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1861 Inn

300 N. Riverside Drive , Batavia, OH 45103 USA (Show map)
230 Reviews
$135 - $155
per night

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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.

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

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.9

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Our stay

4.6 on July 07, 2014

loved this inn and innkeepers were delightful - very relaxed atmosphere, breakfasts were delicious!

Amazing Food and Beaurtiful Relaxing Setting

4.8 on July 03, 2014

Fabulous beautiful B&B. Tom and Carol are such kind warm hosts . You will enjoy amazing food and a beautiful get away at the 1861 Inn. Tom and Carol also preserve and share interesting history from the Civil war period of this original home. A wonderful experience!

Charming Getaway

5 on June 26, 2014

We spent the night at the 1861 Inn in the Pool Cottage to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. This was our first stay at a B&B and we will definitely return. Tom and Carole were so kind and welcoming. The cottage was cozy and perfect for our little getaway. Our favorite part of our stay was the pool/hot tub! Everything was clean and comfortable. We loved the "Sweet Dreams" surprise that we found on our bedside table before bedtime. We loved visiting with Marley and hearing Tom's stories about the house. Carole was warm and welcoming right from the start. The 1861 is a perfect place to stay!

Amazing B&B

5 on June 20, 2014

Me and my wife were very happy with this entire package at the 1861 Inn. Our room was great, the service was great, the other guest were a pleasure to talk to. We highly recommend the 1861 Inn if you are looking for a very relaxing and enjoyable getaway.

Perfect Stay

5 on June 18, 2014

My sister and I spent 3 wonderful nights at the beautiful 1861 Inn. The house is cozy and full of warmth. Our room was comfortable and had its own private balcony overlooking the pool. We spent the evening hours on the balcony enjoying the gentle breeze and watching all the fireflies lighting up the sky. Tom and Carole are kind, fun to talk to and are very accommodating. Breakfast was delicious. If we are ever in the area again, we will certainly stay at the 1861 Inn.

Cozy Cottage

5 on June 16, 2014

The hosts as well as being friendly and knowledgeable about the property's history also have impeccable taste. This is very attractive and clean inn with an interesting history. Carole is an excellent chef and we enjoyed our breakfast in the pretty dining room with the other quests. We liked the cottage where we stayed. It is poolside and has a small shower with the sink in the sleeping room. There is also a small room which has chairs and a sofa. The cottage's only disadvantage could be the proximity to the pool if it was being used and you are a light sleeper. We heard the pool recirculation pump vibration late at night.

fun little getaway outside of Cinci, would definitely go back!

4.8 on June 16, 2014

Tom and Carole are quite nice. Marley is such a loving pup! Breakfast was pretty good as well. Would highly recommend staying here.

Gluten free accomodation and fantastic hospitatlity

5 on June 09, 2014

First off, let me begin with how hospitable Carole and Tom are - the B&B owners. My partner and I were blown away by all the tiny details that made our stay comfortable and special. Everything was very clean. This B&B is in the perfect location to get to area attractions and yet it feels secluded enough for the purpose of "getting away from it all". Their good-spirited dog, Marley, enjoys making new friends and was a delight. I informed Carole, when making my reservation, that I have Celiac and needed gluten-free accommodations. When I arrived she mentioned she has a couple good friends with Celiac and is very familiar with it - for breakfast she made gluten-free biscuits, a fruit and yogurt dish (my favorite!!!), and an egg/sausage/hash brown bake. All of which were gluten free! Everyone has breakfast together and we all enjoyed the gluten-free breakfast together...I really appreciated that. Her tea and coffee is also gluten-free. I would suggest bringing any gluten-free cookies or dessert if you would want, as she didn't have any, though for longer stays she might provide some. They are also very close to Jungle Jims, which offers a huge gluten free section if you need something. Carole and Tom take an interest in their guests and I really appreciated their efforts to get to know us. We will be going back!

Everything Outstanding!!!

5 on June 01, 2014

My wife and I loved everything about the 1861 Inn! Our balcony room was superb. We sat out on the screened-in balcony and enjoyed the birds chirping and leaves in the trees rustling. Very peaceful. Tom and Carole were the perfect hosts. Upon arrival, Tom gave us the grand tour of the wonderful home and all of its history. At the last minute I requested a birthday package for my wife and Carole delivered! Fantastic cake, truffles, and a bottle if champagne. Wonderful surprise for my wife. Tom and Carole cooked up a splendid breakfast in the morning. Wonderful service and wonderful company as well. Don't hesitate to book a night or two at the 1861 Inn. You'll love it!!! Tom and Janice West Chester Ohio

The Best Getaway In Ohio

5 on May 28, 2014

My wife Chrystal and I first stayed at The 1861 Inn in September-2013. We had a great weekend and did not want to leave. The 1861 offers a very relaxing atmosphere, top notch service, and spotless clean rooms. The owners Carole and Tom go above and beyond to make your stay a great experience. Chrystal and I returned and stayed in May-2014 and our stay was wonderful. The atmosphere, cleanliness, service, and hospitality shown by Carole and Tom is second to none. The 1861 Inn is definitely our "go to" place, and when we checked out I made a reservation for July because we can't wait to go back! Sincerely, Chrystal And Chad Zimmerman

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Location Type

Metro Cincinnati


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

Directions to property:

I-275 East. Cross River into Ohio. Exit onto 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, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • 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

1 Cat , 2 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.


Details Diamond Collection

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

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