Charlie and Jane's

400 W. Madison , Mount Ayr, IA 50854 USA (Show map)


Come,relax and enjoy Charlie-Jane's B&B. Built in 1882, the house is decorated with antiques, oak woodwork and family treasures -- a very tranquil setting. Rest in one of the three up-stair bedrooms. Read a book, entertain family, or finish a puzzle in our comfortable sitting room downstairs. A homemade breakfast is served every morning in the Dining Room, or have breakfast to go. One of our specialties is Creme Brulle French Toast, but our egg whites are whipped and folded into our homemade Flo's Waffle batter, and our Amish Sausage Potato Casserole has lots of flavor, so that is why we let you decide. Enjoy walking our peaceful community, get comfy on one of the wrap-around porch chairs, or swing softy in the pergola surrounded by our flower gardens. Don't forget to check out our things to do list, places to see and the local festivals! Take advantage of our "Extend A Stay" rates and Special Packages. We look forward to spoiling you at Charlie-Jane's!



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining5.0

Charming B&B

5 on September 09, 2016

We enjoyed our recent overnight stay in the Rhoads Suite after attending a family reunion. This was our 3rd stay here over the past few years and we were again not disappointed. Everything was very clean & comfortable in our suite. We were able to enjoy the porch, it's comfortable furnishings and the beautiful flowers around the property that evening. Breakfast was more than awesome with wonderful fresh coffee, a fresh fruit plate, blueberry muffins,OJ,ham & egg cups & toast. Thank you C & J for your wonderful hospitality....we shall return!!

Great stay!

4.6 on July 06, 2016

I booked 2 rooms for 2 nights in June to take my 85-year old Dad on a 'bucket list' trip back to the towns of his first teaching jobs. Our stay was perfect...great breakfasts, lovely outside seating areas, comfortable accommodations! Our hosts were more than accommodating - even allowing us to 'pencil' in an additional day in case our itinerary needed adjusting. This was so much more pleasant than a stay at the local chain motel would have been. Thanks so much!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much. It was special to see all you were doing for your dad. Thanks for letting us be a part. Jane and Collus


5 on June 03, 2016

We have used Charlie and Jane several times and have always been delighted.

Innkeeper Response
thanks so much for the review. You have a great day! You have made mine.

Relaxing Bed and Breakfast

4.2 on June 02, 2016

Jane and Charlie are delightful host. The breakfasts were plentiful and delicious. My only negative is that Jane really needs to do some decluttering. The home is very beautiful, charming but Jane has too many items around. Decluttering would bring the home back up to a very calming atmosphere and showcase the home.

Very Nice B&B

5 on April 05, 2016

Great folks that do a great job.

Good visit

5 on March 22, 2016

I had a really good visit at Charlie and Jane's bed and breakfast. I went to mount Ayr for a funeral. It was really nice to stay at a place and feel like a little piece of home.

One night stay and Charlie and Jane's

5 on November 05, 2015

I was in Mount Ayr for a funeral and stayed one night at Charlie and Jane's B & B. They were wonderful hosts with two adorable cats. The breakfast was homemade and fantastic. Everyone very friendly. The room with bath was large and very nice. I would definitely stay there again. Barbara

Delightful Bed & Breakfast

5 on September 03, 2015

Very charming with a nice "homey" feel. Breakfast was incredible! You can't go wrong with this.

Best hosts ever!

5 on July 10, 2014

I came to Mt. Ayr knowing nobody, to do some family history research. The Lawheads made me feel like family immediately! The room was clean and comfortable, with lots of lots of neat details in both the decorating and the service. The food was awesome, from the fabulous pancakes (winner of a seven-recipe family taste test) to the wild plum jelly and yummy fresh fruit. It also was great that they had a collection of local history books right at the house, not to mention knowing the library's collection (and the librarians.) Hope to come back soon!

