The Carleton House

803 N Main Street , Bonham, TX 75418 USA (Show map)

About

This Three-Story Victorian Home, built in 1888 by A. J. Clendenen, is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes and features a large Entrance Hall, Parlor, Dining Room with a ceiling mural, Music Room, Breakfast Area and a large stairway leading to two bedrooms with private tub/shower baths and one with a luxury jucuzzi/shower on the second floor. The third floor suite is complete with a jacuzzi tub for two, skylight and a rooftop deck. Newly renovated, this magnificent Victorian home is on a half acre and is available for weddings and private parties in addition to serving as a bed and breakfast. The antique gardens will also be available to the guests for outdoor pleasure. The house has central heat and air for guests' comfort and smoking is permitted outdoors only. While we cannot accommodate indoor pets for the comfort of our guests with allergies, we do have separate houses with fenced yards to accommodate outdoor only pets traveling with the current vaccination papers for the safety of other guests and pets. We serve a full breakfast at your convenience in the main house included in the rate. Our secondary houses are equipped with continental breakfast unless prior arrangements are made. We provide Candlelight Dinners, Massages, Flowers and Gift Baskets to send your Special Event Bed & Breakfast Experience to the HIGHEST LEVEL. Mapped plans are ready so you can make the most of your precious weekend moments together with reservations and activities

Reviews

Overall
4.9

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A truly wonderful experience

4.8 on April 14, 2016

I really enjoyed my stay here. The hosts were fantastic and we were greeted with fresh baked cookies. Our third floor suite was beautiful and we really enjoyed the private balcony and the tub. When they say it's big enough for two, they're not kidding. Karen even went out of her way to accommodate a request I had. I would highly recommend giving it a try.


OMG! Amazing!

5 on February 15, 2016

This was a 1st time in a bed and breakfast for both of us. Upon entering the house, Karen greeted us and showed us to our room, the Carleton Suite which is the entire 3rd floor. Our room was cozy, and had a nice sitting area and private balcony. The Jacuzzi tub was amazing! Since it was big enough for 2, we spent most of our time in the tub relaxing together. The window over the tub made it nice to lie back and look at the sky and have natural lighting during the day. And there were battery operated candles and a dimmer switch for night time to make the scene more romantic. Our dinner was AMAZING!!! Everything was homemade and absolutely wonderful! I enjoyed Steve's violin/fiddle playing throughout dinner.The candle lit dinner in a dining room with a fire place was just the perfect Valentine's Day dinner date and we both enjoyed it, and each other's company so much. I loved the sheets, blankets, and feather pillows on the bed, but the bed itself was a little uncomfortable for me. It was nice to have extra room since we are used to sleeping on a queen size bed. Breakfast was top notch! Once again, all made from scratch and fresh squeezed orange! I honestly would live here just for Karen's cooking! After breakfast we had massages with Karen. She did a wonderful job and we both felt very relaxed afterwards. Upon departure, Karen bagged up some cookies for us to take home - even though they only made it about 5 minutes into our drive! I would love to come back and visit again in the spring time when the garden is in bloom and come back to enjoy some amazing food! Thank you Karen and Steve for a wonderful and peaceful relaxing weekend! Claire DeMar & Tyrel Murray, Cedar Hill, TX.

Innkeeper Response
Thank You for taking time out of your busy schedule to write a review. We truly enjoy pampering each guest that walks through our doors. We know people have hectic lives these days and how important their time together is to relax and reconnect. Our number 1 goal is to make your time here as special as possible.


Great House to Visit

5 on January 10, 2016

Great House to get away from your daily routine. My wife and I spent Dec. 31, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2015. We enjoyed our stay. Staying at the Carleton House was like going back in time. The room was great. The breakfast was very good. Great conversation with the other guest during breakfast. We enjoyed looking at all the antiques and pictures in the house. We had dinner on the 31st at the house. The dinner was great. Karen and Steve were great host. We plan on going back for another stay.


Enjoyed it even MORE the second time around :)

5 on December 10, 2015

The wife and I took her parents for a one night stay and they loved it. It was a sure bet since we have stayed there before and knew they would enjoy it as much as we do :) Karen and Steve are the best and most gracious hosts. Karen and Steve have recreated this home with the utmost attention to detail. We will see you soon Karen and Steve ;)


Outstanding Stay!

5 on July 13, 2015

We spent a night here Fourth of July weekend. Karen and Steve were the perfect hosts, and their house was the most authentically redone B&B we have ever stayed in! It really felt like we had entered a different century. Breakfast was perfect, and Karen even packed us delicious banana muffins for the road. It is definitely worth a trip to Bonham just to get to stay at this wonderful place!


