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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Our stay at the Bailey House Bed and Breakfast was once again a relaxing and most enjoyable one. They we very helpful in suggesting what activities we could participate in while visiting the area. The rooms were clean as to be expected, the breakfast was nicely served, and the conversation around the table was stimulating. One really got the sense that you were very welcomed to stay and do what every made you comfortable. My wife and I had recommended staying at the Bailey House a couple of years, and they did. We all still talk about how enjoyable our stay there was, and look forward to our next visit.
The Bailey House Bed and Breakfast was wonderful. The breakfasts were fabulous and Karen and John were wonderful hosts. Our stay in the Pickney room was relaxing, quiet and a perfect getaway.
My boyfriend and I had a great stay at the Bailey house. It was clean and spacious. We wished that breakfast would have been more private and offered over a span of a few hours rather than one set time when everyone eats together at one big table. Although I guess that adds to the charm of the place and makes it easier for the owners who cook and bake everything themselves. I would recommend staying here and we would likely go back. It was a lovely visit and they even have a little dog that hangs out in the common areas!
Staying at the Bailey House is a delightful experience! I was greeted with Gluten Free cookies! A true treat for those on a GF diet:) You will find Karen and John very hospitable and focused on you having a wonderful stay. That includes info and discounts on area activities. It was a great get-a-way experience! I highly recommend the Bailey House!
Charming place. Our room was huge and had an attached room with 2 person hot tub. Hot tub was great and breakfast was delicious! Nice backyard with several sitting areas. Owners very personable...Thank you John, Karen and Barney for the stay..... Joy and Robbie
John and Karen are excellent hosts. They have obvious pride in their B&B and have the perfect personalities for this industry. They make you feel welcome and know the area very well to recommend activities for your day. We stayed here as an outlet to go to a concert at Alpine Valley and interaction with other patrons and the hosts led to aid our overall experience. The breakfast was amazing in quantity nutrition and presentation. Everything about our stay was first class and would recommend this B&B anytime. Having said that your opportunities will be limited as the establishment is currently listed for sale as John and Karen contemplate retirement. The B&B industry will certainly lose a pair of quality ambassadors when this happens and we wish John and Karen all the best in a well earned retirement.
The Bailey House was just beautiful. Everything was perfect. From the room, the breakfast,the outside grounds and pool. The history of the house and especially the owners Karen and John. Truly a wonderful experience.
My husband and I were looking to get away from Chicago for the weekend and we couldn't have asked for a better experience provided by John and Karen. It was our first time in a B&B and it'll definitely not be the last. The Bailey House is perfect for anyone who is looking for a cozy and homey place to stay in. We were welcomed with fresh baked cookies and cold iced tea and lemonade. We highly recommend the Smythe room. The decor, the fine details, and the space are just amazing. Breakfast was delicious! There's nothing better than spending a mini honeymoon weekend in a private house. It was a perfect experience! -Raphael and Patti
My wife and I needed to get away for the weekend before starting our new jobs. The Bailey House was the perfect stay. As a science and history geek, my favorite part was being across the street from the Yerkes Observatory. However, the property, the rooms, and the food are all close seconds. Lake Geneva was so crowded that we ended up spending much of our day hanging out on the wooded property reading books and enjoying the day. The rooms are gigantic and have spacious, clean hot tubs. The bed was more comfortable than our bed at home. As for my title, both Karen and John are generally excited to meet new people, hear their stories, and tell their own. I felt like I was visiting with relatives I haven't seen in many years and spent the mornings catching up (and eating the most amazing breakfast). Will definitely being going back the next time we go the Geneva Lake area.
We stayed at the Bailey House from a Friday night until Sunday morning in August. The rooms and living areas were comfortable and bright, and the hosts very generous. My expectations were met by the accommodations, but I was surprised to see certain aspects of the B&B quite run down. For example, the towels and robes were very well worn, and some rugs were torn and running. These things did not detract from our stay, but made me pause to consider why these things could not be upgraded. In these situations, I believe it is the little details which make a stay memorable and surpass expectations. The food was delicious each morning! I will say that the forced conversation and judgmental tone of the hosts over cell phones being present at breakfast were uncomfortable, but only for a short while. I would definitely stay there again, but will also consider other places when coming back to the area.
Upon arrival, welcomed with cookies. Very inviting hosts which made us feel like family. Hosts recommended place to eat locally. They knew what they were talking about. Excellent food at the suggested locations. Rooms are decorated nicely with many coffee table books about the area and its history. The breakfast were phenomenal very tasty and filling. Hosts did excellent job of getting conversations going at breakfast, so that it didn't feel like you were eating with strangers. It would have been nice if we could have stayed longer.
We stayed in the Smythe Suite. It was a beautiful get away. The inn keepers were very helpful and very pleasant. The breakfasts were outstanding. Karen and John were very adept at engaging ALL THE guests in the morning conversations. These were very entertaining and a great way to meet new people and start off the day. We were even able to have our adult son join us one morning for breakfast - so very kind of Karen and John. We will definitely stay here again when we visit the area. We highly recommend the Bailey House Bed and Breakfast.
John welcome dust warmly and gave us a thorough tour of our room in the inn before we settled into our space. They were open and friendly in the morning preparing breakfast we could visit with them during their cooking. Service was delightful food was delicious. Thank you John and Karen.
The Bailey house was fantastic, we stayed in the Smythe room which was huge and so comfortable, I loved that the hot tub was in a separate room. The hosts were fantastic and breakfast was great. The location was fabulous- close enough to downtown Lake Geneva to make it easy, yet far enough away to feel like a retreat. We walked down to Geneva Lake and walked on the lakefront path and that was gorgeous. What a fabulous place!
This was our 2nd visit to the Bailey House. We enjoyed the Smythe Suite for the 2nd time. The accommodations were homey, comfortable and cozy. Our tub for two was a soothing pleasure. Our hosts John & Karen made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. Karen's breakfasts were delicious and filling. John's directions to all the local events were "spot on." Our stay ended too quickly. We look forward to our next visit! Rod & Shirley