Cyclist-friendly bed and breakfast opens in London

Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Owner Alan Knowles (holding scissors) prepares to cut the ribbon for the London Guest House, a new bed and breakfast located at 159 E. Center St. in London. Holding the ribbon are Ella and Haddie Knowles on the left and Eden and Elizabeth Adkins and Reagan Knowles on the right. Joining them for the ceremony were family and friends and representatives of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

(Posted March 18, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The London Guest House, located at 159 E. Center St. in London, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 3.

London resident Alan Knowles, who owns the business with his wife, Carolynn, describes the London Guest House as a bed and breakfast that’s like a mini-hotel.

“We have four hotel-like rooms and a common area. One of the rooms has a king bed and is wheelchair accessible. The other three rooms each have two queen beds,” he said.

Located 50 feet from the portion of the cross-state Ohio To Erie Trail that runs through London, the bed and breakfast hopes to attract touring cyclists looking for a comfortable place to stay on their journey. Alan knows well how rare such accommodations can be. He took up cycling about 20 years ago and, with his son and friends, began touring about 15 years ago, spending days at a time pedaling between towns.

“We’ve found it’s always hard to find a place to stay along the trail,” he said.

As a long-time volunteer and board member of the Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails (FMCPT), Alan has a special connection to the bike path. FMCPT is a non-profit group that helps to maintain, improve, and promote the local portion of the trail.

Among the cyclist-friendly amenities at the London Guest House are a garage with 24-hour guest access for storage of bicycles and a charger for electric bikes. The property also will have a charger for guests with electric vehicles.

Of course, the bed and breakfast is open to anyone looking for accommodations, not just cyclists.

“We’re looking forward to meeting all the people who come through,” Alan said.

Alan is a retired veterinarian. Carolynn is a retired medical technologist.
For more information about the London Guest House, call (740) 490-7389 or email

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