5 on March 01, 2014
We stayed one night and found Larry to be a delightful host. This is the best B & B we have every stayed at. Food was great. We had absolutely no complaints. A++
5 on February 17, 2014
The home sits grandly on the grounds of it's corner lot surrounded by picket fence and lovely landscaping. Larry was very accommodating and welcoming as he showed us his home and made dinner recommendations. Our Room was large, filled with art, antiques, books, music and a wonderful king bed with soft as silk sheets and fluffy pillows. The ensuite bath shined in chrome appointments, the heated floor and towel rack also added luxury. We loved both the shower and the air bubble bath. Robes, soaps, and lots of amenities in or just outside our room...chocolates, water, coffee all made us feel pampered. We wish were not just traveling through to another destination because the vast library and wonderful sitting areas inside and outside the home would be the perfect getaway for us. We didn't get to enjoy the garden because of the time of year but it looked like in bloom it would be an inviting spot for the late morning or afternoon. Breakfast was full of flavors, textures and colors...more than we could have asked for. Thank you Larry for a wonderful stay at your Bed & Breakfast!
5 on January 31, 2014
We loved our stay at this very special home. The decor is stunning, the rooms immaculate and overall experience memorable! Larry is a wonderful host. He has considered every possible guest need and provided rooms which delight in every respect. We recommend this special property without reservation. BUT, you should make a reservation...!
5 on January 23, 2014
My sister and I stayed here for a long weekend recently and it was wonderful. Larry is a great innkeeper and made us feel so welcome. The inn is beautiful, the food is amazing and Sidwell's is a little piece of heaven. The heated floors in the private bathroom are a real treat and it is convenient to everything. Absolutely a great three days - we didn't want to leave. If you are travelling through the area don't miss this little piece of heaven. Thanks Larry for such a relaxing time. (SH in Missouri)
5 on November 02, 2013
My wife and I stayed there last January for her birthday. The beautiful Christmas decorations were still on display. I would highly recommend this B&B. Thanks Larry for the great hospitality.
4.6 on October 23, 2013
Our stay at Larry Sidwell's home was wonderful! My wife and I agree that this was the best B&B that we have enjoyed in our many visits. Larry is an attentive host and is there when you need him! I heartily recommend Sidwell Friends to anyone wishing to enjoy a classic, friendly, and comfortable home. Additionally, if you are a reader, you will enjoy the eclectic array of books. If you enjoy reading, ask Larry about his favorite authors... One other thing, breakfast was an interesting and tasty experience - Larry has researched his English ancestry well. We are staying at Sidwell Friends again in the near future, and are bringing friends with us the next time. Ask Larry about "Rare" as well as local artistic offerings! Thank you Larry! - Lyle
5 on October 21, 2013
I have stayed at a number of B&B's and this is one of the best you will ever find. Larry is a most gracious host, the whole place is immaculate, well-appointed, and feels very warm, welcoming and comfortable. The breakfasts are delicious. My children arranged for us to stay here as part of a "milestone" birthday weekend and couldn't have made a better choice to add to this memorable occasion.
5 on October 09, 2013
The B and B was great. Larry was friendly yet very professional. We left our coats there and he called and mailed them to us. We would stay there again in a heartbeat! Linda and Kent
5 on September 15, 2013
We only get the opportunity to steal a weekend once or twice a year to visit a B&B within driving distance of our home outside Chicago. In our limited experience, this is far and away the best we have ever had the opportunity to enjoy. The authentic and reproduced antique English furniture is magnificent. There is a library of books that could have been accrued by a voracious reader of history and drama. Pictures do not begin to do justice to the décor. Aside from luxurious modern amenties (plasma tv, heated bathroom floors and towel racks) Larry Sidwell’s home is incredibly well maintained and absolutely immaculate. His hospitality is warm, his knowledge of the area comprehensive. In the morning we got to run over to a local 90 acre outdoor museum (Cedarhurst), and do a little yoga on a well-manicured lawn overlooking a fountain and reflecting pool. Breakfast was a broad array of perfectly ripened fruits, fresh baked muffins, and our choice of sweet or savory main course. They were so delicious he was also gracious enough to share the recipes. We will be returning!
5 on September 15, 2013
Sandi and Nicole, Utah - On our mother-daughter cross-country trip we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at a bed and breakfast. This was such a charming and elegant bed and breakfast. The home has been beautifully restored and the furnishings and cleanliness were impeccable. Breakfast was delicious and was served at a beautifully set table. Larry did an amazing job furnishing and decorating this home and was a very gracious host. We would definitely stay here again, highly recommended to anyone traveling through the area.
5 on September 06, 2013
A clean, comfortable, elegant inn with a wonderful host.
5 on August 30, 2013
We were just looking for a place to put our heads after a long drive. It is not far from St Louis so we had the time to look around the botanical gardens and sights then to the country.We slept well and had a great breakfast. The museum up the street had many things to look at. And is a cultural place in such a lovely setting. Thank you Larry !
4.6 on August 24, 2013
Larry makes you feel at home, very comfortable and inviting. The breakfasts were the best I have had at any B&B in the US or Europe.
4.8 on August 21, 2013
Great place to stay. Larry was very friendly & accommodating.
