Maple Leaf Cottage Inn

12 Selma Street , Elsah, 62028 USA (Show map)
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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
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Home away from home.

5 on August 27, 2018

This was my second trip to the area, to bring my college bound child to school. The Maple Leaf Cottage Inn is the perfect home away from home place.

An Amazing Experience

5 on July 26, 2018

Deb and Tim are amazing hosts. You truly feel like both of them TRULY care about making your experience unique and amazing. Hospitality is unheard of. Thank you for making my first experience at a B&B an amazing one!

Loved it!

5 on April 25, 2018

The Maple Leaf Cottage is PERFECT! My friend and I had a wonderful stay, had the best breakfasts and were even able to have a group of our friends join us for a bonfire and s'mores one of the evenings. Deborah is a wonderful host. Highly recommend!

I am looking forward to return visit.

5 on April 13, 2018

Friendly hosts, great food, eager to accomodate our needs, comfy bed, cabin decor was fun and interesting - We stayed in the Wash House, very cozy. Our hosts know the area and good recommendations for things to see and restaurants.

Awesome Stay

5 on March 22, 2018

Deborah and Tim are great hosts and made sure that our stay was wonderful

Quiet Enjoyment!

5 on February 26, 2018

We had never stayed in this quaint little town but it was amazing! Wonderful B and B owners that were extremely nice and helpful! From the delicious sugar cookies and check in along with drinks to the awesome breakfast at check out! Everyone needs to try a night at the Maple Leaf cottage Inn!


5 on February 15, 2018

WONDERFUL Place! Food was wonderful and accommodations were quiet and comfortable!

We Love This Place!!!

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.

Relaxing stay in Elsah!

5 on December 04, 2017

The hosts went out of their way to accommodate my schedule for breakfast. And the breakfast was superb!

Maple Leaf Cottage Inn Bed & Breakfast

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

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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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $149

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

Check Dates


  • 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.

Check Dates




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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive Gluten-Free