5 on February 06, 2017
This place is the complete package: a stupendous locale, affordable prices, luxurious furnishings, a varied an inviting selection of rooms, a scrumptious breakfast, and, best of all, warm, inviting, and friendly hosts! It was an absolutely exquisite experience, and we absolutely will return in the future! Highly recommended for romantic getaways.
Thank you for your kind review! We're so glad you choose to stay with us and that you enjoyed your first time at a B&B. Looking forward to your future experience with us.
5 on February 15, 2016
The owners of this B&B are amazing! The renovation is top notch! Beautiful job, wonderful food and great hospitality! Must stay if you are in the area!
Thank you for your kind review and for choosing to stay with us!
5 on February 05, 2016
We couldn't be more pleased we chose this B&B. Beautiful- every room elegant. The story behind the restoration gives you even more appreciation of the wonderful details. So clean and comfortable as well. Really enjoyed our time here and will certainly plan to return. One of our top B&Bs we have visited over the years! Thank you!
Thank you for your kind review! Gary and I appreciate hearing this from guests who have visited many B&B's and we feel blessed to have Joy R, who takes such pleasure in keeping the guest rooms clean and fresh.
5 on June 06, 2015
We stayed at the Stone Mansion for 2 nights to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The rooms were beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. We enjoyed a jacuzzi tub in our room, as well as a private bathroom and a fireplace. The food was delicious! Overall, it was outstanding hospitality!
Thank you for your kind review! We feel an anniversary is a special occasion and like to help our guests feel special as well.
4.8 on May 16, 2015
My sister and I stayed here 2 night and attended the Pella Tulip Festival. We had never stayed at a B&B before.For a first time experience , this set the bar for any other B&B`s we ever stay at. Gary & Virginia were great as hosts, the food was exceptional and the room was beautiful. It was a great experience and relaxing time.
Thank you for your kind review! We so love to know that if we are the first time B&B experience for someone, that they had a great time and will think about coming back or giving other B&B's a try in the future
5 on April 30, 2015
This was a perfect setting for our family gathering. Virginia and Gary were wonderful, welcoming hosts. The bedrooms and public rooms were comfortable and flawless. The breakfast was great in a very elegant dining room. We highly recommend this B&B.
Thank you for your kind review! Family gatherings or class reunions are so much fun for us as well. Gary came from a large family and enjoys visiting with others about the area.
4.6 on February 22, 2015
Beautiful house, friendly owners, great room. I would highly recommend the McNeil Mansion to anyone.
Thank you for your kind review and recommendation! We love when our guests have as much fun as we do.
5 on January 29, 2015
Virginia and Gary made us feel right at home. They showed us around the beautifully restored mansion and gave us a little history. Our room/suite had a working fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, large comfortable bed and wonderful sitting area. Beverages and snacks offered around the clock and a hot delicious breakfast daily.
Thank you for your kind review! When it is cold outside, we like to keep our guests warm and comfortable.
5 on December 16, 2014
We were in town visiting family and chose to stay at the Stone Mansion for an evening. The home is gorgeous and the rooms were comfortable and included lots of homey touches (a fan, Q-Tips, snacks). We had a great time and plan to stay there each time we are in Oskaloosa.
We like to provide our guests with a "home away from home" experience, where they can enjoy family visits and still have a quiet retreat for themselves.
5 on December 05, 2013
I was in Oskaloosa a few weeks ago for work and found this wonderful restored mansion to stay in! The home was beautiful, warm and inviting! I felt like I had taken a step back in time. The mansion was lovingly restored to it's glory days. Gary and Virginia made me feel so welcome and took time to visit with me every evening. Gary makes an amazing breakfast to start off you day. If you stay, take time to view the pictures from the restoration process. It is amazing to see the work they put into this historic home. Thank you Virginia and Gary for a very memorable and wonderful stay, Joann
We like to help our guests feel at home whether they like to visit or relax in their room with a good book, favorite program or maybe catch up on the news. It's fun to learn about other areas of our town, state, country and world.
