My son and I booked two rooms at the Inn this past week to house hunt for next year while he will be attending law school in Ithaca. Although the website did state that breakfast was served only on weekends, I was a bit taken aback to arrive to a farmhouse being completely remodeled. One of the two owner brothers did call me while i was in NYC to ask what time I would be arriving as they had a commitment that evening so when I arrived, no one was there and I went into the main house (ie marked office) to try and locate my room (ie my son was out looking at properties and we did not meet up until later that evening). The kitchen was pretty disorderly and the little bit of the house I saw was in complete disarray. When I phoned my son he explained to my relief that our rooms were located in the carriage house and I had an adjoining room to his, separated by a shared kitchen. This cottage had been renovated and the bathroom was quite nice with new, modern fixtures and nice fluffy towels! Also, it appeared to have been recently painted a bright orange red color with contrasting large, gray slate tiles in the shower. The bedroom had a pretty comfy bed (nothing super upscale but comfy enough) with newer bed linens. The carpet was a bit worn (or at least it seemed to me--it was of the indoor-outdoor variety) and seemed a bit damp but a heater was going in the room so the temperature was quite warm. The room had a variety of area-related brochures on the wine country, the Finger Lakes, etc, but as we were there to locate a house or condo for next year's living in Ithaca, we did not take advantage of the sights those brochures mentioned. FYI, the owners did leave coffee and cream for us which was appreciated. All in all, my impression is that for those looking for a true bed and breakfast Inn experience, with a cosy living room, reading room, dining room, etc. they should look elsewhere for now-- for those interested in a cottage only as a comfy and well priced option in the Ithaca area, I recommend with the caveats mentioned here. I will definitely check them out again when I visit next year to see how the remodeling project turns out. And,although the owner was very kind to call about my arrival time, I never actually met he or his brother during our several day visit. Will be very interested to see how this Inn stacks up once the work is completed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- County chic Greek Revival farm house, private suites, beautiful gardens, hiking, x-country ski, running trail on site, Cable, Wireless, AC, full breakfast on weekends, enjoy the panoramic view of the "city lights". ... more less