5 on August 09, 2013
My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast as a gift from our children. The house is beautiful as well as the grounds. We enjoyed dinner at 9th Street Grill (local restaurant) and the rest of the evening at the B/B. Larry was very welcoming and served a delicious breakfast. I just wish we could have stayed longer!
5 on August 04, 2013
Worth routing your trip this way; Sidwell Friends B & B and the GenToka Winery.
5 on July 31, 2013
We had such a remarkable experience at Sidwell Friends B&B! Every room is so lovely and expertly decorated, beds comfy, bath clean and spacious, amazing library of books and you just couldn't ask for a more charming host! We'll be back to visit Larry and his home in the future!
4.4 on July 31, 2013
Wonderful service. Worked with us on all our special needs. Great location and beautiful house. Will stay there again. Beautiful rooms with everything you need and more.
4.8 on July 26, 2013
We have stayed at least three times and look forward to our next. The innkeeper, Larry is genuinely interested in your comfort. Beautiful accommodations (house, interior, lawn and breakfast) and a very good value. You will want to take photos and bring a bottle of wine. Yes, it’s that relaxing and romantic too.
5 on July 25, 2013
We stayed here on the way to the Zoo 1 night after a long day. Larry was very gracious and the accomodations are wonderfully appointed. Breakfast was very well done. Quiet street, no problems locating the place and the off street parking is a plus.
5 on July 22, 2013
Stayed for a night in June 2013, only wished it could have been a few more nights. This is without a doubt the finest B&B we have stayed in and Larry is the most gracious host you could wish for, his attention to detail is outstanding. He takes great pride in his home and it shows. The standard by which all B&B's should be measured. Wendy & Andrew (Scotland)
5 on July 19, 2013
This was our first time at a B&B, could not have asked for anything better! Larry is a charming, attentive host.
5 on June 29, 2013
Excellent place, friendly inn keeper, beautiful room and very clean
4.8 on June 27, 2013
Larry is an excellent host, a delightful man, and has created a very special BB. I recommend anyone traveling in the area to stay there.
5 on June 22, 2013
Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast is first-rate in every way. I heartily recommend it. The owner is terrific, the lodgings are splendid and the breakfast was delicious. This is the best experience I've had at a Bed and Breakfast in the U.S.
5 on June 17, 2013
I loved the rooms. It is filled with antiques and older furniture but you don't feel like your afraid to set on them. There is a little gazebo as well as a porch that you can go to and meditate or relax There is something in every room for you to find and explore. . The food was good and healthy. When we booked he asked our preferences of food. That helped with our dietary needs. He is willing to answer all the questions we ask.
4.8 on June 10, 2013
We had an exceptional stay and Sidwell Friends B&B. The room was extremely comfortable, spacious, private and well decorated. Breakfast was excellent, and included a hot and cold portion with various fruits, granola, coffee, tea, fresh squeezed juice, an egg soufflé and sliced ham. It was also served at a time according to your liking. There are several amenities and activities within walking distance. A fantastic cheese and cracker spread was also served mid afternoon in a private, shaded area in the garden on the property. We will definitely return, and highly recommend Sidwell Friends B&B to anyone looking to stay at a first class bed and breakfast.
5 on May 21, 2013
A very homey and comfortable abode.
5 on April 25, 2013
Larry is a wonderful host and makes you feel at home. We stayed in the Dunaven room and it was fabulous! The home is beautifully decorated. Larry's attention to detail is amazing! We have no complaints and look forward to staying there again.
4.8 on April 05, 2013
The innkeeper was most accommodating with my food allergies and went out of his way to give me a tasty breakfast. Comfortable beds and lovely rooms. A great stay!
5 on March 17, 2013
My husband and I recently went to Mt. Vernon for a quick getaway and to visit family in the area. Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast was such a delight! As soon as we stepped foot into the Inn, we were pleasantly greeted by Larry. We had a wonderful stay. Larry made some great recommendations for dining and entertainment. Our breakfast was WONDERFUL! We can not recommend this place enough. We can not wait to go back this summer!
4.8 on February 22, 2013
I took my wife out for valentines day and surprised her by taking her to Sidwell. It was great! Larry is a gracious and knowledgeable host who took care of our every need. The room was amazing. We loved the king size bed and the heated floor in the bathroom. My wife is already clamoring for me to take her there again!
5 on February 20, 2013
If you are looking for a charming, relaxing, wonderfully divine getaway, then Sidwell Frends B & B is the place for you. It is beautifully furnished and decorated with antiques, but then updated with modern luxurious amenities you would not expect. The beds are comfortable, the linens are soft, the rooms are cozy. I would return based on he house alone. However, the absolute highlight of our time there is Larry, the innkeeper. He is charming, gracious, kind, and will do anything to make your time there the best possible. Breakfast was fabulous, and his recommendations for local attractions will not disappoint. He has spoiled us...I'm not sure we can go to another B & B without unrealistically high expectations! We will definitely go back!!!
