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"Why would I title this review 'mixed feelings' while rating it excellent? Because the more 'excellent' ratings Dave and Brenda receive, the harder it will be for my wife and I to find a vacancy the next time we visit. Seriously, you would think Dave and Brenda had owned this B&B for decades given the quality of the Inn and the level of their hospitality. The truth is they have been owners for just one year after completing a major overhaul. The interior is beautiful and inviting. Their inn checks off at the highest level all the major boxes: Location, aesthetics, and friendliness. As for the quality of the breakfast, that is an entirely different category. There is no B&B we've stayed at that could match the food. To call it breakfast is actually a disservice........more like brunch."
"The property was attractive, clean and comfortable inside, typical for better quality B & Bs. I have stayed in many, mainly in seaside towns in Cape Cod, and in Ocean Grove and Belmar, NJ. What sets the Lady of the Lake apart from literally all the others was the breakfast experience. I learned that one of our hosts, David, has an extensive history as a fine dining chef. That explains the delightful three-course meal, which neither of us breakfast-skippers would have believed we would be up for, much less finish, at 8 a.m. There was an abundance of fresh produce; delicious strawberries with fresh cream filling, blackberries and strawberries, half a small cantaloupe filled with a vanilla yogurt and topped with a little crunchy granola. The unexpected items were what really impressed us. There was a little ring of salad greens and berries around the melon with a raspberry vinaigrette; a little bundle of fresh asparagus wrapped in thin crispy bacon. There was also a perfect sized portion of eggs, seasoned with some kind of savory cheese, and a Belgian waffle with local real maple syrup. Literally everything was hot, fresh, and extraordinarily delicious. If you're a strict omelette-and-muffin eater, you may not appreciate this place. But we're kind of foodie types, and found this kind of scrumptious and adventurous meal refreshing. Plus, the weather was terrible, which made the B & B part of the trip extra important "
"We just want to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at "Lady of the Lake". You both made us feel very much at home. Everything is so beautiful and the atmosphere is so pleasant! The Breakfast was Outstanding! Thank you for taking the time to create special dietary substitutions, it did not go unnoticed! We had a wonderful time and will surely tell all our friends all about it!"
"Very delightful bed and breakfast with updated artwork and otherwise Victorian style accents. Save room for breakfast- the meals are phenomenal and full of flavor."
"Lady of the Lake in Skaneateles NY is by far the best bed and breakfast I've ever had the pleasure of staying at. From the moment we arrived, the European ambiance was felt. The owners are down-to-earth and went above and beyond to make our stay such a memorable one. The Loft room is stunning. The decor is of the finest quality. The view from the upstairs loft of the lake is breathtaking. The upper loft and lower rooms are so visibly clean. The bathroom was huge and decor beautiful. The morning breakfast was amazing! Food was so fresh and prepared with such an elegant flair. The food was beyond delicious. The downstairs area is very warm and inviting. I will definitely be returning. The price of The Loft room including the delicious breakfast was a very fair and affordable price for so much in return. Just a slice of heaven for sure!!! Thank you Brenda and Dave for your hospitality and outrageously delicious breakfast."
"You won't be disappointed. Everything exceeded expectations and we would highly recommend this B&B"
"This was our second time enjoying the Lady of the Lake and we highly recommend it. The rooms are very clean, nicely sized, the beds are amazing, and the bathrooms are attached. The morning breakfast is a 4 or 5 course gourmet feast, so come hungry. We would highly recommend staying at The Lady of the Lake!!!! "
"If you're looking for an intimate and charming bed & breakfast experience, Lady of the Lake Bed & Breakfast in Skaneateles, NY fits the bill in splendid fashion. Situated in the perfect lakeside location within close walking distance to all the shops and restaurants, Lady of the Lake delivers in all the areas that matter. We stayed in the Mary Room, which was very comfortable and beautifully decorated. The adjustable Tempur-Pedic bed was dreamy, and the room and bathroom were immaculately clean. Although we didn't have a chance to hang out in the main common area with fireplace, you could tell that owners Brenda and Dave have done a wonderful job making all the living and communal spaces warm and inviting for guests. The outside property is stunning as well. One of the highlights of our weekend was the hearty gourmet Mediterranean-inspired breakfast, which was both healthy and delicious. Brenda and Dave are very personable and accommodating, and you can clearly see that a tremendous amount of TLC and hard work goes into making the stay memorable for all guests. Having stayed at both Lady of the Lake and Sherwood Inn, I would choose this place any day of the week, especially for those who value a personal touch."
