The Davie School Inn

300 Freeman , Anna, 62906 USA (Show map)


Featured in USA Today Midwest Living St. Louis Post WGN News Romance, Family, Groups, Girls Night Out, Scrapbooking We are the place for you!!! 11 Suites ALL with Private Baths and Jacuzzi tubs I'm sure we will find a suite that is right for you. Located along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Shawnee National Forest, Giant City Park, and near SIU Carbondale.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Passed with an A!

5 on August 18, 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at the Davie School Inn for our one year anniversary. We were looking for something outside the box and this place was perfect. We were greeted right away by the owner Gary. He was a very pleasant and funny guy. He asked what we were planning on doing for the weekend and suggested some good places to go. He took our breakfast order for each day and we must say it was very delicious. He also gave us his personal phone number in case we needed him while we were out of the Inn. We stayed in the Blue room and it was very clean and spacious. The antique furniture and decorations were fun to look at and gave us insight into the historical elements of the school. We had such a great time and will definitely come back. Thanks for the good times Gary!

Great time

5 on September 17, 2012

Gary was Great, told us places to go visit and mapped out our adventure. Breakfast was at the top of the scale. Very nice people!


4.8 on September 09, 2012

7 couples, all cousins, loved the inn, the atmosphere, the rooms, and the wondeful breakfast. Would definitely recommend the inn and plan to return!

Relaxing honeymoon evening...

4.4 on May 03, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for one night during our honeymoon. The room was beautiful, clean, and the largest B&B room we have stayed in. Anna is a nice little town. We visited a local winery and had dinner at the Brick House Grill. We had a very relaxing evening at this inn and wrote out our wedding thank you cards the night we stayed there. Breakfast was perfect and gave us the energy we needed for a morning run before we headed to Ferne Clyffe Park to camp for a night. We will be back to The Davie School Inn. Robin & Bob Risky

Innkeeper Response
It was very nice to meet you both. Thank you for staying at my Inn!

A wonderful place to relax

5 on December 31, 2011

My family has been staying at the Davie School Inn since 2007. Since that time, we have gone from a family of 2 to a family of 4 (now with a 1 year old and a 3 year old). It has become a God-send for us when we visit extended family in Southern Illinois. Gary is very thoughtful and tailors the experience to best fit our needs. The rooms are spacious and comfortable (we have stayed in nearly all of them at one point or another). The small kitchen area in the room comes in handy for snacks and the like. Breakfast is always quite satisfying, and I can't say we've ever gone hungry. I highly recommend the cookie plate and the cheese platter, too. After driving for 7 hours, it was wonderful to have something on which to munch as we unwound our legs. This year was a shorter stay for us than is typical, but it was just magic. It snowed the night we were there, and I will never forget my 3 year old pulling back the curtains to discover it. I am so thankful for this fabulous inn, truly a respite.

Everyone has to enjoy this experience!

5 on December 05, 2011

Our family stayed here for 2 nights this past weekend and enjoyed our stay so much they we are already planning our next trip back! Between us, we stayed in 3 of the unique and spacious guestrooms. Each room had their own special decor that made you feel right at home! The owner, Gary showed us all of the other rooms not occupied at the time as we all chose which rooms we would like to try next time! The chalkboards in the room were fun to leave messages to each other as someone was enjoying their jacuzzi bath or wandering throughout the school, looking at the memorabilia collected from the days that the school was open. We loved the tiny little desks, water fountains, school maps, books and pictures in our rooms and scattered throughout this spotlessly clean Bed and Breakfast. Now, about breakfast.. WOW! Our first breakfast of Gary's outstanding omelette, home fried potatoes, thick sliced bacon,toast, amazing sweet rolls and juice had us anticipating the next morning's breakfast to come! A french toast casserole, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, melon, sweet bread, and juice had our family of 9 eating at a large table on the landing so stuffed and happy that we could hardly move! We all said that this Inn was so comfortable and roomy that we would enjoy an extended stay on our next visit. What an amazing job Gary and Andrea have done to turn this beautiful 100 year old school house into one of the best Bed and Breakfast places I have ever stayed! Outstanding!

Gorgeous Rooms, Great Find!

