1875 Renovated Schoolhouse in the Finger Lakes!
Relax and get cozy this winter in this renovated schoolhouse built in 1875. Nestled atop a hill on 2.5 acres, with absolutely stunning views with surroundings that are peaceful and private.
A perfect escape for couples and friends, you're within minutes of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, the famously gorgeous Watkins Glen State Park, and the renowned Watkins Glen International Racetrack. Want to simply relax and rejuvenate at the FLX Schoolhouse? It's the perfect retreat to do that too!
While we do not live on or near the property, we will be available via phone and text during your stay. We also have a property manager that lives locally who can assist at any time.
Here's the details on our location. We are:
* 5 miles to the first winery on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. On the trail, there are many wineries and breweries along with a distillery and a cider house.
* Watkins Glen is 5 miles from the house and a convenient mart (the Dandy) is just down the road on Rt. 79 with food, beer, gas and an ATM.
* Heading to Ithaca or Cayuga Lake, it's only 30 minutes from the house and you will find an eclectic mix of eats and culture there.
* While we are not directly on Seneca Lake, you can access it in Watkins Glen for kayaking, sailboat tours and boat rentals. You will find waterfront dining there too.
Best of all, upon booking, we will provide you with an interactive (great for accessing via your cell phone) guidebook that lists out everything you need to know about the home and the region as well as our Top 10 places to eat, drink, play and explore! We lived here and vacation here too! We give you all of the local tips and our past guests have loved it!
Guest will have sole access to the property during their stay and will access the home through a lock box. Access includes the main house, the deck, and the outside grounds that surround the home (1 acre), and the outdoor igloo. The remaining 1.5 acres are home to our 4 micro-cabins (also available to rent on Airbnb) and are reserved for those guests.
There is a garage on the property that is off limits to guests.
There are multiple steps up a deck to get to the home with different levels of decking. The home is not wheelchair accessible.
Welcome to the FLX Schoolhouse, a renovated 1875 schoolhouse in the heart of the Finger Lakes, the picturesque wine region of upstate New York.
We renovated the home while keeping as much of the original charm intact finding a balance between modern luxe and schoolhouse charm. You will find most of the furnishings from some of our favorite brands like West Elm, Crate and Barrel and Casper. You'll even find an outdoor igloo, perfect for sipping your morning coffee or stargazing at night.
Here are some of the things we adore in our home and where it is.
* It's peaceful & quiet as it sits on 2.5 acres surrounded by woods and farmland.
* It's perched on top of a hill giving way to the most amazing views and sunsets.
* It's also conveniently located close to all of your attractions. 5 miles above the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and within 5 miles you will find everything you need from farm stands and wineries, to restaurants and a convenient store.
Want to head over to Ithaca or the Cayuga Lake wine trail, it's just a short 30-minute drive through farms, fields and the Finger Lakes State Forest.
Originally a one room schoolhouse built in 1875, it has loads of character and charm with modern amenities that will make your stay a memorable one. Expansion in the 1900's makes this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home perfect for couples and groups up to 4 people.
THE KITCHEN: we love to cook with locally grown foods from the many farms near us. Stainless steel appliances, pots, pans, blender, waffle maker and a stocked pantry are here for you to whip up a delicious meal from home.
THE MORNING WAKE AREA: we love good coffee and good tea. You will find everything you need for a great cup. 4 oz. of complimentary locally roasted beans from Seneca Sunrise Coffee to start off your stay are provided as well as organic tea by Apolis Tea. Whether you prefer a drip coffee, a french press or a Chemex, we got you covered.
THE BEDROOMS: when we stay in 1875, we are there to rest, relax and rejuvenate. A comfortable bed, one that holds you, is a must for us. You will find 2 bedrooms with a king bed in each. Each bed is made by Casper, the super comfortable memory foam bed adored by celebrities...and us! Plenty of pillows and warm blankets so you can relax and unwind with ease.
THE LIVING/DINING AREA: with an open floor concept and a 14 foot vaulted ceiling, this area is where we find ourselves the most. Great views, tons of natural light and comfortable furnishings make this space easy to enjoy. Flat screen SmartTV too with free Hulu and Netflix for streaming.
THE BATHROOM: A full shower/tub, fluffy towels and washer/dryer are here for you to use. We also provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash and make-up remover for your convenience.
THE DECOR: from schoolhouse inspired vintage finds to hints of modern minimalism throughout, our love of Scandinavian design can be found around every corner.
TECHNOLOGY: Working remotely? The house has strong wifi, a smart TV, a phone charging station (you need to bring your charging cord), and outlets by the beds for night charging if needed.
