Kirkwood Inn & Historic Kirkwood House

4027 US Route 42 P.O. Box 644, Mason, Ohio 45040
Innkeeper(s): Sandy Eves
  • Kirkwood Inn Featuring the On-Site Historic Kirkwood House: Experience A Getaway That Feels Like Home

    Featuring the On-Site Historic Kirkwood House (c. 1799)
    Delicious Full, Hot Breakfast Buffet
    Local Dining and Attraction Packages
    Convenient for Business Travelers
    Vibrant Perennial Garden and Scenic Nature Trail
    Charming Gazebo and Brick Patio
    Spacious Outdoor Pool
    Intimate Weddings and Private Events
    Gift Certificates Available
    Family and Independently Owned

    Kirkwood Inn is a unique alternative to bed and breakfasts for lodging and gatherings in Southwest Ohio. Quietly nestled between thriving Mason and historic Lebanon, Ohio on U.S. 42, this recipient of the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence provides access to a variety of local charms and attractions including amusement and water parks, antique shops, locally-owned restaurants, dinner theaters, golf courses, zip lines, canoe tours, bike trails, and vineyards.

    Providing a unique retreat for Warren County travelers, Kirkwood Inn is a fully-renovated classic 1970s-style roadside motel that was transformed into a quaint country inn. Tastefully decorated guest rooms featuring Williamsburg-style décor and cherry furnishings pay tribute to the colonial history of the on-site historic home, which served as a hitching post for stage coach travelers throughout the 1800s.

    Encompassing six scenic acres, Kirkwood Inn is home to the on-site Historic Kirkwood House (c. 1799) where guests enjoy breakfast each morning. This neighboring fully-restored, two-story colonial home is an historic alternative to modern venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, luncheons, afternoon teas and other private events.

    Now offering a variety of lodging and attraction packages including dinner at Wildflower Cafe, Valley Vineyards, or LaComedia dinner theater, Kirkwood Inn is a getaway that feels like home.

  • Experience A Unique Retreat

    Guest Accommodations at Kirkwood Inn Feature:
    Duvet Comforters
    Flat Screen TVs
    Refrigerators and Coffee Makers
    Complimentary Wi-Fi Access
    Jacuzzi-Fireplace Suites

    Williamsburg-Style Decor
    On-Site Laundry Access

    Kirkwood Inn is a clean and quiet 48-room inn offering tastefully decorated guest rooms featuring Williamsburg-style décor and cherry furnishings. Rooms are equipped with duvet comforters, flat screen TVs, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, refrigerators, herbal bath amenities and more. Some rooms are accented with fireplaces, timeless light fixtures and crown moldings.

    Experience the best of both worlds; the privacy of personal accommodation and the colonial ambiance of the neighboring historic home while dining. Step out of your room to swim in the sparkling outdoor pool, relax in the garden-side gazebo or explore the colorful flower garden and nature trail. This top-rated property, which accommodated stagecoach travelers in the early 1800s, continues to offer a unique retreat for couples, families and business travelers.

  • Complimentary Historic Kirkwood House Breakfast

    Each guest at Kirkwood Inn receives a complimentary full, hot breakfast buffet served in the on-site Historic Kirkwood House (c. 1799). Guests experience unprecedented historical surroundings when dining in this two-story, colonial farmhouse.


    This signature breakfast includes:

    • Biscuits and gravy

    • Sausage, ham or bacon

    • Eggs

    • Fresh fruit

    • Danish, muffins and pastries

    • Country apples

    • Oatmeal

    • Yogurt

    • Homemade poppy seed bread with peach butter

    • Other signature items

  • The Historic Kirkwood House (c. 1799)

    The Historic Kirkwood House is an intimate alternative to larger venues for private events, weddings and other small gatherings.  Built circa 1799 by Judge Jacob D. Lowe, who served as an associate judge from 1803 to 1824, the farmhouse not only served as a home for the Lowe family but also as an inn and trading post for stagecoach travelers. Congressman Henry Clay and other historical figures stayed in the home as they made their way across the region to Washington D.C. throughout the 1800s.

    One of Judge Jacob D. and Martha Lowe’s sons, Ralph Phillips, was born in the Historic Kirkwood House on November 27, 1805 and later was elected Iowa’s fourth governor in 1858. Governor Ralph Phillips Lowe also held positions as an elected member of the 1844 Iowa State Constitutional Convention, First District Judge of Iowa, Iowa District Attorney, Iowa State Supreme Court Justice and an assistant to the U.S. District Attorney.

    In 1820, Postmaster Kirkwood opened a post office at Lowe’s farmhouse inn, saving local residents a half-day journey to Lebanon to receive their mail. After establishing the post office the Kirkwood name became associated with Lowe’s inn and trading post. The Eves family has honored the home's historical significance by keeping “Kirkwood” name and delicately restoring the colonial farmhouse's authentic character, including custom colors and furnishings.

    The home has been renovated, offering modern conveniences and versatility for a wide variety of private events including wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, luncheons, afternoon teas and more. Despite renovations, many of the home's original features remain in tact. Structural hand-hewn black walnut beams, hardwood floors and iron fireplace hardware add a quaint, old-world charm to this immaculate establishment making it a unique venue for an unforgettable experience your guests will always cherish.

  • Perennial Gardens and Scenic Nature Trail

    Kirkwood Inn's scenic landscape is as unique as its interior. Guests have access to six acres filled with a wide variety of colorful fragrant flowers and plants.

    On the outskirts of the gardens are wooded walking paths where guests often spot wildlife.

    Kirkwood Inn is equipped with a charming brick patio, lavender lined brick walkwaysbenches, a gazebo and tables and chairs for dining, providing a quiet outdoor retreat for guests.

