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Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast

5825 North Jefferson Street
Burlington, KY 41005

Toll-free 888-226-5096

Phone 859-689-5096

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Welcome to Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn!

Experience a taste of sophisticated charm and relaxed country living at the edge of this small rural Kentucky town. We encourage you to stay at our inn as part of your travel plans and to explore the town and country feel of the surrounding area. Choose between our two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings: the 1850s William Rouse log cabin and the 1830s Willis Graves Federal brick homestead.

In every detail, from the luxurious whirlpool baths and steam showers to our full gourmet breakfast served on individual tables dressed in white linens, your comfort is our top priority. Our goal is to understand our guests and deliver a lasting impression that involves all five senses: the sight of unusual antiques and comfortable surroundings, the sound of soft music, the touch of plush towels, the smell of the freshly ironed sheets, and the memorable taste of homemade cookies on your pillow. From guest feedback, we know that these unique impressions keep our guests coming back time and time again.

For leisure and business travelers, our bed and breakfast's accommodations go far beyond traditional hotel lodging. Details such as triple sheeting with luxury linens, down comforters, extra pillows, robes, and towels, and complimentary water are already in place when you arrive. For your convenience, guests may also enjoy wireless high-speed Internet, cable television and DVD players, and our comprehensive movie collection.

Explore our website to learn more about our amenities and nearby attractions. Other intriguing 19th century landmarks and the "big city" lights of Cincinnati, Ohio, await you just moments away. We are located in close proximity to over sixty major corporations and are a quick 9-mile drive from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International airport. Our pledge is to make your visit as enjoyable as possible and to help you get the rest and relaxation you need.

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$100-199, $200-299

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  • Gardens on Property
  • GLBT Friendly
  • Green/Enviro-Friendly
  • National Historic Registry


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Outside Only

Wired, Wireless, Complimentary


Whether you select one of our rooms or suites, Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn offers luxurious surroundings for rest and relaxation. Our main 1830s Willis Graves Federal brick homestead houses one suite and two guest rooms.  We also offer a beautifully restored 1850s William Rouse log cabin, with one suite and one retreat room, both completely renovated with spa bathrooms. Because your comfort is our main concern, air-jet whirlpool bathtubs, private bathrooms, top quality mattresses, fine luxury linens, and soft robes are standard in all our accommodations. Both buildings have central air-conditioning and heating to maintain comfort year round. 

All our accommodations also include:

  • Fresh baked cookies on pillows
  • Reading lamps
  • Complimentary WIFI Internet access
  • Desk for writing and computer use 
  • Fan in each guest room
  • Iron and full-size ironing board 
  • Excellent furnishings including period antiques
  • Cable TV and DVD player with free on-site movies 
  • CD player
  • Triple sheeting with down comforter
  • Two types of pillows 
  • Flexible check-in times 

Both Suites include: 

  • Private spa bathroom with an air-jet whirlpool (double) bath and steam shower
  • Gas fireplace 
  • Refrigerator and microwave
  • Private entrance with a relaxing porch or patio
  • Private living room

The Retreat includes:

  • Private spa bathroom with an air-jet whirlpool (double) bath and steam shower
  • Refrigerator and microwave
  • Private entrance with a relaxing porch

Our website includes additional photos and it describes our accommodations in greater detail.

  • Cabins
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites

Double , Queen



  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Fireplaces
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury Linens
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance
  • Refrigerators
  • Telephones
  • Whirlpool or Jacuzzi
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Microwaves

  • Cable TV
  • iPod Docking Stations
  • Video Library

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Maybe it's the antique wooden tables dressed in white linen tablecloths, the aroma from freshly brewed French Roast coffee or possibly the soft music playing in the background - whatever the reason, breakfast at the Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn is a perfect compliment to your stay.

