Aunt Louise's Lake House Bed and Breakfast

2498 East Lake Road , Skaneateles, NY 13152 USA (Show map)


With a premium location overlooking Skaneateles Lake, Aunt Louise's Lake House provides a relaxing get-away. Lake view porches and parklike lawns are waiting for you. Step inside this romantic inn and be embraced by the elegance and charm of the post and beam 1840 home. Come and enjoy the original wooden floors, a beautiful oversized fireplace, a vintage footed tub and other reminders of yesteryear. After a night of sweet dreams in one of the romantic bedrooms, wake up to the aroma of breakfast being prepared; perhaps coddled eggs, an artichoke quiche or creme Brule French toast. Savor another cup of coffee on the patio as you are surrounded by colorful flower gardens. Views of Skaneateles Lake are a special delight. Take a relaxing 3 1/2 mile drive along the lake to the tree lined streets of the village. Stroll along the brick walks for shopping and dining in this quaint beautifully preserved community.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8


4.6 on October 28, 2015

Excellent - can't wait to go back? Love, love, love it!


5 on February 20, 2015

A true get-away! Wine and chocolate in front of a roaring fire with best friends in a warm, homey setting. The rooms were exceptionally clean and Dale and Louise couldn,t have been nicer or more accommodating. Their knowledge of local restaurants and history was spot on! We have been there for two years in a row and plan annual return visits! Love, love, love

Best bed and breakfast

5 on January 03, 2015

Looking forward to staying again for the 4rth time, dale and Luis are such great people can't imagine staying anywhere else when we stay in Skaneateles New York

An enjoyable, relaxing and outstanding experience in every respect

5 on October 23, 2014

Our party consisted of an 80 year old grandmother, 52 year old daughter and 19 year old college senior granddaughter. Aunt Louise and Dale made each of us feel so comfortable in their charming beautifully appointed period "Lake House" filled with family antiques that seemed to come alive with their storied history ....especially the "headless bride!" The warmth of their fireplace, delicious breakfast with its "secret ingredient," beautifully served and their colorful grounds covered with leaves each added to our reluctance to leave being a part of their family if only for a little while. The Kennedy family South Bristol, NY

Excellent stay

5 on October 21, 2014

Lovely place, good views. Very comfortable welcoming innkeepers. The only slight difficulty was getting a suitcase up very steep stairs.

Awesome place to stay! Would go back again!

5 on September 29, 2014

We enjoyed the area and the lovely overnight stay. Dale and Laura were wonderful host and hostess. We would go back again as we enjoyed the accommodations, the lovely breakfast and warm hospitality.

You'll love these hosts

4.6 on September 09, 2014

Lovely B&B. Most wonderful hosts.

Great Place to Stay

4.6 on August 12, 2014

The breakfasts were fantastic. Warm friendly hosts. Very comfortable.

A Lovely Experience

5 on August 04, 2014

Dale and Louise are such delightful people. They are perfect innkeepers, and you should stay here just to meet them. However, there are lots of other reasons to visit Aunt Louise's. Breakfast is delicious. We really enjoyed the other guests. The rooms are immaculate. Most of all, there is easy access to the lovely village of Skaneateles without all of the noise and traffic.

Wonderful visit

4.8 on July 25, 2014

Inn keepers were very friendly and prepared delicious breakfasts. Very comfortable accommodations and close to town but far enough away to be quiet.

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Rooms & Rates

Sunrise Room

This cheerful and romantic bedroom is cozy with lace curtains and antique oak furniture. One reflects back to the story of "The Princess and The Pea" when luxuriating in the antique spoon carved oak bed with lucious fine quality linens. A view of the morning sunrise and Aunt Louise's beautiful flower gardens are waiting to be enjoyed upon awakening. The room is adjacent to its own charming bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $90 - $120


Hundred-year-old maples are outside the window of this enchanting bedroom. Look beyond the trees to glorious Skaneateles Lake, breathtakingly beautiful in every season. Evening sunsets are a true delight. Guests will find regal comfort in a queen size brass bed with luscious satin smooth linens. The original plank floors add to the appeal of this room. A charming vintage bathtub and separate shower are waiting to be enjoyed in the Treetop's private bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $145

Lake View Suite

English wall paper, an elegant Oriental carpet and expansive views of Skaneateles Lake set the mood for relaxation. Slip under lucious bed linens in a beautifully crafted antique cannonball queen size bed. From your bed pillows you will often see the stars covering the midnight blue sky. The suite has an area with a love seat and easy chair, perfect for settling back with a good book or watching television. A few steps away there's a delightful area with an antique "hire man's bed", private and just right if a third person is traveling with you. The suite has its own private bathroom

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $125 - $160

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Location Type

Overlooking Lake, 30 minutes to Syracuse University, 35 minutes to SUNY Cortland, 15 minutes to Bass Pro, 45 minutes to Wells College, 55 minutes to Cornell University, Airport, Countryside, Lakefront, Small town, Village, Wine country


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 33 miles

Directions to property:

Coming on I 81 South from Syracuse: Exit from I 81. Follow signs for I 690 West. Take exit #6 (Auburn/Rt.5). I 690 merges with I 695. Follow I 695 until it ends at Rt. 5. Turn right on Rt. 5 West, then go to the second traffic light. Turn left to Rt. 321 South. Travel 7 miles to downtown Skaneateles. Rt. 321 ends at Rt. 20. Turn left at light to Rt. 20. Go to the next traffic light and turn right to Rt. 41 South. Follow Skaneateles Lake going exactly 4 miles. Aunt Louise’s Lake House is on the left with a lighted sign on the front lawn and a post and rail fence at the foot of the driveway.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Swimming and Ice Skating at local rec. center, Mac-Kenzie Childs Shop and Tour, Syracuse University Athletic Dome, Erie Canal Cruises and Museum, Bass Pro, Turning Stone Casino, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, baseball, scuba diving, ice skating, wine tasting, leaf peeping, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited In some instances infants and young children are welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: On holiday weekends and from May - Oct. a 2 night minimum on weekends
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of one night's lodging required
  • Cancellations: Deposits are refundable if a room is canceld 10 days prior to scheduled arrival. Deposits will be refunded on a prorated basis of 10% forfeiture per day for cancelations received in less than 10 days from the dates reserved. There is a $10 fee for cancelations.



Louise and Dale Zabel

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Dale and Louise have enjoyed sharing their home with friends for many years. Now it's a special delight to welcome new friends to their home overlooking the lake. Dale loves sailing his Flying Scot on Skaneateles Lake. An active member of Skaneateles Garden Club, Louise takes pleasure in caring for the inn's beautiful flower gardens.

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  • Time Served: 8-9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Patio with a Lake View

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Coddled Eggs
Beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. The eggs are prepared and served in vintage English coddlers. The eggs are similar to poached eggs, but more delicatly cooked and more delectable to eat. They are made more perfect when served with toasted English muffins. After this breakfast, guests are on a mission to nearby antique shops hoping to buy egg coddlers to take home.