Katy House Bed and Breakfast

201 Romona Street , Smithville, TX 78957 USA (Show map)


You're invited to visit the Katy House. Opened in 1994, in the beautiful old railroad town of Smithville, Texas. This historic home is decorated in American antiques and railroad memorabilia. All guest rooms are on the second floor. Each offers a queen-sized bed and private bathroom, cable TV, wireless internet. Choose from the spacious Texas Special Suite with a private balcony, the Katy Limited, or the charming Bluebonnet Room. Or,the Katy's most private accommodations are separate from the main house: The Katy Tower (bed, bath, rocking chairs and balcony) is located in a small building in the back yard. The Conductors' Quarters (bed, bath and kitchen) also offers a sofa-sleeper to accommodate families and extra guests.Ask which rooms are "Pet Friendly." A delicious full country breakfast is served in the main dining room every morning. A caboose is being restored as a guest cottage. For more information, please call 1-512-237-4262.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Perfect little getaway!

5 on May 15, 2016

My daughter and I stayed with Linda, at Katy House, for a girl's night in Smithville. It was amazing! The combination of old charm and character, mixed with beautiful furniture and decor made this the perfect place for us. Our room (the Bluebonnet) was clean, comfortable and SO charming! Breakfast was cooked to order and delicious. Linda was so accommodating and gracious, but super friendly and down-to-Earth at the same time. You don't feel like you're a guest, but like you're a friend. Linda sat and chatted with us, gave us pointers on places to shop and eat and hugged us when we left. This is the only place we'll stay when visiting Smithville!

Wonderful getaway

4.2 on May 10, 2016

This was an a amazing and much needed getaway location! Katy House was nestled in walking distance from Honeys, Back Door Cafe, Huebels Beir Garden and the Front Room (a very cool bar), and Bone distillery. It is also a short drive from Rohan Meadery. The ambiance is cozy and relaxing, and the owners were very friendly and welcoming. I love the front porch breeze and rocking chairs. I will definitely be going back!

Great find!

5 on May 10, 2016

We loved our stay here last weekend. Pleasantly surprised at what a great little area Smithsville is and so very grateful the B and B was where we stayed instead of a hotel. We were there for Thunder on the Colorado and we have to say our time at the B and B was better than the event for us! We came with friends and we had the room with the balcony so both nights finished sitting on the balcony enjoying the lovely weather and ambiance. What a great host Stu was and we hope to meet Linds on our next trip there. We will definitely go back! Thank you !

Love the Katie house

5 on April 26, 2016

My husband and I have stayed here twice, both times treated like family. Linda and Stewart are the best host's. I would highly recommend staying at this bed and breakfast and enjoying the sweet town. You will be hooked.

Great service. Definitelly recommend it

4.6 on April 11, 2016

Stu (owner) was super nice and helpful. Great place and walking distance to awesome restaurants. If you are doing the Austin Rattler, this place is only 7 minutes from Rocky Hill Ranch.

Wonderful surprise!

4.6 on March 23, 2016

Last minute plans and we were searching accomodations near Smithville. All the major hotel chains in nearby Bastrop were basically the same $ as the Katy House. We made reservations and the stay was as memorable as one can imagine. Linda and Stu were extremely knowledgeable about the history of Smithville. Breakfast was fabulous!! Made new friends and if in the area will stay at Katy House. I definitely recommend staying there!!

10th wedding anniversary trip

5 on March 21, 2016

We stayed here as part of our 10th wedding anniversary trip. We were traveling by bicycle and the hosts were able to accommodate us. Not only was the house beautiful and the room comfortable, but we throughly enjoyed getting to know Linda and her family. We will definitely be back.

THE way to R&R at THE best B&B everrrrr

5 on March 01, 2016

In wanting to plan a girls getaway between Houston & Austin, took map and divinely pointed to Smithville, knowing absolutely nothing about the town. Well, from the get-go, we were so pleasantly impressed. Linda & Stu were the most pleasant & charming hosts we could have asked for.The Katy House is a perfect place to dust off the city & enter another, much slower & more pleasant time. They made us feel at home & instantly the relaxation mode kicked in. The rooms are all of different decor & our room especially, The Texas Special, was particularly charming, with a lovely veranda. My friend & I shared a glass of wine & caught up on our lives while looking out towards downtown, a whole block away. Walking definitely in order, as there have been over a dozen movies filmed here & oh my, let's not forget the tons of history. The railroad station & tracks just a block away....totally soothing to hear the trains coming thru. We will definitely return, and sooner rather than later.

