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Bailey House Bed and Breakfast

372 W Geneva Street , Williams Bay, WI 53191 USA (Show map)

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Situated on three acres directly across from the world famous Yerke’s Observitory, The Bailey House offers four beautifully decorated guests rooms. Each with private bath, double whirlpool, TV with DVD and basic cable. Enjoy the inground swimming pool, lawn seating, hammok and perennial gardens.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

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89 Reviews

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Amazing B&B even in the freezing winter!

5 on January 16, 2015

John and Karen were amazing hosts! The rooms were all amazing and clean. The breakfasts were absolutely fantastic. We highly recommend the Bailey House!

Wonderful place, lovely couple. Fun!!

4.2 on October 08, 2014

My lady and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As soon as we arrived, felt welcome and warm. Lovely, nostalgic place, lovely sounds of classic wood floors. Breakfast were simply works of art each day. Convenient to Lake Geneva and right across from Yerkes Observatory which John recommended. The conversation at breakfast was a highlight. Fireplace was awesome, huge whirlpool tub. Of course, a house this age has minor things that could be updated but they care for it lovely and they more than make up for some updated "finishings" at other places.

relaxing with good energy

5 on August 28, 2014

Awesome, awesome, awesome. This b&b has a great atmosphere , is relaxing and quaint. Owners were exceptional at letting you come and go as you please.breakfast was wonderful both times we ate there. Excellent conversation! Would definitely recomend the bailey house to a friend.thanks for a wonderful stay!

R & R at a B& B

4.4 on August 03, 2014

Our first B & B stay so maybe I was expecting more of the breakfast part than I should be. Overall, the stay was enjoyable.

2 Day Retreat

4.2 on July 12, 2014

Great old B&B, lovely house and grounds, great location and handy to Lake Geneva. Breakfast was wonderful and we had a great muffin demo. by John. All food presentation was very creative and deserves praise. My only negative comment is the bed and linens are tired and need possible retirement. Karen and John do a fantastic job and we look forward to a return trip on our 44th. anniversary. Al & Jan

Wonderful place to stay. We didn't want to leave :)

5 on May 27, 2014

My wife and I celebrated out 22nd wedding annivesary here. It was beautiful!! It was our first time at a B&B....we will definitely be back. I would highly recomend a stay here. John and Karen (and Barney) were great hosts. Very friendly and easy to talk to. Also great cooks, the food was fantastic!! Five stars all the way around.

Outstanding Experience

5 on March 16, 2014

This was our first time at a bed and breakfast, Karen and John were excellent hosts with stories and exceptional meals served. They knew the area very well and gave us some insider tips while we were there. We hope to visit again very soon. Thank for a great time, Popo and the Psy Doc.

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5 on February 26, 2014

We want to thank Karen and John for the outstanding hospitality for our Anniversary weekend. The rooms were absolutely fabulous and the food was great. Again Thanks Dylen and Pam Larsen

One of our favorite get-aways

5 on January 09, 2014

My wife, and I have been staying at the Bailey House for years. The rooms are always in perfect condition, and well worth the price. We always enjoy the breakfast, and the conversation that comes with it. John and Karen always make sure we are well taken care of, and have always provided exceptional advice for things to do in the area. I would highly recommend staying, and will be returning.

Love our stay!

5 on November 08, 2013

We loved the Bailey House!

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Location Type

Lake Geneva, Lakefront, Village


Milwaukee, WI (MKE-General Mitchell Intl.) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Getting to the Bailey House from Chicago is a breeze! Start out on I-94W to Wisconsin and keep right on going across the state line to Highway 50 (Exit 344 KENOSHA/LAKE GENEVA). From there hang a left onto WI-50 West for about 30 miles until you reach Lake Geneva. Follow WI-50 through the town of Lake Geneva 6 miles to Geneva Street exit. Follow Geneva Street through Williams Bay and look for the Bailey House sign on the right side of the road directly across from the Yerkes Observatory.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Boat Tours, Golf, Biking, Sailing, Skiing, Hiking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games , Gardens, Full, Plated Breakfast, In ground Pool

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two night minimum Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit equal to the first night’s charge is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Cancellations: We are a small inn, and we never, ever overbook like larger operations. We absolutely, positively promise we won’t give your room away...and in return, we expect you to honor your reservation and your financial commitment A refund will be given if you cancel at least seven days before your arrival (less a $20 service charge).



Karen and John Beckman

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About the innkeepers

Karen loves serving up her delicious breakfast recipes and her yummy cookies for hungry houseguests. John enjoys telling tall tales…have you heard one about the Capone gang in our garage? With the help of their friendly mascot, “Barney” (a Jack Russell/Beagle chipmunk chaser), they enjoy creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere where guests can rest, relax and regenerate.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area


372 W Geneva Street , Williams Bay, WI 53191 USA (Show map)

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