This was my first time at a bed and breakfast and it exceeded any hopes I had going in. Elaine was a great host and an amazing chef (the stuffed french toast was the star of the show). The house is extremely interesting, and we spent a decent amount of time exploring and seeing all of the unique themed rooms. Although not in a fantastic neighborhood there was a great restaurant for dinner 10 minutes away (Elaine's recommendation) and once you step inside you are transported to a new world where you can relax and spend quality time with your significant other. Bonus challenge: count the number of swan items in the house. We got 116!
We were just out for an overnight stay up by Lake Erie, but discovered a wonderful vintage home. Inside the home you step back into the late 1800's. The furniture, dinnerware, carpet, and nick knacks all reflect the period. Elaine was attentive to our every need. Our room was comfortable, complete with robes and had a small half bath. There was a large bathroom that was shared with the other guests in the upstairs. The street nose was a little loud at times but quieted down overnight. Breakfast was the biggest surprise ever. Coffee, orange juice, strata, maple glazed sausages, and chocolate chip muffins for dessert! If we are heading back through Ashtabula, Ohio again we will definitely be spending the night!
The owner, Elaine, was extremely attentive from start to finish, from working with us on our room selection to feeding us the most delicious breakfasts. She made us feel right at home in Ashtabula. We will definitely stay here again the next time we are in town.
We had a great stay. We were in the area to visit the covered bridges but didn't know much about the area. We got great information from our lovely hostess.breakfasts were great and the conversation was enjoyable. We would definitely recommend this one!!!
I have visited Ashtabula County many times, and stayed at several different B&B's. The Michael Cahill B&B is my number one choice when I travel there now. It is one of the 2 best B&B's I have ever experienced. The owners were friendly and accommodating from the moment I made my reservation. The rooms were clean, comfortable and well appointed. Every guest has access to a kitchen area where food and drinks can be prepared. There are spacious public rooms, and lots of amenities. It was a short walk to the lovely shops and restaurants of Bridge Street. Then to top of an amazing stay, the breakfast was unbelievably delicious. If you will be staying anywhere in the area, make it a point to reserve a room here to truly relax and unwind.
Would we Book a room again, Yes! My wife and I like to travel to Ashtabula for bike riding on the Western Reserve Greenway Bike path which is a paved 47 mile rails to trails. The Gilded Swan is very close to the actual path. You can ride right from the B&B. We checked out the reviews before we booked a room, as I am sure that is why you are reading this. We agree with all of the positives, Elaine is great. Breakfast was wonderful and her company even better. This is why you stay at a B&B. I guess the best way to counter the negative reviews are don’t judge a B&B by its town. Odds are you also have a reason to be in Ashtabula, the location is perfect for us as bike riders but if not the inside of the B&B will make you forget that Ashtabula is a like many aging industrials towns in the NE. How attractive is the exit off of 1-90 where you will find your hotel? Our room was very large and comfortable, we stayed in the down stairs Vintage suite. The B&B has Wi-Fi which worked fine for me. We stayed during the week so there was some road and railroad noise in the mornings, but nothing that kept us from sleeping at night. Again for the value, Elaine’s hospitality and breakfast, I am sure you will also be hard pressed to find a reason not to want to return once you have been inside.
My husband and I take several weekend and sometimes long weekend getaways a year just to recharge our batteries. We have been doing that for about 6 years. I can truly say that our stay at the Gilded Swan was the BEST weekend getaway we have ever had. I love Victorian themes! When we arrived late Friday night after a very long week, I felt like I was in a dream. We were lucky enough to have the house to ourselves for the weekend due to a very bad winter storm that we somehow managed to get ahead of. The Vintage Suite was just beautiful and oh so cozy! There was a handwritten note and yummy treats waiting for us upon our arrival. We marveled at the spacious private suite and then took the tour of the home. I kept telling my husband as we walked from room to room that THIS WAS MY HOUSE! I finally found my dream house - hahaa! Elaine was the consummate gracious host and we enjoyed her spectacular culinary skills as much as we enjoyed our breakfast banter the next morning. My husband and I are already planning another weekend getaway to revisit our lovely "home" away from home in Ashtabula. We told Elaine it was so nice visiting because we were far enough from Cleveland without having to drive for hours to our new favorite B n B. On Saturday, we visited the Goddess winery and had dinner at Hil-Mac Seafood restaurant on Saturday - both just wonderful. The Goddess winery is eclectic and so cozy - Denise and JR are lovely people. We wanted to come back later to enjoy the live music at the winery afterwards. We just didn't make it though - after enjoying a fabulous and affordable Valentine's Day dinner at Hil-mac, we could barely walk to our car! Just the PERFECT weekend all the way around. Neither of us wanted to leave The Gilded Swan ~ can't wait to get back soon!
