Elliot Rose Guesthouse

814 South Clinton Street , Defiance, OH 43512 USA (Show map)


The Elliot Rose Guesthouse offers upscale, family-friendly accommodations in a lovingly restored c.1900 home just south of Historic Downtown Defiance. Close to everything you need to do and want to do during your visit, the Elliot Rose Guesthouse costs no more than the best hotels in town, but provides you with luxury, privacy, and style unmatched. Bridal Suite with private luxury bath, second-floor Family Suite with kitchen sleeps 6 or more, full hot breakfast featuring our family recipe scones, and more. Pet friendly! 100% cleanliness guarantee.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5.0

Our fantastic stay at the Elliot Rose Guesthouse

5 on October 30, 2017

We stayed on 10/25 and 10/26 in suite G. We couldn't have been more spoiled. Paul and Diana are great. The guesthouse was beautiful and the breakfast was the best. Everything was super. They are such wonderful people and make you feel like family. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.


5 on October 08, 2017

Comfortable, beautiful and peaceful!! I stole my husband away for a quick overnight adventure and it was perfect. We were welcomed like family and it truly felt like I was at moms house for the weekend. The owners provide every comfort you may want or need and then some. We had a fabulous time and we will be returning.

Annual Ladies Retreat

5 on January 16, 2017

Our group of ladies have met at Elliot Rose Guesthouse for the last four winters for our annual retreat and we are fortunate enough to book the entire home for two lovely days. The atmosphere is so relaxing and low key after a hectic holiday season. One of the best spots is in the library with the fireplace, my personal favorite! Each room is impeccable and extremely clean and welcoming. We would highly recommend this location for either a couple or multiple families!

Sisters Get-Together

5 on October 26, 2015

We rented the entire home for an overnight sisters and cousins get-together. The hosts were so gracious, and the home is just lovely and very welcoming! The breakfast was lovely, and the scones were absolutely delicious! Becky, Eddie & Kathy


5 on July 03, 2014

Rented entire home for the weekend, GREAT price for entire home, had numerous classmates stay at the home with us, which allowed us to visit, relax, have our privacy in our own beautiful rooms when needed. Everything detail is thought of and ready for you when you arrive. Wonderful host and hostess, BREAKFAST WAS A GREAT way to start the day; fresh ingredients, homemade honey cake and scones, frittata and quiches, always something a bit different each morning! Of all of the B&B's I've stayed at this is by far my FAVORITE one!! DEFINATELY will be back with my entire family next time!!! Loved it!!! Bev & Randy Class of 74

Gracious attention to detail

5 on October 14, 2013

A relaxing, elegant four days spent in a charming house with warm welcoming hosts who make you feel at home.

Best bed and breakfast we have stayed at in Ohio

5 on September 30, 2013

Great outdoor patio. Full service kitchen that we were welcome to enjoy. Had fresh ground coffee each morning with outstanding healthy breakfast and fabulous scones! Enjoyed clean, comfortable rooms with updated bathroom facilities. Hosts were so accommodating. Visitors from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Absolutely wonderful B & B - a cut above the rest!!

5 on September 12, 2013

My husband and I, along with my 2 daughters, their spouses and children, (ages 8 mos., 2, 4 and 5 yrs.) spent 5 wonderful nights at the Elliot Rose Guest House in early June 2013. It was amazing! We rented the entire house and were completely wowed upon arrival and inspection. My daughters were thrilled to have the sound machines in each bedroom (for the youngsters it was a godsend), and Diana & Paul had set up the crib and toddler air mattress for our youngest grandchildren, complete with a soft animal in bed to greet the 2 yr. old. What nice touches! Everything about the house was just so nice - it was clean, spacious, lots of amenities, well equipped/stocked bathrooms, and both kitchens were neat and also well equipped. There were freshly pressed pillow cases, and lush towels and bathrobes. The decor was also very tastefully done and not crowded with chotzkies like some B&Bs can be. The backyard was also delightful, a great place to gather with other family members staying in the area and for the youngsters to catch fireflies. Great old tree, swing, deck with table and chairs. Very nice. And last but not least - the breakfasts were scrumptious! Those scones are to die for! (I want that recipe.) - They kept our coffee cups full and had juices, scones, fruits, egg dishes, cereals, milk, - all different items on different days - something for everyone. We just couldn't have been happier with our stay. Great hosts and a great house. We will definitely be staying again and cannot recommend it more highly. Thanks Diana & Paul for a wonderful home away from home. Peggy Mohr Christiansen, Fernandina Beach, FL


5 on April 24, 2013

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at the guesthouse in April 2013. We felt right at home, and we had a wonderful time. Thanks, Diana and Paul!!

