We stayed here for two nights immediately after our wedding, and it was indeed outstanding in every way. Cindy and Jim are gracious and meticulous hosts, the house is beautiful, the grounds are beautiful and peaceful, and the food is delicious. We hope to return.
Cindy opened the door to welcome us, even before we could knock. She showed us our beautiful and very clean room, and asked us when we'd like our night-time dessert and breakfast. Did we have any special requests? Ah, then we read by the pond, listening to the birds and fountain, and ate a picnic supper we'd packed at a bar table next to the pond. The flowers and lawn were absolutely beautiful. Cindy couldn't have been kinder and the dessert and breakfast couldn't have been tastier. Such a fluffy omelet with 3 cheeses! Jim told us about building their log home. I wish we could have stayed another night.
In July, 2014, my wife and I found this extraordinary inn on the Internet. Our one-night stay was delightful, our hosts Jim & Cindy so gracious and accommodating. I was prepared to write a
I came stressed and anxious and as I sat by the pond, quickly felt my blood pressure decline and a sense of peace take over that stayed all weekend. What could be better than that?
We found Mary Helen's on the Internet, loved the reviews and pictures, and made the choice to stay. We could not have been more pleased. This is a picture- perfect setting with a meticulously maintained inn and gardens, hosted by Cindy and Jim who go way beyond expectations to make guests comfortable and satisfied. You will love it!
My wife and I shared a relaxing and enjoyable experience at Mary Helen's Bed and breakfast. Jim and Cindy are very gracious hosts and maintain the cleanest, most attractive property we've ever had the pleasure to experience. The grounds are very scenic and meticulously groomed. The pond with the fountain provides a very restful setting. The overall experience made for a very special anniversary. We are looking forward to a return visit very soon.
We stayed at this B&B for a week and loved it! The rooms were spacious and very clean and the grounds were gorgeous, loved the pond. The food was absolutely delicious, loved all the little special touches. Jim and Cindy are perfect hosts who go out of their way to provide a wonderful get away. I am sure we will be back to visit again.
My boyfriend surprised me with a weekend get away to this gorgeous bed and breakfast. Everything was perfect: views from the room, the food, the service you got. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a relaxing time away with a beautiful atmosphere.
My husband and I NEVER give anything a ten allowing room for betterment, but we had to make an exception this weekend. Mary Helen's B&B got a perfect 10 from both of us (and we frequent b&b's several times a year). The setting was great, the room was great and the inn keepers were very hospitable. It was a joy talking with them and we had a wonderful breakfast. Can't wait to return.
We have been to 66 B&B's across the country. Some had beautiful scenery, gourmet meals, clean/comfortable rooms/beds, or gracious hosts. But for one place to "have it all" is hard to find. WE FOUND IT at Mary Helen's! After reading the other reviews, I can't add many more superlative adjectives than already mentioned. Suffice it to say that we have never stayed at a B&B more than once, and we are planning on going back to Mary Helen's next month!
My husband and I stayed at Mary Helen's for a long weekend away. It was our first experience with a bed and breakfast, and I can tell you now, that the bar has been set very high. Jim and Cindy were wonderful hosts! The breakfasts were amazing (my husband especially loved the omelette), their home was beautiful inside and out, and the little touches made us feel cared for! We can't wait for our family and friends to experience Mary Helen's, and we're looking forward to going back to try the fine dining in the evening! Jim and Cindy, thank you so much for a wonderful weekend! Blessings to you both!!
We have been to well over 20 B&B's all over the country and this is by far the most beautiful one we have ever stayed. The beautiful pictures of the grounds on the web site do it no justice and the house and rooms are just as wonderful. Cindy and Jim could not have been more accomodating and anticipated needs we didn't even know we had. If you are looking for a touristy stay with lots of gift shops and activities, this is probably not for you. If you want a relaxing, romantic, private getaway where you are thoroughly spoiled, this is the place. All for little more than it costs to stay at the place where they "leave the light on for you". Jim & Cindy........expect us back soon.....
Jim & Cindy are so warm and inviting-they made us feel like family. It was by far the best Bed & Breakfast we have stayed at. The food is so scrumptious and better than any 5 star restaurant. We look forward to returning!
Mary Helen's was our first stay at a B & B. What an absolutely wonderful experience it was! Cindy is the most gracious host you could ever expect. We did not meet Jim but his landscaping work is evident in the beautiful grounds. Mary Helen's is a warm and inviting home impecable in every detail. We hope to return many times. Bill and Sherry.
My husband and I had a wonderful stay last weekend at Mary Helen's. The room was huge and comfortable! For the amount we paid, it was a bargain! Breakfast was divine and quite filling. We are looking forward to many more visits to this B&B since it is only about an hour from our home in Indy, but it feels a world away! Thanks so much, Cindy and Jim! P.S. My husband loved the little gift bag of cookies for the drive home!
