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Guest Book #3

but the head elf is grateful to those who do. Comments from Guest Books #1 and #2 are below. Guests have very generously left comments on Trip AdvisorVacation Rentals By Owner, and Yelp–and probably some other places of which the head elf is not aware.

Thank you so much for making Liz’s birthday even more wonderful than we thought possible. Elves Manor is delightful!

Mark (& Liz), St. Charles, MO

What a wonderful time we had. Each time has been different in some way, but so special in others. We will miss greeting the New Year next year here at the Manor. It has become our second home. Our cats are happy because we can visit them each day. Maybe we will visit this summer or fall to check the yard out. But I gotta confess I LUV the snow, hot tub & fireplace.

P.S. This is the first time we experienced “odd” happenings: The couch trembled one night, and the toaster was on by itself. “Haunted” Manor??!

Linda & Paul, St. Louis

elves manor, st louis, bed and breakfastWe have been charmed by Elves Manor. Every day we spot a new corner that visually stimulates. Karen and Harold, you have created a space that immediately welcomes the traveler. Jan, a cat lover, particularly appreciated Ulysses’ curious face in the front window on the first day and his continued checking in on us.

Of course, proximity to family and your connection to David and Elisabeth furthers the enjoyment. So, thank you so much for a fine stay and for the treats, from an array of savory to sweet foods.

Jan & Chuck, Walnut Creek, CA

What a wonderful, charming and delightful space–or should I say HOME! As the upstairs resident for the last week, I have been enveloped in a Christmas bubble of warmth and every-need-met joy. Thank you, Karen and Harold, for a marvelous and well-thought-out space.

Jennifer, Waco, TX

What a wonderful place! We were looking for a cozy get-away to read, relax, recharge, and see the city from, & Elves Manor was perfect. Thank you so much for your hospitality & well-stocked larder. Being here has been a treat & we hope to return!

Ted & Sarah, Louisville

Thank you for such an enjoyable place to stay for our anniversary weekend! The house is so cozy and the food was great! It gave us lots of inspiration as we get our guest house up and running. If you ever visit the Ozarks, come see us in Salem!

David & Sarah, Salem, MO

We had such a lovely and relaxing time. This is the best possible place for our little 30-year high school reunion of three best friends. Thank you for taking such exceptionally good care of us!

Gay Lynn (St. Louis), Rose (Carbondale, IL) & Angee (Normandy, MO)

Don and I had an incredible time here ~ would love to stay longer. Karen, you have an amazing and genuine gift of hospitality. Your rentals spoil us for any others. We have decided that this is the only place we’ll stay when visiting St. Louis. Your food (home-made) and snacks were above and beyond!! The homemade bread and Not-Gooey Butter Cake were amazing.

We both enjoyed meeting Harold last evening and talking about what a small world it really is! Ulysses said “hi” this morning, too!

Can’t say enough ~ but can’t add anything others haven’t already said…   Happy Hoosiers!

Debb (& Don), Evansville, IN

Saturday, November 24, 2012/Feast of St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions

elves manor guest house, st louisWe had a fabulous time in Elves Manor. Although there are elves here, there are also many angels and saints who visit here. St. Francis enjoys this place and St. Philomena marvels at the beauty of the garden, even though Winter is around the corner.

Thank you for your Benedictine hospitality. We have enjoyed every moment of our enchanted stay.

Pax Christi

Shannon, Charles & Hazel, Leiper’s Fork, TN

What a cozy and comfortable escape from the city! I doubt there are any other lodgings quite like this in St. Louis. You have created a calm atmosphere here, and we truly appreciated it. I also was very impressed by your extensive library, containing the likes of Castaneda and Gurdjieff-inspired materials. What kind of trip were we supposed to have here?! 🙂

Tracey & Frank, Creve Coeur, MO

elves manor guest houseOvernight the elves brought many little animals to the playhouse. Our granddaughter was enchanted.

We always enjoy the pleasant space and great fresh food. Looking forward to the next time!

The Weitzels, Peoria, IL

We had a lovely stay. This place is so homey. Food was wonderful!

Sarah & Julie, Red Bud, IL

This place was so amazing to visit and stay. You are such a sweetheart and the accommodations were perfect and convenient and the beds are super comfy!! We are so grateful that you have started such an amazing bed and breakfast. So FYI, we will tell everyone that is coming to St. Louis to stay here! Thanks so much! Love it!

Daniela & Brian (Beverly Hills, CA), Bonnie (Salisbury, NC) & Owen (Baltimore)

Elves Manor was perfect for our family get-together. It was a delightful place to stay and the amenities were great. Thanks for being such a gracious host. The hot tub was warm and toasty on the chilly evenings.

Mary Ann & Joe, St. Louis; Dianne, Bob & Beth, Cincinnati; Denise & Rus, Santa Cruz, CA; Phil, Brenda & Mom, Jamestown, KY; and Andy & Megan, Washington, DC

What a perfect getaway for our honeymoon!! From the amazing breakfast to the beautiful cozy rooms… We were delighted to use your local knowledge of great places to eat every night. Thank you so much for this wonderful place. We’re already looking forward to celebrating our anniversaries with return trips. Loved it!!

Kesha & Alex, Davenport, IA

We truly loved Elves Manor! Thank you so much for your generous hospitality. The fruit, fresh baked bread, snacks and delicious brownies (to name only a few) were delicious. We will always stay at Elves Manor any time we visit St. Louis. We were amazed with every detail during our stay. Our daughter had a blast exploring and hanging out in the playhouse. I can’t wait for my husband to stay here next time! All our thanks.

Nina, Larry, Su-Chu & Caitlin, Little Rock

Once again I find myself at a loss for words to describe how perfectly wonderful Elves Manor is! This is the fourth ‘Pikacon’ we’ve held here, and every year it gets better! I wish Anika could have been here this year, but maybe next; and I know she was thought about lots. Thank you so much for everything, Karen! You always take the best of care of us and we always look forward to seeing you as much as each other. See you at Pikacon 5!

Carrie, St. John, MO

As always, thanks again for letting us take over Elves Manor with our yearly get together and the wonderful service that you always provide! Thank you so much for everything and we’ll see you again next year! We really appreciated the new Internet as well, allowing us to do a lot of the things we enjoy together while here at the Manor! 🙂 I look forward to visiting you again soon!

Nikki, Green Bay, WI

Thank you so so much once again for everything you’ve done for us ~ from the Gooey Butter Cake to the chocolate (almond flour) brownies, and looking after us during our stay. All these little touches are why we keep coming back every year. Looking forward to coming back again next year (and hopefully without any dramas again!).

Laura, Melbourne, Australia

Every single little thing about this place is perfect! My new husband and I felt so at home here this weekend for our honeymoon getaway. This house is absolutely charming. Your bread is delicious, and your hospitality is amazing. It’s so hard to pack up and leave. Thanks for everything!

Emily & Mark, Peoria, IL

Earl & I have stayed in so many rentals over many years. NEVER have we had such wondrous care-taking. Karen, you would benefit to know more about who you are as a soul.

Linda (& Earl), Erie, CO

This was the perfect finish of our reversed “Lewis & Clark” trip. What a big and comfortable house and what a nice smell, stuff, books. We would like to live in such a place in the Netherlands! Especially also the garden and the porch. It was so relaxing after our long journey. St. Louis also has many things to see. If we would return, this is the only place to stay in St. Louis.

Isabelle & Henk, Amsterdam

roses, anniversary, elves manorWe were here for a 5-day class and it was so nice to have a “home” to come back to. We felt so comfortable here and loved every minute of our time.

Karen was a wonderful host and we enjoyed having snacks and treats to take with us to class. Thanks so much!

Tara, Napa Valley, CA

Thank you so much for your hospitality! The house was perfect for our stay in St. Louis. I appreciate all the yummy snacks and drinks, not to mention the comfortable bed! If I’m ever back in St. Louis, I’ll be sure and let you know.

Erin, Baltimore

We loved this house so much. It was a great location for doing fun things. The innkeeper was wonderful. Thanks for the food you left for us. It was delicious.

P.S. Dear Karen, You made us very comfortable in this house. Cheers!

Regina (age 10), Champaign, IL

Thank you for sharing your manor with us. We loved it. The kids and grandma especially loved the hot tub. We hope to return someday.

Laura, Champaign, IL

Norma’s bottle, now used to water seedlings

It was another week at Elves Manor that passed too quickly for us. Thank you for providing this pleasant oasis in the heart of St. Louis for those of us who need a respite from the details of life.

Your kind and generous heart is revealed through each and every amenity you provide, and we love you for doing all of it. (However, it makes us reluctant to leave.) If the saying “home is where the heart is” holds true, we have left behind some of our hearts because this is our “home away from home” when in St. Louis each year.
With love and prayers, Don (Tulsa) and Ted & Ada (Owasso, OK)

P.S. Your name isn’t Mary….but your garden is definitely growing 🙂

Karen, Elves Manor is simply wonderful. I have never stayed where my every need was anticipated. You are a true gem.

