Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast

85 U.S. Highway 42 East, Warsaw, Kentucky 41095
Innkeeper(s): Kurt and Kathy Doerflinger
  • Introduction

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  frontEscape to Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast located in Warsaw, Kentucky: Where casual elegance and historic tradition meet.

    Built in 1869, a million plus dollar renovation and expansion was just completed in the Spring of 2011, making Riverside Inn Kentucky’s newest and most luxurious bed and breakfast.

    No expense has been spared in providing an oasis of relaxation and pampered comfort with all of the modern conveniences discriminating travelers expect. High count linens on premium mattresses, spacious new bathrooms, luxurious robes, Sony LCD tv’s and Blu-ray DVD players, and Wi-Fi are just a few of the amenities that our guest suites feature.

    With five king sized suites, one queen room with private bath across the hall (with optional second bedroom), library, billiards room, piano parlor, conference room, screened gazebo and expansive grounds, the Riverside Inn B & B gives you plenty of room to find your private hideaway or to host your group retreat.

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  groundsLocated directly on the Ohio River, the Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast is about half way in between the larger cities of Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. Local attractions such as the Kentucky Speedway, Belterra Casino, and the Elk Creek and Ridge Wineries, are just a few examples of why our B & B is just moments away from all that our region has to offer. Experience a bed and breakfast beyond your expectations!

  • History

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  historyThe original house was built in 1869 by Local Businessman and Militia Captain, Senator James H. McDanell, Sr. where he lived with his wife, Irenae, and their two sons and daughter. His farm was one of the finest in the state. He was a careful, industrious and conservative man, three features that assisted materially in making his fortune. He soon built up a good trade that grew year after year until his establishment, J.A. McDanell and Sons Mercantile, became the most important business in the town of Warsaw. Captain McDannell’s home partially burnt in 1889 but he had it rebuilt and it became known as Lynwood Hall. Originally were two identical entrances – one facing the Ohio River (which remains the same today, and the other facing US Highway 42). Lynwood Hall remained in the McDanell family for over three generations.

    In 1950, William H. Hill, a nurseryman, bought the property and ran a large tree nursery, the beauty of some of his trees still grace the property such as the 5 types of Magnolia trees, Bradford pears, multi-colored Dogwoods, and stunning American Holly trees. You will find large Oak trees, American Lindens, Tulip trees and Weeping Cherry trees, to name a few. It was Mr Hill who changed the front facade of the house by adding the brick columns that are still standing today. Mr Hill’s daughter, Marie Hill Roberts and her husband Harry along with their son and three daughters inherited the house where Marie lived until 2005.

    IRiverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  living areat was in 2010 that the current owners, the Griffins, purchased the property, then known as Heritage Hall, from Marie’s daughter Elizabeth Roberts Jackson. They lovingly took ownership and after a year of extensive restoration and renovation- where the beauty of the old was merged with the convenience of the new- the house proudly opened in May 2011 as the magnificent Riverside Inn Bed and Breakfast; one of Kentucky’s most romantic inns.

  • Plan Your Stay

    Breakfast Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  library

    Riverside Inn's guests start their day in our sunny Breakfast Room with a homemade three course breakfast uniquely created by our on staff Chef - Kurt. He likes to change it up daily. Breakfast is commonly served 9:30 - 10:30am. When we can we are happy to accommodate your schedule if you want a later time. Two of our guests favorite dishes are: Creme Brulee French Toast and Madame Arenea and, of course, Chef's Citrus Spiced Cinnamon Waffles with Orange Glaze and ..... You get the idea! Complimentary coffee, tea and water are available 24/7 in our Dining Room.

    Things to Do Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  riverAround the Inn

    Those looking for a relaxing weekend can find as little or as much as they want to do while staying at the Riverside Inn. Each room is furnished with a new Sony LCD with satellite TV, and Blu-ray DVD player. We have a limited collection of movies, or feel free to bring your own.

