Our goal – provide bed and breakfast hospitality within a boutique hotel
Sara is a native of South Central Wisconsin and a Badger fan through and through. (Suffice it to say, she Bo-lieves)! Sara has a bachelors in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from UW La Crosse and when not assisting with the B&B works as a Clinic Operations Director at ProHealth Care in Waukesha County. Sara enjoys cooking, fine wine, nature activities, yoga, meeting interesting people and listening to public radio.
Randy is originally from New England but has lived in Wisconsin since 1991. Although a die-hard New England sports fan, Randy avidly supports the local teams and sings a passable rendition of “Varsity.” Beyond his work at the mansion he serves as an MBA Career Services Consultant and part-time marketing recruiter. He loves arts festivals, gourmet dining, cooking, photography, all sports and working with local business professionals.
Together, Randy and Sara ran the top rated bed and breakfast in Wisconsin prior to opening the Allyn Mansion in the Lake Geneva area. Their first bed and breakfast, Pleasant Street Bed and Breakfast, was one of only seven “diamond collection” properties in the state and the first two suite “diamond collection” property in the world. They were consistently recognized for their warm hospitality, great food, clean rooms and outstanding concierge services. At the mansion, they strive to provide the same bed and breakfast like experience within a luxury boutique hotel.
Filling out the family, Randy and Sara have four nearly adult children, two in college, one in high school and a fourth working at Apple. All four are neat kids with eclectic interests ranging from studying Chinese to playing jazz music to finance to all things tech. They get along amazing well and offer tremendous support of their parents’ entrepreneurial endeavors.
Not to be forgotten is Randy and Sara’s loving dog, Wil. He is a beautiful Springer Spaniel with a welcoming heart for all. But given his proclivity for shedding, slobbering and attention-seeking, he is kept offsite at their home in the Lake Geneva area.
Ron Markwell is the current owner of the Allyn Mansion and has lived in the Lake Geneva area for over 30 years. He and his deceased partner, Joe Johnson, purchased the mansion in 1984 and opened it as a bed and breakfast in 1986. Together, they immersed themselves (heart, mind and soul) in the complete restoration of the property culminating in their selection as the grand prize recipient nationally for historic restoration in 1992. That said, they continued to build on the restoration for another ten years.
Ron is an avid antique collector, lover of trains, classically trained vocalist and true historian of the mansion. His greatest love however is his dog, Darryl, who is a beautiful and gentle lab/husky mix. While Darryl pays no bills, he is unequivocally the king of the mansion.