3.8 on July 05, 2016
The building is a lovely old plantation-style home built at the end of the Civil War. The room was large with its own bathroom. It had air conditioning. The hosts were lovely and very informative. The breakfast was generous and wonderful. The setting is near the Missouri River.
4.8 on June 26, 2016
I needed a getaway just to relax on my own but didn't have the time to go too far from KC. Rivercene was the perfect place. Even though it's just across the bridge from Booneville, it felt secluded and peaceful. The house is amazing and my room was so classic and relaxing. Breakfast was FANTASTIC and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with the owners, joe and don, about the history and restoration of the home. The best part was just sitting on the front porch and reading (which I did for WAY longer than I had expected, too perfect not to!) I will definitely be back!
5 on June 22, 2016
Second stay in the past several years. Excellent in all respects. We love to hear the house stories from the beginning to its eventual restoration. The hosts were knowledgeable and awesome!!
5 on June 08, 2016
great stay at an historic site. The breakfast was the best of our trip.
3.6 on June 06, 2016
We went to Booneville for a fun overnight for our anniversary. Rivercene was a nice place to stay, close to town. Bathroom was small, but overall, the room was nice! Breakfast the next morning was very good. There was no one else staying at the B&B while we were there, so it was a little quiet for our tastes. And unfortunately, we picked a Sunday night to go - the town was pretty buttoned up except for the casino. Don was full of history information on the house and the area - really enjoyed listening to him talk! Would definitely go back at a busier time. We bike the Katy Trail the next day and had a great time!
5 on June 03, 2016
Our hosts were friendly and welcoming, and Rivercene was beautiful. Breakfast was delicious, the best I've had at a B&B. We are already talking about returning next year.
5 on May 18, 2016
Great Katy trail stop! Beautiful 1800's home that's wonderfully decorated! The hosts (Don & Joe), as well as a full house house of guests made it a very interesting and entertaining visit ... and breakfast was delicious! I'll definitely be back again! :-)
5 on April 12, 2016
Don and Joe were so welcoming and accommodating. The mansion is beautiful. I would highly recommend staying here. We'll definitely be back.
4.0 on March 22, 2016
Our hosts were very informative and helpful to us. Their stories and information about the history of the Mansion are very impressive. The Mansion is very close to the Katy Trail (which is why I booked it) and worked great for our stay. They have Wi-Fi and we stayed so busy that we didn't even miss not having TV for 3 days. The breakfasts were delicious and way too much food! We will definitely stay again if we are in the area.
4.8 on February 17, 2016
My wife and I went here for Valentine's day weekend. We loved the room, the history, the food, and the attentive hosts. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a chance to get away.
5 on February 17, 2016
Historic mansion that hosts the best B&B I've visited. The rooms are very clean, the breakfast is outstanding and the hosts are beyond personable. Love this place!
5 on January 20, 2016
The house was beautiful. Breakfast was delicious. We had a nice time.
5 on October 28, 2015
We have stayed at Rivercene several times and look forward to our next stay.
3.4 on October 28, 2015
Rivercene Mansion had lots of interesting decor to look at on the main level. We also enjoyed the history of the house and its inhabitants from Donn. And Joe fixed a delicious breakfast!
5 on June 04, 2015
My husband and I and a friend truly enjoyed our recent stay at the Rivercene Mansion. The hosts were gracious and helpful, and we felt so welcomed. They are working hard to restore this amazing historic property, and it was exciting to learn about their plans for the future. I especially enjoyed the binder they had with information on the house and the family that built it. As my husband noted, there is so much history in this area that people know so little about, but should! The two breakfasts we had were delicious, and it was so relaxing to go downstairs early in the morning and grab a cup of coffee to start the morning.
4.8 on May 28, 2015
I enjoyed my stay at Rivercene because it was very peaceful and quiet. The people who ran it, plus the guests were very nice people. The room was beautiful and very relaxing. The breakfast, the only semi negative comment I have about that is, it seemed to be rather simple compared to other B & B's. I would recommend Rivercene to anyone who just wanted to step back in time and have a peaceful getaway.
4.8 on May 10, 2015
Wow, this place was amazing. It was truly like being in another era or in a movie setting, but with most of the conveniences of modern life. The only problem was the shower; someone started taking a shower when I was in mine and that affected my hot water. (We stayed on the 3rd floor if that makes a difference) But the experience was amazing and the food was scrumptious! Also, one of the owners was telling fascinating stories about the family and their guests. He should write a historical novel! We highly recommend Rivercene!
4.6 on April 24, 2015
We enjoyed staying here very much Joe&Don are great! We can't wait to go back !!
5 on April 22, 2015
Great stay! Large comfortable rooms! Mansion has a fascinating story which is expertly told by owner Don.
5 on March 12, 2015
We had stayed at Rivercene several years ago and found it to be once again a wonderful stay. The current owners were so knowledgeable about the area and the home. Beautifully redone. Highly recommend this as a quiet stop over.
5 on March 11, 2015
We have stayed at Rivercene multiple times and every visit is wonderful. The mansion itself is amazing and the time and effort that Don and Joe have put into it really shows. They are wonderful hosts that truly enjoy interacting with every visitor. The breakfast is wonderful...I just can't say enough about this wonderful Bed and Breakfast... Jason and Steffany Cullom
5 on February 23, 2015
I can't say enough about Rivercene. It's beautiful inside and out (with the caveat that it's still a work in progress, as to some of the restoration, but you only notice some of that on the outside). Donn and Joe own it, but Joe is the quiet, behind-the-scenes chef, while Donn is the outgoing, somewhat flamboyant host. The entrance hall, parlor, and dining room are beautiful...just amazing. Our room was huge and beautiful and comfortable. Donn knows the entire history of the mansion and the family who built it, and loves to regale you with the tales of their lives and deaths...fascinating stuff! Bed was extremely comfortable. Breakfast DELICIOUS. Joe is an amazing chef! They can also direct you to the good restaurants in the area. Do NOT pass up this place!
