Gilded Swan Bed & Breakfast

5024 West Avenue , Ashtabula, OH 44004 USA (Show map)

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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.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Family outing at the Gilded Swan

5 on August 19, 2015

The owner, Elaine, was extremely attentive from start to finish, from working with us on our room selection to feeding us the most delicious breakfasts. She made us feel right at home in Ashtabula. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in town.


covered bridges

4.6 on August 18, 2015

We had a great stay. We were in the area to visit the covered bridges but didn't know much about the area. We got great information from our lovely hostess.breakfasts were great and the conversation was enjoyable. We would definitely recommend this one!!!


Great Location for Greenway Trail Bike riders

4.0 on April 26, 2015

Would we Book a room again, Yes! My wife and I like to travel to Ashtabula for bike riding on the Western Reserve Greenway Bike path which is a paved 47 mile rails to trails. The Gilded Swan is very close to the actual path. You can ride right from the B&B. We checked out the reviews before we booked a room, as I am sure that is why you are reading this. We agree with all of the positives, Elaine is great. Breakfast was wonderful and her company even better. This is why you stay at a B&B. I guess the best way to counter the negative reviews are don’t judge a B&B by its town. Odds are you also have a reason to be in Ashtabula, the location is perfect for us as bike riders but if not the inside of the B&B will make you forget that Ashtabula is a like many aging industrials towns in the NE. How attractive is the exit off of 1-90 where you will find your hotel? Our room was very large and comfortable, we stayed in the down stairs Vintage suite. The B&B has Wi-Fi which worked fine for me. We stayed during the week so there was some road and railroad noise in the mornings, but nothing that kept us from sleeping at night. Again for the value, Elaine’s hospitality and breakfast, I am sure you will also be hard pressed to find a reason not to want to return once you have been inside.


Best weekend getaway we have EVER had!

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!


What a lovely home away from home

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!


Exceeded our expectations!

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.


Veterans Day Gift

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!


Set the bar high!

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


What a treat, house full of atmosphere, and owner delightful.

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!


Comfort, charm, and hospitality

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.


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Location

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited we have no provisions for younger children
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card is required for deposit. Full payment is requested at check-in.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation more than 14 days prior to reservation date there is no charge. Within the 14 day period full amount will be charged unless room can be rented to another guest. Every effort will be made to do so.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Elaine Swanson

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

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!