Overlooking the Scenic Ohio River 


The Signal House
234 North Front Street  
Ripley, Ohio

Information and reservations: Phone (937) 392-1640 or email:


Cincinnati Enquirer, by Becky Linhardt

March 31, 2002

Ohio River views make B&B special place.
Ripley landmark full of history.
Location. Location. Location. The Signal House Bed & Breakfast has a prime riverfront location in the historic town of Ripley. The 1830s Italianate home has history and elegance like many B&Bs, but its sweeping vista of the Ohio River makes staying at this bed and breakfast an extraordinary experience. 

Sitting at the corner of Locust and Front Streets, it faces the quiet roadway along a bluff high above the river. continue reading...

October 2001 Cincinnati Magazine Best of the City Page 56

Cincinnati Magazine, Best of the City, October 2001: Signal House one of the top five Bed and Breakfasts in the Cincinnati area!

One ..."of the best, considering their attentive service, beautiful guest rooms and pleasant surroundings. ...While the Signal House is not that far from Cincinnati - only 55 miles - it seems a long way from the bustling city. And the Ohio River looks much wider in Ripley."
Cincinnati Magazine, October 2001


Ledger-Independent, Maysville, Kentucky

"The Signal House Bed and Breakfast is now in its 13th year. In an industry where the average bed and breakfast closes after three or four years, the Billingsleys are doing something right."
Laura Rains, Ledger-Independent, Maysville, Kentucky, September 2001

The Best Drive

 "U.S. Rte. 52 ... enters Ripley, a tobacco town with a fascinating history as a primary station on the Underground Railroad. Several antebellum homes on Front Street belonged to "conductors" who harbored runaway slaves, and one ... the Signal House ... is now a splendid bed and breakfast." 
Ohio Magazine, August 1999

Cincinnati Magazine, September 1998

Watching the River Dance

"On a loop east and south of Cincinnati, hugging the Ohio River out to Maysville and back, you may find yourself rhapsodizing... Here, freed of floodwalls and unobscured by highways and industry, the Ohio seems to flow back in time to a more pastoral 19th century... Of all the town along this loop, Ripley has perhaps fought hardest to preserve its history - and a rich history it is. The town's entire center, 55 acres, is designated as a national historic district....Antebellum houses, the star-studded nights and, most importantly, the river itself - majestic, powerful yet almost maternal..."
Cincinnati Magazine, September 1998

"At the Signal House, daily stresses and worries seem to float away with the barges. The river's steady gurgle and the Victorian decor make problems seem so irrelevant, so transitory. It's comforting to know we can retreat to the illusion of a less complicated, more romantic world. It's comforting to know that Betsy and Vic are waiting to greet us like long-lost children, waiting to cater to our every whim."
Mary McCarty, Dayton Daily News

"Waking up with the windows open to the distant sound of river traffic, a Kentucky rooster and fish jumping by the dock below, is a close encounter with "Gone with the Wind", Buckeye style; and there's still Miss Betsy's breakfast waiting for you downstairs."
Marcy Hawley, Author of "Particular Places"