Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn

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

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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.

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Overall
4.8

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

Simply the Best

5 on June 21, 2016

My wife and I have stayed here three times over the years and are never disappointed.


Wow

5 on June 21, 2016

My wife and I stayed here for our 21st anniversary and it was the most wonderful experience we've ever had.


Truly deserving of America's Top 10!

5 on June 20, 2016

Absolutely exceeds our expectations again and again even after our sixth visit!


Beautiful place and great hospitality!!

5 on June 08, 2016

We stayed in the cabin suite for our 5yr anniversary and it was wonderful! This was our first B&B experience and we sure picked a good one. The owners were lovely and we felt right at home. The furniture was comfortable, cabin was in immaculate condition, breakfast was fancy and delicious , and we would definitely stay again . I would highly recommend this place!


Charming, historic B&B

4.4 on June 05, 2016

My wife & I were on our 25th wedding anniversary road trip and this was our first overnight stop. Very pleasant, gracious hosts without being overbearing. We stayed in the Thomas Room which was cozy, nicely decorated, and quiet. An attached modern bathroom was very clean and well-appointed. Breakfast was wonderful with the dining room absolutely charming. Be aware that if you have mobility issues, you will want to avoid the 2nd floor of the inn because the stairs are quite steep and narrow. This is not a criticism. In fact, we found it to be part of the charm of this 1830s home. However, it may be a point the reader may not otherwise consider unless it were mentioned. The cost was comparable to what we've paid at other B&Bs. If you are considering a one night nearby romantic getaway, this is an excellent choice. The Tousey House restaurant nearby is another historic venue which offers fine dining and would nicely complement the experience. Something that struck me as possibly ideal for family gatherings was the log cabin available on the property. Though we did not stay there or even see its interior, my expectation would be that it would be wonderful based on my experience at the inn. The owners are obviously experienced professionals in the hospitality industry.


Willis Graves is the BEST!

5 on June 04, 2016

Best B and B I've ever stayed in. Breakfast is unbelievable. Staying in the log cabin is a must.


Best B&B Ever!

5 on June 03, 2016

We took a 10 day road trip to Washington, DC staying at B&B's along the way and this was the best one on our trip. The warm and friendly innkeepers have made this historic home a labor of love, keeping its vintage charm while including modern amenities. For the full breakfast, we were given a number of options from a menu, just like in a gourmet restaurant. Burlington also had a number of other good restaurants to dine at for our other meals. We would definitely go back there if we travel in that area again.


Wonderful trip!

5 on May 23, 2016

Stayed two nights while in town for work. For the price it cannot be beat. The rooms were clean. Bathroom was invigorating. Nancy made a wonderful breakfast both days. I'll definitely be returning.


Beautiful and peaceful, absolutely perfect!!!

5 on May 21, 2016

Everything was perfect! Hospitality was warm and welcoming! Very clean, inviting and cozy. The Robin nests were an extra bonus. Grounds were breathtaking!!! All was more than excellent!!!


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.


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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

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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

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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".

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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.


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