I was delighted to discover that my room was luxurious and well-appointed besides charmingly Victorian. I have stayed in many historical B&B's that are adorable, but lacking the practical necessities of the twenty-first century.Not so with the Gilded Swan. I loved the ambiance, the comfort and the hospitality provided by Elaine. Well done. When traveling in the area, I will be back!
What a beautiful treasure the Guilded Swan turned out to be. I planned a romantic quick getaway for me and my boyfriend this Veterans Day and Elaine was icing on the cake. From the moment I contacted her for a reservation to even now....she has made a lasting impression. We drove from Columbus but spent the day relaxed as made our way up. We stopped at one of the many nearby vineyards and enjoyed the afternoon with great wine and pleasantries from the locals and barkeep. When we made it to the B&B Elaine was there to greet us and ensured we were comfortablely settled in. Our evening was quiet and very comfortable in the beautiful king suite. The home is beautiful from top to bottom and we enjoyed gazing at all of the delights Elaine has collected for the home over the years. Breakfast was yummy and enjoyable with good conversations from the tenants and Elaine's company at the table. We are grateful to have been able to stay with her and look forward to another adventure really soon. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a lovely place to stay in the lovely town of Ashtabula.
Elaine Swanson is not only a great cook and hostess but she graciously gives back; offering her four beautifully appointed rooms to veterans on this holiday, simply as a thank you to those who have served our country. My husband and I entered this Victorian home in Ashtabula to find a beautifully renovated, immaculately clean and well appointed Victorian home. Communication prior to our warm welcome was clear and timely. Our room had a king bed with private sink and toilet and shared a huge bathroom with shower offering every amenity, including a microwave for early or late coffee or tea. Another room we saw had a queen bed and a large en-suite bathroom with whirlpool tub. The dining room table was beautifully set and our complimentary breakfast was a feast of coffee, juice, fresh fruit, a scrumptious potato and cheese strata with hot cheese sauce, sausage served with warm maple syrup and warm cinnamon streusel muffins. Elaine we discovered is an accomplished artist, which shows in her wonderful decorating and attention to detail and is very civically involved. If you are in the Ashtabula County area, we recommend this as a great place to stay a few days. Elaine is very helpful and knowledgeable about things to do and see in the area and you will leave feeling quite pampered. Thank you!
This was our first stay at a B & B and we were a bit unsure of what to expect, we were greeted by the beautiful owner Elaine, who quickly made us feel both comfortable and welcome. The house was filled with period pieces fitting of its' age, which added to the ambiance of romance and sophistication. A private and lovingly prepared room provided needed rest and relaxation. Breakfast was abundant and delicious. We were absolutely honored to stay as quests of Elaine for Veterans Day, and were treated like royalty from start to finish. We will definitely return and be sure to tell our friends. Thank you Elaine for setting such a high standard and for caring so much. Your kindness was deeply appreciated and will be long remembered. ~ C & C
My husband and I needed a night away, and not too far from home. We arrived and met owner Elaine, and toured the house. Love those homemade cookies waiting for us! Wonderful Victorian home, and so homey and clean. We toured the Harbor area, had a fabulous Mexican dinner (and margaritas just blocks from the house. The best was the stuffed french toast for breakfast, AMAZING! I enjoyed sitting on the front porch reading, playing cards and game. We are welcoming empty nest after 30 years of parenting!