B&B Jewel in a Beautiful Iowa Small Town

5 on June 25, 2014

Charlie and Jane's Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place for a relaxing and restful stay in Mt. Ayr, IA. Mt. Ayr itself is a jewel of a small town that has stubbornly withstood the economic turmoil that has ravaged many of America's rural small towns. The Bed and Breakfast is set in a beautiful neighborhood just off the town square. The house is gorgeous. Collus and Jane Lawhead are wonderfully nice owners and perfectly reflect rural American decency that makes Mt. Ayr what it is. They have very clean and well appointed rooms for their guests which allow for a comfortable and quiet restful stay. Plus you cannot miss their breakfasts. Perfectly prepared with recipes that are family heirlooms. My wife and I are looking forward to our next stay. It can't come too soon!

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Rooms & Rates

The Rhoades Suite

Surrounding you with shades of butter, sage and burgundy in the walls, curtains and bed coverings, with Mahogany antique furnishings, this suite features a queen size bed, Ben Franklin electric stove, cable TV, sitting area, wireless internet, telephone, AC and spacious private bathroom with shower and antique dressing table, hair dryer and coffeemaker. Iron, ironing board, port-a-crib and high chair are available.

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

Nightly Rate: $80 - $85

Cozy Murphy's Grove

Featuring prints of the artist, Grant Wood, and a golf theme, this very relaxing room has soft off-white papered walls with a queen size bed and curtains in blue and burgundy plaid. The room has plenty of room to stretch out, cable TV, telephone, good reading light and rocker with desk, wireless internet, and its own temperature control. The semi-private bathroom with bath/shower is a few feet away, with hair dryer and coffee maker. Iron, ironing board and port-a-crib available. Our guests say this is their favorite room. Private bath can be requested by calling, 641-464-2564.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $65 - $65

The Summer Breeze Room

This delightful room features walls and curtains of light filtered leaf green with a bedspread of coral and rose flowers on a beige background. The room's furniture is French provincial with two soft n' cozy chairs for reading or watching TV. Guests enjoy wireless internet access and control of the room's temperature. The semi-private hall bathroom includes: bath/shower, hair dryer and coffee maker. Iron, ironing board and port-a-crib available. Private bath can be requested by calling 641-464-2564.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $55 - $65

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Location Type

Ringgold county seat, Small town


Omaha, NE (OMA-Eppley Field) 130 miles

Directions to property:

Charlie Jane's Bed and Breakfast is located in the rolling hills of Ringgold County, Iowa, in the peaceful, well-kept town of Mount Ayr. Off I-35, 21 mi., at the Junction of Hwys 2 and 169. As you go West on Hwy 2 come to Taylor Street, at the top of the hill, and turn North (right). Continue traveling 3 blocks to Mount Ayr's cobblestone brick square rounding the corner and going West(left). You are now on Madison Street and we are on the North(right side of the street)2 blocks down. You can't miss the 3-story white house on the corner, with all the flowers and the "Charlie-Jane's" sign in the yard. We can't wait to meet you!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Casino, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, Southern Hills and Red Brick Wineries, Amish General and Furniture Stores, Covered Bridges of Madison County, Haunted Tedrow Cemetary, Graceland University, Prairie Chicken Viewing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Library, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer , Golf Cart, Traveling Gift to Go

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Horseshoes, Hunting, Mount Ayr Golf & Country Club, Aunt Jennie's Antiques, The Historic Princess Theater, Poe Hollow Park & Ringgold Trailway, Shaw Center for Performing Arts, Shopping, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: After 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: Before 12:00 pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only We have provided an area in the breezeway and on the porch
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes We look forward to getting out the toys
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Hunting dogs can be boarded in the garage, no pets in house
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit is required for the first day of your stay.
  • Cancellations: We really would appreciate 90 hours or as soon as possible, so we have an opportunity to rebook. If you have not cancelled within 48 hours your credit card will be charged for 1 day room rate plus tax.



Dr. Collus and Jane Lawhead

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About the innkeepers

Collus loves to play golf and read books,and I love to garden and scrapbook. We both are active in our local singing and acting groups, the Ringgold Singers and the Moonlighters that give performances throughout the year. We are always helping when needed in our community. Of course, we sing in the choir at the First Christian Church.

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  • Time Served: at your convenience till 9 am
  • Serving Location: on the Porch, in the Pergola, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Amish Sausage Casserole
This dish originated from our Amish cookbook. The Redding Amish Settlement with General and Furniture Stores is a short 17 mi drive, but enough about that. It has potatoes, sausage, cheese, and onions.