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.
5 on February 15, 2018
WONDERFUL Place! Food was wonderful and accommodations were quiet and comfortable!
5 on January 17, 2018
I got this room for one of my wife's Christmas presents, but it truly was a gift for both of us!!! This B & B nestled in this quaint little town of Elsah brings you back to a time when things were less hurried and relaxing. The owners were outstanding and made sure that we had everything we needed and more. We loved the homemade breakfast and the conversation with the owners in the morning...we will be going back this spring with our family.
5 on December 04, 2017
The hosts went out of their way to accommodate my schedule for breakfast. And the breakfast was superb!
4.6 on November 15, 2017
Our first visit, but certainly, not our last visit to Maple Leaf Cottage Inn, B&B. The Wash House was a separate little cottage that offered privacy, but allowed us to stay connected to the total "experience" of Maple Leaf Cottage Inn. The owners, Deb & Tim, were awesome hosts and went above & beyond to make our stay enjoyable. Tim prepped logs in the fire-pit for us to enjoy on the patio after dinner with a bottle of wine we brought with us. Deb had blankets waiting on the porch to snuggle in while we sat around the fire chatting & enjoying our wine. Breakfast was AMAZING! We will make this an annual event, staying each year in a different room! Chuck & Jean Whelehon
5 on October 04, 2017
While planning a trip to St. Louis, Missouri, I found the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn and based on the reviews decided that it would be the perfect place for a Mother, Daughter & Daughter, 4- night getaway. I could not have picked a better place to stay! It is 30 miles from St. Louis, and easy drive, next to the Mississippi River in the quaint and charming Village of Elsah, Illinois. What an amazing and comfortable place to stay! Upon our arrival we were warmly welcomed by the owner and innkeeper, Deborah. My mother stayed in the Garden Room. What a beautiful room. The bed was comfortable, there is a wardrobe to hang clothes, a clawfoot tub and a sitting area with a TV, recliner and a chase lounge large enough for 2 people. It was the perfect place for an evening movie. My sister and I stayed in the Gables, which has two separate beds. Both rooms were very comfortable, clean, beautifully decorated and we loved them! Every breakfast was absolutely delicious and on a few nights Deborah surprised us with a sweet treat! There are lots of tables and chairs outside where you can read, talk, play games and enjoy the surrounding. They have a firepit which can be lit each night is you wish to enjoy a campfire. My favorite spot was on the front porch of the gables, with a blanket, book and cup of coffee as the sunrise appeared. The dining room was great for board games. Deborah so nice and she is an amazing and awesome hostess! She made us feel like part of her family rather than a simple guest of tenant. Her main concern was that we were happy, and yes, we were very happy. I have been to many bed and breakfast places and this is one of the best! Whether you are going to visit St. Louis or looking for a nice relaxing vacation, this is the perfect place! I highly recommend the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn in Elsah, Illinois!!
5 on August 14, 2017
Owners are the best, nice area and great entertainment. Next time we will have Tim play for us and see if Deb can sing too! Our Wash Room was perfect, clean and so cute, we loved the extra things she did to make our Anniversary special.
3.8 on July 24, 2017
V ickie and I had a wonderful stay at the maple leaf and are going back in the fall or in the winter,wonderful host and a beautiful place to stay.
5 on May 24, 2017
Our Thelma & Louise girls weekend turned out to be so special by staying here. Our host was gracious and kind. This was our first experience with a Bed & Breakfast and now we all plan to do this again. Can't express enough how scrumptious the breakfast was(expecially the french toast).
5 on May 05, 2017
Deb and Tim were outstanding and met our every need. They went above and beyond and made our weekend so very special. We will be back and The Wash House was perfect! Thank you Thank you Thank you
5 on April 30, 2017
We had another delightful stay at Maple Leaf Cottage Inn. Set in the dear village of Elsah, across from the bluffs and near the Mississippi, this B&B is the perfect spot for a peaceful getaway. We woke to a lovely chorus of birds singing, caught a glimpse of deer that had come down for some breakfast while we ate ours, and drank in the aroma of the flowering trees on our walk through town. Deborah, the host, is so friendly. We enjoyed a relaxing chat with her around the fire in the evening. She is very attentive to the needs of her guests, serving up a delicious breakfast tailored to your dietary needs. And she's happy to share with you tips on local places to dine and visit. The rooms are charming. A frequent visitor, I've stayed in several of them, and each has its own personality. This time, I stayed in the Maples, a personal favourite, because of the beautiful garden outside the front door, but also had my first stay in the Buggy Shop. The Buggy Shop offered us a place to gather and spend family time together. I'm looking forward to checking out the newly renovated Wash House on another visit.
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.
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.
Nightly Rate: $129 - $149
Nightly Rate: $129 - $149
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.
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.
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.
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.
Countryside, Rural, Small town
St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 35 miles
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Picnic area, River, Winery
Cottage, Historic Inn
Alarm clock, Ironing Board, Movie library, Parking, TV , Claw-foot tub, Sitting area
Air conditioning, Bike rental, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Wi-Fi
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.