5 on January 18, 2013
We were welcomed like friends, and invited to be at ease in a wonderfully clean and elegant home. Larry is a very kind innkeeper, and prepared one of the most delectable breakfasts we've had the pleasure of enjoying. I recommend this miniature Downton Abbey to all my friends and family, and anyone else who will listen! Rachel and Pat from Kansas City, MO
5 on January 06, 2013
Driving round-trip to Florida from Iowa recently, I searched for a place to stay in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, a good stopping place on my three-day drive going both south and north. Fortuitous was I! The two night's which I spent at Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast were simply wonderful. Though I was looking only for clean and pleasant lodging, I found a special refuge that invited me to relax and recharge. Everywhere are special, thoughtful touches that delight and pamper the visitor. Larry Sidwell, the proprietor, is a marvelous host who devotes himself to his guests with sincerity. He reinvents the meaning of hospitality. I recommend Sidwell Friends without reservation to anyone seeking a peaceful, gracious and comfortable lodging. I certainly hope to pass this way again.
5 on January 05, 2013
My wife and I have always wanted to check this B&b out being as Mt Vernon is my hometown. What a fantastic B&B. We have stayed at several, this one by far is the most delightful we have stayed at. Larry's dedication to his business is quite evident and shows in every detail of the house - from the well stocked library, to the snacks, to the gourmet breakfast, this B&B will dazzle you.
5 on January 04, 2013
We spent New Year'Eve at Sidwell Friends. The house was beauitfully decorated and Larry was very welcoming. The rooms are very well appointed and comfortable. Breakfast new year's day was terrific. I highly recommend Sidwell Friends.
4.8 on November 12, 2012
Our room was lovely and very clean. I normally don't like to get a room with the bathroom in the hall, but it wasn't a problem since it is still private and it was a lovely bathroom with heated towels racks which was nice. Robes were provided. We would definately stay there again.
5 on November 10, 2012
The space is complex, unique, and interesting, with subtle treats and amenities around every corner. With all this going on it could be easy to feel overwhelmed, but I did not. After spending some time with our host, Larry, I understood why. There is nothing gimmicky or contrived here - everything is just where you'd want it when you want it. I felt right at home with an experience anything like being at home. The highlight of my 2-night stay was unquestionably each morning's breakfast and chats with Larry. Wow, and thank you!
5 on October 22, 2012
It was our 15 year anniversary and we wanted to stay somewhere special. It was our first time at a bed and breakfst and we were not sure what to expect. We were the only couple that night so, we had a nice quite house to ourselves. The bedroom and bathroom were beautiful. The breakfast was excellent and Larry was very friendly. Would recommend this bed and breakfast to our friends
5 on October 14, 2012
We were so pleasantly surprised with everything about our atay in October 2012 at Sidwell Friends B & B in Mt. Vernon, IL. The place is one of the very best B&B's we have ever visited, and we have been to many! The home is beautiful, welcoming and immaculately clean. Larry, our host was friendly and helpful with great in-town recommendations. He provides an awesome breakfast too! Try Sidwell Friends, you will love it as much as my wife ad I did! The Faulkenbergs, Indianapolis, IN
5 on October 10, 2012
My husband and I spent just one night in this gorgeous home. Larry did a top notch job with everything -- from the renovations (love the heated bathroom floor), decorations, and breakfast. I highly recommend staying here for a night or more.
5 on October 03, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Sidwell Friends B&B. we were so sorry we weren't able to stay longer. The accommodations were beautiful, and our innkeeper Larry was a perfect host. We are hopeful we will be able to visit again, and we would highly recommend it to everyone.
5 on September 21, 2012
I was coming home to southern IL to surprise my Mom for her birthday and then surprise her with a two night stay at Sidwell Friends B&B. I did everything online from California and made my decision to book after reading all the great reviews. Everything is true. Mr Sidwell made us feel very welcomed. The breakfasts were lovely and the house is immaculate. He was available when we needed him and our conversations were enjoyable. He indeed. deserves five stars. Lastly, while I was there I found a private baker to make my mother's favorite cake. Mr Sidwell had his dining room table all set up when we returned after dinner and celebrated her birthday. He assisted as needed. It was just lovely. He helped make it very special. I hope to make this an annual trip for my mother and me for years to come. Thank you, Mr Sidwell.
5 on August 17, 2012
We've been to B&Bs all over America. This is among the best we've experienced. Larry Sidwell is a fine host and makes every effort to assure that his guests enjoy their stay. The home is beautifully restored and filled with fine antiques and a fascinating library. The huge outside deck, gardens, trees, and gazebo are a plus. Breakfast with hot and cold selections, including a variety of fresh fruits, is perfect. Our room was the largest, with deluxe furnishings and a huge top-line bath. William and Kathleen, Chicago
5 on July 25, 2012
My husband and I were more than satisfied with our three day stay at Larry Sidwell's B & B. Our room was perfect, comfortable, beautiful, spacious and the bathroom was amazing! Our breakfasts were delicious and we especially appreciated the extras such as snacks, a refrigerator and Larry's hospitality. If the temperatures had not been over 100, we would have loved to enjoy the porches, deck and patio. The home is beautifully decorated and we loved the historic connections Larry has made. We can't say enough! We certainly found a friend at Sidwell Friends B & B.
