Dear Chuck and Joy,
Thank you for the very enjoyable evening at the Mason House, Saturday evening!
It is always a lot of fun and educational too!! Lots of history! The food
was wonderful - you do a great job! Thank you again for a lovely evening.
David and Vicki, Fairfield, Iowa
On May 17th 2003
my husband and I were married. I was just about to graduate from college
therefore, a typical honeymoon was out of the question and we figured we would
settle on a small honeymoon. So, before that big day, we shopped around for the
perfect bed and breakfast to stay in for a few nights. We stumbled upon the
Mason House Inn, debated the drive, and decided to call for more information. My
husband called, spoke with Joy and within a moment he booked us a room. (My
husband stated that after talking to Joy he felt that this would be a nice place
We have to admit we knew absolutely nothing, except for the information
on the Internet, about the place we were planning on staying. As you can tell,
we were unprepared for our stay. As we drove into town, my husband and I were in
awe. We never imagined what a beautiful, scenic view the inn would have. As we
walked up to the inn, we were amazed that the inn was more gorgeous than we ever
could have imagined. This was all before we even entered the inn! As we entered
the inn we were met by Joy and her youngest daughter and once again we were
overwhelmed by the inn's beauty. The inn is very tastefully decorated and the
antiques made wonderful finishing touches. There is not a spot within the inn
that does not complement it. When we were shown to our room, we were again
unprepared. There are no words to express how overjoyed we were!
After we settled into our room we decided to take a walking tour of the
town. It was gorgeous. Not only was the town beautiful on its own but the town's
people were so friendly that it made the town's beauty illuminate. We were met
by friendly faces everywhere. As we headed back, we walked across the
Bentonsport Bridge. We stopped in the middle of the bridge and looked at each
other. We both agreed that this was a million times better than any other
honeymoon we could plan.
In the morning, we were once again
surprised. My husband is chef and sometimes hard to please but we both agreed
that the term Bed and Breakfast does not give the Mason House Inn justice. It
should be Bed and Breakfast, Lunch and a late dinner because the food was so
delicious and there was so much that you ate enough to fill you up to a late
dinner. In addition, the restaurants in the area were reasonable and the food
surpassed all exceptions.
During the day we were able to visit the shops in town and in the
neighboring towns. Everyone was once again so friendly. It was also refreshing
to see that all the communities worked together to promote each other. In
addition, the state park nearby was a great picnic spot. There was so much to do
but everything was so peaceful that we never realized how much we did until the
car ride home!
Our next night we stayed in the old post office cottage. Once again we
were amazed. The cottage was just a beautiful as the inn. We loved the back
porch on the cottage because the view was gorgeous and the surroundings were so
peaceful. We loved to walk through the rose garden and enjoyed many walks
across the bridge.
Finally, there are no words to express how wonderful our hosts and their
family were during our stay. The Hanson's two daughters, that were there during
our stay, were pleasant, fun and helpful. The older daughter even took
professional quality wedding pictures (we brought our attire) of us around town!
The younger daughter was friendly and fun loving. As for Chuck and Joy, they are
the best inn keepers. They are friendly, thoughtful and compassionate.
There was never a moment of our stay that worried about. In addition, the
hand crafted doll and replica kitten made a wonderful gift to bring back to our
daughter, Stephanney. Everything about the Mason House Inn made us feel like we
were at home.
I am sorry that it has taken so long to write this letter however, we
feel that it is very important that you knew how much our stay meant to us. We
no longer think about the traditional honeymoon we were looking forward to. The
Mason House Inn was our honeymoon. We look forward to returning year after year.
Kim and Troy
Thanks Chuck for the photos you sent by email. They came to us just fine and
will send them on to a couple of people we know to show what great fun it is
to be senior citizens and have a weekend away from home! We really enjoyed
our time with you, your wife and daughter. Our trip home went very well, with
some rain and lots of visiting. We enjoyed the B & B and now talking about
the next time we can go...... and do something different......
God Bless you and your family as you continue to work with your guests at your
B & B and with the things you do for your town of Bentonsport.
