This cabin technically met all our needs, but I'd label this closer to "adequate" than special. We spent a week here and it was one of 6 different rentals we stayed at this summer, so we had plenty to compare it to.
What we appreciated:
1) Plenty of space for the two of us, with a comfortable bedroom that was great for sleeping.
2) There were so many hummingbirds to watch from the front porch.
3) We never met Paul, but he was responsive and easy to communicate with and the woman we met, Carol, was very friendly.
4) Strong wifi, if that matters to you.
What we didn't love:
1) The cabin is right off Highway 91, which means there is traffic noise if you sit on the porch and/or open a window. This is not a back-to-nature retreat.
2) Cleaning was "suspect", which is important in a COVID era. It looked like they cut a few corners. Also, the kitchen was full of condiments, spices, etc from past guests and needed a good cleanout -- the worst offender had a use by date of 2014 but there were 8 or 10 things that were at least 2 years past printed date.
These things wore on us because we had a weeklong stay. If you're only there 2-3 nights, you might not notice but they definitely got more frustrating as the week went on:
1) The futons are definitely built for sleeping, not sitting in the couch position. If you sit on them for more than ~30 minutes, we ended up with sore backs (and we're young!).
2) The kitchen was oddly equipped -- the appliances were beautiful, high-end options but it was missing some basic hand tools (like tongs) and the knives were so dull we literally bought a new one at Walmart so we could prep some basic meals.
Overall, we didn't have a bad stay, but we wouldn't stay here again.
This house is lovely. It really looks like the photos and is one-of-a-kind architecturally.
The property is pretty remote, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you're hoping for. First you'll drive out of town, then hit a long gravel road to their gated community before finally heading to their private driveway. That makes it great for quiet and solitude but not convenient if your intention is to head into town for restaurants, etc. Thankfully the kitchen is VERY well equipped (probably the best of any rental I've ever stayed at, anywhere). The house has wi-fi, but no cell signal. Strong air conditioning, too!
DO be aware that the bed is in a loft that requires you to climb a ladder, unless you sleep on the pull-out couch in the living room. I was unaware of this, but we are able-bodies so it was no big deal. For others, this is worth noting.
We enjoyed walking the property and exploring the mesa top. There are cool rock formations, some petroglyphs, and a tipi that worked great for my hot yoga. Unfortunately, it poured rain both nights we were there so my hopes of stargazing were cancelled (but on clear nights, the location would be stunning).
It's less than a 15 minute drive to the Sand Canyon trails at Canyon of the Ancients - this was the highlight of our trip to Cortez and absolutely must-see if you like to hike. It's about 35 minutes to the entrance of Mesa Verde, but the cliff ruins are another 45 minutes inside the park, so a long day. Honestly, we were disappointed by Mesa Verde. Live and learn.
The hosts left a nice booklet of other things to do in the area, but in my opinion, activities that are a 1-2 hour drive away (each way) aren't "nearby". So, plan the number of nights you stay here based on your driving tolerance!
We spent two nights here and wish it could've been longer. The cabin was spacious (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) and we loved exploring Ridgway and Ouray. With more time, there are a lot of other areas in the San Juan mountains you could visit.
We loved the front porch, watching sunsets, hummingbirds, horses, and the mountains in the background. There was wifi but no cell signal, so we could choose when we wanted to disconnect which was nice :)
We second-guessed where the cabin was when we first approached - the "driveway" has a street name that's different from the address we were given and that threw us off for a second. It's a long, gravel road that could use some re-grading (that's pretty typical in Colorado!) so just take it slow if you have a standard passenger car. Some basic directions would've been helpful and I got the impression that guests who book through other platforms receive welcome info before arrival.
Just an FYI and not a major issue: The kitchen was decently stocked, but some of the stove burners didn't work, half the oven was "off limits", knives were dull, and we couldn't grill due to fire ban (obviously not their fault). We made do, but I'd recommend planning simple meals rather than gourmet masterpieces!
Glamping can cover a broad range, and Scottland Yard definitely fell at the top of that range -- very comfortable accomodations with lots of amenities and access to the outdoors. Bottom line is I gladly recommend it and would personally return, but I'll share more specifics below.