"Amazing stay with great hosts and a phenomenal gourmet breakfast!"
"Brenda & Dave are the consummate hosts! Every last detail was perfect and they went out of their way to make my friend's birthday weekend a success. The house was also decorated beautifully for Christmas."
"Great location with the lake, park & quaint town (shops & restaurants) right there. Sit on the front porch & soak in the beautiful lake view. The BEST breakfasts you will ever have at any B&B. Dave and Brenda are perfect hosts. We'll be back for sure! "
"We love B&B's and this one was awesome. We stayed in the oversized loft which was like having your own apartment. The bed was so comfy but the breakfast was AMAZING! Dave is a culinary genius! Thank you!!"
"If you are looking for a perfect get-away, this is it. A great location right across from the lake and park, with the quaint town (shops & restaurants) right there. The BEST breakfasts you will ever have at any B&B - bar none! Dave and Brenda are absolutely wonderful hosts. We will be back for sure!"
"A perfect place to stay if you want to relax and have easy access to the village. Owners Dave and Brenda were wonderful and the breakfast was amazing! There was nothing I didn't like."
"We had a wonderful time, we will be back & we will tell all our friends. Please enjoy this small hostess gift of flowers as a thank you for opening your home to us!"
"The breakfast was unbelievable. The Lady of the Lake is a beautiful property and the hosts were most accommodating."
"Nice and cozy. Comfortable bed and great breakfast! "
"Dave and Brenda really put a lot of effort in preparing a nice (very big) breakfast. They are kind and welcoming. Bed is very comfortable (we stayed in The Mary)"
"Classic and Cozy Bed & Breakfast"
"The ideal place to stay at the finger lakes. Right by the Skaneateles Lake and very close to the local shops and restaurants. Dave & Brenda are fantastic hosts and can provide you with good tips on what to see in the area. Best breakfast ever!"
"A perfect location in a lovely upscale town in the Finger Lakes. Lots of shopping and great restaurants within walking distance. Best breakfast ever served at Lady of the Lake. Wonderful hosts. Very comfortable and clean. Definitely will return! "
"Quaint bed and breakfast in a very cute town. Loved it."
"We were only there for a short stay, but they were so kind! And the breakfast they made was amazing. Would definitely come back again!"
"Great location and excellent hospitality"
"The breakfast was a gourmet delight- yogurt and granola to start, polenta with honey and raspberries finishing with Mediterranean scrambled eggs and pancakes with maple syrup. Fabulous!"
"Did we ever hit the jackpot! We stayed for two nights celebrating our Anniversary. Brenda and Dave are welcoming and so friendly!! Our room was beautiful! So enjoyed the beautiful porch!! And the location is terrific. But the BEST was the phenomenal breakfasts!!!!! Two and three courses!! Excellent time!!"
"Great Location and Fancy Breakfast"
"Came here with three girlfriends for a girls weekend and had a great time. The nearby restaurants are delicious and there is a fun pub as well. We were sad that there are no boat trips after 10-1 and couldn't see the lake more. The owners are great and make amazing breakfasts. I'm a picky eater but my friends loved the food! They even made me special toast from the local bakery and fruit to accommodate. We rented the loft where there is room for four. The bed is fancy with controls and very comfy. The porch is lovely and lots of special touches. They took ownership in march 2017 so any bad review before that should not count! They were great to work with and have put a lot of time and effort into this beautiful old home. Definitely would return!"
