5 on October 29, 2014
Our anniversary stay with the Bunches was unforgettable! Their hospitality was over the top, breakfasts were generous and timed to fit our schedule. Jim is quite a cook. We made new friends and enjoyed the area. Who knew there is an antiquing trail of 7 stores there? We will be going back to address antiques more thoroughly. And we will again be staying at Winston Place. Highly recommended. I can't think of any cons for the trip.
5 on October 28, 2014
We greatly appreciated the hospitality and warm hearty welcome from Jim and Leslie. Our wedding was to take place at 4 p.m. so we needed a little extra time to dress and the Winston Place was the perfect setting and an hour early arrival was extended to us. The photographer came and took several shots at this beautiful home prior to departure to the chapel. The room was very well appointed. The bed large and comfortable. Wood shudders allowed us a later than usual wake up time as the light from outside was completely blocked. Breakfast was hot and seasoned perfectly with plenty of coffee and endless refill of OJ from our host. We highly recommend a night or two stay at Winston Place with Jim and Leslie.
4.2 on October 19, 2014
We had a great one night stay at Winston Place. Jim and Leslie were away, but they left Faye in charge and she was phenomenal! I assume if they hire staff as attentive as she is, then they must be the same way. Upon arrival, she gave us the grand tour, told us some stories about the house, and settled on the morning menu. When she asked my favorite food, I jokingly replied "rice!". It is true, but it was not expected for breakfast. Well....to my surprise she had it ready for me the next morning. The food was great and the bed was really comfortable. I loved that we had access to the porch from our room as well. We enjoyed playing pool downstairs after heading to town for dinner. It is in a peaceful area, but there are train tracks. It did take some getting used to, but the other guest assured me that after the first night, you don't even hear it. I would have to agree as it didn't bother me later in the night. Even so, it's better than staying in some random chain hotel! The service is much better too. Also, it's close to a state park and a national preserve for hiking/swimming as well.
5 on October 14, 2014
We hosted a reception following the High School Reunion for Valley Head HS. We felt as if we were hosting at our own antebellum mansion. Faye was wonderful, helped with our setup, allowed our guests to tour the house (without interfering with the other guests) and help, mostly did... our clean up. Great experience. We look forward to making it an annual event.
5 on September 21, 2014
Beautiful antebellum home full of history! Just what we were expecting! Comfortable accommodations and the hosts were very enjoyable to talk to. Definitely recommend it!
2.8 on August 16, 2014
The home is beautiful but unfortunately could use some upkeep and a deep cleaning. When we arrived, the house smelled unpleasant, but it wasn't from age. A Scentsy would really help. It's important to know, also, that a train runs just outside the front yard TWICE during the night. Breakfast is adequate but not very well cooked in the stunningly lovely dining room. There were scrambled eggs, bacon, and an oven baked French toast with juice and coffee served on beautiful dishes. This was my favorite room of the house. The double verandas were amazing to sit out on and several rooms had their own door to the balcony. The house is very interesting to see if you like history as much of it is original, but remember this house is nearly 200 years old. Floors shake, and doors closed downstairs make the beds upstairs tremble. I am glad I went because the house is beautiful and so is the area just a few miles outside Ft. Payne and right below the famous Lookout Mountain, but I would not stay again. The photos make it look better than it is. I have to say the owners are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
5 on June 20, 2014
Winston Place is a wonderful place to get away for a time to just relax. The house is beautiful and we enjoyed learning about its interesting history. The breakfasts were outstanding. We would love to visit again.
5 on June 13, 2014
Gem of a property hosted by one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Great full breakfast too.
4.8 on May 27, 2014
We stayed at Winston Place while visiting the area. It was wonderful location for visiting Ft. Payne, Mentone, DeSoto Falls, and Little River Canyon National Preserve. Jim, Leslie, and Jean made us feel very welcome and special. We have stayed in numerous B&B's and loved this one enough to return if we are ever in NE Alabama again. Our room was large except for a very small bathroom. We loved sitting on the veranda outside of our room. Jim's breakfasts were wonderful with more than you could eat of eggs, French toast, bacon, biscuits, fruit, and that southern tradition of grits. The only negative that we experienced was the passing of several trains during the night on our first night. the second night only one passed by. As I said, we would return if we are ever in the area again.
5 on May 19, 2014
The breakfast was outstanding and the stay was wonderfully relaxing. Janet
4.8 on April 16, 2014
We loved the house and the grounds, especially the beautiful old trees. The place is steeped in history, and breakfast was amazing! It's conveniently located near Mentone, and DeSoto state park.
