sorry and it will create a very special memory.
We truly enjoyed our breakfast each morning around a very large, square dining table in the Great Room surrounded by an eclectic mix of Michael's history, the friendly staff and guests. Everyone immediately jumped right into engaging, fun conversations. We had to force ourselves to leave the table, and only because we had to meet our daughter at Ithaca for a family weekend scheduled event.
In the evening when Michael was around the conversation was very interesting with all the stories Michael shared with us. Michael, thank you for making us feel instantly at home. We made sure we took advantage of the outdoor hot tub AND wonderful sauna, jumping out of one & into the other before we retired for the evening in our cozy room. Nobody around at that point so it was very quiet gazing at the stars and we just turned everything off as we went back into the house. Wonderful!
I just cannot say enough about the beautiful vista views from the back of the house as we woke up every day. Breathtaking!
Well, I could keep going with so many more details as to why this place is so special, but suffice it to say that it is special because Michael works very hard to make each person comfortable and exceed expectations, in his incredibly laid back, gracious way.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Poland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

We attended Ithaca College's Parents weekend 2013 and stayed here for two night. Accommodations were excellent. Michael has transformed the farm to be a serene and peaceful experience. The breakfast prepared by him and his staff was superb! It's not your typical B&B which made it special. We definitely would return again to support this locally owned and independently operated establishment. Two thumbs up!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ellicott City, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

My husband and I just returned from a delightful weekend at this hotel. We were celebrating our 7th anniversary and wanted to stay at a very special place, and we were not dissappointed! Nestled in the woods but easily accessible to all that the area has to offer, this hotel boasts extraordinary buildings, beautiful accommodations, gorgeous scenery, warm hospitality, and exceptional food. We will definitely be back. Thanks Michael!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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North Salem, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Magnificent views. Lovely accommodations. Michael and his staff were warm and engaging. Breakfasts were truly delicious. Loved the chit chat around the table. A great place to de-stress and enjoy the surroundings. Very convenient to Cornell. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ardsley, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

No lace here. Just exotic wood lined rooms, beautiful views ,dinosaur fossils and Buddhist inscriptions. Michael cooks up a great breakfast along with his staff. The big barn Breakfast Room is the place in the country that you wished you owned. About 10 minutes from Ithaca college.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Annandale, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We just came back from a delightful weekend at Michael Caspers' Private Hotel/Pure Food. It is a little gem tucked away an easy 10 minute drive from Ithaca. We were up for IC parents weekend and it is a perfect place to stay for a bit of privacy, stunning views and warm, genuine hospitality.. The rooms were beautifully appointed and the breakfast is second to none in Ithaca!! We will definitely be back . Thanks to Michael and his staff for a lovely fall weekend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

We recently spent a three day weekend amongst the Fall foliage of this lovely "hotel". It is really more of a bed and breakfast with an engaging host, Michael Casper. The accommodations are luxurious yet set in an out of the way rustic setting. We stayed in the smallest of the rooms, the "Pond View" but it was large enough for two. The breakfasts were substantial - and made to order - Anything from eggs any way you like to eggs Benedict to pancakes to oatmeal to Michael's homemade corned beef hash (nothing like the stuff you usually get in a diner!). It's really not too far from the city of Ithaca and very convenient to Ithaca College and Buttermilk Falls State Park. We have stayed at other B&Bs and hotels in the area and this place is far and away the best place we have stayed. We shall stay here again on our next Finger Lakes vacation.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Katherine D
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Property: Private Hotel + Pure Food Villa
Address: 429 Bostwick Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-9352
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Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ithaca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Ithaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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