The Hilltop House at the Stone Quarry House is like no other place to stay in Ithaca… it can best be described as mixing medieval Nordic luxury, arts-and-crafts artistry, and very modern green technology.
Perched at the top of the hill, the main building features an expansive 1,200 square foot wrap-around deck planked with Brazilian Ipe (our main concession to non-local materials) where you can take in the stunning views. This is the best spot we know of to watch an Ithaca sunset or catch the magical fireflies on a July night.
Inspired by ancient Nordic farms, the original buildings of the Hilltop House are timber frame structures with flagstone roofs. In 2021, they were joined to create a single home with two bedrooms, a full eat-in kitchen, two bathrooms, a den, a pantry, and a living room with a 1,200 sq. ft. deck. The interior walls of the living room are stone slabs from the floor to the windows and windows to the roof line. Exposed wood framing contributes to the warm rustic atmosphere. Floor to ceiling windows give you every inch of the view out over the valley to the north. You can see twenty miles up the lake on a clear day. Duran Van Doren was commissioned to create whimsical wrought iron and mica lighting unlike any you’ve seen. An efficient wood stove with a glass door provides a focal point on cool nights. Envelop yourself in the luxuries of an older, more elemental age!
The bedrooms have superior queen size beds with high count cotton sheets. The den has a comfortable sleeper sofa with a gel mattress and a solid platform. All beds have high count cotton sheets and duvets.
The bathrooms offer honed Colorado sandstone showers and bluestone floors.
Ecological features are built into every aspect of the Hilltop Suite. We used local natural and untreated building materials such as Hemlock, stone, and iron. The site placement ensures soft breezes blow even on the hottest days, keeping the buildings naturally cool. There are also fans in each building to assure your comfort. The heat pump provides heating and air-conditioning, while the wood stove is both efficient and beautiful, providing the warm radiating heat we crave when evenings grow crisp and cold.
We are very pleased to be able to offer this unique place to stay in Ithaca to our guests. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us!