Idlwilde Inn

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

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
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Perfect Stay!

5 on August 23, 2017

This was my first stay at a bed and breakfast and I was not disappointed! Making the reservation was so simple through their website. When my husband and I arrived, we were met with a warm welcome from the hosts, Maria and John. They were perfectly sweet and always made sure that our needs were being met. The old Victorian mansion is simply stunning!! Our room was clean and quaint and our beds were made everyday. Breakfast was delicious and the perfect portion size. The last breakfast we had was scrambled eggs, home fries, honeydew, and homemade biscuits---so good! Plus the coffee was rich, just how I like it. The Inn is also in an ideal location! A 20 minute hike to the gorge trail and 3 minutes driving. It's also in very close proximity to the farm sanctuary and, of course, the Seneca Wine Trail. My husband and I had the most memorable trip and half of it was due to the wonderful stay we had at Idlwild Inn. Thanks John and Maria! We will definitely return.


respite

4.4 on August 22, 2017

Lovely location and beautiful old house. Our room was clean but very basic set up. Breakfast was good but nothing extra special.


Tremendous B&B

5 on August 22, 2017

All I can say is WOW, what a fantastic experience. I highly recommend the Idlwilde Inn. The history of the mansion is itself is impressive. Maria also brought the past to life with her stories of the Clute family and her encounters with them years ago. The rooms were clean and the breakfasts tasty and filling. The Inn was able to accommodate some dietary issues without flinching. Maria was attentive and her staff was welcoming and helpful. If you happen to stay in the Seneca Lake area definitely give the Idlwile a try!


Best B&B Around!

5 on August 03, 2017

Whenever we stay at the Idlwilde Inn we feel as if we are at home. The staff to us are like family. Breakfast each morning is just a wonderful way to start you visit of the Finger Lakes area. Maria, John, Nancy and Carlo are the best hosts ever!


Great stay!

5 on July 29, 2017

It's an easy location to get to and from, and the staff were great. Breakfast was hearty with extra options like cereal and fruit. We stayed in the carriage house (room 16), which had lots of space and it's own bathroom. Perfect for a family or a few friends to share!


Lovely B&B

4.6 on July 08, 2017

Stumbled upon Idlewild looking for a last minute place to stay during 4th of July weekend for a quick getaway in wine country. We stayed in room #16 in the carriage house. It was so beautiful and charming. What a gorgeous estate! Breakfast was great as well. Wish we could have stayed longer.


Beautiful Place

5 on June 30, 2017

My husband picked this place for our anniversary. It was beautiful. A four poster bed, a sitting area & enclosed porch. Quite lovely. The breakfast was homemade and quite good. he only thing we did miss was a TV in our room. On a rainy day a movie in ur room. We had a great time. We would recommend this B&B to anyone.


Perfect Getaway - Anxious to Return

5 on June 17, 2017

We had a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Idlwilde Inn. Peaceful, relaxinq, unique, and accommodating are words that come to mind. A beautiful, well kept "slice of history" is how I would describe it. The owner (Nancy) was very thoughtful and anxious to make sure our stay was what we had hoped for. I would recommend this B&B to anyone visiting the Finger Lakes area.


Highly recommend

5 on May 10, 2017

This was our first stay at Idlwilde and we loved it! It was clean and absolutely beautiful! The room was great and the breakfast was delicious. Maria also gave us very helpful information-finding a nearby trail in Watkins glen state park, which side of the lake is best for red wine, winery suggestions, etc. And the location was perfect. We were close to enough to town that we were able to walk to and from town both nights and very close driving distance to the fingerlakes and Watkins glen state park. My husband and I already recommended Idlwilde to friends and we plan to book there again during our next trip!


Nice B& B

4.0 on October 27, 2016

We enjoyed our stay. It was very comfortable. The grounds and the large home are very pretty. The breakfasts were wonderful. Our host, Maria, was very helpful in giving us information on things to see in the area.


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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. $170/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $170

Room 2

This accommodation is on the first floor of the mansion and is handicapped accessible. $170/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $170

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. $120/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $120

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. $120/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $120

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. $195/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $195

Room 6

The Master Suite is spacious and elegant with a king bed, 2 fireplaces, sitting room, sun porch 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. $299/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $299

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. $195/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $195

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. $200/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $200

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. $200/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $200

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. $150/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $150

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 Seneca Lake. The bath, shared with Room 11 is directly across the hall. $120/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $120

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. $195/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $195

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. $260/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $260

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. $195/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $195

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. $260/night

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $260

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Lakeview, Wine country

Airport

Horseheads, NY (ELM-Elmira-Corning Regional) 20 miles

Directions to property:

From Rt 14 and Rt. 414 in Watkins Glen, New York (going north), turn left on Rt. 409(Fourth Street). Fourth Street curves to the right and becomes Steuben Street. Go up the hill 4 blocks, turn left on Division Street, go 2 blocks, turn left on Lakeview Avenue, proceed to entrance on right side.

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

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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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.
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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


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