Our guests may choose either a quick continental breakfast or a full gourmet breakfast served at individual tables. Full gourmet breakfast dishes reflect our effort to present your meal with an artistic, attractive flair and include a first course of fresh fruit and homemade granola. Our signature French Toast, made with Crème Brûlée or Orange Marmalade, is the most requested item from our menu. Breakfast can be customized to meet each guest's dietary needs and delivered to any of our suites by request.


Continental , Full

Individual Tables, Flexible Times



  • Special Diets Accommodated

  • Complimentary Beverages
  • Early Coffee/Tea

  • Amusement Parks
  • Antique Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Biking
  • Garden Tours
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Snow Skiing - Downhill
  • Sports Events
  • State/National Parks
  • Winery Tours

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Business Meetings

Take the monotony out of your next business meeting by creating a rejuvenating and productive getaway for your team. As your home away from home, we strive to create an environment that caters to business travelers. Each room includes a dedicated work desk area, high speed wireless Internet, cable television and DVD player, a comprehensive movie collection, fresh baked cookies, and complimentary beverages. To help ease the stress of a long day, we offer luxurious touches such as whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforters, and top quality mattresses. The option for in-room massage (at an additional charge) is available in the retreat or suites. The suites also include fireplaces and separate living rooms to hold company meetings. We are conveniently located within nine miles of the Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport. In the morning, choose either a quick continental breakfast or a full gourmet breakfast served at individual tables. Breakfast can be customized to meet your dietary needs and delivered to any of our suites by request.

At Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn we have created an ideal environment for business travelers. But don't just take our word for it, read what other business travelers have to say:

  • "I’ve stayed in five-star hotels in Asia, Europe, and the USA, but would rate this as the best any day." - Chicago, IL
  • "This place is amazing…feels more like a vacation than work. I will be back.” - Lexington, KY

Our corporate rate for business travelers is $105 (plus tax) per guest room/suite and is valid Sunday through Thursday, single occupancy only.

Family Reunions/Social Events

Located on the edge of a small town only twenty minutes from the big city, we have the best of both worlds waiting for your group. The mix of town and country life with nearby big city attractions is an ideal alternative if you are not sure whether you want to spend all your time in a peaceful environment or on-the-go. For relaxation, enjoy in-room movies with complimentary beverages, play a board game, soak in one of the whirlpool baths, or read a good book in a cozy chair next to the fire in one of the suites. If activity beckons, you may want to make reservations at top-rated restaurants, symphony concerts, or Broadway Across America shows for a night on the town. We can provide a list of attractions and contact information to aid your search. Whether your group is looking for down time to connect and be pampered or a home base to explore what the Cincinnati area has to offer, our destination is an ideal site for your next gathering. 

Please check our website for current rates and specials for leisure travelers.

  • Business
  • Family Reunion
  • Social

2 (Living Rooms of Suites)




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Check out the recipes on our website

Baked Ham and Eggs Crisp

This recipe came from Gourmet Magazine February 2002. The only change is the addition of lemon pepper. Spinach could be used in place of the mushrooms. Serve with buttered toast.

Crème Brulee French Toast

This is our signature French toast recipe, which also happens to be a guest favorite. Several repeat guests make this for their own overnight guests during holidays or special occasions.

Gingerbread Pancakes

In 2006, one of our guests asked us to arrange a breakfast surprise for his wife during their stay. He sent us the recipe for her "favorite" pancakes, which are now one of our favorites too.

Lemon Waffles with Fresh Berries

There is plenty of lemon flavor in these slightly sweet, cake-like waffles. Their pale yellow color contrasts beautifully with the deep colored berries. Fresh berries are best, but frozen or canned may be substituted. Set out additional lemon-flavored yogurt or unsweetened whipped cream to serve with the waffles.

Orange Marmalade Stuffed French Toast

Orange marmalade, cream cheese and orange juice make this French toast anything but ordinary.

Three Cheese Tart

Also known as breakfast pie, as our southern innkeeper friend Marsha calls it, this dish is better known as a savory quiche or tart.