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

Historical Beauty and Charm

5 on May 22, 2017

I surprised my husband with a weekend getaway and we couldn't have dreamed up a better weekend away. Tom, Carole and Marley were charming and made us feel like their guests rather than lodgers. The guest cottage was quaint and full of everything you'd ever need--right down to drinks, snacks and even Q-tips. The attention to detail was out of this world right along with Carole's meals. Warm scones on a Sunday morning thrilled my Scottish husband to no end. Tom was full of history about the estate and one of my favorite things at the Inn was where Jennie Penn carved her name in the glass of the library window when she was a child. Many items from the Penn family still exist and have stayed with the house--which is amazing. I have a lot of respect for the history staying there and our hosts sharing it with us. Tom and Carole were so gracious with their home, time and conversation and we truly enjoyed ourselves. Marley can't be skipped--all B&B's need a loveable ambassador like him! Overall, we couldn't have asked for anything more and we are already planning our return soon. You can't go wrong here.

5 Stars

4.6 on May 15, 2017

With the house set back from the road the setting is quite park-like. The grounds have delightful sculptures set in garden beds and under trees. From the entrance hall the beautiful taste of Tom and Carole is evident. The hosts are completely relaxed and put you at ease at once. Their dog Marley adopts you at once. With their high ceilings and long windows each room is airy and cheerful. Lovely paints and photos cover the walls including art by a former owner. The breakfast was superb. Who wouldn't want to return? 5 stars. MB

Wonderful Stay

4.6 on May 11, 2017

We had such a great time at this bed and breakfast. Tom and Carole are great hosts. The cottage was beautiful and beyond our expectations. The breakfast was outrageous, so delicious! We cannot wait to stay there again in the near future. Highly recommend.

Wonderful stay

4.8 on May 08, 2017

We spent a wonderful weekend at this Inn and it was magical in everyway. The house is beautiful with lots of history and Carole & Tom are the ultimate innkeepers. The breakfasts are unique and delicious & the rooms are clean.Would recommend to anyone who plans to be in the area, Looking forward to visiting this place again.

Wonderful Experience

4.4 on April 28, 2017

What a great way to get away. We only live 20 minutes from here yet we experience a wonderful time away from the everyday pressures of home

Top of the line B&B

5 on April 10, 2017

Wonderful hosts, terrific food and a fine room. Wouldn't hesitate to return.

Our favorite place to go and relax

5 on March 31, 2017

We went to the 1861 Inn a week ago to celebrate our 5th anniversary of being together. The Inn holds a special place in our hearts, as it was here that we first began our relationship. It was also at the Inn that I proposed to my fiance', and our plan is to one day have our wedding there. Carole and Tom are the ultimate innkeepers. The house is beautiful and welcoming, and the breakfasts are to die for. No matter how much we are stressed when we get there, it all seems to melt away as we are waited on hand and foot. You are not treated as just guests, but as family members while you are there. While the Inn is in a small and quaint town, there is so many great places to visit and dine close by that there is never a lack of things to do. The 1861 Inn is now our "go to" place and we have already booked our next visit, this time taking my daughter and son-in-law so they can experience this wonderful place as well.

Gracious Hospitality

5 on December 21, 2016

This was our first stay at this B & B but certainly won't be our last. The innkeepers invited us to share in Tom's birthday celebration. The whole family made us feel like we were old friends.

We Wept When We Left!

5 on December 05, 2016

We stayed the weekend following Thanksgiving of 2016. As usual we had a great time with wonderful hosts. It's always a great trip for us and we were welcomed into the home and hearth of the 1861 Inn. It is always the very first place we think of for a getaway.

Great Thanksgiving getaway!

5 on December 05, 2016

We had a wonderful 2 day stay at the 1861 Inn! The accommodations were great, breakfasts amazing ,they were so welcoming & the history on the house so interesting. We plan to return when the weather is better so we can enjoig the pool!

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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

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, 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, 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.
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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.


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