It’s time for Member Monday, and this week’s featured member is the Hamilton House in Whitewater. The stunning style and decor of this bed and breakfast will leave you speechless, and innkeepers Jim and Kathleen will make you feel at home with delectable breakfasts and outstanding hospitality.
Q: How was the name chosen for the Hamilton House?
A: Mr. Hamilton was the owner of the property in the early 1900’s until the 1950’s. He was on the board of regents of our local university as well as a local attorney.
Q: What history is behind the Hamilton House?
A: Was built in 1861 with the underground railroad in mind. Majorly remodeled in 1880. After the last of the Hamiltons passed in the 1950’s the house has served as a boarding house, fraternity, antique shop, tea house, office building, almost torn down twice and a bed and breakfast since 1994. We took over in 2000. Details on our website.
Q: How did you come to acquire a bed and breakfast?
A: We were looking for a great house to raise our family while running an inn. We were focused on an area close to tourism and a short drive back to Chicago area where our family lives.
Q: What makes Hamilton House unique?
A: At the Hamilton House we find most of our guests prefer privacy and are looking to spend their precious time connecting with their loved ones. Therefore we make every effort to create an environment where all the details are taken care of so all the guests need to do is be together.
In addition we cater to the specific needs of the Whitewater area midweek business travelers. These guests have very different and specific needs while traveling. I enjoy helping to make their time away from their families as relaxing and productive as possible. We offer alternate policies that fit their specialized needs.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a local business in southeastern Wisconsin?
A: The business community has very supportive and welcoming from the very beginning. As we were looking at different communities we wandered around each town chatting with the local shop keepers. Whitewater, by far, was the most supportive and eager to help us get established. This supportive environment among the local owners of the different businesses in town remains strong.
Q: What is favorite part of being a bed and breakfast owner?
A: Being able to provide the environment for our guests to relax and spend quality time together.
Q: If someone would like to visit Hamilton House, is there anything they should know before coming?
A: We make every effort to provide all the privacy our guests need while still being easily available to tend to the details of each guests needs.
Q: What kind of breakfasts are offered? Can dietary restrictions be met?
A: We serve a full hot breakfast in the dining room at 9am. For those that prefer privacy we do offer the option for an in room breakfast. We make every effort to accommodate all diet restrictions.
Q: Are the bathrooms private or shared?
A: Every room has a private bath.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Hamilton House is a pet free environment.
Q: Is there a whirlpool?
A: Five of our guest rooms have a jetted tub.
Q: Is there a fireplace? If yes, please describe.
A: Three of our guest rooms have a modern gas fireplace. Three rooms have original mantels with candles in the firebox.
Q: May guests come and go as they please, or are there certain times they are asked to be at the bed and breakfast?
A: Guests receive a key to the property allowing them to come and go as they choose.
Q: Is Hamilton House child-friendly or adult-only?
A: We welcome guests 15 and over. If a family takes the whole house children of all ages are welcome.
Q: Can each room in Hamilton House be rented out to a single family?
A: Each of our eight guest rooms has either a king or a queen bed that sleeps up to two guests. A rollaway is available for use in two of our guest rooms.
Q: What are the check in/check out times?
A: General check in is from 4pm – 7pm. Check out time is 11am. Options are available for alternate arrival and departure times. Many of our packages include early arrival or extended departure times.
Q: Is the Hamilton House handicapped accessible?
Q: Can you book your stay online?
A: Yes, you can book online through various travel sites. However, the best available rates are always on our secure reservation service on our website.
Q: Where can we find Hamilton House?
A: 328 W Main St, Whitewater or online at BandBHamiltonHouse.com
Please tell us about the innkeepers
Jim and Kathleen came to Wisconsin from the Chicago area to raise their five children and live out their dreams of innkeeping and farming. Over the past 15 years they have enjoyed being a part of their community while watching their children meet their dreams. Kathleen has a passion for hospitality and enjoys cooking. In her free time she enjoys reading, biking and wandering around in nature. Jim is a farmer at heart and spends his free time with their children renovating a small farm where they plan to grow organic meat and produce.
Interested in learning more about places to stay in the Lake Geneva area? Visit www.visitwalworthcounty.com for a complete listing of lodging in Walworth County.