A fantastic stay

5 on March 24, 2013

I have stayed at the ERGH on two separate occasions; a two night stay in November of 2012 and a three night stay in March of 2013. The rooms are inviting and clean making it easy to relax and unwind at the end of the day. However, the best part of the ERGH is at the beginning of each day - breakfast! Diana really goes above and beyond making delicious scones and egg dishes. Fresh fruit, yogurt, hot coffee, and an array of juices are also always on hand. If you'd like to see something special added to your breakfast menu all you have to do is ask - Diana and Paul put their guests' comfort at the top of their list of priorities. I would not hesitate to recommend the ERGH to anyone traveling to, or through, the Defiance area.

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Location Type

Auglaize Village & Farm Museum 5 miles, Residential neighborhood, Just south of downtown, Stoney Ridge Winery 20 miles, Sauder Village 25 miles, Downtown, Small town, Wine country


Toledo, OH (TOL-Toledo Express) 50 miles

Directions to property:

Defiance is located halfway between Fort Wayne, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio along US 24. Our Guesthouse is easy to find, located less than 2 miles south of US 24 on ST RT 66, which is Clinton St., the main street in Defiance, just a block south of the Historic Downtown District, in a residential neighborhood. Click the link to our website, and from there link to Maps and Directions for Google Maps and driving directions from your specific location.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Historic Downtown gallery shops (less than 2 blocks away), Auglaize Village Farm & History Museum (5 miles), Schomburg Series Concerts, Historic Homes Walking Tour, Community Theater, Stroede Arts and Media Center Events, Sauder Village (25 miles), 3 wineries within 30 miles , Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Copier, Fireplace, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Whole-house water filtration, DVD library, SoundMate sound conditioners in each guest room, Flat panel LCD TV in every guest room, Microwave & guest fridge in kitchenette, Coffee/tea facilities in both kitchens, Complete range of toiletries in each bath

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Activities available within 5 miles of Guesthouse, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4pm to 10pm
  • Check Out:: 11am to noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking in designated outside area only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Babies and children welcome - we have baby gear!
  • Childcare Provided: No Parents responsible for their own children at all times.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Well-behaved dogs considered. Please call.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We rarely require a deposit for single room bookings of any length. We reserve the right to charge a deposit of up to 50% for whole house bookings of two nights or more.
  • Cancellations: Our philosophy is that life happens. We never charge for canceling a single room, single night reservation. For multi room and/or multi night stays, if canceled at least 7 days before scheduled arrival, no charges will apply. If cancelled 6 days or less before arrival, AND we are unable to rebook the rooms, we reserve the right to charge a $50 per room per night cancellation fee. Thank you for your understanding.
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Diana and Paul Bauer

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  • Time Served: when guests prefer
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Diabetic-friendly, Gluten free

Signature Dish

Simply Perfect Scones
Our guests unanimously agree: these scones are fabulous! Served warm right out of the oven, they are simply delightful. Either way, we're sure you'll find that these are like no other scones you've tasted. The texture is flaky and light, but hearty - due to the wholesome 100% whole wheat pastry flour, real butter, and natural yogurt that make up the pastry. Each batch is a flavor sensation, with combinations of dried fruits and nuts, such as: Apricot-Orange-Pecan, Cranberry-Orange-Walnut, Pomegranate-Plum-Orange, Kiwi-PIneapple-Lime-Coconut, and Cherry-Chocolate Chip-Pecan. We use only the best ingredients: Eggland's Best eggs, real citrus zest, hand chopped nuts. Cinnamon and other spices in various combinations highlight the taste and aroma. Hand made, sparkling with demerara sugar topping, crisp on the edges and tender in the middle....can't you just taste them already?

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