A Bed and Breakfast nestled between the bluffs along the Mississippi River, we are located in the Historic town of Elsah, Illinois- the 'town that Time forgot'. Come stay in one of our cozy rooms, finely appointed with all the creature comforts of home. Our friendly staff will immerse you in our signature Southern hospitality. We guarantee you'll thoroughly enjoy your stay and will be back time and again.
5 on August 11, 2016
Take a trip back in time to the historical village of Elsah. I didn't have any idea that this place even existed. Not far from the river road, is a beautiful, quaint village where the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn resides. As you travel the peaceful roads lined with cobblestone homes, you immediately get caught up in the whimsy of the area. We were fortunate enough to stay in the "Buggy House". Deborah, who happens to probably be one of the kindest people I have ever met, gave us a full tour of our dwelling where buggies were once made and repaired. The once buggy house now serves as a quiet retreat with a babbling brook in the backyard. We traveled into Grafton to have dinner at the Grafton Oyster Bar (phenomenal) and returned to freshly picked flowers by the doorstep and enjoyed the most delicious marbled cake. There is a small general store in town with limited hours. They serve bottled sodas and featured many unique findings, including village souveniers. Deborah offered multiple times to get anything from the store that we needed. However, she thought of everything before we even arrived and we did not need a thing. The next morning, we drank freshly brewed coffee on our porch swing as we marveled at the well kept and overwhelming flower beds that surrounded the home. Later that morning, we were served the most amazing banana nut bread topped with cranberries and walnuts; a freshly chopped fruit salad (no out of the can fruit salad here!); sausage and bacon, and a variety of juices. We left knowing that we would make plans to come back again. I highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast. We comfortably fit three couples in the Buggy House.
5 on August 02, 2016
Our first time at a B&B, 3 day weekend. Deborah was super helpful in helping with scheduling. Our room was the Maples. The room was pretty, quiet, clean, and relaxing. Breakfasts exceeded expectations, something new every morning. Night-time gathering at the fire-pit with wine/dessert was really nice. A friendly and fantastic weekend. We will be back. Cheers to Deborah and Tim !!!!!
3.2 on July 05, 2016
A pretty, QUIET, and relaxing place to stay. Explore the tiny village by bike or walking. Deborah was very helpful in telling us things to do in the area.
5 on June 22, 2016
The owners have created an incredibly hospitable and comfortable place to stay. They are friendly and take great care of their guests. Breakfasts were well-prepared and service was awesome. We will stay again in the future. I highly recommend the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn! Sean
5 on June 12, 2016
We enjoyed our girlfriend get away in the lovely town of Elsah. Deborah was a wonderful hostess and I look forward to another visit.
5 on May 30, 2016
Highly recommended, relaxing stay. Great to come back to after sight seeing the area.
5 on April 24, 2016
The village of Elsah, Illinois is beautiful, quiet and accessible to the Mississippi River and a stone's throw from St. Louis. The Inn is lovely, the owners displaying the arms open hospitality you'd expect in the Deep South. The food excellent and ample and filled me up for the whole day. I even brought an incredible French toast recipe home with me. I will go back again.
5 on April 10, 2016
We have stayed in over 60 Bed and Breakfasts over the past 30 years, primarily in the Midwest. This is definitely in my top 3 favorites. I have stayed here 3 different times over the years. Deborah is absolutely gracious, accommodating, enthusiastic and welcoming as a newer hostess. The room was inviting, the welcome warm and genuine and the food delicious, including an evening snack and beautiful breakfast! If you desire an idyllic setting, peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodations, visit Maple Leaf Cottage. You will make good memories, leave refreshed and look forward to returning.
4.6 on March 17, 2016
I was looking for a B&B near St. Louis (had an early flight) and found the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn. It is a great place - the rooms are great, the house too. Deborah is a great innkeeper. She got a fire going outside int he fire-pit and I spent a lovely evening meeting new friends and sipping a bit of wine. The room was very comfortable and clean, and the breakfast was wonderful. I will stay again.
5 on March 03, 2016
Our stay couldn't have been better. We stayed in the Wash House and found the accommodation to be just what you are looking for in a B&B off the beaten track running along the Mississippi River. I found it astonishing the amount of effort the owners placed in to getting even the smallest details right. The owners are incredibly welcoming and friendly and the breakfast was amazing.
This romantic room affords guests a view of the gardens with plenty of natural light. Enjoy a movie or reading in the comfortable rocker recliner. Imagine yourself soaking in an antique claw-foot tub, then relax in a cozy chaise for two. In the evening, you can dim the chandelier to a candle-light glow and slip into a luxurious four-post bed.
Adjacent to the Maples Room, this inviting retreat stands at the far end of the gardens. Inside you will find Victorian gables which came from one of Elsah’s original residences—now they serve as headboards for two cozy, queen-size beds. A light touch of neighboring Principia College is reflected in this guestroom. Picturesque views from the covered porch await you.
This suite carries you back in time with antique and vintage memorabilia which span more than 150 years. It served as the very first guest room in 1949. Retreat to this comfortable space which has a four-post bed, a full bath, and private staircase.
This charming cottage was originally built as a summer kitchen in the 1800’s. Later, it was used as the family wash house. The cottage stands as a separate building with an entrance from our gardens. You will find antique wash tubs, wringers, and scrub-boards throughout. This room features original pine floors and a comfy queen bed.
This large room offers a glimpse at Elsah’s rich history. It features two queen beds- one firm and one plush. Decorative silhouette cutouts of Elsah’s historic buildings and 1850’s picket fence adorn the walls above the beds. Step out to the private covered porch and enjoy a view of our vibrant gardens.
This historic home dates back to the 1960's. It started as a wagon repair shop. The original lettering advertising the business are still visible on the front of the house stating "Wagons and Buggies Made and Repaired". Take a step back in time and join us in the Historic villiage of Elsah.
Countryside, Rural, Small town
St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 35 miles
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Picnic area, River, Winery
Cottage, Historic Inn
Alarm clock, Ironing Board, Movie library, Parking, TV , Claw-foot tub, Sitting area
Air conditioning, Bike rental, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Wi-Fi
My husband and I fell in love with this charming little town 25 years ago. When life presented us the opportunity, we were thrilled to become the new innkeepers of the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn- which began in 1949. We enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, entertaining, Ole Miss football and Cardinal Baseball. Our newest love is spoiling our granddaughter. The best part of running a B&B has to be meeting new people. They arrive as guests, but they always leave as friends.