Artists' Paradise: Waterburg Chapel

Other - Entire home/apt · Waterburg Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886, United States

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.

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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.

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 (no 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.

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.

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

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Monthly Price: $1450 /month
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • This was our second Waterburg Chapel visit and we had just as fantastic a time in the summer as we did in the winter. Wylie had everything all set up for us, the space was just as comfortable as we remembered, and we enjoyed the great sound system and the pond out back. It's a great base for exploring the Finger Lakes and a really pleasant place to relax—so much more comfortable and fun than a hotel.

    June 2014
  • Wylie was excellent at communicating with us and answering any questions we had. We enjoyed the privacy of the church and found the property itself very entertaining. We enjoyed watching the groundhogs, the red-winged blackbird, the baby toads, and the other wildlife in the area. We lost count of all the deer we saw as we drove around. After exploring the various waterfalls in the area, we fell asleep at night listening to the bullfrogs croaking in the pond behind the church.

    June 2014
  • This place is paradise! Tucked away on a country road we felt like we had total privacy. The space is incredible. We could not have asked for a better place to spend a weekend away. The backyard area is great for drinking tea and listening to the birds in the morning. We would definitely return to the chapel if we found ourselves in Ithaca again.

    June 2014
  • Although we didn't get to meet Wylie in person she was great to communicate with. I can't really put into words how staying in the church was - it's such a special place. It's spacy and clean and there's nobody close - so much privacy. There's a big plot of land around, a pond, much room to sit outside and read a book. It makes you calm. Go check it out yourself!

    June 2014
  • Nothing is better than spending a few quiet days at the Chapel. Everything about the place is perfect. Will be back as soon as I can.

    June 2014
  • the waterburg chapel was an excellent place to stay during our trip to ithaca. very clean & amazing light. great to have the little pond out back. great running on country roads, and charming restaurants in trumansburg. taughannock falls nearby, and a quick trip down 96 to ithaca. wylie was fantastic, and we loved being here!

    June 2014
  • We stayed at this charming place for one week. Everything is brilliant, surrounding areas were stunnuing! Wylie has been really helpful suggesting place to eat, things to do... taking a good care of us. However if you are looking for a trendy, tidy or spotless clean place, you may wanted to reconsider. I was 'worried' marks on bath tub and toliet sink, but I soon get used to it... it is quite hot during the night even in May, and dark during the day since we kept shutters closed to keep the place cool. But it is a very specail place, we had such a good experience and indeed a fantastic holiday. Thank you Wylie! Cissy

    June 2014
    Response from Wylie:

    Thank you Cissy. The marks are from a manganese mineral that is common in country wells, but after acquiring the property I had the well treated and now it is gone. I have not yet found any way to remove the stains from the fixtures although I have tried extensive bleaching and scrubbing. If anyone has any ideas about how to remove it I would be open to trying it!

    June 2014
  • Wylie was our ideal host... invisible, but only an e-mail away with help or information! We knew everything we needed before arriving - the house "rules" were clear and simple - and we felt it was really important to Wylie that we enjoyed our stay. And we did!

    May 2014
  • The place was beautiful! Never ran into the host , but they were available if needed. A wonderful retreat for my mind, body and soul. I felt "cool" staying there and my friends were jealous..ha-ha. definitely would stay there again!! Thanks Wylie!

    May 2014
  • This is an awesome place to stay - time better spent compared to any hotel. Although the weather was not great outside, spending time inside her place was super comfortable and cozy. She provided excellent communication. I would stay here again if I'm ever in the area.

    May 2014
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University of Georgia, University of East Anglia, Binghamton University
'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 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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