Quotes and Reviews

Quotes from the Press

"Berwood Hill Inn stands out as a bright jewel in the crown of Lanesboro's scenic bluff country."

- Jane Caffrey,
Minnesota Bride Magazineagraph

"We hit the jackpot with the Berwood Hill Inn. ... A five-course breakfast outside, elegant furnishings and antiques inside, and an atmosphere of peace and quiet everywhere rounded out this magical getaway. ... The countless gardens adorning the grounds are a flower-lover's dream."

- Mary Jedlicka Humston,
BOOM Magazine

"a perfect wintertime retreat"

- Julie Pfitzinger,
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"the house glows with
warmth and charm"

- Andrea Faiad,
Rochester Post-Bulletin

"The Berwood Hill Inn is a great place to think indulgently — get a massage in your room, sniff the flowers that scent the air as you walk the acres of ever-changing, award-winning gardens or simply sit in the new gazebo and enjoy the view of the entire valley."

- Sarah Tieck,
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"a dramatic country inn"

- Kristie Greve,
Midwest Home & Garden

"Lanesboro's finest B&B ... Bluff Country's most luxurious inn"

- Travel + Leisure Magazine

"The crowning glory of the inn is its award-winning gardens. The lush greenery under the stately pines creates an oasis from the busy modern world."

- Cheri TollefsonLehse,
Minnesota Moments Magazine

"It is just fabulous ... a warm, comfortable atmosphere ...
a labor of love"

- Jeannette Trompeter, Host
Better Homes & Gardens
TV Show

"Over the years, Berwood Hill Inn, the elegant Victorian Bed & Breakfast located between Preston and Lanesboro, has received its share of publicity. The country estate, with its exquisite gardens, has long been featured in tourist magazines as a 'must-see' vacation and weekend retreat."

- John Torgrimson,
Fillmore County Journal

"an inn that has it all — rich history, superb design, fine cuisine and gardens you'll want to get lost in"

- Victorian Homes Magazine

"Best Holiday Getaway"

- 2005 Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal

"I can't believe our stay at the B&B is already over. The last few days I kept hoping time would slow down or stop completely. On the other hand, I guess the fact that a vacation is so fleeting is what makes it so special."

- Sally Forth,
Cartoon Heroine and Satisfied Berwood Guest

"It's a wonderful spot... a beautiful piece of country. ... The gardens are so magnificent and the house is restored so meticulously"

- Craig MacIntosh,
Cartoon Illustrator
SALLY FORTH syndicated
comic strip

"[Lanesboro is] known as one of Minnesota's bed-and-breakfast capitals. A good reason why is the Berwood Hill Inn. The Victorian country home four miles west of town on State-16 offers antique-filled rooms, a five-course breakfast, lush gardens and a valley view that's expecially breathtaking in the fall."

- Berit Thorkelson,
Midwest Living Magazine

"Best Gardens"

- 2004 Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal

"unexpectedly marvelous antiques"

- Victorian Homes Magazine

"a stay at Berwood is nothing
short of art"

- Sarah Tieck,
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"people from all over the country and even Europe come to experience the pastoral charm this historic homestead has to offer"

- Cathy Taylor,
Victorian Homes Magazine

"Connoisseur's Favorite"

- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"welcome-home personality ...
ingenious garden vignettes"

- Cathy Taylor,
Victorian Homes Magazine

"Best In the Midwest"

- 2003 Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal

"as luxurious as a B&B can get"

- Kendell Cronstrom,
Travel + Leisure Magazine

"the gardens here are beautiful, the interior design of the home is spectacular"

- Tim Alexander,
Executive Producer
Better Homes & Gardens
TV Show

"one of the reasons guests return to the Inn again and again: the food"

- Jeannette Trompeter,
Better Homes & Gardens
TV Show

"once you set foot inside the door, it'll feel like you're in a 19th century romance novel"

- Michelle L. Saxton,
Rochester Magazine

"A stroll through the property's vibrant gardens seems the perfect way to settle any pre-wedding jitters."

- Minnesota Bride Magazine

" ... perfect for a one night getaway or a whole weekend of escape — it's impossible to choose between the land of the waking with its sweet and savory kitchen scents, and the land of sleep and retreat with its soft-as-a-feather beds, crackling fireplaces, and bubbling hot tubs for two.  ... At the Berwood Hill Inn in Lanesboro, the beauty is in the details."

- Minnesota Monthly Magazine

Guests Reviews

"Our first time @ B&B could not have been better. Amazing accommodation and breakfast."
- Melonie R
berwood guest

Our third stay here.  Breakfast is fantastic, well maintained gardens & grounds.
- Robert W
berwood guest

"It was such a beautiful setting. ... The gardens are amazing. ... We knew we wanted our wedding here just because it was so beautiful. We're hoping that in 10 years we could come back and have that be our anniversary location."

- Jaclyn,

"We LOVED our time at Berwood!! Everything was perfect. The food was fabulous. The 'Chocolate Tasting' divine. Your staff is personable and very obliging. We felt at home. The gardens were relaxing, although I know how much work goes into them! Thank you for making our 25th anniversary so memorable."

- Diana & Bob,
berwood guest

"My wife and I truly enjoyed our stay; the food was great, the house staff was very helpful, courteous and friendly. We loved the view and can only imagine how great the property looks in the summer with everything in bloom. Please tell all the staff Thank You from us, it was a joy to meet them and to stay at the home."

- Rick,
berwood guest

"The staff at Berwood were wonderful and they went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect! All of our guests commented on how beautiful the Inn was and how wonderfully decorated the Roost was. In my opinion it was the absolute perfect location for a fairytale winter wedding. Thank you for everything you did to make our wedding perfect. We truly appreciate it."

