Once a home to the Clute family, the Idlwilde Inn still has the charm of those that lived before us in this mansion. All of our lovely rooms offer exceptional lodging in Watkins Glen, NY. The owner’s suite (room 6) boasts two decorative fireplaces and ample sitting areas, both inside and out. Adjacent to the suite is the nanny’s room where kids could be cared for close to the parent’s retreat. And as only seen on many of your favorite PBS specials, rooms 3, 4 and 5 were the servants quarters and reflect the shape and style of accommodations for those that did most of the heavy lifting for a mansion of this size and stature. The servant’s quarters includes a hidden back staircase that will take you straight to the back hall and close to the coffee line. In the last twenty years the third floor playroom was converted to four guest rooms with spectacular views of the town and Seneca Lake. The suite in room 10 has a turret room and funky door frames to work together with the slope of the ceiling. Create the perfect romantic Finger Lakes getaway by adding a package or special to your stay.

The Mansion

RoomGuestsBedBathFeaturesBook Room
Room 1TwoQueenPrivate bath with showerFirst floor, garden view,Check Rates
Room 2TwoQueenPrivate bath with showerFirst floor, garden viewCheck Rates
Bed and Breakfast in Watkins Glen, NY - Room 3 bed Room 3TwoDoubleShared bathroom with showerSecond floor, garden viewCheck Rates
Watkins Glen Accommodations - Room 4 bed Room 4TwoDoubleShared bathroom with showerSecond floor, back woods viewCheck Rates
Bed and Breakfast near Seneca Lake, NY - Room 5 bed Room 5ThreeKingPrivate bath w/ tub and showerSecond floor, sitting room, pullout couch, back woods & gazebo viewCheck Rates
Places to Stay in Watkins Glen - Room 6 bed Room 6TwoKingPrivate bath with showerSecond floor, two decorative fireplaces, sitting room, private porches, lake viewCheck Rates
Seneca Lake B&B - Room 7 bed Room 7TwoQueenPrivate bath w/ shower and tub across hallSecond floor, decorative fireplace, sitting area, lake viewCheck Rates
Watkins Glen, NY B&B - Room 8 bed Room 8TwoQueenPrivate bath w/ tub and showerSecond floor, sitting area, lake and garden viewsCheck Rates
Seneca Lake Accommodations - Room 9 bed Room 9TwoKingPrivate bath w/ rain showerSecond floor, garden and lake viewsCheck Rates
Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes - Room 10 bed Room 10TwoKingPrivate bath with showerThird floor, sitting room, private deck, lake viewCheck Rates
Finger Lakes Wine Country Bed and Breakfast - Room 11 bed Room 11TwoQueenShared bathroom with showerThird floor, decorative fireplace, lake viewCheck Rates
Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast - Room 12 bed Room 12TwoDoubleShared bathroom with showerThird floor, window seat, lake viewCheck Rates
Watkins Glen Inn - Room 14 bed Room 14TwoKingPrivate bath with showerThird floor, sitting area, window seat, garden and lake viewsCheck Rates

Carriage House

RoomGuestsBedBathFeaturesBook Room
Finger Lakes, NY Bed and Breakfast - Room 15 bed Room 15TwoQueenPrivate bath with showerSecond floor, sitting area, window seatsCheck Rates
Finger Lakes, NY Lodging - Room 16 bed Room 16ThreeKingPrivate bath with showerSecond floor, pullout couch, Juliet balcony, lake & property viewsCheck Rates

Room rates are based on double occupancy. We can only accommodate an additional guest in Room 5 and Room 16 for an additional charge of $100 per night.

Max Occupancy

Room rates are based on double occupancy. We can only accommodate an additional guest in Room 5 and Room 16 for an additional charge of $100 per night. No pets, please.


Reservations are required. At the time of your reservation, we request a credit card to hold your stay and it will be confirmed with a 50% deposit for two nights or longer and a 100% deposit for a one-night stay. Full payment is accepted at the time of arrival. A two-night minimum is required for weekends in the spring/summer/fall, and a three-night minimum for special holidays and main events (the website will note special weekends requiring a three-night minimum)

If your plans change after your reservation is made, a cancellation notice must be received within 15 days of your scheduled arrival. Your deposit will be refunded with the 15-day notice. A 30-day notice is required for group reservations of 3 rooms or more. Should notice be less than that, we will make every attempt to rebook your room. If we are unable to do so, a one-night stay will be billed to your credit card. We accept all major credit cards, cash, and check. Charges are posted as JMCN, LLC.

Check-In & Hours

For travel planning, check in time is strictly between 2:00PM and 6:00PM only. Check out time is by 11:00AM.
Sorry, but we cannot accommodate same-day reservations. We are also unable to accommodate Saturday check-ins…

Breakfast is served daily in the dining room from 8 AM to 9 AM.

House Rules

Our Inn and surrounding property is a non-smoking space and no open flames are allowed. Due to the historical and architectural nature of the inn, we do welcome children over the age of 12, though no pets are allowed (except Stella). We have no tv’s in the rooms.


Idlwilde Inn is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of this website for all people with disabilities. We will continue to implement the relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA), or such other standards as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On a periodic basis, our website will be tested with assistive technology.

Room #1 in the Mansion is a first-floor accessible room that includes a ramp to navigate the steps leading to the room. Advance notice is requested as the ramp is portable, and we want to be prepared and allow for your easy access. If you require other items please inform us prior to your stay, and we will be happy to work with you to assure a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Please be aware that our efforts are ongoing. You may email us at innkeeper@idlwildeinn.com or call us 24/7 with questions or concerns regarding ADA accessibility issues, including issues accessing the website or with questions regarding accessibility of the various rooms.

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