Garth Woodside Mansion

11069 New London Rd. , Hannibal, MO 63401 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


The longest running Inn in NE Missouri over 25 yrs. This may be the ultimate experience at this award-winning inn. Always voted # 1 bed and breakfast in Missouri by inngoers, and now in the entire Midwest. 39 acre estate, stunning views, grand architecture, an uncommon full breakfast, canopy beds, plush robes and more. Location is ideal for your stay in Mark Twain Country. Come for a romantic and magical stay. Polished perfection where relaxation is the primary goal. Enjoy sitting on our large veranda and rock while enjoying nature's stunning vistas. Enjoy visiting with a retired military couple married for over 30 years.




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Most elegant place

5 on November 06, 2016

We planned a last minute weekend getaway across Missouri in late October and we are so fortunate that someone had cancelled their function at Garth, so we could get a room. We stayed in the Woodside Room on the 3rd floor of the main house, and we took as few trips up and down the lovely stairway as few times as possible. The entire mansion is elegantly decorated with vintage and very interesting items. It is a virtual museum on every level. The grounds are lovely as well as interesting with the alpacas and llamas outside. Julie and John are gracious hosts, with Julie being the beaming character of humor and interesting general conversation. We felt very much at-home there, and secure with the limited code-only access to the mansion. The breakfast is an incredible multi-course spread. This whole setting made this such a special weekend get-away for us. I hope we get to go back and do it again someday.

Heavenly Retreat

5 on April 22, 2016

Truly the Best B&B that we have ever stayed in. The innkeepers, Julie and John are so warm and friendly that you feel like you have known them for years. One of these days, I am going to beat Julie playing Mexican Train Dominoes. LOL The Garth Mansion rooms are all beautiful, but different. It is our goal to stay at least 1 time in each. This should take us many years as we tend to repeat some of them. The breakfasts have all been delicious, and watching the llamas and alpacas while dining is so relaxing and enjoyable. On a scale of 1 to 10 the Garth Mansion is a 1,000,000 Don't miss it !

Relaxing Retreat

5 on April 20, 2016

Several years ago, I stumbled upon the Garth Woodside Mansion website while looking for an anniversary weekend getaway. It was the first time my husband and I had been to a b&b and it remains our favorite place to stay! The rooms are beautiful, relaxing and full of historical details; the cottages have more modern details but are equally beautiful and relaxing. If you are looking for the ultimate romantic getaway, look no further than the dowager cottage! It is fully appointed with every detail you could wish for. Breakfasts are outstanding. But the feature which keeps us coming back is the warmth and friendly hospitality of the innkeepers, John & Julie. They will make you feel welcome.

Our home away from home

5 on April 20, 2016

My wife and I have been going to the Garth Mansion for the past 8 years. I first discovered the mansion on a B&B website, when I was looking for a place to take my wife for our anniversary. I knew that my wife would fall in love with the place as soon as I saw it. I was right. We both fell in love with the place. Julie and John are wonderful host, and always make us feel at home when visiting. We have stayed in 7 of the 8 rooms, and our next visit will make all 8! John and Julie are much more than inn keepers, and we have several occasions where we all sat around in the restaurant, and enjoyed a nice glass of wine and conversation. My wife and I have spent numerous nights walking around the mansion, checking out all the antiques and history of The Garth Mansion. We always look forward to our 1-2 trips there a year. The breakfast is top notch. Julie is quite the cook, and very creative with her breakfast. I would highly recommend The Garth Woodside Mansion to anyone wanting a nice peaceful, quiet, romantic weekend. This place is out home away from home!

Repeat guests!

5 on April 19, 2016

We have been staying at Garth since 2010, it is the reason we visit Hannibal. I stumbled upon it on a whim and we fell in love. My husband and I make sure to visit at least once, sometimes twice a year. The home is beautiful, rooms are clean and the property is just serene, not to mention the food....DELICIOUS! The innkeepers, John and Julie, are the best hostesses, they always make us feel at home. I recommend Garth Mansion to anyone looking for a Romantic getaway. We have stayed in the mansion as well as the cottages. The cottages offer the ultimate private getaway, bring a few snacks and you'd never have to leave! Always a delight, and always counting the days until we can go back!

Really enjoyed ourselves-great accomodations

5 on October 20, 2015

We stayed at the Garth Mansion for two nights. Our room was very clean and cozy, and the mansion is beautiful. The owners were very hospitable and really made us feel at home. The food was excellent. We would definitely stay there again!

