Welcome to Burlington Iowa
Welcome to the historic home of Silas and Ann Caldwell Hudson, built in 1845 in the Italian Villa style. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Now named The Countess Bed & Breakfast we are located in the Heritage Hill Historic District. Silas Hudson was a central figure in the growth of Burlington, shared a friendship with Abraham Lincoln, who spent the night in the home in October of 1858, and was a first cousin to Ulysses S. Grant through his mother, Susan A. Grant Hudson. In 1869 President Grant appointed Hudson United States Minister to Central America.
Our exclusive location allows our guests to walk two blocks to downtown where one can enjoy shopping and excellent restaurants, one block to the Heritage Museum, four blocks to the Mississippi River waterfront and a ½ block to the infamous Snake Alley, once recognized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not to be the crookest street in the world.
We invite you to be charmed by the history and ambiance of The Countess Bed & Breakfast and of the surrounding Burlington area.
The Countess Bed & Breakfast is a cat family. We have two cats on the premises, Sam our gray female and Jack our older black male. These cats live indoor/outdoors at the Bed and Breakfast. They are not allowed upstairs or in guest bedrooms at any time. When guests are present the cats are kept in our private quarters.