5 on January 13, 2015
We were married on New Year's Day at Rivercene, and the event couldn't have been more perfect. We reserved the entire B and B. Joe offered tips and suggestions for the location of the ceremony and prepared a sumptuous breakfast afterwards. We couldn't be happier about our experience.
4.6 on January 12, 2015
Although a little off the highway and off by itself, this is a great B & B. It is worth the stay at Christmas just to see the decorated house. Joe fixed one of the best breakfasts I have had at a B & B. We left with zip lock bags with our cinnamon rolls. Historic Rocheport with its nice restaurants is just a few miles down the road. We may return in the summer to ride the KATY trail which runs across the highway from the Inn.
5 on December 14, 2014
Wonderfully preserved and furnished 150 year old mansion--decorated beautifully for the season. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and engaging hosts--Donn and Joe. The rooms are large and comfortable. Breakfast was outstanding! Combined with "a Christmas Carol" at the Lyceum in Arrow Rock it made for a memorable trip. Definitely will return. Dan and Rita
5 on November 26, 2014
Rivercene B&B was amazing! The mansion is gorgeous and the owners/hosts are fantastic! I can't wait to visit again! Thanks so much...
5 on October 27, 2014
Stayed at several B&Bs along the trail from Clinton to Machens. This was the best.
4.2 on October 25, 2014
We stayed two nights in Cora's room. Donn and Joe were very accommodating. The breakfast was very good! We had coffee, juice, fresh fruit, homemade pecan rolls and orange rolls along with individual egg and sausage quiche. We had dinner at the grederick hotel, went antquing in Boonville and rode our bikes on the Katy Trail. This is a really neat looking mansion, and will be a showplace when they are finished. The dining room furniture is beautiful! We had anice stay, and enjoyed talking with Donn.
4.4 on October 20, 2014
I should not have taken the 3rd floor room as I was tired from bicycling. The room as clean & nicely decorate. The host was great & very helpful, and the breakfast was delicious, and the other guests company was great.
5 on September 25, 2014
My son and I enjoyed staying at Rivercene recently. The owners are full of ideas and plans to take the property to new heights. The rooms are very nice and the beds have good mattresses. The breakfast was fabulous - fresh fruit, a neat individual serving souffle, and the cinnamon rolls were outstanding. The house is an historic treasure and a comfortable stay.
4.2 on September 24, 2014
We met 7 other friends there for a weekend Katy Trail ride. This was our second stay at Rivercene. The mansion is beautiful and steeped in history. Our hosts were efficient and friendly. Breakfast was delicious. We will be back with friends for another trail ride some year.
4.6 on September 24, 2014
I've now stayed at this B&B 2 times so far and look forward to going again. This mansion is lucky to have Joe & Don as the owners -- they really care about its history and have plans to continue to elevate it to its former glory. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with Victorian style-furniture throughout. Joe & Don were wonderful hosts and fun to get to know. Excellent location, by the way -- just across the river from Boonville and The Isle of Capri Casino, and across the road from the Katy Trail, which is great for bicycling.
4.4 on September 09, 2014
I'm glad John is engaged in this "labor of love" by bringing Rivercene back to its glory days! We loved the history of the property. He did a splendid job giving many details of what has been done and his dreams for the future. It was a little challenging finding the property, but well worth the effort!
5 on September 06, 2014
Don and Joe provided wonderful service and made us feel right at home. The breakfast was wonderful. Will come back again.
4.8 on September 05, 2014
The mansion is exactly as described in their web site. We stayed on the 3rd floor and even though the last flight of stairs was steep there weren't too many of them. Breakfast each morning was excellent, all three mornings there was fresh fruit and a home cooked entree. The owners are excellent hosts, and Donn is very knowledgeable about the history of the house and the area. We rode the Katy trail one day of of our stay. The trail is very close to Rivercene. Definitely recommend.
5 on August 27, 2014
We recently spent my birthday weekend at Rivercene Mansion. Don and Joe made us feel like we were at home. The house is amazing and one of the most comfortable places we have ever stayed at. The food was excellent !! We liked it so much, we are going back during the Christmas season. Really looking forward to our next visit. Think we have found our weekend "Get away". Thanks guys!! Charlene Way and John Frey, Ballwin, MO
3.6 on August 27, 2014
Stayed 2 nights in the upstairs 3rd floor bedroom. Nicely appointed. When we arrived at 9pm the room was very hot. It's August in Missouri and that's normal. I personally would have prepared the room by running the window AC unit in anticipation of guest arrival. We were unable to sleep comfortably until about 3am. Thankfully, the following evening was better. The AC unit worked all day to keep the room bearable. Part of the problem was the ac unit was old and ineffective. It's a very neat old mansion with an interesting history. Like many properties of this kind the owners are working to make their vision a reality. It is a work in progress. They have done a great job thus far and the discomfort we experienced was relatively minor. I would go back, probably when the weather is cooler!
5 on August 19, 2014
My husband & I stayed on a Friday night before we started on our Katy Trail bike adventure. When arriving the mansion looked a little erie on the outside but oh my, when inside it is beautiful! The owners were very gracious settling us in & giving dinner ideas in town. We stayed in Cora's room, which was super clean & beautiful. The bed was so very comfortable & we had the most soft towels I have ever used. They supplied soap & shampoo, which was nice when trying to pack light on a bike trip. Breakfast was served at the time we asked for it and it was not only appealing to the eye.... It was delicious! It was a great way to start our bike adventure. We were celebrating our 38th anniversary, riding our bikes 38 miles Saturday & 38 miles back on Sunday. The whole weekend was perfect from the start staying at Rivercene. So much history to Rivercene, & the owners were so informative along with fun to listen to! We will be back, hopefully with a bunch of friends to rent all the rooms for a weekend! Our stay was August 2014
5 on July 27, 2014
Two friends and I requested a tour only. Donn and Joe greeted us with outstanding hospitality! Their passion for the house and its original owners radiates throughout. We were totally caught up in the history and Donn's stories of true events that happened there as well as the future plans for Rivercene. Never again will we request a tour ONLY! A stay at this bed and breakfast is definitely on our "to do" list. We want to extend our greatest "thanks" to Donn and Joe for the splendid afternoon we spent at Rivercene. We will see you soon. Lorna S.
