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Experience sophisticated charm and relaxed country living at this award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Choose between two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings furnished with appropriate antiques and reproductions. Attention to detail and luxurious touches include whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, fireplaces, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforters, top quality mattresses, fresh baked cookies, and complimentary beverages. Guests may also enjoy in-room massage, wireless Internet, cable TV and DVD player, and a comprehensive movie collection. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily at individual tables.
5 on January 21, 2015
Celebrated our anniversary for a 2 night stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our time. Bob and Nancy were very hospitable, going beyond to make sure everything was just right. We stayed in the main house which was built in 1830 with recent renovation to all the modern amenities. The cook to order breakfast was absolutely delicious! We highly recommend this B&B and will likely return in the future.
5 on January 21, 2015
Beautiful room. Excellent service. Great food. First stay at a B and B and I was blown away. The owner is extremely friendly and lets you know everything you need to know, how to use every device and informs you of local attractings and restaurants. Everything is provided so you won't have to want for anything. Breakfast was a two course and it was delicious! Service was excellent there as well. I will absolutely be returning.
5 on January 20, 2015
My wife and I could not have asked for a better place to stay for a night away. The rooms, the service, the food--everything was perfect! I've been recommending to all our friends!
5 on January 18, 2015
Outstanding service. Beautiful Antique Character filled rooms/decor. Wife and I stayed there the night of our wedding day and absolutely loved it. Wish we would've been there longer. We had an early flight and they even put some early morning breakfast in our mini refrigerator the night before! Very close to airport (11 min to be exact) Definitely will be returning for an Anniversary!
5 on January 16, 2015
The room was beautiful, the service was excellent. Truly a gem in the Cincinnati/Kentucky region. We will return!
4.6 on January 12, 2015
Our stay at Willis Graves was wonderful, the inn keepers were very nice and the house was beautiful. Our room was tiny and cozy, with a comfy bed and nice bathroom. It was above the breakfast room, so if you are planning to sleep in you might want to choose a different room - but if you are an early riser this is the place for you! 10/10 would recommend!
5 on January 05, 2015
Or favorite B&B by far. Bob and Nancy are so warm and kind. The inn is top notch. They've thought of and provided every detail and luxury! Relaxing and enjoyable.
4.8 on December 25, 2014
My husband and I came for a quick pre-Christmas weekend getaway from the baby preparations and were NOT disappointed! The hospitality and service was superb. There was not a question or need we had that wasn't met. The DVD selection was amazing and we took full advantage of them! The food, oh the food!! Breakfast was divine! The creme brûlée French toast was THE BEST EVER! And we also loved the gingerbread pancakes. My husband loved the whirlpool tub in our room (Thomas) and the accommodations were super comfortable. It was an affordable, wonderful trip and we're talking about going back for a baby break next year when it's a bit warmer and staying in the cabin. Go! You won't regret!
4.8 on December 19, 2014
Everything about this B n B is top notch. The breakfast menu is wonderful, including creme brûlée french toast and other selections that you just don't find elsewhere. The breakfast reminded me of fine New Orleans dining. We stayed in the cabin which had a perfect combination of history and modern luxury. Bob and Nancy are easy to like hosts who obviously pay attention to the details. We highly recommend a multiple night stay so you can try all the selections on the breakfast menu and unwind in the room that you choose. Go for it!
5 on December 05, 2014
We have stayed here several times and it never gets old! My husband and I have stayed at several bed and breakfasts and this is by far our favorite!
With a private entrance on the cabin's first floor, this suite includes a queen size canopy bed, gas fireplace, lower entertainment level, mini refrigerator/microwave, and private back deck. Enjoy a long soak in the double whirlpool private bath or relax in the custom steam shower. Luxurious touches abound: plush robes and towels, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforter, top quality mattress, two types of pillows, fresh baked cookies, and an espresso machine. Technology includes a flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player, iHome Bluetooth Wireless FM Clock Radio, work desk, and WIFI Internet.
Aptly named Retreat, this second floor bedroom is indeed a charming getaway with a vaulted ceiling and queen-sized canopy bed. Bedside lamps swing close for reading. The private bathroom offers a deep whirlpool bath and steam shower. Luxurious touches abound: plush robes and towels, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforter, top quality mattress, two types of pillows, homemade cookies, and an espresso machine. Furnished with a desk, telephone, WIFI Internet, flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player, iHome Bluetooth Wireless FM Clock Radio, mini-refrigerator, microwave, iron, and hair dryer.