  • Convenient Lodging for Business Travelers

    This country inn and on-site historic home is a convenient, yet scenic retreat for business travelers. Sunday through Thursday Kirkwood Inn offers a special corporate rate for one guest staying on business. Major highways provide easy access to Cincinnati and Dayton and a complimentary full, hot breakfast buffet served in the on-site Historic Kirkwood House (c. 1799) helps guests recharge before a long day at work.

    Guests also gain access to Mason Sports Park, a 54-acre park featuring paved paths for running.  With comfortable, clean guest rooms and complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi access, Kirkwood Inn offers modern amenities to suit one's business needs.  

    The Historic Kirkwood House is also a perfect location for private business meetings and luncheons. Guests share a piece of colonial history with corporate clients while enjoying a delicious luncheon buffet served on gold-rimmed china in this centuries old home.

  • Intimate Weddings

     The Historic Kirkwood House is a scenic, intimate location for  wedding ceremonies and receptions. Kirkwood's charming white gazebo and lavender gardens provide a scenic backdrop to any ceremony.

    Indoors guests enjoy an authentic piece of colonial history. The centuries old, two-story Historic Kirkwood House (c. 1799) is the perfect setting for a variety of intimate indoor gatherings including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, luncheons and afternoon teas.

    Whether one's dream wedding is a ceremony under a gazebo, a delectable dinner reception in the 200-year-old Historic Kirkwood House or a private honeymoon stay in a Jacuzzi-fireplace suite, Kirkwood Inn's event staff is pleased to help couples choose a special wedding experience that best suits them.

  • Area Attractions

    Kirkwood Inn provides convenient access to Southwest Ohio's most exciting and unique attractions.  Click here to explore all there is to see and do at Kirkwood Inn.

    SHOPPING - There are many great places to shop in the Mason and Lebanon area including Cincinnati Premium Outles, IKEA, specialty antique stores and more.

    MUSEUMS - Explore an area rich in history when visiting one of several area museums including the Glendower State Memorial, Cincinnati Museum Center, U.S. Air Force Museum and more.

    GOLF - Located only minutes from Warren County's best courses while offering inclusive golf packages, Kirkwood Inn is the ultimate golf getaway. 

    HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LEBANON - Less than five miles from Kirkwood Inn, shoppers stroll brick sidewalks and enjoy quaint shops and fine dining in Historic Downtown Lebanon. Find out why USA Today called Lebanon one of the “Ten Great Places to Browse for Antiques” when browsing stores like Broadway Antique Mall, Exotic Art and Antiques, The Pink Hippo, Gerhardt Tribal Art, Miller’s Antique Market, Oh Suzanna, William and Mary and other specialty shops.

    KINGS ISLAND - Kings Island is the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest, offering more than 80 state of the art rides, shows and attractions. Located approximately 2 ½ miles from the park, Kirkwood Inn offers inclusive Kings Island packages for families and couples.

    LACOMEDIA DINNER THEATRE - Guests enjoy a mouthwatering dinner buffet when attending one of six Broadway-style shows per year. Kirkwood Inn offers LaComedia Dinner Theater packages for couples and families.

    MASON SPORTS PARK - Kirkwood Inn is approximately 300 feet from Mason Sports Park. This 54-acre park features paved running paths, lighted ball diamonds, football and soccer fields, 9-hole disc golf course, playground, trails, picnic shelter, charcoal grills and more.

    VALLEY VINEYARDS WINERY, CELLAR AND RESTAURANT - Discover great food, wine and beer when visiting this family-owned Valley Vineyards. This winery and brewery produces nationally award-winning table and dessert wines and Cellar Dweller craft beers. Kirkwood Inn offers Valley Vineyards packages for couples which include a grill-your-own steak or salmon dinner for two.

    WILDFLOWER CAFE AND COFFEE HOUSE - Located less than three miles from Kirkwood Inn in downtown Mason, this family owned and operated cafe offers organic dining using fresh and seasonal ingredients from local and organic farms. Kirkwood Inn offers an "Organic Escape" package for couples which includes dinner for two at Wildflower Cafe.

    LITTLE MIAMI SCENIC BIKE TRAIL - Kirkwood Inn is conveniently located approximately four miles from the Little Miami Scenic Trail in South Lebanon and Kings Mills. This “rails to trails” bike trail, commonly known as The Loveland Bike Trail, follows the original route the Little Miami Railroad ran in 1937.

    OZONE ZIPLINE ADVENTURES - A department of YMCA Camp Kern, at Ozone Zipline Adventures guests suit up and breeze through and above the canopy of the Little Miami River valley on ziplines. On this educational canopy tour guests learn gain insight about 500-million-year-old fossils, 2000-year-old Native American earthworks, current issues of water conservation and habitat loss, and local flora and fauna from professional guides.

    CINCINNATI ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Featuring more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the U.S. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, every year over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo.

    NEWPORT AQUARIUM - Located only two minutes from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee, the Aquarium features thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water.

    FT. ANCIENT STATE MEMORIAL - This American Indian hilltop enclosure was built nearly 2000 years ago overlooking the Little Miami River. Excavations have revealed 18,000 feet of preserved embankment walls, which enclose the ceremonial space. This memorial features scenic hiking trails and an educational indoor museum.

    MORGAN'S CANOE AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES When visiting Morgan’s Canoe Livery at Ft. Ancient, guests may canoe or kayak down the Little Miami River through scenic Oregonia, Ohio. Rentals range from a short three-mile trip to full day, 18-mile journey.

    THE WORKSHOPS OF DAVID T. SMITH - crafting museum-quality reproductions for over 20 years. His collection of furniture, chairs, lighting and redware pottery reflects the look and feel of America's past. 3600 Shawhan Rd, Morrow, Ohio.

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