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Travis Durfee

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

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

Sleeps17
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Watkins Glen House Rental Photos and Description

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!

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Travis Durfee (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

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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Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)
Madison Guest House: Modern, Spacious Accommodations-Downtown Watkins Glen
average rating of 4.55 based on 21 reviews
5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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syracuse, NY
5

Great place close to town.

  • 5 of 5

Travis (owner) was very helpful when I had a few issues come up in the 5 months before the day of stay. He gets back to you quickly and is accommodating. We rented the entire house (both sides) and it was like staying at home. He had towels for everyone and everything. The beds were all very comfortable as were the pillows. The small part of the house has two bedrooms one is a loft. On the otherside it has 3 bedrooms. Couches and chairs in both, two porches with chairs.

Continential breakfast was bagels, fresh fruit coffee and oj. The house has everything a regular house would have, which was so nice. It is walking distance to food and shopping.

I highly recommend staying here for any event!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, Kelly! We strive to provide a great experience for our guests. And we strive to keep the kind of home we would choose to stay in with our family and friends. Glad you enjoyed it. Come back and see us again some time!
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4

A wonderful place to enjoy family and friends.

  • 4 of 5

Nicely located and and comfortable property. Anyone looking to spend a few days or a couple of weeks even would be very comfortable here. While there we toured a couple of the wineries and breweries along the lake and found the whole experience wonderful. The owner assisted nicely with suggestions and answers to our questions . Eat in our eat out, nicely set up kitchen and barbecue area as well. If you're heading to the Glen enjoy your stay at the Madison Guest house.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey, Don! Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We very much appreciate the kind words. Ashley and I take pride in providing the kind of space we would expect to relax in with our family and friends. Hope to you and yours again sometime!
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Tarpon Springs, FL
4

A Great place to stay in a Great town

  • 4 of 5

We needed room for 8 adults and Madison Guest House worked perfect. This was our 4th year coming to Watkins Glen, but this was the first time we stayed in town as we always rented up on the lake in the past. Being in town was an added benefit to our stay, as it was very convenient to be able to walk into down town every evening. This property also a lot more closer to Watkins Glen Race track, which was the purpose of our visit. Travis was easy to work with and met us at the property at check in to make sure everything met our expectations. A great property , in a great town , with a great race track.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Elmira-Corning
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
I-86
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.

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Rates & Availability

Watkins Glen House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
2016 Season
Apr 1 2016 - Dec 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
$125
From
$150
Fri,Sat
$2,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$100
From
$125
Fri,Sat
$700
$2,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Watkins Glen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , downstairs
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , downstairs, non-coin operated laundry
  • All linens provided
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , two closets
    Bedroom - 1 king , closet
    Bedroom - 1 queen , closet
    Bedroom - 1 queen , closet
    Living room 1 - 1 queen , Sleeper sofa
    Living Room 2 - 1 queen , Sleeper sofa
    Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , closet
  • All linens provided for sleeping and bathing.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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