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Madison Guest House: Modern, Spacious Accommodations-Downtown Watkins Glen

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

5 Beds, 3 Baths, Sleeps 17

Our modern, spacious accommodations include hardwood floors, central air, and all the comforts of home. The completely furnished guest house offers a variety of accommodations and can sleep up to 17. Our guest house has other suites available. A note to travelers with mobility concerns: several steps lead up to the house from the street. Please contact us for details.

Suites at the Madison Guest House include multiple baths, full kitchens, dining and living areas, as well as private porches with BBQ grills. All are yours to enjoy in complete privacy. Guests are offered a continental breakfast with specialty breads and muffins or bagels and fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Bottled home-brewed beer from the owner's kettle is available upon request!

Property Manager
Travis Durfee
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 February, 2017

About Travis Durfee

I am an author-educator who lives in the Finger Lakes Region raising my beautiful children with an even more beautiful wife. We live minutes from the Guest House and I teach in Watkins Glen. We take pride in our property and are responsive to any of our renters' needs as we try to accommodate the space and privacy our clients seek on getaways. Since we are local, we deal with our guests directly – from key exchanges, to cleaning, to repairs, and anything in between. All of our properties are fully furnished and have all the amenities of home. Stay awhile, won't you?

Travis Durfee purchased this house in 2008

What makes this house unique

The Guest House is a great big space for family and friends reunions in the heart of the Finger Lakes. We can sleep 17 with great privacy on a quiet one-way street. Multiple bathrooms and all the comforts of home.

Guestbook comments from the manager

I will try to sum this up: quiet, clean, full kitchen, BBQ on patio, 2 bathrooms..yes 2 bathrooms!!!, too many TV channels to watch and get this- full size laundry machines!!! Oh and I forgot, in the middle of Watkins Glen... All restaurants within short walk... the Glen itself is about a 2.5 minute walk. Owner answers the phone every time on first few rings... I have stayed here a few times so this is why I know this to be true. I could go on... coffee machine..microwave...full size fridge... starting to get the picture??? My Fiance Irina loves it here too!!! For us, this is the only place to stay in Watkins Glen...oh ps the racetrack is a short drive up the hill for you racers and fans alike... Enjoy!!!
Jan 2014
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

Madison Guest House: Modern, Spacious Accommodations-Downtown Watkins Glen
average rating of 4.5652175 based on 24 reviews

Wedding weekend in Watkins Glen

  • 5 of 5

The Madison guest house was everything we expected from previous reviews we had read. Travis was incredibly easy to work with and while we didn't need to contact him during our stay, he made himself readily available if there was anything we needed during our wedding weekend. Accommodations were comfortable and all necessary amenities were provided. Breakfast foods were provided and came in handy for everyone. I only wish there was a slightly larger yard but we still managed to use the only flat space out front to play cornhole. Overall, it was an amazing weekend that my new wife Nancy and I will never forget. Thanks Travis!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Property

  • 4 of 5

Pros: The owner Travis is very responsive and an easy person with whom to deal. I believe he would do anything to try to make your stay comfortable. The property is only two blocks from the Watkins Glen gorge hike and the same from main street. We walked to all restaurants and the harbor of Seneca Lake. It was very convenient! It can also accommodate comfortably a large number of people.

The house is "rustic" but charming. My main complaint would be that the kitchen has no dish washer, and I do not like washing dishes by hand. There is the issue also of how the dishes were washed by the previous tenants. The upstairs bathrooms require a small step up or down. I would not recommend this unit for people with ambulatory issues. The steps up to the house are also fairly steep.

If you do not mind the lack of a dish washer, this is a great place for family or group reunions.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

"I had a very positive experience staying at the Madison Guest House. The owner was very friendly and willing to answer my many questions before and after booking.

The house is right in the heart of Watkins Glen and is walking distance to shops, restaurants and the state park.

The house was fully stocked with clean sheets, pillows, and plenty of towels and washcloths. The owner also put plenty of breakfast food: oatmeal, coffee, cream, orange juice, eggs, bagels and cream cheese, etc. into the house prior to our arrival.

Overall, the house was extremely clean, cute and cozy and has the ability to accommodate large and small groups.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in spending time in Watkins Glen!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Response and Service

  • 5 of 5

In planning for my daughter’s graduation I made reservations at the Madison Guest House in January. Originally, I was looking at the 3 bedroom suite but ending up booking the 2 bedroom suite as the 3 bedroom was not available. The owner (Travis) was very accommodating, was quick to respond to all of my emails and agreed to allow us to add a few extra people if need be and even advised he would adjust the nightly fee based on how many people would be staying on different nights. Unfortunately, I had to cancel the reservation. Again, Travis was quick to respond and almost immediately processed my deposit for return. Going forward, if our travels ever include a visit to Watkins Glen, I will definitely reach out to Travis and plan a stay at the Madison Guest House.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Spot for a Weekend in Wine Country

  • 5 of 5

I was drawn to the Madison Guest House when I started looking at places to stay in Watkins Glen almost immediately. The reviews were amazing and after staying there this weekend I would have to agree 100%. I had a group of 11 to accommodate -- a difficult task. The house was fantastic and was in a perfect location within walking distance of a number of bars and restaurants. The house was clean and spacious with more than enough room. Each of us had super comfortable beds to sleep in at a seriously affordable rate. Another huge pro for 11 women? Several bathrooms that made it a breeze to shower and get ready for our weekend on the lake.

Travis, the owner, was incredibly easy to get in touch with and answered every question I had leading up to our stay. He and his family also has the fridges on both side stocked with breakfast foods and drinks... One less thing we had to worry about.

Without a doubt, staying here was one of the best decisions we made and when the time comes to head back to Watkins Glen in the future I will make sure the Madison Guest House is available for the trip.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, shucks... you make the innkeeper blush! Thanks for the kind words. We're a Golden Rule establishment; we treat our guests as we would hope to be treated when traveling. Thanks for recognizing our efforts! Here's to hosting you and your crew the next time around... -Travis
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Memorial Day Weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had a college graduation so we were a total of 10 people staying at the house. It is spacious, clean, in a nice location and close to Main Street. Travis is a very nice host & left us breakfast supplies which was greatly appreciated! The beds were a bit soft for some of the older people but everything else was perfect!

Thank you Travis.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
...too many to list
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Captain Bill's
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Watkins Glen Country Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Finger Lakes Railway
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
...again, too many to list
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Greek Peak
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Clute Park
Car: recommended

The Guest House is conveniently located in the heart of historic Watkins Glen, one block from the start/finish line of the original Grand Prix Track and within walking distance of Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen State Park, restaurants, antique/novelty shops, miniature golf course, board walk, Racing Museum, movie theater, children's parks, and wine tasting. Centered on the Finger Lakes and Seneca Lake Wine Trails, we are also minutes from the famous hiking and biking trails of the Finger Lakes and Sugar Hill Forests and Watkins Glen International Speedway. Elmira, Corning, and Ithaca museums, colleges and culture are a short drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 12.0%

We can accommodate individual travelers or groups as large as seventeen. As such we offer a variety of rates to best meet our guests' needs. Please call or email for clarification about rates and availability.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Watkins Glen in Finger Lakes

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • lake
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , downstairs
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , downstairs, non-coin operated laundry
  • All linens provided
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , two closets
    Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , closet
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , closet
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , closet
    Living room 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Sleeper sofa
    Living Room 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Sleeper sofa
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , closet
  • All linens provided for sleeping and bathing.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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