1861 Inn

300 N. Riverside Drive , Batavia, OH 45103 USA (Show map)


Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway? Maybe a mini-vacation? The 1861 Inn is your retreat. The 1861 Inn provides the leisure and business traveler with a unique alternative to the traditional hotel experience. Situated on seven and a half acres in the Village of Batavia, the Inn offers a comfortable base to explore the many attractions that the metropolitan Cincinnati area offers. Two well-appointed and spacious guestrooms and a poolside guest cottage enhance the intimacy of your stay at the historic Penn Estate, which was completed just prior to the Civil War. All rooms offer private baths and countless amenities and the inn’s many common areas – from porches to pool to library – will guarantee a memorable B&B stay.



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

Recent October Stay

4.8 on October 12, 2016

This was the first bed and breakfast experience for my husband and I. We had an exceptional experience. Tom and Carol were excellent hosts. We definitely will plan a return visit.

Excellent Bed and Breakfast

4.6 on October 10, 2016

So enjoyed our stay at the 1861 Inn. Wonderful hosts, food and service! We will return.

Warm and welcoming home.

5 on October 09, 2016

Carole and Tom and their spaniel Marley open their hearts and their home to you in this warm, friendly B & B. The home has been lovingly restored and maintained. We were there for a weekend getaway for our second anniversary. The pampering and attention to detail was amazing, including little things like a small, framed note on the hearth on the fireplace in our room bearing the message "happy anniversary". Carole's food is gourmet in quality and presentation. Tom's stories of the history of the Inn and the surrounding area are enlightening and entertaining. Don't miss this gem if you are in the Cincinnati area..

Stay with "family", without the drama

4.8 on September 20, 2016

Carole and Tom are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Having a perfect B&B is just a plus. They only have 3 rooms, so if you are interested book ASAP (but not when we return) LOL. We stayed in Jenny's retreat, everything was comfortable and very clean. Our room had the original 1861 wood plank floors, so treat them accordingly. We enjoyed the multi course breakfast that Carole prepared, both days of our stay. I don't think we even turned on the TV, reading and relaxing on the porch and the room. The in room Shower had the head directly overhead. The toilet is tucked in a closet, as is the shower. Remember in 1861 that would not be in Jenny's or anyone else's room. The original fireplace in our room is a sink, but the other rooms have a fireplace. Although both nights were booked to capacity, we just saw and heard our fellow travelers at breakfast, that was also a treat. Hot tub and swimming pool right below our porch, accessed by a winding outdoor staircase. I even purchased a hat, that Carole has on display throughout the house, made locally for my wife. Extra points for me!


5 on September 20, 2016

this was for my boyfriends bday...it was a beautiful place and carol and tom made it so welcoming and added plus was marley since i was missing my doggies..We had dinner and it was great way better than any 5 star rest we could of went too..we will be back and soon ..

Loved this B&B

4.8 on September 19, 2016

We loved out cottage at the 1861 Inn. It was a few steps away from the pool and hot tub. We were greeted every morning with a tray of coffee. The food was outstanding! There was so much to do in this area. We kayaked down the Little Miami River, went to Harmony Hills Winery in the evening for some live music and R&R. The next day we went to East Fork Sate Park. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!! We fell in love with Marley!! :-)

Charming Country Inn

4.8 on September 19, 2016

We were in town for a wedding and wanted to stay somewhere close by, but there were no convenient hotels. Luckily, we found the 1861 and it was better than any possible hotel stay. Very charming, quiet, and peaceful. Beautiful setting and a beautiful home. The owners served some outstanding breakfasts and then sat and chatted at the end of the meal. Thank you Carole and Tom, for a very nice stay. We would gladly stay with you again, and we have already recommended you to our family in the area for other out of town guests.

1861 Inn Bed and Breakfast

5 on September 14, 2016

Lovely hidden getaway,very cozy pool cottage ! The home was so true to it's historical beauty. The owners were people you felt like you've known forever...just cool!

Wonderful stay

4.6 on September 06, 2016

We loved our stay at 1861. We stayed in the cozy cottage which was only steps away from the pool and hot tub. The breakfasts were a culinary delight each morning. The B&B was lose to everything we wanted to do. We kayaked down the Little Miami River, enjoyed the Harmony Hills Vineyard with live entertainment, and toured East Fork State Park. We will definitely come back to enjoy more of their generous hospitality.

Wonderfully Charming B&B I'd Rate 5 Stars

4.0 on August 23, 2016

Wonderful B&B we found online during our weekend stay in the Cinci area. Batavia really is close to many things in the area - we visited The Ark Encounter in Kentucky, as well as a winery, Jungle Jim's, and Ikea. The Innkeepers are so welcoming, accommodating, and hospitable. The history of this property is so interesting, and the property is impeccable. We opted for Friday evening Dinner, which was truly a culinary delight. Breakfast Saturday morning was the same. Food is EXCELLENT here!!! Their resident dog, Marley, is quite the character and we love dogs, so he was quite welcomed by us!! They are so knowledgeable of the area, offering tips and places to visit. We so enjoyed our brief visit in the "Smokehouse" or "Poolhouse" accommodation. Definitely worth the trip!!

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Rooms & Rates

Jenny's Retreat

This Parisian inspired room honors Jenny Penn, lifelong resident of the Penn estate. Originally her bedroom, this corner room looks out over the area that was once her beloved rose garden. Today, guests at the Inn enjoy a private screened in porch that provides a spectacular view of the swimming pool with easy access to the deck via a private spiral staircase. Cherry queen sleigh bed, heart of pine floors, high ceilings and a charming European bathroom guarantee an enjoyable stay. Visit www.1861inn.com for complete details.

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

The Guest Cottage

When the 1861 Inn was known as the Penn Estate, this small brick building was the smokehouse for the Penn family. Today, this poolside guest cottage provides the perfect setting for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Features charming cottage style decor, a queen size bed, working fireplace, shower and an adjoining sitting room with exposed brick - just steps from the main house and heated pool and spa. Visit www.1861inn.com for complete details. NOTE: POOL AND HOT TUB ARE OPEN DURING SEASON - MID-MAY TO MID-SEPTEMBER

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


A favorite accommodation for those celebrating a special occasion or just looking for that special ambience. Decorated in relaxing shades of ivory and rust and soothing hues of green, with a splendid claw foot-soaking tub facing the fireplace. Snuggle under a warm comforter in the queen size bed overlooking a cozy fire. An adjoining private bath with steam shower completes this comfortable, spacious suite. Visit www.1861inn.com for complete details..

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

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Location Type

Metro Cincinnati


Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 32 miles

Directions to property:

I-275 to OH-32 East [Exit 63-B]. Exit OH-132-222 Owensville. Left on North Riverside. Left at 300 North Riverside.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Lindner Tennis Center, Nascar Raceway, Horse Trails, Golfing, Creation Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Piano, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Swimming pool/hot tub, Newspaper delivery, Boat and horse trailer parking, Apacious porches

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • 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
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A one night deposit is required to confirm all reservations.
  • Cancellations: A 14 day cancellation prior to stay is subject to a $20.00 handling fee. Cancellations with notice of 7-days or less will result in a 50% charge of the room rate. Same day cancellations or a no-show reservation will be charged 100% of the rate. Rescheduling is considered a cancellation.



Carole & Tom Cottrill

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Cooking,reading, walking, bridge, tennis and historic preservation.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Poolside during season, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

An ample array of fresh baked scones and cakes.