The Carleton House

803 N Main Street , Bonham, 75418 USA (Show map)
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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 Jacuzzi/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.Gourmet Breakfast,Antique gardens,Central heat and air,Live Music,Games,Murder Mystery Dinners,Weddings,Outdoor OnlySmoking,WiFi,TV/DVDVCR,Snacks,CoffeeBar,Tours,Massages,CandlelightDinners,AntiqueCar,Farms,Winery,Skydiving,Museums,Lakes,Golfing,Fishing,State Parks.We do have separate houses with fenced yards to accommodate outdoor only pets traveling with the current vaccination papers for safety. 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



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5.0

What a surprise

4.2 on April 26, 2018

Having never been to Bonham before, the initial emotion was "What are we getting into?". However, The Carelton House was fantastic, and amazing. The owners are great people, and perfect hosts. Although our stay was just one night, they entertained us with live music, plenty of history, wonderful food, and a surprise tour of Bonham in their Model A. Total package was fulfilling, and my solid recommendation to anyone wishing a quite night (or more) away.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the kind and lovely review. It was GREAT to meet you two, we enjoy our guests so much. I'm glad you're enjoying your retirement, I don't think I will ever be able to slow down that much!

- Karen (innkeeper)

our bed and breakfast adventure!

5 on January 29, 2018

Karen and Steve, our hosts of the Carleton House do an incredible job at making people feel welcome and comfortable. Our one night stay was extremely memorable. The breakfast provided was absolutely delicious. I sincerely hope we can stay at their bed and breakfast again some day. sincerely, the Kuballs

Innkeeper Response
It was great to meet you two! Learned training tips and completed my first knitting attempt. Practice your music skills so we can play a song together next time!

- Carleton House B&B (innkeeper)

Wonderful bed and breakfast!

5 on October 21, 2017

The Carleton house history is fascinating and it is amazing that Karen and Steve have original artifacts to help tell the story of this wonderful house. Karen's breakfast was fabulous, the hospitality from both was warm and inviting, the accommodations were wonderful and we had the best, most peaceful night of sleep we have had in a very long time. I highly recommend to all!!! Karyn and Jeff

Innkeeper Response
It's always great to meet history enthusiasts. Glad I passed your test on my tour facts! Hope you had fun at the air show and that we'll see you again if you come back to town!

- Karen (innkeeper)

A Relaxing Get Away

5 on June 10, 2017

The Carlton House is a trip to a slower, more gracious era. Everything from our warm welcome on a rainy June evening to the fabulous breakfasts and the gourmet dinner compete with candles and music makes us look forward to our next visit.

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!

Wonderful retreat

5 on May 23, 2017

We began relaxing as soon as we arrived. Karen and Steve were wonderful hosts and we spent a fun evening in a jam session. Karen's cooking was tops and would return again in a heartbeat. The property was beautiful and full of historical touches. Loved our room with a balcony and can't wait to book the room again!

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.

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Rooms & Rates

Carleton Suite

Our best room featuring an Antique bed with a King Size Mattress and a Gas Stove Fireplace. The Private bathe has a 90 gallon Jacuzzi tub for two under a skylight with dual shower heads, Designer amenities, Plush towels and a blow dryer. The adjacent sitting area has a large 40" flat screen T.V/ DVD, WiFi,and a Roof top deck with great views of the sunset. Start your evening with a romantic Candle light Dinner, get a massage, watch the stars from your own private rooftop deck, take a Jacuzzi bath and fall fast asleep in a comfy bed. Spa Services, Candlelight Dinners, Gift Baskets or Flowers can be added for a small fee just by calling us in advance. Room Service is also available. Visit area lakes, parks, wineries antique shops, museums and golf courses.If you are more adventurous, skydiving, hiking, casinos can await you the next day. Whatever activity you choose, just enjoying the time you spend together is a priceless, unforgettable experience! No children under 15 allowed please.

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

Nightly Rate: $276 - $296

Lillian's Room

This room features an Antique King-size Bed with an Antique Gas stove Fireplace, a lovely view of the Gardens, a 30" flat screen T.V. / DVD, central heat/ air, CD player, WiFi and a table for two for in room meals from room service. The Private Bathe has a Jacuzzi for two with a Sunflower Shower head, Designer amenities, Plush Towels and a blow dryer.By calling us in advance, you can book a Candlelight Dinner, Massages, Gift Basket or Flowers for a custom package for your loved one. Area attractions such as skydiving, the state park, wineries, antique shopping, golf club designed by an award winning designer are just minutes away. We specialize in customer service! To keep the romantic integrity of the main house, we do not allow children under the age of 15.