5 on November 07, 2011

I stayed at the Inn this past weekend and it was amazing. The Gold Suite is so lavishly decorated. With a jacuzzi, fireplace, and amazing bed, it's very romantic. Everything you could think of was provided. This was a great find and I can't wait to come back!

This place is amazing!

5 on October 30, 2011

We were looking for a relaxing fall getaway, and the Davie School Inn exceeded expectations. From the warm hospitality to the amazing breakfasts to the remarkable way that Gary and Andrea have brought an old school building back to life, I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our weekend here. We're already planning a return visit in the spring!

Unique & Amazing

5 on October 30, 2011

This was by far the most unique B & B I've ever stayed in, it was also one of the most amazing. The breakfasts were amazing, and "Dave" was great...

Sitter Family Reunion 2011

5 on September 25, 2011

A charming and quaint bed and breakfast that offers service beyond what you can get at a large chain hotel. The school house environment adds to the alluring atmosphere, though with an old-fashioned appeal. Would definitely stay here again, when in the area.

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Rooms & Rates

Yellow Suite

The Yellow Suite is 850 square feet. It is adorned with hardwood floors, antique furniture, and 3 beds. King, Queen, and Twin. The bathroom has a jacuzzi tub, 2 pedistal sinks and a walk-in shower. The ceilings are 12 feet tall. There is Central heating and air along with 2 ceiling fans. There are still actual slates on the wall for leaving a message. The room has an open floor plan, along with a micro kitchen to get you through the night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $155 - $160

Purple Suite

This Suite is a wonderful get away. Corner Jacuzzi Tub, Gas Fireplace, King Bed, Large Shower, Kitchenette, and Private Patio. Breakfast is always served in your suite at the time you like.

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

Nightly Rate: $179 - $225

Gold Suite

This Suite is a great for that special weekend get away. Romance, Honeymoon, Engagement, Anniversary, or just a weekend away from the kids. This relaxing Suite has a Huge Jacuzzi Spa Tub, King bed, Gas Fireplace, Kitchenette, and Private Patio. You can ad on an in suite massage to make the night even more relaxing.

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $285

Pink Suite

This Suite is not so Pink. Made for 2 Spa Tub, Large Spa Shower, King bed, Gas Fireplace, and Large Kitchenette. Treat your loved one to this special suite with breakfast served in the Suite at the time you would like.

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

Nightly Rate: $179 - $225

Green Suite

This Suite sleeps up to 5 people, Friends, or Family King , Full and Twin Beds

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $155 - $160

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Location Type

Park is out the back door, Quiet Street, Antique Shops, Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Park is out the back door, Quiet Street, Antique Shops, Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Small town, Wine country


Carbondale, IL (MDH-Southern Illinois) 25 miles

Directions to property:

From I57- Take exit 30 (Anna Exit)Rte 146 Head West for 6 miles- Enter City Limits of anna-- go through 3 stop lights-- Turn Left on Market Street(Police Station on Left) Cross Railroad Tracks- Come to "T" Turn Right which is Davie Street-- Go 2 Blocks to Freeman Turn Left-- 2 Blocks on Left- Can't Miss It

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Southern Illinois University, Trail of Tears State Park, Bike Trails - Tunnel Hill, Heartland Climbing School, Cache River Wetlands, Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Southern Illinois University, Trail of Tears State Park, Bike Trails - Tunnel Hill, Heartland Climbing School, Cache River Wetlands, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms , Breakfast Served in Suite, King Size Beds, All Private Baths with Jacuzzi, Breakfast Served in Suite, King Size Beds, All Private Baths with Jacuzzi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Winery tours, Indoor Basketball, Indoor Washers, Limousine Service, Antique tours, Bus Service for groups, Winery tours, Indoor Basketball, Indoor Washers, Limousine Service, Antique tours, Bus Service for groups, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 2:30pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on the weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: CC hold
  • Cancellations: 2015 No Cancellation will be accepted. Change of date or Gift Certificate will be issued.



Gary & Andrea Dahmer

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Gary likes old cars and hot rods Andrea likes to go to Flea Markets and to cook.

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  • Time Served: 7:45am- 10am
  • Serving Location: Groups are sreved on the Landings, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Cook: Gary

Signature Dish

1. Lots of Eggs 2. Lots of Cheese 3. Lots of Veggies Wall La Gary's Famous Omlet