Villa on Verona is a historic Italianate style villa built in 1860. The estate has been newly decorated and furnished, creating an elegant and cozy atmosphere. This destination will immerse you in the rich history of previous owners (see below) as well as Marshall’s many other historic sites.
The Villa boasts six guest rooms themed after cities in Italy. Each room has its own private bath, Smart TV, goose down comforters, luxury linens and toiletries.
Our West grounds feature the gazebo, fountain, trellis, newly remodeled pool house with changing rooms, restrooms and large swimming pool with lounging furniture. Enjoy grilling on the patio while you sip your favorite drink, relaxing by the fire table.
Our East grounds feature the tennis court/pickle ball court, 1/2 court basketball, fountain, and screened-in side porch with swing and rocking chairs.
We hope you will consider visiting our historical spacious home!
This beautiful and elegant Italian Villa, was built 1858- 1861 by Edward Butler (1814- 1881) merchant, banker and first treasurer of Calhoun County.
The land was previously owned by James Fenimore Cooper. He was an American writer of the first half of the 19th century. His historical romances draw a picture of frontier and American Indian life in the early American days which created a unique form of American literature. He wrote “Last of the Mohican’s” among many others.
W.D. Boyce (1860- 1929), purchased the house and sixty acres as a summer home in 1894. William D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher, founded the Boy Scouts of America. Boyce first became acquainted with the scouting movement while in London in 1909. He lost his way in the midst of heavy fog, and was rescued by a Boy Scout who took him to the address he was seeking. Offering the young boy a tip, he was told that Boy Scouts do not accept money for doing a good deed. Impressed by his organization, Boyce returned home with pamphlets, badges and a uniform. He incorporated Boy Scouts of America, now Scouting/USA, on February 8, 1910.
Your Innkeeper & Host
I’m Katy Banfield, the Founder and Innkeeper of Villa on Verona Bed & Breakfast and Distinctive Event Destination.
When visiting or staying at the Villa, you will see me living my passions, such as cooking, gardening, cleaning, entertaining and much more. This drives and fulfills me by making every day unique and fun. It helps me create the energy and ambience I want for my family and guests.
I have two daughters, who I’ve raised to always “follow their hearts,” and an InnPet, Milly. She is the most joyous and loving toy Goldendoodle, who will jump straight up in the air to look you in the eye…lol. I have been fortunate in my professional career, with 26 years at the Kellogg Company in Sales & Marketing, which allowed me to stay true to my entrepreneurial spirit. They supported me as I chose to make a career change to follow my heart. Now, I’m happily running a magnificent Italianate Villa Bed & Breakfast and Distinctive Event Destination in my hometown.
Marshall is an amazing community, and I am pleased to offer my recommendations on the historic attractions, recreation, shopping and wining and dining options in the area. I look forward to meeting you.
Explore Our Inn
Bocelli Room (music room) – This room is located off the front entry and features a beautiful Hazelton Brothers Piano and Fender Guitar. Entertain or be entertained as you sit by the fireplace sipping your favorite drink.
Club Americano – Fun and classic bar and old world tavern wrapped in one. To top it off it’s located under the stairs in the basement.
In 1860 barmen in Italy were perfecting the craft of Vermouth and Amari, which would transform the concept of a cocktail. The Americano features both. Enjoy your favorite cocktail, beer, wine or virgin beverage while watching TV, playing a game or shooting darts!
Inviting and warm dining room, lovely and romantic with small tables to accommodate dining for two or join together for a farm table experience as a group or family.
Seasonal Outdoor Spaces
Screened Side Porch with a porch swing and rocking chairs.
Seasonal yard games; tennis and pickleball courts.
A Brick patio which overlooks the grounds and pool with comfortable chairs and fire table, and an expansive brick front porch has tables for socializing with your favorite drink, or sitting peacefully and enjoying some alone time.