We couldn't have been more satisfied. As soon as we entered the gate of Hilltop House (at Stone Quarry House) we knew we were in a special place! Gorgeously layed out series of 3 cabins consisting of a living cabin, sleeping cabin and bath cabin, all appointed beautifully...and then we saw the view! Perfect and we do hope to return.
The Stone Quarry House is a great place to stay. Great location, comfortable and relaxing. We always plan to stay at The Stone Quarry House when in Ithaca which is 3-4 times each year. Great owners who make you feel like a part of the family.
My family and I have been staying at home the Stone Quarry House for many years and have always enjoyed a restful comfortable stay. We have stayed at three different spaces there, but have most enjoyed the apartment for our accommodation. Every detail is taken care of for a relaxing stay.
My husband and I, along with our 17 and 19 year-olds spent 4 nights of our recent vacation week at the Hilltop House comprised of 3 separate buildings, atop the hill giving us amazing views of the valley and surrounding hills.
Two of us slept in the main cottage on a very comfortable sleeper sofa; there are no curtains and large windows, but it still seemed very private. And the other two slept in the bedroom cottage. The third building is the "wash house" which has the shower, sink, and composting toilet (no flush). There is decking that surrounds the main house and connects all the buildings, so walking outside to use the bathroom was not an issue, even during a rain shower. Plenty of very nice towels of all sizes are provided and the bedding was very comfortable.
With both gas and charcoal grills outside, along with a small refrigerator, electric tea pot, large toaster oven, microwave, french press coffee pot, plug-in electric cooking surface, and plenty of dishware, glassware & cutlery, we were able to cook some meals and enjoy the vistas. There are no spices, cutting boards, or many special utensils, so if you plan to cook, you either need to pick some up in town or bring your own. There was one stainless steel pan and electric egg-cooking device as well.
Even with road construction going on down at the bottom of the hill, it was a very peaceful and relaxing stay with a short car ride into downtown Ithaca or to surrounding local attractions.
Spent 5ds at the Stone Cottage. Peaceful, tranquil, & relaxing.One room (small bathroom closet)--but it's large, has a king bed w/extremely comfy sheets & pillows, jacuzzi tub with rain shower head- which got a lot of use after local hikes through waterfalls/state parks, couch which i think pulls out to a bed, 4 wooden/leather chairs,small apartment style fridge, microwave (took me a while to figure out how to use it), fireplace (did not use), ceiling fan , window air conditioner, small bathroom sink, ironing board/ iron, clock radio, closet, desk of drawers, and small tv. Includes silverware, wine glasses, coffee cups, plates, bowls, salt/pepper and I think i saw a hotplate and coffee pot. They even offer two bathroom robes like a luxury hotel. Plenty of soft bathroom towels, handcloths, one kitchen towel. Think 'loft' but in the country. Not much privacy inside if you had a family (no where to change clothes and the jacuzzi tub is in the same room as everything else), but it was PERFECT for me as a solo person looking for solitude. Uplighting in corners and a beautiful stone lamp in seating area. It is on a gated lot with other rentals (tower cottage and apartment home as well as main house is in same area- however, i never heard anyone except the crickets waking me up in the morning and some construction on the road during the week- which is obviously not the fault of the owners). The parking and outside seating/grill/pond area are 'common areas'. I thought I'd be bothered by the other rentals so close, but it wasn't an issue. The stone and slate inside the home is georgeous. It can be rustic and you can see some 'criters' around such as house spiders and some cob webs, but it's built in the ground, so it really made it even more realistically wonderful and definitely not the fault of the owners.The home owners left me to my privacy but answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. They answered the phone anytime I called. If i were being picky- the only concern i have is that the rental is based on length of stay, so if someone is staying longer, you may be bumped to another rental on the property. They keep you on one of the 4 properties so you have a place to stay, and this worked out in my benefit and we communicated throughout the process, but if i were a 1-2 night rental looking for a specific property (they are all uniquely different) I would want a confirmation on that specific property. (i'm sure they could work something out in communication-- as i mentioned, it worked out for me but confirm what you're renting and the rules prior to making the decision). There are a lot of nearby things to do, I hiked at Watkins Glen (very crowded), Buttermilk Falls (lots of stairs), and Robert Treeman (I enjoyed this one). My favorite was taking a book to Lake Falls (on corner of Lake and Falls Roads). It was a 5 minute walk and was not crowded. I sat very close to the falls and read for hours. The water was so loud that even when others came by, the water tuned out anything else. I also went to the NASCAR race in Watkins Glen, walked over the pedestrian suspension bridge and drove through the covered bridge near by. I enjoyed seeing all of the 'dolllike' houses with their ruffled shingles. Overall i had a wonderful time and am thankful for renters like this who open up their places to make a vacation more memorable.