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Idlwilde Inn

JMCN, LLC One Lakeview Avenue, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 USA (Show map)
4.3
180 Reviews
$115 - $285
per night

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About

Idlwilde Inn is an 18 room Victorian mansion built in 1892. This charming house has a character given by exquisite craftsmanship of an earlier era, with a meticulously done staircase, moldings, ornamental ceilings, and fireplaces. Idlwilde Inn is proud to provide the finest accomodations including central air for our guests, each room is decorated uniquely with comfort in mind. There are several sunrooms, a romantic capola room and a huge breezy wrap around porch, all overlooking the beauty of Seneca Lake. Idlwilde Inn sits on 2.6 acres of land in a park-like setting with a great lawn and formal gardens. Come stay and experience a step back in time at Idlwilde Inn where rest, relaxation and tranquility await.

Reviews

Overall
4.3

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.2

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180 Reviews

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Wonderful Place

4.2 on October 29, 2014

The place was wonderful and has a rich history. Would go back again.


Familiarity and Comfort at the Idlwilde

4.2 on October 21, 2014

We are a senior citizen couple taking a tour of Finger Lakes wine country. We chose the Idlwilde for the convenient location, the house and views of Seneca Lake, and the large comfortable rooms. This was our third stay there over 5 years. The big victorian house has been modernized but has kept all the wonderful details and is very pretty and very clean. Over the years the room decor hasn't changed nor has the menu for breakfast, well cooked but ordinary. I would recommend this B&B highly for a weekend stay; it's quiet and charming.


Good Location - Loud Heat

3.4 on October 20, 2014

The home was very nice and the history impressive. All of the staff were incredibly attentive and gracious. We did have issues with the radiant heat as the units were terribly noisy throughout the night...less than peaceful.


Return visit

4.6 on October 19, 2014

My partner and I have returned several times, a comment on our appreciation of our stays...


Great stay in a beautiful house

4.0 on October 16, 2014

We spent two nights at Idlewild and it was a really wonderful experience. The huge and very stately house has been beautifully restored and the grounds are lovely. Maria and John are great hosts and it was a perfect place to come back to after a day of exploring and just relax on the verandas with a glass of wine and the great view of the lake (it's high up on a hillside) or read in one of several large sitting areas. It's in the town of Watkins Glen and walking distance to the main area (restaurants, marina and the gorge in the Watkins Glen State Park which is not to be missed) but the hillside it's on is very steep so plan on driving into town unless you're a mountain goat. Also the house is old and so not as quiet as a modern hotel room but other guests were respectful of that and thankfully there are no TV sets in the rooms, just on the ground level.


Wonderful stay! :)

5 on October 14, 2014

Very pleasant atmosphere. Rooms with great view of Seneca Lake. Breakfast was delicious and the hostess was very helpful with helping out to plan out our day in Watkins Glen. Definitely would recommend this place to anyone who is looking to stay in the finger lakes area.


First Bed and Breakfast Experience

4.2 on October 11, 2014

Our stay was very enjoyable. Maria was very accommodating, even with their personal space, allowing my wife to use the kitchen to bake apple pies. Also Maria was very helpful with special breakfasts for special diet requirements. She provided considerable information about the Watkins Gen area and things to do that we could enjoy. The house was very clean and well maintained. Maria and John made us feel welcome and we will happily go back again.


Beautiful Get-A-Way

4.8 on October 09, 2014

This is an awesome place to stay. The host were so friendly and made us feel right at home. The property is beautiful and well taken care of. The breakfasts were so delicious and the staff were courteous and friendly. We truly enjoyed our stay and definitely plan on coming back next year.


AMAZING BED & BREAKFAST

5 on October 09, 2014

Great location, staff, rooms, and breakfast! I would definitely recommend! This has been our second time there. We stayed for our first anniversary and now our second anniversary. We look forward to staying there for our third anniversary and more years to come.


