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Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast

1812 E Richview Rd
Mount Vernon IL 62864
(618) 691-8742
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Innkeepers: Larry Sidwell

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Sidwell Friends Bed and Breakfast in Mount Vernon, Illinois was built in the 1920’s, but provides all the comforts of the 21st century. It's perfect for a fun weekend with friends, a romantic getaway, a cozy overnight with family, or a comfortable stay for the business traveler.

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

In the mornings, you will wake up to a choice of either a continental or a delicious home-cooked breakfast.
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Antique Shops Antiquing Beach Biking
Boating Fishing Golfing Hiking
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Air Conditioned Alarm Clock Antiques Desk
DVD Fireplace in Common Area Hairdryer Ironing Board
Jacuzzi/Hot Tub in Room King Bed Library Parking
Queen Bed Turndown Service TV in Common Area TV in Room
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Continental Breakfast Full Breakfast

The guests have the option of a continental or full breakfast.

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Children: Not Suitable For Children
Childcare: No
No Pets Allowed
Pets Living At Inn: No
Smoking: No
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Posted By D & J on 07/13/2014
This was our third or fourth trip to Sidwell Friends, and I guarantee that we will return over and over again! The house is absolutely gorgeous. Larry (the innkeeper) has done an amazing job with the decorations and the atmosphere. It feels warm, quaint, and like a home away from home. He has also done a fantastic job of updating the house with many modern amenities. Each trip there inspires us to discuss updating our home with some of the things Larry has included (the heated tile floors and the towel warmer in the bathroom are awesome)! As if the beauty of the home wasn't enough, Larry provides terrific food. He was gracious enough to offer us cheese, fruit, and crackers when we got in later than expected. It was just delicious and a great treat after a long drive. As great as that was, though, breakfast was even better. Larry provided coffee, hot tea, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereal, granola, breads, ham, and basil strata (which is a culinary delight and one of my favorite things). The table was set beautifully. There were two impressive things that particularly struck me about breakfast. One, Larry remembered I drank tea, even though we hadn't been there in over a year. Two, he used china that he didn't think we had seen before and thought we would appreciate. He was right!!! It is great to remark on surroundings, amenities, and food, which do a lot to make an overnight trip a success. But, what really makes Sidwell Friends the best is Larry. He is one of the most kind, gracious, thoughtful persons we have ever met. He goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. He aptly named the B & B because when you leave, you feel like friends. There are many B & B's out there, but we will forever be loyal customers of this one.
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Posted By Sheryl Woodham on 06/01/2014
Larry was an excellent host and the home is beautifully decorated. My family felt very at ease and the extra luxury hotel touches made our stay wonderfully comfortable...beautiful beds, classic antiques,and a great book collection. We enjoyed talking with Larry about the history of the Sidwell family, the Sidwell School and his experiences in becoming a B & B owner. Thanks, Larry, for a great experience!
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Posted By Kraig Tomiser on 10/05/2013
Unquestionably the best Bed and Breakfast we have experienced. The house: wonderful upgrades and amenities with an incredible mix of furniture and decor both interior and exterior (clean and tidy). The breakfast: well prepared, nicely presented and tasty. The host: very personable, interesting and humble. Our only disappointment is the fact that we stayed for just one night. Excellent!
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Posted By Carrie on 08/29/2013
Sidwell Friends B&B is exactly what we envisioned as the ultimate. Elegant decor with many antigues yet all modern conveniences. The food was wonderful and we felt as though Larry Sidwell was a friend by time we left. We would recommend a trip to Mt. Vernon just to stay at the B&B.
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Posted By Sharon Boatman on 08/28/2013
What a beautiful, elegant bed and breakfast. From the minute Larry opened the door for us, we were going 'wow' at every turn. This bnb is definately elegant, warm, welcoming and very comfortable. And Larry's hospitality and history of the BnB and Sidwell and Friends was very informative and interesting. A 'must stay' if you are traveling thru or to the Mt. Vernon area. Sharon & Van
Overall: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
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Posted By dcam on 01/05/2013