5 on September 22, 2013
This was my husband's and I's first time staying at a bed and breakfast and what a lovely experience we had. We were greeted at the door by both George and Victoria and we were given a tour of the beautiful home along with the history. They remodeled this home and did an amazing job with it. We enjoyed a lovely dessert of peanut butter pie and there was a full mini fridge of water and pop. I have to say that Victoria is very friendly and very hospital. We stayed in the red room and it was so clean and the lines smelled so nice. We were highly impressed that you could not here the other guest in our room.The next morning we ate an equisite breakfast served on beautiful china and Victoria even let me take home a delicious turtle cookie for the road. I would highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone. I will defitnely stay here again. Billy and Colleen Smith
4.6 on March 17, 2013
I loved my stay. We are B & B People and this is the right balance... enough old to feel the quentness. Enough modern to make it comfy... We VERY MUCH LOVED THE SHARING OF THE HYSTORY!!!!
Thane Thank you for your interest in something we love to share. Some guests aren't as interested in the history and that's ok, too.
5 on March 13, 2013
Gary & Virginia were the most wonderful hosts I can imagine. My wife and I were there for our 35th Anniversary and it could not have been a better experience. We will go back again soon I hope. I felt like I was home! Thanks guys!
5 on February 16, 2013
Amazing!!! Beautiful Restored Home! Gary and Virginia greeted us and shared about their 7 years of restoration they did to restore the beauty of this Iowa treasure! We shared a get away with some dear friends, who also enjoy the B&B experience! This is by far on the Top of all of our list! Antiques amazing!! Food Gourmet and plenty! Thank You Gary and Virginia for sharing your beautiful home with us!! We will return soon!
5 on November 04, 2012
This was our first experience in a B&B and it won't be out last. We couldn't have asked for a better experience or better hosts. They made us feel right at home and so comfortable there. And the food was EXCELLANT!! We just can't say enough great things about this B&B. Do yourself a favor-if you are ever in the area, make sure and stay there as long as you can!! You will not be disappointed.
4.4 on June 22, 2012
I found this Bed and Breakfast online while searching for a location between Ottumwa and Des Moines to stay. I love the charm and decor and hospitality. Gary greeted us when we arrived and gave us a tour and Virginia served the most delicious breakfast! I recommend the McNeill Stone Mansion highly and plan to come back again!
5 on June 13, 2012
The best place to stay in Oskaloosa. Owners are fantastic, could not ask for more!
5 on March 19, 2012
4.0 on March 05, 2012
This is the first true mansion I have ever been in! The Walkers truly make it a home. Relaxing night away -- great comfortable bed.
5 on October 14, 2011
we felt at home from the time we stepped in the stone mansion, the rooms unreal, everthing is top notch!!! beautiful comfortable to the max!!!
4.0 on September 26, 2011
What a terrific restoration! 7 years in the making but worth it. Gary and Virginia were the consummate hosts. Take a look at Gary's restored Buick's. What an artist. The morning meal was one of the best of the our trip.
5 on August 10, 2011
This place was amazing. Everything about it was more than I expected, from the hospitality, to the rooms, to the breakfast. It was just perfect. This was my husbands first stay in a B&B, I told him he is completely spoiled for all others now, since this establishment is head and shoulders above all others I've stayed at!!! Looking forward to visiting again!
5 on July 12, 2011
We had the pleasure of staying at the McNeil Stone Mansion B&B - it is a beautiful home that is lovingly taken care of. We absolutely loved how it has been redone and enjoyed the comfortable room with air conditioning/TV/Radio/CD player - everything you could want. We would highly recommend it to anyone! Kyle and Laura
4.6 on June 26, 2011
It was a great weekend!! The house is absolutely stunning! Gay and Virginia were very kind and did everything to make our stay more enjoyable.
5 on April 06, 2011
We stayed for our 20th anninversary and it was our first stay in a bed and breakfast. The mansion was adorable and our hosts were exceptional. The food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the exquisite peach french toast. We enjoyed the mansion's history. We enjoyed it tremendously and liked the way our hosts made it personable for us, even sending us with a little anniversay cake. The only thing I was a little cautious about was all of the steps, but it worked out fine and they were very sturdy and safe. Thanks for letting us stay!!!