5 on July 03, 2012
My sister and I were given a weekend at Sidwell Friends as a birthday gift. I have always loved B&Bs and expected a good weekend. I was pleasantly surprised at how we just fell in love with everything about the Inn, the host, Larry (our new friend) and the absolutely delightful time we had there. We left the Inn only to eat dinner and do some light shopping "downtown". We stayed in the Dunaven Suite, which was a stunningly beautiful room and bath. We absolutely enjoyed Larry and his stories of the Inn and Maybeline. We shared pictures, experiences and enjoyed the jovial time with Larry. I can't say enough good things about this B&B, folks! Check it out for yourself! Robin
5 on June 26, 2012
We only stayed one night at Sidwell Friends but we wanted to stay longer. It has such a relaxing atmosphere for being an in-town location. Larry makes you feel right at home and after a couple of minutes you think you and he have been good friends for a long time. We will definitely be back.
5 on June 26, 2012
I stayed at Sidwell Friends in April 2012. It is located in a quiet neighborhood with private off street parking. If you find yourself in the Mt. Vernon area, I highly encourage a stay at this beautiful B&B, tastefully decorated in the colonial style. Amenities abound, very clean, top of the line bath products, 24/7 tea/coffee and the breakfast is not only delicious but beautiful. The beds are comfortable, a good nights sleep assured. Larry, the gracious host, was wonderful. I look forward to a return visit to this 5 star B&B.
4.8 on June 26, 2012
My new wife and I spent our honeymoon at the Sidwell Friends B&B. We immediately felt at home. A beautiful weekend at a beautiful place.
5 on June 24, 2012
Larry was a wonderful host. The house was absolutely beautiful and wonderfully kept. My wife and I had a wonderful wedding night here. Larry gave us a discount on our stay when he found out it was our wedding night. That was an extra special treat for us.
5 on May 20, 2012
My parents and I stayed 3 nights at Sidewll Friends recently. This was a return trip there for my parents, and my first visit. I plan to return again as soon as I can. SF is beautifully furnished in a classic, British-inspired style. Larry Sidwell, the owner, has filled the home with interesting antiques of a high quality. Each time we walked through one of the several rooms in SF, we noticed something new to admire. The accommodations are very clean and very comfortable. SF is on a tree-lined residential street. The first floor holds a formal dining room, a living room and two smaller, cozy sitting rooms with plenty of interesting spaces to read or visit with others, as you choose. The bedrooms are quiet, private and the mattress I slept on (in the Pruett) was excellent. Larry does a fine job of anticipating his guests’ needs; the bathrooms are fully appointed, there’s a small coffee machine on the second floor should you need a caffeine jolt when you first awake, the home is equipped with WiFi and cable televisions in the bedrooms. Larry is an excellent host, as well. He is friendly, gracious and discreet. I appreciated that he quickly learned his guests’ preferences and made sure they were met thereafter. For example, I asked for skim milk for my morning coffee the first day I was at SF and the following days, a small china pitcher of skim milk was waiting next to the 2nd floor coffee maker when I emerged from my room. This is typical of the commitment to excellence that is apparent in everything Larry does at SF. Make sure you take advantage of the fine breakfasts served at SF. Selections of fresh fruits, cereals, breads and yogurt (and several choices of juices), followed by a cooked portion that may be quiche, French toast or other hearty additions. Among his other talents, Larry is an outstanding cook, too. All in all, an experience not to be missed.
5 on May 06, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sidwell Friends. The home is lovely and great attention has been paid to the little details and extras that make a stay memorable and special. The host was very thoughtful and gracious. Highly recommended!
4.8 on April 11, 2012
When staying overnight in southern Illinois, Sidwell Friends B & B is like a touch of the Ritz for the price of a regular hotel room. A charming house with elegant furnishings and an eager and accommodating innkeeper.
5 on November 18, 2011
We have stayed at scores of Bed and Breakfasts and inns, both in the U.S. and Europe. We were quite surprised to find that here in the small town of Mt. Vernon, IL is a B&B so wonderful that we consider it one of our top three favorites--a small chateau in France, an inn in CT, and now Sidwell Friends. Wish we could have stayed longer
4.6 on November 09, 2011
My husband and I loved that Mr. Sidwell took the time to go over every single tiny detail about our room, and the whole house. We will definitely go back!
5 on September 22, 2011
I am more familiar with hotels (four continents) than B&Bs, but Mr. Sidwell's establishment was welcoming, organized, very clean, gorgeous, quiet, well-priced, and provided delicious multi-course served breakfasts. And the Dunaven bath was a delight! Sidwell Friends B&B earned my highest recomendation.
4.0 on September 03, 2011
Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast is the best. My husband and I travel a lot and this home had everything. When attention to details are in the decor of the home, but making sure the guests are very comfortable. Plenty of towels in the bathroom, with wash cloths. The bed was also very comfortable. The breakfast was also A+. We cannot describe in many more words other than to say, if you want a very luxurious B & B with a very kind and helpful Larry. Do not hesitate to stay. It's a wonderful experience.
5 on August 30, 2011
My husband and I stayed here last fall on our way to go camping. The house was beautiful, and the service exceeded our expectations by a mile. We had to arrive later in the evening and the owner made sure we were welcomed and taken care of. The owner had thought of little details to make the stay that much better - heated floors in the bathroom, chocolates, water bottles, a large DVD collection. It was definitely worth every penny and we hope to stay again!