5 on July 23, 2014
I was looking for a unique place to spend the weekend in Missouri not far from Kansas City. Our trip to Rivercene was the highlight of our trip to Rocheport. My parents and I could not have asked for a better experience. What an unexpected jewel in the middle of Missouri! Hidden back in the farm land, not even a stone throw from the Missouri River. It feels as if you are taking a step back in time, the grounds look untouched and you can almost picture the Rivercene as it stood all those years ago. The mansion as well as it's owner's (Donn and Joseph) are a perfect match. You will feel right at home as you walk through the rooms and hear the wonderful stories of Rivercene's Grand Existance. You will not be dissapointed as you walk the grounds and find your wonderfully furnished room. Some come for the prospect of ghosts and haunting...but if you don't believe any of that you will still love the place for it's history. We stayed on the third floor (used to be the attic) and it was big enough for 4 people. Our breakfast was wonderful Joseph is a fabulous cook! I would recommend coming here to anyone who has a interested in the era of times gone by, or the prospect of a ghostly conversation...I can't wait to come back to their newest events...I hear a Murder is coming to Rivercene...Who Done It is the Question?
5 on July 23, 2014
We arrived at 3:00 and the owners gave us a tour of their home. The history is very interesting and the breakfast was fantastic. JH
5 on July 02, 2014
Anyone who loves history will really enjoy staying here. It is just an experience you won't have anywhere else. It really takes you back in time to the 1800's. The breakfast is fantastic and they even do gluten free. I can't say enough about the hospitality of Rivercene.
4.4 on June 02, 2014
The efforts to restore this mansion are spectacular and the proprietors are truly committed to making your visit exceptional. I will recommend this venue to anyone I know traveling in the area.
5 on April 10, 2014
Beautifully restored mansion. Delicious breakfast. Gracious hosts. We've stayed twice and hope to get there again.
5 on November 23, 2013
I had a wonderful time here. The owners are great. Will be coming back.
5 on November 20, 2013
My wife and I have now stayed at the Rivercene Mansion twice now and I have to say it's now one of our favorite places to go and get away. This place is full of history, it's beautiful and the owners make you feel at home.
5 on November 12, 2013
Last weekend was the 2nd time my husband and I stayed and it certainly won't be the last! The place is charming with fascinating history and antiques. The rooms are very clean and beautifully decorated, as is the rest of the house. The breakfast each stay was beyond all expectations both in presentation and in taste. Absolutely exquisite! The best part of our stay...the owners Joe and Don. Wonderful hosts! So accommodating and made us feel right at home. Can't wait to go back!
5 on November 12, 2013
They are so welcoming. Very warm and comfortable surroundings. The breakfast was awesome. I have to say I didn't eat dinner until late Saturday night after eating the wonderful breakfast. The egg soufflé was to die for. This is definitely a place that my husband and I will come back to often. The rooms are awesome. Very comfortably beds. The Slaughter's
5 on November 10, 2013
This is a must to visit again. Lot's of history here along the Missouri River. And the food is out of this world.
4.4 on November 05, 2013
Experience well worth the trip! Donn is highly knowledgable of the history and his passion for the home contagious. Very hospitable, excellent meal!
4.6 on October 25, 2013
It was a beautiful and intriguing place to stay. A lot of interesting history.
5 on October 23, 2013
This year was our 4th stay at the Rivercene Mansion and as usual the rooms and service was outstanding. We plan to ride the trail next year and will book rooms once again.
4.6 on October 20, 2013
It was a fun stay in a very interesting and gracious atmosphere. We thank the host for a fun weekend.
5 on October 19, 2013
The Rivercene Mansion B&B is absolutely the best B&B anywhere! I have stayed in quite a few around the world and this is NUMBER ONE!! The Hosts were incredible and the rooms and setting is incredible! The pricing is also great. If you are planning a trip anywhere in this area, this is a must for you to experience. Marianna
3.8 on October 16, 2013
Pros: Very close to Booneville and the Katy Trail. Great for those who love old houses. Room rates offer a good value. Quiet, off beaten path. Hosts are very friendly and engaging. Cons: Bathroom space is what you'd expect in a house built before bathrooms. No activities on-site. Breakfast was good but not really the comfort food I was expecting.
4.6 on October 09, 2013
My wife and I rode a short section of the Katy trail last weekend, staying the night at Rivercene and riding back the next day. It sits only 1/4 mile off the trail right near the boonville bridge. We arrived a bit later than planned (trying to avoid the rain) but Joe was very friendly and welcoming. He even called the casino shuttle for us so we could get over to boonville for dinner. The house has a pretty cool history and Don was great at entertaining and telling the stories about the house. Breakfast was delicious, we chatted, heard more stories and history and had a great time. We'll be going back soon!
5 on October 07, 2013
5 on October 07, 2013
Warm and friendly hosts; great historical information on the home and the families that lived there; the food was gourmet quality and delicious; this is the place to stay in the Boonville area.
4.8 on September 30, 2013
We rode in from our bicycle trip on the Katy Trail to this hidden, historic home, Don and Joe were very hospitable and excitedly shared the house's colorful past. Its restoration is a loving work in progress which enhances its charm. The breakfast was absolutely delicious and filling--way too much for someone needing to ride 50 miles down the trail. Go and enjoy your stay!
5 on September 16, 2013
The B & B was wonderful. We plan to go back in the fall when the leaves change color.
5 on September 06, 2013
If you go here, you need to get specific driving directions from the hosts. If you like a home restored to the period, you'll love Rivercene. The sleeping room has what you'd expect in a motel, except it is very spacious. The breakfast was beyond gourmet. Be sure and visit with the hosts. They're a wealth of information about the history of Rivercene and the Boonville area.
