River Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast

1 Main Street , Elizabethtown, IL 62931 USA (Show map)


Greek Revival Mansion offers luxurious accommodations with whirlpool tubs-fireplaces-romance!



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Very Relaxing Stay. Will Return.

4.4 on November 11, 2013

The wife and I stayed at the B&B October 4th thru the 7th of 2013. The Innkeepers- Sue and Bruce were wonderful! This was or first time in this area of Southern Illinois. WOW, it is beautiful. We stayed in the Eagles Nest room. This room is on the 2nd floor. It is situated in the front of the house. You do have a partial view of the Ohio River. Room and private bathroom were spacious enough for two. Bed was very comfortable. Overall condition was fairly good for the age of the home. Areas were clean and tidy. Breakfast was phenomenal. Grounds are spectacular. View outside is very scenic and the Ohio River is just across the street. There is an outdoor pool and hot tub. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to use either of these included amenities. Beach towels are provided. Pool was closed for the season. E’town Restaurant is just across the street floating on the river. Yes, it is a floating restaurant. You have to try the fresh caught river catfish and hush puppies. We actually have another long weekend booked in the middle of November, 2013. We are staying in the Scarlet Room and will let you know how we like this room and stay. The Scarlet Room has a whirlpool tub and private balcony. Happy traveling!

Hidden Gem

5 on May 28, 2013

My gf and I went to this B&B for Memorial Day weekend. From as soon as we arrived, Bruce and Sue made us feel at home. They were welcoming, informative, and helped guide our weekend. While they were willing to talk with us for hours, they were also very respectful of our privacy. The inn provided a delicious breakfast as well. It was a hot, healthy, with plenty of fresh fruit available. Additionally, there was coffee and juice available as well.

Southern Hospitality

5 on April 04, 2013

My 16 year old daughter and I had a very pleasant stay at the Rose River B & B. The hosts were very accommodating. Not only did they upgrade our room at no extra charge (since they had the space), they were even willing to allow me to park my van in their garage while we went hiking! They also made breakfast to cater to my daughter's tastes, and provided a healthy (read: not deep fried!) breakfast. The only negative was that the hide-a-bed mattress sagged and would not be comfortable for someone who needs a firmer mattress. But over-all it was a great place to stay in a quiet and pretty area of Illinois, right on the Ohio river.

river rose

5 on July 28, 2012

very neat place to stay owners were fantastic and very helpful i would stay here again

Weekend Get-Away

4.2 on March 02, 2012

Bruce and Sue were excellant host and the breakfasts were great! The accomadations were excellant and very comfortable.

Our First Bed and Breakfast

4.0 on October 18, 2011

In the past when planning getaways with my wife we were somewhat reluctant to stay at B&Bs. When planning our trip to the Shawnee National Forrest in southern Illinois we came across the River Rose B&B and the wonderful reviews from travelers on their stay there. I must say we were not disappointed one bit. Sue, Bruce and Rosy went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable and provided tips on where to eat and what to see in the area. Each breakfast Sue prepared was unique and delicious; we have never had pancakes the way Sue prepared them, at must eat. When in the area, I highly recommend making a trip to Pattis Settlement in Grand Rivers, KY for the best pork chop dinner you will ever have. Thank-You so much Sue, Bruce and Rosy, you will see us again. John and Tamiko

River Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast Review

4.2 on September 15, 2011

We had a wonderful weekend at the River Rose. Sue and Bruce were great accomidating hosts. Sue puts on a fantastic Breakfast. We were there 3 mornings, and the breakfast was great and different each morning. The River Rose is an old mansion that is full of antiques. The ohio river is accross the street from the River Rose. Our favorite thing is to sit on the deck, under the magnolia tree, and watch the barges go by. This place is like something way back in time. This was our second time there. There is a hot tub, and swimming pool that are mighty fine. Bruce and Sue do a lot of little things to make the guests comfortable. Bruce locked up our bicycles in the garage so no one would bother them at night. We recommend this place for a great weekend. Hank and Jan

