Bed & Breakfast - Reviews from Our Guests

We do everything we can to make sure our guests are comfortable and content.  Here are some reviews from guests we have been fortunate enough to have stay with us:

This review was left by a recent guest on another site - so here is the copy/paste:

Environment, Customer Service, Wait Time, Other, Quality

Very friendly, enjoyed the personal tour, the EV charging and the wonderful accommodations!


You made our anniversary special. Thank you for everything.  G & MAK


My husband Gary and I came to Shinnston with his aunt and uncle to learn more about his family history. Gary is the 4th great-grandson of Levi Shinn Sr who built the log cabin and founded the town. We stayed for 4 days. Your place was our home away from home. We really enjoyed learning about the town by visiting with you. The food was wonderful! There were several things that made this trip extra special. We were able to be the first Shinns to see the new grave stone and Dynamic Designs made us Shinnston t-shirts designed by our daughter. You helped connect us with people who made this possible. Thank you and GOD bless you.  G & CS


This is our fifth visit and it is as always like coming to visit family. As always, the food was amazing & bed comfy but it is you we really come to see.  Thanks for taking us to the park to watch the Shakespeare play. We enjoyed everything. T & FB


We felt welcomed from the very moment we contacted you on the phone! Thanks  for the invitation and the lawn chairs to the concert last night - a real treat to attend! Your band sounded great, by the way. Enjoyed the delicious breakfsat. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, especially the coffee beans and muffins. May GOD continue to guide & provide & bless you as you seek  to be a blessing to others. J & AV


Simply charming & delightful D & GB


What a delight to stay at your bed & breakfast! Loved this great old house & all the detail - A gem! Thank you so very much for your hospitality & inviting spirit. R & TP


Thank you for the awesome hospitality! Can't wait to show you the same in Mississippi. A & PW


You have to be one of the most benevolent, kind-hearted & down-to-earth  people that we have ever met. We truly enjoyed  our conversations together & spending some quality time with you. We had a most wonderful stay with you & hope that we can "Tuck You In" at Tucked Inn The Harbor B & B next year. H & C


Thank you for the usual unbelievable hospitality. You have become a dear friend. Love this down home place and love you.  SS


Kathleen, thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality you showed us while we visited Shinnston! The room was amazing and we really enjoyed the wonderful breakfast you cooked for us while we were there. We also enjoyed visiting Levi Shinn's house and the information you gave us on the background of the wonderful town of Shinnston. We look forward to visiting you again soon.  T & C.S


Thank you so much for going the extra mile. You opened your home to us an planned our elopement down to the tiniest detail. We hope our marriage can be as fantastic as your's and may you have many more years together! We will think of Gillum House often!  K & P


We enjoyed the start of our summer here at the Gillum House B & B! Your hospitality was sweet, and we appreciated all that you shared with us at breakafst. Shinnston seems like a lovely place to live. PS: The oatmeal was superb! Yummo! B enjoyed the Tanzania coffee very much! B & M


We received this e-mail on July 29. We thank Margaret and Paul and told them the recipe is on this web site under Recipes: Margaret and I were talking about that baked oatmeal that you served us and was wondering if you could share it with us. We are so looking forward to coming back and have told are friends that may be going that way

Thank your so much for your great hospitality. the room, food, ride guides were great! The lunches were over the top!! We enjoyed out stay here very much. It was a nice weekend get-away. J enjoyed talking with John. J & M 

Thank you so much for the running trail suggestion.! It was absolutely the highlight of my week.  Staying at your B & B made a stressful work week fly by. CJ

 Kathleen - Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Breakfast was great, the bed was comfortable,  and your friendship is priceless! N & B

So blessed to have stumbled across Gillum House on our travels through USA. Your passion for Shinnston and WV are inspirational, your guidance much appreciated, your talents awesome. We know this visit will be remembered always. R & P (Western Australia)

Thank you so much for allowing us to come into your home. The Food has been delicious. The motorcycle ride you prepared for us was awesome! The Blackwater Falls was as beautiful as I have seen. Thank you again for your hospitality. S & FM

Wow! You went above and beyond by staying up til 1 AM to help us get our horses settled and have a nice rest before jumping back on the road. Thank you for being so accommodating! HL

It was a real pleasure to stay here at Gillum House. Rosi's Room was like being at home.While my visit here was for a sad affair (l's funeral) it was quaint and comfortable. Breakfast was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. The baked oatmeal wqs very tasty; the vanilla yogurt I could have eaten all by itself. Perhaps, I will have the pleasure of staying here again. Thank you guys for a memorable stay. Five stars! T Mc

