Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast

1195 Shipman Creek Road , Lynchburg, USA (Show map)


Voted "most rustic" B&B in North America (we do have indoor plumbing). A scenic wonder, the 1884 Gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Tennessee Heritage Trail, offers three unique rooms(each w/private bath) within the old "factory" setting. The Falls and Creek Rooms open onto the grounds surrounding the waterfalls and Shipman's Creek. The Loft is a majestic high-ceiling apartment at the top of the mill, with a balcony view of the woods, creek and falls. Each room has champions who feel theirs is the best room. Early 1900's furnishings, many for sale, are highlighted within the Mill. Friendly, resident cat welcomes guests. Advanced reservations recommended. NOTE: When in the B&B, you leave civilization behind. There is no TV reception (but 100's of videos are available), no internet, no WiFi, and no cell phone reception (there is a landline available for guests) - people actually talk with each other. All those "no's" are yes's in the areas outside the building.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great get away... Our anniversary and it did not disappoint!

4.6 on August 16, 2018

My wife and I chose this spot for an anniversary get away from the kids. It was great. They had dessert waiting, snacks, DVD's and VHS library to choose from (no cable, satellite or wifi or cell signal and we were looking for that kind of get away! Although a few texts did come through.) It was like stepping back in time. The mill parts are still there, the doors are 1850 style with a modern lock added for your privacy. They had more games on the shelves and in convenient places than you could learn in a week. It wouldn't be for everyone, but if you want a unique get away... Go here. Only complaint was that the web said one price for a night for the room we got and I ended up paying about $40 more... It was worth it.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. However we are concerned that you paid more than you expected. Please call or email us so we can determine where the confusion came from. We need to be sure that no one else will be misled. There is a sales and room tax of 12.5% added to the base room price but for any room that would always be well less than $40.

- Ledford Mill (innkeeper)

One of a kind experience

4.8 on May 24, 2018

John and Mildred were lovely and breakfast was superb. Their inn is unique and a true piece of history.


5 on April 08, 2018

Fantastic! Mildred and John were so lovely. One of a kind place. It is actually far better than the pictures. Breakfast was divine. Great conversations. Sleep with the waterfalls, play in the waterfalls.

Simpler Times

5 on March 21, 2018

My husband Eddie and I stayed for the second time at The Ledford Mill Bed & Breakfast. Mr. John & Ms. Mildred are lovely and very accommodating. The breakfasts are divine everyday! We always make new friends when we stay. It’s so nice to live simply without WiFi or internet. We have the best conversations during our time at The Ledford Mill B&B. I highly recommend including this gem in your travel plans. Tammy & Eddie Laster

Wonderful B&B!

5 on March 16, 2018

We had a great weekend stay at Ledford Mills! Our room had rustic charm and was very clean. We loved the rock wall! We also loved the no internet/cable and were able to relax and watch an old VHS movie with no interruptions! We loved the sound of the waterfall outside our room and sitting by the waterfall in the morning. John and Mildred and Snickers were excellent hosts with a wonderful hot breakfast every morning, good company, and lots of info on the surrounding area and the history of the inn. We had fun exploring great restaurants in Tullahoma (particularly Spinelli's and London's) and the Jack Daniels Angel Share Tour was phenomenal. Overall, great relaxing place to stay if you just need a weekend away to relax!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for wonderful review. We love our guests and are delighted when they enjoy their stay. Your review captures what we hope every guest feels after their stay - escape from the busy world and relax, plus there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Thank you again.

- John & Mildred (innkeeper)

A Beautiful, Historic Get-Away

4.8 on January 13, 2018

My wife and I stayed here just after Christmas. I loved the setting and the ambiance of the Mill. John and Mildred (Owners) were fantastic people and Snickers (the cat) was absolutely friendly and spoiled. The room was amazing with the rock wall and the antique grist mill equipment still in place. No cable and not much internet service; however, that was what we were looking for; a place to unwind, disconnect, and enjoy time together without the hassles of the world. If that is what you are looking for, this is the place. It is a short drive to several distilleries where you can do taste test tours, restaurants, and some nice antique malls, if you are into that. Overall, a fantastic get away in a rustic setting that I look forward to going to again.

