Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast

1812 Richview Rd , Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 USA (Show map)


A classic 1920's colonial. Tastefully decorated with antiques and fine reproductions including signature pieces from the "Althorp Living History" collection. Artwork, hardwoods, orientals, well-stocked book shelves, Jacuzzi air tub, heated tile bathroom floors, heated towel racks, Wi-Fi, HDTV, deck, and patio.



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  • Guest room5.0
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Always a Great Stay At Sidwell

5 on October 13, 2017

Larry does a great job. Very nice, clean well-appointed rooms.

A Warm and Elegant Retreat

5 on October 03, 2017

Impeccably decorated yet comfortable, Sidwell Friends offers the traveler a most welcomed experience. Complete with a handsome library, an impressive collection of DVD's and an elegant collection of antiques and artwork, no detail was spared in the design and execution of this beautiful home. Larry Sidwell was the perfect host, providing an amazing breakfast and friendly conversation. I hated to leave and hope to return soon!! Highly recommended! - David Robinson

Comfortable, well furnished and relaxing. Mr. Sidwell is a great host!

5 on September 26, 2017

The home well furnished with items from the period. The neighborhood is quiet and the stay was relaxing. Breakfast was wonderful!


5 on September 09, 2017

As we drove away, I said to my friend we couldn't have found a nicer place. Everything was just as you would hope in a B&B. Attention is paid to big things (like the wonderful beds) to smaller details (the bathroom amenities, bath robes, refrigerator for personal use, and snack and coffee table). This B&B offers a luxurious stay, while also meeting all the practical needs of travelers. I particularly appreciated the lovely breakfast, with a variety of offerings, home-made delicacies and local/seasonal peaches.

Lovely evening at charming bed and breakfast

5 on August 14, 2017

Mr. Sidwell was a gracious host. The house was great and parking was excellent. Historic neighborhood and downtown were worth a visit. We are planning to spend the night again soon.

Top Notch B&B

5 on August 08, 2017

Larry was an excellent host. Bed was comfortable. Got to try My Pillow.

Top Notch

5 on July 27, 2017

Our innkeeper, Larry, was excellent. He welcomed us and spent some time talking to us about the area and what there was to see and do. He adjusted the meals to conform to our allergies. Very accommodating and a lovely place to stay.

Wonderfull Stay at Sidwell Friends

4.8 on May 26, 2017

We just returned from an outstanding stay at Sidwell Friends in Mt Vernon, IL. Larry has a beautiful B & B, and is the most accommodating host. Our stay was highlighted not only by the fine accommodations, and the delicious breakfasts, but by our wonderful host Larry, who allowed us to want for nothing. We had an all around great time.


5 on February 27, 2017

This was our second visit to Sidwell House. This time, we stayed in the master suite. We enjoyed it so much we plan on returning.

Great experience!

5 on January 04, 2017

Beautiful bed and breakfast with a great inn keeper! I would highly recommend.

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Rooms & Rates


Our largest room. Lush carpet in the bedroom, oriental décor, flat screen TV, ceiling fans, thermostat controlled heat and AC. The large ensuite bath has heated tile floors, heated towel rack, a Jacuzzi "air" tub and a separate shower with six water flow options.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $174 - $174


This room has a queen size canopy bed. The canopy was hand knotted by High Country Canopies in Creston, NC. The room has original hardwood floors that have been beautifully refinished. The room includes a loveseat featuring upholstery fabric by the renowned English designer, Andrew Martin. The private, hall bath has heated tile floors and heated towel rack with a tub/shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $129


This room features two single beds. It has original hardwood floors that have been perfectly refinished. The room is classic colonial in style with crewel accents on draperies and accessories. The private bath (not shared) is just outside the door in the hall.There is a flat screen TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $129 - $129

Check Dates


Location Type

Small town


St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 90 miles

Directions to property:

From I64/57 take exit 95 (Il 15/Broadway). Turn east onto Broadway. Turn left (north) at 27th Street traffic light. Travel north on 27th Street to stop sign. Turn right (east) onto Richview Rd. Look for sign on left just before stop sign at 12th Street.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Religious Services, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Library, Movie library, Parking, Telephone , DVD Library, "Royalty" Memory Foam Mattresses, Gilchrist and Soames Toiletries, HDTV, Luxury Bed Linens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00-10:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: No deposit
  • Cancellations: Seven day notice: full refund.



Larry Sidwell

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

No pets

About the innkeepers

Gardening, reading, movies, antiques and travel.

Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8:00-10:00
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian