We chose Christel's farm house for our Finger Lakes trip due to the unique experience it offered compared to other places. True to the description, it's a beautiful farm located 10 minutes from Ithaca. The look of the place is true to the pictures -- less "Chip and Joanna Gaines" farmhouse and more "Aunt Mabel" farmhouse. The farmhouse isn't for show -- it's on a working farm. They're not kidding when they say that you can walk around and check out the animals -- the chickens, especially, will be ever-present in the yard.
When we pulled up, we received a warm greeting and a few ears of sweet corn (picked 20 seconds ago) to take up to the apartment. Christel and her mom Olivia were very generous with the rest of the garden, too -- we made "kale pesto" almost entirely out of their garden's vegetables.
About the actual apartment: the living room was comfortable and contained an amazing collection of books, with ample seating. There was no TV (this can be a good thing!) Wi-Fi was a bit spotty throughout the apartment, but we never had much of a problem finding a place that worked and the speeds were good. Since we were only two people, we used the bedroom with the screened-in porch off to the side. The porch was great for reading, relaxing, and watching the chickens meander around the house. We spent hours listening to the crickets and chickens with the breeze blowing through.
On that note, you should know that there are numerous roosters on the property, and they are big fans of 6AM. Christel thoughtfully left ear plugs in the bedroom nearest to the coop, which we didn't need as we stayed on the other side. If you closed all of the windows, on that side of the house, it might not wake you up. Maybe. We are "early risers" so it didn't bother us at all.
I would like to spare a moment to discuss the hostesses, Christel and Olivia. They really went "above and beyond" and definitely made our trip better. Christel picked up on our curiousity of the place and answered all of our questions in detail, including showing us around the farm and the stables. She also took an evening, asked us what we wanted to do, gave us a number of options, and we ended up having a campfire by the lake where we roasted marshmallows. I'm including all of these details so you can see the kind of people they are -- welcoming, engaging, and warm. You just don't get that many places. True to their description, I feel we also could have said "no thanks, we're out every night" and it would have been OK.
Next time we go to Ithaca, we'll definitely go back there.