Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast

1812 Richview Road, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864
Innkeeper(s): Larry Sidwell
  • Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast

    Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast

  • The Porch

    The Porch

  • The Dunaven

    The Dunaven

  • The Pruett

    The Pruett

  • The Windsor

    The Windsor

  • The Dunaven Bath

    The Dunaven Bath

  • Introduction

    Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, was built in the 1920's but provides the accommodations of the 21st century. It's perfect for a romantic getaway, a fun weekend with friends, a comfortable stay for the business traveler, or a cozy overnight with family. In the mornings, you will be enticed by the choice of either a continental or a delicious home-cooked breakfast.

    Located among stately homes and towering trees, just a couple of blocks away from the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and fifteen miles from the Rend Lake Recreation Complex you can do what your heart desires. From hiking, boating, water skiing, golfing, to just reading and relaxing there are endless possibilities!

  • Inn Offerings

    Mr. Sidwell wants your stay at Sidwell Friends to be as relaxing and comfortable as possible so these accommodations are offered:

    • Tastefully decorated, comfortable rooms with private baths
    • Luxury bed linens
    • "Royalty" memory foam mattresses by Sterling Mattress Factory (Orthopedic surgeon endorsed)
    • HDTV with DVD player in each room
    • Complimentary DVD library
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Alarm clock with CD player/radio
    • Iron and ironing board in each room
    • Guest robes
    • Hair dryer in each bath
    • Gilchrist and Soames of London toiletries
    • Heated tile floors and towel racks in baths
    • Turndown service

    Guests are encouraged to enjoy the formal living room, sunroom/library, deck, and garden patio for reading lounging or conversation.

    • Corporate rates are available
    • All applicable taxes apply
    • Sidwell Friends is a smoke free property
    • Please, no pets or children under 18
    • One night deposit

  • Four Season Getaway

     Sidwell Friends Bed & Breakfast is Perfect No Matter What The Season

  • The History of the House

    The house that is now home to Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast was built in the 1920s for Dr. M.M. Lumbattis, a prominent Mount Vernon dentist. The classic colonial style, the craftsmanship, and the size and location of the house all give evidence to the success Dr. Lumbattis had achieved.

    The house remained under the watchful care of the Lumbattis family until it was purchased by John and Mary Baggott in the mid 70's. The Baggotts initiated an ambitious effort to modernize the house (kitchen/baths), and they undertook extensive landscaping. The beautiful grounds remain as a testament to their efforts.     

    Mr. Sidwell purchased the house in 2003 with the intention of opening Mount Vernon's first B & B.  Following his retirement from a career of college teaching in May of 2007, he began in earnest what came to be a year of serious remodeling and redecorating. The end product provides an elegant showcase for his collection of fine furniture, artwork, books, and accessories. And, he's excited that others are now  able to enjoy the house, its furnishings, and the grounds.

  • Guest Comments

    "Delicious food, excellent presentation........Larry is the best host.  We will be back." - Lewis and Elizabeth, Louisville, KY

    "This place is like an oasis in the desert!  What a gem!  Larry is a wonderful, friendly host.  House is gorgeous!  Food was great!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!" - Richard and Kathleen, Indianapolis IN

    "Thank you for your gracious hospitality. We felt in absolute leisure and luxury. Your house is simply beautiful. Breakfast was scrumptious. Our night's stay was a definite highlight to our 25th anniversary." - Quinton and Ramona, Rome GA

    "We have been on the road for 15 days and this, by far, was the most beautiful and comfortable.  What a special place this is.  Thank you for your generous hospitality." - Steve and Deanna, Kansas City, MO

    "Our stay was wonderful!  The accomodations are fantastic.  It was like staying with an old friend."- Pat and Helen, Chicago, IL

  • Attractions

    Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

    The Center inhabits a 90-acre site where the arts are celebrated year-round!  Rolling meadows, woods and lake feature over 50 large scale sculptures by such noted artists as Fletcher  Benton, Chakaia Booker, Martha Enzmann, and Tova Beck-Friedman.  The Mitchell Museum offers three art galleries. Prized works by Mary Cassatt, William Glakens, Robert Henri,  Childe Hassam, and Maurice Prendergrast are part of the new Permanent Collection Gallery.  Website:

    Rend Lake's 19,000 acres

    Rend Lake provides wonderful opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports.  The complex is also home to a 27-hole championship golf course.

    GenKota Winery

    This winery sits on a gentle hill overlooking its own vineyard. Guests can sit on the wraparound deck and sip award wining wines manufactured on site.

    Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center

    This center is an Illinois State Museum site. Located just 17 miles south of Mt. Vernon, this 15,000 square foot facility houses the Artisans Shop and the Southern Illinois Art Gallery.  The Artisans Shop ---- the largest in Illinois --- offers for sale the work of over 850 Illinois artisans.  The Center also hosts the "Annual Art and Wine Festival" the fourth weekend in September.

    Golf Courses

    Courses are plentiful in Southern Illinois.  In addition to the championship Rend Lake course, there are five other fine courses within a 17 mile radius of Sidwell Friends---two just minutes away.

  • Directions

    1. From I-64/I-57 take exit 95 (IL 15/Broadway)
    2. Turn east onto Broadway
    3. Turn left (north) at 27th Street traffic light
    4. Travel north on 27th Street to stop sign
    5. Turn right (east) onto Richview Rd
    6. Look for sign on left just before stop sign at 12th Street