Elaine's Gilded Swan was the perfect place for my weekend with my mom on an ancestry trip. We stayed in the main floor suite - spacious, charming, clean, and comfortable. We bought lunch items at Cleveland's West Side Market before going to Ashtabula, and enjoyed them in the Gilded Swan's kitchen before heading out visiting the area. Elaine's breakfasts - tailored to even this vegetarian! - were tasty and beautifully presented. She and Tony are so knowledgeable about the area and offered great suggestions of places to visit. Highly recommend.
On a geneology journey with my daughter we were two night guests of the Gilded Swan. Elaine and Tony are attentive and were of great help with information to aid our data gathering. The home is a treasure of vintage decor providing insight into the early days of Ashtabula. Each breakfast was oh so tasty. This quaint and elegant retreat should satisfy most all people desiring a special experience - even without the need for a special occasion. It would be a delight to return for more of the attentive care amidst special surroundings.
We stayed at the Gilded Swan on the 4th of July Weekend 2014. The Bed & Breakfast was absolutely charming and hospitable. We enjoyed Elaines wonderful breakfast . The location was great for Lake Erie and Geneva on the Lake. Rooms were just beautiful and very well maintained. We loved all the antiques all over the house. At first we didn't think it would be private enough but, we didn't here the other guests at all.. Breakfast was particularly nice as the conversations with the other guests at a formal table was incredible. You are served your meal and it is cleared away when you are finished . They used real china. Was a great trip and would do it again in a heartbeat.. Great stay for little money. cj and rick
We’ve stayed three times at the Gilded Swan (3 different rooms) and will be back again. All were comfortable and furnished with details to explore. Some of the rooms share a shower, but I have never been inconvenienced by that, and all rooms have toilets and sinks. Two of the rooms have Jacuzzis. Staying there is like visiting family. We were greeted with genuine friendliness no matter what time we arrived. There are furnishings and knick knacks everywhere creating a Victorian atmosphere. There are comforts of home like a kitchen, use of the refrigerator, fresh cookies (and sometimes scones), and amenities around the house to enjoy. She even left me a pot of tea in the refrigerator for iced tea in the evening. Elaine and Tony are expert tour guides for selecting places to visit and how to get there. They are very knowledgeable about the city which lends to fascinating conversations. Like I said, it's like visiting family! Elaine will prepare a wine and cheese plate for you for an affordable price. And if all that isn’t enough Elaine is an excellent cook and sets a beautiful table with Victorian flair, even real silver cutlery. Count yourself lucky if you are there when she cooks stuffed French toast. Make sure you have her tell you about how she bought the house and all the work that has been done on it and you will understand her passion for operating a B&B.
Although the owners live off-site, they arranged their schedules to greet when I arrived and adjusted the breakfast time to fit my schedule. And, what a tasty breakfast it was! The room was comfortable and very attractive. The Gilded Swan was a great place to stay
My husband and I spent a night at the Gilded Swan as we "wined our way" through Ashtabula County. The décor is stunning with great attention to detail. Tony was a terrific host and we thoroughly enjoyed his company as well as the delicious breakfast he served us. We stayed in the Vintage Suite which was beautifully decorated, roomy and very comfortable. Would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone visiting the area - you won't be disappointed!
I would highly recommend this B&B to friends and family. I was called out of town on short notice and struggled to find a decent place to stay in the area. I stumbled across Michael Cahill B&B doing an internet search. From the communication through the reservation process including the check-in and individualizing the menu, I was made to feel I was the number one priority. The neighborhood was quiet and appeared safe. Lake Erie is within walking distance and in sight. The exterior was neatly landscaped. The interior was clean and uncluttered. My bed was very comfortable. They offer a sitting room and front porch swing to relax in your "home" away from home. If Lake Erie is your destination or your lay over, Michael Cahill B&B is the place to be. Thank you Mr. Goode and Ms. Pat. I look forward to the next time I am called to Ashtabula. Dr. Pratt
We were surprised to learn that the Gilded Swan B&B in Ashtabula was offering a free night's stay for veterans on Veterans Day. What a very gracious gesture. As a Vietnam veteran, I haven't seen any establishment that generous to vets. It warmed my heart, and I felt honored, as I'm sure the other vets did who came this year. Elaine is a woman of many talents, and my wife and I were impressed with all she's done with the house. Tony made us a bountiful breakfast and gave us a thorough history lesson and sightseeing guide to Ashtabula. How many B&Bs boast former mayors as tour guides? Thank you, both, for your kind and thoughtful offer.