THE OUTDOOR SPACE & IGLOO: our home is perched upon a hill surrounded by farm lands. We find ourselves outside after a great day on the Seneca Lake wine trail. Whether you are in the mood to grill or lounge on our generously sized deck, or light a fire in the fire pit while you gaze at the stars (on a clear night, you can see the Milky Way) the views are stunning. Did we mention there is an igloo? Yep, there's an igloo outside for you to enjoy all year round!
* 4 oz. of locally roasted organic coffee beans from Seneca Sunrise Coffee to start your stay
* Organic tea by Apolis Tea for the tea lovers
* Shampoo by Public Goods
* Conditioner by Public Goods
* Body Wash by Public Goods
* Lotion by Public Goods
* Hand Soap by Public Goods
* Individual Make-up Wipe Remover Packets
* Bottled water
* Yummy snacks
* Freshly laundered bed linens
* Fluffy bathroom towels, hand towels, and washcloths
For your convenience, firewood is available next door at our micro-cabins for purchase. $10 for 10 logs, cash payment on your honor.
HAVE MORE GUESTS?
The FLX Schoolhouse, one of 6 vacation rentals of FLX Escape Vacation Rental Properties. All of our properties are peaceful retreats in the farmlands above Seneca Lake yet all within a 15 minute drive of all of the action. It truly is the best of both worlds.
Want to experience a micro-cabin? We have 4 of them right next to the Schoolhouse and have a whole-home 3-bedrooom Farmhouse rental with 25 private acres to explore! Simply click on my Profile picture below and it will take you to all my listings. You can also search your dates and see what is available with all of the listings at one time.
WHAT WE ARE NOT:
A 1875 build gives us superb craftsmanship but also some quirks. The floors are not all level. Light switches are in odd places. The steps to the upstairs master bedroom are steep and have very short threads, meaning your whole foot most likely won't fit on the step. Easy to manage but tricky if you have spent a full day on the wine trail! The upstairs bedroom has short ceilings too; so those over 6' will be close to it.
The home is just under 1,000 square feet, which makes it perfect for 2-4 people. It's also a work in progress in regards to our renovation. We have spent the majority of the time remodeling the inside of the home and we are now working on the exterior of the home.
You will need a car to get around. There are private drivers, limo and party bus companies. Uber/Lyft are not reliable at this time. See our House Manual for more details.
We use a professional cleaning company to clean, disinfect and sanitize the entire home between guests. You can breathe easy with our Hathaspace Smart True HEPA Air Purifier with Medical Grade H13 HEPA Filtration. It filters over 99.97% of airborne pollutants with 5-stage medical grade HEPA filtration.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:
-The stove you see in the living/dining room is a propane stove that heats the home. It is controlled with a remote and doesn't require wood.
-There is also an electric fireplace in each of the bedrooms for added warmth (you will want to use these on the chilly months or as needed) and window AC units for the summer months.
CHECK IN is at 3 pm.
There is NO SMOKING inside the Schoolhouse. This includes cigarettes, cigars, cannabis, vaping, etc. You may smoke outside and on the deck, just discard your butts properly and safely before you leave. If smoking is done in the Schoolhouse, there may be a fine applied, up to $500.
There are NO PARTIES OR EVENTS allowed at the Schoolhouse or on the property.
Most of our guests choose to stay with us for the peace and tranquility that our location provides. Please be mindful of others with QUIET HOURS from 10 pm to 9 am.
The Schoolhouse uses a SEPTIC SYSTEM, therefore do not put any food, grease or oil down the kitchen sink. In the bathroom, only flush toilet paper. DO NOT FLUSH tissues, paper towels, tampons, feminine pads, cotton balls, condoms, etc. down the toilet. It is a very expensive repair.
PLEASE REMOVE MAKE-UP. We have provided beautiful sheets but they don't like make-up or mascara, therefore we have provided make-up wipe remover packets in the bathroom, please use these to take off makeup before laying on the sheets. WE THANK YOU!
We love the FLX Schoolhouse and so do the flies! Keeping the doors fully closed will definitely help with this. There is also a fly swatter in the drawer next to the fridge for the sneaky ones!
By booking our home, you agree to these terms and conditions and those outlined in our house manual. Any violation of these may result in a minimum of $250 house violation fee.
CHECKOUT is at 10 am.
Full refund for cancellations made within 48 hours of booking, if the check-in date is at least 14 days away. 50% refund for cancellations made at least 7 days before check-in. No refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of check-in. All cancellations will incur an 8% processing fee.