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“Great lodging for visit to Kirksville”
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Recess Inn
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Recess Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Ethel B&B and Inns
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great lodging for visit to Kirksville”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

My parents, my sister and her husband, and my boyfriend and I stayed here the night before my nieces graduation from Truman State. All the hotels near Kirksville were booked. We had two rooms on the lowel level and one on the main level. Our room opened to a small patio area and had a large tv and sofa. The 3 rooms on the main floor are more like original schoolrooms but the attention to details makes the entire place interesting and cozy. It was nice waking up to the smell of breakfast cooking. Nancy asked us what time we wanted breakfast and if we had any special requests. Biscuits, gravy, bacon, eggs, potatoes, rolls, and fresh fruit were a delicious way to start the day. Luckily, we had some time to check out the restored post office and small local store. Very relaxing and laid back start to a special day. Macon is only a 25 minute drive and we had dinner at AJ's there because we were meeting my niece. I wish we could have had dinner at the restaurant in Ethel that is open on Friday and Saturday night. I am so glad this piece of history in Ethel was saved and is being well preserved while a lot of people get to enjoy it. Nancy and her husband were hospitable but also let us feel like we had the run of the place. This would be a great place for an extended family to get together to catch up or enjoy the holidays. The price is very reasonable for the quality of accommodation and the food.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

My family and I were very impressed by the care and attention that was given by Nancy and her husband. She prepared absolutely wonderful breakfasts for us every morning and was able to foresee all of our requests and needs. Though Ethel itself doesn't have much to offer, if you're in Macon County and/or visiting Kirksville and want a nice retreat in the countryside, this is a wonderful spot. The grounds used to be the town's main schoolhouse and the owners have done a great job of keeping that original feel. There is a beautiful library/sitting room as well as a cozy TV room upstairs with a large flat screen TV. Each of the rooms has its own feel and personality.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2012

The Recess Inn was the perfect response to weeks of long hours at work. We got away with some family and thoroughly enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and interesting antiques that fill this B&B. The beds were so comfortable, we slept better than we do at home! Breakfast the following morning was delicious too. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Eldon MO
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59 reviews
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Reviewed May 12, 2009

This is a very nice Bed & Breakfast in an old, well-kept town. The renovations of this old schoolhouse were top-notch. We loved the antiques. We had the "Music" room and it was very comfortable and nicely decorated. The other rooms, including the large library and dining room, also gave us "wow" moments. The InnKeeper was very nice and explained some of the history of the building.
Take roads 3, J, & F SW of Kirksville rather than H149 to get there. Much better roads.
Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Jefferson City MO
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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Reviewed August 29, 2008

My wife and I stayed at Recess Inn and we just loved it. Nancy is a wonderful host. She is so friendly and just a really nice person. The rooms are large and comfortable. Breakfast was great, I sure enjoyed the biscuits and gravy! And it was fun drinking out of the old ½ pint milks bottles. The Inn is very unique, quite a interesting theme and with good historical appeal. This would be a great place for a group to gather. (reunion, group meeting, a group of older kids, girls get away, etc.) This is one of the best bed and breakfasts we have ever be in. If we are in the area, I would definitely plan to stay there again.

  • Liked — Very Friendly Innkeeper, the old school theme
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Richmond, KY
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Reviewed August 14, 2008

If you're looking for a quiet and inexpensive rural getaway that has both romantic and historical appeal, you can't beat the Recess Inn. Don't go unless you want to get away from it ALL. There's virtually nothing else within 20 miles. But there's plenty to see just here in the Inn -- especially if you like walking down the memory lane of your long-ago school days.

The rooms, with the old schoolhouse theme evident throughout, are spacious and comfortable, the breakfast is simple but top-notch, and the hospitality is great but not intrusive. The exterior might benefit from a sprucing up, but the interior has special touches wherever you look.

A side note: the best food in this part of the state is about a 20-minute drive away. The Pear Tree in Bevier, while a little pricy, is a stylish operation with terrific food. Together, the Recess Inn and Pear Tree made for a wonderful, and memorable, anniversary combination. It could be the same for you.

  • Liked — Historical appeal and serenity
  • Disliked — No Internet access; no TV in every room
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Recess Inn
Address: 203 E. Main, Ethel, MO 63539-1109
Location: United States > Missouri > Ethel
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ethel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4

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