Very warm and inviting. We had a great time and will definitely be back. Your hospitality surpasses all. Thank you.

Lesli & Gay Lynn, St. Louis

P.S. You’ve truly created a home away from home!

New friends from Delavan, Wisconsin! Here are their comments:

You have thought of everything to make guests comfortable. No hotel could compare. ~ Shirley

Truly a great experience. You have thought of everything. We’ll plan on coming back. ~ Sue

We couldn’t think of one thing you forgot to provide. Absolutely great! You helped make our St. Louis stay memorable. ~ Lorena

Thanks so much. We so enjoyed your lovely place. ~ Barbara

What a great place for a family get-together! We came from Portland, OR, Genesee, IL, and Fort Campbell, KY. We had a great time.

Jeanne, Genesee, IL

What a wonderful B&B. Our family enjoyed everything from the wonderfully stocked fridge to the cute elves everywhere.

This home feels of love and we thank you for allowing us the opportunity to stay here. Hope to cross paths again in the future.

The Zurfluehs, Henderson, NV

Everything was absolutely gorgeous and this was the perfect getaway for our honeymoon! Thank you for your generous hospitality and the Izzes. Love and Blessings,

The Warrens, Oklahoma City

Thank you.

Mary, Seattle

Our time at Elves Manor was delightful. Thank you for surrounding us with beauty & joy. It was peaceful being here. I felt loved. We appreciate your generous heart!

Madonna (& Tom), Webster Groves, MO

Who knew a wonderful hideaway could be found in the middle of the Central West End? 

A wonderful and relaxing getaway. A perfect Mother’s Day gift. Just the clean, refreshing, welcoming, quiet home away from screaming loud twins. We’ll come back again!

Karen is the world’s best and makes everything very inviting.

Christy & Jeff, Ferguson, MO

What a wonderful respite from my usual business trip routine! Thank you for all the personal touches that make this feel like home away from home. The grounds and house are beautiful!

Jennifer (Indiana)

Wonderful, as always! Miss you and the EM already! Wish I could just come & sit & enjoy–not work, work, work. I will be back! Much love,

Judy, Springfield, MO

Dear Karen and the Elves,

Your cottage is so lovely and you are so talented! We had a hard time leaving the cottage (both dinners in), but also loved the neighborhood and the Botanical Garden. Thank you for all the big and little things you do to make sure everyone is comfortable and made welcome.

Pat (Beaverton, OR) & Sue (Eureka, CA)

WONDERFUL!! It’s so nice to have a home-away-from-home. The elves always welcome me with a loving invite!

Score: 12 out of 10

Thanks for having me. Much love,

Judy, Springfield, MO 

The Elves Manor was, without a doubt, the best bed & breakfast we have ever stayed at, and probably the best you will ever find. We booked the B&B for us, the bride’s parents & aunt to stay during our wedding. Karen & Harold are the most friendly, helpful people, and were always there when something was needed. The breakfasts were AWESOME!! Complete and delicious. Absolutely wonderful. The hot tub was perfect to relax in after stressful wedding days of preparation. We will always remember Elves Manor, Karen & Harold for providing the perfect place for our wedding. Thank you so much!

Roy & Laura, Claremont, CA

What a wonderful and peaceful retreat! The food was absolutely delicious and I didn’t lack anything ~ except good weather ~ but that’s OK ~ I didn’t need it because I had the fireplace 🙂  I’ll be heading home refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated. Thank you so much for this beautiful sanctuary.

Carolyn, Plainfield, IL

Magical…Haley & Erika’s second Spring Break at Elves Manor. Thanks for the lessons in composting & gardening.

The Wrob Girls, Eureka, MO

Thank you for a relaxing getaway right here in the middle of our wonderful city!

Tina Marie, St. Louis

Dear Karen,

We loved it and wish to come back. You keep it tidy. You always come to check on us. The Spring is great. You keep it warm and fix everything broke. You always prepare fancy meals for us, on our slice of heaven on earth. The hot tub is kept clean and your garden well. Thank you for such a good time.

Your friend, Erika (age 8)

I loved it and you fixed all the problems. It was the second time we came and all we had to go out for was lunch and dinner. All the stuff was great and there was no problem getting entertained.

Good wishes, Haley (age 8)

Thank you so much for making our stay here so wonderful! It was the perfect place to spend the “wedding weekend” with our family. Sorry about setting the alarm off at your place! Hope to come back soon!

Tom, Ginny, Maureen, Caitlin & Bryan, Lansing, MI

Our first visit here was wonderful. Three friends from Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee here for their annual reunion. The place was just perfect. And the weather was, too! Thanks for a lovely stay.

Sace (Charleston, IL), Melissa (Memphis), & Stephanie (Malvern, PA)

What a wonderful respite to our hectic life! A very thoughtful anniversary gift from our charming daughter. Everything was perfect!

Karen, thank you for every little thing you did. Love the bread!

Susan & Bob, Memphis

Thanks again for a wonderful stay. Valentine’s Day was special, especially sharing it with the elves!

Paul & Linda, St. Louis

This was the first time we stayed at a B&B ~ we usually stay at the Chase Park Plaza. Your hospitality was amazing! We were here from Canada to adopt newborn twins from St. Louis. Our family feels like this was a home away from home. Your service and hospitality was just what our family needed!

Thanks so much from Canada!

Jennifer, Donna, Joshua, Dellie, Noah & Alex (Vancouver) 

Once again we are so blessed to be at Elves Manor.  Truly a retreat for us, such a blessing, close to home, so we can recharge and once again know what is really important. Thanks for the wonderful food and sharing this treasure of a home with us.

John & Gina, Arnold, MO 

It was a lovely experience!

The Manor is decorated in such a fascinating way…from Irving Berlin to the “snake” in the kitchen! We just kept pointing out treasures.

Great breakfast ~ thank you.

Phyllis, Rod & Father Shaun, Eureka Springs, AR 

Thanks for the Elves Manor. We had an exciting New Year here. Will be back next year ~ this is the only way to bring in the New Year!

Linda & Paul, St. Louis

We loved the Elf House!! Beautiful, magical family time!! See you next time!

The Francis Family, Troy, OH

We very much enjoyed the carriage house. It was even better in person! The house is appointed wonderfully and you seem to have thought of everything! The breakfasts and snacks were delicious. It has been great to spend Christmas weekend in such a homey, comfortable atmosphere. We also loved the fireplace. Thanks for being a fantastic hostess!

Kelly, Jon & Mike, Phoenix

Thanks so much for holding Elves Manor for my mom and I ~ what a treat! It’s so lovely to have such wonderful people in my life.  Thanks for everything; we couldn’t have asked for more!

Teresa, St. Louis

Awesome guest house! I felt right at home, slept so well. Thank for the coffee, waffles, and all the extras.

Nancy, Flat Rock, NC

Thank you so much for the “Southern Hospitality” that you always provide at Elves Manor. We had a perfectly wonderful weekend ~ fantastic concert & successful engagement.

Hope to see you again soon.

Lisa & Karen (Baton Rouge), Ben (New Orleans) & Sharon (St. Augustine, FL)

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Soogakooga, a Hoffman Family tradition. Yum!

Thanks so much for providing a homey-like get-a-way from the hustle & bustle of the “real world.” We greatly appreciate the care you take of your guests.

Deb & Randy (Bismarck, ND), Loretta (Williston, ND) & Matt (Detroit)

The perfect place ~ I was surrounded by the beauty of the place and the beauty of my friends. Great for my 50th celebration! Thanks for all the loving care.

Gale (& Friends), St. Louis

Absolutely top-notch! The quality and care is evident in every detail. Relaxed and comfortable. This made our trip to St. Louis even more memorable.

The Lemonds Clan (Tampa, Knoxville & Austin)

This place is the best! Thanks for providing a favorite getaway spot that is just a few hours from our home. We are looking forward to the next time.

The Weitzels, Peoria, IL

What an experience. Your cottage has a magical quality that brought together generations, with laughter & joy. We just recently experienced the death of my 26-year-old nephew, and needed a space to enjoy the happiness that is also a part of life’s circle.

Thank you for your hospitality & warmth. I will plan to spend more time here.

Kathy, Columbia, MO

I knew we’d love you and Elves Manor the first time I spoke to you on the phone (almost a year ago?). Pat & Thudie & I have had a happy week here ~ our first visit to St. Louis. It was made extra special by your generous hospitality and the ambience of Elves Manor. And, as they say in the real estate business: “Location, location, location!” What could be more pleasant and convenient that the Central West End? We may not be back soon, but will sing your praises to our friends.

Suzie (Omena, MI), Pat (Champaign, IL) and Pat “Thudie” (Lamar, CO)

We had a great time! Thank you for your hospitality! The house was great and we were right in the middle of everything! We hope to be back soon!

