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Reviewed 12 October 2013

I recently spent two wonderful evenings with three friends at the Savanna House. Sight unseen, our choice was made as a result of the wonderful reviews, pictures, and its location midway on the west shore of Seneca Lake. Prior to our weekend, I had some very friendly and humorous phone conversations with Pat. When we arrived the evening of October 4th, our expectations were exceeded! Brenda greeted us with such a warm welcome, we felt as if we were seeing an old friend after years of being apart. That bond continued to grow throughout the weekend. Our rooms were just as described. They had a southern warmth about them, were tastefully decorated, and homey. Everything was immaculate. The bed was very comfortable, and the towels were sooo soft! Part of it's charm is in it's simplicity. If you forget your hairdryer or shampoo, all you need to do is ask. We borrowed some wine glasses and eating utensils and promptly settled in for an evening happy hour. Saturday ended with sitting by the fire pit and having a wonderful conversation with Brenda. What more can you ask for? When we left on Sunday, there were hugs all around. I truly felt as if we had new friends in Brenda and Pat. As a matter fact, I'm already in conversation with Pat to book another weekend. And if he has the time, I get to benefit from his great sense of humor. Can't wait to go back! Thanks for everything. Peggy

Room Tip: Though we didn't stay in the suite, we had an opportunity to view it. It was lovely. We were in rooms three and four ... very close to the coffee! All rooms are equally beautiful.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

We often get womens groups because the motel seems a good fit for them for many reasons. Your group was one of the nicest and friendliest of all. Brenda often commented on her gettogethers with all of you, and in fact still talks about it. You all were a joy to get to know, and we're delighted to be seeing you again very soon. Thanks for sharing your experience and your good humor. See you soon.

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We stayed here two nights in October 2013 and our experience was absolutely amazing! Pat and Brenda have an excellent place here-- Brenda is the sweetest woman and made us feel right at home! They were very friendly and easy to work with. Our room was cute, comfortable and clean, and everything we needed was provided. They even had a bonfire at night, with chairs looking out over the lake. The location is great, right along the main road and close to lots of wineries. We will definitely be back again and will recommend The Savannah House Inn to everyone!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

Thank you for your very, very nice comments and your visit. You're such a pleasure to have stay with us, and you bring out the best in us. We hope you visit often.

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Reviewed 4 October 2013

5 Stars is not high enough. We were a group of 16 family members (ages 11 to 80 years old) divided into 7 units. Our rooms were exceptional. They were immaculately clean and decorated like I have never seen before, including a neat little simulated fireplace. We have never seen motels/hotels decorated so really homey, even 5 star places. The owners/managers (Pat and Brenda) really made us feel welcome and at home. They provided us with a place on the lawn for a 27 foot travel trailer that we use as a "chuck wagon" to cook and serve family breakfasts and dinners, which are a highlight of our time together as a family. Brenda had several tables for us already decorated with candles and table cloths, close to a large fire pit and charcoal grill for our use.(I might add that they also provided the wood and charcoal). The view from this setting was beautiful which included lake Seneca and the surrounding country side. Do we collectively recommend Savannah House.......ABSOLUTELY. Will we come back.......my group are already asking me what is the date for next year, they can't wait.
Jimmy Harding (the old man)

Room Tip: all 8 were perfect
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank James H
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

This was one of the most wonderful groups to ever stay with us. Everyone was great to deal with, and very appreciative of whatever we could do for them. They also contributed to the enjoyment of our other guests each evening. There stay was longer than most, which gave us the opportunity to get to know them much better. When they departed, they left quite a void - much like seeing family leave. We are looking forward to their return next fall. Thank you for a wonderful review.

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed in early September. The published photos of the refurbished rooms do them justice. It's an old property that Pat and Brenda have worked hard to update. There are windows at the front (toward the main road) and back toward Seneca Lake. There are lots of comfy chairs in which to relax and enjoy the view and the wine purchased that day. There was a small fridge and a microwave in the room.

