Homes with History

Let the hosts of these Cincinnati-area bed and breakfasts pamper you before the holiday season starts.

It all started with a love poem.

What was once an idealistic notion is now a gracious, Parisian-inspired retreat in a pre-Civil-War-era home with a sleigh bed, European-style bathroom, private screened-in porch and poolside guest cottage with exposed-brick sitting room. The 1861 Inn Bed and Breakfast, standing majestically on a sweep of shaded lawn in Batavia, 30 miles east of Cincinnati, is formerly the estate of one Julius Penn — the romantic who sent “Thy Name,” a poem written in 1843, to his intended, Elizabeth Minor, for whom he promised to build a home. 
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