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

Room Guests Bed Bath Features Rates
Watkins Glen Lodging - Room 1 bed Room 1 Two Queen Private bath w/ shower First floor, garden view $165 Check Rates
Best Places to Stay in the Finger Lakes - Room 2 bed Room 2 Two Queen Private bath First floor, garden view $165 Check Rates
Bed and Breakfast in Watkins Glen, NY - Room 3 bed Room 3 Two Double Shared bath Second floor, garden view $125 Check Rates
Watkins Glen Accommodations - Room 4 bed Room 4 Two Double Shared bath Second floor, back woods view $125 Check Rates
Bed and Breakfast near Seneca Lake, NY - Room 5 bed Room 5 Four Queen Private bath w/ claw-foot tub Second floor, sitting room, pullout couch, back woods & gazebo view $195 Check Rates
Places to Stay in Watkins Glen - Room 6 bed Room 6 Three King Private bath w/ shower Second floor, two decorative fireplaces, sitting room, private porches, lake view $295 Check Rates
Seneca Lake B&B - Room 7 bed Room 7 Three Queen Private bath on main hall Second floor, decorative fireplace, sitting area, lake view $185 Check Rates
Watkins Glen, NY B&B - Room 8 bed Room 8 Three Queen Private bath w/ tub and shower Second floor, sitting area, lake and garden views $195 Check Rates
Seneca Lake Accommodations - Room 9 bed Room 9 Two King Private bath w/ rain shower Second floor, garden and lake views $195 Check Rates
Bed and Breakfast in the Finger Lakes - Room 10 bed Room 10 Three Queen Private bath Third floor, sitting room, private deck, lake view $265 Check Rates
Finger Lakes Wine Country Bed and Breakfast - Room 11 bed Room 11 Two Queen Shared bath Third floor, decorative fireplace, lake view $145 Check Rates
Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast - Room 12 bed Room 12 Two Double Shared bath Third floor, window seat, lake view $125 Check Rates
Watkins Glen Inn - Room 14 bed Room 14 Two Queen Private bath Third floor, sitting area, window seat, garden and lake views $195 Check Rates

Carriage House

Room Guests Bed Bath Features Rates
Finger Lakes, NY Bed and Breakfast - Room 15 bed Room 15 Two Queen Private bath Second floor, pet friendly, sitting area, window seats $185 Check Rates
Finger Lakes, NY Lodging - Room 16 bed Room 16 Four King Private bath Second floor, pet friendly, pullout couch, Juliet balcony, lake & property views $275 Check Rates


Reservations are advised. 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 and a 100% deposit for a one-night stay. Full payment is accepted at the time of departure. 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.

Room rates are based on double occupancy, an additional $20 will be charged for each additional guest.

Check-In & Hours

For travel planning, check in time is usually between 3:00PM and 7:00PM. If you will be arriving outside the stated check-in times, the courtesy of a phone call is appreciated for alternate arrangements. Check out time is by 11:00AM. Please note that early check in will be subject to a $25 fee.

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


The first floor of the Idlwilde Inn is handicapped accessible, advance notice is required as the ramp is portable, and we want to be prepared and allow for your easy access.

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 welcome children over the age of 12. Though no pets are allowed in the main mansion (except Stella,) we do offer a pet-friendly environment in the Carriage House.