Sweet Retreat

4.8 on February 19, 2013

What a wonderful surprise tucked into the woods not far from Hannibal, MO. This historic mansion is beautiful and the folks who run it are so gracious and helpful. What a find!

Excellent place!

5 on February 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Samuel Clemens room on December 9. The room was lovely--they had chocolate-covered strawberries waiting in the room when we arrived, the food was awesome (we only had breakfast at the mansion, though; we had a delicious dinner at La Binnah Bistro), and John and Julie were warm and friendly! The only thing we would change about our visit was the weather. Thanks to the cold, we weren't able to explore the grounds. We're planning to return during warmer weather to take advantage of the trails around the mansion. We recommend this B&B to anyone who enjoys history, Victorian splendor, and old-fashioned hospitality!

Quiet Seclusion

4.8 on November 29, 2012

Garth Woodside Mansion is an excellent choice for a romantic get-away. The mansion is beautiful with all the charm of another place and time. The breakfast served at a time of our choosing was fantastic. The owners were very friendly and just made you feel at home. I am looking forward to going back with my husband soon or in the spring or summer along with my 4 sisters for a fun sisters weekend. Thanks again, John and Julie.

Great Experience!

5 on November 20, 2012

5 stars on all of the above!! More than 5 stars :) We will be back for sure, not soon enough though!! Great company, beyond peaceful and more relaxing than I could have imagined! Can NOT wait to go back! Matt and Julie Mileszko

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Rooms & Rates

Rosewood Room

Rosewood Room is on the second floor. A unique experience is yours as you sleep on this signed half-tester queen size bed made by renowned fine furniture makers of the 1800’s, Mitchell & Rammelsburg. Known as the most expensive bed in Missouri that you can sleep on. Private bath with shower and original to the mansion claw-foot tub. This was Helen Garth’s room originally, as it had the largest closet and did have a door to his room (now Avie’s Room). Mrs. Garth put in the claw foot tub and original marble sink in 1900 after John died in 1899.

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

Nightly Rate: $185 - $241.90

Avie's Room

Avie's Room is on the second floor and with the ten foot windows and facing the east the south is the brightest bedroom in the mansion. The light blue colors make it soft, but still not too frilly for the male to object. Full canopy floating overhead. The room has a private bath with shower. The remote controlled fireplace features the original Carrera marble. This room was originally John Garth’s room; it adjoined the Rosewood Room years ago.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $185 - $241.90

John Garth Room

This stately Master Bedroom suite hosts the original furniture to John Garth. A grand sized queen bed with a had carved headboard over 10 feet tall. The original Carrera Marble fireplace now burns gas instead of the coal once required (remote controlled). Often referred to as a honeymoon or anniversary suite, this bedroom features a beautiful custom made two-person whirlpool jetted tub. You will notice the design emulates the 2nd story veranda to keep in touch with the motif. Like all of our rooms, the John Garth room has a private bath with a shower. This is the largest room in the mansion. Overlooking the flower gardens and into the woods, you always have a beautiful view through the three 10 foot original-paned glass windows. It is pretty cool to see the deer eating at dusk and dawn from your windows. The llamas do not seem to care if they are there. Second floor room.

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

Nightly Rate: $245 - $289.10

Samual Clemens

Anytime Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) came to visit Hannibal since he had moved out at 18, he would stay at the Garth Mansion in this very room. There are three ten-foot windows, one with a front view, and two on the garden side. An exquisite queen-size, half-tester bed wraps you in luxurious comfort. View the front lawn and gardens while looking out your room’s windows, with the original panes of glass. This room has a private bath with shower. There is also the original Carrera marble (remote controlled, gas burning) fireplace.

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

Nightly Rate: $205 - $241.90

Woodside Room

A quiet retreat is easy in this honeymoon suite. A queen-sized bed, a private bath with a shower and also a two person whirlpool tub. The hypoallergenic feather bed and a toasty warm gas burning fireplace are assurances your desires will be fulfilled. High thread count sheets and an oversized whirlpool... now you know why we call this our honeymoon suite. But all the more reason to stay for you anniversary.

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

Nightly Rate: $235 - $265.50

Hillside Room

The focal point of the spacious Hillside Room is a new QUEEN size, bed. The four poster antique bed is now a queen size, but the room is still very open and warm. Views of the hillside and llamas will surely please. There are two windows facing two sides of the property. This room features a private bath with a shower. The perfect room to get away to and spend quality time together in. Great third floor room.

