Historic 1859 Woldert-Spence Manor

611 West Woldert Street Corner of Woldert & Vine Streets, Tyler, TX 75702 USA (Show map)


We are Tyler's oldest B&B, and the closest lodging facility to historic downtown Tyler. An 1859 Tyler Historic Landmark, the Manor is a restored Queen Anne Victorian home. The house is set back on a large corner lot surrounded by brick streets and many mature shade trees. There is a Koi pond in the relaxing Rear Garden along with a gazebo, wishing well, and large back deck. The main house has original oak and heart-of-pine wood floors, wood moulding, and gorgeous stained-glass windows. All 7 rooms have private baths, some featuring claw-foot tubs. Additional features in some rooms include king or queen-size beds, fireplaces, private balconies or porches. One of the rooms is a private carriage house for that home-away-from-home feeling. A delicious breakfast is served daily on china, crystal and silver in the formal dining room. The Woldert-Spence Manor is perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays, or any special occasion! Also ask about our whole house rate for family reunions, retreats or group getaways. We are just minutes from many attractions including Tyler's Rose Garden, fine dining, antique stores, Tyler State Park, and more. There is something for everyone to enjoy while in Tyler! Visit our web site for a sampling of current area events to enjoy during your stay.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor

4.4 on June 13, 2016

Wonderful home with really nice rooms, Mike and Barbara were really nice hosts. Were only able to stay one evening so we didn't really get to experience all they had, but we will be back again.

Lovely and wonderful house and hostess!

5 on June 08, 2016

It was a privilege being able to stay at this fabulous historic home. The breakfast and attention to service detail was all four stars. The room was very comfortable, attractive and lovely. I would highly recommend this B+B and the town of Tyler for a visit!

Winner on woldert

4.2 on June 05, 2016

Cheryl Power

Wonderful stay!

4.0 on June 01, 2016

Stayed at Historic Woldert-Spence Manor for a weekend and had a great time. The hosts were very welcoming and very professional from the moment we came in. Rooms and bathroom were clean and well taken care of and the hosts provided water as well as very convenient communal area with snacks and coffee/tea. A fridge communal is available in the communal area which is a nice touch as we were able to bring in food and wine and enjoy them on the porch. We were served a wonderful home made breakfast every morning and had a very entertaining time talking to the guests and the hosts who attended to every need of their guests. Will definitely look for opportunities to do this again!

Weekend in Tyler

3.6 on May 18, 2016

We wanted to stay within walking distance of downtown Tyler and used google maps to find this place nearby. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable B&B. Lots of history and Barbara is great. Prepared breakfast two mornings and she knocked them out of the park. Nothing like I have eaten for breakfast. I would recommend a stay there just for the historic value, but the entire experience was good.

Absolutely would return!!!

4.6 on April 28, 2016

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the accommodations of the old house, the delightful hospitality of the owner, and the delicious breakfast. We would highly recommend it to others, as well as return ourselves when we can. We enjoyed a cozy upstairs room with a private balcony, which we really enjoyed relaxing on following the incredible breakfast!

Our second trip, very much worth it!

3.8 on April 26, 2016

This was our second visit to Woldert Spence Manor. The location is very convenient to downtown, yet tucked away far enough off the main road to offer some seclusion. Barbara, the innkeeper, was excellent, very pleasant, personable and a great cook. The Manor provides that unique step back in time, and feeling of getting away from the modern rush of daily life.

Second Stay at Woldert-Spence Manor

5 on March 20, 2016

Our second stay was as good if not better than our first. The rooms are clean and have all the comforts of home. Barb is a great host and a great cook. We were packing up my daughter to move. When we came in that evening Barb had a meat and cheese tray for us. It was a great surprise and very good. Not sure if we will go back to Tyler since my daughter has moved but if we do we will stay with Barb again. Barb is warm and inviting. Just a great place to stay. Thanks, Barb!

great food, outstanding hospitality!

5 on March 20, 2016

great food, outstanding hospitality!

Tyler Bed and Breakfast

5 on March 10, 2016

If you're looking for a relaxing night away, in east Texas, this is your place. Barbara took our reservation the night of, was very welcoming, and made us feel at home. It was a really cool 19th century home, but has a modern and shaded courtyard... with a hot tub! Barbara made a great breakfast, which made it an overall fun experience.

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Rooms & Rates

Alma Mary & Robert Spence

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$139 - $139

William Woldert Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$129 - $129

Elizabeth Spence Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

$139 - $139

Richard McLeroy Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

$109 - $109

Robert Spence Jr Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$129 - $129

The Sunroom

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

$109 - $109

Rockway Carriage House

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

$159 - $159

Mockingbird Cottage

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

$159 - $159

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Location Type

Near Caldwell Zoo, Downtown within walking distance, Short drive to local airport, near Tyler Rose Garden, near Tyler State Park, Downtown


Dallas, TX (DFW-Dallas-Fort Worth) 115 miles

Directions to property:

From I-20 take Hwy 69 South to Tyler (6.8 miles) to Loop 323; take right turn on Loop 323 to Hwy 31 (also Front Street), at Hwy 31 take left (headed towards downtown) or eastbound to Vine St; take left on Vine. We are just one block up on your right. Please park & enter from the rear of the property. You will see a sign "Woldert-Spence Manor Parking Only." Welcome!

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Discovery Science Place, Historic Aviation Museum & Tyler Museum of Art, Historic Goodman Home & Museum, Tiger Creek Wildlife Rescue, Caldwell Zoo / Tyler State Park, Tyler Rose Gardens and Museum, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Piano, Private entrance , Tyler's oldest Bed & Breakfast Inn, balconies, decks, porches, High-Speed Wireless Internet, Tyler Historic Landmark

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Azalea and Spring Flower Trails, Festival on the Square (Live entertainment), Tyler Civic Theatre / Tyler Civic Ballet, Canton 1st Monday Trade Days, East Texas Symphony, Texas Rose Festival, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside porch, deck, and/or balcony only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Younger children allowed only in the Carriage Houses.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small dogs allowed in the Carriage Houses. Pet fee applies
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservation guaranteed by credit card. Unsecured reservations cannot be guaranteed. Full payment not due until check-out.
  • Cancellations: Due to the small size of our inn, cancellations do affect us significantly. 
Therefore, we normally adhere to the following cancellation policy:
Deposits/Balances can only be refunded if
cancellation notice is received more than ten days from the
date of arrival (or 21 days on group reservations), unless we are able to rebook the room(s). A $20.00 process
fee may be charged for each and any cancellation.



Mike and Barbara Downs

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  • Time Served: 7:00-9:30 A.M.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Pineapple Upside-down Muffins
Try our Pineapple Upside-down muffins with breakfast! A sweet treat to accompany your savory breakfast.