Charming Lakeview Cottages

Chalet - Private room · E Shore Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850, United States

Charming two-story guest cottage situated in the garden of an historic train station (ca.1830) located at the southeast corner of Cayuga Lake.

Your host, Wylie
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Charming two-story guest cottage situated in the garden of an historic train station (ca.1830) located at the southeast corner of Cayuga Lake.

The Space

Perfect as a writers retreat, for faculty, grads or parents visiting one of the universities, as a base of operations for outdoorsy adventuring or touring the Finger Lakes wine country - and especially for those with a penchant for historic architecture (American folk) and charming romantic spaces.

Cottage has a bedroom upstairs with views of the lake, and a lounge downstairs. Stocked with a mini fridge, coffee maker, tea kettle and toaster, and a tv for playing dvds.


The property was built ca. 1830 where it fulfilled the function of lighthouse. It was later transformed into a switchback to the railroad until sometime in the 1930s when it (email hidden)om the early sixties to the early '90s the buildings were abandoned and fell into ruin.

The property was rescued from a derelict state by British visual artist Paul Chambers who lived in Ithaca from 1972 until his untimely death from cancer in 2012. From (phone number hidden), Chambers 'recycled' the site into a work of living sculpture, and in 2007 Wylie purchased the property, which she considers to be a work of art, and maintains it in accordance with Chambers’ vision.

Guest Access

Check in is at 4pm, but this is negotiable.
Check out is at 11am.

Interaction with Guests

We try to be helpful but not hovering.

The Neighborhood

Close proximity to Stewart Park, the East Shore swimming beach, the Ithaca Farmer's Market, and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.

Getting around

There is a downtown-bound bus that comes to Stewart Park, a 5 minute walk from the cottage.

Downtown Ithaca and Cornell are a 5-minute drive away.

Other Things to Note

While the property is an idyllic garden-like setting with views of the lake, it is nestled in between two busy roads. Depending on the time of day it can be a little noisy from traffic.

The bathroom and kitchen are located in the main house, a separate building situated 10 feet from the cottage.

The nightly price includes the addition of 8 percent for New York State sales tax. Sales tax is not required for stays of more than a week, so the price will be adjusted accordingly for guests staying for a week or longer.

In June, July, August and September, there is a 2-night minimum during weekends

Please contact me before booking. We want to make sure it is the right fit.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $360 /week
Monthly Price: $740 /month
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The cottage was beautiful, cozy, and inspiring to be in-- you can tell it has an artist's touch. The bed was super-comfy and the breakfast of bagels and coffee was delicious. We will definitely chose to stay here hands-down if we every stop through Ithaca. 100% recommend!

    July 2014
  • We found Wylie's cottage a relaxing and "shabby-chic" place to stay for a long weekend in Ithaca. A nice walk to the nearby park and a really short drive to everywhere else, the cottage was just what we were looking for. Thanks Wylie!

    June 2014
  • A delightful house in a cozy location, this accommodation was fantastic. Wylie was very accommodating and flexible with our travel plans. Engaging and forthcoming about Ithaca, Wylie was a wonderful hostess!

    June 2014
  • Staying at the Charming Lakeview Cottages was a very nice experience that suited my conferencing needs very well. Wylie was very easy going and accommodating. Staying at the cottage is a very unique experience, it is very close to all the local amenities, and has a very convenient location, all of which made my stay very compatible.

    However, there are a couple of points that travelers need to contact Wylie about, which she discusses in her description:

    1.The cottage is on a land peninsula that is wedged between two highways (see map). These roads are about 75 ft from the cottage in both directions. While it is very close to the lake, it was also very loud due to the truck and commuting traffic. I am an early riser (6am) so the early morning noise did not disturb me, but it was definitely a significant presence during typical commuting times.
    2.On another note, there are two sleeping areas in the cottage, an upstairs ”loft” bedroom and a common “living room” downstairs with a futon. I ended up sleeping downstairs on the futon because the “stairwell” to the upstairs is more ladder-like than stair- like, and is quite steep. You climb up and down it just like on an extension ladder. This may pose a challenge to some with rickety knees, backs and/or a little too much wine.

    June 2014
  • (email hidden)! It is just as described in the ad. Wylie even left coffee and bagels for me in the cabin. I would definitely stay here again if I went back to Ithaca.

    June 2014
  • Our stay was great! The place is relaxing, clean and spacious. As a host, Wylie couldn't have been more accommodating and courteous. I had to wake up very early in the morning and she was willing to change up dinner plans she had of hosting people at her house to make sure we weren't disturbed. The place is close to town as well, so it's very easy to find things to do close by.

    I'd definitely stay here again.

    June 2014
  • The cabin was so much more than I could have dreamt. I loved Wylie's decor and the feel of the place. Wylie was (email hidden) and gave us a lovely tour of the property which I was fascinated with. Everything we could have needed and more was ready when we got there. There was an awesome speaker system in the house to hook up phone to and listen to music. The view of the lake is very relaxing and it made you feel like you were sleeping in a treehouse over the lake. The bathroom being only a few steps away was not an issue at all. The coffee in the cabin is THE BEST coffee I have ever had, and she told me where I can get some. I can't wait to go back. The location was super close to everything and Wylie is the best!

    June 2014
  • Very simple. Cottage was exactly as described and lovely. Location was scenic. Wylie was easy to communicate with. This is definitely on my list of places to stay when traveling to Ithaca!

    May 2014
  • I booked Wylie's cottage for my parents for a couple of nights. They really enjoyed living there and Wylie was a very kind and considerate host. The complimentary breakfast was wonderful as were the various items in the cottage for the convenience of guests. I would definitely recommend staying with her if you visit Ithaca for a slightly different experience than the usual. Bonus: The view of Cayuga is splendid !

    May 2014
  • We were only in Ithaca for under 24 hours. A quick stop on our way to the Catskills for our friend's wedding. Even though our visit was super short it was the perfect way to kick off a special long weekend. Wylie's Cottage is beyond peaceful. I slept so well in the comfy loft after a few glasses of wine and an unsuccessful attempt to read my boyfriends tarrot reading. We woke up refreshed and had coffee with a couple lovely cat friends. There are so many amazing books, games and trinkets in the cottage. I wish we could have stayed a couple more nights. She obviously put a lot of thought into the space. I took photos of the place as inspiration for future home projects, it was so beautiful. I was a little worried about not having a bathroom right in the cottage especially at night but it was completely comfortable to use the main house plus its right outside the cottage door. I really hope we can get back to Ithaca soon and stay here again.

    May 2014
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'Signalcamp,' as the property is nicknamed, is owned by Wylie Schwartz, a native Ithacan and a doctoral student in art (email hidden). In addition to being the coordinator for Ithaca's monthly First Friday Gallery Night, Wylie is an independent curator - one of the cottages at Signalcamp, called 'station923,' (email hidden) for artists from May through October. Wylie lives here with her partner Kevin who studies the corn genome and their two very friendly cats named Freddie and Blue. Wylie purchased the property - a former switchback to the railroad (ca.1830) - from her beloved friend, British visual artist Paul Chambers, who lovingly restored it from a derelict state and turned it into a work of 'living sculpture.' Wylie views herself as simply one of many caretakers along the way who has looked after this special place, and she loves to share it with others.
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