Game 1, 2011 World Series: Go Cards!!

Thanks again,

The Tennessee Boys: Joe, Shawn, Ronnie, Shelby, Robin and Bomar

P.S. from Shelby: The food was wonderful. Plenty of room in the back yard to wrestle.

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A gift from Diane in the Elves Manor guest book

Elf sighting: Watched him scurry in his little door. As long as he does not eat your no-so-gooey butter cake, we are good with that.

Went over through garden to West Pine and ran down that glorious street heading right into wonderful Forest Park. It’s like another summer here just for us after 35 years. Three girls still crazy after all these years.

Sherry, Portland, OR

Simply loved the fairies and the elves and the other assorted sweet spirits within and outside of the cottage!

Diane, Kirkwood, MO

We had just a wonderful time here in your beautiful B&B. It felt like being at home. Diane, Sherry and I also had the best time reconnecting. And St. Louis is wonderful ~ My first visit. Thanks so much.

Anne, Norwalk, CT

Third year running and this place is still as amazing as ever. I wish we didn’t have to leave; the manor always feels like home whenever we come.

Looking forward to coming back next year and seeing you again. Thank you again for making your gooey butter cake gluten-free 🙂

Laura, Melbourne, Australia

It’s hard to believe this is the third year in a row we’ve been here, yet here we are again! Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful home away from home yet again.

It will be wonderful to see you once again next year, as Elves Manor has become our little slice of retreat year after year.

Anika, Newcastle, Australia

Once again, thank you for letting us take over Elves Manor for the third year in a row–everything was pleasant and enjoyable as it has been in previous years. We look forward to coming here every year and consider this place a second home for the two weeks that we stay here. Hope to see you again next year!!

Niki, Green Bay, WI

This was our third year in Elves Manor and it just gets better every time we stay! Comfortable and cozy and exactly what we want. It’s very much our home away from home! I’m already looking forward to next year again. Seeing you is just as much a part of the joy as everything else it!

See you again at Pikacon 4.

Carrie, St. John, MO

Thank you so much for your kind hospitality. Staying at the Elves Manor made our stay in St. Louis even more enjoyable.

Mary & Ric, California, MO

Everything was great! You have thought of every detail, and you made us feel right at home. Thank you for the extra effort to make little Matthew feel at home, too. He had a great time and was so happy here. Thank you also for all the delicious, healthy, homemade food, and for accommodating our impromptu visitors so we could catch up with them and have a relaxing good time. We will definitely see you again some time!

Angie, Casey & Matthew, Topeka, KS

elves manor guest house, st louis, bed & breakfastYou truly thought of everything when putting Elves Manor together. I will tell you we were meant to stay here… Be assured that the house was filled with family and great memories. So happy to have met you, and in the short time we (I) had here and limited (but welcomed!!) conversations, I feel like I’ve known you for a long time. Don’t change a thing here. It is a very special home, loved everything about it and we will be back.

Take good care,

Tom, Lori (keeper of fairies), Tom Sr., Dolores, Thomas III and his wonderful girlfriend, Krysten, Carmel, IN

Thank you very much! This is truly a special place to refresh one’s mind, body & spirit. Love to our “family,” Karen, Harold, Eli and of course, Ulysses.

Linda & Charles, St. Louis

Whoa! You’re totally overdoing it! You had me at the homemade yogurt, and then I discovered the pink salt, etc. Off to Elephant Rocks!

Molly (celebrating with Boyd on his 70th birthday), Canton, CT

We certainly appreciate Karen’s hospitality with all the extras from having fresh cooked bread, butter, gooey cake & much more! We have stayed at many places on VRBO across the country & truly found this place to be the cleanest, most organized of all places. It is truly a home-away-from-home. We will certainly plan to return as we visit our daughter here in St. Louis. Thanks again for everything!

Brenda & Bob, Cabot, AR

We loved staying at “our home away from home.” We were greeted by Karen and she showed wonderful hospitality! What a delight to arrive and have fresh made bread, fruit, milk and waffles, etc. It was very good!

If you are looking for a great bed and breakfast place, this is the one!

We will definitely make is a must to stay here again.

Clive & Carol, Floral, AR 

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It’s the perfect transition for her before moving in the dorm at Washington University. The manor is cozy, immaculate and welcoming. Thank you very much and I hope to be back.

P.S. We love the homemade bread, and all the well-thought-out snacks you’ve prepared…

Annie, Boston, MA

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Elves Manor, August 2011

So wonderful!! So homey!! So, so comfy!!! ‘Til next time,

 Ann, New Braunfels, TX

Perfect place for this special time in my family’s life.

JoAnn, San Antonio

Wonderful! We had a great time and we loved the elves. Thanks so much!

Kathie, Sarah & Erica (Covington, LA) & Pam (Blue Springs. MO)

House is wonderful! Thanks for the great ambience. Beds: Great. Hope to be back. I can teach meditation, and this is the right atmosphere. Love it! Big time relaxing.

Darlene (& Ken, Austin & Jacob), Billings, MO

Thanks for all the comfort, Karen! Cheryl and I enjoyed our quick trip. Just wish we could have been here longer. What a great stop for an incredibly comfortable and peaceful rest after a HOT day of roller coasters!

Very glad to meet you, especially with the Indy connection. Take care and I look forward to seeing you again, as I’ll definitely be back.

Go, Butler Bulldogs!

Jerry (& Cheryl), Indianapolis

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Garlic harvested from the Elves Manor garden on July 15, 2011

Loved our stay here! Came to St. Louis from Chicago and South Carolina for U2 concert and to visit family (I grew up here a long time ago). Me, my son, and grandson. We loved the location, food and comfort, but especially loved the uniqueness and beauty of the Manor and neighborhood.

Unfortunately it was too HOT for the hot tub.

Thanks, Karen, for making us feel at home!

Charles, Columbia, SC

We had a great time at Elves Manor. The food was wonderful and we will be sure to come back. Thanks for everything and making our visit enjoyable. We strongly appreciate it.

Christy, Audrey & Lauren, Fulton, KY

So glad you chose to open Elves Manor to all of us! It’s a great house in a wonderful location. Your amenities, tips, and hospitality were just so appreciated. Maybe you’ll remember us telling you that we don’t remember why we set St. Louis as our vacation destination, but we are so glad we did: City Museum, the Zoo, the Arch, Ted Drewes, and the great food! We’ll be telling friends to visit your city and your home.

Sandy & Matthew [Madison, WI] and Gabriel & Amber [Richmond, VA]

Stayed here as a “mini-vacation” with Terris (a resident of St. Louis) for some quiet time. Wonderful ~ what a great idea ~ it was casual and calm. Just what we needed.

Larry, Santa Cruz, CA

Enchanted getaway! Thanks so much, Karen.

Terris, St. Louis

Well, we can “chalk up” another wonderfully relaxing week at the Elves Manor. Our annual stay with you is always anxiously anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed. We have such an attachment to this “home” in St. Louis.

Thank you again for giving us this pleasant oasis in which to refresh ourselves while enjoying the things we love about St. Louis: Baseball, Ted Drewes, golf, great restaurants, Kimmswick, shopping, etc. It’s been an enchanting stay ~ as always.

God bless you until we see you again–Lord willing, next summer.

The Van Curens & The Edwards, Owasso, OK, & Tulsa

The second time around was as magical as the first. Thanks for taking such good care of us and for recommending Cahokia Mounds ~ and for being so knowledgeable about the city. We’ll be back.

The Ketchell/Fisher Family, Lawrence, KS, and Kansas City, MO

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Thanks for letting us turn your place into wedding week HQ. Elves Manor is like home, but better. Thanks for letting our grandson help with the gardening and eat your raspberries. Thanks for letting us make decorations and store supplies in the garage. And a special thanks for letting us entertain. Everyone is enchanted by the place. St. Louis heat and traffic can be a nuisance, but it’s so relaxing to stay here. Many thanks.

The Weitzels, Peoria, IL

Absolutely loved staying here! Loved all the little touches ~ bathrobes, lamps, fresh fruit, homemade goodies. We had a fabulous stay. Only thing we would recommend is a little footpath from the walkway to the porch from the iron gate, so as not to step on any of the lovely plants! Would love to come back again.

Michael & Molly, St. Louis

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Turn right to get to Elves Manor

Innkeeper’s Note: Molly & Michael, since you arrived very late and checked yourselves in, I think you may have missed the right turn through the arbor that takes you down a sidewalk to Elves Manor. Sometimes other guests have done this, too. The brick path is the walkway for my neighbors’ home. They don’t mind if guests use it, and from it there is a mulched path that leads over to Elves Manor…

Elves Manor was so much more than we expected. You really go above and beyond to make this a great stay. There wasn’t one thing we needed that wasn’t here. The house and the grounds are beautiful. The combination of everything made our 5th anniversary one to remember for a lifetime.

