Entire home/apt
3 Guests
1 Bedroom
2 Beds
$140
Per Night
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About this listing

Retreat to the country in this beautifully restored 19th c. Greek Revival church located in the quaint hamlet of Waterburg, a 5-minute drive from the Village of Trumansburg and a 12-minute drive to Ithaca in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country.

There is a pond out back which is stocked with large mouth bass and bluegill sunfish. Guests are welcome to fish as long as you have a current New York State fishing license. Pond is okay to swim in too.

Artists' Paradise: Waterburg Chapel

The Space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Property type: Other
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $30
Weekly discount: 15%
Cancellation: Strict

Description

The Space

Retreat to the country in this beautifully restored 19th century Greek Revival church located in the quaint hamlet of Waterburg, NY, a 5-minute drive from the Village of Trumansburg and a 12-minute drive to Ithaca. Conveniently located in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country. this unique property offers an ideal space to think, write, relax and get away from it all.

Originally a Methodist Episcopal church (ca.1850), the 'Waterburg Church' consists of one large open room with three walls on wheels to move about as you please. There is one full-sized bed, and a futon mattress is available for guests.

The space has a fully functional kitchen and a bathroom with a claw-foot tub and a shower. The bathroom has no walls, but the moveable walls can be arranged to make a separate space. The building is situated on five acres of country farmland.

Quaint, quiet country setting 5 minutes away from the Village of Trumansburg and a 12-minute drive to downtown Ithaca or to the Seneca Lake wineries.

There is a large swimming hole just down the street in Taughannock Creek. Walk to the right out of the driveway to the one-lane bridge. Swimming hole is to the right of the bridge.

No public transport. Closest bus is in the Village of Trumansburg, a bit too far to walk but do-able by bike.

Recent history of the chapel:

The space, a 19th century Greek Revival church, was rescued from a derelict state by British artist Paul Chambers who lived in the area from 1972 until his untimely death from cancer in 2012. In 2002, began the five-year process of restoring the church, and the last of the eight bay buggy barns, from a derelict state, and used the space as his studio and home.

Chambers was known for his enormously provocative abstract conceptual landscape paintings related to his intense concern for lasting international peace, several of which are on display at the Waterburg Church. The Recurring subjects include, Advanced Russian Indian Ocean Initiative; Monday Human Sabbath; as well as a series of works containing a proposed solution a road map to peace in the Middle East, which he has printed on postcards and mailed to world leaders.

The site is ideal for those wanting to write, play music, make art, or to enjoy peace and tranquility in a pastoral country setting.

Local and state sales tax:

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

Guest Access

wireless internet
walking paths and pond on the 5-acre property

Interaction with Guests

Minimal. I'm available by phone or email anytime for any reason.

The Neighborhood

Quaint, quiet country setting 5 minutes away from the Village of Trumansburg and a 12-minute drive to downtown Ithaca or to the Seneca Lake wineries.

Getting Around

No public transport. Closest bus is in the Village of Trumansburg, a bit too far to walk but do-able by bike.

Other Things to Note

There is a pond out back which is stocked with large mouth bass and bluegill sunfish. Guests are welcome to fish as long as you have a current New York State fishing license. Pond is okay to swim in too.

Swimming hole just to the right of the single lane bridge in Taughannock Creek, just down the street

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

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House Rules
Check-in is after 4PM

No pets unless under special circumstances (agreed upon prior to booking with the host.) Also will include a $50 cleaning fee.

Please leave the space exactly as it was when you arrived.
Before you go:
1. Close all the shutters.
2. Lock back and front door.
3. Take out your trash and recycling to the receptacles in the buggy barn (recycling = paper, glass, metal all in one bin)
4. Turn off lights
5. Turn thermostat down to 50 degrees (in winter)
6. If you have time, please wash your sheets and towels, but don't leave them wet in the washing machine. Throw them in the dryer when you leave.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

Availability
On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Artists' Paradise: Waterburg Chapel

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Wylie

Wylie

Ithaca, New York, United States · Member since August 2012

Wylie Schwartz is a native Ithacan, and a doctoral candidate in art history at Binghamton University specializing in postwar European art.

Both of her listings - the Waterburg church and "Signalcamp" (a former switchback to the railroad, ca.1830) were lovingly restored from a derelict state by her beloved friend, British visual artist Paul Chambers, who turned them into works of 'living sculpture.' Wylie views herself as simply one of many caretakers along the way who have looked after these special places, and she loves to share them with others.

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