I feel like I’m becoming a bed and breakfast inn aficionado. We recently stayed at our third B&B in the past year – the Shakespeare Chateau in St. Joseph, Missouri.
As with the others, we had an enjoyable stay.
The Shakespeare Chateau Inn and Gardens is located along St. Joe’s famed “Millionaires’ Row,” near downtown. This is the area where the city’s wealthiest residents loved in the early days. The home was built by Nathan P. and Elmarine Ogden.
Today, the home is owned by Isobel, who bought it 2012 and operates as the innkeeper. Her love for the chateau is obvious, as she takes guests on tours. She explains what the house looked like previously and discusses the renovations she had to make to bring the chateau to life.
The dining room basically had to be gutted because of water damage. She used designs that would make the room appear as closely as possible to its original appearance.
The parlor is home to a fantastic stained glass display featuring the Greek Goddess Athena.
The mansion has 47 stained glass windows. It may be one of the largest collections of stained glass windows in a private home.
The stairway has great artwork. The railing appears to have serpents designed at the base.
The stairs’ landing has an exquisite stained glass display.
Our room was very nice. We stayed in the “Twelfth Night” suite. Each suite is named after a William Shakespeare play.
The room was decorated with era-appropriate accessories. We had a fireplace that was adorned with a painting over it, as well as floral decoration.
The bed was quite comfortable. That came in handy after a very busy day. The fact that you were comfortable as soon as you lay down, contributed to a great night’s rest.
A complimentary gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room. Baked French toast, sausage and a bowl of fresh fruit awaited us.
e were fortunate to share breakfast with three couples from the Kansas City metro area. It was great getting to know everyone. We each learned about the others’ reasons for visiting St. Joe and staying at the Shakespeare. Two couples were there for anniversary celebrations and the third for a weekend getaway.
The Shakespeare Chateau will be high on our list for potential anniversary celebrations in the future. But, don’t wait for a special occasion; it would be a fun place to stay whenever in the area. We recommend the bed and breakfast for a great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The majestic Shakespeare Chateau was built in 1885 by Nathan Ogden when St. Joseph Missouri was known as "The Queen of the River Cities." High atop a bluff looking down across the city toward the Missouri River, 809 Hall Street is one of several mansions in the Hall Street Historic District known locally as "Millionaires' Row." You'll enjoy meeting the friendly innkeeper, Isobel, as she takes you through the palatial interior. You'll marvel at 47 (yes, 47!) Original stained glass windows, carved cherrywood, mahogany, and walnut mantles, and of course, a bust of the Bard himself above the grand fireplace in the front foyer. But most of all, you'll enjoy our comfortable sleeping rooms, each one beautifully appointed with fabulous art and antiques and luxurious linens. ... more less