5 on September 06, 2013
The Rivercene Mansion B&B is absolutely fantastic. The location is great if you ride the KATY trail. Rivercene is full of history and each room has a notebook full of that history. The hosts generally will expand on the history and give guests tours of the house. The breakfast is the best you'll receive at any B&B!! It's homemade and filling!! We have gone back again and again! I highly recommend it.
3.4 on September 05, 2013
The breakfast was incredible, along with the hospitality. Expect to hear a lot about upcoming events at the inn. Beautiful home and we would go there again.
4.8 on September 03, 2013
Beautifully restored, elegant mansion near Boonville and the Katy Trail. Breakfast was outstanding, and the owners were friendly without being intrusive. Wonderful stay!
4.4 on September 03, 2013
The two night stay over Labor Day weekend was wonderful. We received a great history lesson of the estate and the original home owners from Joe & Don. They were very knowledgeable about the area as well. There was no shortage of things to do in town either. We went biking on the Katy trail, kayaking down the Missouri, and even stopped in at Warm Springs Ranch to check out the Budweiser Clydesdales. The breakfasts were delicious and filling. We stayed in the Adam & Andrew Suite. The room was exceptionally large, and very comfortable. It was great being outside of town & seeing just how bright the stars can be. Our only regret was not staying another night for the BBQ.
5 on August 29, 2013
A very pleasant stay. The room was spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was gourmet at least. The home is 1860's and well restored/preserved. It has a museum room with period items of interest. The Rivercene hosts are knowledgeable of the history of the home and time period.
4.6 on August 21, 2013
This was an absolute gem tucked away off the beaten track. Wonderful hosts, excellent food and a beautiful throw back in time environment. Very relaxing. Definitely going back.
5 on August 20, 2013
We stayed at Rivercene for our anniversary and to ride on the Katy Trail. We had a wonderful weekend. The mansion is gorgeous and full of history. The Katy Trail is just minutes away and you can walk to the town of Booneville as well. Our hosts were awesome and full of interesting details about the mansion.
3.6 on July 25, 2013
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Rivercene. This was our second visit of 3 days and we had a great time bicycling the Katy Trail. Because it was the 4th of July Donn & Joe supplied a bar-b-q dinner, (brats, burgers, dogs, pork steaks) with all the trimmings and at least 4 homemade salads. They also provided a wonderful fireworks display right on the front lawn! It was a fantastic time and because it was our 2nd stay of 3 days we now have a free night to enjoy sometime in the future. We are looking forward to another visit.
4.6 on July 21, 2013
The location in the country on seven acres and close to the Katy Trail is Very rare. It is beautiful like it is and the owners are planning to do more to add additional beauty. The victorian era furnishing are fabulous. Great taste in decorating. I really enjoyed the made to order egg souffle and the fruit. I highly recommend staying at Rivercene Mansion Bed & Breakfast.
5 on July 14, 2013
This Mansion is a stunning piece of history that everyone should enjoy if you have the oppurtunity. You will not regret this! Super quite, The owner is so knowledgeable about all the history of this place and is a outstanding cook! Haunted? That depends on your interpretation of haunted...Ghosts roaming around the place waiting to frighten you? Not so much...BUT there is definitely presences there, especially in the girls bedrooms, so if you are not comfortable with the other realms, stay on the 3rd floor, that was finished much after the families lived there and have passed on. While they were there, it was just a open space not used much. My husband and I have given this the highest rating possible because it is so deserved!
5 on July 14, 2013
The owners are very helpful and do all they can to make you feel at home. The whole house is full of antiques and reminders of the family that inhabited this house for over a hundred years. Their are pictures of the family as well as high quality paintings by the original family. The breakfast is very filling and 1st class. My wife and I are vegetarians and they did a superb job of adjusting the food they served us. We stayed in Margarets room on the second floor. It is quite roomy. The bathroom was kind of small but large enough for us to take care of our needs! I enjoyed waking with the sunrise and walking on the property as the sun rises over farmland to the east. For the bikers and hikers, the Katy trail is close by. I would highly recommend making this a part of your journey.
5 on June 29, 2013
Rivercene is very convient to the bike trail. Joe was our host/owner of Rivercene and he was FABULOUS. Joe made us fell very welcome with a clean room with A/C. The mansion is full of history and Joe is very knowledgeable. I can't say enough about the DELICIOUS breakfast Joe prepared! Don't pass up a chance to spend a night or two at Rivercene
4.8 on June 26, 2013
An amazing historical home from the heyday of riverboat transport of the mid-1800's. You really feel as if you are stepping back in time. The owners are nice folks and make you feel very welcome. The breakfast is amazing! If you stay on the third floor, as we did, just beware of the heat in summer. Our room cooled down for sufficient comfort after sundown. Otherwise, our stay could not have been better. We will return!
4.6 on June 12, 2013
My husband and I had a wonderful night at the Rivercene Mansion after a day on the Katy Trail. The mansion is a wonderful old Victorian house. Our room was huge and quite comfortable. Breakfast was a highlight: homemade cinnamon rolls, luscious fruit, and a GREAT egg souffle dish with lots of veggies. Owners were very accommodating.
4.6 on May 29, 2013
We stayed at Riverscene on May 25th. Because of the Peddlers Jamboree bike ride they were already nearly full so I wasn't able to stay in the room I would have preferred but that really didn't matter. The room quickly became secondary to the uniqueness of the house. Joe and Donn were great hosts, breakfast was exceptional and touring the house to learn it's history was a special plus.
4.4 on May 28, 2013
The mansion has a lot of history and character. Great place to relax.
4.6 on May 21, 2013
We had to arrive late in the evening and leave early the following morning. Joe and Donn were very accomodating on both ends of our stay, including serving us breakfast earlier than they usually start serving. Gorgeous house, wonderful hosts, delicious food. Would like to go back when we can stay longer.