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

Nightly Rate: $185 - $218.30

Oden Rogers

A rich teal and mauve floral wallpaper, lace bedcover and a warm remote controlled gas fireplace sets the mood for the perfect private get-away. Queen canopy feather bed. All rooms have a private bath with a shower in a separate room within the guests private quarters. This might not seem like a big deal, but in the middle of the night ~ it is. This room is on the third floor.

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

Nightly Rate: $185 - $218.30

Country Fair

A warm room done in mauve with a ribbon border surrounds this wonderful room. A queen sized canopy bed and lots of charm will be yours. Alone together, turn your back on the outside world. There are three windows in this large open room facing the east and the wooded side to the south. Even on the third floor, not another house can be seen. This room also has a private bath with a shower en suite. Of the third floor rooms, this is one of Julie's favorite. Third floor room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $185 - $218.30

Dowager House (The Cottage at the Garth)

The Most Romantic accommodation of Garth Woodside Mansion! Built to include absolutely everything anyone might ever want for a very special and intimate romantic getaway or honeymoon. This is most definitely the most luxurious and romantic of Hannibal MO accommodations. 1. Fireplaces: Look for not just one, but two. Guests can turn on one fireplace for the double whirlpool tub in the bath, and the remote one for the bedroom, while lying in bed. 2. Whirlpool and Hot Tubs: A double whirlpool tub in the bath room along with a Wonderful Hot Springs Hot Tub on the cottage’s private deck, overlooking the pond. 3. Luxurious Linens: The enormous king-sized bed sports 1200, yes, twelve hundred, thread count linens. 4. An Awesome Bathroom: The bathroom offers a ten by four-and-a-half foot shower with eleven shower heads. Featuring his and hers sinks along with a bidet in the water closet, and a towel warmer. Breakfast is also deliver straight to your door in the mornings!

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

Nightly Rate: $395 - $395

Woodside cottages

The private Woodside Cottages include many amenities and is perfect for families or couples traveling together. A kitchenette includes a mini sink, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, and a mini fridge. A couch and two gliding chairs in the living room are just waiting for you along with the TV. A windowed fireplace lets you watch the fire from either the living room or the bed room. The bedroom has a Queen sized bed, a TV and a back door leading to a private deck with a Hot Springs Tub. Outside speakers allow you to relax in the hot tub while listening to music. The bathroom features a large floor space and a shower. Your towels will also be toasty warm after hanging on a heated towel rack. With two doors one leading to the living room and one to the bedroom, if you stay with another couple no one has to walk by someone sleeping. Are you coming with another couple? The living room has a Queen sized Murphy bed that pulls down from the wall. Nothing like a sleeper sofa.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $290 - $0

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Location Type



St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 99 miles

Directions to property:

#61 Hwy turn East Warren-Barrett Drive make first right turn. Travel 1/2 mi. inn is the first mansion on the right side.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Dinner Theatre, Mark Twain Home, Haunted Ghost Tours, River Boat Rides, Trolley Tours, Tour Historical Homes, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Theater, Mark Twain Museums, Trolley Sightseeing Tours, Historical Home Tours, Llama feeding, Mississippi River Boat Rides, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00-5:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Yes On veranda and balcony areas only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes inquire at time of reservation.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small pets are welcomed in our Woodside Cottage.
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night min. weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Payment is due when the reservation is made and confirmation will be sent via email at this time.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made at least 10 days in advance of scheduled arrival will be refunded, less a 10% handling fee, or fully exchanged for a gift certificate to be used at a future date. For cancellations less than 10 days in advance, a 50% refund will be provided. If we are able to rebook your room to another guest, we will provide a full refund, less 10% handling fee. Cancellation made less than 24 hours of reservation will receive no refund unless we are able to rebook the room.
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Col (Ret) John & Julie Rolsen

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About the innkeepers

John is a retired colonel from the Air Force. They have always enjoyed overnight guests when they moved to new locations. Julie is a super cook and you never leave the mansion hungry. John loves to play golf with the guests!

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: New Woodside Dining Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian low- carb, gluten-free

Signature Dish

Peach French Toast a la Garth
One of the best variations of traditional French Toast which is marinated overnight for its special flavor and the Missouri Strata with fresh MO ingredients


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