Philip W. Smith B&B and Martha E. Parry B&B
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Philip W Smith B & B is a charming Victorian inn offering 5 guest rooms with private baths. Antiques and other fine furnishings surround visitors into this old world atmosphere with all the modern conveniences. Guests enjoy evening dessert and gourmet breakfast during their stay.
In 1903, Martha E Parry completed her Colonial Revival home with stained glass grandeur. All four graceful guest rooms and their individual baths provide for a luxurious stay. A sumptuous breakfast and evening dessert are prepared and served by innkeepers, Jill and Kris Nelson. Fine antiques and period reproductions grace the home and are offered for sale to guests. Hand screened wall coverings recreated from period papers, establish traditional splendor.
Come to Richmond and stroll through four historic districts; collect leaves at the arboretum; hike Whitewater River George and gather prehistoric fossils along the shore; listen to outdoor concerts in the park and shop the unique shops of Richmond and "Antique Alley." Built in 1890 by Philip W. Smith, the 2 1/2 story brick has Romanesque details and features 11 stained glass windows and ornate carved wood. Unwind in the evening with homemade snacks, coffee or tea. Awaken in the morning to a complimentary full breakfast served on fine china and linens in the dining room.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kristopher and Jill Nelson for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most travelers stay to enjoy the historic architecture that our area offers and to visit the esteemed Earlham College. Our inn offers a unique perspective to the history of the area and a feel for life in Richmond.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our inns are blessed with an abundance of stained glass windows. One in particular measures 9 X 12 feet, very unique in a residential setting. The original woodwork and light fixtures throughout add to the ambiance of an era gone by.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We have the finest example of late 1800's architecture in the Midwest and a plethora of antique shops to peruse for period treasures.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Our repeat customers are the hallmark of our business. They have commented that our inn sets the bar high for all other inns they may ever visit.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The natural spring that runs through the park across the street is rumored to have anti-aging qualities by local residents.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Two trails of Antique Alley provide ample opportunity for two days adventures. In addition, the Levi Coffin house is exceptional at depicting the life of slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Gaar house and farm museum and the Wayne County Historical Museum also provide intriguing glimpses into life in the area from the Quaker pioneers forward.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We have the beautiful 155 acre city park, Glenn Miller located directly across the street. The park features outdoor rentals, playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing, hiking and walking trails, golf driving range and expansive rose garden.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Ghyslain Bistro in Richmond, Indiana is located in the historic Depot District - a rapidly growing historic area 5 blocks south of Uptown Richmond.
This full service bistro serves lunch and dinner. Patrons can enjoy shopping in the boutique which features pastries, homemade gelato, and a wide assortment of Ghyslain's gourmet chocolates.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have nine rooms, all with private in room bathrooms.
Do you accept pets?
No, we do not accept pets due to allergy concerns. There are two kennels nearby that can accommodate four legged guests at the comparative bed and biscuit.
All five rooms are individually decorated and include:
- Private bathrooms with either a shower or a shower/tub combination
- 300+ thread count sheets
- Cable TV
- Writing surface
- High speed wireless internet service
Second floor kitchenette area provides access to:
- Ice maker
- Water cooler
Philip W. Smith Bed and Breakfast
Relax in the evening with homemade refreshments amid the beauty of handcarved wood and stained glass windows. Awaken in the morning to the aroma of fresh baked breads and enjoy a complimentary full breakfast.
Philip W. Smith features six lovely guest rooms. Each room has a private bath, in-room telephone, cable television, traditional decorating, fine linens and comfortable seating. Weekly rates are available. Business travelers are encouraged. Wedding, receptions and private meetings are welcomed.
Martha E. Parry Bed and Breakfast
The interior of the home is an interesting blend of both classic Roman and Art Nouveau detailing. Both styles were very popular during the turn of the century. A 7 1/2 by 10 foot Art Nouveau stained glass window accentuates the grand mahogany staircase, which is protected by two majolica sirens. Other features include original antique gas and electric light fixtures, hand printed art wallpaper, built-in servers and cabinetry, fine furniture and antiques.
Furniture featured throughout the house serves as showroom pieces which are available through custom order. Martha E. Parry Bed and Breakfast, Fine Furniture and Antiques showcase Tom Seely Furniture (Amish and Mennonite hand crafted, solid wood furniture) and Berne Furniture (upholstered furniture). Most antiques are available for immediate sale. Come celebrate her 100th year.
Martha E. Parry B & B features four lovely guest rooms. Each room has a private bath, cable television, traditional decorating, fine linens and comfortable seating. Weekly rates are available. Business travelers are encouraged. Wedding, receptions and private meetings are welcomed.
Richmond is centrally located on I-70, just one hour east of Indianapolis and 1 1/2 hours northwest of Cincinnati. Take Exit 156A.
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- Dayton: 35 miles
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