Built in 1874 as a home for a bride
The brick Italianate Victorian home was built in 1874 for William Judd Mix as a wedding gift to his third wife. The Mix family owned a brick factory and were considered one of the wealthiest people in Ogle County.
Since the early 90s, the Pinehill Inn has run as a bed & breakfast. The current owners, Ken and Chris Williams, purchased the property in 2005. The inn, sold empty of any furnishings, left 5,000 square feet of space to design and fill. Chris was excited about the “decorator” task. Over the years, even though the couple added their personal touches and modernized portions of the home, Pinehill has maintained its historic integrity.
History and charm go hand in hand
The historic inn sits on two acres of beautifully maintained land with the bed and breakfast, outdoor porch and veranda, and a carriage house used for special events. Pinehill is on the National Register of Historic Homes.
There is only one guest room on the main floor, but it may be one of the most sentimental rooms of all. The room, named “Captains Quarters,” is a nautical-themed room with beautiful handmade ships belonging to Ken’s father.
As you start walking up the 147-year-old grand staircase, the beautiful custom-made silk French wallpaper and “coffin corner” nooks in the wall catch your eye. The second floor is home to five more guest rooms, all with private bathrooms and themes such as the “Somerset Room” and “Rose Room.” The latter is named after the 60-year-old wallpaper that Chris and Ken left untouched. Chris decorated all the rooms. She picked a fine piece of art and designed the space around it. With the perfect mix of luxury and country charm, each spacious room is sure to take you back in time while providing modern amenities.
The home boasts 75 windows, seven different marble fireplaces, and layered wallpaper from France. The home’s original owners hosted famous visitors such as English writer and dramatist W. Somerset Maugham during 1919 - 1948. There's even a room named after him. Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft, who created the Blackhawk statue overlooking the Rock River, often visited Pinehill.
Putting the “B” in Bed and Breakfast
Pinehill serves two styles of breakfast, available upon request at the time of booking. Two formal dining parlors provide plenty of space for Pinehill’s delicious and healthy breakfasts cooked by Chris. During my tour, she took me into her kitchen, where she whips up breakfast every morning, and to my surprise, it was the most modernized room in the house. Chris takes pride in cooking breakfast for her guests. She jokes that she has “two of everything” in her kitchen. Pinehill also has a 24-hour butler’s pantry with a full selection of complimentary snacks and beverages.
Each of the six unique guests rooms come equipped with plenty of amenities and special touches, including:
- Complimentary WiFi
- High ceilings
- Fireplaces in some rooms
- Complimentary snacks and beverages
- Memory-foam bedding
- Plush robes
- Cable TV
More than overnight accommodations
The mansion has plenty of room for a romantic getaway or social gathering. Still, Pinehill also offers multiple venues to host special events and small weddings.
The Mansion, Carriage House, and 2 acres of property all provide a secluded and refined environment to host any event. The carriage contains rustic charm and is the perfect gathering space for small parties.
The inn also offers space for corporate meetings and events. Clients may use the inn’s catering services or an option to bring their food in.
The inn offers a B&B College
Have you ever dreamed of running a bed and breakfast?
Owning and operating a bed and breakfast takes passion, persistence, and knowledge. The Williams started offering their own B&B College by teaching the ins and outs of being a bed and breakfast owner and innkeeper, going over everything from acquiring guests, proper marketing, and how to manage the business.
The cost is $485 per couple, plus the special room rate of $99 a night. Included is a reception the evening before, breakfast and lunch on the first day, and breakfast on the second day. Students receive a 100+ page notebook with all teaching materials and a CD with sample forms and budgeting spreadsheet templates.
Register by calling or emailing:
- Call: 1-815-732-2067
- Bed & Breakfast College page
Pinehill Inn Bed & Breakfast
400 Mix Street
Oregon, Illinois, 61061-1113
Phone: (815) 732-2067