Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn

5825 Jefferson Street , Burlington, KY 41005 USA (Show map)

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

About

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.

Video

Reviews

Overall
4.8

Write A Review
  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Superb B&B - Was Blown Away!

5 on May 16, 2016

My husband and I absolutely loved this B&B! We stayed in the Mr. & Mrs. Graves' Suite, which includes a living room area with couch, chairs, and a gas fireplace; a bedroom with a large canopy bed; and a full bathroom with an incredible and huge whirlpool tub as well as steam shower. There were delicious cookies and espresso to greet us when we arrived. Nancy was very friendly and helpful, explaining everything we needed to know once we arrived. There is a very peaceful and beautiful patio overlooking gardens and fields which was so relaxing to sit in. It is a very historical building with many authentic antiques so you really feel like you have stepped back in time. The breakfast was phenomenal! I had the creme brulee French toast which was one of the most delicious breakfasts I have had! My husband and I felt so at home here and our only regret is not staying for a longer period of time.


Willis Graves B&B - Thomas Room

5 on May 09, 2016

Nancy and Bob Swartzel, the proprietors, were fantastic. Very welcoming and polite. The Thomas Room was as pictured and located in the main house. It was snug but comfortable. The whirlpool bath was very comfortable. It was deep and designed to sit in at a comfortable recline. The in-room espresso maker was marvelous and convenient with it's Keurig-like espresso cups/pods. There was a large collection of DVD's and access to the kitchen coffee pots. Alarm had a docking station for ipod. The back porch was large with lots of seating options to enjoy the fantastic wooded view. Breakfast was amazing. Truly amazing. Nancy was accommodating of my work schedule as I was there for work travel and I dined a little early with zero problems. I have to recommend the orange marmalade French toast. I dream about it. All in all an excellent value and well situated in a short drive from shopping, dining and entertainment. I'll be back. One note, the stairs in the main house were very steep. It was not a problem for me, but if you have mobility issues, you may want to try for a ground floor room in the other, log building if there is such a room available.


Burlington's Hidden Treasure

3.6 on May 02, 2016

Willis Graves B&B is a wonderful retreat and the owner's couldn't be kinder and more hospitable. The breakfast was absolutely delicious. You can't go wrong with the gingerbread pancakes and homemade granola.


Very nice

5 on April 26, 2016

First time at a B&B the owners are very nice the room was excellent! Steam shower and jacuzzi tub very nice. The breakfast was delicious . Would highly recommend .


it was fun

3.8 on April 22, 2016

we had gift cards from family The inn keepers were wonderful and the room was outstanding. We had a lot of fun in the town and when in the log cabin loved the basement tv room.


Charming rustic B&B

4.6 on April 02, 2016

We had a wonderful stay! The innkeepers are very knowledgeable of the area. They were very helpful with meal and activity information. I truly enjoyed the Eagle Bend Alpaca farm. The animals are beautiful! I would recommend for a relaxing time.


Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast

5 on March 27, 2016

Exceptional rooms and hospitality.


Favorite B&B ever!

5 on March 19, 2016

The innkeeper, Nancy, loves people, and it shows. The dining was gourmet and the accommodations were superb. I cannot recommend this B&B enough.


Had a wonderful time

5 on March 16, 2016

Nancy was the perfect host for a wonderful weekend. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and great company. Beautiful, clean, and comfortable accommodations. We had a terrific time. Thank you for having us!


Amazing accommodation.

5 on March 08, 2016

The innkeepers love people, and it shows in their friendliness and attention to detail. The food was gourmet, and the setting and beautifully unified.


View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

William Rouse Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

William Rouse Retreat

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Graves' Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Thomas' Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Catharine's Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Visit Website

Location

Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Small town

Airport

Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 9 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

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

Visit Website

Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Contact Innkeeper
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Please check our website for current policies and cancellation terms.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Nancy and Bob Swartzel

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dog-Innkeeper's Quarters Only

About the innkeepers

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".

Visit Website

Meals

Breakfast

Full Gourmet Breakfast (Continental by request)

  • Time Served: 7:00 - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

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.


Signature Dish

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.


Recipes