1861 Inn

300 N. Riverside Drive , Batavia, OH 45103 USA (Show map)


Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway? Maybe a mini-vacation? The 1861 Inn is your retreat. The 1861 Inn provides the leisure and business traveler with a unique alternative to the traditional hotel experience. Situated on seven and a half acres in the Village of Batavia, the inn offers a comfortable base to explore the many attractions that the metropolitan Cincinnati area offers. Two well-appointed and spacious guestrooms and a poolside guest cottage enhance the intimacy of your stay at the historic Penn Estate, which was completed just prior to the Civil War. All rooms offer private baths and countless amenities and the inn’s many common areas – from porches to pool to library – will guarantee a memorable B&B stay.



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

That Special Somewhere

5 on August 11, 2015

I was looking for somewhere special to take my husband to celebrate his birthday. The 1861 Inn intrigued me since my husband enjoys history and historical places. All the reviews I read were so positive and as it turns out they were also spot on!! Carole and Tom are a superb hostess and host duo. The 1861 Inn exceeded my expectations in every way. We would not hesitate to recommend the Inn and hope to go back again soon! Monica K.

1861 inn

5 on August 07, 2015

Great hosts at a quiet location

First Anniversary Weekend

5 on July 28, 2015

Let me start by saying that the 1861 Inn had some very large shoes to fill in our minds as we were married at another B&B last year that has since closed. We had been to this previous one 8 + times and adored the innkeepers. To put it mildly, we were blown away!!! Tom and Carole were the most gracious hosts and the Inn itself and the surroundings are just as spectacular! We stayed in the Guest Cottage and it was lovely, charming, cozy and the bed very comfortable. We spent all day lounging by the pool, hubby even dozed off a couple times on the raft!! Carole and Tom joined us in the evening poolside and we chatted for hours like long lost friends! The breakfasts were not only delicious, but the presentation was just as beautiful! Tom is a delightful storyteller and shared the history of the Inn one morning at breakfast. I would highly recommend the 1861 Inn; in fact we have already booked another weekend in August!!

lifestyle of the loved and cared for

5 on July 21, 2015

The 1861 Inn has everything you need. It could not have been more comfortable and clean. The breakfasts were decadent and made ready for any us anytime we wanted them. The owners were delightful. The house and the grounds were amazing. We stayed from Thursday through Sunday, July 16-20 2015 and truly hope we will have another opportunity to stay at the 1861 Inn. The Barr's Winter Park , FL

Outstanding In Every Way

5 on July 01, 2015

The 1861 Inn was the perfect place to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Carole and Tom have put a lot of thought and effort into making their beautiful home a relaxing and enjoyable place to stay. They’re the real deal - hosts who truly have it in their hearts to serve their guests and make them comfortable. We’ve never felt more appreciated at any place we’ve ever stayed before. As we were settling in, Tom offered to bring us a beer or a glass of wine. We mentioned our dinner preferences and they recommended an outstanding restaurant that turned out to be just what we had in mind. In the evening, we took advantage of the outdoor jacuzzi and the romantic setting. We stayed in Jenny’s Retreat, and it was everything we hoped for when we booked our reservation. The room was lovely and very well appointed. We even had our own screened in porch. The bed was so comfortable that we ended up sleeping like a couple of babies. In the morning, Tom brought coffee right to our room. Shortly afterwards, we went to the Dining Room where Carole served up a breakfast that was off the charts. She made from scratch, gourmet fare that included, among other things, a stack of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with fresh blueberries. She even gave us the recipe before we left. Looking at it after we got home confirmed what we knew at breakfast: our pancakes weren't quick or easy to make. That’s an illustration of how Carole and Tom do things, and how they blessed our stay at the 1861 Inn.

Our 'Second' Honeymoon Stay

5 on June 05, 2015

We had a 'second' honeymoon getaway weekend at the 1861 Inn in November 2014, and loved it! Very romantic, quiet, and our room was beautiful. It was exactly the sort of relaxing weekend we needed. Carole and Tom made great recommendations for dinner, and we had a nice time checking out the shops in a nearby town. Breakfast was delicious, and the conversation with our hosts was even better! We can't wait to go back to see how big baby Henry is!

