the peace & quiet
From its genesis in 1793 Cazenovia was dominated by one extended family, the Lincklaen/Ledyards, who oversaw the development of the community, helped it to maturity, and spearheaded its evolution into an Anglicized rural summer retreat for the urban elite.” (Upland Idyll)
Lamburtus Wolters Ledyard (1836-1897) was the youngest of five sons and one daughter born to Jonathan Denise and Jane Strawbridge Ledyard, and the grandson of Cazenovia’s founder, John Lincklaen. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1861, Wolters returned to his beloved Cazenovia and quickly became much involved in village affairs. In 1874, at the height of the industrial revolution and the coming of railroads to Cazenovia, Wolters designed and built the Queen Anne–style house he named Fernwood Farm just south of the village. Here he raised blooded Guernsey cattle, the first such herd in this country. As Wolters Ledyard built his prize herd of Guernsey cattle he periodically traveled to the Isle of Guernsey off the coast of France to purchase stock. In 1883 it was reported that Wolters purchased “twenty eight head of Guernsey cattle to add to his already fine herd.” When not overseeing the operations of Fernwood Farm and a second property on East Lake Road, which he named Glenwood Farm, Wolters’ leisure time was often spent on Cazenovia Lake. His first sloop, christened the Imp, came to an untimely end following a sailing accident in which two persons drowned. Ledyard scuttled the Imp into the lake and by 1868 a new and larger sloop, christened the Caprice, was moored alongside Wolters’ new boathouse. While the history remains intact, unfortunately the same cannot be said for Fernwood Farm. Falling into severe disrepair, a descendant of the Ledyard family and her father, spent years bringing Fernwood Farm back to the fashionable lady she once was. An untimely death stopped the renovations and necessitated the sale of Fernwood Farm that Ginny and Howard purchased in March 2015. A single-family home since 1874, Fernwood Farm has begun her second life as a country bed and breakfast. Situated on six and a half acres of land, her transformation is complete, with four en suite guest rooms. Fernwood Farm is ready to welcome guests for many seasons to come!
4023 Rippleton Road (13S) Cazenovia, New York 13035 315-815-4125
- Full breakfast service each morning
- Full house generator
- HD flat screen television
- Wireless internet
- Clock radio
- Private bathrooms
- State-of-the-art water purification system
- Hand-held hair dryers
- Iron and ironing board
- Designer mattresses and bedding
- Complimentary toiletries designed for Fernwood Farm
- Complimentary coffee/tea available all day
- Refrigerator and water cooler (with hot and cold water) available to guests
- Brochures and maps of area attractions
- Local restaurant menus
- In-house massages for guests are available upon request
- Ample parking
- In-ground pool (May – September)
- As we like to meet and greet our guests, check-in: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Late check-ins require notification.)
- Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
- Rates for the L.W. Ledyard Suite, English and Glenwood rooms are based on double occupancy, which includes lodging and full breakfast.
- Rate for the Caprice room is based on single occupancy and includes lodging and full breakfast.
- For a second person in the Caprice room, add $15 per night.
- Reservations require a $50, per night/per room deposit. The balance is due upon check-in.
- Major credit cards are required for deposits.
- With 14 days or less notice, non-arrival, or early departure, the guest will forfeit their deposit.
- A $25 processing charge will be applied to all cancellations.
- Your final bill will include a 12% New York State hospitality/room tax.
- Some weekends may require a 2-night minimum.
- Fernwood Farm is appropriate for well-behaved children above the age of 12.
- We cannot accommodate pets.
- Fernwood Farm is a SMOKE-FREE property.
- Fernwood Farm is not responsible for any loss or damage sustained by guests during their stay.
- The in-ground pool at Fernwood Farm is “ swim at your own risk”.
We offer our guests a traditional breakfast each morning at a time designated by you. Hearty country-style breakfasts, cooked- to-order, feature juice, homemade muffins and sweet breads; eggs, and omelets with fresh vegetables (in season) grown on the premises; toast, individual hash brown casseroles, with your choice of sausage, bacon or Canadian bacon. Pancakes, Belgium waffles, French toast with real New York State syrup and fresh-brewed coffee/tea round out the menu. Seasonal fresh fruit will also be served with a choice of several different juices. Light fare (hot & cold cereals), gluten free, vegan and/or special dietary options are also available. Please don’t hesitate to ask!