The Blue Belle Inn Bed and Breakfast

513 W. 4th Street , Saint Ansgar, IA 50472 USA (Show map)
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The Blue Belle Inn is a festive Victorian 'painted lady' with six distinctively decorated guestrooms, air-conditioning, fireplaces, and spacious whirlpools for two. Lofty tin ceilings, gleaming maple woodwork, stained glass, and crystal chandeliers create an elegant appeal. Candlelight, lace, and heirloom china provide an unforgettable dining experience with creatively presented, delicious, home-cooked meals. The Blue Belle Inn is open to the public for lunch Monday - Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and for dinner by RESERVATION ONLY. We offer a Fondue Feast, Roast Beef, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Roll, seasonal favorites like Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkins, Chicken Carbonarra, Raspberry Peach Chicken and Vegetarian Enchiladas. This is in addition to the featured specials listed at .BlueBelleInn You may bring your own wine or beer to compliment the meal and glasses will be furnished.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Romantic Bed and Breakfast

5 on February 12, 2017

Wonderfully Romantic place to stay and reconnect! Food is fantastic! Beautiful Victorian house! We have just spent our 24th Valentine weekend here! Our Gold standard! You won't be disappointed!

Our choice every time we are in Iowa!

5 on February 12, 2017

We have been staying at the Blue Belle Inn since 1998and it is our choice very time we are in Iowa. Sherrie does a fabulous job. The rooms are clean and always ready for your stay. Her breakfasts are gourmet. It is wonderful that she offers fine dining as well. We have also attended her themed Murder mystery dinners which are fun. Last night we had dinner (which was exceptional) and Mark agreed to sing some Valentines Day songs for us as we were eating. He has an amazing voice. We highly recommend trying the Blue Belle Inn.

BlueBell B&B

4.6 on August 06, 2016

Beautiful, comfortable home and room. Delicious homemade breakfast made to go for our convenience.

Quiet and Comfortable

3.8 on May 20, 2016

Friendly, cozy accommodations and a tasty breakfast. The decorations and furniture are thoughtfully arranged and interesting!

My home away from home

4.6 on September 26, 2015

I don't know why it's not showing yet. This is what I wrote: Who would have thought that the small town of St. Ansgar Iowa holds such a wonderful B&B. I've stayed at the Blue Belle Inn four times now and it has become my home away from home. Sherrie, the owner, has done a wonderful job in romantically decorating this Victorian style house. Each room has it's own theme, based on a famous novel. My favorite room is Sherwood Forrest on the second floor. If you are going to stay at the Blue Belle then be prepared for a warm welcome by Sherrie and her staff. Breakfast is superb, home cooked and always includes fresh fruit. Eat it all and you won't be hungry until dinner time. Even though St. Ansgar has other restaurants Sherrie will be more than happy to serve you a great lunch or dinner as well. My favorite part of the Blue Belle Inn is the porch swing on the front porch. It's a great spot to relax.

Inn with a View

4.0 on February 24, 2014

In this case, the view was watching the dinner play, almost participating in it. Lots of fun and a great night out!


4.4 on August 15, 2013

Want to come back! Made good memories.

Lovely Inn & Personnel

4.6 on August 27, 2012

We are friends of IPTV so could stay here 2 nights for 1 price. It's a nice way to have a great stay & meet more nice people as we travel.

Beautiful and Relaxing

5 on June 21, 2012

After attending a family wedding, we enjoyed a very relaxing stay at this beautifully restored and decorated inn. The owner was very gracious and attentive to our needs, even making sure that the temperture in our room was to our liking. Our bed was very comfortable and the morning breakfast was delicious! We highly recommend this fine bed and breakfast.

Relaxing and welcoming

4.0 on October 23, 2011

I came to the Blue Belle Inn after learning the other B&B I was at was over charging me. The Blue Belle was very welcoming and gave me a great rate.

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Rooms & Rates

Luxury King Jacuzzi

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

Deluxe Queen Shower

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

$0 - $110

Sherwood Forest

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

Nightly Rate: $75 - $100

The Secret Garden

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

Nightly Rate: $85 - $110

Plum Creek

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $170

Heaven to Betsy

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $120 - $170

Sleeping Beauty

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $30 - $40

A Wrinkle In Time

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $225

Four Winds -Anne's House

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $200

Green Gables-Anne's House

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $100 - $200

Never Never Land

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

Check Dates


Location Type

Small town


60 miles

Directions to property:

From Austin, MN, the Inn is 21 miles South. From I-90, turn South on Highway 218 to St. Ansgar. Turn right (West) at the 1st Stopsign - go 5 blocks. From on I-35 travel 20 miles east on Counrty Road 105 through Northwood, IA, or 20 miles east on Highway 9 and 7 miles north on County Road T-26 if coming from Mason City, IA.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Antique Shops , Nature Preserve, Victorian Shops, Stocked Trout Stream, Country Shops, Soda Fountain, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Gourmet dining, we can seat 50-65 in dining rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Fireplace, Library, Radio, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Winery, Shopping, Sight-seeing

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Check Out:: 12:00pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Ashtrays located on porches and balconies.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well-behaved children welcome at the discretion of parents.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1/2 total
  • Cancellations: A non-refundable deposit of 1/2 down is required to make a reservation. In the event of a cancellation prior to one week before the reserved date, the deposit is forfeited unless the room can be rerented, at which time at credit, less a $10.00 fee, is issued for a future visit. For cancellations less than one week in advance, payment in full is expected unless the room can be rerented.



Sherrie Hansen

Languages spoken

English, German

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

I enjoy traveling, playing the piano, music, gardening, gourmet cooking, quilting, needlework, and bicycling. I write romance novels in my spare time and have 7 published books available for sale at the Inn. I am married to a minister -- my real life romance!

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  • Time Served: 9 - 11am, earlier by request
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Fondue Feast

Signature Dish

Fondue Feast - Seasonal Favorites
Sample Dinner Menu Raspberry Cordial Chicken with Peach Schnapps with Garlic Mashed Potatoes Chicken Carbonnara with Bacon, Mushrooms and Pease in a Parmesan Cream Sauce Irish Meat and Potato Pie with Chicken, Cheese, and Pork Sausage Potato Crusted Cod with Cheddar and Chives French Steak Roasted with Cheddar Chablis Sauce and Red Potatoes Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Roll Seafood Puffs Mornay with Puff Pastry, Shrimp, Crab and Swiss Cheese Roast Beef with Chardonnay Cream Sauce with Gorgonzola Cheese Bavarian Hunter Schnitzel with Pork Medallions, Mushrooms and a Cream Gravy on Homemade Speatzle Noodles Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Cannelloni with Red and White Sauces Fruits of the Forest Chicken with Mushrooms, Apples, Berries and a Splash of Brandy on Wild Rice Seafood Stuffed Salmon with Wild Rice Seasoned Pork and Parmesan Stuffed Pumpkins