5 on August 24, 2011
Last minute trip for a funeral in the middle of the week - not expecting such a wonderful stay! Larry Sidwell and his attention to detail, made the trip quite memorable! Larry was able to accomodate early check in, luxurious room - extremely comfortable bed and turn down service. Robes, Iron and Ironing board in room. Chocolate, snacks, Keruig machine and small fridge available right outside the door to the room for convenience. Great selections of movies and DVD and TV in the room. Bathroom was WONDERFUL, down to the littlest details....Magnifying mirror for the 'old eyes' :) and makeup towelette removers, air/jacuzzi tub that I'm disappointed I didn't get to take advantage of (don't worry Larry - we'll be back!), heated towel racks, hairdryer and other necessities (lotions, soaps,etc.) Accomodated an early breakfast, as we had to leave by 8 am - and what a beautiful way to start the day! Wonderfully set table with several choices of juice (including Pomegranate-Blueberry - that my husband loved) - fresh fruit and yogurt with granola, french toast with fresh berries and more! Only negative.... I wasn't able to stay an extra day or two to relax and enjoy - had to get back to work!
4.0 on July 31, 2011
Pleasantly surprised by room! The real thing was much better than the pictured room on the website. Food & hospitality were wonderful. I would highly recommend this B & B!
4.4 on July 28, 2011
This is a lovely Victorian style B & B. Larry is a delight and provides a very warm and inviting experience. Within walking distance of the Cedarhurst.
5 on July 06, 2011
A beautiful, early 20th century home that has been updated and well kept. The rooms were well appointed and the one we stayed in had an adjoined bath that was absolutely wonderful. Larry, the host, was friendly, kind and attentive to our needs and wants. Jane and I were able to just relax and let the weekend progress so leisurely that we hated to leave and go back to the "real world". A must for anyone looking for luxurious accomodations in a small town atomosphere.
5 on July 03, 2011
Mr sidwell is an excellent innkeeper. Had a great time at the nearby winery. If you can, get there early enough to visit the museum and sculpture garden just half a mile away.
5 on July 03, 2011
We've stayed in numerous B&Bs in the US and Europe but Sidwell Friends is the only one that truly deserves an "outstanding" rating in every category. The home is beautifully decorated, filled with antiques and interesting features. We've stayed in two of the rooms and both were wonderful: very comfortable, with elegant extras like yummy (ironed!) high thread-count sheets. The gourmet breakfast, served on lovely china with silver service, was beyond our expectations. We consider Sidwell Friends an excellent value. The innkeeper, Larry Sidwell, spares no expense in spoiling his guests and has an eye for detail that Martha Stewart would envy. He delivers that rarity of B&B experiences: five-star guest service, well appointed rooms in a gorgeous home, and an elegant breakfast...with no atmosphere of pretention. Very impressive. If you plan to be anywhere remotely near Mt. Vernon, do not miss this B&B.
5 on July 02, 2011
We have had the great pleasure of overnighting at Sidwell Friends recently. The accomodation is furnished to a high standard and Larry's hospitality made us feel as if we were long lost friends returning home. The breakfast was to a gourmet standard with fresh ingredients and a wide choice. This was a truly joyful experience and my husband and I hope that we will have the opportunity to return there soon.
5 on June 30, 2011
I've never stayed in a more beautiful, comfortable, welcoming place at any price. Larry is more than an innkeeper -- he's a font of knowledge, a charming perfectionist and a self-deprecating cook who puts on a gorgeous and delicious breakfast spread.
4.8 on June 20, 2011
Very nice house. Had lots of charm and was very clean. Our host and owner Larry was very charming and knowledgeable. He made our stay extremely comfortable. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again and again. Thank You Larry for a wonderfull experience!!
5 on June 12, 2011
My fourth visit to Sidwell & Friends B&B was shared with friends from Northern Ireland and a newly married couple. It was a merry group all around, and the ambience and service at this Mt. Vernon B&B is always first class. But this time, I did something completely new. I stayed in the Pruett room, which is beautifully decorated in gold and royal blue with framed prints of the Mayflower and the Santa Maria. The centerpiece of the room is the most luxurious canopied bed with mile high mattresses. The canopy was hand-knotted in coastal North Carolina, and is a wonder to behold on a four-poster bed of the highest quality oak. A little foot stool is available to climb up into the bed, and once in you never want to leave! I felt like a queen or an aristocratic lady from the Old South, and what sweet dreams one has in a bed like this. Breakfast the next morning was served in two major courses with a fresh variety of berries, cereals, and the most delicious breads: chocolate, banana nut, and blueberry. The second course was a delicious basil strada and country ham with a choice of juices. Everyone had seconds because breakfast was so tasty and delightful. Sidwell & Friends is my second home, and now (courtesy of innkeeper Larry Sidwell) I can say I have slept in the very best bed in the State of Illinois!
5 on June 10, 2011
We were so glad to have chosen Sidwell Friends B & B for our stay in Mt. Vernon. Every detail had been thought of & provided by the thoughtful host. Chilled Perrier, Swiss chocolate, and a good selection of magazines & DVDs? Check. Citronella candles lit on the deck as we stroll the garden? Yep. A host who is friendly and available but not intrusive? Absolutely. We chose the Pruett room because we liked the canopy and that it looked like it was in a historic New England house. The private bath was not far down the hall but not an inconvience, especially since we were the only guests that night.