Lady of the Lake: Great Value
"Beautiful home with friendly hosts. Clean, cozy rooms and a short stroll to downtown Skaneateles. Breakfasts were always excellent! Couldn't ask for anything more...Thanks Dave & Brenda!"
"Wonderful B&B! Rooms are cozy, air conditioned and have their own private bathrooms. The proprietors are welcoming and offer great advice. The breakfast is the highlight, healthy and comforting at the same time. Location is ideal and the town is so charming. Can't recommend more!"
Great relaxing vacation
"Breakfast is amazing, owners are wonderful and accommodating. Property is beautiful, close to restaurants and shopping, stunning view of lake. Wouldn't change a thing."
Impecavelmente charmosa / Impeccably Charming
"A casa e impecavel e os proprietarios sao bem atenciosos e cuidadosos com todos os detalhes. Recomendo para quem vier ficar um fim de semana en Fingerlakes. A casa foi recentemente reformada com muito bom gosto."
Engish Translation - "The house is immaculate and the owners are well caring and careful with all the details. I recommend for anyone coming to stay a weekend at Fingerlakes. The house has been recently refurbished with great taste."
"Relaxing and Beautiful"
"I LOVE THES PLACE! Brenda and Dave could not have been more accommodating and welcoming. I came with a friend and they tended to our every need, from assuring just the right temperature in our room, to carrying our bags, to getting special groceries just for us to accommodate our specific diets and tastes. Speaking of the gourmet breakfast, it is to die for! Made with care, attention, expertise. The location is perfect, within steps of Skaneateles Lake and village shopping. The view from our room - The Loft, was gorgeous! Decor is beautiful and wonderfully comfortable. This beautiful and homey place made for just the relaxing and enjoyable stay that my friend and I needed. Thank you Brenda and Dave!"
"We had the most wonderful time staying at this superb bed and breakfast. The owners (Brenda and David) were friendly, knowledgeable about the area, and most gracious hosts. The accommodations and breakfast far exceeded our expectations. We will definitely visit again!!"
"Amazing stay! Can't wait to go back again!!"
"This was a beautiful place to stay!! The owners look at every detail!! The decor is lovely and we loved sitting on the front porch! The bed is very comfortable and can be adjusted, which is a first for me at any lodging I've been to. The owners were helpful and cooked us an amazing gourmet breakfast. Not only was it delicious, but also very plentiful. We are hoping to come back again next summer and are looking forward to staying here again!"
"Wow! What an amazing transformation - all for the positive - that you were able to accomplish in such a short time. We loved everyting. Your attention to detail and cleanliness was noticed and very much appreciated. From the welcoming front porch, updated public areas and heavenly, peacful room - all was great! We are looking forward to our next trip to Skaneateles for another great stay. OOPS - forgot to mention that the breakfasts were outstanding - never had anything so good for breakfast. Wishing you much success."
"We recently stayed at this B & B for a quick getaway with my wife. Dave and Brenda are amazing hosts and run a wonderful establishment. We stayed in "the Mary" with a view of the park and lake. Large, well kept room with a great bathroom and shower. Breakfast is to die for. Dave is innovative and presentation is impressive. We wish them good luck and look forward to future stays."
"Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for a delightful stay at your beautiful place! The room was lovely and comfortable, breakfast was amazing - beautiful and delicious! May God Bless you both as you continue your gift of hospitality!"
"You get an A+ - you won't find a breakfast like this anywhere! Always fresh ingredients, very creative and your presentations are beautiful - Just amazing! And the hospitality is first rate!!"
Lady of the Lake was always a wonderful B&B
"Lady of the Lake was always a wonderful B&B but the new owners have made it a really great place. The decor, ambiance, hospitality and breakfasts were all wonderful. This trip to Skaneateles was magical and one we will really never forget. Looking forward to our next visit. Brenda and Dave are doing a fantastic job."
