The Homestead - Comfortable & Private Lodging in Ithaca, New York.

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The Homestead was the absolutely PERFECT home away from home. You will want for nothing - everything from a first aid kit to every kitchen necessity to any personal care item you would want or need in the event you've forgotten something! The frig was well stocked with a variety of breakfast foods and there was quite a selection of coffees and teas. You couldn't ask for a more peaceful and tranquil setting and it's only a short drive to shopping, park trails, wineries and all that Ithaca has to offer. Deb was the perfect host and introduced herself soon after we arrived but otherwise it was as if the place was our own. We'd return there in a heartbeat. Thank you Deb!!!  MB  - June 2015

Deb made us feel very welcome in this cozy and clean suite. Her hospitality touches were so appreciated (homemade cookies! snacks! nice lotion and bubble bath in the bathroom!). It is such a beautiful spot, great for outside dining and spending some time in the quiet. I highly recommend taking the walk down the road after dinner as the sun is setting over the mountains - wildlife everywhere, and you feel the energy in the air.  MD - July 2014
The park-like setting and fantastic views from this place are not exaggerated. It really is just a 15-minute (extremely scenic) drive to the outskirts of Ithaca. But when you're at the Homestead, you feel as if you're settled into a peaceful mountain valley. Deb was available whenever we needed her and she provided us with an abundance of breakfast options and snacks. We had lovely weather while we were there, and we took full advantage of that on the private patio provided, and the grill, and full and open back yard.   VS July 2014
Great location, wonderful home, excellent kitchen. Plentiful amenities, friendly host. You will want for nothing when you stay here. I recommend visiting the Brooktondale market during your stay. Excellent selection of quality ingredients, tasty treats, and coffee lounge.  DP  February 2014

My husband and I could not be more pleased with Deb and Russell's super rental. We stayed one week, and 2 of our sons were able to comfortably stay with us. The rooms were welcoming and comfy, with just enough whimsy to put sparkle into the holiday spirit.

Some amazing extra niceties: Deb brought us delicious home-made cookies, and was attentive and helpful at all times. It was snowing and we were shoveled out promptly. We had visitors over and the accommodations were just terrific, there was ample and safe parking. There was a fully decorated holiday tree and the kitchen had the pots, pans, mixer, bowls, etc, needed to make several holiday meals. CD player at the bedside with relaxing music to choose from…a pilates ball in the corner for ambitious mornings…books and magazines for relaxing by the tree…DVDs for families to enjoy (we watched Harry Potter.) There were plush bathrobes for all, and plenty of towels and amenities like shampoo/conditioner readily available.

We had a huge basket of bagels and treats awaiting us, many varieties of tea and coffee, and juice, milk and other drinks in the fridge. WOW.
We highly recommend The Homestead! What a find! Thank you Deb and Russell and have a Happy New Year!!
Lisa and Jim

December 2013


After driving many hours through the rain and arriving at almost midnight, we were so happy to walk into this beautiful, welcoming cozy place. It is MUCH larger than the pictures appear. Deb had lovely flowers and homemade cookies to greet us. We were there four nights in order to explore the area and take our 17 year old to look at Ithaca College. Our family enjoyed using the smore kit that Deb had for us and our kids LOVED the fire pit outside in the yard! Since it was rainy much of our time, we were grateful for the family friendly movies. Thanks Deb for a lovely, lovely weekend!  A.S.  July 2013
Deb and Russell were so welcoming and kind! Deb was very friendly and amenable when booking our stay, it's easy to tell she simply loves hosting guests at The Homestead. The property is beautiful, serene, and very well kept. The apartment is spacious, comfortable, and decorated with unique items that give the space a ton of character. All four of us wished we had more time to enjoy it (we were only there for one night for a wedding). I would definitely recommend this place for a weekend getaway or week long retreat. We certainly hope to return again. Great value!  
J.D. June 2013
Deb was an amazing host! She was compassionate, thoughtful, considerate, sensitive, and just so sweet. The space was beyond comfortable with an abundance of creature comforts including coffee, tea, snacks, toilitries, games, books, you name it, she had not only thought of it but had made it readily available! Our only regret was that the weather didn't allow us to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor specs including the patio, large yard, fire pit and seating area. We are already talking about when we can return for a longer visit since the peaceful setting is also close enough to downtown Ithaca, providing a wonderful base camp for a memorable urban adventure/rural retreat! Thank you Deb for making a solemn occasion less stressful by making us feel at home. You not only provided outstanding accommodations, but you also shared your unique and rare ability to make heartfelt connections with complete strangers which will serve you well in this business. I wish you the best of luck with your airbnb endeavor, and my family and I hope to see you again real soon!  J.K.       June 2013

"When I opened the door to this place, not to sound dramatic, my jaw dropped, and I couldn't believe just how beautiful and spacious and enchanting it was!! The pictures don't do it justice, I promise you. The place is huge, and is immaculately clean and everything is new. Deb is such a hospitable host, and she made sure with her attention to detail that you will feel welcome. As my sister said, it looked like a page from a catalogue. The living room is really nice and relaxing with a comfy couch, even the twin bed was comfortable and the california king bed is enormous. The bathroom was really nice and clean. One of my favorite thing about this place was the campfire in the backyard. There was abundant firewood, and my family and I hung out there, sipping Cayuga wine under the stars. You couldn't ask for more! I can't wait to come back again. And for those of you who feel that it might be too far from Ithaca, it REALLY is not a big deal at all. Downtown felt like a short distance away, and this beats the other B&B's or hotels in the area. I highly recommend this place to anyone." A.F. (June 2013)


"We stayed at Deb and Russell's "Homestead" for two nights when my daughter graduated from Cornell's vet school and it was lovely. The house was very welcoming as was Deb. She had fresh flowers for us and had left bagels and coffee fixings out on the counter and cream cheese, butter and apples in the fridge.