- Deb & John,
bride and groom

"We girls had a blast!!!! This was my first stay in a B&B, I was concerned it would be like staying in someone's home. We had our privacy, the foods and gardens, everything was top notch. ... I'd do the massage next time (the girls who got them seem to think it was well worth it!). Breakfast was fabulous. ... I found things clean and comfortable."

- Peggy,
Berwood guest

"We had a WONDERFUL time! We all said that the schedule of events went very well... The rooms were very comfortable and nicely decorated. We noticed all the special touches of candy on the bed, carmel apple, etc... The breakfast was overwhelming and we ended up forgoing lunch! Presentation of all food was beautiful. The gardens were wonderful to walk around in. We enjoyed [the staff]. Very hospitable. Hope to see you again in the near future!"

- Jan,
Berwood guest

"Just let me say, we couldn't have had a better time. The Inn, the setting, the food, the wonderful treatment — all of it was continually surprising. We will look for an opportunity to return. In fact, we're thinking of making ... Berwood Inn an annual event."

- Phil & Kathe,
Berwood guests

"We enjoyed our wedding experience very much! So many of our guests commented on the beauty of the environment. The communication and dedication of the Berwood staff made for a very relaxing experience.  The inn keepers for the evening were very helpful!! We would highly recommend the inn to anyone traveling that way and in fact did to extended family. Thank you for all you did to help us celebrate what turned out to be a beautiful day!"

- Cozy,

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Berwood. Everything was great! The food was fantastic, and we will recommend Berwood to everyone and anyone who asks what we thought of it. Thank you very much for a wonderful 5th wedding anniversary."

- Andrew,
Berwood guest

"We loved it in the French Room — If the Owl's Nest had been available, I would have rented that. I totally enjoyed the Inn, the decor, the lovely gardens (which are definitely a labor of love). ... I would highly recommend Berwood to anyone. We especially enjoyed sitting out in the wicker at the end of the garden around 5pm in the breeze. Also the next morning, the breakfast outside was awesome. Joy is a fabulous cook and great hostess. We loved everything from the scrumptious raspberry lemonade to the scones and the 5-course breakfast. ... My sisters also really enjoyed their stay, and we loved the gardens. Thanks for everything!"

- Susan,
Berwood guest

"It was more then I could ever hope for!! Thank you for opening up the cottage... it was as though I had my own private sanctuary to sleep, dream, read, write, and listen to the world. It was the best weekend I have had in a very long time - I will most definitely return. Words cannot even begin to express my gratitude..."

- Catherine,
Berwood guest

"It was fantastic! Of course we were bowled over by the beauty of the house and the gardens. The attention to detail and wonderful artistry throughout was charming and a constant delight. We cannot praise Joy too highly — her combination of warmth and professionalism made our stay especially memorable. We all were delighted with the dinner — the settings were superb and the food absolutely delicious. We and our family loved it. So thanks to all of you for creating this very special retreat and helping to make our Reunion unforgettable. We hope to see you all again next year."

- Barbara,
Berwood guest

"We had a perfect stay! The 2 breakfast meals we had were delightful and delicious with great service. We felt very cared for and comfortable. Monday the weather was perfect and we enjoyed walking in the gardens and riding our bikes around Lanesboro and of course shopping. We will definitely be back!"

- Jane & Jim,
Berwood guests

"We had a delightful time at Berwood over the weekend. Breakfast was fantastic! We hope to return and will bring my mother & mother in law for tea in a gazebo... Thanks!"

- Bob & Arlouene,
Berwood guests

"Everything was wonderful — the food was delicious! Our host was wonderful. No one wanted the evening to end. And now the grand finale — looking out the Owl's Nest windows and seeing a table set up outside for breakfast. This is a wedding that we will all never forget!"

- Karen & Mike,
bride and groom

"We had an awesome time! It was absolutely lovely. Joy was an incredible hostess and chef. We can't wait to return..."

- Dar,
Berwood guest

"It was remarkable. The room was crystal clean and beautiful. The whole house was gorgeous and even though they were not in their peak, the gardens were spectacular. We enjoyed the serene beauty and location of your inn. The food was out of this world, along with all the extra treats you provide. My husband and I agreed we felt like we stayed in a 5-star hotel with the individual care of a good friend's guest home. We look forward to returning someday and we are already telling our friends and family about our unique 5-star experience!!! Thank you very much for the wonderful time!"

- Katie & Tim,
Berwood guests

"Brian and I had a wonderful time! The Wood Room was lovely (last time we were there we stayed in the Garden Cottage — equally delightful), and Joy's cooking was truly fabulous. Her Saturday morning breakfast fueled 8 miles of cross country skiing, and our Sunday night dinner was beyond compare - the cinnamon cakes she made for dessert were splendid! ... Everyone was very personable and helpful. And, as with our last visit, we enjoyed getting to know the other guests. The Valentine's touch was particularly sweet. Champagne, flowers, chocolates! For us, Valentine's Day has lasted closer to a week... Brian and I are already looking forward to our next visit... and we also picked up a packet of wedding information. We can't imagine a more special place to tie the knot. That won't be for a couple of years yet, but best to start planning early..."

- Marianne,
Berwood guest
(and future bride?)

"We had a wonderful time ... [The staff was] delightful and the food was amazing. We'll certainly be back."

- Erik,
Berwood guest

"Ahh, Sweet Berwood — Where the soul unfolds like pedals,
Where the taste buds dance with delight,
And where the memories will warm you until next you return."

- Barbara,
Berwood guest

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