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1861 Inn

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

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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

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Our favorite inn!

4.8 on April 12, 2015

This was a repeat visit for us. The inn is delightful! The house, the rooms, the gourmet breakfast, the hosts, their friendly dog, the location, and the history. We will continue to return and we live hundreds of miles away.

Great Place to Stay

4.8 on March 18, 2015

This was a truly charming B&B. Carole and Tom were very welcoming and really went out of their way to try to make our stay comfortable. The breakfasts were sumptuous and delicious. We stayed in the guest cottage, which was a little on the small side but still wonderful - since it's in the property's old smokehouse, we expected it to be a little small, so no real complaint there. They made very good use of that space and we were quite comfortable. There is a dog on the premises, so if you're allergic you'll have issues, but we love dogs so no problem there. Can't really think of anything bad to say about the place - it was great.

Absolutely wonderful stay!

5 on March 17, 2015

This is one of the nicest places I have stayed! The room was huge and quite frankly I could have planted myself in that claw foot tub! The inn keepers are very friendly and knowledgable about the history of the property, and the breakfast was fantastic. The inn is close enough to Cincinnati to see and do what you want, but far enough out to be peaceful and quiet with really nice scenery. If you have never been here you absolutely should! We will definitely be going back.


5 on February 16, 2015

As repeat guest, we have always enjoyed Tom and Carol. They are the best hosts. We have stayed a several B&B's but Tom and Carol are hands down the best. Then there is Marley. He gets excited when guests arrive and then just melts to the floor when you start petting him. As always, breakfast was amazing. Planning on a return visit in the spring and summer. If you are reading this review and you've never been, it needs to be added to your to do list. You will not be disappointed.

Valentines Day Weekend

5 on February 16, 2015

Tom and Carole are so welcoming! Rooms were amazing! Breakfast was delicious! Can only say 2 negative things about the 1861 Inn: 1) Only one night is not enough time to spend there and 2) we couldn't bring Marley home with us. We will definitely be returning.

You owe it to yourself

5 on February 08, 2015

The 1861 Inn is the epitome of what a B&B experience should be. I was in the Cincinnati area for business and decided to ‘break the mold’ and try something different from staying in a typical road warrior hotel. Innkeepers Tom and Carole were incredibly gracious and detailed the long history of the pre Civil War property. After a brief tour of the home, I relaxed and enjoyed a fine Kentucky bourbon in the Inn’s cozy study while conversing about the various artworks in the house. If you are lucky, their loving spaniel Marley may stroll into the study to say hello. Ask to see the water closet just off the study, as it includes dozens of photos of dogs they have know, or possibly even a photo of your dog if you choose to send them one. I slept in Jenny’s Room, which includes a private screened porch with a wonderful view of the pool and wooded back yard. Unfortunately it was too cool in February to fully enjoy the porch, but I will definitely return in the Spring with my girlfriend, when the grounds begin to green. The bed in Jenny’s room was warm and one of the most comfortable I have slept in. The mornings breakfast was something you will never experience in a Marriott, etc., hotel as I was delighted with a warm fruit compote, and an amazing breakfast soufflé. Give yourself time to enjoy the breakfast, and a second, or third cup of coffee.

Anniversary getaway

5 on January 21, 2015

My husband and I planned a getaway after ten years and four kids. We were not disappointed. Carole and Tom were fantastic, warm, welcoming hosts who completely put us at ease. The food was delectable, the lodging comfortable, clean and sumptuous; and the overall stay was a relaxing delight. We felt so spoiled when we got back home to reality, we found ourselves wishing for Carole and Tom! Highly recommend!!

Wonderful experience keeps us coming back!

5 on December 02, 2014

We have stayed with Carole and Tom several times over the past few years and each time we have found the accommodations to be consistently high quality. The innkeepers are gracious and friendly, the food is careflly prepared, and the rooms are large and comfortable. The Inn has an historic charm that adds to the total experience.

hidden gem east of cincinnati

4.6 on November 28, 2014

we were looking for a "rural bnb experience" before our 2nd child arrived. we were not interested in traveling far, and delighted to find 1861 Inn in old Batavia. It couldn't have been more appropriate for what we wanted...7 acres, beautiful old estate, quiet, cozy, and friendly. Tom and Carole were great. The were professional, experienced inn-keepers. They were accommodating with small things that kept my wife comfortable during late pregnancy, the food was outstanding, and their joy about operating the bnb was infectious. We will return.

Wonderful retreat

5 on November 05, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at 1861 Inn. Carole and Tom were delightful hosts and the room (Riverside Room) was very cozy and relaxing. The soaking tub is the biggest I've ever used and the shower doubles as a steam room. Carole also made us a 4 course meal. The shrimp and grits were very tasty and the endless wine made it a very lovely evening in. We would like to come back in the summer to take advantage of the pool and hot tub! Allergy note: My husband and I both suffer from allergy (dust and dog) but did not have trouble even in this old house. Everything was kept very clean. If you have a dog allergy, just let the owners know in advance. We did not mention it but did not have any trouble.

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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

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.



Hot Deal

20% off Weekend Rates - 2 - night stay

Regular Rate: $140 now $108 (23% Savings:)

Savor a weekend getaway with that special someone at the 1861 Inn. Please contact the inn directly at +1-513-735-2466 to redeem this deal.

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

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