Like your very own historic apartment, the two-room Graves' Suite tucks you away amid its soothing wall tints, luxuriously covered queen-sized canopy bed, gas fireplace, sitting room, and tasteful period furnishings. Steam away tension in the custom-built steam shower or share the luxury of sipping espresso in a double whirlpool bath, trimmed in Italian earth-tone marble. Find board games in the closet, volumes of reading material on the bench, and lovely antique clocks decorating the walls. In-room technology includes WIFI, television, DVD/CD player, and iHome Bluetooth Wireless FM Radio.
Upstairs in the Main House, Thomas' Room is a delightful space reflecting a simpler era. Antiques are pleasingly juxtaposed against luxurious bedding on a four-poster queen size canopy bed. Adjustable lamps assist nightly reading. Relax in the oversized, single whirlpool bath/shower. Luxurious touches abound: plush robes and towels, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforter, two types of pillows, fresh baked cookies, and an espresso machine. Technology includes a flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player, iHome Bluetooth Wireless FM Clock Radio, work desk, and WIFI Internet.
Travel up the dining room's time-worn stairs to the cozy guest room named for the Graves' daughter, Catharine. The full size, four-poster bed is dressed enticingly in crisp, triple-sheeted linens, a down comforter, and two types of pillows. Outside the bedroom window stands a stately sugar maple. The private bath offers upscale comfort with a single person whirlpool bathtub/shower. Luxurious touches include our plush robes and towels, fresh baked cookies, and an espresso machine. Enjoy the flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player, iHome Bluetooth Wireless FM Clock Radio, work desk, and WIFI Internet.
Airport, Countryside, Small town
Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 9 miles
Our exit number from I-75/I-71 is #181. If traveling south on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #182 and is called Turfway. If traveling north on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #180 and is called Union. - Exit 181 - Take KY 18 West to center of Burlington. - Turn right on Jefferson Street (Route 338). - Follow to Willis Graves, at the 2nd bend in road on the left.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Our website has a full listing of area attractions for you to enjoy during your next visit to Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn., Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo
Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Spa
Movie library, Parking , down comforters, triple sheeting, fresh-baked homemade cookies plated on your pillow each afternoon, complimentary bottled water and sodas available in the dining room mini-frig, both buildings have a covered porch for sitting outside
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Fairgrounds, Fair, Horse Shows, Car Shows, Antique Show (at Fairgrounds), Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts
Nancy and Bob Swartzel
Dog-Innkeeper's Quarters Only
Nancy and Bob Swartzel have turned their love of antiques and building restoration into an award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Their attention to detail is evident in each room where they masterfully combine historic antiques, modern conveniences, and luxurious amenities. Nancy’s skills extend to the kitchen where she whips up culinary delights for overnight guests. Her recipes are featured in the Kentucky cookbook, "Room at the Table".
Full Gourmet Breakfast (Continental by request)
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , We have a wide and varied menu and do our best to accommodate your dietary requests. Guests may choose from signature entrees such as crème brûlée or orange marmalade French toast, breakfast pie, lemon waffles with blackberries, baked eggs and mushrooms in ham crisps, or our popular gingerbread pancakes.
French Toast: Crème Brûlée or Orange Marmalade
We offer two types of breakfast fare to meet guest needs: either a quick continental breakfast for those in a hurry or a full gourmet breakfast served at individual tables with fine linen tablecloths and china. For those in our dining room, we try to appeal to all the senses with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of soft music playing in the background. Our rotating menus include breakfast dishes that reflect our effort to present your meal with an artistic, attractive flair and include a first course of fresh fruit and homemade granola. Full breakfast is included with each night's stay.
Receive a 20% discount for same day reservations! Offer valid for one night in the Graves' Suite, William Rouse Suite, William Rouse Retreat, or Thomas' Room. Discounted rates vary depending on room type and day of the week. Enjoy this last-minute getaway special at an inn previously selected as one of the Top 10 Romantic Inns in America by American Historic Inns.