4.8 on March 14, 2011
If you don't like someone meeting you at the door to welcome you, don't go. If you aren't into beautiful, elegant surroundings, this is not the place for you. If you don't enjoy the offer of delicious,homemade cookies and an open refrigerator full of soft drinks, we don't recommend this bed and breakfast. If you aren't impressed with a completely restored historic mansion, with the finest antique furnishings in every room, you won't be impressed. If a peaceful, relaxing stay in luxurious surroundings with fresh flowers doesn't bring you joy, don't stay here. If the choice of a luscious evening dessert isn't appealing to you, you won't be satisfied. If you don't like your accommodations immaculate, you will be disappointed. If an amazingly delicious gourmet breakfast, at the time of your choosing, on fine china isn't your thing, you won't like your breakfast. If fascinating conversation with other guests or the proprietors irritates you, you could be irritated. If you don't want an absolutely lovely experience, do not visit the McNeill Stone Mansion. A visitor 2/28/10 and 3/12/11
What more can we say except, we truly have had the most wonderful people stay with us.
5 on March 01, 2011
Of all the Bed and Breakfasts we've stayed in, none have been so lovingly restored while including all the modern conveniences. All the rooms were spacious and comfortable and blissfully quiet. The hospitality and food were generous and delightful. The Walkers even thoughtfully asked about and accommodated food allergies. All in all, it was a wonderful stay, and we look forward to our next visit!
3.8 on February 15, 2011
Our stay at the Stone Mansion B&B was to celebrate Valentine's Day. We were warmly greated and given a wonderfull tour of this beatifull mansion. The owners made us feel right at home; the true benefit of a B&B was shown with visiting with Gary and Virginia in the sharing of their experiences in the complete renovation of this home. The living room and dining areas were furnished with beatifull furniture and the bedrooms were huge when comparing to a Hotel room. We highly recommend consideration of this location as a place to visit.
5 on August 10, 2010
We rode our motorcycle from Missouri with another couple and felt very welcomed at this lovely B&B. We parked our bikes under the carriageway in front and were offered use of their garage. The mansion was even more awesome in person than we expected. The graciousness and hospitality of Virginia and Gary made for an "over the top" stay!
Some of the nicest people ride motorcycles!
4.6 on June 29, 2010
Just wanted to thank you for a great get-a-way for our Iowa golf outing. Enjoyed the room, snack goodies, outside patio, and nice breakfast. Hope to stay with you again very soon. Sherry and Laure
With three golf courses in Oskaloosa, there is a course for everyone and after golfing, our back terrace is a great place to relax and listen to the fountain.
5 on June 23, 2010
Virginia and Gary are so warm and welcoming that we truly felt at home in their exceptional residence. We were there for a wedding and even though we were gone for the evening and came back to the B&B quite late we were greeted with a note and a wonderful dessert....that really made us feel special. We hope to be able to visit again soon. Thank you Virginia and Gary from Gary (Doc) and Caroline!
I admit it, I look at the recipes for desserts first before buying new cookbooks and I love to bake. So if you stay with us, you could be having dessert, too.
4.2 on May 31, 2010
Located in a quiet area, this delightful B&B makes you feel like you are entering a comfortable English manor home. It is beautifully decorated thoughout (the dining room was designed by Tiffany, NY) with many areas to relax in comfort. Breakfast is served on fine English china and silver place settings. Rooms are large, especially the McNeil Suite. There is an outdoor patio for enjoying an expansive lawn with a fountain. Owners are very welcoming and interesting (Gary has won numerous awards for restoring antique automobiles and will show you some of his work in progress if you ask). Highly recommended.
Gary puts his whole heart into the restoration of the mid-50's cars and that was also true for the restoration of our home.
5 on May 10, 2010
We found the McNeil Stone Manson on the internet and didn't know what to expect. This house is beautiful and restored with such taste and care it is breathtaking. Our suite was so comfortable and glorious. The hospitality when beyond anything I expected. Dessert set our at night and the breakfast was a very fine dinning experience. Such a get away. Don't miss this one.
