Nestled in historical south St. Louis, Missouri, the Fleur-de-Lys Mansion is a pleasant and luxurious surprise, a true jewel harbored by the beauty of parks and national landmarks. For romance, peace, and solace, you need look no farther because this exquisite gift sits just off of Grand Boulevard amongst other beautiful and original historical homes and buildings. This urban paradise is entered through a grand iron gate.
Entrance to Romance.
We rang the doorbell two hours early, but we are greeted warmly through a fabulous heavy wooden door of the grand entry. Solid oak lines the massive opening, accented with original slabs of granite. Oak crown molding is gorgeously placed throughout the entire home and the grand stairway and rails are right out of a romance novel. Hardwood floors gleam throughout, with comfortable and classy furniture adorning the common rooms. Soft relaxing music drifts about creating a feeling of peace and serenity.
Fleur-de-Lys in Spring;
and the parlor room, below.
The Fleur-De-Lys mansion is a stately B&B, owned and operated by Jan and Dave Seifert, who live for the comforts of their guests, taking time to know each one. We relax and visit with Jan in the fanciful parlor, loaded with books of all types. The details are in order: not a single book is out of place; not a speck of dust can be found; and the home glows with the beauty and elegance of Jan’s professional touch.
Precious paintings and artwork on the walls are museum quality; a gorgeous round table rests resolutely in a separate dining room where one painting fills the entire wall, yet fits perfectly, making the room magnificent.
A crystal show case lines one wall in the piano room where a liquor bar is also located. Guests are encouraged to play the piano at any time... Fresh baked cookies and coffee are always available and extremely enjoyable.
I was amazed at the excellent condition of the mansion. Large, solid pocket doors were in every room, making the home even more spacious. Each room had a personality of its own – and all were large and open and they sparkled and shined.
A hot tub is located in its own private room on the second floor with its balcony overlooking the beautiful gardens and pond of the back courtyard. I can assure you that my husband and I made a healthy and relaxing choice by soaking our tired bodies in the heat of the great jetted tub. Soft and comfortable robes were provided. If you happen to fall in love with these gorgeous robes, they can be purchased and taken home. What a great way to remember a personal and romantic experience!
The hot tub overlooks the gardens.
The 17 room home was originally designed by William A. Lucas in 1913, built for the family of W.E. Beckman, who owned Bakers and Confectioners Supply Company. Each side of the mansion is a duplicate image of the other. Beckman’s daughter and her family resided on the west side, while Mr. and Mrs. Beckman lived on the east side. By the 1970s the last of the Beckman family had left the mansion forever.
Guests are invited to play the Grand Piano.
The mansion sat idle for several years, and Mother Nature and Father Time began to take their toll on the old place and it rapidly deteriorated. The home was dubbed “The Pigeon House” because of the ally cats and pigeons that took over on the third floor. Architectural thieves stole precious stained glass, and vandalized the premises.
In 1989 a young couple purchased the mansion and took on an 18 month restoration. Upon completion, the family dwelled within the beauty of the home for seven years. In 1996 the home was purchased by Kathryn Leep, who turned the magnificent edifice into a small luxury inn.
Dave and Jan Seifert,
Fleur-de-Lys comfort providers.
In February 2007 the home was reborn and loved by the care giving hands of the Seifert’s. Both Jan and Dave worked in the medical field, giving care to the sick and the tired. They loved their work with a passion and upon retirement, they carried their compassion onward as genteel innkeepers.
The mansion consists of four classic guest rooms - all named after well known parks in the St. Louis area.
Jan led us on a house tour regaling touching stories about the inn. The tall ceilings were replete with detailed handcrafted woodwork; my carpenter husband could not take his eyes off the rich artisan workmanship.
The signature romantic “Tower Grove Room” is oversized with exquisite décor throughout! Perfect for a bridal suite, it offers a king sized bed, stacked high with gorgeous decorative pillows; the winning touch is a Jacuzzi for two with a separate shower and heated towel bar. Ahh, the warm Egyptian cotton towels wrap your body in luxury, hot off the rack! It is priced at $295 nightly on weekends, and $225 nightly on weekdays. I assure you this room is worth every penny!
The “Forest Park Room” is breathtaking, featuring an ornate mural by Leslie Faust above the two person jetted tub. The mural brings a bit of the park to you – like a secluded, yet romantic forest, as you relax in comfort on the inviting king-sized bed complete with cherry furnishings! This room has another full bathtub, shower, double sinks, and let’s not forget the heated towel bar. This room is priced at $295 nightly on weekends and $225 nightly on weekdays.