Midwest Living Review
The Garth mansion is a Victorian cake of a house sitting on about 40 hilly acres of woods and fields a couple of miles outside of Hannibal. With a pond, giant oak trees and two resident llamas, the B&B's setting certainly feels like a country estate. Accommodations include eight guest rooms in the mansion, two private cottages and the romantic Dowager House. The elaborate Second Empire style mansion dates to the 1870s and was built by John Garth, a prosperous Hannibal businessman and banker, as a summer home that he named "Woodside." Both Garth and his wife grew up in Hannibal with Samuel Clemens, and the famous author's return trips to his hometown, he stayed with them at Woodside. His old second floor room is now the Samuel Clemens guest room, the B&B's most sought-after accommodation. Like the other seven guests rooms in mansion, it has a private bathroom and is outfitted with antiques and High Victorian furnishings. Many antiques--like a circa 1869 Steinway piano--are museum quality. The personable innkeepers have also built three individual guest cottages on their property. The largest and most luxurious is the stone Dowager Cottage, which has two fireplaces and a whirlpool tub. The B&B's "Woodside Restaurant" has sunroom-like ambiance and a small, well-stocked bar. Both breakfast and dinner are included when you book the B&B's Modified American Plan, or when you stay in one of the cottages.