2022 Season

Thornton Wilder said “When you are safe at home you wish you were having an adventure.  When you are having an adventure, you wish you were safe at home.”   No matter where you are from, when you spend a few relaxing days with us in the Finger Lakes you feel like you are safe at home with a little adventure. Nestled between the Cayuga and Seneca Lake Wine Trails, Ovid is within 20 minutes of adventures like hiking in beautiful gorges at Watkins Glen, Hector and Ithaca’s Taughannock Falls. You can kayak the Erie Canal, Lodi Point State Park or Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.  You can experience history at the Women’s Rights National Park, the Memorial Day Museum, and International Motor Racing Research Center.

The Finger Lakes wine region is host to more than 120 wineries. The “Wine Down” experience is especially important to us.  We partner with our favorites to provide you with tasting coupons and personalized tours.  We have our favorite Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Rose waiting for you when you walk through the doors of Tillinghast Manor.  Our goal is for you leave your cares behind and “chill-lax”.  You can sit on our patio around the fire enjoying your favorite “adult beverage” and watch the Amish Buggies clatter down Main Street.

Mike and Jean purchased the Manor in 2017 and updated the 6,000 sq ft Italianate.  As a business traveler, Jean stayed in hotels and BNBs across the country.  With the vacation traveler in mind, we created the property as a Bed & Brunch, a unique concept. Many BNBs serve breakfast during a regimented time to allow for quick turnover of rooms.  Our philosophy is when you are on vacation, sleeping in is a much-needed pleasure.  Prior to the pandemic, to accommodate late risers we served Brunch on your schedule with late check out for additional fee.  We are waving the additional fee and serving a four course Brunch at your convenience either in your room, in one of our two dining areas or on our patio.  We truly serve fresh seasonal ingredients as Jean is a Master Gardener, and we have our own gardens. We also source Amish and Mennonite products. We love to have guests enjoy the special experience of coming with us to the weekly Amish Produce Auction and Sauder’s Mennonite Market.

Having a wonderful vacation and adventures is not our only concern.  As it has been for the past two years, your health and safety are our priority.  At the start of the pandemic, we developed our “promise to you” a plan for ensuring our rooms are clean and disinfected. We will continue this promise and additionally provide masks and hand sanitizers in each room.  We continue to follow the development of variants and what is required of us by New York State COVID guidelines and any updates in 2022.

What people are saying about our B&B

“Thanks” is hardly adequate to show our appreciation for your gracious hospitality.  You welcomed us into your home as friends and treated us like royalty.  We are so grateful for your excellent advice on things to see and do while in the area as well as the sumptuous breakfasts.  We will never forget the joyful time we spent in your home reconnecting with long time friends and finding new friends in you.  (Susan & John)

Our stay with you was as much more than we could have expected.  The touches in both rooms of love and anniversary, wishes, the delightful and unexpected upgrade to our amazing suite….  The breakfasts were delicious and so well done. We loved that it was mostly home grown! I could go on and on but let me just say Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  (Joan & Herb)

Thank you so much for your hospitality during our stay here! The Manor is gorgeous, and all of your little touches you left for us made our stay so special – not to mention the decadent breakfasts! This place made our honeymoon memorable, and we will definitely give you all a Five star review.  (Katie & Bill)

The best stay we’ve had in Upstate! We stayed in the Roosevelt suite. Jean decorated the room for my husband’s birthday and even had a chilled bottle of wine and “old man” beer from local places waiting in our room. The entire house is just beautiful, and our room(s) were no exception. The bed was extremely comfortable. The en-suite bathroom was perfect. We had planned a fancy dinner out but after a busy day of exploring and tasting, we decided to order a pizza in and watched a movie in our private lounge across the hallway from our room. They hosted a bonfire on the patio, and I wish we weren’t too tired to join. A truly perfect respite for these two working parents. Would recommend to anyone. Thank you!!!