Bailey House Bed and Breakfast

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


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 room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Bailey House is a great facility in a great location.

4.0 on June 10, 2015

And they're looking for new owners! What a fantastic turnkey business opportunity.

A life changing experience

5 on June 04, 2015

My husband and I stayed at The Bailey House last weekend for our "babymoon." From the point of our arrival, John and Karen showed themselves to be welcoming and friendly hosts. The atmosphere was very comfortable and cozy. The breakfasts were delicious both mornings, and the conversations with John and Karen made them even more enjoyable. We would absolutely stay again if in the area and recommend The Bailey House to anyone.

This is the way a bed and breakfast should be!!!

5 on April 26, 2015

The Bailey House in Williams Bay is a beautiful home with a wonderful history. The hosts Karen and John are very gracious and fun to chat with. Their breakfasts are something right out of a gourmet magazine. The rooms were as advertised and the home and grounds are all beautiful. We stayed in The Smythe Suite and it was even bigger than the pictures implied. We have stayed at quite a few B&B's over the years and while the homes have been from good to great, the meals are sometimes lacking but not here. This was all good and in a nice quiet community a small ways from Lake Geneva.

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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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