Charming two-story guest cottage situated in the garden of an historic train station (ca.1830) located at the southeast corner of Cayuga Lake.
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 became a residential space. From 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.
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.
Close proximity to Stewart Park, the East Shore swimming beach, the Ithaca Farmer's Market, and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.
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, as well as 3 percent added on for the local county room tax.
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.
-Please keep bathroom door propped open when not in use so that our two very friendly kitties (Annie and Fredy) can get in and out of the main house (their cat flap is in bathroom door.)
-Please make sure front door to main house is latched shut at night (it is an old door (ca.1830!) and sometimes doesn't latch.
That's pretty much it.
This was our first AirBB stay and it was very enjoyable. The cottage has a beautiful setting that overlooks the lake. The setting has lots of interesting structures to ponder. Wylie was a great host and made it easy to stay with her. It is accurately portrayed in the reviews as cozy, comfortable, and rustic. We would return!
The listing description was very accurate, and turned out to be better than the pictures. Despite being next to Rt. 13, the evenings were relatively peaceful. I had no problems with it overall, but the person I was with was somewhat uncomfortable with having to go into an adjacent building in order to use the bathroom.
I would've liked to be able to use a full kitchen, but I suppose a room at a hotel wouldn't have been better in that respect.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay, my brief interaction with Wylie was nice, and I'd try and stay again if in Ithaca.
It was a perfect getaway! Wylie's place was super nice and comfortable. A very cute cottage, minutes from Cornell and you have a great view of the lake from the balcony.
We never got to meet Wylie because of opposite schedules, however her 2 cats were excellent hosts. They greeted us with warm, fuzzy welcomes.
We just spent one night at the cottage but I'd definitely come again for a longer stay next time.
The cottage was awesome. Very cozy and home-like. I'd definitely recommend to friends, and would stay there again.
My girlfriend and I loved this place! The cottage was super cozy and Wylie was a very accommodating host.
Wylie was very attentive and we had a great time in Ithaca (we arrived late night). The house was exactly as described, very clean, and easy to find. We were right next to Cornell and the farmers market, which was a perfect location for us. The house is absolutely charming, would stay here again!
This is the 2nd time I've stayed with Wylie and would certainly stay with her again if I'm back in the area. The room is cute and cosy and Wylie is extremely helpful with anything that you might need as a guest.
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'Signalcamp,' as the property is nicknamed, is owned by Wylie Schwartz, a native Ithacan and a doctoral student in art history at Binghamton University. 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,' becomes a project space for artists from May through October. Wylie lives here with her 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.