History + Nature + Tranquility + Great Hospitality + Bourbon+BBQ

5 on November 13, 2017

If you seek at least four of the above-captioned experiences, far from the maddening crowd but close to the yesteryear Lynchburg "Walking" Town Square and the world's only Jack Daniels' distillery, the Ledford Mill B &B is for you. The only drawback is that you can't stay there indefinitely -- you must, after one or more nights, make a graceful exit back to the not so tranquil world where there is no nearby waterfall or scrumptious home-cooked breakfast. But one can always return.

Wonderful Anniversary!!!!!

5 on March 26, 2017

Absolutely the most wonderful anniversary weekend. We cannot wait to come back, nor can Truman! Truman has mopped around the house ever since..."Aunt Mildred makes me bacon and eggs, Aunt Mildred makes me sausage and eggs, Aunt Mildred makes me gingerbread pancakes, etc.....Our Love to you two AND Miss Snickers.

As Close To Heaven As You Can Get On This Earth!

5 on August 30, 2016

We found this place by accident "googling" middle Tennessee B&Bs and booked a room not knowing what to expect. Found a treasure hidden in the back woods. Rustic but beautiful, quiet, private. Beautiful waterfalls 100 feet up stream - truly is an old mill. Some of the equipment is still there - just not working. John and Mildred (innkeepers) are lovely people and she cooks a great breakfast. We already have return reservations and I'm guessing this will be a regular spot for us.

Rob and Dorothy

5 on August 25, 2016

First I would like to thank John and Mildred for the hospitality and the kindness they have showed my husband and I. Staying over at the Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast was the best part of our vacation. I cannot say the nice things about the place. It was beautiful, clean, and it felt like you where at home. The room was perfect. The waterfall was the icing on the cake. It takes your breath away to see how beautiful it is. I would recommend this place to everyone if your ever out in TN. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Rob and Dorothy

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Rooms & Rates


The Falls room is considered our most romantic. When you walk out the door you are facing the garden and our two waterfalls. This room has the best view of and sounds from the waterfalls. It has an outside entrance, a private bath with a footed tub, a propane fireplace, and a stone wall that was hand stacked in 1810. The Falls room is usually our recommendation if staying just one night.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

Creek Room

The Creek room is large with a view of Shipman Creek as it passes from under the Mill. It has an inside entrance, a private bath with a footed tub, a propane fireplace, a separate sitting area, a stone wall that was hand stacked in 1810, and a large private deck at the back of the Mill (Great for sitting out in the evening). Both waterfalls are visible from the deck and from the bathroom. The sofa folds out into a queen bed to allow for up to two additional guests. Most comfortable room for people over six feet tall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

Loft Room

The Loft room is our largest. It is on a floor by itself, offering the most privacy. It has an inside entrance, has a private bath with a footed tub and a separate standing shower, a kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator, a separate sitting area, and a small balcony at the tree top level. One waterfall and Shipman Creek are visible from the balcony. The room has a queen bed, plus, in a walled off area within the room, two twin beds. This is a great room for a family or for longer stays.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

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Location Type



Nashville, TN (BNA) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Travel North from Tullahoma on 41A to Lowe's Building Supply. Turn West on Ledford Mill Road and travel three miles to Mill.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, TN Walking Horse Celebration, Staggerwing Museum, Waterfalls, Jack Daniels Distillery, Arnold Air Force Base, Festival Weekends, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

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On-site amenities

Ironing Board, Movie library, Parking, Telephone

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, VCR, Videos

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Waterfalls, Biking, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Well behaved
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Well behaved
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



John and Mildred Spear

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Antiques and Travel

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Free Full Cooked Breakfast

  • Time Served: 8:00-10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Diabetic