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McNeill Stone Mansion B&B

1282 C Ave E , Oskaloosa, IA 52577 USA (Show map)

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We hope you will come and see why we love our warm and cozy castle. As you walk through the door, you’ll be transported back in time to a slower, more elegant era, a time when there was beautiful woodwork throughout the house. The Mexican Tabasco mahogany woodwork dominates the living room and dining room. In the grand hallway, the mahogany is a striking contrast with the soft white paint. The whole library as well as the first and second story floors are a beautiful quarter-sawn oak. The large ornate pier mirror at the landing of the grand staircase reflects the beautiful contrast of the majestic mahogany handrail and the white spindles. From the first floor, the mirror showcases the stained glass located in the second floor ceiling. The stained glass is brightened by the skylight in the third floor. Have breakfast in the elegant dining room or you might enjoy having it served in the inviting, light and airy solarium, where you can also sit back and relax with a beverage or a good book.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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48 Reviews

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4.6 on February 22, 2015

Beautiful house, friendly owners, great room. I would highly recommend the McNeil Mansion to anyone.

Elegance and Charm

5 on January 29, 2015

Virginia and Gary made us feel right at home. They showed us around the beautifully restored mansion and gave us a little history. Our room/suite had a working fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, large comfortable bed and wonderful sitting area. Beverages and snacks offered around the clock and a hot delicious breakfast daily.

We loved it!

5 on December 16, 2014

We were in town visiting family and chose to stay at the Stone Mansion for an evening. The home is gorgeous and the rooms were comfortable and included lots of homey touches (a fan, Q-Tips, snacks). We had a great time and plan to stay there each time we are in Oskaloosa.

Innkeeper Response
We like to provide our guests with a "home away from home" experience, where they can enjoy family visits and still have a quiet retreat for themselves.

Wonderful Stay!

5 on December 05, 2013

I was in Oskaloosa a few weeks ago for work and found this wonderful restored mansion to stay in! The home was beautiful, warm and inviting! I felt like I had taken a step back in time. The mansion was lovingly restored to it's glory days. Gary and Virginia made me feel so welcome and took time to visit with me every evening. Gary makes an amazing breakfast to start off you day. If you stay, take time to view the pictures from the restoration process. It is amazing to see the work they put into this historic home. Thank you Virginia and Gary for a very memorable and wonderful stay, Joann

Innkeeper Response
We like to help our guests feel at home whether they like to visit or relax in their room with a good book, favorite program or maybe catch up on the news. It's fun to learn about other areas of our town, state, country and world.

Best Experience

5 on September 22, 2013

This was my husband's and I's first time staying at a bed and breakfast and what a lovely experience we had. We were greeted at the door by both George and Victoria and we were given a tour of the beautiful home along with the history. They remodeled this home and did an amazing job with it. We enjoyed a lovely dessert of peanut butter pie and there was a full mini fridge of water and pop. I have to say that Victoria is very friendly and very hospital. We stayed in the red room and it was so clean and the lines smelled so nice. We were highly impressed that you could not here the other guest in our room.The next morning we ate an equisite breakfast served on beautiful china and Victoria even let me take home a delicious turtle cookie for the road. I would highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone. I will defitnely stay here again. Billy and Colleen Smith

Great stay...

4.6 on March 17, 2013

I loved my stay. We are B & B People and this is the right balance... enough old to feel the quentness. Enough modern to make it comfy... We VERY MUCH LOVED THE SHARING OF THE HYSTORY!!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thane Thank you for your interest in something we love to share. Some guests aren't as interested in the history and that's ok, too.

Mc Neill Bed & Breakfast

5 on March 13, 2013

Gary & Virginia were the most wonderful hosts I can imagine. My wife and I were there for our 35th Anniversary and it could not have been a better experience. We will go back again soon I hope. I felt like I was home! Thanks guys!

Amazing!!! Beautiful Home!

5 on February 16, 2013

Amazing!!! Beautiful Restored Home! Gary and Virginia greeted us and shared about their 7 years of restoration they did to restore the beauty of this Iowa treasure! We shared a get away with some dear friends, who also enjoy the B&B experience! This is by far on the Top of all of our list! Antiques amazing!! Food Gourmet and plenty! Thank You Gary and Virginia for sharing your beautiful home with us!! We will return soon!

Great Experience!!

5 on November 04, 2012

This was our first experience in a B&B and it won't be out last. We couldn't have asked for a better experience or better hosts. They made us feel right at home and so comfortable there. And the food was EXCELLANT!! We just can't say enough great things about this B&B. Do yourself a favor-if you are ever in the area, make sure and stay there as long as you can!! You will not be disappointed.

Weekday Getaway

4.4 on June 22, 2012

I found this Bed and Breakfast online while searching for a location between Ottumwa and Des Moines to stay. I love the charm and decor and hospitality. Gary greeted us when we arrived and gave us a tour and Virginia served the most delicious breakfast! I recommend the McNeill Stone Mansion highly and plan to come back again!

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Burlington, IA (BRL) 60 miles

Directions to property:

From the north: From Interstate 80- take the Grinnell exit #182 and go south on Highway 146. Continue on Highway 146 south to the main intersection/stop light in New Sharon. Highway 146 ends at that intersection. Continue going south out of New Sharon on Highway 63 toward Oskaloosa. In Oskaloosa, turn left or east on C Ave E (there’s a blue HOSPITAL sign on the right - this is two blocks north of Highway 92) and go to the end of the twelfth block. The McNeill Stone Mansion drive is just east of the bushes running along the west edge of the property. From the west: From Highway 163, take the first Oskaloosa exit (Highway 92) east. At the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 92, turn left or north on Highway 63 and go two blocks to C Ave E. Turn right on C Ave E and go twelve blocks. From the east: From Highway 92, turn right or north on 11th Street. Go two blocks to the stop sign and turn right or east on C Ave E. McNeill Stone Mansion is at the end of the block on the south side of the street. The drive is just past the row of bushes on the west side of our property.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, 3 Golf coirses, Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum, Knoxville National Raceway and Museum, Bike trail around the city, Stock Car Races, Tassel Ridge winery and vineyards, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Castle, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Library, Parking, Piano, Radio, Telephone, Videos , Fountain, Wireless Internet, Table and chairs on terraces, Down and non-Down pillows in rooms, Benches in yard

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Stock car races at Southern IA Raceway, Sprint car races at Knoxville IA, Tassel Ridge Winery Tour, Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum, Spring - Fall, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prefer mature children as others would be bored
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 4-day minimum for Knoxville Nationals
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's stay or credit card to guarantee.
  • Cancellations: 7-day notice of cancellation required for Sunday through Thursday nights stay. 14-day notice of cancellation required for Friday and Saturday night stays. 21-day notice required for holiday, holiday weekend or special event stays.



Gary and Virginia Walker

Languages spoken

"Old Car" Language, English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Gary farmed all his life and also gained a national reputation for his restoration work on mid-50’s show cars, specializing in Buicks. Virginia’s long career at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, working in several departments, has helped her with her current job of working with vendors.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 or choice of all guests
  • Serving Location: Terrace, weather permitting, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Advise at check in

Signature Dish

Blueberry Nutty Crumble Rolls
Fresh baked cinnamon rolls covered with enough brown sugar crumble mix, nuts and blueberries to make it sinful and then drizzled with a cream cheese frosting.



1282 C Ave E , Oskaloosa, IA 52577 USA (Show map)

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