We enjoy helping to provide our guests with a wonderful Bed and Breakfast experience!
5 on March 10, 2010
Such an awesome mansion that has been meticulously restored! The results are outstanding! The owners definitely enjoy what they're doing and were very gracious with their hospitality. I would highly recommend spending some time at this terrific Bed and Breakfast!
When you enjoy what you do, those around you can tell. We're glad you did.
4.6 on March 07, 2010
I spent the night with a group of 10 women on a weekend getaway. B&B very spacious for large group--there was 1 more room that we did not utilize. There a a lot of steps and I don't believe there are any bedrooms on the first leverl, so I would not consider the B&B to he handicaped assessible. I enjoyed the Victorian decor--nicely done and exceptionally clean for an old house. Our hosts were very friendly, eager to share about their home's history and restoration details. They were also intent on serving and pampering us, especially with food. Treats served were high caloric temptations---yummy and beautifully served but would not be ideal if one had medical needs. I have a feeling that as accommadating as Gary and Virginia were, they would make food adjustments if they are told about needs in advance (they will need to respond to that). I loved it and would enjoy going there again - with my husband.
What a wonderful group of ladies this was. We do try to cater to our guests food needs when we know of them. When a guest calls to make their reservation, we ask about any food restrictions, allergies or dislikes, so we can provide them with what they should have. Baking is one of my favorite things to do, so there is usually some sweet treat also.
5 on March 07, 2010
Group of 10 women spent the night as a get away and had a marvelous stay! We were given a very informative tour of the mansion then served a delicious dessert. The next morning we enjoyed a delectable breakfast! We loved every minute of our stay and hope to go back!!
5 on March 01, 2010
Gary and Virginia are excellent hosts. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived and they made us feel right at home. They have done an excellent job restoring this beautiful home and their attention to detail is amazing. We loved the tour of the home and the information on it's unique history and architecture. Our room was perfect and the evening dessert and morning breakfast was VERY yummy. I would recommend this bed & breakfast to anyone traveling to or near Oskaloosa.
With the amount of work it took us to restore this incredible home from years of neglect, it is so gratifying to have our guests appreciate that. We look back now and wonder how we did it.
5 on December 17, 2009
We stayed with for my husbands birthday. We are from Oskaloosa so we just wanted something romantic. What a wonderful place to stay. The Walkers are warm and welcoming. We felt like family not just customers. I would recommend this to anyone. The food was outstanding and are room was amazing. Carrie and Jon
Whether traveling from afar or nearby, we like to make our guest's stay something special.
5 on November 15, 2009
Excellent foods. Rooms were incredible. Virginia and Gary were so accomodating. Felt so at home. Definitely hope to go back.
We like to stay where we feel at home and love to help our guests feel that way when they stay with us.
5 on October 27, 2009
Not only was the mansion exquisite, the rooms were large and very comfortable. From top to bottom it was a perfect stay. Enjoyed visiting as much with our hosts as the beautiful mansion.
Our guests are the most interesting people and we love to learn about other parts of the city, state, country, and world through our converstions with them.
5 on October 25, 2009
We recently had the joy of touring the lovely McNeill Stone Mansion, staying in the Royal Red Room, and learning the history surrounding the mansion and how the Walkers returned the home to it's grandure of today. The setting is nestled in a gorgeous part of Iowa - where the rolling autumn hills of oranges, reds, yellows and browns provided the perfect backdrop for an elegant walk-back in history. We were celebrating my husband's birthday, and the time spent at the McNeill was immensely enjoyable, relaxing and visually engaging. The inkeepers effectively managed each detail of our stay, the food was elloquently served and tasteful, the mansion clean and well-prepared for guests, and all were enhanced by Jenny and Gary's warm personalities and enjoyable conversation. If you have the opportunity, don't miss this experience. You'll not be disappointed, but will want to return again to enjoy the grandeur and elegance of the era the McNeill represents. The Longs, Ankeny, IA
The trees in our neighborhood really did look like very large flowers with the beautiful colors. Thank you for choosing to celebrate your husband's birthday with us!
