Gilded Swan Bed & Breakfast

5024 West Avenue , Ashtabula, OH 44004 USA (Show map)

About

Victorian elegance in the heart of the Lake Erie harbor town of Ashtabula. Themed rooms are decorated with antiques but have all the modern amenities to insure a comfortable and memorable stay. Close to wineries, covered bridges, and our Great Lake Erie.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Our Home Away From Home

5 on September 06, 2017

This b & b is lovely. Such a beautiful place & so comfortable. Elaine's hospitality is unsurpassed. She is so gracious & so knowledgeable about the area & always has good recommendations for activities & places to go in the area. She is also a girmet cook & the breakfasts are incredible. This is establishment is a must stay if you are planning a visit to this area.


Fabulous Experience

5 on August 22, 2017

We spent two days at this b&b. The decorations were unique to each room; the food was great; & Elaine was a wonderful host. I would highly recommend this b&b.


Exceeded Expectations

5 on February 17, 2017

This was my first time at a bed and breakfast and it exceeded any hopes I had going in. Elaine was a great host and an amazing chef (the stuffed french toast was the star of the show). The house is extremely interesting, and we spent a decent amount of time exploring and seeing all of the unique themed rooms. Although not in a fantastic neighborhood there was a great restaurant for dinner 10 minutes away (Elaine's recommendation) and once you step inside you are transported to a new world where you can relax and spend quality time with your significant other. Bonus challenge: count the number of swan items in the house. We got 116!


The Wonderfully Vintage Gilded Swan

5 on August 30, 2016

We were just out for an overnight stay up by Lake Erie, but discovered a wonderful vintage home. Inside the home you step back into the late 1800's. The furniture, dinnerware, carpet, and nick knacks all reflect the period. Elaine was attentive to our every need. Our room was comfortable, complete with robes and had a small half bath. There was a large bathroom that was shared with the other guests in the upstairs. The street nose was a little loud at times but quieted down overnight. Breakfast was the biggest surprise ever. Coffee, orange juice, strata, maple glazed sausages, and chocolate chip muffins for dessert! If we are heading back through Ashtabula, Ohio again we will definitely be spending the night!


Family outing at the Gilded Swan

5 on August 19, 2015

The owner, Elaine, was extremely attentive from start to finish, from working with us on our room selection to feeding us the most delicious breakfasts. She made us feel right at home in Ashtabula. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in town.


covered bridges

4.6 on August 18, 2015

We had a great stay. We were in the area to visit the covered bridges but didn't know much about the area. We got great information from our lovely hostess.breakfasts were great and the conversation was enjoyable. We would definitely recommend this one!!!


Great Location for Greenway Trail Bike riders

4.0 on April 26, 2015

Would we Book a room again, Yes! My wife and I like to travel to Ashtabula for bike riding on the Western Reserve Greenway Bike path which is a paved 47 mile rails to trails. The Gilded Swan is very close to the actual path. You can ride right from the B&B. We checked out the reviews before we booked a room, as I am sure that is why you are reading this. We agree with all of the positives, Elaine is great. Breakfast was wonderful and her company even better. This is why you stay at a B&B. I guess the best way to counter the negative reviews are don’t judge a B&B by its town. Odds are you also have a reason to be in Ashtabula, the location is perfect for us as bike riders but if not the inside of the B&B will make you forget that Ashtabula is a like many aging industrials towns in the NE. How attractive is the exit off of 1-90 where you will find your hotel? Our room was very large and comfortable, we stayed in the down stairs Vintage suite. The B&B has Wi-Fi which worked fine for me. We stayed during the week so there was some road and railroad noise in the mornings, but nothing that kept us from sleeping at night. Again for the value, Elaine’s hospitality and breakfast, I am sure you will also be hard pressed to find a reason not to want to return once you have been inside.


Best weekend getaway we have EVER had!