Best B&B I have ever been to.

5 on February 18, 2016

My wife and I stayed at The Katy House and were amazed from the first moment that Linda greeted us at the door. She showed us to our private oasis in the back yard of the property (Katy Tower) and made sure that we had everything that we needed. Linda then wished my wife Happy Birthday and told us of some sites to see while we were in town. Later that evening, around 8pm we heard a knock on the door and when I went to open it no one was there, but to my surprise there was a vase with roses in it and 2 bottles of water. The next morning we awoke to the serenity of the birds chirping in the trees and the smell of fresh bread being baked in the main house. We went over and had a wonderful breakfast where we met Stu, Linda's husband and ate a great breakfast of locally sourced food. Our visit couldn't have gone any better and if you are ever anywhere close to Smithville, TX make sure that you stay at The Katy House and wnjoy Stu and Linda's amazing hospitality. We will definitely be back again! Chris and Jenn Conley Granbury, TX

Ron and Julie from Kansas City

5 on February 03, 2016

My husband and I had a business trip in Smithville. I was so excited to find this wonderful bed and breakfast, the Katy House via searching the internet. The interior living space, guest rooms and adjoining restrooms have been completely renovated from the pictures on their website but keeping with the age, beauty and history of the house-absolutely beautiful! The highest quality bedding made for one of the best nights sleep we had in a very long time. In addition, the owners Linda and Stu made us feel right at home and a delicious breakfast was served each morning. You must make this part of your travel plans when you visit Smithville- you will not be disappointed ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!

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Rooms & Rates

Blue Bonnet

The Bluebonnet room is upstairs in the Main House. Named after the M-K-T passenger train, the room has a Queen sized antique bed and a bright bath with a clawed-footed tub and overhead shower. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are in all rooms. A large breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day in the dining room.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $150

Conductor's Quarters

Located in a building in the back yard, this upstairs room is perfect if more than one bed is need. The large bedroom has a Queen sized bed and a fold down sofa sleeper. A twin bed has been added in a room that was once a kitchen. Perfect for families or guests that would like to bring their pet. The private bath has a claw-footed tub with overhead shower. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi in each room. and a large breakfast is served each morning in the Main House.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $139 - $180

Katy Limited

The Katy Limited, upstairs in the Main House has an antique bed converted to Queen size. The private bath has a claw-footed tub and overhead shower. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. A large breakfast is served each morning in the Main House. Coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day in the dining room.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $180

Texas Special

The Texas Special is a large bedroom upstairs in the Main House. It has a large private bath with a claw-footed tub and overhead shower. The antique iron bed has been converted to a Queen size. The Texas Special has its own balcony with chairs for watching the world go by. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are in all the rooms. A large breakfast is served each morning in the Main House dining room. Coffee and tea are available 24 hours in the dining room. An electric fireplace gives a romanic glow to the room. Three restaurants are within walking distance of the Bed and Breakfast.

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

Nightly Rate: $139 - $180

Katy Tower

The Katy Tower, upstairs, is in a separate building in the back yard. The antique bed has been converted to Queen size. The room has a Whirlpool type tub for two, with overhead shower. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are available in all rooms. This room also has an electric fireplace. There is a deck just outside of the room with chairs for relaxing. This Tower is also one of our two pet friendly rooms. Two nearby restaurants have pet friendly patios.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $180

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Location Type

Buescher State Park, Rocky Hill Bike Ranch, Hometown of "Hope Floats", Downtown, Small town


AUS-Austin/Bergstrom International Airport 37 miles

Directions to property:

One block west of the traffic light at Main Street and Loop 230. One block to shopping and dining.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Automotive Museum, Mountain Bike Park, State Parks, Round Top Antique Shows, Picnic area, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library , Front Porch has lots of rocking chairs, Walking distance to Main Street, Pet friendly in certain rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, antique stores, Scrapbooking retreats, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes 12 Years and older charged same rate as adult.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Guest dogs are allowed in the two rooms in back yard.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Advance Deposit of one night
  • Cancellations: Advance deposit required. Returned if cancelled three days or more before arrival date.



Linda Leibowitz

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Antiques and painted furniture

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  • Time Served: 9-10 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian