Bentonsport, IA 

Mason House Inn & Caboose Cottage

21982 Hawk Dr
Bentonsport, IA 52565 US
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Rates: $74 to $105
Total Rooms: 9
Overall Rating: 5 hearts (4 reviews)


Circa 1846. This is the oldest operating pre-Civil War steamboat inn in Iowa and guests can imagine the days when steamboats made their way up and down the Des Moines River, while taking in the scenery. It was built by Mormon craftsmen who stayed in Bentonsport for three years on their trek to Utah. More than half of the furniture is original to the home, including a nine-foot walnut headboard and a nine-foot mirror. The Caboose Cottage, a self-contained apartment within a real railroad caboose, is the newest lodging addition. It features a kitchen, dining area and Queen bed. A full breakfast is served in the main house dining room, but if guests crave a mid-day snack, each room is equipped with its own stocked cookie jar.Publicity and Awards: Des Moines Register, Decatur Herald & Review, AAA Home & Away, Country Magazine, Veteran's View, Iowa Public Television, Today Show, KWWL Halloween Special 2010, KYOU Community Spotlight July 2011, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.Location: Waterfront, Country and Rural by river.


Rooms & Rates

Rates: $74 to $105
Payment types accepted include Master Card, Discover, Visa, Personal Checks and Cash.
Rooms: This property has 9 total guest accommodations with private bath, 1 two-bedroom suite and 1 cottage.
The types of beds available include King, Queen, Twin and Double.


Minimum Stay Requirements: During certain festivals we require a minimum of 2 nights, but the rest of the year there are no minimums.
Cancellation: 72 hours
Pets: Innkeepers pets on premises and We have one room in which we allow service animals.
Smoking: Outside Only.

Services & Amenities

Meals Included in Rates: Breakfast.
Types of meals: Full Breakfast, Country Breakfast, Early Coffee/Tea, Gluten free and vegetarian upon request at time of reservation.
Amenities In Room: Wireless Internet Access, Heating, Air Conditioning and filled cookie jar.
Amenities On Site: Free parking on premise and Free wireless Internet access.
Business Traveler Amenities: Wireless Internet Access, Internet Access, Flexible Check in/out Times, FAX On-site, Desk, Iron and board can be brought to your room upon request.


Events Hosted: Family Reunions, Honeymoons, Meetings, Romantic Getaways, Seminars, Church retreats, Book clubs, Quilt clubs and Scrapbooking groups.
Other Activities: Wineries, Shopping (Local Crafts), Parks, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Golf, Fishing, Canoeing/Kayaking, Bicycling, Antiquing, Rose Garden, Historic Church and Native American artifact museum.

Historic Interest

Built in 1846 by Mormons from Nauvoo, the Inn was built as a hotel for the riverboat travelers on the Des Moines River. It is the oldest original steamboat hotel along the Des Moines that is still in operation. During the Civil War, it was used a hospital and a station on the Underground Railroad.
Historic Awards: National Register (Granted).
Historic Memberships: National Trust and Local Historical Society.
Historic sites nearby: Civil War Battlefield in Croton, Iowa (12 miles), Historic Nauvoo, Illinois (50 miles)

Romantic Interest

Our Inn is haunted by a few friendly spirits. Guests find this fascinating and they spend the night sheltering each other in their arms. It is not frightening, just very interesting.