A Must Visit Location in Southern illinois

5 on April 12, 2011

Awesome stay this past weekend. What a fantastic place and Sue and Bruce are the best!!! We wanted to stay a lot longer. Sue prepared the most wonderful breakfast for us both days, she is a wonderful cook and even shared her baked puff pancake recipe. When I contacted the Inn to make our reservations, I mentioned that our trip was to celebrate my birthday, when we arrived there was a bottle of chilled wine waiting in our room. The rooms are so wonderfully decorated and very comfortable and clean. Sue also put birthday candles on my breakfast, what a great surprise!!! The Inn is so wonderful, like being at home. There is so much to do nearby. I really enjoyed sitting out on the deck under the beautiful magnolia tree looking out over the river, and visiting on the front porch with the owners. I highly recommend checking it out, you will love it!!!!!! We absolutely fell in love.

Great Time

3.6 on September 19, 2009

Found the Inn and Our innkeepers to be wonderful also the people of Elizabeth town were great. They all made you feel that you their best friends that they hadn't seen for a long time.

Too long ago

5 on August 23, 2009

Recently we returned to a bed and breakfast (River Rose Inn) that we had enjoyed tremendously on a previous visit. It was startling to remember that it was 2 years ago. In our minds, we visited frequently, talking about the experience with friends and family. On this most recent adventure we experienced the cozy comfort and tranquiliity from the past. The hospitality and breakfast remained outstanding, with Sue the innkeper 'spoiling' the guys with traditional fare breakfasts while the rest of us choose to be surprised. While there was the familiarity of the inn, the experience was different due to our goal of relaxation rather than sight-seeing this time. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub, lounging on the porch or under the magnolia tree and chatting with other visitors and hearing about their experiences. Our decision as we were traveling home were that we needed to return far more frequently to allow us to escape the daily life and enjoy each other as well as friends and nature.

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Rooms & Rates

Eagles Nest

A delightful room with a four poster queen bed, tub & shower, tv/vcr and a partial view of the Ohio River

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$0 - $100

Rose Room

A quaint room on the main floor with a queen, single whirlpool tub and shower, tv/vcr with a private entrance and deck over looking the Ohio River

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$0 - $110

Quilt Room

A cozy room with a queen bed, whirlpool tub for 2. tv/vcr and a private balcony with a gorgeous view that overlooks the river

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$0 - $120

Captain's Quarters

A magnificent room with a queen bed, whirlpool tub for 2, fireplace, tv/vcr and a view of the river

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $130

Magnolia Cottage

A romantic cottage with a queen bed, whirlpool tub for 2, gas-log fireplace, kitchenette, tv/vcr, and a private porch that over looks the Ohio River

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $140

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Location Type

Small town


St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 175 miles

Directions to property:

From Hwy 24 exit onto Hwy 146 east to Elizabethtown on The Ohio River. Turn right at the stop sign and go one block. River Rose Inn is on the right!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Bath robes, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fax Machine, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Piano, Pool, Radio, Spa, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Rooms with fireplace-Captains & Magnolia Cottage**, Robes for Hot Tub & Pool (seasonal)**, Soaps**, Large Towels for Hot Tub & Pool (seasonal)**, HOT TUB IN ROSE,SCARLET,CAPTAIN'S & COTTAGE ONLY**, Iron & Ironing Board **Upon Request**

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm-10 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only STRICTLY PROHIBITED inside the inn and cottage
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Child must be 15 years of age or older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Sorry...we do not allow any pets
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations confirmed with a credit or debit card and/or 1 nights deposit received within 7 days from date reservations are made.
  • Cancellations: Deposit will be refunded if cancellation is made more than 10 days prior to reservation date. A gift certificate will be issued for deposit amount if cancellation is less than 10-1 day prior to reservation date. No shows and same day cancellations charged in full.



Sue Hemphill

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About the innkeepers

Sue enjoys visiting with her guest along with doing crafts, gardening, antique shopping, going on vacations and of course spending time with her grandchildren. Her husband Bruce enjoys vacations, cruises, eating out, relaxing, and going to as many NASCAR races as he can.

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Hot and Hearty

  • Time Served: 8:00 am and 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Oven Puff Pancake
A lite homemade pancake batter with either sliced apples tossed in cinnamon/sugar, blueberries or peaches with a dash of nutmeg, then baked in the oven.