4.6 on March 09, 2014
interesting history of the place beautiful setting jim is very entertaining with his alabama football stories
5 on February 23, 2014
My husband and I just got back from the Winston Place to celebrate our anniversary, and we couldn't be happier with our decision to stay there. The hospitality and food were wonderful. The breakfast was so filling that we didn't eat anything until dinner that night. The house was beautiful with an abundance of history throughout the entire house. We are already looking at the calendar to see when we can visit again. Mark and Stephanie Bria
5 on February 18, 2014
We enjoyed our night at the Bed and Breakfast, we got the full history of the house which was enjoyable as well as great recommendations of places to eat and things to do in the area. It was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast, and we definitely have high standards from now on. We hope to return in the fall when the trees are so colorful! Definitely a neat place to stay!
5 on January 23, 2014
We had an amazing weekend. Leslie and Ms. Faye made our stay so enjoyable and the food was fantastic. When we left my wife made the remark that it felt like we were leaving family. We have stayed in many Bed and Breakfast places across the Southeast and Winston Place is by far the best we have ever seen!
5 on October 29, 2013
So peaceful and relaxing. Booked again to celebrate our 20th anniversary next month. Fun innkeepers/owners share theur home and its history...Ann
4.8 on October 26, 2013
You will love the Winston if you are a history buff....then again you will still love it if history is not your thing. Jim Bunch is a wonderful host and a fabulous cook. Best stuffed french toast ever!! His tour of the home along with its history is a must.....I enjoyed casual coffee in the kitchen with Leslie, the other guests, and an endless plate of cookies. If the opportunity arises I will definitely stay again. Debbie F.
5 on September 06, 2013
My wife and I spent 2.5 days at the Winston Place and boy did we hit the jackpot. The scenery is second to none if you love Northern Alabama as we do. Nestled in a valley Winston Place offers charm, elegance and outstanding hospitality. The owners, Jim and Leslie Bunch, along with their sweet sidekicks, Faye and Earnest Ross bend over backwards to make you feel like you are their family. The evening spent on the spacious front porch make all worthwhile. BTW, Jim makes a mean cup of coffee, not to mention Faye's killer blackberry cobbler. As far points of interest, Valley Head has it all, including it's own history which Leslie will gladly tell you about. All in all, we have some new friends and will be back later this fall when the maples are in full strut. Thanks Jim, Leslie, Faye and Earnest for making my wife's birthday "the best birthday I have ever had." Not much need to add any more.
5 on August 23, 2013
A real romantic place in perfect conditions, run by overwhelmig friendly people!
3.2 on August 15, 2013
The place is a little remote. Dining choices are limited. Great state park closeby. Close to the railway tracks, will wak you up at least once a night.
5 on August 06, 2013
We totally enjoyed our stay at the Winston Place. Our hosts were very accommodating and the breakfast was fantastic. If we are ever back in NW Alabama definitely we will be staying at the Winston Place again.
5 on July 31, 2013
We had a wonderful stay at the Winston Place. The atmosphere and company were both great! Not to mention the excellent breakfast.I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.
5 on June 10, 2013
My stay at Winston Place was fantastic. It is such a peaceful place to stay. Especially when you want to get away from your everyday environment. I enjoy everything about the Inn. It is a beautiful place. The owner was friendly and very helpful in letting me know where to go in the surrounding areas. With his advise I saw so much that I wouldn't have on my own.It was truely a wonderful vacation for me.
4.6 on June 09, 2013
The host was super ! Breakfast was excellent !
3.8 on May 07, 2013
We had a great stay. Jim is an excellant host, his colorful stories and entertaining style far exceeded any B&B we stayed at. Morning breakfast was much more than expected. We'd go back in a heart beat :)
4.0 on March 31, 2013
We had a wonderful visit to Winston Place. The hosts were very warm and friendly!
4.4 on March 15, 2013
Awesome host - lots of fun
4.8 on February 25, 2013
Winston Place is first class. From the history of the home to the amenities to Jim's breakfast and hospitality, it's all fantastic. We're already planning a return trip.
4.6 on January 31, 2013
What a beautiful home. Rich in history and hertitage. And the setting of the estate is peaceful and quiet, and very convenient to Mentone and Little River Canyon. Jim and Leslie made us feel at right at home and treated us a special guests. We will most definately be back!
4.8 on January 21, 2013
Husband and I stayed here for a spur of the moment road trip for my birthday. It was our 1st time at a B & B, LOVED it! We were not sure what to expect. We tend to not be very social people, another couple arrived later in the evening and we met them during breakfast and was very enjoyable company. Did not met Leslie, but Jim was very nice. We will be back and have decided B & B might be our new way to stay on future trips. Thanks for the wonderful memory.