Paul & Irene, Des Moines, Iowa
Just a brief note to tell you again how much we all enjoyed our stay at your
Mason House Inn. We are the 6 who stayed with you on the 22nd & 23rd of last
month. Your rooms are a delight and the food was fantastic. We will do all
in our power to see that the word gets out that you are one of Iowa's Best
Kept Secrets. Thanks again for a wonderful stay. Our love to your entire
Bill & Carol
Eldon & Darlene
Dick & JC
Joy & Chuck, Have
heard from several who attended our reunion at Mason House Inn and guess what,
it was the best since our beginning in 1948 and if the good Lord is willing, we
will return. Thanks and love to both and your family. Gene
Dear Joy, Chuck and daughters,
Thank you for the great vacation at the Inn. It was a truly wonderful
time for all. Again thanks for the hospitality. Have a good season.
Hi Chuck and Joy,
Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for
your warm hospitality and wonderful breakfasts.
We enjoyed our stay and tour of your Inn and plan
on sending other family members your way.
We pray that you will have great success in your
Dear Joy and Chuck,
We just want you to know what a truly enjoyable time our family of 21 had as
your guests at the Mason House. Every single one of us were very pleased with
your food, rooms and hospitality. We hope that we were as good guests as you
were hosts. The atmosphere of the Inn and town was a perfect fit for what we
wanted to experience as a family. It was especially fun for me since I have
frequented Bentonsport over the years innumerable times but never had need to
stay at the inn living so close in Bonaparte. We are thankful that the
weather posed no problem for us like it could have. Again our many thanks and
best wishes for your new year and the endeavor you've undertaken as
innkeepers! We hope to have occasion to do business with you again.
This is rather late, but I intended to write
and tell you again how nice our evening was at the Mason House Inn. I was
surprised that my whole group just went on and on about how much they enjoyed
that! I have been telling some of the other groups about it, so it's possible
you'll be hearing from some more at some point.
Janet, Burlington, Iowa
Dear Joy and Chuck, I am sad to
inform you that William E. Mason, III who was a retired lawyer, died in
Knoxville Tennessee on 9 December 2004. He was about age 85, and his wife Lynn
died in early 2004.
He was Senator William E. Mason's
grandson, and is survived by his son William E. Mason, IV (an attorney in
Knoxville; Harvard Law School class of about 1973), and his grandson William
Ernest Mason, V......who just got married in Tennessee in November 2004 & was
born in 1981. Mr Mason is also survived by his siblings, Lowell Blake Mason, Jr
(Jerry) of Kalamazoo Michigan (who grew up in Oak Park Illinois), and Bianca
Mason Beary (who grew up in Washington DC), and Jimilu Mason (an artist in Italy
who grew up in Washington DC).
Vanessa and I very much enjoyed your
hospitality at the Mason House Inn last summer. In Oak Park Illinois, I saw the
memorial plaque for Lowell B. Mason, Sr (Vanessa's grandfather & Bill III's
father) which is on an outside memorial stone of a grey stone Protestant church
(Oak Park Church of Christ) that is directly across the street from Frank
Lloyd Wright's famous Unitarian church of Oak Park.
Warm regards, John,
Chuck & Joy, Thank You for the peaceful night.
It was a great Birthday surprise! The atmosphere was wonderful as usual.
We value your friendship and pray you have continued success here at the Mason
House in the years to come. We'll see you again! Marlin &
Fran, Ottumwa, Iowa
Dear Chuck & Joy, What a
great time we had at your Murder Mystery Dinner and Game! Our whole group
is still talking about it. I'll be calling you soon about doing the other
game too. The food was great, the rooms are so quaint and comfortable, and
you two are wonderful hosts. We can't wait to visit you again!
Mike and Deb, Des Moines, Iowa
Dear Chuck and Joy -
Our friends, Cathy and Gerry, have
spoken about staying at your Inn for a long time. We finally got our chance
on July 14th and 15th. What a wonderful experience! I loved the antiques and
decor of the entire Inn. We truly feel like we took a "step back in
We enjoyed our stay and learning
about the history of the area.
Joy, I also wanted to thank you for
video-taping Cathy and Gerry's wedding. The tape is a keepsake they will
cherish for years to come. I was touched by you and your family's attendance
at the wedding.
We hope to visit you again but until
then we will carry with us many fond memories of our visit.
God bless -
Debby and Paul
Dear Joy and Chuck, We had such
fun at our family reunion at the Mason House Inn!! I wanted to write
to you and thank you for everything you did to make our reunion go so
smoothly. The meals were great, and the games were such fun, and the
rooms are so comfy. Your place was the perfect place to gather because
we could have the whole place to ourselves and not have to worry about
bothering other guests. We can hardly wait till next year!!