"Wow, where do I even start... We stayed at the Lady of the Lake this past weekend while in town for a wedding. It was a very last minute reservation after our original was abruptly cancelled. I couldn't be more thankful that we found this place! It is such a beautiful old house in a superb location. Brenda and Dave were absolutely fabulous hosts. I've never felt so comfortable and at home at an inn, b&b, hotel, etc. They were both so friendly and helpful. The breakfast was to DIE FOR! Unbelievably delicious and creative. The room itself (The Stella) was so lovely and cozy, everything we could have desired was at the tip of our fingers from the coffee bar outside the room to the detailed note on how to connect to the wifi, operate the tv... I only wish that we had more time to spend there!"
"This is simply an amazing place - the breakfast was superb, and Loft room was perfect for our pre-honeymoon, with beautiful furnishings, wonderful views of the lake and fantastic hosts that make you feel welcome - we will be back for sure."
"New owners are fabulous and making great updates!
Our plans changed so we needed to book somewhere less than a week in advance. I was sure it would be less than desirable. What a great surprise! David and Brenda are wonderful hosts and have done amazing updates to the B&B in two short months of ownership. The breakfasts are delightful but you need a hearty appetite. The front porch is just so relaxing to sit and rock. We had breakfast on the porch both mornings. I spent an entire afternoon on the porch reading when my husband wasn't feeling well and I enjoyed it as much as any activity we might have done. We will try to make this an annual trip."
"This has to be one of the two best meals I have had in Skaneateles! Your breakfast is incredible! We ate at Moro's Kitchen last evening and had an amazing dinner. This morning we had your breakfast and we want to know if we can take up permanent residence! Truely a 5 star ***** Breakfast. I am never staying in a hotel again!"
"What a wonderful B&B you have. Susie and I really liked that it felt quiet and private yet homey. And all the flowers were beautiful both inside and out! The only thing I can think of is to let people know about where to park when you send a confirmation email. Hope things continue to go well for you and hope to be back some day or recommend you to others!"
"Hello Dave & Brenda, We had a wonderful time at your house. It is very beautiful, very well decorated and very comfortable. The food was delicious! You were very friendly and it was very nice taking to Dave...in Spanish! Skaneateles is a very nice town and the landscape was gorgeous. We hope we can visit you again someday soon."
"I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and have sung your praises to all who would listen. Should my travels bring me to Skaneateles, I will be sure to visit you again. Best regards."
"This classic B&B has it all !! No better location in town...all the shops, eateries, watering holes and park steps away from their wrap around porch loaded with rockers and comfy chairs overlooking the park & lake. This establishment is meticulous loaded with charm - main floor of the B&B has a expanded living room and TV viewing area with ample seating- our bedroom had a remote controlled super comfortable bed with a private bathroom which was freshened up daily. Proprietors Brenda & David are over the top service oriented and get ready for a generous gourmet style breakfast in the mornings that will carry you to dinner. Parking is no problem as their driveway can handle several cars and on street parking is a breeze. Our stay was for a total of 4 nights with this being the first B&B experience for my wife and she loved it. Can't wait to return to the Lady of the Lake B&B for the fall foliage in September/ October."
"Just want to tell you, your breakfast was the BEST we have had since we arrived in the United States! Amazing!"
"Steve and I had a wonderful stay. Your b&b is a the best location in town and very comfortable setting. I especially enjoyed the comfort of the temperpedic bed. Great coffee and wonderful breakfast. Sorry my boyfriend did not try the grits. He is picky and missed out. You and your husband have done a great job updating and run the place very well. I am sure we will be back someday. Until then keep up the great hospitality."
