Mason House Inn B&B in Bentonsport Iowa
Mason House Inn B&B Bentonsport Iowa Bed and Breakfast Lodgings Accommodations


Hosts: Chuck and Joy Hanson

Bedrooms: 9

Address: 21982 Hawk Drive, Bentonsport, Iowa 52565 USA

Telephone: 319-592-3133,
Reservations: 1-800-592-3133

Activities/Attractions: Bentonsport is a small Iowa village on the Des Moines River and was once an important port-of-call for Des Moines River steamers. Tree-covered hills hem in the little valley in which Bentonsport lies; and from Vernon, across the river, only the spires of the two white churches and a few houses along the shore are visible.

At one time, the town had a population of over 500 residents. Bentonsport was thriving when the state of Iowa was born, and still retains the atmosphere of years gone by. Mormon craftsmen, heading west, helped construct some of its buildings; these and demonstration of historic crafts-for-living help recreate the spirit of life as it was 150 years ago.

  • explore the ruins of old mills along the Des Moines River
  • stroll across a century-old iron bridge
  • sit on the riverbank and imagine the sight of a steamboat comin' round the bend

Treasures await you in the specialty shops, where you can watch the shopkeepers as they work at their crafts. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the cafe, go hiking or canoeing, and spend the night at the 1846 bed and breakfast.

Festivals and other special events are held often, including musical entertainment and hands-on educational experiences. Discover Iowa's unique heritage in Bentonsport, one of many historic and recreational attractions awaiting you in Van Buren County.


Good morning! Just a brief note to tell you again how much we all enjoyed our stay at your Mason House Inn. We are the 6 who stayed with you on the 22nd & 23rd of last month. Your rooms are a delight and the food was fantastic. We will do all in our power to see that the word gets out that you are one of Iowa's Best Kept Secrets. Thanks again for a wonderful stay. Our love to your entire family."


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"Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for your warm hospitality and wonderful breakfasts. We enjoyed our stay and tour of your Inn and plan on sending other family members your way. We pray that you will have great success in your new endeavor."

"Have heard from several who attended our reunion at Mason House Inn and guess what, it was the best since our beginning in 1948 and if the good Lord is willing, we will return. Thanks and love to both and your family."

General Information: Chuck and Joy Hanson invite you to stay in their charming 157-year old Mason House Inn Bed & Breakfast located in historic Bentonsport, Iowa. The Inn was built in 1846 by Mormon craftsmen as a hotel for the steamboat travelers. It is nestled on the banks of the beautiful Des Moines River. (Bentonsport is one of the Van Buren County villages that were among Iowa's very first settlements).

  • A non-smoking Inn
  • Complimentary Beverages
  • All rooms have individual heat and A/C
  • Meeting rooms/facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Banquet facilities
  • Sitting room/library
  • Antiques
  • Piano
  • VCR
  • Television in parlor

Payment Accepted: Personal checks, business checks, cash, and Visa or MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars)

$59-100/night/single & double

Full breakfast included.


"There are no words to express how wonderful our hosts and their family were during our stay. The Hanson's two daughters, that were there during our stay, were pleasant, fun and helpful. The older daughter even took professional quality wedding pictures (we brought our attire) of us around town! The younger daughter was friendly and fun loving. As for Chuck and Joy, they are the best inn keepers. They are friendly, thoughtful and compassionate. There was never a moment of our stay that worried about. In addition, the hand crafted doll and replica kitten made a wonderful gift to bring back to our daughter. Everything about the Mason House Inn made us feel like we were at home. I am sorry that it has taken so long to write this letter however, we feel that it is very important that you knew how much our stay meant to us. We no longer think about the traditional honeymoon we were looking forward to. The Mason House Inn was our honeymoon. We look forward to returning year after year."