The Southern Hotel
Buttons & Bows
This is the most perfect lover's retreat you'll find. The walls are decorated with hand painted fleur-de-lis on a peach background.
A 1775 rosewood half-tester FULL SIZE BED as old as the Southern covered with pure white linens stars... until you notice those claw foot tubs. The pair faces each other, allowing you to gaze at your true love as you soak in billowy bubbles (compliments of the Southern.)
It's a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary...or just to remember how very much you love your mate. This room NOW has flat screen TV-DVD combo. $160 per night plus fees & taxes.
This is the most 'Victorian' of our rooms, so named because of the eras passion for the overblown, multi-petaled, most fragrant rose of them all. We chose simple walnut furniture (Civil War era) for the room as befits a country dwelling. The BED is a QUEEN.
However, the real star of the room is the fan collection over the fireplace. Fans did a lot more than stir the air during the Victorian era. By the 17th century, Paris was the undisputed hub of the fan making industry. But it took the Victorians to make the fan into an object of communication. $145 per night plus fees & taxes.
The subdued colors, somewhat of an English feel and of course, our gentlemen's portraits inspired the name. The claw foot tub was painted by Dolly and resembles an English garden.
The pencil post reproduction KING SIZE BED is adorned in part with vintage linens. The headpiece is an Irish linen bedcover with three dimensional Irish crochet inserts. What luxury it must have been to sleep on and under linen bed-cloths. The tussie-mussies hanging in the corners of the canopy are made with flowers and herbs grown here in the garden. In the Victorian language of flowers, they hold meanings of love and trust. $145 per night plus fees & taxes.
Japonisme was a word coined by the Victorians to describe a room decorated with Orientalia. Our collection of over 150 carved soapstone pieces are displayed. Soapstone is a soft, greasy mineral that is indeed used for soap in the far east. Appearing in all colors, pieces were made as gifts and remembrances. During the 1880s it began to appear in the United States and Victorians, with their usual passion for excess, collected it. The bedside tables and the bronze ceremonial pots are Chinese in origin and date between 1820 and 1850.
The FULL SIZE BED is a one of a kind, as I designed it. The headpiece is composed of metal rings, each one made by a different blacksmith and demonstrating his particular area of expertise with metal. The one of a kind rings were made by the Missouri Blacksmith Association in 1986. Our local blacksmith, Stan Winkler, was kind enough to make the bed and put it all together and turn it into an important part of our decor. $145 per night plus fees & taxes.
The Captain's Room is now being offered to our guests. This 2nd floor room has a private balcony overlooking its own garden. The one-of-a-kind queen size bed has 4 posts recycled from an 1870's home. The enclosed bath has a step-in shower, pedestal sink & toilet. Wicker loveseat & chair completes the room. $145 per night plus fees & taxes.
The Wysocki Room
Charles Wysocki is an American folk artist whose work we began collecting in the 70's. All of his work is very distinctive and contains an hidden element of humor and has always made me smile. Can you find the fox in Fox Run? That's the print hanging over the chest of drawers that has been decoupaged with scenes from the calenders Wysocki did.
The headboard of the bed Barbara did, with scraps left over from the building of the kitchen cupboards. This was a work of love as it took over three months to complete the three demensional piece. I suppose it personifies the sampler hanging above the double chair ("Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Do without"). A footboard was planned in the same three dimensional style, but a trunk is used instead. This has a QUEEN SIZE BED.
The folk art makes this a cozy room, at its best on a crisp fall afternoon when it is flooded with reflected reds and golds from the sugar maple next door, leaves all ablaze. $125 per night plus fees & taxes.
Barbara thought it only fitting that Lulabelle, her doll and one of the few things to survive her childhood, deserved a special place in our new home. Surrounded by the dolls dresser and Murphy bed, and her clothes trunk nearby, she sits serenely in her ladderback made by great grandfather.
The rolltop desks also belonged to Barbara and her sister Sharon. Many happy hours were spent playing at school and store by our children as well as the two sisters and still bear the marks of our children at play.
The FULL SIZE BED in this room is the highest off the floor and was originally a rope bed. It is also probably one of the oldest in the hotel (circa 1770's very-very high off the floor). Dolly painted an angelic scene on the headboard as a sweet surprise when the bed is turned down. $125 per night plus fees & taxes.
Paul's Purple Room
A very dear friend, named Paul of course, volunteered many hours here and this room was referred to as his room (a very long story...you must ask Barbara).
The FULL SIZE brass bed,171 years old bought at a junk store, took four weeks to polish the first time. Kathy, another close friend, and Barbara used Porter's Friend and enough steel wool to take off their fingerprints. It turned out beautifully and the man in the junk store never learned what happened to the $4 bed now worth $1400.
Among Dolly's favorite things are birds nests and violets, this was the room to indulge both passions on the tub. Barbara stenciled the border at the ceiling, under the ceiling fan and the walls behind the tub. Dolly has painted the wonderful "Violet Seller" one of several "silent people" she has done for the Southern. $125 per night plus fees & taxes.
The Quilt Room
Great grandmother Rachel was always there, making a pie by feel or reaching for a scrap to piece up a quilt. Many of the quilts displayed and used in this room are hers, stitched by hand and quilted at the church on Wednesdays. This is a warm and cozy room which contains some of our favorite things, all with a story.
The $5 pie safe that took all the summer of 1967 to restore, the crazy quilt of wools, dated 1886-1887, given to us by a dear friend, and the armadillo which holds the contents of Grandma Beulah's sewing basket. Beulah preferred crochet, bingo and driving in second gear, but I remember the sewing basket. Many of the wooden thread spools used to make Mike's chess set, in honor of the Bobby Fischer matches, also came out of that same basket.
The FULL SIZE 191 year old bed, (which is the highest off the floor) a four poster cannonball (exactly like the one in Lincoln's bedroom in Springfield, Illinois), was purchased in Sedalia, Missouri. We were traveling in our little Ford Escort wagon and Mike said I could buy it if I could get it in the car. You see it, don't you? This room NOW has flat screen TV-DVD combo. $125 per night plus fees & taxes.
Rates & Policies
- Occupancy of 2 to a room
- Pricing from $93 to $125 for third floor rooms depending on date
- $145 for second floor rooms
- $160 for Buttons & Bows room
- Business person weekday single occupancy rate starting at $77 depending on date
- New Year's pricing check our special
- Gift Certificates may be purchased for the Buttons & Bows, second floor or third floor rooms plus tax & fees
- A non-refundable, non-reschedulable $35.00 advance deposit per night per room is required to secure your reservation
- Our cancellation policy is eight (8) days per night per room reserved from your arrival date.
- For four rooms or more - no cancellation
- If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least eight (8) days per night per room prior to your arrival date to avoid all but the $35.00 card processing fee
- On that prior date your card will be charged the entire amount & there is no cancellation
- In the unlikely event that you must cancel with less than eight (8) days notice, shorten your stay or check out early, please understand that you must take responsibility for the entire amount
- Groups or parties of 4 or more rooms no cancellation
- Check-in is from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- We serve breakfast in the dining room, seating at 8:am or seating at 9:am
- Check out is promptly by 11:00 a.m. on day of departure - no late check-out
- We have a non-smoking policy
- Smoking charge $200
- The 2 night minimum for weekends is only for the month of October and events
- We may have something this weekend, check Book It