A pleasant suprise

4.8 on April 13, 2015

When we pulled into Bonham and saw some of the community we were not expecting a lot but I have to say Karen and Steve are what make this trip. Be prepared for a trip back in time and wonderful tour of Carleton Heritage and rare finds. The owners are talented and made us feel right at home. Breakfast was superb and the ride around in the Model A was so fun! Definitely are great getaway!!!


OMG!!! This place has it all!

5 on October 13, 2014

The Carleton House has everything you could possibly want...and more. Karen and Steve are the most gracious of hosts, and yes, Karen is a fabulous cook. We had a blast, and enjoyed some much needed laughs and fantastic music. Most of all, we were welcomed like family and treated like royalty. If you are an avid B&Ber, The Carleton House should be on your must-visit list. Absolutely awesome. -- Critter and The Kidd


The Very Best Birthday Present!

5 on September 17, 2014

I want to say so much about our stay! For my birthday, my husband & I decided to relax at a Bed & Breakfast without a long drive in the DFW area. We chose The Carleton House and it was the perfect choice. The house is a gem - the architectural details, the furnishings from the current owners families and several from the Carleton family all make for wonderful touring. The biggest treasures though are the owners/innkeepers Karen & Steve Halbrook. They sincerely love their house and what they do. Their attention to every detail made our stay extremely special from the tour & history of the house, Karen's superb gourmet cooking and Steve's music serenade. We enjoyed quiet time on the porch swing, looking through the house's history binder and I indulged in a wonderful soak in the long, deep claw-footed tub in Bernice's Room. My birthday dinner there was wonderful, breakfast the next morning equally great - the homemade apple turnover was amazing! - and the 'cookies-to-go' just topped off a truly beautiful time. I've already told friends about this gem. We hope to visit during the Christmas Tour and see the magic Karen & Steve create. Mike & I will certainly be back! June & Mike, Plano, Texas


Great time

5 on July 08, 2014

The hospitality shown to us at The Carleton House was amazing. We had such a great time at this B&B. Loved sitting and talking to Kay & Steve. She is a great cook for sure. The breakfasts were out of this world. Never had such a delicious breakfast.


Amazing hospitality!

5 on May 23, 2014

We recently stayed at the Carleton house for one week. I can't say enough about how much we appreciated the whole experience. You could spend days looking at the historical features, furnishings and personal items from the original owners of the home or watching the birds in the beautiful gardens as the roses bloom. The soft music that's often playing compliments the ambiance without distraction. Karen and Steve love what they do and helped make the week so pleasant. It was such a treat to come down to a delicious and completely home cooked full breakfast served in the large parlor with the morning sun gently coming in the windows. Every room is furnished and every meal is prepared by someone who truly cares about your experience. We really needed a break and this was just the right thing to make us slow down and thoroughly enjoy our time in Bonham


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Rooms & Rates

Carleton Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $189 - $0

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Location

Location Type

Small town

Airport

Dallas, TX (DFW-Dallas-Fort Worth) 85 miles

Directions to property:

Take Hwy 75N to Hwy 121N (exit45). Drive north 30 minutes to the redlight intersection of Hwy 121 and Hwy 56. Go straight on Hwy 56 into Bonham. The next redlight intersection will be N.Main St., turn left and proceed 3 blocke to the NW quadrant of W. 8th str. You have arrived. Off-street Parking is at the rear of the house off of W. 8th Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Model A Car Rides, Golf Course, Live Musical Entertainment, ATV/ Motorcross Park, Outlet Mall, Casino Gambling, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Secretarial services, Spa, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , Outdoor Entertaining Areas, Live Music, Room Service, Flatscreen TV's in Premium Rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Model A Car Rides, ATV/Motorcross parks, Wine Tasting, Skydiving, Concerts, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 pm or later
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outdoors
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited No Children allowed at our Main House (second location only)
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 25% or Credit Card #
  • Cancellations: 7 Day or 2 Month on Holidays and Special Event Weekends. A 25% fee of total reservation cost applies.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Karen & Steve Halbrook

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs , Dog Fenced

About the innkeepers

Karen and Steve Halbrook, owners of the Carleton House Bed and Breakfast gladly open their home to you and share their renovation experiences and love of antiques. Steve collects clocks and radios in addition to entertaining guests with his musical abilities. Karen enjoys cooking, gardening, painting and sewing which will be evident when you visit their bed and breakfast.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 6-11 am
  • Serving Location: Outdoors, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Diabetic and Gluten Free , Candlelight Dinners


Signature Dish

Homemade Pastries with Fillings of your Choice
Guests most appreciate the homemade pastries such as turnovers,pancakes,cinnamon rolls or puff pastries. We can use your favorite fresh fruit in season to create a special experience just for you!


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