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

Great stay time after time

5 on October 13, 2016

I always feel like I'm coming home when I stay at Sidwell Friends B&B. Larry is a wonderful person as well as a wonderful host and I always feel so comfortable there. I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Mt. Vernon!


5 on September 01, 2016

My husband and I had a great time at Sidwell. Although we were just passing by the town on our road trip and only stopped by to spend the night, I would definitely stay at Sidwell again and recommend it to anyone who is interested in great service and amazing breakfast in a clean and beautiful bed and breakfast.

Why would you stay anywhere else?

5 on August 11, 2016

It’s been almost a month since we stayed at Sidwell Friends (July 13, 2016) and while our trip might quickly be fading into a distant memory, our visit with Larry at his beautiful bed and breakfast is not. Sidwell Friends was a most welcome respite during our road trip! Larry has thought of every detail to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. The inn is beautifully decorated and breakfast was amazing; we loved having our first taste of locally grown peaches this summer. My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer to fully enjoy all the benefits of staying in this lovely inn, like looking through a book or two from the library. As it was, we enjoyed our conversation with Larry after breakfast so much that we got a later start than planned, but with absolutely no regrets. I’m not sure if we’ll be passing through this way again for quite some time, but if we do, we’ll be sure to stay at Sidwell Friends. If you enjoy gracious comfort, beautiful furnishings, good conversation, a delicious breakfast artfully presented and an accommodating host, then Sidwell Friends is definitely your destination.

Great stay time after time

5 on July 27, 2016

We always stay at Sidwell Friends B&B when we visit our son in Mt. Vernon. It is like our home away from home!

Lord Sidwell is the bomb!!!

5 on July 23, 2016

Enjoyed a 1 night stay in the Pruett room, which was lovely. Got to select the check-in time, which worked conveniently after our 16 hour drive that day. The place is beautiful, excellently maintained, and Larry was a gracious host from the moment we walked in. Breakfast was delicious; we enjoyed French toast, bread, lots of fruit, yogurts, cereals/granola to put in yogurt, coffee, juice, tea. There is a nice garden in the back, and the house is a quick walk to local establishments. Definitely will stay here again if we visit Mt. Vernon!

Favorite B&B

5 on July 14, 2016

This is the 5th time we've stayed at Sidwell Friends and it is always an outstanding experience. The spa bathroom in the Dunhaven room is the nicest bathroom we've had in our travels to 5 star hotels in Hawaii, Sonoma, Pebble Beach or anywhere for that matter. Larry makes the greatest breakfasts and always makes us feel at home. We will come back again and again!

One of the best

4.4 on May 16, 2016

I have stayed in B&B's throughout the country for many years and this is one of the best. Excellent accomodations, wonderful host and the breakfast was above and beyond the normal fare. Stay here for a wonderful experience.

A Night with Larry

5 on May 10, 2016

The stay was outstanding. Larry was a gracious host and very enjoyable to be with, Thank him for us.

Beautiful, elegant and wonderful

5 on April 02, 2016

My stay at Sidwell and friends although short was no less than a wonderful experience. I travel for work and stay in lots of hotels. This trip I decided to renew my love for Bed and Breakfasts. I chose to stay at Sidwell and friend from the description of your website. I love architecture, old homes and antiques. This bed and breakfast exceeded my expectations. The owner Larry was fantastic. He was so welcoming. Every detail was covered. My room was beautiful, comfortable and quiet. My breakfast was fit for a queen. I plan on staying at this B&B next time I'm traveling in that area!

2nd Year in-A-Row

5 on February 20, 2016

We have stayed in the Dunaven suite 2 years in a row. The warmth, comfort, charm and cleanliness of this home are outstanding. There is also a Keurig maker and snacks available 24/7. Numerous DVDs, CDs, magazines and a beautiful library. A lovely fresh breakfast before starting the day. Larry the owner is a perfect host! Would highly recommend this property.

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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

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Location Type

Small town


Carbondale, IL (MDH-Southern Illinois) 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, 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

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  • 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.

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian