From Suzanna Gagnier, November 8, 2012
Dear Michael and Siobhan,
We had an amazing stay at your B&B. eBay was present on the Cornell campus for our recruiting efforts, and we worked long hours. Coming “home” to your place was like returning to heaven. The rooms are beautiful and incredibly comfortable. And your hospitality was un-parallel. The breakfasts were delicious, but you made me feel like you would have gotten anything I had asked…and would have done so gladly.
I felt so welcomed and pampered, I can’t wait to return on a non-working trip, and completely enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
MBA and PhD Programs Manager
From Heather Friedland, November 10, 2012
Thanks again for a great stay
Hi Michael – while I can’t officially write a review on behalf of “ebay corporate,” I can personally give a review that says:“Thank you for your great hospitality, company and warm/comfortable environment. The beds were comfortable, the house was super clean and nice, and it was a wonderful way of spending a recruiting trip to Cornell”Thanks again to you and Siobhan for your help and for the interesting discussions and delish breakfasts!!
Take care, Heather Gordon Friedland (formerly of Cedarhurst and Oceanside Long Island!!)
From Summer Pramer, November 10, 2012
I apologize for the delay but believe it or not we are still without power. While I certainly appreciated your warm hospitality at the time, I look back on my stay with you last week-end with increasing wistfulness. I wish to thank you for the exceptional week-end I had in Ithaca thanks to your personal attention. You have created a very special oasis surprisingly so close to the Cornell and Ithaca College campuses. My room was cozy warm all week-end, the peace and quiet heavenly, and the made-to-order breakfasts absolutely delicious! I look forward to staying with you again! Please send my regards and thanks to both Charlie and Siobhan.
From Ivor and Carol Benjamin, October 29, 2012
We had a fabulous time at the Farms and experienced one of the most memorable weekends anywhere. Our experience was refreshingly punctuated by fabulous conversations over breakfast with your other guests.
What a majestic setting for a B & B perched within the amazing hills and fall season? Indeed, we appreciated the adornments of spacious dwelling with such personal touches, creating the perfect atmosphere for the dwellings that complement the sprawling acreage outdoors. Who would have guessed our time at the Farms came with our personal concierge, thanks to your great repoire with area restaurants for the finest off-site dining.
Without doubt, we pleased to recommend the Farms with our highest enthusiasm, and you will be our first choice for any future stays in Ithaca, NY!
Warmest personal regards,
Best wishes, too.
Ivor and Carol Benjamin
Salt Lake City, Utah
From Charles Davidman, October 1, 2012
It was an amazing weekend and it was fantastic meeting both of you.
We had a wonderful time and I will definitely be seeing you guys again soon.
I have been so busy that I have not been able to write until now but I’ve been thinking about
Ithaca, the Farm, you guys, Michael winning, and so much more exciting things on the horizon.
As Michael says “you can’t go backward, always go forward”, so I will do exactly that.
I just finished working all day and now it’s a drive 20 miles to teach in Brooklyn.
I will email you Michaels Biography in a few days and write some more interesting and fun things.
Love you both,
That goes for Michael and Loretta also!
Watch out for Cobras.
Project Leader, Electronics
From Ed Somech, September 26, 2012
We had such a nice time meeting you guys last weekend. So looking forward to coming back. I hope your Cornell class goes well. Sounds like lots of fun.
Do you bring eggs in our stuff like that for breakfast or is it pure vegan? What we had was delicious. That coffee was just great and the bagels and fish and your fresh oat oatmeal…
We loved all that, love eggs with that same meal, love buttermilk pancakes…with that great maple syrup…
Will leave the food up to you on our next visit!
Funny too because we both use help and help in coffee and splenda but what you gave us was fantastic.
See you in a few weeks.
From Michelle Premura, September 23, 2012
Hi Michael – Just wanted to say THANK YOU!! Glad to have finally met you in person. Your place is truly gorgeous & unique. It will most certainly be a success.
I’m sorry I missed saying goodbye this morning – didn’t want to wake you. And as I mentioned to Siobhan – you are both welcome to come for a visit here anytime – perhaps to break up a trip to or from the city. I would love a chance to reciprocate. Thanks again to both you & Siobhan for your hospitality & generosity. Hope to meet up again soon. Best, Michelle
From Richard Przysinda, Esq., September 22, 2012
Once again, thank you so much for your hospitality during my most recent stay at “The Farm: a Private Hotel and Pure Food” over the September 14th weekend! I always leave The Farm feeling restored, renewed, and somehow spiritually different.
Reminiscing back to the time when you and I first met at Body Mind Restoration Retreats (“BMRR”) during the fall of 2011, we were both at the retreat fine-tuning our health. While at BMRR, in between wheatgrass, saunas and meditation, you took time out of your retreat to graciously provide me with an incredible tour of The Farm. I was amazed then and I remain amazed now with the beauty and tranquility that The Farm possesses. There is just something different about The Farm that is difficult to describe without actually seeing it in person; words do not do it justice.
I believe that this is my third or fourth time staying at The Farm and I have always meant to provide you with my thoughts about The Farm. Our serendipitous meeting at BMRR has developed into in unexpected friendship that has grown leaps-and-bounds since our initial meeting in the Fall of 2011. We share many similar views about health, food and life in general, and the inextricable relationship that exists among them to create a “true” healthy life and lifestyle! I am grateful that you had the vision to develop The Farm to provide those wishing to improve their health a haven at which to do so. Your knowledge, resources, culinary skills, and hospitality are truly a gift!