Thank you so much!

P.S. One word: Awesome!

Richard & Rachael, Springfield, MO

Thanks, Karen. We really enjoyed it!

Kay & Min, Baltimore, MD

We enjoyed our stay. We experience southern hospitality here in St. Louis. Thank you very much!

Joe & Yi Lina, Jackson, MS

elves manor guest house, st. louis, gardenThank you for a wonderful weekend getaway. Everything was so perfect and you truly thought of everything. We really felt at home, and we only wish we could stay longer.

The food was delicious and the bed was extremely comfy. We can’t wait to visit St. Louis again so we can stay here and get to enjoy such a wonderful place. Thank you for everything and we hope to see you again soon.

Alexandra & Kyle, Lawrence. KS

We’ve stayed in 10 or 12 B&Bs (even though Dave is not a B&B person). Elves Manor goes to the top of the list. Your hospitality was outstanding. It was great to meet ya’ll!

As the saying goes: Make new friends/Keep the old/One is silver/The other gold

From old friends Dave & Mary Stringfellow, Dennis & Linda Rice and Terry & Pat Jonason to new friends Karen & Harold.

Dave & Mary, Hueytown, AL

What a fabulous weekend! A big part of the good times were due to your awesome Elves Manor! Beautiful setting, delicious food and drinks–everything was perfect!

Your delightful personality contributed to the wonderful stay. Thanks for all the info that you shared, too.

Thanks for everything.

Dennis & Linda, Manhattan, KS

Loved everything about Elves Manor–facilities, hosts, and food. I am so impressed with the healthy and fabulous “eats” and drinks.

Rices, Stringfellows & Jonasons had a fun-filled 40-year reunion, and the relaxed atmosphere here contributed. Early a.m. coffee on the deck was so peaceful.

Heartfelt thanks.

Terry & Pat, Shawnee, KS

Thank you very much for a wonderful stay. We are really pleased we found the Manor on the web. The food and facilities are unbelievable. The weather was a bit hit-and-miss, but we still managed some time in the hot tub after a day at the Zoo. We have demolished all the Not-Gooey Butter Cake and are taking the last bits with us for the plane. You provided everything we could have asked for in this piece of heaven in the middle of the city.

We will be talking about our stay here for years to come. Thanks for a great time,

Chris, Stacey, Brian & Joan, Leeds, United Kingdom

elves manor deckThree Minnesota women arrived @ 4149 West Pine and were greeted by Karen’s smiling face. We found our cottage to be whimsical and very inviting. it immediately became our home away from home as we explored the St. Louis area.

Karen, thank you so much for your warm hospitality. We enjoyed our stay immensely!

P.S. The “eat” was fabulous.

Gwen, Becky & Julie, Minneapolis

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. We all loved Elves Manor. It was a very comforting, cozy, and welcoming environment, and perfect for resting before and after running the St. Louis Marathon! Your food was delicious, too. Thanks again!

Amy, Natalie, Annie, Lauren & Jen, Chicago

Very nice & comfortable & sweet place. The “Elves Manor Guest House” was the best place that we can find. The city was great, too. Thanks a lot! I hope you can go to Brazil some time and call us.

Gustavo & Paola, Valinhos, SP, Brazil

“Partly we recovered the olde familiar things, partly we created something wondrous and new.”  (Metamorphoses I:436-7)

Thank you, Karen, for providing us with such a lovely retreat. The Elves Manor provided us with the comforts of home and a great location to the adventures of the city.

Doug, Karin, Ben & Dane, LaGrange, IL

snowfall at Elves ManorWe can’t think of a better place to be “snowed in” with four inches of snow at the end of March! Ooh-eee! You put the breakfast in “bed & breakfast.” Thank you for caring for this nurturing space–and sharing.

Jody & Jack, Madison, WI

A special Spring Break for us! What a delightful city oasis. We don’t want to wake up from this pleasant dream.

Alicia, Erika (7), and Haley (7), Eureka, MO

Thank you, Karen! Luv, luv, luv this enchanting haven and will refer you to my friends and clients. Happy Spring!

Tina Marie, St. Louis

Thank you for a wonderful stay

We had to force ourselves

Away from your Elves

To enjoy St. Louis at play.

flowers Elves ManorTruly, this being our Spring Break, we leave having shaken off our Winter dormancy and are now feeling fully reborn. We are blossoming anew! Typical Elves Manor accolades, it seems; however, your style is anything but.

Mark & Laura, Maggie (15), George (14) & Ellen (11), Rock Island, IL

A home away from home! Many thanks for your hospitality ~ we absolutely loved our stay here!! Wishing you all the best,

Dawn & Tudor (Champaign, IL & Guelph, Ontario)

Who knew such a charming getaway spot existed in the middle of the CWE! I wish I could move in permanently. Thank you so much for sharing this space with us. Both of us hope to return!

Kevin (Washington, DC) & Amanda (St. Louis, MO)

Such a delightful interlude. Thank you so much for your wonderful haven. The elves were kind enough to share with us without complaint 🙂

Shirley & Nicholas (Walnut Creek, CA) and Sarah, St. Louis

A perfect weekend!! Thank you for such wonderful hospitality. We will return and recommend others to visit as well!

Bob & Kasey, Rock Island, IL

On Karen's back porchWhat a wonderful place ~ thank you for your hospitality! We love this place and had a fabulous time!

Terra & Chad, Chicago

Thank you! This place is wonderful!

Leeza & Kabril, Chicago

Our stay in St. Louis happened via a $1 Megabus ride. What was planned as a simple getaway turned into the best lodging we’ve ever had. We had high hopes for the B&B and you exceeded them in every way possible. Karen thought of everything from stocking the fridge with yummy food to having maps and brochures to all St. Louis attractions on the desk on the second floor.

We absolutely love this place. Karen & Harold ~ thank you so much for a great three days!

Joe & Trish, Chicago

What a wonderful enchanting stay!! My home away from home. As this is my pick of the litter, see you next time.

P.S. Put me down for less snow and more sun for my next visit!

Judy, Springfield, MO

How can I find one word for Elves Manor. . . I’m failing, so I will use two: “Magically Spiritual.” When you walk in, every spot has been thought out visually but also lots of hidden messages for enlightenment. Karen, the goddess of Elves Manor, fills your hunger with foods made with love. Karen, thank you so much for sharing your home.

My two-week journey is now coming to an end. I live in New Zealand and return on January 8, 2011. I have just been reunited with my childhood sweetheart after 30 years of being apart. Billy and I feel we were brought to Elves Manor for our special place. . . He has asked me to be his wife, I have accepted his love.

Karen. . .you will see us again as the Elves Manor has now been a doorway to the rest of our lives together.

In divine friendship,

Tracy (New Plymouth, New Zealand) and Bill (Evansville, IN)

A postscript from Tracy & Bill: When love is accompanied with deep intimacy, we rise to the highest level and human experience. In this exalted space, we willingly surrender our egos and attain a glimpse of the rapture that can be ours. Boundaries are blurred; there are no limitations. We become one, and at the same time, both!

Gates in winter

Thanks for a great night ~ movies & St. Louis-style pizza from The Hill made a nice stop on our way back to Nashville!

Jason, Margaret, Cecilia & Walter, Nashville, TN

We had a wonderful stay. Enjoyed all your special touches. Expect more guests from Columbia, MO.

Meredith & Gary, Columbia, MO

Elves Manor birdhouse

Birdhouse at Elves Manor

Our first stay here a year ago was wonderful, but our second stay this year was even more wonderful, probably because we got to stay an extra day. Everyone talks about this place being an oasis, and that’s exactly what it is. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and your food and hospitality were wonderful. Thanks for sharing this place with all of us. We look forward to the next time we will be able to stay here.

John & Gina, Arnold, MO

Everything was great! I was so excited when I saw all of the healthy, delicious food you provided. It was lovely to stay here.

Amanda (& Eric), St. Louis, MO

December 2nd (Day 1): This place is amazing! We love the hot tub and all the yummy snacks. Couldn’t have found a better place to enjoy St. Louis. Strange noises coming from upstairs. Probably just due to the wind.

December 3rd (Day 2): My husband and I had a great first night! We enjoyed hot tea by the fireplace ~ lounging around on the sofa. Lots of sounds coming from upstairs, though. Sounded like footsteps. At first we thought that maybe Karen had let herself in and was upstairs cleaning, but my husband went up to investigate and found no one. Very strange.

Day 2 (4:30 p.m.): We just got back from sightseeing and found all the cabinets open and things tossed about…not where we put them.

Day 2 (10:16 p.m.): My husband is acting weird. The noises are getting louder and more frequent. I am setting up a camera tonight to see if I catch anything.

