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

Our Honeymoon

5 on October 29, 2015

My husband and I were on our honeymoon during our stay. The manor was beautifully decorated and well kept. The innkeeper Barbara was very accommodating and provided us with a delicious breakfast the next morning. She also presented us with a congratulatory wedding gift. It was beautiful and very thoughtful. We will be returning again in the future.

Great Reunion!

5 on October 21, 2015

The Woldert-Spence Manor was the perfect location to host our reunion. The rooms are comfortable, the food is scrumptious, and our hosts Mike and Barbara accommodated our morning schedule so we could enjoy the Rose Fest parade!

We had a wonderful stay!

5 on September 11, 2015

The food was excellent and the hosts were gracious!

A Beautiful Experience

5 on July 08, 2015

Mike and Barbara were perfect hosts! They were accomodating of our different dietary needs; gracious and friendly; and made our stay more of a retreat in a hotel. The bed we had felt as comfortable as our home bed does! The Manor is so full of history and beauty. We travel a lot, and didn't know how much a bed and breakfast could add to our experience. We visited some wineries in the area, and the location was central to them. Excellent time and a gorgeous area of Texas!

Great stay in Tyler, TX

4.6 on June 10, 2015

very nice B and B in a historic 19th century house. Room was very comfy, bed was excellent. Slight issue with what I think was a poorly venting drain in shower. Other than that, the room was great. Breakfast was very good. I am more of a "savory" breakfast fan, and there was 2 "sweet" dishes, but they were good..All in all, highly recommended.

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate your kind words; and the constructive feedback on your recent stay with us. We believe the odor issue was a remnant from the city's recent water treatment, as it has resolved itself as quickly and mysteriously as it appeared. We are also more mindful of ensuring that breakfasts attain a balance of flavors each morning that will satisfy everyone without repeating a "sweet" emphasis on two consecutive mornings. Thank you for choosing to stay with us!

Good Experience.

4.2 on February 18, 2014

My wife and I where celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Chris and Lisa helped make it a very special time. Thanks.

Historic B and B

5 on March 09, 2013

This is a beautiful 1859 B and B. We especially loved the stained glass around the doors and windows.Our bedroom had a fireplace which was quite romantic.The location was quiet and we were able to walk around the neighborhood without problems. Several good restaurants are close by.

Relaxing and Wonderful

4.4 on February 13, 2013

We just wanted to get away for the weekend and relax. This was the perfect weekend. Our innkeeper gave us such good recommendations for things to do and places to eat. She was also very personable.

A Treasure

5 on February 09, 2013

We only stayed one night in the William Woldert room which was very cozy and comfortable. We were served an excellent gourmet breakfast. The innkeeper was very friendly and helpful. We will return and spend more time exploring Tyler.

Surprise Birthday Getaway

4.6 on February 06, 2013

What a wonderful trip and fantastic stay. The rooms were comfortable and beautiful. Our hostess Shonda was fantastic and the food was delish! This was my first B&B stay and it exceeded expectations in all ways. Thank you so much for a lovely weekend!!!

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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.