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Garth Woodside Mansion

11069 New London Rd. , Hannibal, MO 63401 USA (Show map)
153 Reviews
$189 - $395
per night

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The longest running Inn in NE Missouri over 25 yrs. This may be the ultimate experience at this award-winning inn. Always voted # 1 bed and breakfast in Missouri by inngoers, and now in the entire Midwest. 39 acre estate, stunning views, grand architecture, an uncommon full breakfast, canopy beds, plush robes and more. Location is ideal for your stay in Mark Twain Country. Come for a romantic and magical stay. Polished perfection where relaxation is the primary goal. Enjoy sitting on our large veranda and rock while enjoying nature's stunning vistas. Enjoy visiting with a retired military couple married for over 30 years.




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.7

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Sweet Retreat

4.8 on February 19, 2013

What a wonderful surprise tucked into the woods not far from Hannibal, MO. This historic mansion is beautiful and the folks who run it are so gracious and helpful. What a find!

Excellent place!

5 on February 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Samuel Clemens room on December 9. The room was lovely--they had chocolate-covered strawberries waiting in the room when we arrived, the food was awesome (we only had breakfast at the mansion, though; we had a delicious dinner at La Binnah Bistro), and John and Julie were warm and friendly! The only thing we would change about our visit was the weather. Thanks to the cold, we weren't able to explore the grounds. We're planning to return during warmer weather to take advantage of the trails around the mansion. We recommend this B&B to anyone who enjoys history, Victorian splendor, and old-fashioned hospitality!

Quiet Seclusion

4.8 on November 29, 2012

Garth Woodside Mansion is an excellent choice for a romantic get-away. The mansion is beautiful with all the charm of another place and time. The breakfast served at a time of our choosing was fantastic. The owners were very friendly and just made you feel at home. I am looking forward to going back with my husband soon or in the spring or summer along with my 4 sisters for a fun sisters weekend. Thanks again, John and Julie.

Great Experience!

5 on November 20, 2012

5 stars on all of the above!! More than 5 stars :) We will be back for sure, not soon enough though!! Great company, beyond peaceful and more relaxing than I could have imagined! Can NOT wait to go back! Matt and Julie Mileszko

Great place for a romantic getaway

4.4 on November 20, 2012

This was our 10th stay at the Garth and everything was perfect as usual: great food, beautiful mansion, super comfortable beds, enjoyable hosts, gorgeous grounds, breath taking view, etc. I just can't say enough about the Garth. You MUST try it!!

A gem in the wilderness

4.6 on October 02, 2012

The Garth Woodside Mansion in Hannibal Missouri will be your “Outstanding and Exceptional” that you will compare to all other Bed and Breakfast experiences. I was pretty surprised to be 'kidnapped' and taken away this past weekend by my sisters and mother. I was under whelmed when they said we were going to Hannibal Missouri. Do they have paved roads and indoor plumbing? Yes, they do by the way. Wow, the Garth Woodside Mansion is one of America's true jewels and gems. I am so happy to see one of these special places preserved, functioning and glorious. It's a privileged - and fun - to 'live' for a moment in a house that was once a real home and represents a time in our country’s history. But it wasn't a museum stay; we laughed, relaxed, gossiped and shared a special weekend together. The area does not have the types of activities we normally do together - plethora of antique and gypsy markets, multiplex movie theater to indulge in something we wouldn’t see at home, quirky art community to gawk at the unusual and truly extreme creative minds. Since there were four of us we entertained ourselves and chatted away. The Garth Woodside Mansion has a large-ish dining area so you’re not served ‘family style’ around one grand table in the formal dining room. That may vary with occupancy. For us it was fine but I know sometimes, with my husband, we want to visit and mingle with other guests. It is a bit pricy for the “average” weekend getaway. But remember you really do get what you pay for and once there you remind yourself this is the story you will always tell about the most exceptional B&B experience you have ever had. I recommend everyone who has been to at least one B&B to make the Garth Woodside Mansion in Hannibal MO a priority stay.

September 2012

4.4 on September 30, 2012

We stayed in the Dowager Cabin. Lovely, peaceful, cozy. Looking forward to staying again.

Absolutely Beautiful!! We will be back!!

5 on September 26, 2012

The innkeeper's John and Julie were wonderful. They made you feel at home the whole time you were there. We enjoy a bed and breakfast every year for our anniversary and this was definitely one of the best ones we have been too! We will be back!!!

Warm and relaxing Bed & Breakfast

5 on September 22, 2012

This was our last stop on our vacation and we had such a wonderful time that we didn't want to leave. Julie and John are the most perfect innkeepers and treated us like family. The food was excellent. The grounds were a delight to take a walk thru and relax in. We had a great time. Mary and Dana

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4.4 on September 21, 2012

Very relaxing wrap-around porch - great for sitting back with a good book. The food was outstanding, the service was fantastic, the room was very quiet, and the owners and staff were very friendly.

