"A cookie jar in every room"
All rooms are non-smoking
Check-in is between 3 pm and 8pm, unless other arrangements are made at the time of reservation.
Check-out is before 11am, unless other arrangements are made at the time of reservation.
# 1 THE BENTONSPORT ROOM was the
Inn’s pub--for men only. No curtains
were allowed on the windows, so women could peek in to see if their men were
inside drinking. This room’s dresser and headboard are solid hand carved walnut.
The 1882 “Cheerful” stove has a foot warmer. Watch the river go by, or activity in
the village from your rocking chairs. This mattress is a
Tempur-Pedic Ergo bed. Enjoy the comfort of the Tempur-Pedic mattress and
# 2 THE WASH HOUSE ROOM has your grandmother’s
vintage clothes hung up to dry. An early wooden washing machine is your bedside table. Park your bags on the old wringer/tub
stand. Private entrance from the porch (with swing) overlooking the
river. For our business travelers, this room features a
desk and chair for your use. Return to the Main house for
breakfast in the morning.
# 3 THE GENERAL
STORE ROOM is stocked
with all the tins of staples you need to set up housekeeping in 1850.
There is also a fresh produce and dry goods department. This building used
to be Bonaparte's train station. In 1960s it was dismantled and brought to
Bentonsport and used as a little store. The items in this room are what is
left of the store. Private
entrance from the porch (with swing) overlooking the river. Return to the
Main house in the morning for breakfast.
# 4 THE MAID OF IOWA ROOM is named for one of the first steamboats plying the Des Moines river in the 1800’s. It would stop at Benton's Port for the night and the travelers would stay over in the Ashland House (as the Mason House was known then). The room is decorated with prints and paintings of steamboats. Your private bath, with shower, is just 3 steps into the hallway. Extra-long Double bed and 1 twin size bed. Max. occupancy - 3 $74 for one or two people. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE AND SEE ANOTHER VIEW OF THE ROOM)
# 5 THE MASON SUITE was the bedroom of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Mason. The furnishings include a three-piece hand carved walnut set with a seven-foot sleigh bed and dresser; nine-foot tall pier mirror and an 1873 “Evening Star” stove with foot warmer. Two twin beds in an adjoining room make it perfect for families. Four windows enjoy a lovely view of the Des Moines river. Private bath w/shower. Extra-long Double bed and 2 twin size beds. (The twin size trundle beds are for children, not full size adults.) Max. occupancy - 4 $89 for one or two people. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE AND SEE ANOTHER VIEW OF THE ROOM)
# 6 THE DES MOINES SUITE overlooks the river, the old iron bridge, and the village of Bentonsport. Senator Thomas Hart Benton liked to stay in this room when he was in town. This was also the childhood room of William E. Mason, later elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois. Private bath w/shower. Queen-size bed and 2 twin size beds. (The twin / trundle beds are for children, not full size adults.) Max. occupancy - 4 $84 for one or two people. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE AND SEE ANOTHER VIEW OF THE ROOM)
# 7 THE WILD ROSE ROOM is named
for our state flower. The hand carved dark walnut bed has a
nine-foot headboard--copied circa 1870 from a guest bed in the Lincoln
White House. The room is decorated with Lincoln books and
# 8 THE ASHLAND ROOM is named for the original name of the house when it was built in 1846. When the Mason family bought the inn in 1857, they changed the name from the Ashland House to the Phoenix Hotel and then the Mason House Inn. It has a hand carved "carpenter's apprentice sampler" head and foot board made of red elm. Private bath w/shower. Extra-long Double bed and twin-size sofa bed for a child or small adult. Max. occupancy - 3 $74 for one or two people. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE AND SEE ANOTHER VIEW OF THE ROOM)
#9 THE CABOOSE COTTAGE Yes, it is a real caboose to rent for a night, weekend, a week or longer! The only RS&P caboose in Iowa. It has a kitchen, dining area, bedroom, heating and air-conditioning, satellite TV, computer port, and bath w/shower, and includes breakfast in the main house. Queen-size bed in the bedroom. And 3/4 size bed in the dining area fits one small adult or two children. Max. occupancy - 2 to 4. $105 for one or two people. Choo-Choo! All Aboard! (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE AND SEE VIEWS OF THE INTERIOR)
Mason House Inn