Maple Leaf Cottage Inn

12 Selma Street , Elsah, IL 62028 USA (Show map)


A Bed and Breakfast nestled between the bluffs along the Mississippi River, we are located in the Historic town of Elsah, Illinois- the 'town that Time forgot'. Come stay in one of our cozy rooms, finely appointed with all the creature comforts of home. Our friendly staff will immerse you in our signature Southern hospitality. We guarantee you'll thoroughly enjoy your stay and will be back time and again.



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

Elsah say

4.2 on August 30, 2016

This is a wonderful B&B located close to Alton and Grafton. Elsah is a very cute village and the Maple House Cottage in fits right in. Deb was a wonderful hostess and made us feel at home. We would definitely stay here again when in the area.

It felt like we stayed in Pleasantville.

5 on August 11, 2016

Take a trip back in time to the historical village of Elsah. I didn't have any idea that this place even existed. Not far from the river road, is a beautiful, quaint village where the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn resides. As you travel the peaceful roads lined with cobblestone homes, you immediately get caught up in the whimsy of the area. We were fortunate enough to stay in the "Buggy House". Deborah, who happens to probably be one of the kindest people I have ever met, gave us a full tour of our dwelling where buggies were once made and repaired. The once buggy house now serves as a quiet retreat with a babbling brook in the backyard. We traveled into Grafton to have dinner at the Grafton Oyster Bar (phenomenal) and returned to freshly picked flowers by the doorstep and enjoyed the most delicious marbled cake. There is a small general store in town with limited hours. They serve bottled sodas and featured many unique findings, including village souveniers. Deborah offered multiple times to get anything from the store that we needed. However, she thought of everything before we even arrived and we did not need a thing. The next morning, we drank freshly brewed coffee on our porch swing as we marveled at the well kept and overwhelming flower beds that surrounded the home. Later that morning, we were served the most amazing banana nut bread topped with cranberries and walnuts; a freshly chopped fruit salad (no out of the can fruit salad here!); sausage and bacon, and a variety of juices. We left knowing that we would make plans to come back again. I highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast. We comfortably fit three couples in the Buggy House.

Awesome weekend experience at Maple Leaf Cottage !!!!!

5 on August 02, 2016

Our first time at a B&B, 3 day weekend. Deborah was super helpful in helping with scheduling. Our room was the Maples. The room was pretty, quiet, clean, and relaxing. Breakfasts exceeded expectations, something new every morning. Night-time gathering at the fire-pit with wine/dessert was really nice. A friendly and fantastic weekend. We will be back. Cheers to Deborah and Tim !!!!!

Hostess helpful

3.2 on July 05, 2016

A pretty, QUIET, and relaxing place to stay. Explore the tiny village by bike or walking. Deborah was very helpful in telling us things to do in the area.

This is a wonderful place!

5 on June 22, 2016

The owners have created an incredibly hospitable and comfortable place to stay. They are friendly and take great care of their guests. Breakfasts were well-prepared and service was awesome. We will stay again in the future. I highly recommend the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn! Sean


5 on June 12, 2016

We enjoyed our girlfriend get away in the lovely town of Elsah. Deborah was a wonderful hostess and I look forward to another visit.

20 Anniversary, 3rd stay.

5 on May 30, 2016

Highly recommended, relaxing stay. Great to come back to after sight seeing the area.

A place out of time

5 on April 24, 2016

The village of Elsah, Illinois is beautiful, quiet and accessible to the Mississippi River and a stone's throw from St. Louis. The Inn is lovely, the owners displaying the arms open hospitality you'd expect in the Deep South. The food excellent and ample and filled me up for the whole day. I even brought an incredible French toast recipe home with me. I will go back again.

Delightful stay!

5 on April 10, 2016

We have stayed in over 60 Bed and Breakfasts over the past 30 years, primarily in the Midwest. This is definitely in my top 3 favorites. I have stayed here 3 different times over the years. Deborah is absolutely gracious, accommodating, enthusiastic and welcoming as a newer hostess. The room was inviting, the welcome warm and genuine and the food delicious, including an evening snack and beautiful breakfast! If you desire an idyllic setting, peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodations, visit Maple Leaf Cottage. You will make good memories, leave refreshed and look forward to returning.

An Unexpected Pleasure

4.6 on March 17, 2016

I was looking for a B&B near St. Louis (had an early flight) and found the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn. It is a great place - the rooms are great, the house too. Deborah is a great innkeeper. She got a fire going outside int he fire-pit and I spent a lovely evening meeting new friends and sipping a bit of wine. The room was very comfortable and clean, and the breakfast was wonderful. I will stay again.

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Rooms & Rates

Garden Room

This romantic room affords guests a view of the gardens with plenty of natural light. Enjoy a movie or reading in the comfortable rocker recliner. Imagine yourself soaking in an antique claw-foot tub, then relax in a cozy chaise for two. In the evening, you can dim the chandelier to a candle-light glow and slip into a luxurious four-post bed.

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

The Gables

Adjacent to the Maples Room, this inviting retreat stands at the far end of the gardens. Inside you will find Victorian gables which came from one of Elsah’s original residences—now they serve as headboards for two cozy, queen-size beds. A light touch of neighboring Principia College is reflected in this guestroom. Picturesque views from the covered porch await you.

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

Attic Room

This suite carries you back in time with antique and vintage memorabilia which span more than 150 years. It served as the very first guest room in 1949. Retreat to this comfortable space which has a four-post bed, a full bath, and private staircase.

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

Wash House

This charming cottage was originally built as a summer kitchen in the 1800’s. Later, it was used as the family wash house. The cottage stands as a separate building with an entrance from our gardens. You will find antique wash tubs, wringers, and scrub-boards throughout. This room features original pine floors and a comfy queen bed.

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

The Maples

This large room offers a glimpse at Elsah’s rich history. It features two queen beds- one firm and one plush. Decorative silhouette cutouts of Elsah’s historic buildings and 1850’s picket fence adorn the walls above the beds. Step out to the private covered porch and enjoy a view of our vibrant gardens.

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

Buggy Shop

This historic home dates back to the 1960's. It started as a wagon repair shop. The original lettering advertising the business are still visible on the front of the house stating "Wagons and Buggies Made and Repaired". Take a step back in time and join us in the Historic villiage of Elsah.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Double

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Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Small town


St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 35 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Picnic area, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Ironing Board, Movie library, Parking, TV , Claw-foot tub, Sitting area

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Bike rental, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only In designated areas only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit equal to 1 night stay must be made to reserve room.
  • Cancellations: 72 hour advance notice on all cancellations is required. Failure to provide advance notice will result in forfeiture of deposit unless the room can be resold for the nights reserved.



Deborah Smith

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About the innkeepers

My husband and I fell in love with this charming little town 25 years ago. When life presented us the opportunity, we were thrilled to become the new innkeepers of the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn- which began in 1949. We enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, entertaining, Ole Miss football and Cardinal Baseball. Our newest love is spoiling our granddaughter. The best part of running a B&B has to be meeting new people. They arrive as guests, but they always leave as friends.

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  • Time Served: 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive Gluten-Free