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Rooms & Rates

Rosewood Room

Rosewood Room is on the second floor and was the original room for Mrs. Garth. Of course, they did not share bedrooms! Queen bed made of Rosewood, large armoire and views of three sides of the property.

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

Nightly Rate: $185 - $185

Avie's Room

Avie's Room is on the second floor and with the ten foot windows and facing the east the south is the brightest bedroom in the mansion. The light blue colors make it soft, but still not too frilly for the male to object. Full canopy floating overhead.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $185 - $185

John Garth Room

This stately Master Bedroom suite hosts the original furniture to John Garth. A grand sized queen bed with a had carved headboard over 10 feet tall. The original Carrera Marble fireplace now burns gas instead of the coal once required (remote controlled). Often referred to as a honeymoon or anniversary suite, this bedroom features a beautiful custom made two-person whirlpool jetted tub. You will notice the design emulates the 2nd story veranda to keep in touch with the motif. Like all of our rooms, the John Garth room has a private bath with a shower. This is the largest room in the mansion. Overlooking the flower gardens and into the woods, you always have a beautiful view through the three 10 foot original-paned glass windows. It is pretty cool to see the deer eating at dusk and dawn from your windows. The llamas do not seem to care if they are there. Second floor room.

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

Nightly Rate: $245 - $245

Samual Clemens

Often requested room is the guest room in which Mark Twain stayed. Anytime Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) came to visit Hannibal since he had moved out at 18, he would stay at the Garth Mansion in this very room. There are three ten-foot windows, one with a front view, and two on the garden side. An exquisite queen-size, half-tester bed wraps you in luxurious comfort. View the front lawn and gardens while looking out your room's windows, with the original panes of glass. This room has a private bath with shower. There is also the original Carrera marble (remote controlled, gas burning) fireplace.

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

Nightly Rate: $205 - $205

Woodside Room

A quiet retreat is easy in this honeymoon suite. A queen-sized bed, a private bath with a shower and also a two person whirlpool tub. The hypoallergenic featherbed and a toasty warm gas burning fireplace are assurances your desires will be fulfilled. High thread count sheets and an oversized whirlpool... now you know why we call this our honeymoon suite. But all the more reason to stay for you anniversary. Call now to reserve one of our most popular rooms.

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

Nightly Rate: $235 - $235

Hillside Room

The focal point of the spacious Hillside Room is a new QUEEN size, bed. The four poster antique bed is now a queen size, but the room is still very open and warm. Views of the hillside and llamas will surely please. There are two windows facing two sides of the property. This room features a private bath with a shower. The perfect room to get away to and spend quality time together in. And yes, the WiFi reaches all the rooms; this has a great desk for business folks. Great third floor room.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $195

Oden Rogers

A rich teal and mauve floral wallpaper, lace bedcover and a warm remote controlled gas fireplace sets the mood for the perfect private get-away. Queen canopy feather bed. All rooms have a private bath with a shower in a separate room within the guests private quarters. This might not seem like a big deal, but in the middle of the night ~ it is. This room is on the third floor.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $195

Country Fair

A warm room done in mauve with a ribbon border surrounds this wonderful room. A queen sized canopy bed and lots of charm will be yours. Alone together, turn your back on the outside world. There are three windows in this large open room facing the east and the wooded side to the south. Even on the third floor, not another house can be seen. This room also has a private bath with a shower en suite. Of the third floor rooms, this is one of Julie's favorite. Third floor room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $195 - $195

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Location Type



St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 99 miles

Directions to property:

#61 Hwy turn East Warren-Barrett Drive make first right turn. Travel 1/2 mi. inn is the first mansion on the right side.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Dinner Theatre, Mark Twain Home, Haunted Ghost Tours, River Boat Rides, Trolley Tours, Tour Historical Homes, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

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

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Theater, Mark Twain Museums, Trolley Sightseeing Tours, Historical Home Tours, Llama feeding, Mississippi River Boat Rides, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00-5:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Yes On veranda and balcony areas only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes inquire at time of reservation.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small pets are welcomed in our Woodside Cottage.
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night min. weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Payment is due when the reservation is made and confirmation will be sent via email at this time.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made at least 10 days in advance of scheduled arrival will be refunded, less a 10% handling fee, or fully exchanged for a gift certificate to be used at a future date. For cancellations less than 10 days in advance, a 50% refund will be provided. If we are able to rebook your room to another guest, we will provide a full refund, less 10% handling fee. Cancellation made less than 24 hours of reservation will receive no refund unless we are able to rebook the room.



Col (Ret) John & Julie Rolsen

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About the innkeepers

John is a retired colonel from the Air Force. They have always enjoyed overnight guests when they moved to new locations. Julie is a super cook and you never leave the mansion hungry. John loves to play golf with the guests!

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  • Time Served: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Serving Location: New Woodside Dining Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , low- carb, gluten-free

Signature Dish

Peach French Toast a la Garth
One of the best variations of traditional French Toast which is marinated overnight for its special flavor and the Missouri Strata with fresh MO ingredients


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11069 New London Rd. , Hannibal, MO 63401 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $20 gift card!