5 on May 02, 2013
enjoyed a weekend with friends here
4.8 on April 29, 2013
We returned after 15 years to this BandB and were wonderfully surprised at how much work has been done on the house. It is filled with antiques and very comfortable. The breakfast was excellent! The owners prepared a gluten-free breakfast for my wife, including a loaf of gluten-free bread. They very much exceeded our expectations!
5 on April 10, 2013
The Rivercene is right off the Katy bike trail. We had ridden over thirty miles on the trail before reaching the Mansion. We were tired and in need of R & R, the Riverscene was just the answer. We hope to get back on the Katy trail and stay at the mansion again. K & R from Minnesota
4.8 on March 31, 2013
We really enjoyed the time that we spent at Rivercene. It has a rich history in Missouri and it is a rare treasure. I am glad that we stayed here.
4.8 on March 13, 2013
The new owners of Rivercene have really made a huge improvement with this beautiful mansion. The rooms are gorgeous, the food was delicious, their knowledge and history was phenomenal and to be quite honest, Don and Joe were a pleasure to be around. We will definitely be returning there for another stay! Thank you for a wonderful evening filled with history, drama, and a lot of laughs!!
5 on February 27, 2013
My husband and I had the best weekend here! We both love history so we really enjoyed this mansion. The owner is very hospitable and gave us an hour and a half tour the first night we were there because we were the only guest. This place is being restored to its original state. The rooms are beautifully and appropriately decorated. There is very neat history in that house! Booneville is right across the bridge and there were lots of fun shops and places to eat. We would highly recommend this place to anyone.
5 on February 20, 2013
Marc and I had a wonderful time while staying at Rivercene. The house with all of its history was amazing. A person just has to stay themselves to be able to grasp it all. Don is an amazing and very warm person that took excellent care of us!
4.2 on December 24, 2012
Joe, the innkeeper, was a super host. He is an incredible cook and is concerned about his guests while in his care. We encountered a snow storm while staying at Rivercene and he made every effort to make our stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible while stranded indoors due to the blizzard and dangerous road conditions outside at the time.
3.8 on November 27, 2012
Took my mom for a weekend with the girls for her birthday, and we had a great stay. Donn and Joe were very hospitable, and the breakfast was great! Gave the room 3 stars only because the mattress was firmer than my liking, but I readily admit I'm picky about that. Wonderful weekend overall!
4.0 on November 24, 2012
This was my 3rd stay at Rivercene. Larry and Donn are great hosts! They are constantly working to improve and modernize the B&B in ways that keep it as close as possible to its original design and use. I will definitely be back again.
4.8 on November 17, 2012
We were pleasently surprised! The house is beautiful and we found the family history & stories of the original owners very interesting. Well worth the stay.
5 on October 31, 2012
During our bicycle ride along the Katy Trail, we were fortunate enough to have stayed at Rivercene Mansion. It was one of the highlights of our entire trip. It was as if we were staying in a most cared-for museum, but never felt that our surroundings were fussy or in the least bit uncomfortable. The hosts, Donn and Joe, are articulate and interesting historians. They have lovingly restored Rivercene to what would be, I am sure, absolute satisfaction of the original owner and builder. The breakfast rivaled anything we have been served anywhere on our travels (U.S. and Europe). We can full-heartedly recommend Rivercene to anyone who appreciates history, comfort, a good night's sleep, very fine food, and wonderful hosts.
4.6 on October 29, 2012
This house was incredibly cool! The really important thing here was my wife absolutely loved the house! The hosts were full of knowledge about the home and its history. Every room was very, very nice as well as super clean. We stayed in the largest suite, located on the third floor and it was incredibly fun. Everyone we met there was very nice, pleasant, helpful and full of great conversation. Would stay here again in a heartbeat and probably will go back as they continue to renovate parts of the home. Although the breakfast was great and tasted delicious, it was the exact same thing three days in a row with the exception of adding sconces on the third day. A little variety for guests making longer stays would be nice.
4.0 on October 25, 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at the Rivercene Mansion. The only suggestion we would make is to include robes in the rooms. We missed this touch that most other B & B's have. The house was beautiful and the owners were very helpful. The breakfast was great. Looking forward to going back after the restoration is complete.
4.6 on October 17, 2012
A "must stay here" destination that is perfect for Katy Trail cyclists. Rich in history, updated rooms, outstanding food, gracious hosts, very quiet location. In short - PERFECT.
5 on October 17, 2012
We loved our room and the hosts are wonderful. They totally love the home and know the history. We will be back!
5 on October 15, 2012
The owners have made the visit memorable in terms of the History for which they are passionate over and the facilities and meal preparations which are both excellent! Work is still underway of the Mansion but the owners still provide everything you could want at this time of transition! We enjoyed our visit so much that we are the first ones on the list for the historical ball to be held one year from the New Years Eve! The original owners always would always return from New Orleans for New Years to conduct a ball and the owners have planned to celebrate next year with a recreation of the event! We wish the owners great success and know that with their dedicated work and love for the history of the home the final results will be more than outstanding to see and experience!
4.6 on October 10, 2012
Pros: From the moment we stepped through the front door, we were wowed by the warm fires and carefully appointed, period-rich rooms. The relatively new owners could not have been more friendly and solicitous of our comfort. They are interested in the history of the house and give detailed tours that are enhanced by the fact that the mansion is full of property that was given to them by the original family. The spacious room we stayed in (Margaret's) was (up a gorgeous staircase) on the second floor. The room was perfectly clean with high ceilings, a gas fire, and antique furniture, including a four-poster bed. Some B&Bs we've stayed in have noise issues; this had none. In fact, if I hadn't passed any "neighbors," I'd have thought we were the only guests. (The mansion was actually booked up that night.) Just when we thought we couldn't be more pleased, we attended breakfast. (Breakfast times are accommodated individually.) We were welcomed into the formal dining room, set with china, served homemade sweet rolls and egg souffle. Juice. Fruit bowl. It far exceeded our expectations. Ask the entrepreneur owners about their vision for the future. From renovations to activities, their plans are spot on. Bottom line: I would definitely stay there again. Cons: You have to wind along a short gravel road through some kind of construction plant to find the mansion. (However, you can't see the plant from the mansion.) The exterior--both grounds and building--need (and are scheduled for) repair. (We arrived too early to check in, and almost drove back home judging by the exterior.) The bathroom was obviously built in what was once a small closet. While it wasn't a show-stopper for me, the shower was an insert (I would have expected stone tile), and the bathroom was too small for the sink, which is tastefully installed in a corner of the bedroom just outside the bathroom. More important to me was that everything was pristine.