4.6 on October 17, 2009
My wife and I just stayed for an overnight getaway. The house is gorgeous and the hostess gave a great tour of much of the house. The history is fascinating and she was very happy to share that history. Our room was great. The jacuzzi was so relaxing and the king size bed was incredibly comfortable. The breakfast was delicious. We would love to go back someday.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and the wonderfully rich history of our home.
5 on July 20, 2009
My sisters and I enjoyed a lovely weekend at this B&B! The owners were so gracious and welcoming. We had a delicious dessert each evening and a wonderful gourmet breakfast each morning at the time that we chose. We thoroughly enjoyed their home - it is gorgeous!!
5 on May 10, 2009
My husband and I decided to take a trip with another couple to visit Pella Iowa for the Tulip Festival. (I am 100% Dutch and was looking forward to some Banket & tulip viewing). Pella had no rooms available and we almost skipped the trip until our friends found the McNeill Stone Mansion. For my husband and I this was our first experience at a B & B, and what an experience it was!!!!! We were greeted by Gary and Virginia and given a FULL tour of the house as they told the story of their purchase and renovation of this wonderful historic home. We stayed on the third floor in a suite, sleeping in a comfy king sized poster bed. In the morning the coffee was brewing and Gary and Virginia continued to tell us stories of their home and life. We laghed at the candor of this couple and enjoyed the chats as the kitchen filled with tantalizing aromas of the breakfast to come. The house was full, 14 of us for the weekend. By day we travel to Pella a short distance away and by night we relaxed with our friends in the comfort of what felt like "our" home. This was truely a weekend to remember and we wish to thank the Walkers for their hospitality!!!!
We're so glad you were able to enjoy the Tulip Festival and the comfort of a B&B. As Innkeepers, we also had a lot of fun this weekend with all of our guests.
5 on April 23, 2009
We stayed 1 night in the McNeill Suite as an anniversary celebration. We loved the decor, comfort and welcoming atmosphere. We highly recommend this as a place to stay.
We love to help make an anniversary celebration extra special.
5 on August 03, 2008
We stayed for our 6th anniversary and everything was wonderful! No details have been overlooked. Virginia even made special accomadations for my breakfast!
4.8 on July 28, 2008
Everything about this B & B is exceptional: beautiful rooms, great food, and gracious host and hostess. Very elegant and a great price!
5 on July 21, 2008
This was our first stay at a B&B. It was really nice - the room was beautiful and the breakfast was great. We hope to stay again sometime.
4.0 on July 08, 2008
I and 6 travel club friends stayed here over july 4th weekend. It is an amazing residence salvaged and restored with comitment and love by its owners. We enjoyed every aspect of our stay. Every amenity one could think of was at hand and more and the breakfast was first class. Thankyou Virginia and Gary for some great memories.
5 on April 13, 2008
Our 2 daughters gave us this wonderful gift. It exceeded our expectations. The rooms were fabulous and comfortable. At breakfast we were able to talk with the other guests and learn a little about everyone. Gary and Virginia's historic knowledge of the Mansion was very interesting.
4.8 on March 13, 2008
My wife and I wanted to do something special for Valentine's day weekend. I work with Virginia one of the owners of the McNeill Stone Mansion B&B so I asked her to get us a room. Man was the wife impressed. This B&B was by far the nicest place we had ever stepped foot into. As another reviewer wrote Virginia and Gary were awesome! The definitely make you feel like you are in your own home and part of the family. And the breakfasts were amazing. My wife and I cannot wait to return!
4.0 on December 16, 2007
Food was great and though the rooms are pricey by our standards the service made the stay,
4.6 on October 12, 2007
My husband and I are from Atlanta and found ourselves visiting Iowa for his daughters graduation. It just happened to be our first wedding aniversary also. I got online to find something "special" we could do and found The McNeil Stone Mansion B&B. It was way above my expectations. Virginia and Gary were awsome and made our stay very nice. They treated us like family. I have recomeded it to everyone I know.
4.8 on August 14, 2007
The Walker's are wonderful people and the mansion is absoutely beautiful. By far the nicest place we have ever stayed. Can't wait to go back!