Thornton House B&B

371 Diagonal St. , Lansing, IA 52151 USA (Show map)


Enjoy spacious and comfortable accommodations in a historic, Italianate mansion within walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and The Mississippi River. Our rooms feature seating with couches and/or club chairs, wifi, private bathrooms and air conditioning. A great feature is that no room shares a common wall with another bedroom so you can expect a relaxing stay! Our breakfasts feature a gourmet main dish with fruits, baked goods and yogurts. Come and explore our scenic river town location in NE Iowa with panoramic bluff top vistas and winding roads along the legendary Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great B&B

5 on April 30, 2017

We had a wedding to attend in Waukon. Iowa and didn't get a motel booked in time. What a lucky break for us as we found the Thornton House B&B a short 11 miles away. The minute you walk through the door you feel welcomed. The innkeeper Frank took us on a tour and gave us the extensive history of the house. Our room was very large and comfortable. Frank is also a very good chef. Breakfast was made from scratch scones and waffles along with fruit, scrambled eggs, sausage and coffee. Frank did sit down to eat with us and we had a wonderful 2 1/2 hour chat with him about many things. The entire experience was very good and I would highly recommend Thornton House bed and breakfast to anyone who is up in that area for whatever reason. Much better than a motel and doesn't cost any more.

One of the most pleasant places I have ever stayed at in my entire life

5 on June 10, 2016

Our stay was very comfortable quiet and friendly. The house is very very well-kept and was a incredible experience to stay at. My favorite part was the breakfast it was incredible it alone was worth the $117. If you're not happy with your stay at this bed-and-breakfast well then I'm not quite sure what you're looking for. I felt that the stay was an incredible value and I would highly recommend it to anybody .

Will be back!

5 on September 30, 2014

An absolutely beautiful home on a quiet street within a block of downtown Lansing. The host was so accommodating and friendly - as well as an amazing chef! This B&B is ranked at the top of all the B&B's I've stayed in - and my list is extensive. I would urge you to stay at the Thornton House if you ever have occasion to be in Lansing - or better yet, make an occasion! I love this B&B at the base of Mt. Hosmer, among the river hills and the tall bluffs that overlook the Mississippi River!

Hidden Gem in the Land Where Eagles Soar!

5 on July 02, 2014

I recently traveled to Lansing, Iowa, to visit friends that reside in a beautiful summer home overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. This area of Iowa and this quaint community offer travelers a gorgeous, tranquil, summer getaway. Having never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast before, I was apprehensive. But the Thornton House and its gorgeous, impeccably clean, comfy rooms, accompanied with tasty, unique breakfasts, and the tremendous eye for detail made for an unforgettable stay. Most importantly, the owners do not get in your way. They provide such a positive experience, but they also give you the necessary space and privacy, too. While I know I will stay in hotels again, I will consider a B&B from now on thanks to my experience at Thornton House. I am keenly aware that not every B&B will be as well run as the Thornton House, but it was a breath of fresh air to see how well one can operate. I know this! I will return again to Lansing this October for anti her visit. I already have a reservation at Thornton House. I encourage all travelers to experience this area of Iowa and this hidden gem in Lansing, Iowa. I assure you Frank and Steve will see to your every need with the utmost professionalism. Give yourself a treat and enjoy the Thornton House.

Beautiful B & B with Wonderful Hospitality

5 on July 08, 2013

We stayed at Thornton House B & B and loved it. It's loaded with so much history and Steve and Frank are such great hosts. The bedrooms and baths are large, comfortable and immaculate. The breakfast is buffet style with tasty options. We love to stay there whenever we are in the area.


4.0 on August 12, 2010

It was an excellent time spent with my wife celebrating her birthday.

Very Enjoyable Stay

5 on July 28, 2010

The B&B was immaculate and the rooms are large for an older home. Great food and lots of great history and stories from the innkeeper made it fun!

