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“Love the Owners!” 4 of 5 stars
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372 West Geneva Street, Williams Bay, WI 53191   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Williams Bay B&B and Inns
Illinois
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Love the Owners!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We just spent a lovely one night stay at The Bailey House. We were very impressed with the friendliness of John as he greeted us and showed us the house and our room, the Bailey Room on the first floor. The room has a HUGE whirlpool tub! The house itself is beautiful. The grounds are beautiful too. We visited on a cool Fall weekend and our only complaint was the room was very warm. We closed the vent but were still uncomfortable. Karen is delightful, and is a great cook. We especially enjoyed having breakfast with Karen and John, and the other guests. Great stories, lots of laughs. John's amazing muffin demonstration was a hoot. Can't share because it's part of the appeal of the Bailey House - must keep it John's claim to fame. The Bailey House is a great way to visit the Lake Geneva area, enjoy the chaos of LG town, but then escape to the peace and friendliness that is the Bailey House.

Room Tip: We loved that the Bailey Room was on the first floor. Very private and easy to get to.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Huntley, IL
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

My husband and I stopped in to pick up a brochure as I had read so many wonderful reviews about this B. and B. We were accompanied by my guide dog. We were greeted inside the door by a woman but then a man, I assume the owner, came in behind us and said "bring your dog outside". We said we just wanted to get some information and it was a guide dog. He said "I don't care" He further stated that "this is a B. and B., not a hotel". He was concerned that we would upset his dog. We would not choose to stay in a place like this because of the attitude. There was no reason for him to be rude. The web site says The Baily House is a welcoming place but this was certainly not our experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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baloon, Owner at The Bailey House, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Bailey House is sincerely sorry for this chaotic event, which obviously has multiple points of misunderstanding. My wife and I were working in the yard, and our cleaning lady was vacuuming. We did not see the arrival of these potential guests, but suddenly heard our dog frantically barking and raced to the open front door where we could see two people and a dog. The vacuum was going, the dogs were barking, the visitors did not appear to be reacting to what I thought was a potential “dog fight”. When first asked to bring their dog out, the gentleman did not respond, so I asked again while my wife corralled our dog. I apologize for my abrupt response, the situation was tense and I was attempting to quickly circumvent a more disastrous incident.
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Lindenhurst, IL
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

We were looking for a close-to-home getaway (we live in lake county, IL) to celebrate my boyfriend's 30th birthday and we settled on the place that most Illinois residents do in the summer...Lake Geneva. Everything thing in town was either booked or way out of our price range. Fortunately, I found The Bailey House which was just a short drive from LG. There were still plenty of great restaurants and things to do in Williams Bay and personally, I enjoyed being away from the crowds of LG. An added bonus was that they were a short walk across the street from the Yerkes Observatory (also highly recommended!). This was our first experience staying at a B&B and we weren't really sure what to expect. The house and grounds were absolutely beautiful and John and Karen were amazing hosts. The were very helpful in giving information about the area and helping with restaurant and activity reservations. Hands down, the best part of our stay was Karen's delicious breakfasts. THE BEST french toast I have EVER had! I must also say that John gave a wonderful Muffin demonstration. I won't give away the details of the demo, you'll just have to stay with them to find out :-)

Thank you John and Karen!!! We can't wait to come back

Tonya and Pat

Room Tip: We stayed in the Bailey room on the first floor. There was a HUGE whirlpool tub that we took advanta...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Algonquin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We had a wonderful weekend at the Bailey House in the Bailey Room overlooking the beautiful crystal clear in-ground pool and perfect country gardens. We never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast with such luxurious living. Karen is such a fantastic cook and presents a most beautiful fulfilling breakfast to last you through to dinner, John will mesmerize you with his unbelievable muffin demonstration that you have to see to believe! Every room in their beautiful home has so many lovely personal touches, that you feel like you are inside a "House and Garden" magazine, Williams Bay beach is so clean and beautiful and so close. We happened to be there during the "Dog Day in the Bay" dog parade and contest (third weekend in June) and it was so much fun to see all the neighborhood pets right by the lake and boats. Best of all was relaxing at the end of the day in the Jacuzzi to complete a fantastic day. Karen and John are so warm and caring, that we felt as though we were visiting relatives.

Room Tip: Every room in the Bailey House is excellent. Each one has a jacuzzi and each one has it's own w...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Allis, Wisconsin
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

My husband and I took an extended weekend away, and we are so glad we chose the Bailey House. We wanted to go to Lake Geneva, but after considering options in Lake Geneva, we found this place, which was slightly less expensive, very close to Lake Geneva shopping and restaurants, with all the peacefulness we were looking for. The tranquility of its location was perfect. Also great was stopping by the Yerkes Observatory right across the street, which had such a neat little tour on Saturday morning. The owners of the Bailey House, John and Karen, were so warm and gracious we felt like we had known them for years! They offer great conversation, and are so apt at making potentially awkward breakfast conversation with the other guests feel more comfortable and relaxing. Time spent chatting with others during breakfast often lasted at least an hour, and was a fun way to start the day. Karen makes the most decadent breakfasts, and we definitely felt spoiled and pampered. The daily cookies delivered to the room were also a huge bonus-nice treat after being out-and-about all morning! The house was beautiful, the yard is shaded and inviting, and we definitely enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Bailey room, which was the only one on the first floor. A bonus to this is the priv...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

I just returned from a lovely weekend spent at the Bailey House. In theory B&Bs sound like a good idea but I'm usually a little nervous about trying one out in case it isn't a good fit. This place got great reviews for the area so I figured that it was worth a shot. We were not disappointed at all. The house is so warm and inviting. John and Karen are very friendly and sincerely interested in making sure that you enjoy your stay. There are touches all throughout the house that make your stay even better. Little things, like Tums in the bathroom and cookies when you arrive, that make you feel like you are being welcomed into a friend's home. The place is immaculately clean which makes me feel instantly more comfy. John and Karen are happy to help you pick which trail to take or what restaurant to try. The house is located right across the street from the Yerkes Observatory which offers free tours on Saturdays and some night time star gazing options. The warmth and small touches in the house really made for a memorable weekend. And and great breakfast is an added plus!

Room Tip: The Smythe room is very large! Actually two large rooms. We peeked into the other rooms and they wer...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palatine, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

Our first bed and breakfast experience and we LOVED it! John and Karen catered to our every need (including special dietary needs for breakfast). We loved the pool in the back yard, the hammock, the jacuzzi in the room and the ambiance of the house. Everything was clean and there was such attention to detail - pillows and a throw for the back yard hammock, extra towels for swimming, wine glasses and cork screw, access to the freezer for ice, a small eclectic DVD selection for using in your room, PLENTY of good books and games for rainy weather and GREAT stories and information about area attractions. After spending a day in downtown Lake Geneva we were glad we chose this B&B which is a nice short drive to all of that hectic tourist activity. William's Bay has its own beach and water front and good restaurants too. We will be back and will recommend The Bailey House to friends and family!

Room Tip: The Bailey Room is on the 1st floor and is the only room with its own door to the sun porch (by the...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Bailey House

Address: 372 West Geneva Street, Williams Bay, WI 53191
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Williams Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Williams Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four beautifully decorated guest rooms each with private bath, double whirlpool, fireplace, TV with DVD and basic cable. An in ground swimming pool and three acres of scenic woods and gardens, insure a restful, relaxing respite in a comfortable, casual country manor house. ... more   less 

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