"Hi Dave and Brenda! Thanks so much for a wonderful week! We really loved our stay there and the chance to get to know new people. Thanks for being so hospitable and welcoming! The only suggestion we would make is to actually reduce the amount of food at breakfast. I know, that's hard to believe I just said reduce. But, we felt guilty not eating everything offered (and it was all delicious), but it was just too much, especially 4 days in a row. Other B&B's have asked us to fill out a breakfast choices form the night before. Perhaps something like this would help you budget food better. We really did love our stay. Thanks so much! Best of luck to you in this new venture. Cheryl and Gene"
"Lady of the Lake was the first place I called to inquire about a B&B in Skaneateles. Brenda was kind and thorough in explaining the differences in the 4 rooms. It was across a quiet street from the park, lake, swimming area, pier, and boat. We walked to many shops, restaurants, and museums. In fact we only moved the car to visit relatives in Syracuse! We stayed in "The Mary" which had a very comfortable Tempurpedic queen bed, AC, two recliners and a wall of windows with a park and lake view. The bathroom had a shower and a very large vanity and luxury towels. We absolutely loved the porch with the swing and many wicker chairs-- just right for relaxing with morning coffee or an evening glass of wine! Brenda and Dave, the new owners since April 2017, have made many wonderful updates! They live there as well and could not be more accommodating. You will love them and their gourmet breakfasts! We have already booked a return visit at the end of the summer and will try out "The Loft" which has a king bed and large sitting area. We were happy to find this gem and meet the hard-working owners!"
"We think your place is wonderful and you both are amazing. We would love to come back soon. We enjoyed your company as well! Dinner and a wine tour would be really fun. I will get back in touch with you to set up a date."
"We loved our stay. Your B&B is lovely, but not as lovely as the owners!! We will be back! Get your favorite bottle of wine & we will relax on the cozy porch one night!"
"Thank you for having us. We had a very nice stay and we don't have any constructive criticism. Keep up the good work and hospitality! Breakfast was superb! Bed was very comfortable."
"Came for Graduation weekend and had an amazing time! The B&B has been all redone. We stayed in the loft and never wanted to leave! It's absolutely incredible! The King Canopy bed and furniture are something out of a dream! I would recommend the loft suite to all that want to feel like a King & Queen!"
"If you are looking for a great place, look no further! We enjoyed a glass of wine with the owners Brenda & Dave on the wrap-around porch in the evening and became lifetime friends! Their hospitality goes above and beyond! They made dinner reservations for us....They accepted emergency deliveries for us....etc etc! Just a great all round place with a great couple as hosts! Kudos to Dave & Brenda! We will definitely be back!"
"Although they are new to the business, they are amazing! Three course gourmet breakfasts...I never had anything so good! And the rooms...well, let's just say you cannot go wrong. I thought I had died and gone to heaven with the remote control king bed! I am definitely coming back this fall and I am staying in the Loft!"
"The new hosts Dave & Brenda are an amazing couple. They have redone the house over in style! Very comfortable, great location and awesome breakfasts!"
"Booked early not knowing there were new owners - fantastic weekend! Attended SU Graduation and just had a wonderful stay. The home sits in the center of the village so you cannot find a better location. Just walk out the door and you are in the middle of everything. Also, the breakfasts are pretty amazing!! Soooo much food!!"
"We lucked out by staying here! It's under brand new management and we had a wonderful time! Everything was very pleasant and we would recommend this B&B to anyone that wants to visit Skaneateles. The only bad thing was there was so much food at breakfast we could not eat it all."
"This B&B just opened with new owners! We were some of their first guests and all of us were very impressed. Pros ... Owners were everything you could want from B&B hosts- polite, attentive, helpful, organized, thoughtful, etc. Breakfast food was truly top notch- multiple courses, cooked fresh, all tasted absolutely fantastic. Rooms were spacious and tidy; beds were comfortable; bathrooms were clean and stocked with basic toiletries. Big selection of tea/coffee outside the bedrooms. Located less than a 5 minute walk from the restaurants, shops and lakefront in town. Cons ... Limited parking in the back (not a huge problem, there was usually street parking)."