What a wonderful couple & beautiful B & B. You two are an asset to West Virginina. You made my trip an exciting and  wonderful time. J P

A bright spot in a sad time for us, but I must say the Gillum House helped smooth over the rough spots. The breakfast will long be remembered and maybe copied. The history of the area and the house was worth the drive. Very happy and satisfied with our stay. S & A S

Thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation. The food and company were great! I have never had such a feast! We learned many new things and experienced histiry too! MC

It was an unforgetable Thanksgiving with wonderful conversation and cuisine. We have memories that will last forever. SC

Thank you so much for honoring my husband and all Veterans today. We had such a wonderful time and enjoyed the great food. We will be coming back soon. MH

We're so happy we found you on the Internet. You made our experience of B & Bs one we will never forget. The bed was confortable and all the extra touches made it seem like home. Thanks for all the information on history of the area and the trails. Great breakfast. JT

Dear friends...That's exactly how we feel - that we have made new and very special friends with you both. Thank you for enveloping us in your warm, attentive, and engaging embrace Kathleen. In addition to being an excellent cook, your wonderfully furnished rooms with interesting stories made our brief respite a memorable one. I hope that makes sense - need more of that devine coffee! You're the quintessential hosts. John - your exquisite paintings and drawings are so inspiring. Sure wish we lived closer so I could "pick your brain", hear more fascinating art history 'lessons' and even share a "paint out" sesssion. What a blessing to have met you both! Will highly recommend the Gillum House! D & B C

I am so grateful I have found my home away from home between South Carolina and New York. The third time is just as nice as the first two! Thanks for a wonderful night and delicious breakfast. I will see you again soon in Nov. when I bring another horse south for the winter. KS

 As usual, I'm at home. Thank you for the time, space, and the place. SSssss

It was by accident I found this place. I do a lot of traveling, but I am a down homw cowboy (not a wannabe). I have many times had occaisions where I had to stay and it was just a place to lay down but this brings back memories of when I was a kid on the home ranch. I feel at home with the house and the folks. MAJ

We had a fantastic time talking with you both! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge & advice with us. The food was absolutely delicious; we looked forward to our mornings. H & GA

We enjoyed another overnight with you! Thanks for having us weary motorcyclists again! M & CB

Thank you so much for making the last night of our cross-country trip so special. We have been on the road for seven nights and this was the best night's sleep we've had. The breakfast was wonderful and very special for us. HH & GH

An excerpt: ....Having known Shinnston for 50+ years, G.. was impressed as only someone with such long exposure could be, that the present town has cherished what the past brought to it. And become a delightful abd happening town for TODAY. And it seems you folks have been a great catalyst in that process. G & D A

We sometimes forget all the pleasures in life when we live such a crazy, busy life. It has been a pleasure to just sit back and relax and enjoy just a little bit of GOD's greatest joys. - MGG

Thank you both for a wonderful relaxing weekend! Its so nice to "getaway" from the "rat race" for a few days and return to "roots". - JB

Thank you so much for having us. We felt like well cared for family. - D & C C

Thanks again (our second time) for letting Don and I stay here at your B & B. I want you to know that thanks to you & John - Don & I only stay at B & Bs. - D & D K
PS: You never know, we may see you again. (Note: they have been back several times.)

Your directions were perfect. John was a fabulous and kind host. Sorry we never got to meet Kathleen.
Once the horses got over the shock of seeing a camel they settled in happily. - B & K E

For a repeat visitor, this has become a home away from home. See you soon. - CA

Thank you for a relaxing visit filled with great coffee, delicious breakfasts, and yummy muffins. Thanks for your suggestions and itineraries especially Berdine's 5 & Dime! - L

Still another great weekend. I would like to come once a month and not eat the rest of the month. In those famous words, "I'll be back" and again, GOD bless. - CA

Thank you for making our first B & B stay a delightful experience. We appreciate the extra effort that was taken to make our 48th anniversary so very special. We enjoyed your hospitality, conversations, and delicious breakfast. - T & O P

Thank you for a wonderful stay. All your help & information on the rail-trails was greatly appreciated. The food was delicious!! - C & H D 

We enjoyed our stay with you at Gillum House greatly. The accommodations were most comfortable and we enjoyed the delicious breakfast and baked goods. Thanks for the "sugar-free" menu.
It was good talking with you both and we appreciated your helpful hints on local attractions, etc. - R & J K

Thank you for a delightful stay. It was just what we were looking for - we wanted to give our London-bred children a taste of small-town American life and you have shown us the best of it! - K & T B