Our Stay at Thornton House

4.4 on April 26, 2010

We had the opportunity to stay at Thornton House twice. This was our first experience at a B. & B. The first time, we stayed at the house. Everything was outstanding, from the rooms to the service. We also thought the price was fair. The second time we stayed, there was a quilt retreat going on the same time as us going back to Lansing, Iowa. We were offered the cottage. We thought the price for the cottage was a bit high, ($50) more then staying at the main house. Especially, during the recession. We did enjoy our stay at the cottage. There was no food at the cottage, but we were invited to the main house for breakfast. We also liked talking with Frank, the Innkeeper. As an interior designer, the rooms were all tastfully decorated. You could tell that the innkeepers went above and beyond making sure that our stay at Thorton House/and cottage was met with our comfort in mind! Would we go back there? You better believe we would!!! Our ratings reflect our second stay. Cindy and John


5 on February 06, 2009

The Thornton House just so exceeded our expectations. There just weren't any negatives at all. As soon as we walked through the front door we experienced this incredible welcoming warmth and it only got better. If you are headed anywhere in this direction don't miss this wonderful experience. We will be back again and again.

Engagement night

4.6 on January 19, 2009

We would recommend this B&B to anyone. Tasha and Dan

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Rooms & Rates

The Grand Suite

The Grand Room is tastefully decorated with a four poster queen sized bed with canopy, couch, whirlpool tub (with hand nozzle) and a large second story private screened veranda with wicker seating -perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views of the town below and bluffs beyond. Room amenities include luggage racks, air conditioning, bath robes, hair dryer, TV, two large windows that offer views of the town below.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $150

Green Room

The Green Room features a queen sized poster bed, love seat, walk-in closet, wireless internet, air conditioning, TV and bath robes. The Green Room is a sunny room with two large windows and views of the bluffs that surround Lansing.

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

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

The Peach Room

The Peach Room features a queen sized sleigh bed, air conditioning, large sofa, walk-in closet, wireless internet, TV, bath robes. The views to the west highlight the town below with the bluffs as a backdrop and the view north faces an historic old limestone rock building and Mt. Hosmer beyond.

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

The Double Suite

The Double Suite is the perfect accommodation for larger groups with the privacy of your own wing of the house to enjoy! The Double Suite consists of 2 separate bedrooms connected with an adjoining door. Each bedroom has air conditioning, a four poster bed and one room has sitting chairs and coffee table. The two rooms share a connected bathroom with shower and hairdryer as well as a full size washer and dryer for exclusive use of Double Suite guests. TV is available in the larger bedroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $150

Garden Room

The Garden Room is a ground level room accessible through a private entrance from the garden. Has a shower and a small kitchenette with refrigerator. There is a set of stairs to the dining room.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $115

Check Dates


Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare)

Directions to property:

Highway 35 (Wisconsin River Road) to the Lansing bridge, make a left after going over the bridge and continue to Main St, make a right and continue to 5th St, make another right and go 500 ft. You may also email us at rooms@thethorntonhouse.c om for more specific directions from your destination.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge, 3 minute walk to shops and restaurants, 10 minute walk to the Mississippi River, 5 minute (steep) walk up to Mt. Hosmer Park, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Telephone, Videos , Starbucks coffee on demand in the pantry

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge (eagles++), 10 minute walk to the Mississippi River (scenic), walking distance to Mt. Hosmer Park (great views), View Lansing's historic stone buildings, Stocked trout stream within 2 miles.., Morel mushroom hunting in the spring.., Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 12 welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One day
  • Cancellations: $50 charge if canceled 2 weeks prior to your stay. If canceling within 2 weeks of your stay, we have to re-rent the rooms before refunding your deposit less the $50 cancel fee. If the rooms do not re-rent the deposit is forfeited. See website for policy details.



Frank Ebersold

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About the innkeepers

My 14th season as innkeeper and owner! Thornton House is full of items procured from world travels as well as local antique markets. I also enjoy searching for the ultimate treasure in local flea markets!

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  • Time Served: 8am-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Grand Rm. guests can dine on their private veranda, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian Gluten free on request

Signature Dish

Fresh scones with our home made jam..
We often make homemade scones which are perfect with our handmade line of jams and preserves. Apricot with Vanilla bean jam is our most popular jam and is delicious with a warm-from-the-oven buttermilk scone. Additionally, we serve a main dish, fresh fruit with coffee, tea and orange juice. Please come hungry!