Day 3 (3:31 a.m.): Just heard loud bang from the upstairs bedroom!!! Sounds like footsteps coming downstairs. Husband won’t wake up. Am scared…

Day 3 (9 a.m.): The noises died down, although I didn’t sleep. My camera seems to have malfunctioned: Nothing caught. My husband thinks I am crazy. Maybe I am.

Day 3 (evening): Had a great day in the city! Highly recommend Scottish Arms and Pappy’s Smokehouse! Things seem normal in the house tonight, but think I will put a ring of salt around the bed just to be safe.

Day 3 (11:57 p.m.): It’s back. Slept w/flashlight by bed…turned on to see salt has been disturbed…looks like footsteps! God help me. My husband is sound asleep.

Day 4 (2:15 a.m.): I woke up to bang. Husband is not in bed…going to look for him.

Day 4 (2:22 a.m.): Found my husband…standing in living room staring at wall. He seems to be sleepwalking?! Won’t move! I am so scared! I am sitting by fireplace writing this. Feel like something is behind me. Can feel a breathing on my neck. Oh my God. Something just touched me! My husband is chanting!!! Oh my God–what is happening? I feel like something big is about to [Innkeeper’s note: Handwriting not legible]

Day 5 (9 a.m.): So turns out that was all just a bad dream and it’s actually only “Day 2” now! Husband is normal, house is fantastic! No need to be alarmed 🙂 Also, found chocolates in ceramic pot upstairs. Jackpot!

Thanks for the wonderful stay, Karen! Will definitely book Elves Manor again in the future. (Of course, if that was all a dream, how/when did I write those previous entries? And why did I find a pile of salt under the bed?)

Desiree (& Jim), Knoxville, TN

We’ve stayed at a lot of places, and this has been perfect. Thanks so much for your hospitality. I made my pies for Thanksgiving in your well-stocked kitchen.

Emily (& Jerry, Owen and Olivia), Villa Park, CA

Awesome place! Thank you. The little touches were especially thoughtful. You made us feel special.

Adam & Roxanne, Ballwin, MO

Wow, is all we can say! Your warm hospitality has been so appreciated. From the moment we walked in, we were treated to wonderful food–always the best of everything, a charming house with lots of charm and warmth, and the kindness and thoughtfulness of you, Karen & Harold. A special thank you for running out and purchasing a high chair for our granddaughter! We are so appreciative and will look forward to a return visit.

Dan & Laura (Berkeley, CA) and Mark & Roslyn (Orange County, CA)

As always, thanks for letting us four crash here in this amazing house, Karen! We really appreciate the opportunity, since we don’t get to see each other in person that much except when we come here. Everything was wonderful as always (we especially enjoyed the gluten-free gooey butter cake so Laura could have some! 🙂 ). Thanks so much for letting us stay and hope to see you again next year sometime! I had a lot of fun and consider Elves Manor a second home now.

Niki, Green Bay, WI

Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality! Your thoughtfulness and care for details always makes us feel so welcome and at home here! I’m already looking forward to next year’s ‘Pikacon’ with the girls here at Elves Manor! The last two years have been wonderful and I have to say we really appreciated being allowed fresh herbs from the garden. They were delicious! Thank you again and again for letting us have our little gamer girl vacation in this beautiful place!

Carrie, St. John, MO

Thank you once again for everything, especially the gluten-free butter cake–which was a total success. Elves Manor has become our second home thanks to your kindness and warmth, which makes it all the more heart breaking to leave.

Looking forward to seeing you next year, which I hope comes around quickly so I don’t have to miss this place too much!

Laura, Melbourne, Australia

Once again, it’s been amazing to stay here in this wonderful place of yours. It’s a perfect little haven in the middle of St. Louis that has the most adorable charm to it. The girls & I have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here once again & it really seems like time has flown all over again.

Can’t wait to see you & this wonderful place again as I think it’s become our chosen slice of paradise!

Anika, Smith’s Lake, New South Wales, Australia

We three Germans (mother, daughter, son-in-law) and the mother’s American husband enjoyed Elves Manor a lot. The quietness, the perfect food, the hot tub and the comfort of the house made us feel at home. It was gemuetlich here. We enjoyed being outdoors in the middle of the city. Karen keeps everything as clean and neat as a typical German housewife would. We were not here long enough to try all the different interesting teas, but next time we are in St. Louis, we will come back here!

Edith-Maria & Kent, Rapid City, SD

Amazing! Everywhere you look there’s something else beautiful and fun to see. The food you left was amazing, too! Ulysses was very well behaved–he even snuggled us fresh out of the hot tub 🙂

We’ll definitely be back some day. It’s a shame we only had one night!

Debbie, Pauli Ann, Ellison, Sam, John, Jen, and Alex (Magdalena, NM, and other posts around the world)

It’s been three days now since the Zombies started their assault. We’re running low on supplies, we’re down to just the one quiche, but not on spirit. Alex and John were lost in the raid. They bravely laid down their lives to close the gate, giving us at lest another day…I’m not sure how much longer we will last. God help us.


What a great place to stay, an oasis in the middle of a city! The gardens were beautiful, sitting out on the deck was peaceful, and best of all were the visits from that sweet cat, Ulysses. He purred for us, sat in our laps, and helped us not miss our cats at home so much.

Thank you, Karen, for all the food left for us, your friendliness and concern for our comfort.

Linda, Amy & Andrew, Dallas, TX

Wow! What a sweet retreat! My husband & I and his dad & girlfriend were in St. Louis for the weekend for a family wedding. Being with family was wonderful, and so was coming “home” to our lovely little cottage! So thoughtfully appointed with attention to every detail. And the special touches…fresh homemade bread & cake, fresh fruit salad, made-with-love spinach quiches…I could go on and on! My husband and I have stayed at numerous B&Bs over the years–and NONE can rival Elves Manor, and especially the care and attention Karen puts into every thoughtful detail.

Thanks for a wonderful stay. So glad we didn’t stay at a hotel like the rest of the family!

Brigitte & John, Baton Rouge, LA

Amazing, amazing, amazing. But if you are here you know this. Thank you so much, Karen, for sharing your wonderful food and hospitality with us. I want to come back and I want to spend more time in this perfect energy place. Thank you!

Brandi & Patrick, St. Paul, MN

As always we had a delightful stay at Elves Manor. We love the hot tub and the beds are cozy and so comfortable! Karen is the most gracious hostess. We look forward to returning to St. Louis soon!

Shannon (& Hazel & Margaret Rose), Franklin, TN

How relaxing to find a “home away from home” and be able to share sweet times together! [Betty, Huxley, IA] The six of us from three states met for a mini-reunion and Cardinals/Cubs game. Elves Manor is such a charming, relaxing place to soak up the outdoor beauty and the indoor decor while catching up with family. [Edie, Mountain Home, AR] I agree with both of my sisters above (shocking?!). Your home is a treasure. Unexpected finds include Scrabble, many cute little lamps and adorable little tables, and scented oils for the hot tub. Thanks! [Millie, Gassville, AR] Thank you for sharing your mom’s lovely home with us. It is charming. [Doug, Gassville, AR] I agree with all. Thanks. [Janice, Chicago]

Awesome! What a beautiful place to come and relax.

This is the first time for the four of us to be in St. Louis. If we decide to come back, we will definitely come here. The quiche was amazing. Cannot wait to make it at home. Karen, you and your husband were such gracious hosts. It was enjoyable to chat with you. Enjoyed the garden. You made us feel at home. Thank you!!

Delbert & Vicki, Rushville, IN, and Perry & Jean, Indianapolis

Wow! What an awesome environment! Elves Manor is such a wonderful, quaint and comfortable home. We had an absolutely delightful time here in St. Louis and will definitely return, making sure to stay here again! Our immediate reaction, upon entering Elves Manor, was, “Oh, my goodness. I want to live here!” Thanks so much for the love and devotion you put into your Manor. It shows in each and every detail. Food was great, beds were excellent, everything was fabulous! Thank you so much!

Deb, Pam, Keanna & J.R., Columbus, OH

So happy to have discovered your bit of heavenly seclusion in the heart of all that makes St. Louis so enjoyable! Every inch is thoughtfully designed for peaceful comfort, right down to the delicious treats and up-to-date TV listings & St. Louis “Get Out” guide to all the happenings.

All the comforts of home, plus many we wish we had at home. Just the respite my wife & I needed to reconnect and enjoy each other.

Martin & Patty, Lake St. Louis, MO

Phillip and I have never stayed in a place like this before. Needless to say we were anxious to see what was awaiting us, and it did not disappoint. The grounds are simply gorgeous and the house has everything one might need. [From Phillip:] It’s always a treat to travel to a new place and find such a warm and lovely place to stay. Even better when filled  with comfort and style like yours! [Back to Sarah:] We would also like to add that after all the traveling this summer, this little house has been the most comfortable and accommodating.

