The Mansion at Elfindale is such a beautiful bed and breakfast in Springfield. There are also wedding services available in their chapel and reception area as well. While we were standing on one of the covered porches at the Mansion, we could look across and see the chapel which is connected to the Mansion by a brick covered walkway.
Once inside, we were surprised with the beauty of the chapel which is absolutely perfect for a Springfield wedding. It has a center aisle which is very important to most brides. The stained glass windows, arched cathedral ceiling, and imported marble flooring at the altar are impressive.
The covered walkway from the chapel to the Mansion leads to an area that is perfect for a wedding reception as seen pictured below. This room was originally the State Dining Room but later was transformed into a ballroom with a fireplace. The owner purchased a magnificent fireplace mantel for this room at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, imported from France with dolphins carved into the beautiful wood. That is why it is known as the Dolphin Fireplace and the room is referred to as the Dolphin Room today.
There are several suites in the Mansion which would be nice for honeymoon bed-and-breakfast lodging, but I think the most romantic would be the Tower Suite. It is situated on the third floor and contains three rooms plus the bathroom. Two of the rooms are actually in the tower.
Upon entrance to the suite, my eyes were immediately drawn to the first tower room. Through the passageway, you can see a sitting area with beautiful lace curtains and a desk.
Once you enter the sitting room, you see this impressive winding staircase leading to the top of the tower. The view from this room is great but a fourth story view is even more inviting!
The view from the top of the tower is impressive. Looking over tops of trees, you can see the small lake which is on the property. This room is perfect for relaxing in the morning with a leisurely cup of coffee and maybe even watching the sun rise.
From this fourth story tower room, you can easily see the original school built on the property as well as many other places. By the way, some people like this suite as a retreat away from the busy, hectic life they live. This is also a place where people can retreat and refocus on what is important in life.
This Springfield bed and breakfast also makes great accomodations for the wedding party, relatives and guests attending the wedding from out-of-town. There are 13 luxurious bed and breakfast suites, each suite distinct with its own personality and charm. For more info: Weddings in Springfield, MO, @ The Mansion