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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the wonderful Idlwilde Inn for two nights. Excellent hosts, delicious breakfasts, lots to do, gorgeous place with a view of Seneca Lake. The Inn was very clean and has a lot of character.

Room tip: A lot of interesting things to do close by, including the great hikes, the wineries, Corning Glass Museum and the city of Ithaca.
Date of stay: September 2019
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MarcusDowd, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Some say I’M a character...

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Reviewed September 6, 2019

The Idlewild Inn is everything you could ever want in a B&B. Beautiful location on the hill with an awesome view of Lake Seneca, wrap around porches with comfortable seating and tables, relaxing spots throughout the main house with loads of puzzles, games and books to read. The breakfasts are awesome, quiche filled with fresh vegetables and french toast with peaches, coffee and water always available. Friendly staff that made you feel like part of the family. Especially Marcus, the owner, was helpful, knowledgeable of the area, sharing valuable hiking tips with us. The perfect B&B owner in my opinion...was there if you needed him otherwise he wanted you to enjoy his home like it was your own. We stayed in the carriage house, which was particular roomy and provided us with separate parking for our motorcycles. We met some fantastic other couples during our stay a well. I can't end this review without a shout out to Stella, their dog. Precious and willing to share some love with any of us missing our own dogs at home. My family would like to travel to Watkins Glen sometime in the near future, Idlewild will surely be the place to return to.

Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank DebbiD_11
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MarcusDowd, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2019

If only I knew how to post a pic of Stella with the words, "I miss you, Deb" over her head...

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Reviewed August 29, 2019

We had such a delightful stay at the beautiful Idlwilde Inn, situated high on a hill overlooking Seneca Lake and Watkins Glen. The proprietor Marcus was so warm and welcoming (along with Stella the dog)--the house is stunning--beautiful large rooms filled with details from an era gone by but lovingly maintained/restored in this incredible home. Our room was delightful and private and quiet--all details thoughtfully provided. The breakfast in the beautiful dining room was terrific. Wish we could have stayed longer on the wrap around porch--just a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank Deborah P
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MarcusDowd, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2019

Thanks so much for that... Next time you WILL stay longer!

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Reviewed August 28, 2019 via mobile

Cannot say enough good things about this quiet beautiful home on a hill. Breakfast was delicious and served nicely in a beautiful dining room. The Wifi is strong and probably the only available distraction. Cool evening air and quiet surroundings. Books, boardgames, Gazebo, and lawn sports are at your dispose. Nice place to read and converse. Porch Life at its best. Gracious host Marcus will make you feel at home.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank mtsee
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MarcusDowd, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2019

You people make it easy... Thanks for visiting, and come again!

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Reviewed August 15, 2019

Hello Marcus and Elin,
I know you probably hear this a lot, but our stay the last couple of days with you was one of the best things we have ever done together in our 40 years of marriage. Thank you for making our stay so great. The food so good, the house so beautiful and clean, the comfortable room, and your hospitality made it such a great getaway. Hope to see you again soon,
Matt and Kathleen

Room tip: Very good website. Read and choose. I don't think you could go wrong-there simply is not a bad choice.
Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank Matthew W
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MarcusDowd, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2019

I'm a little nervous about your inevitable return... how can we top such a review? Such a nice thing to say!

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