5 on February 18, 2015

My husband and I take several weekend and sometimes long weekend getaways a year just to recharge our batteries. We have been doing that for about 6 years. I can truly say that our stay at the Gilded Swan was the BEST weekend getaway we have ever had. I love Victorian themes! When we arrived late Friday night after a very long week, I felt like I was in a dream. We were lucky enough to have the house to ourselves for the weekend due to a very bad winter storm that we somehow managed to get ahead of. The Vintage Suite was just beautiful and oh so cozy! There was a handwritten note and yummy treats waiting for us upon our arrival. We marveled at the spacious private suite and then took the tour of the home. I kept telling my husband as we walked from room to room that THIS WAS MY HOUSE! I finally found my dream house - hahaa! Elaine was the consummate gracious host and we enjoyed her spectacular culinary skills as much as we enjoyed our breakfast banter the next morning. My husband and I are already planning another weekend getaway to revisit our lovely "home" away from home in Ashtabula. We told Elaine it was so nice visiting because we were far enough from Cleveland without having to drive for hours to our new favorite B n B. On Saturday, we visited the Goddess winery and had dinner at Hil-Mac Seafood restaurant on Saturday - both just wonderful. The Goddess winery is eclectic and so cozy - Denise and JR are lovely people. We wanted to come back later to enjoy the live music at the winery afterwards. We just didn't make it though - after enjoying a fabulous and affordable Valentine's Day dinner at Hil-mac, we could barely walk to our car! Just the PERFECT weekend all the way around. Neither of us wanted to leave The Gilded Swan ~ can't wait to get back soon!


What a lovely home away from home

5 on January 21, 2015

I was delighted to discover that my room was luxurious and well-appointed besides charmingly Victorian. I have stayed in many historical B&B's that are adorable, but lacking the practical necessities of the twenty-first century.Not so with the Gilded Swan. I loved the ambiance, the comfort and the hospitality provided by Elaine. Well done. When traveling in the area, I will be back!


Exceeded our expectations!

5 on November 16, 2014

What a beautiful treasure the Guilded Swan turned out to be. I planned a romantic quick getaway for me and my boyfriend this Veterans Day and Elaine was icing on the cake. From the moment I contacted her for a reservation to even now....she has made a lasting impression. We drove from Columbus but spent the day relaxed as made our way up. We stopped at one of the many nearby vineyards and enjoyed the afternoon with great wine and pleasantries from the locals and barkeep. When we made it to the B&B Elaine was there to greet us and ensured we were comfortablely settled in. Our evening was quiet and very comfortable in the beautiful king suite. The home is beautiful from top to bottom and we enjoyed gazing at all of the delights Elaine has collected for the home over the years. Breakfast was yummy and enjoyable with good conversations from the tenants and Elaine's company at the table. We are grateful to have been able to stay with her and look forward to another adventure really soon. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a lovely place to stay in the lovely town of Ashtabula.


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Rooms & Rates

Vintage Suite

A lovely king bed is the feature of this comfortable room decorated with grapes to honor the many wineries in the area the room features a private bath with whirlpool tub, gas fireplace, private sitting room and first floor private entrance. Luxury linens, fluffy towels and robes as well as bath amenities are waiting to be enjoyed.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

Lake Erie

Slumber almost the lighthouses...this queen bed room decorated with a nautical theme featuring a private bath with whirlpool garden tub for two. Fluffy towels and robes are provided along with bath amenities and luxury linens. Anchor fond memories in this lovely, comfortable room.

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

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

Celestial Room

A queen canopy bed is featured in this lovely room with large windows and half bath ensuite (shower is shared in the main bath right next door). Luxury linens, fluffy towels, terry robes and bath amenities are provided. The decor features a cloud ceiling and angels to watch over you during your stay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $85 - $85

Arbor Room

Spacious room featuring either a king bed or two twin beds with a half bath ensuite (shower is in the main bath just across the hall). Fluffy towels, terry robes, luxury linens and bath amenities are provided. The decor abounds with spring flowers and is bright and cheerful.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $85 - $85

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Location

Location Type

Small town, Wine country

Airport

Cleveland, OH (CLE-Hopkins Intl.) 60 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited we have no provisions for younger children
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card is required for deposit. Full payment is requested at check-in.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Elaine Swanson

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

I became an innkeeper because I love to entertain and make guests feel special. Hospitality is my area of study which I taught at the local university. My hobbies are knitting, reading, cooking and entertaining. I enjoy my guests with their diverse interests and look forward to the breakfast table conversations.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

stuffed french toast
Whole grain bread stuffed with honey infused cream cheese then dipped in egg batter and grilled to perfection. Topped with sauteed Apple or peach slices and maple syrup. Yummm!


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