Phillip & Sarah, Bloomington, IN

What a pleasure to return to Elves Manor and an even greater pleasure to share this lovely little oasis with our daughter Amber to celebrate her recent accomplishments and new life to come! Thanks so much for all that you do to make the world a more graceful and beautiful place. You have a real gift!

Lisa & Amber, Columbia, MO

Thank you for this quiet oasis. It’s just perfect. We’ll be back!

Ellen & Bill, Washington, DC

We had a great time at Elves Manor for our girls’ getaway. It was very relaxing and the house is beautiful. We look forward to coming back to St. Louis. Thank you for everything, Karen!

The Girls, Milwaukee, WI

All the comforts of home and more. Highlights for this trip were the central location to the attractions, and the setting.

Fern & James, Indiana

Elves Manor is a real treasure. It was perfect for our family of four plus two grandparents. Everyone had plenty of space and privacy. The central location was safe and just minutes away from the must-see attractions, including the Arch, City Museum, and the Zoo. Being able to grill out and fix meals here when we wanted save us a lot of $$ over our eight-night stay. Karen included many thoughtful extras and went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely stay here again if we return to St. Louis!

Jill & Andy, Kansas

Phew! Don and I feel as though we have just exhaled. Thank you.

This place, its energy, its warmth…like a warm embrace, we have been blessed by what you have created here, to be shared. Elves Manor is you, Karen. You and Harold. Your mom.

We are so fortunate to count you, and your family, and your garden, and your manor among our many special blessings.

Pam & Don, Columbia, MO ~ for now. Brentwood Forest, soon-to-be!

We had a great weekend with our buddies (Don & Pam). Thank you for making your house our home. We’ll be back!

Jake & Jude, Columbia, MO

Rickey and I really enjoyed our long weekend at Elves Manor. We hate to leave. We felt like we were at home, and the food was fabulous. I will never forget my “Birthday Brownies.”

Thanks for everything and we cannot wait to come back for another stay.

Ginger & Rick, Caruthersville, MO

Thank you for the hospitality and amazing food. This is now our favorite place in St. Louis. We appreciate all the little things. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and hope to return some time.

John & Louisa (St. Louis & Gainesville, FL)

We enjoyed our stay at Elves Manor and your gracious hospitality!  The manor had everything we needed, was across the street from our daughter and son-in-law, and was close to beautiful St. Louis neighborhoods and wonderful restaurants. We look forward to returning soon.

John & Gail, San Diego, CA

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in this wonderful home! It was so nice having a place to come “home” after being out and about in St. Louis. This weekend getaway was perfect for our 8th-year anniversary 🙂

We will definitely be coming back and will recommend this to everyone we know. Thank you for the lovely breakfast every morning. [The Elves Manor] toaster is our next future purchase!

Pastor Alan & Valerie Hayden, Des Moines, IA

What a wonderful oasis in the middle of the city! The hospitality and food were outstanding! We only wish we could have stayed longer. Looking forward to coming back!

The Heckemeyers, Jefferson City, MO

Thank you so much for a great stay in the “Elves Manor” ~ your kind hospitality and information. The food was wonderful. We enjoyed the hot tub, and a great sleep. Sorry it was such a short stay. We could have enjoyed it more. You were a sweet hostess with a beautiful home. Thanks again.

Tremendous hospitality! Every detail! Wonderful breakfast and coffee.

Lisa, Jeff, Wyatt, Abby & Sam (Fullerton, CA) & Liz & Chloe (Phoenix)

You are such a sweetheart! I feel this is my second home. I was saddened to find I would be unable to lodge [at Elves Manor] on my way home, though 😦

Elves Manor will always be my first pick! Thanks for having me, with much love,

Judy, Elkhead, MO

Thank you so much for the hospitality! The bread, brownies, quiche–so delicious. We enjoyed everything so much. Elves Manor is just a wonderful retreat ~ wish we could stay longer!

Kristi & Tommy, Bay St. Louis, MS

Thanks for the hospitality. Your place is terrific…Everything was perfect! We hope to be back to see you ~

Bob, Lisa, Brian & Frank, Denver, CO

Thanks so much for your hospitality. The homemade bread and quiche were awesome!Every turn in the home presented a pleasant surprise. You Guys Done Good. I only wish we had arrived earlier to enjoy everything. Hope to see you again soon!

Ted, Columbus, OH

You have such a lovely and inviting home. We slept so well that we were able to run to Forest Park and finish the whole 6.1 mile loop and come back. The breakfast was delicious. You have a gift.

Sarah & Orlando, Columbia, MO

Thank you for supplying us with the best location for our families’ midway point. You were able to give us wonderful organic food, a hot tub, and a beautiful garden during this June weekend. I hope we can come out here again to enjoy your wonderful service. Have a great and wonderful summer.

Brett (Joliet, IL/Milwaukee, WI), Larry & Lynda (Joliet, IL) & Margaret, Scott & Nora (Overland Park, KS)

Thank you for the hospitality which covered every thoughtful aspect of this little home. My family needed this very thing right now in our lives. It has been a healing week. Thank you, and God bless you.

Mary, Claire, Patrick & Mara (Evansville, IN) & Chris (Nashville, TN)

Your Elves Manor was a wonderful fit for our family. You have a wonderful retreat here which we thoroughly enjoyed. The three little grandchildren also enjoyed their stay here, with your mystical garden for them to explore. This is the third house we have rented for a family vacation and the very best by far. Thank you for your great hospitality and allowing us to stay here.

Roberta & Ken & Family, Taber, Alberta (Canada)

Amidst the hustle & bustle of today’s life you have created a place of serenity that you have so graciously shared with others. Thank you so much.

Marjean, Carbondale, KS

Thank you for allowing us into your home. Your carriage house is an absolute “jewel” in the city of St. Louis. Never have I felt more “at home” when I was away from home. You’re such a gracious hostess and Jim & I both hope to visit again. Maybe we’ll have time to see some sights and try out Ted Drewes. Thank you again for such a wonderful visit. I truly believe we were meant to stay with you during this celebration in our lives.

Laurinda, Carbondale, KS

It is hard to convey the appreciation I have that you have allowed us to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Your husband told us that “this” was 95 percent your doing. I am more inclined to think 99 percent. Warning: We will be back. Thank you so much.

Jim, Carbondale, KS

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality! We thoroughly loved our stay with you and will definitely be back, perhaps with our two daughters.

The home is just lovely and the food amazing. It was a wonderful getaway for us and a great way to be treated for Mother’s Day! We wish you all the very best on the continued success of Elves Manor and will most certainly tell all our friends and family about this lovely getaway here in our town.

Deb & Tony, Valley Park, MO

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at Elves Manor. What a delightful piece of heaven in a big city. Your hospitality and friendliness made the stay here extra special. Breakfasts were yummy and this house is a great place to get away and relax. We will be back. John graduates next May–as soon as we get a date we will let you know. Thank you so much for such a wonderful visit.

Al & Natalie, North Canton, OH

As usual, this week has passed entirely too quickly, and we are not ready to leave because we love being here. Entertaining the thought of staying anywhere else in St. Louis is unthinkable. We are “spoiled” by this “haven of peacefulness and rest” with its provisions of comfort and the accommodations for every possible need.

Lord willing, we shall see you upon our next return to St. Louis.

Ada & Ted (Owasso, OK) and Norma & Don (Tulsa, OK)

Thank you for sharing your Elves Manor guest home to celebrate my birthday. The four of us get together for a unique overnight the weekend of our birthdays. We are friends from our son’s grade schools, and now our boys are in high school. We all enjoyed each other so much during all those room mom events, sporting games, and church events that we do not want to lose touch with one another.

We are all from South County, and staying in your manor gave us the opportunity to explore the Central West End and city living. You have thought of every detail in Elves Manor to make our stay just wonderful. You are so thoughtful with all the goodies you had for us; we could hardly eat dinner and chose to stay in last night, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and watch a movie.

I am a Realtor in St. Louis County, and will definitely recommend Elves Manor to my friends and clients for a quick getaway.

Nancy (& Kitty, Linda & Jean), St. Louis

Diana & I and my sister Nixie came to St. Louis for a family reunion. Nixie and I grew up in St. Louis–all our father’s people were here–then life and adventure took us to the four corners of elsewhere. Nixie now lives in Oklahoma, and Diana & I in San Diego.

We found you because our friends rent their house next door to us through VRBO [Vacation Rentals By Owner]. We have met so many nice people who have stayed at their house that we thought we couldn’t lose once we saw Elves Manor on the Internet.

We didn’t lose–this is as lovely as could be and we are so thrilled we’ve found a new friend in you and your family. It is especially amazing to us that as we are reacquainted with our family, we are also introduced to yours and your mother through her presence in the cottage.

You have done a wonderful job with Elves Manor and you personally add the finishing touch.

