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Silver Strand at Sheldrake
Ranked #2 of 3 Ovid B&B and Inns
Brampton, Canada
1 review
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“Home Away From Home”
Reviewed October 8, 2010

My wife and I spent 3 wonderful nights at this charming B&B on the shores of Cayuga Lake. This gem is centrally located to explore the Finger Lakes Region and the Cayuga and Seneca Wine Trails. Our hosts made us feel right at home. The home cooked breakfasts were to die for and the service was impecible. Rooms are tastfully decorated and very comfortable with their own baths. Having coffee delivered to your room in the morning was a special treat. Even with all rooms occupied we didn't hear a thing at night.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

The B&B itself was absolutely beautiful with a panoramic lake view... the most stunning location in the Finger Lakes we have found. Unfortunately, the proprietor Maura was gruff and distracted at best and raging nasty at worst. She made several off-putting comments on the telephone prior to our trip, then made some intrusive comments about the personal items we brought into the house with us as we checked in. But the place was perfect, so we were determined to be pleased with the experience, small annoyances aside. Then during breakfast service, all the guests were enjoying a flawless summer morning on the deck when the idyllic peace was shattered by her decision to throw a temper tantrum set off by the local cat who had wandered on to the premises. She chased the poor cat at full speed, nearly knocking over a guest, repeatedly cussing at top volume while her stunned guests looked on with jaws on the floor. This performance went on for minutes until the cat was caught and thrown. Literally. During this tirade, there was no regard for guests dining in the midst of the outburst. Speaking for ourselves, we did not want to hear loud, foul language from our hostess during breakfast, nor were we comfortable with her running through our party at top speed displaying her rage. The rest of our stay was marked with caution as we tried to avoid contact with her. Hard to say if I would recommend the place because our stay was otherwise incredible. Maybe we'd suggest staying at the Driftwood Inn across the street. Definitely go to the Simply Red Bistro (a 5 minute walk along the lake) for lunch. The food was outstanding and the view from the patio was gorgeous. We ate there twice!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

This was the first time my wife and I had reserved a room in a B & B and we were really pleased. All the positive comments in prior reviews we agree with (so I will not repeat them here) although we could not experience the water sports because of the cool weather. It is a charming place with charming hosts in an excellent location.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Westport, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 16, 2010

This bed and breakfast is a dream. The property is lovely as it perches over the Finger Lakes and just a few steps to the beach. The vintage hotel is in prime condition with every conceivable feature to make our stay fantastic. Maura prepares a breakfast that is fit for royalty with a different hot breakfast entree every morning. It is so much fun to linger over coffee on the victorian porch or at the dining room table. The minute that we walked through the door our hosts are welcoming us like extended family. We have stayed here 6 times and now make it our favorite summer time trip from Westport, CT. Why go to the Lake Country in Italy when you can find it at the Silver Strand. This is an exemplary place that is managed by pros!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

This beautiful B&B is on the Cayuga Lake just north of Ithaca, NY in the Finger Lakes region. The home is very old & lovingly restored with balconies overlooking the lake. The wrap around porch on the first floor has plenty of room to relax & has tables to have your breakfast while enjoying the view of the lake. There is a dock with a deck for sun bathing & small boats & kayaks to play on the water. It was so quiet & relaxing. Breakfast was wonderful with different selections every day all made by the innkeeper Maura. Maura was very welcoming, helpful & knowledgeable about the area. The room, was immaculate & comfortable. Good for a romantic get away. There is much to do in the area with all the wineries & the lakes or just hang out & do nothing & relax in the hammock on the porch. Good area for birding. Check out the Montezuma wildlife refuge at the north end of the lake. There are many great restaurants in the area. I've been to other B&B's but I will return to this one again as soon as I can.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

Our second trip to this inn was as wonderful as the first. Maura prepares delicious full course breakfasts which can be eaten in the dining room or on the porch. Our three day stay was welcomed with fantastic weather so we took advantage of the inn's amenities. We sunned on the dock, swam in the lake and ventured out in kayaks on Lake Cayuga. The surrounding area is perfect for cycling also. The rooms are clean and most have a balcony with chairs for lake viewing. Many wineries are close by for tastings.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

My wife and I wanted to share the wonderful experience we had this past weekend at The Silver Strand on Cayuga Lake in upstate New York. The owners immediately appeared to help us with our bags and assist with any plans we had for the day, including dinner suggestions. The room was comfortable and the house was very inviting with historical charm. We had a relaxing swim off the dock in the lake and spent time just watching the water from the two-tiered dock. They also have boats for exploring the lake. The wineries in the area are plenty and of high quality. The Silver Strand's breakfast is legendary in the region where the humble and friendly owners grow much of the food they serve. I would recommend anyone looking for a relaxing vacation to stay a weekend in NY Finger Lake wine region and would recommend this hotel for that stay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Silver Strand at Sheldrake
Address: 7398 Wyers Point Rd, Ovid, NY 14521-9567
Location: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Ovid
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ovid
Number of rooms: 5

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