Wonderful Stay

4.8 on October 01, 2014

I stayed for two nights at the Idlwilde for a weekend getaway in the Finger Lakes. I loved the bed and breakfast! I stayed in Room 7, which was a beautiful and spacious room with a private bath in the hall. The location of the Inn is great! Very central in Watkins Glen, but far enough from down town for some solitude and peace. The owners were wonderful to talk with as well, and very accommodating. Breakfast was quite good - eggs, bacon, and biscuits one morning and French toast and sausage the other. My only complaint was that the coffee with breakfast was very weak. Overall, would highly recommend!


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Rooms & Rates

Room 1

Accommodation is located on the first floor of the mansion. The room has one queen bed with a private bath. $160/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $160

Room 2

This accommodation is on the first floor of the mansion and is handicapped accessible. $160/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $160

Room 3

This room is located on the west wing off of the second floor landing. The bath is shared with Room 4 and is directly across the hall. $115/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $115

Room 4

This room is located on a wing off of the second floor landing. The bath is shared with Room 3 and directly across the hall. $115/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $115

Room 5

This accommodation is a 2 room suite located on the west wing off of the second floor landing. The bedroom with a double bed is separated by french doors leading to a sitting room with a double sleeper/sofa. $185/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $185

Room 6

The Master Suite is spacious and elegant with a king bed, 2 fireplaces, sitting room, sunporch and a walk-out deck with a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. This suite is perfect for a Honeymoon, Anniversary, or a Get Away Vacation. $285/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $285

Room 7

This spacious room is on the second floor of the mansion and has a fireplace and sitting area. The bath is separate, but private for this room, and is located directly across the hall. Spectacular view of Seneca Lake. $185/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $185

Room 8

This spacious room, on the second floor of the mansion, has a built in vanity and built in shelves which were popular with Victorian architecture. This spacious room has a sitting area and a breathtaking view of Seneca Lake and garden. $195/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $195

Room 9

Room 9, on the second floor of the mansion, has a superb view overlooking Idlwilde Inn's great lawn, the valley and Seneca Lake. $195/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $195

Room 11

This room is located on the third floor. There is a ceramic tiled fireplace with a uniquely detailed mantle. The bath, directly across the hall, is shared with Room 12. $145/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $145

Room 12

This accommodation is located on the third floor of the mansion. The built in window seats provide a place to read a book or gaze at the beauty of Senecal Lake. The bath, shared with Room 11 is directly across the hall. $115/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $115

Room 14

This spacious room, on the third floor of the mansion, with it's own sitting area gives the weary traveler a sense of tranquility. The view overlooks the sunken garden and Seneca Lake. $185/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $185

Room 10

Room 10 boasts the best view of the valley and Seneca lake from its private deck. The cupola makes a cozy sitting room with a wonderful panoramic view. The art deco bathroom adds a nostalgic touch to the suite. $245/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $245

Room 15

Room 15 located across the lawn in the carriage house, is one of the two rooms recently added to our B & B. It is a large, comfortable room with 2 window seats and sitting area where guests can gaze at Seneca Lake and the large front lawn. $185/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $185

Room 16

Suite 16 with it's cathedral ceiling and ceiling to wall triangular window is said to be the most stunning suite in the area. Its decor and spaciousness pampers our guests. $245/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $245

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Lakeside, Village, Wine country

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Auto Racing, Ithaca College, Windmill farm and craft market, Corning Glass Museum, Cornell University , Time Spell Laser Light Show, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Internet Service, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Radio

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 10:30 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking not allowed inside per fire code.
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 12 years are welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights minimum on weekends, 3 nights for main events
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit or one night, confirms reservation
  • Cancellations: Deposit for cancelled reservations will be refunded, minus a 10% handling charge, with 15 days advance notice. Groups reservations must be cancelled 30 days in advance for a refund, minus a 10% handling charge.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Carlo, Nancy, John and Maria

Languages spoken

Dutch, Flemish, English, French, German, Italian

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian


Details

JMCN, LLC , One Lakeview Avenue, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 USA (Show map)

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