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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Reviews

Overall
4.8

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

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 .


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.


Love this place!

4.8 on March 02, 2016

The attention to detail, cleanliness and hospitality of the innkeepers makes this b and b stand out from the rest. This is truly a special place, especially for couples who need a getaway or to celebrate a special occasion. The breakfast is 5 star and worth the trip itself! Do wish it wasnt quite so costly so we could come back more often. Definitely worth the splurge though. Room note...voices and tv noise to carry through the floors to the upstairs cabin retreat. We had to play soft music to drown out the loud tv to go to sleep. Not a deal breaker for sure but worth noting for future guests.

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad that you liked our place. The cabin has two rooms and you are correct about the possibility of noise traveling. This only happens when someone really turns up the level of the TV or the radio.. Some of our guests even talk louder than most guests so for sure it is possible to hear some noise. It does not happen very often. It helps to close the bedroom door of the Retreat. Sometimes we forget to mention that and in a case like this one sound will travel up the stairs. Thanks so much for the input, we appreciate your concern.. I hope that you come back. Most Sincerely, Nancy Swartzel


Absolutely outstanding!

5 on February 26, 2016

Best hospitality ever! Hosts were warm and friendly, and very detailed in the accommodations of their home. We felt right at home and shared pleasant conversations multiple times. The breakfast meals were delicious and more than enough. A truly beautiful home. Will definitely go back for another stay!


wonderful

4.6 on February 24, 2016

this was my first stay at a B&B and I didn't know what to expect. From the moment I walked in the door I was welcomed and felt an at home type of peace. I will be staying there again.


Wonderful as always

5 on February 10, 2016

Nancy and Bob are wonderful innkeepers and do everything to make your stay as fantastic as you could want. Breakfast is outstanding and the antiques and old world charm make this bed and breakfast a nice get away. We have stayed there 4 times now and love it more and more.


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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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