Midwest Living Review
Richly detailed, the Beiger (pronounced "bee-gur"), as it's known locally, is dazzling. We were amazed by the interior, which has been inlaid, trimmed, jeweled and tassled. No detail has been overlooked -- all the more impressive when you consider that the building was gutted by fire in 1974. Once scheduled for demolition to make way for a used-car lot, the mansion is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ron Montandon purchased the home in 1989 and continues to lovingly restore it, room by room. Yet, the Beiger is no museum. Each of the six guest rooms is ultracomfortable with sleigh beds or four-posters, all outfitted with layers of fluffy pillows. We loved the ambient bathroom heat and lush guest robes. We also enjoyed the common areas with cozy seating and the solarium with lush plants and stacks of shiny magazines. A complete workout area is on the ground floor, as well as an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Breakfast is served in the ornate grand dining room with its coffered ceilings, stained glass and paneled walls. Look forward to personalized attention in a made-to-order breakfast served on fine china with real silver service. We might have liked a more modern shower, as the standpipe was placed perpendicular to the vintage tub, which made the shower a little cramped even for a petite woman. But, what was lost in modern convenience, was gained in opulence and hospitality. Rooms start at $140, with the master suite at $225, though you'll pay more on weekends with footballs scheduled.