The owners were, as other reviewers mention, very helpful. We arrived with our bicycles and Pat recommended a route around Lake Keuka, starting in Hammondsport, rather than the very busy US 14, even though it's advertised as a cycling route. He even printed a downloaded map for us He steered us to the two wineries near his property; they were the last wineries we visited in the area, and we enjoyed our tastings there far more than any of the others on Lake Seneca. . Brenda was equally friendly and helpful, loaning us a couple of wine glasses. Even though the inn is on the main route between Watkins Glen and Geneva, it was quite quiet through the night; only the odd truck making its way up the grade. The bed was comfortable, and we were very glad that the cooling unit had not yet been replaced with the heater, as th e daytime temperature exceeded 90 degrees F.

What makes this just an "average" in our estimation? 1. Location. We had a significant drive to anywhere. If you don't want to drive 10 minutes for breakfast, you might want to bring along some muffins and fruit. 2. Price. I would not have wanted to pay full price for this; the "third night free" on a mid-week special made it acceptable. The area, generally seems to be over-priced. 3. It's still an inn, not a B&B, even though the description and some reviews refer to the feel of a B&B.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

This is an honest review despite the lower rating. We enjoyed having these guests stay with us. They were very enthused about the area and actively sought to enjoy what it has to offer. Judging from their final comments, cost was a major concern. Our rates happen to be somewhere in the middle for the area, which is reasonable, and many guests take advantage of our midweek special as these guests did - the end result being that for 3 days, the rate is substantially lower than the competition. Midweek is also a great time to visit because there are fewer people on the Wine Trail, and guests get a lot more attention at the places they visit. We explain to people that this is a motel with rooms that are designed and 'feel' like B&B type rooms - not the normal motel linens and decorations. At the same time they offer privacy with private entrances and private baths - the best of both worlds. We provide complementary fresh ground gourmet coffee and tea each morning, and many who want breakfast go to a nearby [8 minutes] diner, where cost is about $6 or $7 a person. Our guests rave about this diner - probably the best in the Finger Lakes. One of the attractions to this area is that it is a low cost of living area. There are a few places that are "expensive", but they are a small minority. As for traveling distances, one of the most common comments by our guests is that they chose us because we are so centrally located to the wineries, especially the best wineries, and the various towns and attractions they wish to explore. In order to help our guests save money, we provide a complementary Wine Trail Card - good for free wine tastings and discounts on wine and other purchases. On average, our guests save about $50 - $100/day. We appreciate this guest's comments.

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We booked the wildflower ,but not anything that we expected! The TRAILER, was clean well equipped kitchen. That was about it, they didn't say it sits behind a 200 yr old abandoned home with broken windows. The trailer had over grown brushes , rotted railing , the sun porch light disconnected ,so no light to see to get into Trailer. Which by the way has a lean to it ! The kitchen had burned out lights and ants in the sink. The main bedroom was decorated nicely ,but the mattress was old and sunk in the middle. The dehumidifier was vented out the wall ,which you could see outside thru the cut out. The bedroom door did not close because it was split. The second bedroom had a double bed that was a mattress on a spring that fell in the center . Only way to get in was climb on bed . Not suitable for even kids. The bathroom was clean but old. The shower head had rust on it , and someone's used shower gel hanging , the shower door had rust on it and could use some clean caulk. The exterior doors are not secure, one push and you could easily push in. So after a sleepless night we packed up and found somewhere else to stay. When calling the owner they said sorry, but NEVER offered to refund any part of our $520. Think twice if you want to stay here !

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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PHoke, Owner at The Savannah House Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

This guest's comments came as a bit of a surprise. To begin with, at the time of reservation he was advised that the cottage shared a large property with our 200 yr old historic mansion, which is also on the National Historic Register, and a home we plan to restore and live in. Recently a tornado touched down about 100yds from this home and caused a couple of windows to break. Of 52 windows, 2 had a few panes broken. People routinely ask if we will sell the house, or they assk for tours. The cottage sits on a magnificent property overlooking the lake, with much privacy and beauty. It was completely redone and updated 2 years ago. It has a modern eat in kitchen with new appliances - and a modern full bath. All the doors lock and have new door locks. When they are closed and locked, they do not open. There are quite a few photos of the cottage, in and out, including the master bedroom and the bathroom. This cottage has rented nearly every week the past 2 years, and rountinely receives rave reviews - written and oral. A couple of guests have felt otherwise, and it was obvious that this was not their type of place. If there are some concerns in the bath, we will gladly address them. We agree that one large shrub by the sun porch needs to be trimmed a bit. It has been allowed to grow to a point that it provides shade from the sun on the south side in summer, and privacy year around.

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