The Little House

Guest House

The Little House is a restored Victorian cottage near Ithaca, New York, in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Located in the Village of Groton, it is only 15 miles from Ithaca, and less than 20 minutes’ drive from Cornell University. Rental includes exclusive use of the 900 square foot house, with balcony and a private patio. On the first floor is a living room with gas stove, kitchen, and large hallway with reading nook and storage closet. The second floor consists of a master suite with living area and king-sized bed, and a full bath with washer-dryer. Cayuga Lake is 15 minutes away. The scenic beauty, wineries, and cultural offerings of the Finger Lakes are all close by. Rentals range from 2-day weekend getaways to longer term stays.



Guests have exclusive use of The Little House, including the patio and picnic area to the rear of the house. The cottage is on a one-acre lot, shared with the main house. Owners Gailanne Mackenzie and David Neal live in the main house, and can be contacted regarding any problems or additional needs. Guests have complete privacy.


The Little House offers

  • Affordable rates, which vary with season and length of stay
  • Accommodations for maximum of 4 guests, ideal for 2
  • Sleeps 2 in king-sized bed upstairs, 2 in foldout couch in the living room or the futon upstairs. 
  • 2-day minimum
  • Short- or long-term rentals
  • 900 square feet of living space, on two floors
  • Free wifi and cable television
  • First floor:
    • Living room with gas stove, foldout couch
    • Fully-equipped kitchen, with:
      • electric stove / range​ / microwave
      • dishwasher
      • coffee-maker, with complimentary coffee
      • period cabinetry, stocked with tea, herbs, and spices 
      • cookware, dishes, and cutlery
      • radiant floor heat
  • Second floor: 
    • Entire floor is a master suite with bath
    • California king-sized bed​, with non-toxic, custom-made Gardner mattress
    • Comfortable living area with futon, TV, armoire
    • New ceramic tile bathroom, with washer / dryer​​
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Patio, with Adirondack chairs, and picnic table
  • Access to gardens and fire pit
  • Parking (no additional charge)
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
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The Little House seen from near the road, with the cottage garden in spring.

Front porch at dusk.




Living room, with foldout couch.


Kitchen, with historic cabinets, electric stove, dishwasher, toaster, microwave, and coffee-maker. 


First-floor hallway, with original woodwork.

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Futon and armoire, second floor.



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The upstairs bedroom suite. King-sized bed & balcony door.

Reading nook in the first floor hallway.

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View from couch into reading nook, with gas stove.

Cottage garden, with main house in background.



For a full listing of activities in the area, check out the Tompkins County Visitors’ Bureau at

Here are a few highlights that are close by.

Cornell University, Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, and Tompkins Cortland Community College are all a short drive away. Contact us to rent the house for commencement, or for a chance to have a private, homey atmosphere for family gatherings.  
Visit Finger Lakes Wineries

There are over 100 wineries in the region. For information, please see:

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Cayuga Lake sunset

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Parks, Waterfalls, Hiking
Natural beauty is found throughout the Finger Lakes region. Wherever you are, you’ll find a beautiful lake or waterfall, or a hiking trail along a waterway, within easy driving distance. During the warmer months, there is boating, canoeing, and kayaking on the lakes. For winter skiing, Greek Peak is not far away. Pictured above is Stewart Park, on Cayuga Lake, a free public park 15-20 minute drive from The Little House.
Cultural Activities

Cornell University, Ithaca College, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, The Hangar Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre, The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Johnson Art Museum, Ithaca Silent Film Festival, Triphammer Arts / CRS Barn Studios, Opera Ithaca, Kitchen Theatre, The Arts at Grace concert series, the Homer Center for the Arts, and Cinemapolis are just a few of the cultural organizations that keep the area alive with artistic activity throughout the year.

The Ithaca Farmers Market 
One of the finest farmers markets anywhere, the Ithaca Farmers Market is open from  to May to December. Founded in 1971, it displays the Ithaca spirit at its best, combining fresh produce, meats, and wines, with ceramics, artwork, and other hand crafted items. Purchase the food from the people who grew or raised it, and the arts and crafts from the people who made them. Boat tours of  Cayuga Lake leave from the market’s dock. Delicious prepared food is also available, which you can enjoy to the sounds of live music. If you are lucky enough to be in the area at the end of the season in December, you may want to attend the annual Rutabega Curl, an Ithaca tradition. For more information and directions, see
Local Residents

A portrait of several of the more colorful residents of Central New York. 

See Below





Ithaca Festival Parade


To book The Little House, contact us at the information below, or book directly on Airbnb, at "Finger Lakes Little House"

The Little House, 419 Spring Street, Groton, NY 13073



Cell: 607-279-5622

Tel.: 607-279-3311

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