Midwest Regatta Weekend

4.8 on May 19, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at the Inn. Immediately greeted by all with graciousness and hospitality. They accommodated our daughter's early breakfast, packed a 'to go' breakfast for my wife and made us feel welcome.

Wonderful stay with Carole and Tom!

4.0 on May 16, 2015

Had a wonderful stay at 1861 Inn for my husband's birthday on May 6. Tom and Carole were wonder hosts and their dog, Marley, was a hoot! From the time we arrived, we we given a historic tour of the premises and catered to. We stayed in Jenny's room which was very nice and clean. The private balcony was screened in and overlooked the pool area. I can't say enough about this gem, except that we had a marvelous time! Will definitely return.

25th Anniversary Getaway

4.4 on May 01, 2015

This was our first stay at 1861 Inn and we had a wonderful time. My husband and I have stayed at several different B/B's and it's neat to see how unique each one is. We were met out in the driveway, by both Tom and Carol. Such a great couple! Tom gave us a tour of the B/B and told us the historic part of it. He brought coffee up to our room each morning. Because it was our Anniversary we had a nice treat in our room that Carol had made. Carol is an awesome cook and each breakfast was delicious! I even was able to get a couple recipes. :) Thank you Tom and Carol for being such great hosts and for helping us celebrate our 25th Anniversary and making our stay so Memorable!

Wonderful Night at 1861 Inn

4.8 on April 23, 2015

My husband and I stayed in the cottage during our stay at 1861. Carol and Tom are wonderful hosts - because my husband and I have an old home, they took us for a "tour" around the house to show us the wonderful and historical elements of the house. Carol is a wonderful cook - the breakfast was very delicious. Tom was kind enough to deliver some coffee to us as we got ready. My husband loved the specially crafted mugs that we purchased two of them! And of course, if you're missing your dog, Marley is always game for a nice a belly scratch! We definitely would stay at the 1861 Inn again if we ever travel back/through Cincinnati.

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Rooms & Rates

Jenny's Retreat

This Parisian inspired room honors Jenny Penn, lifelong resident of the Penn estate. Originally her bedroom, this corner room looks out over the area that was once her beloved rose garden. Today, guests at the inn enjoy a private screened in porch that provides a spectacular view of the swimming pool with easy access to the deck via a private spiral staircase. Cherry queen sleigh bed, heart of pine floors, high ceilings and a charming European bathroom guarantee an enjoyable stay.

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


A favorite accommodation for those celebrating a special occasion or just looking for that special ambience. Decorated in relaxing shades of ivory and rust and soothing hues of green, with a splendid claw foot-soaking tub facing the fireplace. Snuggle under a warm comforter in the queen size bed overlooking a cozy fire. An adjoining private bath with steam shower completes this comfortable, spacious suite. Sunny large windows, hardwood floors and high ceilings. The room’s atmosphere is complete with a view looking down the lane to the river’s edge.

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


When the 1861 Inn was known as the Penn Estate, this small brick building was the smokehouse for the Penn family. Today, this poolside guest cottage provides the perfect setting for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Features charming cottage style décor, a queen size bed, working fireplace, shower and an adjoining sitting room with exposed brick - just steps from the main house and heated pool and spa.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $135

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Location Type

Metro Cincinnati


Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 32 miles

Directions to property:

I-275 to OH-32 East [Exit 63-B]. Exit OH-132-222 Owensville. Left on North Riverside. Left at 300 North Riverside.

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, Lindner Tennis Center, Nascar Raceway, Horse Trails, Golfing, Creation Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Piano, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Swimming pool/hot tub, Newspaper delivery, Boat and horse trailer parking, Apacious porches

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 PM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A one night deposit is required to confirm all reservations.
  • Cancellations: A 14 day cancellation prior to stay is subject to a $20.00 handling fee. Cancellations with notice of 7-days or less will result in a 50% charge of the room rate. Same day cancellations or a no-show reservation will be charged 100% of the rate. Rescheduling is considered a cancellation.



Carole & Tom Cottrill

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Cooking,reading, walking, bridge, tennis and historic preservation.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Poolside during season, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

An ample array of fresh baked scones and cakes.