5 on September 29, 2012
We were most pleasantly surprised with Rivercene. The history of this mansion is absolutely amazing! The owners were wonderful and the food fantastic! We look forward to a future visit to see the ongoing restoration of this historical home and garden.
5 on September 26, 2012
Very clean,Staff over accomadating, Service excellent,Breakfast better than anticipated ,The Mansion well preserved
5 on September 21, 2012
Rivercene is a wonderful gem. Beautiful house, great spot, excellent food and service. We will be back! Highly recommended.
4.8 on September 19, 2012
Wonderful breakfast and service!! The mansion adds charm with a fun scooby doo feel from the appearance. Rivercene is rich in history that's fascinating for history buffs and non history buffs. The hosts are very knowledgeable in the history and things to do in the area. Very friendly and fun stories, just ask them to share their knowledge. We had a wonderful weekend and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.
4.2 on September 12, 2012
This is a great value if you are coming to Columbia from the west side (Kansas City) because it's on the way back home, but means you can have a little getaway after a football game.
5 on August 30, 2012
Very enjoyable stay and interesting mansion. Lots of intersting history.
4.6 on August 29, 2012
Pulling up to the mansion after a 29 mile bike ride was an awesome site to see. Looks just like the pictures, could be in any of my mystery novels I read. The inside is beautiful, the owners are working so hard to keep it to the period. The room was very comfortable, clean and decorated beautifully. We learned so much history from Donn, Joe fed us an exceptionally wonderful breakfast. Couldn't have asked for a better stay. Will definitely go back to see more updates and maybe even roll up our sleeves and help out. Definitely going back for Christmas to see it all decorated and lit up. Thank you Donn and Joe!
5 on August 28, 2012
Front the time we got there until we left we felt at home. Don greeted us as we walked to the front porch. From there he got us checked in and showed us to our room. The place was clean and just felt like you were walking in the front door of your own home. Breakfast both days was just amazing. Fresh fruit, coffee and made fresh was eggs florentine. I am normally picky about what I eat but the food was so great. Joe is a great cook and explains what he has put into the eggs so you know what you are about to eat. Don showed us around the house and showed what the plans are for bringing the house back to life like it used to be. My wife and enjoyed the whole time we were there and will be going back at least once a year to see the changes and to visit with Don and Joe.
4.8 on August 14, 2012
We enjoyed every moment...the foyer was a beautiful first impression of the Mansion...Breakfast was amazing...We would stay again...
5 on August 09, 2012
Recently, my granddaughter and I stayed overnight at the Rivercene Mansion Bed and Breakfast. What delightful experience! The beds were so comfortable and the room was beautiful and well appointed. Everything we needed was available, even snacks! The breakfast was delicious and way more than we could eat. I also very much enjoyed the tour of the home and hearing and reading about the history. I will definitely plan on staying there again when I'm in the area!
5 on August 07, 2012
Rivercene Mansion is a beautiful, historic home to spend some time. The rooms are pleasant. after staying in hotels for 8 nights, this B&B was very welcome. Joe and Don are friendly, helpful hosts who go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. Joe makes an amazing breakfast! Should my travels bring me back to Boonville, Mo or the area - I will be excited to stay again and see the progress they are making on the outdoor renovations of this impressive house. - Michelle
5 on July 26, 2012
I stayed at Rivercene Mansion Bed & Breakfast with my parents during our tour along the Katy trail. Joe was a great host! He knows a great deal about the surrounding area and he makes an excellent souffle! The mansion is absolutely beautiful and the grounds are very well maintained. I will be recommending this destination to all of my friends/family who pass through the area. Even if you cannot stay the night Joe and Donn offer mansion tours by appointment. This is a Missouri must see.
5 on July 26, 2012
The owners are very friendly and it is an awesome mansion. The history of the mansion is amazing and the owners are so knowledgeable about the people who built it. It is fascinating to hear all the stories of the family. They are doing a lot of renovating, which will only make the experience better. The breakfast was delicious. We enjoyed our stay so much that we intend to return in the near future.
4.8 on July 16, 2012
This mansion deserves to be saved. Staying there makes this possible. We are going to have our family reunion and thanksgiving gathering at the Rivercene. Rates are quite comparable to regular hotels and thus should be considered even for non regular B&B'ers just traveling through. Only good place to eat dinner in Boonville is at Glenn's so make sure they are open if you need dinner.
5 on June 26, 2012
My husband and I rode our bikes on the KATY trail to the Rivercene. We had a difficult time finding it, so Joe met us and we followed him to the inn. It is a bit tricky, but worth it. It truly is a spectacular mansion with tons of history. Service was great, Innkeepers were very accommodating. The rooms are generous, bed comfy and clean. Breakfast was delicious. It consisted of pastries, big bowl of fruit and "Joe's Special", which you are going to have to try! Glen's Cafe, is just a quick walk over the bridge (pedestrian lane/bike lane) into Boonville. It was fantastic. We were not sure how this trip was going to turn out, but were so pleased with everything.
4.2 on June 25, 2012
We spent a memorable weekend exploring the rich history of Rivercene Mansion. The breakfast of homemade cinnemon rolls, orange rolls and eggs florentine and fresh fruit was delicious. The home abounds with antiques of the Civil War era which gives the feel of a time gone by. We would definitely stay here again.