5 on January 02, 2013
it was a great day my first time at a bed and breakfast and I will be coming back no more hotels for me
4.4 on November 07, 2012
We had a very relaxing time. The Winston is a very comfortable place. We truly enjoyed the food. Jim is a great cook. 2 thumbs up
4.0 on October 23, 2012
Enjoyed our stay, breakfast was wonderful, especially the french toast. Stayed in the bedroom downstairs. Decor seemed a little dated, room was a little dusty, and bathroom was very small, but other than that we enjoyed our visit. Jim and Leslie are very gracious hosts.
5 on August 07, 2012
We had a wonderful time. Everything was beautiful and the breakfast awesome. We enjoyed getting to know Jim and his Wife as well as the other guests. We plan to share our story and information on Winston Place with our family and friends. The Cresswell's Aug, 2012
5 on August 07, 2012
Jim and Leslie are so warm and welcoming and their Inn is exactly what I want in a bed and breakfast. I appreciate the history and the family and breakfast is quite delicious--always. The train takes me back to my childhood days.
4.6 on July 28, 2012
We enjoyed our stay and felt very relaxed and almost like family.
4.8 on July 18, 2012
Very congenial atmosphere, largely due to wonderful character of hosts, and other guests the night of my stay. Unreserved recomendation on my part. Also very good food elegantly served. Enjoy your visit.
4.4 on July 11, 2012
We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Winston Place. This is such beautiful, historic home. Jim and Leslie made it even more enjoyable. It was like spending the weekend with old friends. Highly recommend this B & B. Lenn and Ann Ryals
5 on July 08, 2012
We had the most incredible stay at Winston Place....a definite highlight on our vacation. The owner spent time with us talking about the history of the home, which was facinating, followed by a tour. In the evening when the fireflies appeared outside our children were able to walk the ground catching them and watching them glow. It was perfect. In the morning the breakfast was fantastic, coupled with great company and hospitality. \e can't say enough good things about this place, the owner and the history.
5 on June 10, 2012
This was a family trip this time, and as always, Jim and Leslie were the perfect hosts! Winston Place is so beautiful, and so peaceful... it just seems my heart rate slows a little when we pull in the drive! Love the rooms, love the grounds, love the people. IT's a great place to leave the hussle and bustle behind. We fully intend to make Winston place a regular stop.
4.8 on May 16, 2012
If you liked the movie "Gone with the wind" then you'll love the Winston Place. The outside of the house is awesome it makes you feel like you stepped back in time. The interior is mostly decorated in antiques. The room we stayed in was very comfortable and looked great. The great thing about the Winston is not every room is set back in time. They have a sunroom room that is modern. It has a large screen TV and a pool table. The owner "Jim" was great. He was very helpful in make reservations for dinner and telling us about the area. The breakfast was to die for. I could have eaten the baked french toast till I burst. We will definitely go back.
5 on March 14, 2012
Stayed 2 nights to celebrate our anniversary. Jim & Leslie, the owners and hosts of this charming and comfortable home treated us like family. Breakfasts were amazing and we loved our stay! Ideally located to waterfalls, parks and lookout mountain.
5 on March 04, 2012
This was one of the most enjoyable stops that we have ever had anywhere. Our host helped to enhnace the experiance by taking time to explain the history of the B&B and what was availalbe in the local area. By the time we left, we were already planning our next visit south to include Winston Place for a longer stay.
4.0 on February 01, 2012
We stayed with the Bunch's at their Winston Place and were treated with the utmost courtesy and amenities. Their hospitality is unsurpassed! Cowgills
4.0 on August 10, 2011
We stayed on a Friday night, during the longest yardsale. Wonderful... friendly, down to earth just like you expect in the South.
4.0 on August 09, 2011
The atmosphere was so great. They made you feel at home away from home. Would recommend the WInston Place to anyone.
4.6 on August 01, 2011
I was looking forward to spending the night at the Winston Place and I was pleasantly pleased to say my visit was all I expected. Jim could not have been more interesting. He is a wealth of knowledge from history to football. And the breakfast he cooked can' be matched. The fresh batches of chocolate chip cookies kept popping out the oven while their aroma filled the house. This was my first visit but hopefully won't be my last.
4.8 on July 07, 2011
We were delighted with our stay at Winston Place. It is a large, comfortable house with a beautiful glass-enclosed sitting room, large lawns, and very friendly, helpful, and interesting innkeepers. Jim made chocolate chip cookies for our daughter, guided us to outstanding restaurants, a state park for swimming, and a running route, and let us have a very late checkout without skipping a beat. In addition, the breakfast he prepared was one of the best I have ever had. We even caught fireflies outside at night. Highly recommended.
4.6 on June 28, 2011
We were pleasantly surprised. The place is just gorgeous, the bedrooms are beautiful and spotless. The owner was very pleasant and entertaining. I highly recommend this B&B. Sam and Louise Rock Hill, SC