- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
The vibe at Sanctuary in the woods
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What a unique property Bob and Pam have created in their Sanctuary in the Woods! We were excited to stay here before we knew anything about the property, mainly because it is close to Ithaca, and were touring the state parks and waterfalls in the area. We were even more excited to explore the woodland trails, play around on the homemade playground equipment, and hang out in the tipi.
There's plenty of room to roam in these woods, plus a pond to swim in. Bob has built a swing in the trees and even a seesaw to help you feel like a kid again. There's a tipi for sleeping or hanging out, plus an open lean-to with a bed. We chose to set up our own tent and use the lean-to for storing our gear. We only wish we had brought our kids - this is a great camp for families!
What a great site! The site is comfy, quiet, and close to Ithaca and state parks. Both Pam and Bob were extremely nice and took good care of us. To our surprise, we were able to keep our small 3 person tent in the lean-to meaning no rain fly necessary and lots of nice fresh air - definite bonus!
Sanctuary in the Woods was fantastic! Just as advertised, the lean-to was comfortable, and campfire area well designed and easy to use. The campsite was the perfect distance from the house/driveway, far enough to allow for privacy but close enough that it was easy to carry the bags. Pamela was a gracious host. We enjoyed meeting her and would definitely return.
The hosts for this site are really nice. It is a bit of a hike up a hill to the site. Unfortunately the night we stayed, it rained and we had to pack out in the dark so the hike was a lot under those conditions. For someone who is looking for a great place to stay with their dog, I think this is pretty sweet. The hosts own 10 acres that you can hike on with your dog. There's a swing that is fun and the hosts have set up the site with benches, a lean-to (which would be sweet for a small tent) and there's a fire ring. They sell firewood for $20 which was a lot for us because the wood was pretty wet and although we did get a fire going, we didn't use a lot of wood. But we did accidentally leave our trash in the rush of getting out in the morning and the hosts were happy to take care of it for us. We would totally stay there again, hopefully on a night that doesn't rain!!
Pam and Bob's property is super nice: it's surrounded by woods, has sites for several tents, a great fire ring with a grill, a swing and a seesaw. Our group really had a wonderful time, and the kids were infinitely entertained.
Given the lack of a bathroom or running water at the site itself, people should come prepared. Since we knew what we were getting into, this was not a problem for us. The fact that the camp site is a couple hundred yards away from both the parking lot and the Pam & Bob's house is really nice; it affords quite a bit of privacy and a sense of camping in the wild.
Pam and Bob also have ample parking to accommodate vehicles, and the location is convenient for visiting Ithaca and the state parks in the area. Pam takes hosting really seriously and has a ton of information handy regarding touristy things to do in the area - it's great.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this camping spot!