4.0 on June 19, 2012
The new owners have a great love for this mansion and all its history. You certainly get caught up in their enthusiasm and innovative ideas for the future of this B&B! A delightful place and delightful owners. We will return.
4.6 on June 19, 2012
Loved the tour and hearing the history of the mansion. The grounds/gardens were beautiful. I'd love to attend a garden party there sometime. Joe's breakfast was absolutely delicious!!! I thoroughly enjoyed (and appreciated) the hospitality of the innkeepers. I look forward to a return visit with family and friends.
5 on June 10, 2012
Our stay at Riverceve was wonderful. This mansion which was built in the 1860s is a treasure. The owners have done a lot of restoration and have more planned. The food was excellent.
5 on June 09, 2012
There were 6 of us riding the KATY Trail with Boonville as our second stop. Rivercene was the perfect conclusion to a very hot day on the trail. Donn, the owner, met us at the door and invited us into the cool parlour to give us our room keys. He and his business partner have owned Rivercene for just a year though it's been a dream of Donn's to own Rivercene since he was a child. They are both working to restore Rivercene to its original splendour. Our rooms were spacious, comfortable, and had all the comforts of home. We were within walking distance of the fine Boonville restaurants for dinner. Our morning breakfast was outstanding!! We sat around a huge custom made dining table with high back chairs in Rivercene's dining room and drank fresh brewed coffee and tea, ate fresh fruit, cinnamon rolls and an amazing egg dish. It was a perfect start to our third day on the trail.
5 on May 31, 2012
Being vegetarian was not a problem for Joe - provided delicious meals. Highly recommended!
4.2 on May 23, 2012
Donn and Joe were fabulous hosts. We loved Donn's passion of sharing the history of this wonderful place. This was my husbands and my first true bed and breakfast experience. The value was respectful to our budget and the experience was one to bring us back!
3.4 on May 11, 2012
Comfortable room, but the stairs to the third floor are very steep! Wonderful breakfast. We were there on a Monday night and the local restaurants in town were all closed, leaving us to fast food or a poor Chinese buffet.
4.4 on May 09, 2012
There were 5 in our party& we were treated with great kindness & service. We were amazed how Donn & Joe catered to our individual needs from breakfast to the card in our room with personal ph # if we needed to reach them ,to help with the luggage, & the tour of the house totaly awesome.Sometimes it is hard to save money back to treat yourselves to a nice weekend & we appreciatted the fact that they took personal care to give us our money's worth, plus taking time to share the history of the house WOW -!
5 on April 26, 2012
Lot's of history, beautiful house, and the BEST breakfast I've had in a long time!!! Thanks!!!
5 on March 31, 2012
We had a great room, great hosts, and more food than I could eat for breakfast. Got a fabulous tour of the mansion. We were the only guests which made a full house tour possible. I look very forward to returning.
5 on January 26, 2012
Donn and Joe were excellent hosts. The breakfasts were wonderful that Joe prepared. We stayed for my birthday weekend and they made it special for us. We are excited for the remodeling they plan to do in the next few years and will definitely be back.
4.0 on November 19, 2011
A great place to stay while visiting the wineries along the river. Friendly owners, good food, and a comfortable room which felt like stepping back into history in the 150+ year old mansion.
4.4 on November 14, 2011
We really enjoyed our stay at Rivercene! Don and Joe are excellent hosts, and Lisa & Joe provided excellent breakfasts. The fresh fruit and cinnamon pecan rolls were divine and the egg souffles and casseroles were delicious. To expand on the service rating, I would add that Joe and Don were very attentive. The one recommendation I would like to offer is that they increase the number of wash cloths available. We did not ask for extra, but probably will when we return. We definitely want to stay there again, and look forward to following the progress of the restoration that they plan to do. Thanks for a wonderful and relaxing stay. It was also great that our room connected to that of our family. Thanks again to Joe, Don, & Lisa!
4.6 on October 23, 2011
We had been looking for an excuse to stay here for more than a year, when the opportunity arose this fall break. We decided to spend an autumn day on the Katy trail, and the Frencene provided the perfect destination. All the available rooms have been freshly repainted, and work continues on the restoration of the outside to 1860s splendor. We had a great time talking with Lisa, Joe and Donn regarding their efforts since purchasing the place in Jan 2011. Our only regret was not being able to spend two nights! Worth a destination as well as proximity to Lewis and Clark sites and the Katy trail are a tremendous plus. We look forward to another visity
4.6 on October 19, 2011
The hosts were great and the house has a lot of history. We were pleasantly surprised by the accommodations and it was a great breakfast.
4.2 on October 10, 2011
We had a wonderful weekend at Rivercene. The owners are very friendly and on a first name basis with all of the guests. They even provided a decadent birthday cake upon request! Breakfast was fantastic. My only complaint was poor water pressure on the third floor. Other than that, it was a perfect place to stay.
4.2 on October 09, 2011
Our hosts were more than accommodating, and the meals were exceptional. The history tours and future plans are fascinating, and I can't wait to visit here again. My only suggestion might be to upgrade the mattresses. :o) Scot, Sturgeon, MO
4.6 on October 09, 2011
Wonderful accommodations in an amazing historical setting. Excellent hosts and world-class breakfast.
4.2 on October 08, 2011
used rivercene for a night during our katy ride a most pleasurable surprise set in cornfields (you ridee through an industrial area just before) great history of the area and missouri river are presented by the hosts, they adjusted our breakfast well for heart healthy options. great rooms with extensive detail, will plan to visit again as they are continuing to improve the mansion
4.4 on August 21, 2011
The mansion is beautiful and when all the plans are completed..wow..what an asset to the area. Don makes the history come alive and his excitement is contagious. The room was clean and a pleasant suprise. The breatfast was good and well thought out. The house was fabulous on the inside. Good host and a great place to stay. The road in needs more signs but worth the little extra effort to find. Would recommend it to anyone.
