This is a very large mansion with a variety of rooms- basic to gorgeous. There are numerous sitting areas. More privacy than a B & B, but fewer amenities than a hotel, with some advantages of both. We had our own little table at breakfast, but delightful visits with the other patrons in the living room, in the evening. Breakfast at 8 AM was pleasant and plated (not buffet), with coffee only available at that time in the dining room (the antiques do not welcome random walking around and sipping). We were there in late October, which was very quiet. This is an excellent location as a jumping off point for the wineries of both Seneca, very close by, and Keuka Lake (a half hour drive), and a five minute drive or less to the little town, its restaurants, and nearby Gorge. The view from the wonderful porch is glorious.
Wi-Fi was spotty and undependable. The hosts are very gracious.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Idlewilde 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 meticulously done staircase, moldings, ornamental ceilings, and fireplaces. There are several sun rooms, and a huge breezy wraparound porch, all overlooking the beauty of Seneca Lake. Idlewilde Inn is only a short walk to town. Historical Watkins Glen and the Fingerlakes area offer many year round activities. ... more less