We stayed at the Dauphine Hotel Bed and Breakfast the evening of October 25th on a spur of the moment trip. I called at the last moment and arrived later than expected...Sandra was absolutely flexible and accommodating with our unpredictable schedule.
This old hotel originally built in 1840 is delightful. It has been well restored with all the modern conveniences like central heat/air and wifi, while keeping the charm of this wonderful old piece of history. Notice the rounded thresholds from over 150 years of use. In short the Dauphine is a gem! Sandra and Scott have such a wonderful casual nature that you will feel immediately welcome and at home.
If you arrive in the evening you will find a great restaurant just around the corner to walk to (actually you can walk anywhere in Bonnots Mill!) that is open late on weekends and that was unexpected and appreciated. All roads lead to the church at the top of the hill.
The breakfast at the Dauphine was a cooked to order farmers type breakfast prepared in a team effort by Sandra and husband Scott, with a couple of nice features. Great fresh eggs from the hens that live on the property (be sure to thank them before you leave!) as well as bacon and sausage from a local area farm--REALLY good. There is fresh fruit and yogurt, toast, pancakes, hashbrowns....pretty much everything you could want and more. We truly enjoyed the unrushed relaxing breakfast and conversation with the other guests and with Sandra and Scott (who is an ULTRA marathon runner!!) and learning about the hotel and the little hamlet of Bonnets Mill. It is just what you would hope for at a B&B.
You may not think there is a reason to venture off the main roads to Bonnots Mill...but you would be wrong. The Dauphine alone is worth the detour. And don't worry about the trains...they add to the ambiance and did not keep us up at all. There are earplugs if you need them! We didn't.
Get an up to date map for the area as the "new" highway 50 might not show up on your gps or an online map for a while and you may be misrouted some. If you route yourself to Loose Creek, Missouri and take State Road A off to the north it will take you right to Bonnots Mill and the Dauphine.
You are better off staying at the Dauphine than in Jefferson City...it’s worth the short drive. Bottom line...highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An historic railroad hotel located near the confluence of the Osage and Missouri Rivers in the town of Bonnots Mill. The Dauphine has been carefully restored, combining original architecture and furnishings with modern amenities to ensure your comfort.Choose from seven guestrooms, furnished with antique dressers and iron beds original to the hotel. All guestrooms have a private bathroom; one features a two-person jetted tub.Breakfast is cooked to order and served at your leisure in the large dining area. Choose from farm fresh eggs, locally produced breakfast meats, hash browns, pancakes and fruit. ... more less