4.6 on August 01, 2011
The Rivercene Mansion is beautiful and we had a wonderful time there. I think they would get more business if they had a better entrance from the road. The only drawback was the room was a little warm even with the AC going but the weather outside was extremely hot. The service prior to and during our stay was excellent. The hosts were willing to do anything to make our stay better and they did, and it was much appreciated. Thanks for the fantastic time, we plan on going back.
4.2 on July 31, 2011
The website does not do this home justice. Our room was recently updated and nothing like the picture, it was very nice. If you love history and an elegant experience you will love your stay here. We have every intention of coming back to see the changes the owners have in store for this home.
4.2 on July 26, 2011
This home was absolutely beautiful and the newer owners are very knowledgeable about it and working to restore it even more. The breakfast was yum - make sure to have one of their homemade cinnamon rolls! (We were a little uncertain where to turn so make sure you turn at the first right after going over the bridge.)
4.0 on July 24, 2011
My husband and myself spent the 1st night of our Honeymoon at Rivercene. We were married in Boonville and needed a place to stay over night. Rivercene was perfect! The service was great, everyone was so nice. We stayed in The Nile and it was beautiful. It was a large room and we loved the bathroom with its 2 person tube. Also we had roses that the B&B gave us as a gift! It was so great we plan to go back next year!
4.0 on July 18, 2011
Each year I book a different B&B for our anniversary. Rivercene is by far the best B&B thus far and we plan and making a second trip there. The house itself is an amazaing structure, and the owners are very personable and helpful. I would highly recommend this B&B for any getaway occasion. The Williamsens
4.4 on July 07, 2011
Stayed a day over the 4th of July weekend, we had a great time, the staff is friendly and go overboard to see that our stay was great, this is our 3rd stay and far from our last, they are under new ownership and you can already tell, improvements are being done daily.
3.8 on July 05, 2011
We were most impressed with the owners. When we checked in we were given a tour of the entire mansion with an amazing amount of history about the original owner, his family and his life as a river boat captain. The owners are in the process of doing a huge renovation of the mansion and we can't wait to see it in its finished state.
3.6 on June 22, 2011
Riverene is the subject of much anticipated remodeling of this historic but aging mansion. It is full of interesting furnishings and charm. The owners are very enthusiastic about returning the mansion to it's original grandeur. In the meantime it is comfortable, with large rooms, wonderful views from the windows, easy bicycle access to the Katy trail. peaceful setting, very nice breakfast, and gratifying hospitality.
4.8 on June 12, 2011
The room was large and nicely decorated. The jacuzzi was just the thing after a day of cycling on the Katy Trail.
5 on June 06, 2011
My wife & I are vegetarians and the Meals were Great. Thanks
4.4 on May 18, 2011
Great hosts, very willing to discuss the mansion's interesting history.
5 on April 14, 2011
We spent 2 nights in the Twilight room...very spacious and well-appointed. The bathroom was great and everything was immaculate!! The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and more than we could eat! The history of Rivercene is fascinating and the two hosts really brought the place to life with their information. This is an ongoing project and we definitely plan to go back and see what has been done!!
5 on December 23, 2010
The new owners are awesome. They were very attentive to their guests. I love the ambience of the house. They took us on a tour and shared the history of the house. The breakfast was unbelievable. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast.
4.6 on November 29, 2010
This place was amazing! It was a beautifull mansion. We loved the service, we loved the history, we loved the breakfast, and we loved our hostesses. The were very friendly and made us feel very welcomed. We will be coming back.
3.6 on November 04, 2010
our room was nice but was over priced especially since there was no TV. The hot water heater was not big enough to fill the hot tub up half way with hot water, so we took a luke warm bath.
4.4 on October 24, 2010
We went with another couple for birthday/anniversary celebration. Can't wait to see the updates and changes next year. Loved everything about it. The guys are so excited for thier plans and ideas they shared with us.
3.2 on October 20, 2010
Guys were good and food was great. The house needs over all general cleaning and repair. Better signage.
5 on October 13, 2010
Wonderful stay, great breakfast, when you want it, very nice staff, place was clean out of the way but very near the KATY Bike Trail, staff was knowledgeable, and very helpful, would stay there again
5 on October 12, 2010
My husband and I stayed here for our 2 year anniversary and it was just perfect! We stayed in the Scarlett O'Hara suite and the room was splendid! It had a huge bed, balcony to go out onto, a heart-shaped bath with jets, and many other treats! We met the new owner that had just bought it and he was just fantastic! They serve you breakfast the next morning and give you a chance to socialize with the other guests. I couldn't have asked for a better night!
4.0 on September 29, 2010
This was my first experience staying in a B&B. Had a little trouble locating the inn due partly to the map I printed off of google. Good thing it was still daylight or we would probably have gotten way off track. We were a little stunned when we pulled up due to the amount of work that needs to be done to the outside of the mansion, but the inside was beautiful. It was full of beautiful wood, chandeliers, and antiques. Couldn't have chosen a better place to stay for my grandmother who loves to tour old homes. Loved our inkeepers who spent a lot of time answering our questions about the history of the home as well as gave us a tour all unoccupied spaces & rooms in the mansion. The also told us all about their plans for the home and how they plan to restore it. We can't wait to go back and see what they have done!
3.4 on September 19, 2010
Nice old house. Needs repair both in and out. Hard to find from the highway.
4.0 on August 24, 2010
This B&B is under contract to be sold to a new couple. I feel the new couple can not get here soon enough. Seems to me the house needs a lot of work. The innkeeper the weekend we stayed did not seem to have it together. I think perhaps it was the owner down from St. Louis and the regular 'staff' were not there. We stayed on the 3rd floor, very steep stairs to get up there and incredibly HOT in the hallway and our room. It took 12 hours to get the room cooled off. Breakfast on both days seemed the same with nothing special. 1st day was a egg/ham baked omelet, fruit and canned cinnamon rolls. Second breakfast was omelet with ham and cheese, fruit and a coffecake. Over all not impressed and would not recommend to others.