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 Dining5.0

Great Stay

4.6 on May 28, 2017

On May 26, 2017, my wife and I along with two grandsons, 9 and 7, stayed in the Pierce Room of the Casual House on 10th Street, in Bonham, TX. This is one of their additional bed and breakfast homes that accommodates families with children. When we met with Steve, we were given a large bag of monster cookies hand made by Karen, which were wonderful. The cookies were about nine inches in diameter and were very tasty! Steve gave the us a ride in their 1931 Model A Ford, a real experience for the grandkids! We all loved the antique charm of the accommodations and how gracious the owners were!


A lovely and quiet spring evening

5 on May 11, 2017

I was so very pleased to find The Carleton House via a third party recommendation. I found my room to comfortable, clean and quiet. The home is just remarkable and well restored to days gone by. And my breakfast we just fantastic. I hope to return again next year. James F (Pittsburgh, PA)


Outstanding hospitality!

5 on April 11, 2017

We stayed here on our honeymoon and everything was amazing! The room was clean the service was great and breakfast the next morning was spectacular! We will definitely be going back for future stays as a romanctic get away!


Relaxing Stay

5 on January 06, 2017

We had a wonderful time at The Carleton House. We originally stayed there in December 2015 and then got married there in January 2016. Karen was just wonderful! She's an excellent cook and such a gracious host. The first time we stayed, we were on the second floor. When we got married there, we stayed in the honeymoon suite on the entire third floor. It's cozy and relaxing, It was such a peaceful weekend both times. We cannot wait to stay there again soon!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I was just thinking of you two getting ready to celebrate your 1st. Anniversary! Congratulations!

- Karen (innkeeper)


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.

- Karen (innkeeper)


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!!!


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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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