Jay (& Diana & Nixie), California & Oklahoma

We are so happy we chose Elves Manor. It was like “home away from home,” and made it hard to leave!! The extra touches were appreciated. We look forward to coming back. Thank you!

Yvonne, Jim, Truman, Garrett & Colton, Cincinnati, OH

It was so good to meet you and was a joy when we got to visit. Thank you for caring about our stay. Everything was perfect.

Dale & Betty, Swink, CO

Thank you for taking such good care of us. We had a great time and look forward to returning.

Karl & Kristen, Kansas City

Another excellent stay!! Thanks so very much! Wouldn’t stay anywhere else. ‘Til next time…warm wishes to all.

Judy, Elkhead, MO

Karen & Gnomes, you’re right up my vibration. We will return.

Paul & Linda, St. Louis

Another fun trip!! Thanks for your hospitality. See you again soon.

Judy M., Judy L., Diane, Gayla & Lee, St. Louis

Karen & Harold, it was a pleasure meeting both of you! Elves Manor was the perfect retreat for some peace and quiet with the convenience of the city. We enjoyed wonderful restaurants, as well as the Loop and the Botanical Gardens’ orchid show. My son was able to escape dorm life and do some studying, while I enjoyed the warmth of the fire and a great book! The cottage was very clean and equipped very well. I loved the brownies!

Ann, Omaha, NE

Thank you, Karen, for a home away from home. We were very comfortable and appreciate the thoughtful extras of band-aids and chocolate. Wishing you and your family all you give to others.

Kristine, Elise, Skylar & Rima, Spring Grove, IL

Excellent, as always! I wouldn’t stay elsewhere. ‘Til next time,

Judy, Elkhead, MO

We loved our “girls’ weekend” for our alumni basketball game. Your cottage was perfect. We enjoyed warming up in the hot tub. Thanks so much. Go Wash U!

Michele (Fresno, CA), Rochelle (South Bend, IN), Bridget (St. Louis) & Jill (Maumelle, AR)

Thank you so much for your nice home. We truly enjoyed every moment. Cannot wait to come back with more of our family.

Mike & Ramona, Blue Springs, MO

Delightful. Perfectly perfect. What’s more impressive, the depth of detail, or the complete attention to detail? Don’t know, but I know we’re grateful. Whenever we return, we’ll be happy to see you again, Karen, Harold, and your boys.

Mark, Rebecca, Clara & Miles, Seattle

What a wonderful and charming home! Thank you for opening it up for others to enjoy. Everywhere you look there is something new and interesting. We will tell our friends and family what a wonderful place this is, and we hope to stay here again before too long. We are so relaxed and rejuvenated now. It’s been a great retreat.

John & Gina, Arnold, MO

We have been wanting to stay here since we first found out you were running the carriage house as a bed-and-breakfast. It was well worth the wait! We had a wonderful time. Thanks for the hospitality.

Tina & Terry, Troy, MO

Such a pleasure to meet you and spend our family Christmas in the wonderful Elves Manor. You are very special in your vision of hospitality. Until we meet again,

The Jeff Knott Family, Genoa, OH; the James Knott Family, Columbus, OH; and the Greg Knott Family, St. Louis

What a great way for us to be able to spend time with our family here–but have space and time to ourselves as out-of-towners. Everything and more that we needed was here, plus all of the info and resources at our fingertips to take advantage of a St. Louis we don’t always see. Thanks for everything. It was great. Like many others, we’ll be back!

Donna, Chad, Hope, Finn & Zane, Kearney, MO

It was wonderful to stay here again! This time my favorite part was the fireplace–and your kindness. Many thanks ~

Lynne (Columbia, MO), Kath (Seattle), and Russ (Carbondale, IL)

What a charming and surprising retreat tucked away in the middle of the city. Just perfect.

Katie & Chris, Edwardsville, IL, and Erin & Rich, Smithton, IL

The Elves Manor Guest House was very charming and welcoming during our stay in St. Louis. We will definitely pass along the great words to our families and friends.

Steve, Ann & Dylan, Oklahoma City, OK

Thanks so much! I miss this special place, my home away from home. Thanks so much for having me. I hope to be back soon.

Judy, Elkhead, MO

Thank you so much for this! The girls and I had so much fun during our week-and-a-bit stay. Though I think the place saw more video games than it ever has before! I loved every day here and everything is absolutely perfect. I felt so at home and I’m totally going to miss it when I go home!

This has been a fantastic stay with my friends and I’m glad you didn’t mind having four Sonic the Hedgehog fanatics in Elves Manor. We’ve all fallen completely in love with it and we’re planning to come back again next year if we can.

Carrie, St. John, MO

This is the first time that I’ve ever been in St. Louis, and staying here has been the best time that I’ve ever had 🙂  Elves Manor is such a beautiful place ~ it felt like a home away from home. The girls and I had such a great time. We’re already talking about next year and staying with you again!

I really loved it here ~ and you’ve been such a great hostess. It was a great experience and we had a wonderful time. Elves Manor was so comfortable and private in the heart of the city; I’d recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique place to stay. Thank you so much! Hope to see you next year!

Nicole, Green Bay, WI

This place is AMAZING! It’s the most wonderful little corner of St. Louis and our stay has been the most enjoyable vacation I’ve ever had. Your company whenever you popped over was lovely.

I think I overheard from the others that OC and I are your first Australian guests. So glad that we could be a little part of Elves Manor history!

Thank you so much for providing such an incredible little place to stay.

Anika, Newcastle, Australia

I’ve never stayed anywhere that was so comfortable, warm and charming as Elves Manor. The trinkets and decorations always kept this place interesting; every morning brought a new discovery.

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful hostess and for making our first visit to St. Louis a comfortable one. I just wish we could stay here longer because I don’t want to leave! I love this place so much!!!

Hope we didn’t weird you out too much with all of us using our laptops and computers all at once 🙂

Laura (aka “OC,” aka “the other Aussie”), Melbourne, Australia

Comments from five sisters who held their annual reunion over a long weekend:

Gosh ~ what a great place! You’ve made the place absolutely perfect and made us feel so welcome. Thank you!

Alice, Centennial, CO

This was a great place to stay on our St. Louis trip. The place is decorated so cute.

Velma, of Iowa

This place is so neat & clean & homey. Thank you.

Joan, of Nebraska

The sisters’ trip (16th year) was made memorable by the Elves Manor, the intruder in the basement who turned out to be a very nice man, the alarms warning the neighborhood we were home, and the tick-tock clock by the bed (it found a new home for a few days 🙂

Sue, Minneapolis

What a great cottage! Clean, neat, and very interesting. Also, the hostess has a great personality.

Ann, of Nebraska

[Innkeeper’s note: The “intruder” to whom Sue refers is my husband!]

Wonderful, absolutely wonderful! I can’t imagine a future stay in St. Louis not including Elves Manor. All the comforts of home, without the burdens of home. Thank you so much. We will see you again!

Craig, Spencer, IA, Bill, Le Mars, IA, and Greg, Kazakhstan

What a lovely week we’ve had! Concerts, garden walks, shopping, tours, reading, biking and just relaxing. Your hospitality and this charming little oasis are perfect in every detail. Thanks so much for sharing your home and time with us. And we look forward to seeing you again… We’re already thinking up things we could do on our next visit!

Lisa & Michael, Columbia, MO

Thank you for your kind hospitality. We had a wonderful visit with our children in your lovely carriage house. One could spend a day just looking at all of the unique accessories you have throughout the house. We will come and visit again after our grandchild is born!

Peggy & Pat, Deerfield, WI

Thank you very much for your hospitality. We had a great time! We appreciate all you’d done to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Since we live an organic lifestyle, it’s great to find like-minded people who share our beliefs.

We love this place. We’ll definitely recommend it to our friends. When we are planning our next St. Louis trip, we’ll contact you again!

Lan & Kevin & Family, Lee’s Summit, MO

We enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home. Had a wonderful time. Hope to see you again sometime soon.

Jerry & Josephine and Pat & Carmel, Ireland

Thank you so much for a great conclusion to our special day! We absolutely love the place and the food was terrific. The gardens & atmosphere make for a wonderful stay. We can’t wait to stay when we have more time…maybe our anniversary!

Andy & Beth Flieger, St. Louis, MO (this is the first time we’ve written our names like this…yay!)

This could not have been more perfect for us–something special in every nook. Thank you for a wonderful weekend!

Katie, David, Violet & Anna, DeKalb, IL

Thank you so much for opening your home up to all of us. Anna [age 5] especially enjoyed the hot tub, your beautiful garden, and meeting the Elves Manor cat. It was wonderful to have a home for our family this weekend.

David, DeKalb, IL

Thank you for the wonderful hospitality! Your home is so unique. You made our yearly sibling weekend wonderful!

Tom, Jane, Cathy, Bonnie & Bob (various cities in Indiana)

What an enlightening experience! Thanks so very much. I will be back to enjoy again soon.