    Our library is stocked with hundreds of books from the classics to modern biographies, as well as a collection of board games. There are many cozy spots to read both inside the Inn or out on the grounds.Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  river

    Enjoy the piano? Our parlor has a baby grand piano you can play, or may select from the iPod to play itself with one of the hundreds of piano classics, while sitting by the fire. Our Billiards room also features a fireplace and provides a warm setting to sharpen your skills on our new table. Visit our Antique Room - the original 1869 kitchen featuring family heirlooms. One can pass the afternoon with boat watching either from the Dining Room with our high powered binoculars or out on the patio or on a swing.

    Our outdoor gazebo and patio provide comfortable seating for reading, playing games, or taking a nap. Feel free to utilize the outdoor kitchen to grill your dinner or enjoy cool beverages while you enjoy the sunset we just ask that you clean up afterwards.

    Two bicycles are aRiverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  horsesAvailable for a ride around the property. Bring your own gear and fish off of our riverside dock. Launch your own kayak or canoe from our riverside driveway.

    Riverside Farms offers stabling for your horse for a fee and you are welcome to ride throughout our grounds. Horse and carriage rides to the town center are available when booked in advance.

  • Weddings at Riverside Inn

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast, weddings

    Riverside Inn B & B Is Your Perfect Destination Wedding Headquarters

    Riverside Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a beautiful, serene venue that is perfect for your special day be it: Wedding, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement or Vow Renewals.

    We know that choosing a venue for your wedding is just as fun -- and as challenging -- as finding the "right" Ring and the "perfect" Wedding Gown. We are sure you will find the setting you desire here at Riverside Inn -whether you are from the community or living out of state - we have it covered from your Ceremony to your Reception and even your Honeymoon night.

    Riverside Inn can accommodate any size wedding from intimate ceremonies to Gala receptions with up to 200 guests. Let the natural beauty of our Southern Plantation provide the perfect backdrop for your beautiful outdoor wedding. There is nothing more romantic than our Mansion, right on the Ohio River, with its many different character locations (gardens,patio,trees, river views, porches) for your dream day. Let Riverside Inn be your perfect escape to create the ideal opportunity to have a wonderfully memorable wedding day without all of the usual anxiety of planning a wedding.

    On Staff We Have

    •  Wedding Coordinator
    •  Master Designer Florist
    • Wedding Officiants (Ordained Ministers)

    We Are Happy To Offer You

    The opportunity to work with n experienced Destination Wedding Specialists who will guide you through the planning process and create an exceptional day for you and your guests.

    The security of working with people who have made over 1,000 wedding "Dreams Come True".

    And.....we will create an 'Easy Pay Plan' just for you.

    Call for more information. We Love Weddings!

  • Amenities

    • Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast, amenitiesFull Breakfast Buffet Served Daily
    • Complimentary morning paper
    • Afternoon Wine and Cheese Reception (featuring Local Wineries)
    • Refreshments and Assorted Desserts Baked Fresh Daily
    • 24 hour Access to Guest Beverage Center, Refrigerator and Snacks
    • WiFi Complimentary Throughout Inn
    • Private Riverview Meeting Room with Conference Table Seating for 14 and Meeting Amenities
    • Billiards Room with Rookwood Fireplace
    • Music Parlor with Baby Grand Piano and Fireplace
    • Library with Large Book Collection, Magazines, Movie Collection, Puzzles, and Games
    • Breakfast Room with Spectacular View of the Ohio River
    • Screened Gazebo with Outstanding View of Ohio River, Gas Grill Available for Guest Use
    • Covered Veranda with Outside Seating and Porch Swings Throughout Grounds
    • Private Massage Room On Site
    • Innkeeper Available Daily from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
    • New Geo-thermal Heating and Air-Conditioning, All New Energy Efficient Windows
    • New Two Person Elevator Services Original Section of the Inn
    • Manicured Grounds Surrounding the Inn
    • Horse Stabling Available
    • Complimentary Croquet
    • Complimentary Use of Bicycles
    • Large Guest Parking Lot with Complimentary Parking
    • Laundry Service Available for Additional Charge
    • Fax & Copying Service
    • Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Meetings & Special Events

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  meetingsThe facilities at the Riverside Inn provide the perfect setting for your next corporate retreat, family reunion or girl's/guy's weekends. Even groups of couples that travel together have found Riverside Inn the perfect place to stay for day trips to local wineries and evening trips to the casino.

