Toganenwood Estate B&B near Seneca Lake New York
Toganenwood Estate B&B Lyons Seneca Lake Finger Lakes New York Bed and Breakfast Inn Lodgings Accommodations


Host: Betty L. McDonald

Guestrooms: 3

Address: Toganenwood Estate B&B, 265 State Rte. 14, Lyons, New York 14489 USA

Telephone: 315.264.3137

Activities/Attractions: The Village of Lyons is situated midway between Rochester and Syracuse. You have entered the Village when State Routes 14 and 31 intersect - just a few miles north of the NYS Thruway. The town has a population of about 6,200, over 4,000 of which live in the village.

As the Wayne County seat, Lyons is home to the historic Wayne County Courthouse, which has been in use since 1854. The second-floor courtroom retains the original flavor of the building and was used in the trial sequence of the 1986 movie, Lady in White. Because Lyons has retained much of its historic charm, many other landmarks were used in the movie, including the downtown business district, Village Square, and the clock tower of the Methodist Church.

Toganenwood Estate B&B is a perfect spot for a Finger Lakes Honeymoon! We have wine tasting, fine dining, shopping, cruises, fishing, hiking, waterfalls, antique malls, water sports, golf and much, much more:

  • Gateway to the Finger Lakes - 10 minutes
  • 75 Wine Vineyards - 10 to 35 minutes
  • Waterloo Outlet Mall Exit 41 - 10 minutes
  • Fishing in the Back or nearby
  • Canoeing nearby
  • Antique Stores and Crafts - 5 minutes
  • Wonderful Restaurants by the Water - 20 minutes
  • Geneva Opera and Live Bands - 10 minutes

"Thank you so much for all of your hospitality! We had a wonderful stay here at your B&B. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms are so lovely. Thank you for all of the little convenient extras in the room. The bathtub was really neat. We loved Watkins Glen. Nice location - we can visit so many different places from your B&B. The breakfasts were great too - thank you for sticking to our diet for us. It was so nice to visit, learn a bit about the history of your house and share stories. Best Wishes & God Bless."

"This was our first visit to the Finger Lakes. I can't explain how pleased we are that we chose your B&B! The Towar Room is beautiful, every little detail made it romantic and fun. The tub was our favorite and the bathroom was beautiful! I love the history the house has and it was great that you know so much history because we love hearing about that. It made staying here even more enjoyable. You both are very friendly & warm and I can promise we plan on coming again next year!"

"Thank you very much for a very memorable time. I especially enjoyed our many conversations on the phone, where you made it very easy on where to visit, where to dine and many other decisions. We hope to be back in the future."

"You guys were so warm and welcoming. You really made our anniversary stay special. Your every detail from the amazing bath to the fresh flowers will not go unforgotten. We will definitely tell our family and friends about your bed and breakfast. Can't wait to come back!"

"We were your first visitors this afternoon for the B&B tour and we just wanted to let you know that your accommodations were truly breathtaking and we think that people will be blown away when they see what you have done with your B&B. We visited 7 B&B's after yours today and yours was so beautiful because you have so much to offer in not only the gorgeous rooms, but the breathtaking property. Good luck to you in this new adventure and we hope that we may be able to stay next year when the weather is nice so we can take in your truly wonderful property."

"First, thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We have never felt so welcomed anywhere. Your attention to detail and knowledge of this wonderful B&B only added to the warmth and charm. We have decided this is our "Anniversary" place for as long as you are here. So we expect to be coming for many years. We made 2 wonderful new friends and our 5th Anniversary is a memorable one because of your graciousness. Thank you."

"We really enjoyed our stay at the Toganenwood. Thank you for your hospitality and excellent breakfasts. We were particularly impressed that you so quickly accommodated us by adapting your recipes towards our Weight Watchers - with delicious results. The room was beautiful and we really enjoyed the sense of history here and your plans for the property."

"Thanks so much for your generous sharing of information and your pride and stewardship in such a beautiful and historic property. We thoroughly enjoyed your knowledge of the history of your home and the local history (including the peppermint bottles).  We wish you the best of success with your endeavour!"


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"You both are so friendly and very informative regarding area and your beautiful awesome B&B ... May you both be blessed with good health & happiness! We truly enjoyed ourselves! Breakfasts were delicious! We loved the giant pretty room! The "Champaign Bubbler" was so great! Thanks for a wonderful 3 days - We will be back! Everything could not have been better. Alot of relaxing and "Cuddling Time."

"Beautiful accommodations, wonderful breakfast, and friendly gracious hosts - we couldn't have asked for any better. "Best" of luck to you both in your adventure. Thanks for everything - we needed a relaxing evening in the worst way, and this was just what the dr. ordered! Peace."

"Just a wonderful stay. Great bed, magnificent food and fantastic conversation. Thank you for the local history. Your stories are wonderful. I love the property and your vision of it for the future. Breakfast was delightful, keep doing it! Your hard work and dedication to the home are evident. What a comfortable stay. I hope you can retire doing this Betty because it truly seems to be your passion."

