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Sylvia's Irish Inn is one of Urbana's finest examples of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture. It was designed by Rudolph Zachariah Gill, an 1887 graduate of the University of Illinois in architecture and engineering, and was built in 1895 for Dr. Austin Lindley, a prominent physician and surgeon for the Big Four Railroad in Urbana. The Lindleys lived there until around 1922. For a time Dr. Lindley used the first floor as his office and the family lived on the second floor. The house was empty from 1922 until 1942. For the last half century the house has been used for various commercial enterprises, the last of which was the Conservatory of Music of Central Illinois. In 1995, Norman and Carolyn Baxley refurbished the house, and with their friend Catherine Cutter, opened Lindley House Bed & Breakfast. In September 2003, Ernie and Sylvia Sullivan purchased Lindley House and have continued the restoration and appointment of the property. Most recently Lindley House was renamed Sylvia's Irish Inn as a tribute to Sylvia and her Irish heritage The imposing gables and asymmetrical massing gives Sylvia's a strong silhouette. The design is quite whimsical and charming with many irregular exterior details and a variety of mismatched palladian, baroque, and lancet windows. The front facade has two gables, an octagonal turret on the left corner, and a curved porch supported by carved wooden columns and decorated with radial brackets. Under the porch is a lovely beveled glass triptych window. Inside the house, intricate Victorian architectural details abound: inlaid parquet floors in the four public rooms, a magnificent oak gingerbread staircase, many original brass lighting fixtures, beveled and stained glass windows, butternut pocket doors, fireplace, and decorative woodwork. There are three queen bedrooms on the second floor, each with its own unique features, and a lofty king attic suite that accentuates the fanciful asymmetry of the house.

Sylvia & Ernie Sullivan Inspired by their B&B stay during their honeymoon in North Carolina, Sylvia and Ernie dreamt about having their own B&B and collected furniture for it for 14 years! While they were living in England, they saw an ad for the Historic Lindley House and they fell in love with it so much that they purchased it online. They soon moved back to the U.S and into the historic house with 18 crates of furniture, all of it from Europe. Sylvia was born in Englad but was raised in Ireland. Sylvia and Ernie have enjoyed hosting guests from all over the world for almost 15 years! Sylvia's favorite part about owning a B&B is getting to know her guests. Sylvia says she "learns something new every single day."

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected daily
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing
  • Staff protective clothing
  • No staff present
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Masks for guests
  • Gloves for guests
  • Staggered check-in
  • Common area doors left open
  • Outside air ventilation
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Sanitized tableware


  • 24h reception
  • Air conditioning
  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Bike lock-up
  • High speed internet
  • WiFi internet
  • Meet & greet service
  • Cleaning service
  • Transport service
  • Garden
  • Ice machine
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Ironing service
  • Designated smoking area
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • CCTV outside property
  • Well lit path(s) to entrance
  • Wide entrance to property


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Off-site parking

Business Facilities

  • Business facilities
  • Desk working station
  • Meeting rooms
  • Printing
  • Conference & events


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Free breakfast
  • American breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Italian breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dancing
  • Golf
  • Golf - miniature
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Shopping
  • Antiques & fairs
  • Theater
  • Walking
  • Wine tasting
  • Adventure
  • Arts & crafts
  • Cinema
  • Concerts, music
  • Entertainment


  • Check in
    3:00 PM 10:00 PM
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    11:00 AM
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions

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