5 on April 02, 2011
We spent one night (Friday April 1st) and was more than pleased with the accommodations, the hospitality and the great spread of breakfast fare this morning. We highly recommend that you treat yourself to this Southern Illinois treasure if you are anywhere close to the Mt. Vernon area.
4.6 on April 02, 2011
My husband & I had a wonderful stay. The house has lovely furnishings. Mr. Sidwell offered extra snacks and drinks at our convenience. We had a spacious bedroom with an updated bathroom. The breakfast was of gourmet quality. Mr. Sidwell is a wonderful and interesting host and shares great stories.
5 on March 29, 2011
Larry has made an oasis in Mt. Vernon.His attention to detail is noted throughout the property, the B&B is just as wonderful as all the reviews say and Larry...well Larry is awesome!! We had such a wonderful, relaxing time, comfy bed, yummy breakfast,beautiful house and a great time visiting with the host. We are looking forward to our return visit:)
5 on March 12, 2011
We stayed with Larry at the Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast last summer. We had a WONDERFUL time. Everything was exactly as advertised.... the room was very clean, the house was beautifully decorated, the breakfast had some wonderful choices..... we recommend it HIGHLY!
5 on February 24, 2011
My husband and I need a short getaway last Sunday night. What a gem we found at the Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast. The house is just awesome. Beautifully decorated and clean beyond saying. Larry was a most gracious host taking time to tell us about the history of his home as well as the "Sidwell" history. Our room was lovely and the heated floors in the bath a real treat. Larry was so kind to meet our eating plan for breakfast. We had a long and enjoyable visit over it and he never made us feel as if we were taking up too much of his time. All in all a totally exceptional experience. Highly recommend.
5 on February 16, 2011
What a lovely bed and breakfast. Everything about our stay was wonderful. A bit of New England in Illinois. Wonderful accomodations, a delicious breakfast and an outstanding Innkeeper. One of the best!
4.8 on January 10, 2011
We had the pleasure of spending a night at Sidwell Friends in celebration of our anniversary. The home was immaculate and tastefully decorated with great care going into every detail. We enjoyed getting to know Larry and the history of the home and its furnishings over a delicious breakfast. It was a perfectly peaceful getaway! We would definitely recommend Sidwell Friends, and plan to make a return visit or two.
5 on October 13, 2010
my husband and i were given a weekend at Sidwell Friends as a gift from our children. What a wonderful gift to be lavished upon by Larry for the weekend, a real treat indeed!! Sidwell Friends is impeccably decorated but yet has such a warmth and comfortable atmosphere. the guest rooms were lacking nothing and were fully decorated and equipped down to every detail. the "dunaven" was simply amazing...the room was luxurious~the bed was like sleeping on a cloud especially after stepping out of the master bath with its heated floor, towel rack, relaxing air-jet whirlpool and my husband's favorite-the shower!! Larry has decorated his inn with taste and comfort. As for his service~i did NOT want to go home. His breakfasts were amazing (especially impressive to a usual non-breakfast eater like myself!!) His cooking is wonderful and he puts so much thought into the meal as well as the presentation. i felt so pampered and "doted" on. He even spares nothing in the "treats" and amenities that he provides. this was our first of MANY trips to Sidwell Friends, i CAN'T wait to go back and stay with 'friends'. thank you Larry for such a wonderful weekend, we WILL return~ david & lori
5 on October 06, 2010
Our experience at Sidwell and Friends was even better than we expected. Most comfortable bed, lovely breakfast and most importantly the most gracious innkeeper. Larry is a gem. We truly enjoyed his conversation and the elegance yet comfort of his home. We will recommend to all our friends. Monika and Jeff.
4.8 on October 03, 2010
Everything was outstanding. It is a heaven of rest away from the busy world. Wonderful relaxing place to rest.
5 on October 02, 2010
We had a funny schedule with my wife arriving earlier than i did, Larry was very welcoming and accommodating. We enjoyed our room and the house was so nicely decorated with historical memorabilia. The grounds were nice and convenient. We are definitely coming back. Thank you Mr. Sidwell.
4.8 on September 01, 2010
We stay for three nights at the Sidwell Friends B&B and it was a relaxing and enjoyable visit. Larry Sidwell is so friendly, attentive and a all around wonderful host. We stayed in "The Dunaven" and what a treat is was. The room was beautifully decorated, the bed awesome and the bath is so relaxing. Larry has thought of everything to make your stay a wonderful one. He has decorated the B&B and refurbished it with such love. The furniture, rugs, painting and books make this a beautiful and special place. We also were treated to the 3 course breakfast every morning that left us ready for the rest of the day. We hope to return soon when we are in the area. Thanks for a wonderful visit...Larry! The Salt's Texas
5 on July 05, 2010
Wonderful Bed and Breakfast. Such and enjoyable time and the Innkeeper has a wonderful way of making you feel right at home. Beautifully decorated.