The site has four different spots you can reserve, the "Honeysuckle" family tent that sleeps 4 (this listing, and where we stayed), a smaller but still spacious 2-person tent, a tiny "cabin" that is barely big enough for a double bed, and a guest room that will sleep two off a community lounge area. In my opinion, the two tents were the nicest places to stay, but the two other spaces will provide more protection from the elements.
Our tent was beyond adequate. We stayed during a strange summer cold spell (39 overnight!) but there was an electric blanket for each bed to help keep things cozy. I also appreciated that there is electric in the cabin to keep cameras, kindles, and wireless headphones charged (as you can see, I am a "modern" camper!).
We spent time chilling at our tent since it was lovely and had plenty of space. There were wicker chairs for sitting and watching the peacocks, a wine barrel table and stools if you want to pour a glass, and a fire ring just off to the side with Adirondack-style chairs. There's also a small community seating area by the pond (too cold for us to swim, but you could if you wanted...), a large open-air "living room" with bench-style seating that was comfy, 3 or 4 hammocks and a tire swing, and seating by the kitchen for dining or relaxing. Lots of options!
There's a gas grill for communal use and an indoor kitchen that's well stocked with plates, utensils, and spices. There's also a single bathroom with toilet and shower, plus a port-a-john. If the place is at max capacity (10 people), that can mean a line in the morning/evening. The kitchen has wi-fi, so you can check messages or do local research to plan your day but then retreat to your tent and disconnect. Best of both worlds.
Scottland Yard is about 15 minutes from downtown Ithaca but about 30 minutes from most of the well-known area attractions, like Buttermilk Falls, Robert Treman State Park, Taughannock Falls, or Cayuga Lake wineries. That's just far enough you may want to strategically plan your day so you're not running back and forth several times.
Andrea and Dwayne were wonderful hosts, always friendly, always offering to help, and providing little extras like homemade bread, free-range eggs, fresh scones, and coffee for breakfast.
Almost everything you need will be provided and we overpacked a lot because we were unsure about that. You won't need lanterns, dishes, extra blankets, etc. BUT you will want fire-making essentials. They had firewood for us, but it was pretty green and just smoked and smouldered. Buy a small bundle of wood locally, don't forget matches, and bring your own hatchet if you need one...theirs was dangerously dull.
A few minor downsides: all four accomodations are very close to each other, so you won't have much privacy if everything is booked. You're on and next to a working farm, so you also won't have silence (tractors, etc.). There aren't really trails on property, so you'll have to drive for a decent walk. None of these were dealbreakers for us and we found that the positives far outweighed these tiny imperfections. We had a great stay at Scottland Yard and will hopefully return in the future.
This cabin fell short of expectations, which was partially due to (incorrect) assumptions I made and partially due to the owners not putting forth any effort.
The cabin is well-constructed, with a queen bed and wood stove, a battery-powered mini-fridge that gets semi-cool, plus a toilet off the kitchen (partitioned by shower curtain). There's a nice hammock out front. That's where the "modern luxuries" mentioned in the listing end.
This is, first and foremost, CAMPING that happens to be in a permanent structure and you should pack/prepare accordingly. Now, I like camping and go often, but I had messed up by assuming that at 200 bucks per night and with pictures of a stove, etc. that this was a step up. It was a last-minute trip and we wanted the retreat without all the prep that goes toward organizing gear, etc.
We were caught by surprise when we arrived after dark and there was no electricity to unload. There is no potable water from the sink, and the owners had left one gallon of water to split between two people for two nights, so we knew we'd have to head back to town to get more. The stove is for decoration only, with a big note saying it's not functional and DO NOT USE. The house was mega-hot from being shut up during the day (many days?) and the windows do not have screens in them, so if you visit in the summer, your choice is to boil alive or get eaten by mosquitoes overnight. Windows do not have curtains and there are golf carts that come through for maintenance of the property and sporting clays course, so you won't have complete privacy either. We knew in advance and were OK with the outdoor cold-water shower.
All of this would be fine if A) it was communicated beforehand and B) if it was priced accordingly. They did neither, and in fact, we never met our hosts, nor did they stop by or call or email to see if we needed anything.
The town of Marlboro is a 15 minute drive away for groceries or other supplies, and I can recommend Benmarl Winery which is also close by. And the cabin is cute, if you were there in a cooler season and just wanted to read in the hammock or sit in a rocking chair by the wood stove.
For the price we paid, this was supremely disappointing, without even a human touch to say hello.