Judy, Sparta, MO

This place is truly an oasis. It’s so comfy, we had to tear ourselves away to see the city. Thank you for creating such a lovely place and opening it up for others! This has been one of my best birthdays, and part of that is because we stayed here. See you again!

Lynne (& Rob, Katy, Kenny, Dee & Ron), Columbia, MO

Thanks so much for your hospitality! Your accommodations were a home away from home. Elves Manor more than met our expectations. We truly enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning when Jovie is a little older. Your kindness was very much appreciated!

Sally, Eric, Muriel, Eric Jr., Janie & Jovie, Metairie, LA

We had such a great time! What a wonderful and beautiful house! You were so warm, inviting and nice. Thank you for all your help. We will be back!

Nick, Sue, Alyssa & Ally, Littleton, CO

IMG_4678This place is a little slice of heaven. It far exceeded our expectations. It was like a home away from home. What sets it apart from any other B&B is your friendliness, personality and hospitality. You have made four guys from Louisville very happy. May God bless you!

Joe T., Aaron, Ed, and Joe G., Louisville, KY

We were happy to once again be able to experience our Mother-and-Daughters’ weekend at Elves Manor. Your directions for finding items here are written clearly. All the delightful decor and caring touches are very much appreciated. You provide comfortable lodging in a very convenient location. We shall return in the future. Thank you for your hospitality. Love and peace,

Joan, St. Louis, MO

The love you put into Elves Manor is felt as soon as you enter. This magical house will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for another awesome weekend.

Renee, Troy, MO

Thanks bunches. The luxurious homey accommodations are great for our mother/daughter retreat. I was delighted that you had time to visit with us for a bit, too.

Anna, Union, MO

I didn’t think last year could have been topped, but it was! Being at Elves Manor again is a delightful experience. There is always something new to discover about this magical retreat. A very special place to relax, renew, and reconnect with Mom and my sisters. Thank you for sharing your space.

Terry, Hastings, MN

We loved staying at the Manor. Your house is beautiful and the location was perfect for us. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the city and other things–and for the cake! We will definitely be back.

Marcia, Aaron, Clara and Gus (Lawrence, KS) and Jane (Kansas City, KS)

What a wonderful time we have had ~ your B & B is beautiful ~ so filled with many fabulous pieces of furniture ~ I love the rocking chairs! We so enjoyed your gorgeous deck and gardens. We had a delightful dinner at Terrene ~ friendly people and very fine food. Your “touch is magical.” You certainly have met the needs for both of us ~ yummy brownies and wonderful coffee!

Mike & Kay, Chesterfield, MO

Absolutely one of the very best and cleanest homes that I have ever rented through You are a thoughtful and caring hostess and have provided all the comforts of home, as I am here on business. I’ll be back!

Darrell, St. Simons Island, GA

Thank you for one of the best back-home trips I have ever experienced! The energy in this home is amazing, and I feel blessed to have been here. I will be back.

Brian (Arizona & St. Louis)

Thank you for the excellent accommodations. We couldn’t have hoped nor asked for more. The food you selected was wonderful! Thanks again for the use of the tandem bike. We’ll definitely return.

Adam & Angela, Rogers, AR

We can’t say enough about this incredibly lovely home. Sofia told me this morning that she wanted “to stay in Elves Manor forever!” From the delicious cake waiting for us to the fridge full of bare necessities, you have an attention to detail that is unmatched. We felt so at home here and look forward to staying here for much longer next time so that we can fully absorb the tranquility and peace of this delightful home.

Thank you, thank you.

Brian, Nicole, Sofia, Luca & Silvio, San Francisco, CA

This week passed so quickly. That’s the way it goes when you are enjoying yourself in such pleasant surroundings. Thank you for allowing people the beauty and pleasure of your garden and the manor. It’s a “home away from home.” We hope to see you again next summer.

Ted and Ada (Owasso, OK) & Don and Norma (Tulsa, OK)

Thanks so much for making the short stay so relaxing. It’s such a treat to come to Elves Manor and, as always, to see the Karabells. I hope to be back soon!

Teresa, Asheville, NC

You have made our stay enjoyable. Our family has been comfortable. It is always special to be able to spend time with family, and here we certainly have had a very special vacation. Elves Manor is a quiet retreat in a city. The garden is lovely, green and colorful.

Your carriage house is lovely. We were nicely accommodated. Our grandson had such a good time playing with the trains. He made himself quite at home. Walks in the neighborhood were fun. With thanks,

Roger & Barbara, Naperville, IL

Hey! Thank you! We have had such a wonderful time. The cottage and garden are just beautiful. We, Marie, Tommy, Alesia and Tyler, have really enjoyed our adventure in St. Louis. Thanks again.

Marie & Tommy (Lexington, KY) and Alesia & Tyler (Farmington, MO)

What a wonderful experience to stay at Elves Manor. This was a very special week–our daughter’s graduation–and staying here made it all the more extraordinary.

The memories made here will last forever. Thank you for the magical quality of the house and garden–and most of all, thank you for being such caring human beings. In this day and age, it is such a beautiful experience to meet people who truly care about others and the earth we live on. May we all learn from you and follow your example. Elves Manor and its hosts will always have a special place in our hearts. The hot tub is pretty great, too! You really do think of everything to make it a perfect place to stay.

With gratitude & warm & sunny thoughts,

Anne & Rein, Boca Raton, FL

Thank you so much for a peaceful Mother’s Day weekend at Elves Manor. The cottage is lovely, the brownies delicious, the hot tub wonderful ~

Thanks again for a delightful weekend.

Lisa, Baton Rouge, LA

We have so enjoyed your little “Gem in the City.” Our bridge group has traveled from Cape Cod to the Cayman Islands and this has been one of our best surprises. You have done everything to make our short stay enjoyable. Thank you. We do hope to visit again.

Judy, Gayla, Diane, Lee & Judy, St. Louis, MO

Thanks for sharing your charming carriage house with me and my family. It was the perfect place to gather for Lauren and Mike’s wedding. Life is all about family and friends, and we’ve enjoyed both here in St. Louis with you! Many happy years to you.

P.S. Thanks for all the special touches–cake, cashews, banana chips… 🙂

Diane, Moscow, ID

Of all the places we’ve stayed, this is the best!

Sally & Don, Boise, ID

We really could not have asked for a more perfect weekend with your family. St. Louis and the Karabells made the trip lovely and welcomed us with open arms… Thank you for everything, and I hope to be back soon for another adventure with the Karabell family 🙂

Teresa, Asheville, NC

Many thanks ~ everything was wonderful. Hope to see you next year,

All the gang at Midnight Studios (Kyle, Brea, Sandra, Michael, Matt & Nick), Mesa, AZ

We feel privileged to stay at Elves Manor–our time here has been delightful! You have been an amazing host–caring and attentive to every detail of our stay. We give Elves Manor our five-smiley-face rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thank you again–you have been most gracious!

Bob & Mona,  Durham, NC

My daughter and I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend at Elves Manor on our John Gorka concert visit. The breakfast selections are awesome and the fireplace is the best!!! We will definitely be back to explore the Central West End some more.

Martha (Normal, IL) & Alyssa (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Elves Manor is a diamond in the rough. A great, peaceful retreat that I will definitely recommend. Thank you, Karen, for your hospitality!

Susie, Arlington, TX

Spending part of my 80th birthday family reunion at Elves Manor has provided me with memories of an enchanted place of joy and warmth that I shall forever cherish.

Carolyn, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

An urban oasis with all creature comforts (anticipated & unanticipated). We loved our cozy, warm stay at the terrific Elves Manor. What a beautiful place you have created. Karen goes out of her way as an innkeeper in making your stay a rewarding one. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a “home away from home” without the work and with lots of pleasure.

Robin, Seattle, WA

Well, if you’re going to meet anyone in St. Louis, it should be Karen, our most gracious innkeeper. The experience at the manor was the Gateway of our week. While we toiled laboriously at the Boat Show, we were welcomed each evening with a home away from home: The amenities superb, the fireplace cozy, and the hot tub rewarding.

Looking forward to another stay at our secret hideaway on our return to St. Louis.

Ed, Machelle, & Mark, Annapolis, MD

We had a wonderful time. It was truly beautiful. I will be back!

Latisha & Doyle, Florissant, MO

We have had a wonderful stay in your beautiful Elves Manor. Thank you so much for your hospitality! Hope to come back soon.

Aviva & Margaux, St. Louis, MO

Seeing the innkeeper’s son bar mitzvah’d today was so touching ~ oh, and he’s my nephew!!

A million thanks for hosting us in this little jewel in the city. We had a wonderful time and hope for many more returns.

Shannon & Hazel (& Chuck), Franklin, TN

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For questions or reservations, please email or call Karen (the head elf) at 314/568-0236

Elves Manor Guest House
4149 West Pine Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108 USA
Karen Karabell, head elf