We had a family emergency back home while traveling through Cincinnati. We decided to stop and spend a few hours on the phone. My wife found Mary Helen's B&B on the road. A quick call confirmed an available room. We stopped at a delightful restaurant in Batesville and proceeded down Coonhunters Road to the inn, passing the largest live doe I have ever seen and the Tri-County Coonhunters Lodge. The first view of the inn is the beautiful wooden lodge across a lovely lake. The second view is truly a beautiful fantasy looking back at the lake and detailed landscaping. What a gorgeous setting. The innkeeper we met was so gracious and helpful. She has thought of every possible need a traveler could have and made provision for it. The room was large and well-planned. The wooden beams and walls provide a rich, calming atmosphere. If you are over 6 foot five inches, you should tell the innkeeper. There is a low beam on the second floor that you should avoid. It would be best to stay in a room that does not require walking past that beam. Breakfast was delightful and delicious! Orange french toast...yum!
Needing a quick getaway retreat, we chose Mary Helen's based on reviews. It was a rare lifetime opportunity to meet a couple who has worked tirelessly to create a masterpiece of serenity, and is now giving the time, effort and love to share the masterpiece. Jim and Cindy are esquisite hosts: gentle and amicable, yet receptive to any desire for quiet privacy. A stay here is worth thrice the cost.
When you first see the entrance it gives nothing to whats over the hill! Breath taking landscape and beauty everywhere you look. The house is immaculate inside and out. Cindy and her husband, the innkeepers are just an amazing hosts. Very accommodating in every way. What an escape this is. Going to come back very soon!
For a surprise anniversary get away I asked my wife to pack an overnight bag for we were going to a motel where "they leave the lights on for you". Every thing was going great until we got to "Coonhunters Road" when she started to get nervous. Surly we were not going coon hunting? But all fears went away as soon as we came up the driveway of this fabulous place. As the rating illustrates, everything there is perfect. Even the frog's "mating calls" in the pond or the woodpecker's hunt for the evening meal are relaxing. A must see and experience for yourself for words do not do justice to the totally pleasant atmosphere Jim and Cindy have created there.
Our daughter and son-in-law purchased an overnight stay at Mary Helen's Bed, Breakfast and Fine Dining, and gave it as a Christmas Gift to my husband and I, Christmas, 2012. We spent last night a the B&B, and it was very, very nice. The place is beautiful, and the host and hostess bend over backwards for their guest. They are a very nice and hard working couple and it was a delight to meet them, and spend a night at their B&B. Our gift also included dinner, and it was a Five Star meal. Every entree was wonderful! I appreciate Jim and Cindy Bischoff's hard work, friendliness, and beauty of the estate was so appreciated. Thank you to our children for the gift, to our hosts, Jim and Cindy, and we hope to return again!! Five Stars all the way!!
Our stay at Mary Helen's was wonderful. Jacuzzi tub and massage arrangement was relaxing. The five course dinner was delicious, as was breakfast - all home made by Jim and Cindy. Beautiful scenery and welcoming hosts. We would definately recommend you stay here!
My husband and I both enjoyed the stay at Mary Helen's. The picture of the place is gorgeous, but it is even better in real life. We were welcomed by Jim and Cindy, most wonderful hosts. The meals were fabulous, and we also received the massage which was wonderful. It was a most relaxing and enjoyable weekend, "just what the doctor ordered" for us.
What a great place to meet my best friend!!! Batesville is only 1 hour from Indianapolis and Cincinnati so what a great place to meet up with a girlfriend and catch up on all of the important stuff of life. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous and the hospitality and food were to die for. Loved every minute of it!!!
The Maddoxes from Texas
Your standard will be set very high when staying at Mary Helen's B & B. As you drive back to the house you're reminded of a Thomas Kincade painting. Then when you meet Jim & Cindy and see how welcoming they are, you know you have made the right choice. The room we had was very spacious and very comfortable. The breakfast they prepared for us was fabulous. There are many special touches throughout the house to make people feel "at home". It's apparent that Jim & Cindy welcome guests into their home with open arms and open hearts. Mary Helen's is a perfect getaway and a wonderful experience and we WILL be returning.
When you drive up the lane leading back to the picturesque lake and storybook log home you know you have made a great decision .When you enter the home and see the wood beams, stone fireplace and beautiful wood floors you think that this place is perfect. Next you walk up the solid wood stairs to your perfectly decorated room and you think that you have found the best B&B ever . Then you realize that the home pales in comparison to the hospitality and pampering that you get from Jim and Cindy and you know this one is "THE BEST".
Some good friends introduced us to Mary Helen's B&B, and we have now stayed there three times. Jim and Cindy, the innkeepers, are such gracious hosts. The B&B itself is stunning--the grounds are immaculate and the guest rooms are very nice. To top it off, the B&B offers a four-course meal on the weekends and the food is amazing. We would highly recommend that you visit this hidden gem.
When we entered the property, drove past the pond and saw the house, we knew the trip was worth it. The breakfast was delicious, room was beautiful and the hosts made us feel welcome. We'll go back.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The setting was beautifull with the pond in front of the house and the fall colors donning the wooded area surrounding the cosy B&B. Jim and Cindy are wonderful hosts and the food is delicious. They now have arrangements with a massage therapist that can be scheduled to come give you a massage right in your room which I enjoyed immensely. I look forward to returning in this lovely B&B and introducing it to friends and family.