Aunt Louise's Lake House Bed and Breakfast

2498 East Lake Road , Skaneateles, 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 upstairs, enjoy a delicious continental breakfast in our elegant dining room . 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

Lovely home and hosts!

5 on September 11, 2017

This B&B is a lovely old home, beautifully appointed. The hosts were gracious and were careful to ask what we planned for the day, so they could offer directions and/or suggestions. Breakfasts were varied and delicious. We stayed 4 nights and enjoyed it thoroughly. We highly recommend it!

Great value in a pricy town!

5 on September 07, 2017

While not in the tony village of Skaneatles, this Victorian decorated home is a mere 4 miles down East Lake Rd. A short drive or Uber and you are in the quaint lakeside village with its numerous shops and restaurants. A real value in a pricy town.

Right on the lake and right on the money !

5 on August 20, 2017

We were visiting the Finger Lakes Region of New York and wanted to stay close by and we were recommended to stay at Aunt Louise's Bed and Breakfast. We stayed three nights and found the hospitality and friendship of the owners to be down right very genuine. They served breakfast every morning and were extremely happy in listening to our travel stories as well as guiding us through our vacation to the finger lakes. I highly recommend anyone traveling to this area to stay here.

Very Nice Finger Lakes B&B

4.2 on August 13, 2017

Louise and Dale, the proprietors, are extremely nice people and the place is very pretty and quaint. We would definitely stay with them again.

Welcoming and comfortable!

4.6 on August 04, 2017

Louise and Dale were friendly and yet professional. They will chat with you about the house, the area, the lake and village--or, if you prefer, they will let you discover everything on your own (after they have shown you your room and explained the schedule for breakfast time). Their 1847 (?) house is beautifully filled with lovely period-style furnishings--all of which were very well-kept and very comfortable. The three bedrooms are large; two have en suite bathrooms--(one with a claw-foot tub)--and the third one is right next to its own bathroom in a common hallway. Baths are updated and well furnished with the usual necessities. Breakfast was a more-than-adequate continental breakfast--fresh fruit, yogurt, a couple of cereals, coffee or tea, orange juice. Plenty of common areas in which to relax: living room, with books and brochures about the local area, history and attractions, as well as a delightful patio in back of the house. (Unfortunately, the house is presently for sale, but is fully functioning as a top-notch B&B in the meantime, providing a wonderful spot to stay at a reasonable price. I would happily stay there again if it is still open when I visit Skaneateles again!)

Treetops Room at Aunt Louise's

2.6 on June 27, 2017

Beautiful area and quaint town. Hosts were very gracious and helpful. Steep stairs to second floor bedrooms. Treetops room: creaky floors; spaces around door let in a lot of light; TV did not work properly; both of us hit our heads on slanted ceiling several times. Unfortunately, not our best night's rest. Left early next morning, did not want to wait until 9am for Continental breakfast.

Needs updating

1.6 on May 31, 2017

The innkeepers were very friendly, cordial, and informative of the local area. The stairs going to the second floor where the three bedrooms are, were drastically out of any form of building codes, since each step was extremely high and no railing close enough to assist in going up the stairs. There were even ropes used an assist. The room that we rented was badly in need of updating, specifically a new mattress and new pillows. The existing mattress was horrible and prevented a decent nights sleep, as with the pillows. There were spare pillows that must've been 50 years old, since they weighed about 20 pounds each, likely filled with dust mite fecies. While the room was clean superficially, it was severely in need of a thorough spring like cleaning. A full breakfast was promised, however due to the Ill health of the innkeepers, only a continental breakfast was provided. Overall, this was a poor bed and breakfast facility and would not recommend it to anyone.

Home away from home!

3.8 on October 21, 2016

Being an older home we knew what to expect - low slanted ceiling in our upstairs bedroom and one had to be careful not to bump their head. The stairs weren't mentioned - quite steep and narrow, no handrail - for elderly people who may have mobility issues it should be known. My hubby had a recent knee replacement and had to be very cautious. I was sneezing a fair bit while there, wasn't until we left and checked the room that I noted under the bed hadn't been vacuumed and wiped in a very long while. Having said the above, the grounds were impeccable, ample parking, delicious breakfast with lots of variety and home recipes, gracious, informative and kind hosts, comfortable beds, lots of hot water for showers. Suggestion: have a Keurig available in the sitting room, would have been nice to have a hot coffee or tea in the common room after a long day sightseeing. Extra comforter in the bedroom for cool nights. Put a slim handrail on the stairs.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for commenting on your stay with us. We feel badly for your misunderstanding regarding the stairs. The stairs are mentioned in our website and have been for our 16 years as innkeepers. The stairs are the original stairs to the 1837 home and typical for a post and beam home of that era. They do have a railing as required by insurance carriers. As always, each of our bedrooms have a blanket or comforter in the closet. Thank you for the suggestion regarding a Keurig coffee maker. Guests now have access to the Keurig 24 hours a day. We apologize for any inconvenience or discomfort you had during your stay with us.

- Louise (innkeeper)

Very enjoyable stay

4.4 on September 07, 2016

We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Very welcoming B&B with very nice lounge and outdoor spaces available for guests. House is lovely old onel, well furnished, but is not Lakeside - rather across the road from the lake but with lake views. Breakfast was very good, and Louise provided extremely good advice on things to do and see. We had Sunrise room with external bathroom (no shampoo but I could try a true Victorian experience and washed my hair with soap-modern shampoos are better!). Need to use car as no where really to walk to.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us.

- Louise (innkeeper)

Lovely Old English Cottage & Tea Garden

4.6 on August 01, 2016

The B&B was a beautiful old home (built in 1837), white with black shutters. The grounds displayed several meticulously kept and beautiful landscaped gardens. Each room within was tastefully decorated, all with a plethora of amazing antique pieces of all sizes and purposes. Dale and Louise Zabel were wonderful "innkeepers". We had a wonderful 3 course breakfast our first morning there. First they brought us delicious poppy seed bread with marmalade, choice of juices & coffee or tea. Then we had fresh fruit cup, plus refills as wanted. Last but definitely not at all least, we each enjoy 2 fantastic coddled eggs, plus 4 pieces of bacon, and choice of English muffins, toast or bagels, again with any wanted refills. We felt very pampered and 'coddled' by meals' end. We would have loved to eat there the next morning, also, but had previously made plans for breakfast with a large group of friends. We enjoyed chatting with Dale and Louise, and still marvel at their ability to take such good care of the B&B, and us as well. They were wonderful hosts.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for being so complimentary. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

- Louise (innkeeper)

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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

Check Dates


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

Check Dates


  • 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.

Check Dates




  • 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.