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

Nightly Rate: $216 - $236

Bernice's Room

Bernice's Room, in an Historic Victorian Home on the National register, is named after the middle daughter of the Carleton Family. She studied Violin in New York at The Musin School of Music. We have 3 of her original Violins. While she never quite became famous, she performed in several concerts, plays and was on the radio broadcast from Fort Worth in 1924. The room is appointed with an Antique Bed with a Queen size Tempur-pedic mattress, 30" flat screen T.V./DVD, WiFi and a balcony overlooking the side gardens perfect for enjoying your evening cocktail or morning coffee.The Private Bath has a Claw foot Tub with Shower, Designer amenities, Plush towels, and blow dryer. Spa Services, Candlelight Dinners, Flowers or Gift Baskets can be arranged for your stay for an extra fee just by calling in advance. Room Service is also available upon request. To keep the romantic integrity of the main house, we do not allow children under 15 years of age.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $175

May's Room

May's Room, in an Historic Victorian Home on the National Register, features an Antique Bed with Pillow Top mattress, 30" flat screen T.V./ VCR/ DVD, free WiFi and Central Heat/Air. The Private bath contains a Claw Footed Tub with a Sunflower Shower head, Designer Amenities, Plush Towels, and Blow dryer. Spa Services, Candle light Dinners, Gift Baskets or Flowers can be arranged with advance notice just by calling us. Room service is also available upon request. To keep the romantic integrity of the main house, we do not allow children under the age of 15 years old.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $165

Agnew Room of the Casual House

This room, in our Casual House, features an antique iron bed with a pillow top mattress. The large en suite bathe has a walk in shower and a claw foot tub for long relaxing bubble baths. There is a large front porch for relaxing in the evening or early morning coffee. The large fenced backyard has a patio, grill, hotdog fire pit and a reflection pond for relaxing. You can book the entire house for group travel or just the single room and share kitchen and dining privileges. This price reflects continental breakfast but can be upgraded to full breakfast for a few dollars more.

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

Nightly Rate: $139 - $159

Pierce Room of the Casual House

This room, in our Casual House, features two Antique Iron beds with double size mattresses. The bath has a walk in shower and an antique original marble sink. Continental breakfast is included but for a small fee it can be upgraded to a full breakfast. The entire house can be rented for group travel or just rented as a single and share kitchen and dining room privileges. This price reflects a continental but but can be upgraded to a full breakfast for just a few dollars more. The house has a large front porch for evening or morning enjoyment and a large fenced backyard with a patio, grill, hotdog fire pit, and a reflecting pond for relaxing. The entire house can be rented for family or groups for a memorable getaway as it is Kid Friendly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Nightly Rate: $129 - $149

Parker Suite in the Casual House

Parker Suite in the Casual House contains a bedroom with an Antique Iron queen bed, an antique wooden double bed in the sitting area and a pair of twin beds in the second bedroom. The bath contains a tub with a shower head to accommodate adults and children. The entire house can be rented for group travel or the suite can be rented alone with shared kitchen and dining room privileges. This price reflects a continental breakfast but can be upgraded to a full breakfast for just a few dollars more.The house features a large front porch and a fenced backyard with a patio, grill, hotdog fire pit and reflecting pond for guests enjoyment.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179 - $199

The Willow Cottage

The Willow Cottage has 2 Bedrooms with Antique Beds with Pillow top Queen Mattresses. One Bedroom has a french door leading to a covered porch for dining or relaxing and a private Bath with a Double walk in Shower with a Spa Shower head. The second bedroom has a shared bath if anyone extra is sleeping on the daybeds in the sitting area. This bath also has a walk in shower with a hand held Spa shower head. Both baths have Plush Towels, designer bathe amenities, blow dryers and well lit mirrors. The cottage has a fully stocked Kitchen and Dining Room for your continental breakfast or you can upgrade to a full breakfast for a few dollars more. Laundry Access, Handicap accessible, WiFi, T.V./ DVDs and Separate Air/Heat controls are just some of the added amenities. The Fenced Backyard has an Open Patio for outdoor dining and activities. The Cottage is it's own little private oasis or you can come across the street and join the other guests for impromptu mini concerts by in house musicians.

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Double , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $320 - $350

Check Dates


Location Type

Small town


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, Casino, 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, Spa

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Piano, Secretarial services, Spa, Telephone, 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, 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, Berry and PeachFarms, ATV/Motorcross parks, Wine Tasting, Skydiving, Concerts, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

Check Dates


  • 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 #



Karen & Steve Halbrook

Languages spoken


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.

Check Dates




  • 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!