    Be sure to sign up for our email specials for occasional specials in which we discount whole Inn rentals. We recommend booking whole Inn rentals as far in advance as possible to insure availability of all rooms.

    Weekend rentals of the whole Inn require a two night minimum stay.

    Meeting Room Rental

    Let our private meeting room overlooking the Ohio River provide the inspiration for your next management team building event or board meeting.

    The Room Features

    • Large permanent conference table with leather seating for 14
    • Additional seating can be added
    • 52" Sony Bravia LCD tv with Direct TV and Blu-Ray DVD Player
    • Connections available to project your laptop images to t.v. screen
    • Complimentary Riverside Inn notepads and pens
    • Copier/fax machine in room

    Meeting Amenities

    The staff at Riverside Inn will work with you to provide any food and beverage needs your group may require during your stay. With your guest room stay, your breakfast is complimentary. In addition, we can provide meeting breakout refreshments, as well as lunch for an additional cost. Sandwich trays, a grill out of burgers and hot dogs, or lunch are all options dependent upon your needs.

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  the grounds

    Retreats, Girls & Guys Weekends

    We welcome groups of couples, men golfing/casino trips, and girls weekends to catch up with friends or scrapbooking. If your stay includes activities that will require the public areas(dining room, gazebo, parlor) of the Inn other than the conference room, we ask that your group rent all of the guest rooms so that other guests staying would not be compromised.


    Families from all over will relish memories created at the Riverside Inn. Reserve the entire Inn for a holiday or weekend and have exclusive use of the Mansion and grounds.

    Social or Holiday Events

    Company Christmas parties and other organizations events are welcome to celebrate at the Inn. Call for more information and details.

  • Massage Services

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  spaWhat better way to pamper yourself during your stay, than to indulge in a massage or body treatment for yourself? Our visiting licensed massage therapist and lypotherapist will perform these treatments in the privacy of our Spa Room located in the West Wing. Why choose? Combine treatments for an afternoon of taking care of yourself. Due to the popularity of these services, we recommend making your appointments at the time of your reservation.

    Massage Treatments

    Hot Stone Massage

    The application of water heated basalt stones to key points on the body gives a deep massage and creates sensations of comfort and warmth. The penetrating heat from the hot stones relaxes the muscles, which allows for deeper relaxation, when compared with Swedish massage therapy.

    • 50 minutes - $80
    • 80 minutes- $120

    Therapeutic Massage

    This specialty massage includes slower strokes and deeper pressure on areas of the body that suffer from chronic tension or pain, relieving stress, tension and helps to restore mobility.

    • 50 minutes - $80
    • 80 minutes - $120

    Swedish Massage

    This classic massage style uses soothing strokes of light to moderate pressure to promote relaxation

    • 50 minutes - $80
    • 80 minutes - $120

    Chair Massage

    A mini chair massage is a special treat that Corporate groups or retreats can provide their guests when full treatments are not feasible.

    Rates based upon the size of your group and amount of time requested

  • Meet The Innkeepers

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  innkeepersChef Kurt and Kathy have discovered that one of the best things about being innkeepers are the guests! They love meeting new and interesting people (and seeing previous guests return) ~ they find they have made so many friends. They love being Innkeepers and found their previous experience as business owners made for an easy transition to innkeepers many years ago. Both Kurt and Kathy have Hotel/Inn Management Certification and are Ordained Ministers..

    Originally from Ohio they have been Innkeepers at several Bed and Breakfasts in different states including New York at the Chautauqua Institution where they managed 3 Victorian guest houses consisting of 52 rooms & 3 suites, an Ocean view B&B in York Harbor, Maine an Inn in Providence, RI. and the Manor House in Norfolk, Connecticut.

