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1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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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.

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.

Note: I have a 2-night minimum, but am open to single-night stays in between. Please ask if you're looking to book only one night.

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.

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.


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: 20%
Weekend Price: $140 / night
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House Rules
Check in is anytime 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.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


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.

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Wuhan User Profile
June 2017
It was truly an one-of-a-kind experience. The place is exactly as described. It's a perfect spot to chill and relax. I would definitely consider staying here again sometime. PS: The audio system is amazing!

Erika User Profile
June 2017
We loved the Waterbury Chapel. We stayed for two nights with our 2.5 year old and all really enjoyed ourselves! We didn't have the very best weather (lots of storms) but that didn't dampen our visit. The house was big and fantastic. We loved all of the artwork and the giant open space. This worked out very well for our family. The outside area was great for sitting and we did manage a visit to the swimming hole. There were little fish swimming which my daughter was thrilled by. The house is in the country and quiet but very close to so many great places. We checked out Ithaca and the Cayuga Lake wine trail as well as the Museum of the Earth (a great spot if you have kids). We used the kitchen to prepare most of our meals and found it had everything we needed. Brownie's Farm stand was a great suggestion from Wylie. We also stopped at the Wegman's in Ithaca.

Aja User Profile
June 2017
This was our second time staying at the chapel and if possible we loved it even more this time. It is truly the most magical place, and perfectly located for whatever exploring you want to do in the area. Wylie is such a gracious, accommodating host and I'm so thankful she shares this place with everyone!

Alyssa User Profile
June 2017
This was the second time we've stayed at Wylie's beautiful place, and it was just as amazing as we remembered it. Clean, well-appointed, private...a peaceful and calming vacation!

Jillyn User Profile
September 2016
This was such a great spot. Wylie was always available and so prompt with communications. The chapel and land around it really was the perfect place to unwind. My husband and I had such a great time and will definitely be going back.

Kriti User Profile
August 2016
The Waterburg chapel was a beautiful and unique stay. The sound system in the house was amazingly good, would get us going every morning. There were badminton rackets and it's a perfect place to do a few swings. The place is a short drive from the buzzing downtown Ithaca so the drive at night was easy. On the whole it was a comfortable and fun stay. We just had one issue with the smelly water in the shower, it smelled something like ammonia so having a bath wasn't too pleasant everyday.
Wylie User Profile
Response from Wylie:
Hi Kriti, I wish you had mentioned the water during your visit. I don't know about an ammonia smell, but sometimes the water can take on a faint sulphur smell because it comes from a country well. I hadn't noticed this happening all summer, so might have to do with the drought. When this happens, I have someone come and shock the well with chlorine tablets, so I'll do that asap. Otherwise I'm happy you had a wonderful vacation at the chapel.
August 2016

Kyuman User Profile
August 2016
it was really one of kind space! very fun to stay and unique experience.

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Ithaca, New York, United States · Joined in August 2012
Wylie User Profile

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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