In a world where graciousness is so often a thing of the past, my husband and I found it here. When I called for reservations, the voice on the other end made me feel like I was their first customer ever. There was no "rehearsed boredom" as is so often the case. I discovered the voice belonged to owner Julie who has been answering calls since 1999. This spoke volumes to me. It made me want to go back to a place I hadn't even arrived at.
Julie and John have their own unique personalities and expertise that go into the running and upkeep of their incredible inn. The inn and grounds are gorgeous, yet totally comfortable. Keep in mind when considering your stay here, that YOU WILL BE HAPPY WEATHER YOU PREFER B&B'S OR HOTEL/MOTELS. This is a mansion - not just a large home. Therefore, you don't feel like you can hear whispers through the walls and have no privacy. On both floors there is a WIDE hallway with 2 rooms on either side. Each pair of rooms has only 1 common wall. That wall is the bath wall. (EACH ROOM HAS ITS OWN BATHROOM.) We slept soundly each night and were never awakened by talking or bath activity in the adjoining room.
The breakfasts were outstanding, with an abundance of food. Their juice is amazing and their heated coffee mugs the best. (Don't leave without one.) The sunny restaurant addition is a beautiful place to look at llamas and the grounds. Instead of the usual setup where everyone is crowded at one table, they have many 4 top tables. Consequently, if you feel like starting your day quietly and peacefully, you can. But, if you prefer early morning visiting with other guests, you can do that as well.
This place is the very best of both worlds and John and Julie couldn't have been more accommodating, helpful and gracious. We were fortunate to meet a son, daughter-in-law and grandchild, and they are all quality people. The family love is obvious. Call me old fashioned, but these are the things that speak to me and my husband and make us feel happy and comfortable.
We will return! It's a great place to stay weather coming to partake in Hannibal history or just have a wonderful, relaxing get-away. THIS IS OUR NEW FAVORITE PLACE.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Garth Woodside Mansion has been rated #1 in the state of Missouri for several years in a row. Member of Select Registry. All guests rooms have a private bath and most have fireplaces. Cottages offer private decks with hot tubs. Breakfasts cannot be beat. ... more less