    Kurt previously owned a successful Wedding/Florist shop in Ohio for over 20 years, and was the Master Designer/Manager at a Florist Wedding Shop in Chautauqua NY. He has been the Floral Designer at the famous Athenaeum Hotel at the Chautauqua Institution in NY. Kurt would be happy to design a bouquet for you for your visit with Riverside Inn. Just call to place an order. Chef Kurt will be the one creating the delicious breakfasts, cookies, and other goodies for guests to enjoy. As a Chef, Kurt loves gourmet cooking and he has taught many culinary classes. He has been active in local theater on stage and as a Director. His other interests include collecting antiques, clocks, outdoor activities, floral design (he has done many classes for the public), gardening, he enjoys people & spending time with family & friends and is looking forward to making many new acquaintances.

    Kathy has enjoyed several vocations but has always focused on customer service, first as a toll operator for Ohio Bell Telephone Company, then as a Lutheran Pastoral Assistant for 10 years, owner/president of an independent insurance agency, was on-air DJ for several radio stations, on Staff as Youth and Young Adult Ministry Director at a Methodist Church in NY. She has been a Client Coordinator, done Marketing for T-Mobile, a Merchandiser for Hallmark Cards and she has been a bank teller. Both Kathy & Kurt owned and independent Insurance Agency and have worked for Progressive Insurance at their Corporate offices in Cleveland, Ohio. Kathy has had the honor of being "Business Woman of The Year" and “Best of the Best" Radio air personality. She has a great love for music, film noir, & Community Theater, both on stage and behind the scenes. Kathy enjoys books, picnics, walks by the river, spending time with family & friends and meeting new people.

    Kurt and Kathy welcome you to share the home and property they so love and enjoy, as you escape from your own busy life. Come: rest, relax and be pampered with true “Southern Style Hospitality” while you experience the "Good Life" here at Riverside Inn.

  • Christmas at Riverside Inn

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    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast, stairs christmas

  • Directions

    Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast,  directions

    The Riverside Inn offers bed and breakfast lodging in Warsaw, Kentucky located in Gallatin County, on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Our Inn is convenient to many destinations. Twenty minutes from Florence, KY, 45 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, and under an hour from both Louisville and Lexington, KY.

    Choose our Inn as an alternative to typical hotel lodging when visiting the Kentucky Speedway, Belterra Casino, Elk Creek and the Indiana Wine Trail Wineries and Madison and Vevay Indiana antiquing. Experience unique accommodations and true Kentucky hospitality during your stay.


    From Florence, Kentucky

    1. I-75/71 South to Exit 180, Florence/Union exit
    2. Turn right off of exit ramp
    3. This is route 42 West
    4. Drive approximately 25 miles
    5. You will drive through Union, KY on the way to Warsaw
    6. The Inn is on the right as you enter Warsaw

    From Cincinnati, Ohio

    1. I-75/71 South to I-71 split toward Louisville
    2. Follow I-71 to exit 62, Owenton/Glencoe/127
    3. Turn right off of exit
    4. Follow Hwy 127 until it ends at Highway 42
    5. Turn left
    6. Go 4 miles and Inn will be on the right
    7. f you pass an industrial building, you have gone too far
    8. If you prefer a scenic drive, follow the directions from Florence, Kentucky above

    From Louisville, Kentucky

    1. I-71 North to exit 57, Ky-35 toward Warsaw/Sparta
    2. Turn left onto Ky-35
    3. Turn right onto US-42/W.Main St.
    4. Go one mile and the Inn is on the left

    From Lexington, Kentucky

    1. I-75 N to exit 159 Dry Ridge/Owenton
    2. Turn left onto KY-22/KY467/Broadway St.
    3. Turn right onto Ky-467
    4. Turn Right to stay on Ky-467
    5. Turn right onto US -127
    6. Follow for 5 miles until it deadends into US-42
    7. Go 4 miles and Inn is on the right


    1. I-64 W to US-60 exit, exit 58 toward Versailles/Frankfort
    2. Merge onto US-60 toward KY-676
    3. US-60 becomes US-421
    4. Take the US-127N ramp toward Owenton
    5. Turn left onto US-127 and continue to follow for 24 miles
    6. Stay straight to go onto KY-35 and follow for 13 miles
    7. Turn right onto US-42W and Inn is on the left

    GPS Coordinates

    • Latitude: 38º 47' 17.33" N
    • Longitude: 84º 52' 54.73" W