During my last stay at The Farm, I was very impressed with some of the improvements that you had made. The outdoor barrel sauna was a great addition and provided incredible views, from the glass door, of the Danby State Forrest and your surrounding property. Particularly memorable was the new “oat roller” that you purchased, that produced the best bowl of oatmeal that I have ever had. The fresh, raw, rolled living oats, combined with fresh coconut water and blueberries, strawberries, and apples was simply out of this world! Not to mention your great coffee! All of the meals that you prepared were a culinary delight and difficult to believe that I was actually eating health food; how do you make the food taste so sinfully delicious?
Michael, once again, thank you for your gracious hospitality! I look forward to my next stay and next stay after that, at The Farm!
From Larry Tobias and Kaitlin Stilwell, September 15, 2012
We do not have words enough to describe how healing our stay at the Farm was. My husband and I stayed there for the first few night of our married life together and it was the perfect place to begin such a momentous transition. The peace and solitude of the environment, the care taken with each bit of the amazing furnishings, the energy of the place as a whole. Not to mention the kindness of Michael and Siobhan, who were superlative hosts, and gave us a lovely discount in honor of our wedding. From the Buddhist temple, to the gorgeous paths through the woods, to waking up each morning to see the deer serenely grazing on the lawn, we felt very lucky to begin our married life together at the Farm and cannot recommend it highly enough.
From Wren Fritsky, September 13, 2012
I stayed at “The Farm” for a personal “treat” retreat for myself, and indeed it was! Michael’s place was the perfect blend of a quiet get away surrounded in beautiful nature and a fascinating, amazing, interesting and luxurious “farm” house. I stayed in the upstairs main “blue room” which has a view of the beautiful pond and field outside where the deer strolled by. I had requested Michael ahead of time of my intentions of wanting a long soak in the bath/jacuzzi, wanting something savory with my sweet for breakfast (not to mention some good coffee), and some recommendations for a place to dine. Oh my goodness, Michael delivered!! The “Birthday Bath” tub was beautiful and decadent, the jacuzzi was especially prepared for me with “pure” (drinking) water (no chlorine), and breakfast was wholesome with freshly prepared oatmeal with fruit, Blue Mountain coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a special concoction Michael prepared just for me with coconut, red onion, apple, nuts and a savory sauce. It was amazing. I also made reservations at the Heights Cafe as Michael recommended, and had a wonderful dinner, too. After dinner, I cooled down after my bath while enjoying the moon and crickets outside, soaked in the outdoor jacuzzi (there’s a sauna, too) in the misty early morning listening to the birds, and took a stroll down to the pond and visited the boulder circle as recommended by hostess Siobhan. It was a restorative and rejuvenating stay. Michael is a true Renaissance man if I ever met one, and everything was treated with the utmost care and passion. I felt taken care of throughout my stay. If you are looking for a quiet retreat to get away from it all, feel totally pampered by the beautiful and sensuous surroundings, or entertained and stimulated by the artifacts on the premises and the vast knowledge of the hosts, this is a wonderful place to stay.
From Abbie and Rob Korman, September 6, 2012
We just want you to know what a great time we had during a stay at The Farm.It was the most relaxing, fun time we’ve had in awhile.So it turns out that the windows not opening at La Tourelle was the bestthing that could have happened! I ( Could there be a Buddhist teaching inthere somewhere?) Also, thanks for our “goodies” -books, CDs, DVDs and meteorites. And thanks, too, for inspiring us to give veganism a try. We’ve stuck to the RAVE diet since returning and both feel so good. Even our 17- year- old son, Michael, isn’t groaning too badly. Please extend our thanks to Siobhan and let her know how much we enjoyed being with you both. We’ll be back!
Best, Abbie and Rob
P.S. So far Adam is enjoying IC. He’s flipping a bit over an anatomy/physiology course, but that’ s just his MO. He likes his roommates and promises that nobody is smoking dope in the dorm. Hope he continues to take your advice to heart!
From Juan Diego, April 26, 2012
My significant other and I needed time away from home before the end of the semester and finals. We were looking for a cozy place for two to enjoy the weekend- a place for relaxation and reflection. Not really knowing what to expect, we were blown away by this B&B!
The B&B is about ten miles outside of Ithaca, and the estate consists of over 100 acres of wooded land. The location is just far away from town to be private, but near enough town to be able to attend an evening concert series at school or to dine downtown (though you are not likely to do these because once you set foot here, you will not want to leave). If you enjoy the outdoors, then watching the night sky at this B&B, during a cool, spring night, is by itself worth the stay. Alternatively, you can enjoy the early morning hours walking through the woods, down by the creek, or up the overseeing cliff point.
The cabin is spacious (high ceilings), well furnished, and includes state-of-the-art appliances. From contemporary kitchen appliances and heated floors to precious stone collections and tapestries, you have the furnishings and tools to feel right at home. Moreover, Michael’s and Siobhan’s hospitality is warm and welcoming. You will feel the need to extend your stay longer than planned!
Overall, we got more in return than what we paid for. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the quiet of upstate New York with your loved one.