Meet your Hosts

Owner- Colleen “Byrne” Henderson

Running a B&B is hard work, but the rewards-meeting fascinating people and making memories with old and new friends and family-make it all worthwhile.

Since I bought the home in July of 2015, I have seen this home transform into my dream – having a place to share with family and friends. I was born and raised in Shullsburg by the late Robert, and Florence “Graham” Byrne, who celebrated her 90th birthday in 2017. I had 9 siblings, 7 brothers and 2 sisters. I lost a brother “Terry” in 2008 to a battle with cancer. The remaining siblings all live in the Wisconsin/Iowa area. They, their spouses and children have all helped transform a worn old house into a very special get-away home.

I moved from Shullsburg in 1992 to attend school in Madison, WI. I Spent six years in Madison before spending a year in Grand Rapids, MI. Due to work, I relocated to Saint Louis, MO. where I have held positions with Earthgrains, Sara Lee, Energizer Battery and, currently, Edgewell Personal Care. In 2000, I met my soulmate in St. Charles, MO. – Dr. David M. Henderson, educator and professor. We spent 14 wonderful years together, traveling, enjoying great music, quiet time and family time. Dave’s presence is brought to the home though a wonderfully furnished library of his favorite readings.

Throughout my (our) vast amount of traveling I found likes and dislikes about my stays in local Hotels, B&Bs and Inns. I have brought all the likes into this home so that each guest has a comfortable, enjoyable stay. Many of the pictures, furnishings and art come from our travels. I look forward to adding new pieces.

I am an advocate for shopping locally. Updates to the home and grounds have utilized local entrepreneurs. Many furnishings have been purchased at area shops. The food served is purchased from local grocery stores, meat markets and cheese stores. I look forward to guiding you to the local establishments.

I hope you enjoy my home as much I do! It is truly a place to get away, relax, enjoy a great glass of wine and great conversations, or quiet time.
See you soon!

Innkeeper – Kathryn “Chase” Riseley (my niece)

Kathryn “Chase” Riseley, one of my many nieces and nephews, has moved with her family from Iowa to join in the grand adventure of renovating the Copeland Guest House.

Kathryn was born in Dubuque, Iowa to my sister Mary, and Duane Chase. The family moved to Arizona when Kathryn was 11 months old and lived there until she was ten. As she grew up, it became clear to her parents that being close to family would become more important, so they left the Arizona desert and settled in Iowa City.

Kathryn has become an avid traveler, both with family and opportunities provided through her education. She has traveled to Ecuador twice, and was able to visit the Galapagos Islands during one of the trips. She has also traveled to Ireland twice, and recently to the Netherlands to visit her husband’s extended family.

At an early age, Kathryn demonstrated her artistic inclinations through piano, drawing, painting, and building things. Legos were one of her favorite toys. In high school, she began making stained glass pieces and developed her love of photography.

Kathryn received her Bachelors of Art in Studio Art Studies from St. Olaf College and her Masters in Architecture from Iowa State University. Her architectural and art influences can be seen throughout the Guest House. Kathryn learned from her father how to be handy with tools and she learned her gardening skills from her mother.

It has been a great opportunity for both of us to turn the Copeland from a dream into a reality. It has been a pleasure working with Kathryn on building the Guest House to become my dream. I look forward to the continued partnership as we continue to build the Guest House for your enjoyment.