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The Rippon-Kinsella House

1317 N. 3rd St. , Springfield, IL 62702 USA (Show map)
45 Reviews
$95 - $125
per night

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The Rippon-Kinsella House is an 1871 brick Victorian located on a half-acre estate in a quiet tree-lined neighborhood on the north side of Springfield. We are within walking distance of Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln's Tomb, and we are just ten minutes from downtown and other historic sites, including the Lincoln Home, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House. Relax beside the fireplace in the den with a glass of wine. Enjoy a quiet evening on the front porch or ride one of our bicycles through Oak Ridge Cemetery or nearby Lincoln Park.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Services4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.6

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Wonderful place. Very nice host.

5 on October 28, 2013

My husband and I are driving Route 66 from Chicsgo to our home in California. We called Roger the day prior to our arrival to reserve the Maids Room. We got to Springfield about an hour later than we expected, which was 4 hours after normal check in (we called to say that we would be late). Roger greeted us and showed us around the house. He also graciously upgraded us to the Captains Quarters. The room was spacious and clean. The bed was very comfortable. I did not observe any issues with the sink draining, unlike some of the prior reviews noted. Roger was friendly. He made us a very nice breakfast and chatted with us as we were finishing it. Afterwards we checked out, but Roger let us leave our car in the parking area while we walked a few blocks to ser the Lincoln Tomb. We then followed his recommendation and toured the Lincoln Libraty and Home site. The libraty was very well done. We had a nice day and a nice stay with Roger and Dave. Recommend for those who like staying in historical structures rather than the standard hotel room.

Great getaway

4.8 on October 05, 2013

We had a wonderful time! Hosts were so fun - great conversation. Breakfasts were good and plenty. Location is perfect for seeing so many of the sites. We recommend!

Exceptional experience!

4.6 on June 12, 2013

We had only one night to stay, but found it an exceptional experience in so many ways ... a prompt and warm, good humored greeting (even though we had arrived a bit later than ideal); a round-the-clock offer to address any needs that we might have; a very intriguing collection of antique photos, furniture, ships, radios, etc.; a team who obviously cared about their community and could suggest many places; and they were open to talking about our interests in politics, culture, etc.; a fun puppy and kitty kept outdoors but available for petting; a spacious garden yard, comfy bed; refreshing shower; helpful internet access; yummy after-hours snack and a scrumptious breakfast. Some Lincoln historic sites were in easy walking distance, and many others were a short drive away. Hosts provided us tips on navigating the area too. If we are back in Springfield, we know where we'd like to stay!

A truly wonderful experience

5 on May 13, 2013

My wife and I stayed for three nights and were so very impressed with the hospitality. Roger is a wonderful host and we enjoyed chatting with him and David on the porch and over breakfast. The house and grounds are beautiful and we both loved the calm, serene and peaceful neighborhood. I sat on the porch for hours listening to the birds and enjoying the fresh air (I actually fell asleep on the porch twice!) Breakfast was very tasty and plentiful and Roger made sure I always had coffee! Roger's baked goods are exceptional! This was a very friendly, comfortable and relaxing visit. Roger and David went above and beyond to make our visit wonderful!

Great Getaway B&B!!!

5 on May 06, 2013

A friend and I stayed here on our mini roadtrip to Springfield to visit all of the Lincoln attractions. The owner, Roger, was just wonderful and a pleasure to be around. We stayed in the Captain's Room and the decorations fit the room perfectly! Breakfast the next morning was over the top. Roger made us practically everything you could think of and we enjoyed his company while we ate. I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone and I would go back if I'm in the area.

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Location Type



Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare) 200 miles

Directions to property:

Follow above directions for "Coming south to Springfield from Chicago on I-55"

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home, Lincoln Tomb, Old State Capitol, Lincoln's New Salem, Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Fireplace, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi , wine and cheese or cocktails every evening

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV

On-site activities

Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: A 50% deposit is required when a reservation is made.
  • Cancellations: Due to the limited number of rooms, the following cancellation policy applies: If a reservation is cancelled more than 48 hours prior to the date of arrival, the deposit will be refunded. If a reservation is cancelled less than 24 hours prior to the date of arrival, a full night's rate will be charged. In the event of no-shows or early check-outs, a full night's rate will be charged.



Roger Schmitz

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Resident Pets

1 Cat , 2 Dogs , cat in apt., dogs in kennel Others

About the innkeepers

Pets, gardening, cooking and baking, antiques, movies, conversation with friends...

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  • Time Served: Daily 7:30 to 9:00
  • Serving Location: Patio - weather permitting, Dining Room

Details Diamond Collection

1317 N. 3rd St. , Springfield, IL 62702 USA (Show map)

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