Victorian elegance in the heart of the Lake Erie harbor town of Ashtabula. Themed rooms are decorated with antiques but have all the modern amenities to insure a comfortable and memorable stay.
5 on February 18, 2015
My husband and I take several weekend and sometimes long weekend getaways a year just to recharge our batteries. We have been doing that for about 6 years. I can truly say that our stay at the Gilded Swan was the BEST weekend getaway we have ever had. I love Victorian themes! When we arrived late Friday night after a very long week, I felt like I was in a dream. We were lucky enough to have the house to ourselves for the weekend due to a very bad winter storm that we somehow managed to get ahead of. The Vintage Suite was just beautiful and oh so cozy! There was a handwritten note and yummy treats waiting for us upon our arrival. We marveled at the spacious private suite and then took the tour of the home. I kept telling my husband as we walked from room to room that THIS WAS MY HOUSE! I finally found my dream house - hahaa! Elaine was the consummate gracious host and we enjoyed her spectacular culinary skills as much as we enjoyed our breakfast banter the next morning. My husband and I are already planning another weekend getaway to revisit our lovely "home" away from home in Ashtabula. We told Elaine it was so nice visiting because we were far enough from Cleveland without having to drive for hours to our new favorite B n B. On Saturday, we visited the Goddess winery and had dinner at Hil-Mac Seafood restaurant on Saturday - both just wonderful. The Goddess winery is eclectic and so cozy - Denise and JR are lovely people. We wanted to come back later to enjoy the live music at the winery afterwards. We just didn't make it though - after enjoying a fabulous and affordable Valentine's Day dinner at Hil-mac, we could barely walk to our car! Just the PERFECT weekend all the way around. Neither of us wanted to leave The Gilded Swan ~ can't wait to get back soon!
5 on January 21, 2015
I was delighted to discover that my room was luxurious and well-appointed besides charmingly Victorian. I have stayed in many historical B&B's that are adorable, but lacking the practical necessities of the twenty-first century.Not so with the Gilded Swan. I loved the ambiance, the comfort and the hospitality provided by Elaine. Well done. When traveling in the area, I will be back!
5 on November 16, 2014
What a beautiful treasure the Guilded Swan turned out to be. I planned a romantic quick getaway for me and my boyfriend this Veterans Day and Elaine was icing on the cake. From the moment I contacted her for a reservation to even now....she has made a lasting impression. We drove from Columbus but spent the day relaxed as made our way up. We stopped at one of the many nearby vineyards and enjoyed the afternoon with great wine and pleasantries from the locals and barkeep. When we made it to the B&B Elaine was there to greet us and ensured we were comfortablely settled in. Our evening was quiet and very comfortable in the beautiful king suite. The home is beautiful from top to bottom and we enjoyed gazing at all of the delights Elaine has collected for the home over the years. Breakfast was yummy and enjoyable with good conversations from the tenants and Elaine's company at the table. We are grateful to have been able to stay with her and look forward to another adventure really soon. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a lovely place to stay in the lovely town of Ashtabula.
4.8 on November 12, 2014
Elaine Swanson is not only a great cook and hostess but she graciously gives back; offering her four beautifully appointed rooms to veterans on this holiday, simply as a thank you to those who have served our country. My husband and I entered this Victorian home in Ashtabula to find a beautifully renovated, immaculately clean and well appointed Victorian home. Communication prior to our warm welcome was clear and timely. Our room had a king bed with private sink and toilet and shared a huge bathroom with shower offering every amenity, including a microwave for early or late coffee or tea. Another room we saw had a queen bed and a large en-suite bathroom with whirlpool tub. The dining room table was beautifully set and our complimentary breakfast was a feast of coffee, juice, fresh fruit, a scrumptious potato and cheese strata with hot cheese sauce, sausage served with warm maple syrup and warm cinnamon streusel muffins. Elaine we discovered is an accomplished artist, which shows in her wonderful decorating and attention to detail and is very civically involved. If you are in the Ashtabula County area, we recommend this as a great place to stay a few days. Elaine is very helpful and knowledgeable about things to do and see in the area and you will leave feeling quite pampered. Thank you!
