626 Fourth St N, Stillwater, MN | Directions 5508245.061006 -92.812839
Early to late as needed by the guests
Terrible service from shoddy owner – We recently stayed at the William Sauntry Mansion when attending a wedding in Stillwater. We had problems right away when booking our room. I booked in 5 months in advance and when I called to confirm my reservations, Tom didn't seem to have any idea who I was...even though I had emails to confirm our communication. Reluctantly we signed up AGAIN for a room. When we arrived to check in, our room had been given to another couple staying there- even though OUR credit card info was holding it for us. Tom was flippant about the ordeal and offered us a different room that cost $50 MORE. I don't care how great the breakfast is or how spectacular the home is, if a B&B owner doesn't treat his guests with respect, he's running a pretty crappy business. We will not be staying there in the future and we will direct our friends elsewhere.
Engagement Day – This place is absolutely gorgeous! We stayed in the Joseph room. My fiancee and I had just been engaged that morning, and this place capped off an amazing day. The swedish shower and the double jacuzzi tub were the highlights. After enjoying both of them, we were completely relaxed!
The breakfast was amazing...omelette with gouda cheese and sun dried tomatoes...fresh oj...fresh sliced grapefruit...orange pecan scones...and flourless chocolate cake. We definitely recommend this place!
Elegant, Romantic, Relaxing - Perfect! – I arrived to the quaint sound of water sprays and silence. Although close to downtown (I think a six block walk), this place invites your instincts to slow down and relax. I was met at the door by Tom and offered to sign the quest book. We spent our first half hour in the green room downstairs where they had set out meats, cheeses, cider, and champagne, and chatted with Tom and a couple of other happy guests.
I thought the Joseph room was the quintessential cozy bedroom, with a spa-quality luxurious bathroom. This was the first room we stayed in and what a treat! I received an in-room hour massage by a wonderful therapist. Then we fired up the Jacuzzi jets, started the steam shower and proceeded to go back and forth. This was a heavenly experience. The steam shower had a multi-function shower head, separate body jets, rainfall, and waterfall. I eventually turned the shower to a cool mist while the steam poured out at a hot 100 degrees and I was in heaven.
The servants room is the largest, spaning probably twenty feet and includes a two-person whirlpool bath in the corner across from a gas fireplace and king size bed. The ceiling has been cleverly coffered in wood. Included in every suite is a wall unit CD Player with several CDs. We picked out a Mozart CD for background music while we sipped champagne in the Jacuzzi tub and watched the gas fireplace. Now if this is not romantic, I dont know what is!
Breakfast was delicious from the pleasurable pecan scone to the decadent chocolate torte.
I hope Tom and Sandy stay and run this B&B for a very long time. These are the kind of people who should be B&B owners! They are kind, conscientious, caring, a treasure to the community and treat for every guest who gets to meet them. The mansion itself was spectacular, very period, elegant and timeless. The combination of gracious hosts and the romantic allure of the place would make it perfect for any couple or girlfriends getaway.
Quiet, Cozy, Beautiful – You can really tell that the owners take great pride in this B&B. Filled with lots of old world charm and antique pieces, it actually feels like a historical house, and not a hotel with numbered rooms and nameless employees. Tom and Sandy are more than willing to answer questions about the house's history and the surrounding area. It's the little things that really matter, and with care and great attention to detail the overall feeling is one of intimacy and relaxation. You just feel special, greeted with wine, cider and homemade bread. Then, in the morning coffee is served at 8:00, followed by breakfast in four courses.
If you want something big, without all the little nicks and dents of a lived-in home, or you are unwilling to pay a little more for extras that truly enhance your stay; then this place is not for you. It's not the Hilton, or a budget inn; you need to be able to slow down and take the time to truly appreciate it.
Beautiful inn, gracious hosts, delicious food – We were guests at the Sauntry during a recent weekend and everything about our stay was wonderful. Having traveled as a consultant for ten years, I have stayed in thousands of hotels, and this is one of the nicest places I have stayed. The inn is beautiful: each room is unique, but all offer luxurious, spotless accommodations and wonderful amenities (such as whirlpool tubs, steam showers, and fireplaces). Tom and Sandy are gracious hosts -- very knowledgeable about the area, and happy to assist in any way to make your stay a pleasant one. Finally, the food is delicious and beautifully presented; in the evening, you will be treated to elegant snacks including wine and cheese, and in the morning, there is a delightful breakfast. Well done, Tom and Sandy. We look forward to our return visit!
O.K. but not great – It was o.k. but from looking around, my wife and I definitely felt we could do much better on our next visit to Stillwater. We did not find the proprieters to be very friendly and felt we were a bit of a bother to them.
Victorian landmark in Stillwater known for its luxurious accommodations. – The Scene
This 1890 Queen Anne- and Eastlake-style mansion once belonged to a lumber baron--thus its name. Among its many treasures are 10 fireplaces, numerous stained-glass windows and a painted canvas ceiling. The floors are made of elaborate parquet, the chandeliers are original and the woodwork showcases cherry and oak. With its wrap-around porch and gingerbread architecture, the exterior is equally picturesque.
All of the accommodations are delightful, but kindlers of romance should check into the Ellen or Madam LaFuegy rooms, which have double whirlpools, fireplaces and exotic beds. All of the rooms include private baths, although two are located down the hall. Morning coffee service begins at 8am, followed by a full gourmet breakfast at 9am.
Warm welcome-Romantic get away – We had a wonderful visit to the William Sauntry Mansion. The ownwers, Tom and Sandy, were delightful hosts who went out of their way to make our one-day-stay fabulous.
They made arrangements for in house massages-which were perfectly complemented by the steam shower and double whirlpool tub in our room; they were quick to offer suggestions to favorite restaurants as we looked through the local menus-even calling to check on daily specials at one; and they were warm and engaging with our wonderfully diverse group of guests over a delicous 4 course breakfast. The entire table raved over the food and upon request I had recipies in my inbox the next time I went online.
What a splendid get away!. . . and I haven't even mentioned the beautiful wrap around porch, exquisite inlaid wood floors, and comfortable beds. Enjoy your stay! We'll see you there!
If you're dying to get away to an overexpensive B&B where the owners took out their dog-eared copy of "how to run a B&B" then the William Sauntry mansion is for you!! Lacking any real personality, one can expect the formality associated with everything in it's place, including the period music continually playing, (like a death march) . Is it clean? Sure. Is it necessary to serve a dessert with breakfast? I think not. Save the dessert, Tom, and lower your price!
Romantic getaway – My husband and I stayed in the Butler's Cottage to celebrate our 1 month wedding anniversary and it was everything we were looking for! Beautiful, private, large room with our own garden to enjoy. When we arrived, Sandy greeted us at the door and offered us some tasty snacks to enjoy in the gorgeous common rooms - lovely cheeses, crackers, salami, almonds and olives as well as a white wine and lemonade! Our room had AC, a double whirlpool, mini fridge, fireplace and a comfortable bed. Breakfast was served in our room and we enjoyed it outside. Lots of fruit, a nice egg dish and even what tasted like homemade icecream for dessert! Very nice place and I would definitely return. Thanks Bob & Sandy!
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