Boyle couple opens bed and breakfast

November 24, 2003|EMILY TOADVINE

Cliff and Linda Dunne don't like to let a perfectly good house sit idle. That's why they decided to open LinCliff, a bed and breakfast in a guest house they built behind their Lebanon Road home.

The home was built about five years ago for Dunne's elderly parents.

"They wanted a big open space and one floor so it's accessible to the elderly," Dunne says.

The 1,200-square foot home was designed with a great room that serves as a living room, kitchen and dining room. Two bedrooms, two baths and laundry facilities are available. The bathroom between the bedrooms features a whirlpool tub. A private, shaded deck with an electric grill is located off the dining area.

"You could be out here and not be seen from our house," Mrs. Dunne says.

The Dunnes say privacy is one of the attractions of their guest house. Unlike many bed and breakfasts, guests are not under the same roof as the homeowners. A continental breakfast is available.


Guests are encouraged to stroll around the yard where the Dunnes' love of gardening is evident. Mrs. Dunne leans toward roses and Dunne prefers day lilies and irises. A pond is stocked for fishing or guests can rest in the gazebo.

"Another quirky thing is if people are traveling and have horses, we have enough pasture land that they can pasture their horses," Mrs. Dunne says.

The Dunnes think their location, two miles from the intersection with the bypass, will be an attraction.

"The niche we're trying to fill is the executives who are traveling to the industries on Lebanon Road," Dunne says. "If they're going to be here awhile, they can have all the amenities of home."

Despite having a target guest, the Dunnes note that the country setting of their home appeals to many people. One of their first guests was a couple who operate a day care.

"They needed a little time away and found us on the Danville Web site," Dunne says.

With Centre College events, the cottage may suit many needs.

"We're hoping to appeal to people who are coming to visit their children at Centre. They don't have to sit in a restaurant or a dorm room," Dunne says.

The cottage probably would interest a visiting professor, Mrs. Dunne says.

"Or even a presenter like James Earl Jones," Dunne says.

With the proximity of the pond, the Dunnes did say that children are not allowed except for infants.

The Dunnes do love children and that's one of the reasons they have plenty of space. Their home has 3,600 square feet, which came in handy when they cared for foster children. They have cared for a total of 23 foster children.

"At one point, we had four or five kids," Mrs. Dunne says.

Mrs. Dunne is retired from state government. Dunne is director of Families First, the family resource center for the Danville school system. They both enjoy collecting and selling antiques, which they display at Old Crow Inn, Two Roads Cafe and Antique Mall of Historic Danville, as Under the Rainbow.

Dunne doesn't have a lot of his antiques in the guest house, but there is a Phoenix and Consolidated Glass lamp, which is part of a larger collection of Phoenix glass that he has.

"Most of it is from the '20s and '30s," he says.

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