5 on November 12, 2014
This was our first stay at a B & B and we were a bit unsure of what to expect, we were greeted by the beautiful owner Elaine, who quickly made us feel both comfortable and welcome. The house was filled with period pieces fitting of its' age, which added to the ambiance of romance and sophistication. A private and lovingly prepared room provided needed rest and relaxation. Breakfast was abundant and delicious. We were absolutely honored to stay as quests of Elaine for Veterans Day, and were treated like royalty from start to finish. We will definitely return and be sure to tell our friends. Thank you Elaine for setting such a high standard and for caring so much. Your kindness was deeply appreciated and will be long remembered. ~ C & C
5 on September 02, 2014
My husband and I needed a night away, and not too far from home. We arrived and met owner Elaine, and toured the house. Love those homemade cookies waiting for us! Wonderful Victorian home, and so homey and clean. We toured the Harbor area, had a fabulous Mexican dinner (and margaritas just blocks from the house. The best was the stuffed french toast for breakfast, AMAZING! I enjoyed sitting on the front porch reading, playing cards and game. We are welcoming empty nest after 30 years of parenting!
4.8 on July 20, 2014
Elaine's Gilded Swan was the perfect place for my weekend with my mom on an ancestry trip. We stayed in the main floor suite - spacious, charming, clean, and comfortable. We bought lunch items at Cleveland's West Side Market before going to Ashtabula, and enjoyed them in the Gilded Swan's kitchen before heading out visiting the area. Elaine's breakfasts - tailored to even this vegetarian! - were tasty and beautifully presented. She and Tony are so knowledgeable about the area and offered great suggestions of places to visit. Highly recommend.
4.8 on July 19, 2014
On a geneology journey with my daughter we were two night guests of the Gilded Swan. Elaine and Tony are attentive and were of great help with information to aid our data gathering. The home is a treasure of vintage decor providing insight into the early days of Ashtabula. Each breakfast was oh so tasty. This quaint and elegant retreat should satisfy most all people desiring a special experience - even without the need for a special occasion. It would be a delight to return for more of the attentive care amidst special surroundings.
5 on July 09, 2014
We stayed at the Gilded Swan on the 4th of July Weekend 2014. The Bed & Breakfast was absolutely charming and hospitable. We enjoyed Elaines wonderful breakfast . The location was great for Lake Erie and Geneva on the Lake. Rooms were just beautiful and very well maintained. We loved all the antiques all over the house. At first we didn't think it would be private enough but, we didn't here the other guests at all.. Breakfast was particularly nice as the conversations with the other guests at a formal table was incredible. You are served your meal and it is cleared away when you are finished . They used real china. Was a great trip and would do it again in a heartbeat.. Great stay for little money. cj and rick
4.8 on July 08, 2014
We’ve stayed three times at the Gilded Swan (3 different rooms) and will be back again. All were comfortable and furnished with details to explore. Some of the rooms share a shower, but I have never been inconvenienced by that, and all rooms have toilets and sinks. Two of the rooms have Jacuzzis. Staying there is like visiting family. We were greeted with genuine friendliness no matter what time we arrived. There are furnishings and knick knacks everywhere creating a Victorian atmosphere. There are comforts of home like a kitchen, use of the refrigerator, fresh cookies (and sometimes scones), and amenities around the house to enjoy. She even left me a pot of tea in the refrigerator for iced tea in the evening. Elaine and Tony are expert tour guides for selecting places to visit and how to get there. They are very knowledgeable about the city which lends to fascinating conversations. Like I said, it's like visiting family! Elaine will prepare a wine and cheese plate for you for an affordable price. And if all that isn’t enough Elaine is an excellent cook and sets a beautiful table with Victorian flair, even real silver cutlery. Count yourself lucky if you are there when she cooks stuffed French toast. Make sure you have her tell you about how she bought the house and all the work that has been done on it and you will understand her passion for operating a B&B.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery
Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi
Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
stuffed french toast
Whole grain bread stuffed with honey infused cream cheese then dipped in egg batter and grilled to perfection. Topped with sauteed apple slices and maple syrup. Yummm!