Our stay at the Starkey House in May of 2021 was a nice retreat. We stayed in the Veranda Room, with a walkout to a covered porch overlooking Seneca Lake. Cathy was very welcoming and provided my wife and me with a clean room that met our expectations during our stay. The hearty breakfasts made with local products were delicious--even the coffee came from a local market. Cathy’s suggestions for local dining and best wineries were very helpful. Dundee is a convenient spot to call home for 2 nights while visiting Seneca, Cayuga and Keuka Lakes. We recommend checking out Starkey House for future visits.
We were on a road trip and ended up in Watkins Glen late in the afternoon. Calling around for an inn we found this gem not far out of the town. The place was very quiet and relaxing. Innkeeper was very nice and turned us on to a great local place to eat in Himrod only a short distance from the inn. Would never have found the Himrod Eagle restaurant without her help. Breakfast was awesome. If I get back that way again, will definately want to stay there.
My boyfriend and I just finished a long weekend at Starkey. Cathy was an amazing host in such a beautiful location. We loved our stay. The room was beautiful and very private. Breakfast was delicious! Cathy was able to give us many recommendations, especially our YUMMY dinner at Ports Cafe. We are already planning our trip back!
The breakfast was great and the rest of our 3 day stay was average at best. The owner/manager was not very responsive to questions by email and phone. There was no common or lounge area (only our room) and breakfast was only served outside on the porch. Overall it lacked that happy atmosphere and was not very well kept.
This is a well maintained, large house with room for just a few guests. The hostess is very responsive and communicates well by text. The breakfasts she prepares with love are absolutely delicious and filling. Quiche, fresh blackberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, and more... with daily devotion. Coffee is fresh and strong, as I like it. The bacon is just right, crispy. Our room, upstairs had ample private porch space. The bed was super comfortable. The view is a stretch to see much of the lake, but country evening air is appreciated. Air conditioning is good, as is wifi. We ordered the cheese and fruit plate, and did not want it after all. Hostess was not able to take it off our tab, but packed us a nice fresh collection to go. The assistant who helps with breakfast was also nice, and has two adorable donkeys(?) just up the way, which we enjoyed visiting and feeding carrots. No apparent nearby access to the lake for swimming, but we were happy to drive around and had three beautiful days exploring the area (Corning Glass Museum, Ithaca, Lake Seneca views from Watkins Glen). The hostess was super conscious of Corona rules, as were the guests.…