Idlwilde Inn

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

About

Idlwilde Inn is a 15 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 accommodations 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

Great two night stay in early May

4.6 on May 12, 2018

Marcus and Eline (sp?) were personable host and Eline even gave us a ride while we walked back from town (it was raining). They recently bought the property and you can tell that they have a passion for the hospitality business. The location is great (walking distance of town and the state park, wonderful views), the house is charming, and the dog is super friendly : )


Beautiful Inn and Amazing Hosts!

5 on May 07, 2018

Excellent accommodation in all respects. Immaculately clean, wonderful home cooked breakfast (with delicious vegan options) and helpful friendly hosts. Beautiful oasis in Watkins Glen, minutes from Glen State park, wineries, and excellent local restaurants and pubs for evening outings. Highly recommended - Thanks for everything Marcus and Elin! Natalie and Jim Ottawa, Canada


Fabulous

5 on November 05, 2017

Beautiful and stately B and B!! Friendly and helpful owners and exceptional breakfast! Cannot wait yo go back!


Outstanding

5 on October 25, 2017

Lovely, stately , beautiful B and B in Watkins Glen, NY. The rooms were roomy , spacious and bright! Friendly and accommodating staff! Breakfast were delicious! Would definitely go back for another long weekend!!


Idlwilde Stay October 2017

3.4 on October 23, 2017

Location and grounds were very well kept, and provided very nice view of Seneca Lake. Interior was well appointed and appeared well mainained. Breakfast meal served was good with nice presentation. Overall stay experience was good.


Wonderful Weekend Getaway!

4.8 on October 19, 2017

We cam to Watkins Glen to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday. Maria met us when we arrived and right away we could tell it would be a wonderful stay! The house is absolutely stunning, the common rooms were inviting and comfortable. Our rooms were very nice, completely in lone with an old Victorian home! The mattress and bedding could use a little updating, but this did not take away from my experience. The other guests were so nice, we really enjoyed relaxing at the end of the day conversing with so many others from far and wide. The breakfast was very nice and got us ready for a long day on the Seneca Wine Trail and Watkins Glen Falls walk. I would highly recommend Idlwilde Inn!!


B & B Gift

4.8 on October 18, 2017

Idlewilde Inn made me welcome. Maria asked I what I planned on doing and offered suggestions. Took many of her recommendations, especially an Italian restaurant in town. Being a woman traveling alone, she pointed out the security aspects of the Inn. Room and bed were clean and comfortable.


Serene Atmosphere

5 on October 04, 2017

The Idlwilde Inn was perfection during my recent visit. The beautiful décor and service was outstanding. The Inn keepers went above and beyond with preparing vegetarian and vegan food option requests during the visit. The Master Suite took my breath away when I first walked in. The room was spotless and the views from the private outdoor balcony was breathtaking. The entire grounds around the Inn was immaculate.


Great place to stay in Watkins Glen

3.8 on September 13, 2017

We have stayed there now several times over the last 5 years. Always great and staff is very nice and willing to do things to make guests feel welcome. Would highly recommend to others. May want to think about a small discount for folks that stayed more than 3 times, especially with multiple rooms. Thumbs Up.


An absolute gem!

5 on September 09, 2017

Walking distance to/from town, if you don't mind a steep hill. Beautiful house and grounds, lovely antiques. We enjoyed the special touches at breakfast--coffee and tea ready early, fruit with breakfast, homemade jam and simple, but very tasty meals.


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Rooms & Rates

Room 1

Located on the first floor of the mansion. The room has a queen bed with a private bath.

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

Room 2

Located on the first floor of the mansion. Room 2 is handicapped accessible. The room has a queen bed with a private bath.

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

Room 3

Located on the west wing of the second floor landing, the room has a double bed. Bath is shared with Room 4 and is directly across the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Room 4

Located on the west wing of the second floor landing. The room has a double bed. The bath is shared with Room 3 and is directly across the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Room 5

Two room suite located on the west wing of the second floor landing. The bedroom, with a queen bed and private bath, is separated by french doors leading to a sitting room with a double sleeper/sofa.

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

Room 6

The master suite, spacious and elegant with a king bed, private bath, two fireplaces, sitting room, sun porch, and walk-out deck with a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. This suite is perfect for a Honeymoon, Anniversary, or a Get-Away Vacation.

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

Room 7

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

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

Room 8

This spacious room, on the second floor of the mansion, has a built in vanity and built in shelves that were popular with Victorian architecture. The room has a private bath, a sitting area and a breath-taking view of Seneca Lake and gardens.

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

Room 9

Located on the second floor of the mansion, the room has a private bath and a superb view overlooking Idlwild Inn's great lawn, the valley and Seneca Lake.

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

Room 10

This room boasts the best view of the valley and Seneca Lake from its private deck. The copola makes a cozy sitting room with a wonderful panoramic view. The private art deco bathroom adds a nostalgic touch to the suite.

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

Room 11

This room is located on the third floor. There is a ceramic tile fireplace with a uniquely detailed mantle. This rooms has a queen bed and the bath, directly across the hall, is shared with Room 12.

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

Room 12

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. This room has a full bed. The bath is directly across the hall and shared with Room 11.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Room 14

This spacious room on the third floor of the mansion has a queen bed, private bath and its own sitting area provides the weary traveler with a sense of tranquility. The view overlooks the sunken garden and Seneca Lake.

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

Room 15

Located inside the carriage house, Room 15 is a large comfortable room with a queen sized bed, private bath, two window seats, and a sitting area where guests can gaze at Seneca Lake and the large front lawn.

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

Room 16

Located in the carriage house, this suite has cathedral ceilings and a wall-to-ceiling triangular window, king sized bed, as well as a private bath. The decor and spaciousness truly pampers our guests.

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

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Lakeview, Secluded, Small town, Waterview, 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, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, 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, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Sports venue, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Parking, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Hairdryer, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching

Check Dates

Policies

  • Check In:: 15:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking not allowed inside per fire code.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 12 years are welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No We do not offer childcare
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets are allowed in Rooms 15 and 16 Only
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Marcus & Elin Dowd

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

Proud New Owners of the Idlwilde Inn in Watkins Glen, NY

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Pancakes
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