My wife and I have always wanted to check this B&b out being as Mt Vernon is my hometown. What a fantastic B&B. We have stayed at several, this one by far is the most delightful we have stayed at. Larry's dedication to his business is quite evident and shows in every detail of the house - from the well stocked library, to the snacks, to the gourmet breakfast, this B&B will dazzle you.
Overall: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Cleanliness: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Atmosphere: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Food: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
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Posted By Terry & Judi on 01/04/2013
This B&B is a gem, a jewel in southern Illinois. The decor is excellent, the rooms are wonderful. Especially the heated bath floor and the warm towels. TV and DVD player in the room. Kurig right there with chocolates and snacks. Breakfast was delight, healthy and filling. Larry is a caring, warm host. We will be back the next time we visit Cedarhurst and/or Mt. Vernon.
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Atmosphere: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
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Posted By Monika Sudakov on 09/05/2011
Our second stay with Larry at Sidwell and Friends. Easily the most elegant and well appointed bnb we have ever stayed at. His attention to every detail is just spectacular. From the fluffy towels to the towel warmers to the cleanliness, this bnb appeals to the most discriminating traveler. Breakfast is filling and tasty and there are snacks and beverages upstairs in the common area. And the bed, easily the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in. Need I say more?? We look forward to going back soon.
Overall: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Cleanliness: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Atmosphere: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Food: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Hospitality: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
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Posted By Lynn McCreery on 06/12/2011
The Best Bed In The State Of Illinois - My fourth visit to Sidwell & Friends B&B was shared with friends from Northern Ireland and a newly married couple. It was a merry group all around, and the ambience and service at this Mt. Vernon B&B is always first class. But this time, I did something completely new. I stayed in the Pruett room, which is beautifully decorated in gold and royal blue with framed prints of the Mayflower and the Santa Maria. The centerpiece of the room is the most luxurious canopied bed with mile high mattresses. The canopy was hand-knotted in coastal North Carolina, and is a wonder to behold on a four-poster bed of the highest quality oak. A little foot stool is available to climb up into the bed, and once in you never want to leave! I felt like a queen or an aristocratic lady from the Old South, and what sweet dreams one has in a bed like this. Breakfast the next morning was served in two major courses with a fresh variety of berries, cereals, and the most delicious breads: chocolate, banana nut, and blueberry. The second course was a delicious basil strada and country ham with a choice of juices. Everyone had seconds because breakfast was so tasty and delightful. Sidwell & Friends is my second home, and now (courtesy of innkeeper Larry Sidwell) I can say I have slept in the very best bed in the State of Illinois!
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Posted By Lynn McCreery on 04/28/2011
We have been three times lucky staying at Sidwell & Friends Bed & Breakfast! We have visited in three different seasons, and each time we go, there are special garden, outdoor, and interior decorating touches. Larry Sidwell has created a luxury B&B in the heart of Mount Vernon in this carefully restored small mansion not far from Interstate highways 57 and 64. The inn is near the highways, but miles away in accoutrements, service, comfort, and quiet. Interesting dining options we enjoyed this time were really excellent Chinese food delivered to our door from Mt. Vernon’s China Buffet one evening and a catered event with several courses by Cindi Peterman catering. Being served with at a lovely decorated table with full silver service both nights made our dinners very special! Larry Sidwell’s level of service is what one would expect from a concierge in a five star hotel, and his delicious multi-course breakfasts are beautifully served with antique china and crystal. The art and antiques in this B&B will impress even the most discerning collector, and the library is full of best-sellers, biographies, and the classics. We are so comfortable at Sidwell & Friends that it is always hard to leave!
Overall: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Cleanliness: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Atmosphere: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Food: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Hospitality: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!
Expectations: Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!Outstanding!

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