We contacted Elaine on Monday night, right after our grandson was born, because we wanted to travel to Ashtabula the next day to meet him and visit his parents. Even though she was out of town, she and Tony made arrangements to accommodate us. What a treat! Tony met us at the door, gave us a personal tour of the house which was charming and immaculately clean. After we'd spent time with our new grandson, we were able to relax and enjoy a good night's sleep. Tony served us a delicious breakfast and we thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast conversation with him. This is definitely the place we will stay on our next family visit.
My daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the Gilded Swan. Not only is the B & B a treasure, but Elaine is as well. Her warm and generous personality invites you to relax and make yourself comfortable. Breakfast was over the top and a major YUM!!! I look forward to sharing the experience with my husband soon. Thank you, Elaine.
Just returned from my birthday weekend at The Gilded Swan. Elane and Tony were awesome and gave great advise about where to go and dine in the area. Elaine's breakfasts were to die for - never knew french toast could be so good! The home was elegant and clean and we enjoyed ourselves very much...........
My wife and I stayed in the Vintage Room at The Gilded Swan on Oct. 11, 2013 to celebrate her birthday. We've stayed at many B&Bs before, and this is by far one of the best! It's situated within easy access to great wineries and scenic covered bridges, and more. Elaine was the perfect hostess, very friendly and knowledgeable of the area and its history. Her breakfast made us sorry that we could spend only one night, for now. We'll be back!
We stayed at the Gilded Swan for our third time on July 26th & 27th, 2013. My wife and I came to Ashtabula for my 45th high school reunion (AHS). The B&B is located two blocks from where I grew up, I was in my old neighborhood! Almost like going home. The breakfasts that Elaine served were not only outstanding taste wise but they looked like what you see in food magazines. We stayed upstairs in the Harbor Room this time. Spotlessly clean old Victorian charm. This is our third stay with Elaine. What more need I say except we'll be back! (At Christmas time there is a Christmas tree in EVERY room! - Been there.)
My husband and I stayed in the Vintage Suite at the Guilded Swan for two nights for a short getaway. The suite was beautifully decorated along with the rest of the house. We were amazed to find out that Elaine had handpainted most of the wall decor in the house. We were disappointed that we didn't get to meet Elaine, as she was out of town during the time of our stay, but our host, her husband Tony, was very gracious, informative and also a great cook. The breakfasts were fantastic. Tony gave us some great recommendatons for dinner and sightseeing in the area. We would definitely recommend staying at the Guilded Swan if you are ever in the area..
We stayed at the Gilded Swan during a weekend getaway to see the Conneaut D-Day reenactment. The Vintage suite was just beautiful! I loved all the little decorative and historic touches everywhere. The breakfasts were incredible. We are thinking of making the D-Day weekend an annual event, and if so, we will be back regularly.
My sis and I needed a place to stay as re-enactors for the D-Day event in nearby Conneaut. We were very impressed and treated very well. The hostess Elaine accommodated all our needs and more. But the best part was the company at breakfast and the breakfast itself!!! people traveling to the event made for good conversation. The breakfast was superb! Home made bisquits, scones, breakfast casserole with eggs, potatoes and cheese sauce. Fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juice. She had homemade muffins upon our arrival and check in. I would highly recommend this B&B if coming to experience Ashtabula. The next day upon our exit we stopped in town and checked out the many shops and Farmers Market. They have a few museums but some are not open on Sunday so be sure to ask Elaine. It was a beautiful day and stayed to check out the Bridge going from Ashtabula to Conneaut and the harbor area. Beautiful place to be in summertime.