"It was truly wonderful to stay at your lovely Estate. You are very good hosts. We enjoyed your company, food and music very much. We were very surprised and excited to end up sipping champagne in a bubble bath at a B&B!! We felt very spoiled. We are already planning on getting our parents up here for their anniversary or birthdays or something. All the Best."

"We enjoyed staying at your bed and breakfast. The room was amazing and the little extra touches were appreciated (chocolates, cheese & crackers, fruit, etc.) The smell of breakfast cooking in the morning was something nice to wake up to - eating it was even more amazing. Thanks for sharing the history of your B&B with us. We will definitely be returning for a longer stay."

"What a wonderful weekend! Everything was fantastic. The rooms were great and the food amazing. Best of all, it was like staying with old friends. You guys are a cute couple with a unique zest for life, and this energy is contagious! Thank you for a memorable anniversary weekend!"

"Great weekend, great food and great accommodations! Thank you."

"Thank you both so much for a relaxing two days. We had a great time. You both try very hard to make things special. You're good people and we're glad to have met you.  Thanks again!"

"Thanks so much for such a wonderful place!"

"A lovely spot - good luck with your B&B!"

General Information: Welcome to Toganenwood Estate B&B ... a romantic Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast with private baths near Seneca Lake, New York. We are located on a 4.6 acre park-like setting known as "Toganenwood Estate" with water frontage along the Canandaigua Outlet  which flows into the Erie Canal just minutes from the north shore of Seneca Lake, the deepest of the Finger Lakes.

Our 1832 waterfront Greek revival home is reflective of its original style, featuring high ceilings, chandeliers, inlayed hard wood floors, antique stair step radiator, 1800's pump organ and much, much more. Amenities include:

  • newly renovated bedrooms
  • large private bathrooms
  • fireplaces
  • air conditioners
  • claw foot tubs with champagne bubblers (a "hot springs" experience in two of the rooms - jacuzzi)
  • the house features a touch of European and 18th Century decor throughout
  • computer room for your convenience
  • fresh cut flowers
  • refrigerator with bottled water
  • microwave
  • hair dryer

The Towar Room is our largest room (19 x 19 plus 3x7 closet) and has a view of the sunrise.  It has a large private bathroom with 2 pedestal sinks and a double shower.

The Ennis Room is the second largest room (14x18 plus 3x7 closet) and it also boasts a claw foot tub with champagne air bubbler (a "hot springs" experience in your very own room - jacuzzi), a romantic fireplace and air conditioner.

The Gansz Room is the third room which was the servant’s quarters back in the 1800s ... quaint and unique all rolled into one. Everyone who sees this room, just loves it!

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).

$175-245/night (Discounted for stays of 2 nights and longer).

Full gourmet breakfast included.

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"Thank you for giving us a truly enjoyable romantic week-end away from home & kids. Your rooms are gorgeous and you took such great care of all the little details to make it a wonderful time for us. I must say, that the breakfast was scrumptious. You should do a cook book! Thank you Betty & Brian on making reservations for us for dinner. Your tips were right on! Also, thank you for the conversations. We enjoyed them with many laughs. You both are great hosts and we wish you many years of success. We definitely will be returning and spreading the word. Thank you again."

"Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. More than just a B&B, we felt like we were staying with friends. We really enjoyed walking the grounds and taking in the beauty of the area! The breakfast was amazing and so was the room! The fireplace and jacuzzi were very romantic! We're already looking forward to coming back again for our next stay. Warm wishes."

"This was our first time at a B&B. I would tell everyone to go to one instead of a regular hotel. It's so much more quiet and relaxing. It was just what we needed. After 25 years it was great just to be alone - no kids! :) We really enjoyed our Anniversary. Good Luck with this place. Thanks again."

"Thanks for a great stay! We felt like royalty in the Towar room! Take Care."

"Come here to change your mood, take some time to rest and go back to important matters. The rooms are great and the decorations are pretty. All around you have all these flowers, get waken up by some birds, which never happens in New York and enjoy the great breakfast and share your ideas with the two masters of the house. It was a great time."

"Thank you for helping to make our anniversary so special! Your attention to detail and gracious hospitality are a blessing :) In fact, the only downside to our stay is that now we are spoiled ... so we look forward to returning to be spoiled again! God Bless."

"We had a wonderful overnight stay. Next time we will make it longer. Beautiful room and lovely breakfast. What a splendid setting."

"Thank you for letting us stay. We felt right at home. Everything was wonderful. We enjoyed every minute of it. We enjoyed talking to you and we will take these memories with us for the rest of our life. You have a wonderful home. We wish you the best with your new adventure and good luck with everything else. We will be back. :) ...  We had a great weekend and I don't think we will ever forget the Toganenwood Estate. Thanks for opening your amazing home to us."

"We had a wonderful Time! It was the perfect place to come back to after a day of wine tasting and the breakfast was delicious - thank you for the recipes! We will be back! :)"

"Thank you for making our first B&B experience so enjoyable. We will definitely be back, when we can stay longer."