4.8 on July 02, 2010
This is the second time I have stayed at Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast. I have family in Mt. Vernon, and it is located very close to several relatives' houses. This is not what you are expecting to find here! The house is elegant, but comfortable. I have stayed in the room with the queen bed and the master. The queen room was great, but the master was outstanding! It is gorgeously decorated in a very up-to-date style. I have back issues and am always wary of a bed that is not my own. No need to worry--it was more comfortable than my bed at home! And the master bathroom! Talk about luxurious! It is beautifully decorated and wisely designed. While I loved seeing my family, I would love to have spent more time in my room. Now how often can you say that? Larry's (the owner) breakfasts are fabulous! My sister and I both decided our normal breakfast fare was lacking after having been served (literally) such a feast. Larry has thought of everything you could want and possibly need. He goes out of his way to make sure you are comfortable and happy. It is like staying at a friend's house!
4.8 on June 30, 2010
We stayed in the master suite and it was beautiful and comfortable. The private bath was large and had all the amenities, jet tub and multiple jet shower. The house decor is lovely and classic. Our stay was so enjoyable.
5 on June 22, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by the quaint atmosphere at the Sidwell Friends B&B. The master bedroom was beautiful, comfortable and inviting. Details like a jacuzzi and heated towels enhanced the spa-like bathroom. Loved the double-ceiling fans and individual AC controls (especially in the summer). I was also impressed with the Keurig coffee maker upstairs and incredible fresh breakfasts served on gorgeous china. I hope to stay there again next time I'm in the area.
5 on May 20, 2010
My wife and I stayed at Sidwell Friends B&B in January 2010. We found every amenity for our comfort imaginable. My wife particularly enjoyed the extremely elegant bathroom and the jacuzzi air tub. Both our rooms and the common areas of this elegant home were beautiful. We arrived in a snowstorm and the innkeeper went out of his way to assist us. We highly recommend Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast. Paul and Patricia
4.8 on May 03, 2010
Our stay at Sidwell Friends B & B was excellent. The whole house is furnished beautifully. We felt right at home. Larry is an excellent host. We will definitely stay here again.
5 on April 05, 2010
I recently spent one night at Sidwell Friends B&B I found it to be nicely decorated , bath and Bedroom very comfortable and clean. Breakfast was delicious consisting of Granola, fresh berries with yogurt and cream, french toast with berry syrup and ham, juice and coffee or tea. Larry Sidwell, owner was helpful and very pleasant. He also found a couple of items I had forgotten and was able to catch me before I left, it was raining, but he ran out to the car to return them. I will always stay there when I'm in the area.
5 on March 05, 2010
We needed a winter break and could only get away overnight. We were looking for somewhere within 150 miles, and thought Sidwell & Friends looked very appealing. When we arrived, the Christmas decorations were amazing throughout this charming small mansion, and Mr. Sidwell warmed us with homemade mulled apple cider. We later learned the building had been completely restored and updated by Larry Sidwell, whose taste is incredible. The quality and ambience of Sidwell & Friends is more like that of a 5-star boutique hotel -- so wonderful to find in Southern Illinois. Larry made dinner reservations at a superb restaurant called "Ninth Street" where we enjoyed a six course gourmet dinner and a surprisingly creative, broad, and affordably-priced wine list. Our room featured a king-sized bed, beautiful furnishings, HDTV, and a luxurious bathroom with Gilchrist & Soames products. We elected to have breakfast at the latest hour, and the service was elegant in every way; the fruits fresh; and the cooked foods delicious and delightfully presented. Our winter getaway to Mt. Vernon, Illinois was a real joy and just what we needed to overcome the winter doldrums and recharge our batteries. Larry Sidwell is an innkeeper extraordinaire, and you will love Sidwell & Friends. We are happy to be a new friend of Sidwell!
5 on February 26, 2010
My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Sidwell Friends B&B recently. Mr. Sidwell has a beautiful,warm and inviting home. Furnishing are magnificent. Some of the best antique pieces I have seen. One room was just more breath taking than the last. But unlike some Inns we have stayed in, the antiques and other furnishing were not only beautiful but very comfortable as well. Our room accommodations were first class with such tasteful, well arranged furnishings and accessories. Then there were the breakfasts! What a wonderful setting in the luxuriously appointed dining room. My wife enjoyed the beautiful china and the presentation of the meals. The food was wonderful with some good ole "Southern Living" dishes and other favorites of Mr. Sidwell. They are now some of our favorites too. We really appreciated the hospitality and great conversation we shared with Mr. Sidwell. We plan on visiting his lovely home again.
4.8 on November 12, 2009
My husband and I spent one night recently at the Sidwell Friends B&B--what an enjoyable experience! The owner was so friendly and accommodating, and the rooms were exquisite. I so enjoyed the heated flooring and towel rack in the bathroom. We stayed in the Pruett room which was perfect for our needs. Breakfast was one of the highlights of the experience, so delicious and beautifully displayed. This B&B is a perfect stopping point for those traveling from Chicago to Memphis, but also is a wonderfully elegant weekend escape for anyone. Can't wait to visit again.
5 on November 09, 2009
Traveling from NYC to St. Louis we stayed at several interesting B&Bs along the way. As we wound our way to Springfield, IL for a Lincoln weekend, we picked a night stop in Mt. Vernon. Little town, few choices, we thought this stop might not be our best. Wow! What a surprise. Larry Sidwell has created the most wonderful, inviting, sumptuous, gorgeous establishment imaginable. I told my husband he could go on--I wanted to stay at Larry's. I agree with all the positive reviews I read and won't repeat the praise. It was a great find!
5 on October 14, 2009
Our first B&B experience established a very high standard for all future stays. We are anxious to return to Sidwell Friends...Larry's gracious hospitality added to the elegance of the facility. We were impressed upon arrival. We're still talking about the marvelous breakfast provided. We found a treasure in Mt Vernon. Appreciated the opportunity to relax in style and look forward to another visit whenever possible. THANK YOU!!
5 on October 01, 2009
Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast was a glorious experience. My husband and I have stayed at many lovely B & B's but this experience topped them all. This was a special event with a dear friend from my childhood. Being friends for 65 years was our occasion to celebrate. No detail has been overlooked either in decor or in our bountiful breakfasts. The Innkeeper, Larry Sidwell, was more than gracious...more that a great host...more than a capable chef ... not to mention his obvious talent in the garden. If you enjoy being pampered, take advantage of this lovely home away from home. It will feel like your own and you'll leave with a feeling that you need to re-visit as soon as possible.
4.8 on August 04, 2009
Great place to relax and getaway. You will think you are in a New England B&B. The owner Larry is very attentive and ensures guests are comfortable. Whether traveling the interstate highways or needing some R&R, I highly recommend this destination.
5 on July 27, 2009
This is just a wonderful place to escape and be pampered. The rooms are elegant and so very comfortable and it was in a quiet neighborhood. The breakfast is served in a beautiful dining room with all the settings and manners that seem to have disappeared in many other B&Bs. The living room and library are comfortable and the library has varied and tasteful selections that can keep you interested for weeks. My 92-year old mother was traveling with me and stayed there during part of the day while I had to be away. She felt safe and comfortable, in the house and wandering through the yard. I recommend Sidwell and Friends wholeheartedly and, and I'm jealous that I can't be there frequently.
5 on June 22, 2009
Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. The room was immaculate and the food was delicious. Very private. We enjoyed Mr. Sidwells' hospitality.
5 on May 19, 2009
On our way from Chicago to Memphis we stayed at this gorgeous property. The attention to detail is amazing and the entire property was impecably clean. I loved the turn down service, with Godiva chocalates! The innkeeper was friendly and made a great suggestion for dinner, a local spot with good food and ambiance...not a chain. The breakfast was lovely, with good coffee and fresh fruit and then an entre. I highly recommend staying here, which for us was a wonderful respite and good night's sleep.
4.6 on May 04, 2009
We found the Sidwell Friends B&B in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to be one of the most exquisitely decorated properties we have seen - out of many. We stayed in the top-of-the-line Duneven room, which has a king bed, HDTV with DVD player, and large private bath with heated floor and hot tub. The house was spotless. Mr. Sidwell has decorated the house with beautiful antique and classic furniture (including reproductions of several pieces from the family estate of Princess Diana) and ornamental pieces. host and The breakfast included homemade breads, several fresh fruits, granola, yogurt, ham and a delicious pecan-encrusted French toast. You couldn't ask for more. We enjoyed a mid-morning conversation with Mr. Sidwell and his friend Janet, who prepared the breakfast. Mr. Sidwell is a very gracious host and is a descendant of the family that established the highly sought Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC - the one that President Obama’s children attend. If you stay in the Duneven room, you won't be disappointed with a stay at Sidwell Friends.
4.8 on February 17, 2009
Our stay at Sidwell Friends was accidental and unexpected. We had reserved a room at a nearby B&B, but due to unfortunate circumstances, our room was no longer available. Larry Sidwell gladly stepped up and offered us a room at his establishment. The entire home is decorated and features a variety of artwork and an extensive library. After many trips to the bathroom to feel the heated tile floors and a good night’s rest in our comfortable colonial style room, we were treated to a wonderful breakfast matched with wonderful china. We would recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone who is looking to relax and uncover treasures without leaving the property.
4.8 on January 25, 2009
The comfort and style of our bedroom and bath, the elegant breakfast, the beautiful furnishings of the house and the hospitality and friendliness of our host made for a memorable visit. We were delighted! We enthusiastically recommend The Sidwell Friends B&B.
5 on October 12, 2008
Date: 7/25/2008 - 7/29/2008 We had the special privilege of being Larry's first guests to stay at Sidwell Friends B&B, and Larry's hospitality and graciousness exceeded expectation! The house and grounds are charming but the interior decor is a beautiful blend of antiques, warm wood and color schemes, "fun and interesting" finds all amidst an elegant, yet cozy feel to each room. The full breakfasts were scrumptious and my request for a simple bowl of instant oatmeal was met with such a gracious attitude. We truly felt as if we were at a friend's home to visit and we look forward to staying at Sidwell Friends anytime we are in the area.
5 on September 24, 2008
We love staying at b&bs and this one is a REAL JEWEL ! The home was cozy and made you feel at home. Beautiful furnishings throught out the home.The breakfast was to die for!!! A must see .
5 on August 11, 2008
My family owned this home for 35 years (sold it 6 years ago); went "home" to visit friends and stayed with Larry last weekend. Without qualification/reservation, can say this B&B is most beautiful/delightful venue ever experienced. Beautiful antique furnishings, charming architecture, lovely landscaping, gracious outdoor spaces & wonderful breakfast! First-class through and through (fine linens, best beds, exquisite baths, extraordinary hospitality). Book now--you'll love it!