Historic 1859 Woldert-Spence Manor

611 West Woldert Street Corner of Woldert & Vine Streets, Tyler, TX 75702 USA (Show map)

About

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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Innkeepers: Mike and Barbara Downs

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Two night Stay 8/2017

4.8 on August 29, 2017

My recent two-night stay was a treat! The location close to downtown was convenient. Barbara & Mike were great hosts, friendly and helpful. I especially loved my balcony off my 2nd floor room. Both days my breakfast was delicious! I will definitely return when I'm in Tyler, TX.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. We are always striving to be the perfect 5-star rating for our guests, so welcome any suggestions on how we can accomplish that for you. We look forward to any time in the future when we have another opportunity to host you and close that gap to a perfect rating!

- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)


Restorative Retreat

5 on August 16, 2017

Quiet, peacefulness was just what I needed. Breakfast was good and Barbara makes a mean Chocolate cookie! :) I really enjoyed learning more about the B&B history.


Beautiful Old Home

5 on August 14, 2017

This beautiful old home sits on a shady lot a few blocks from downtown Tyler. The stain glass windows and architecture are authentic to the age of the home and the furniture choices blend in well. Our room had a small private balcony that we enjoyed. Our host and hostess were friendly and helpful and we had a delightful chat about the history of the home. Our breakfast was delicious with a variety of food.


Very Quaint

4.6 on August 12, 2017

My wife and I stayed up stairs in the one room with a balcony. This room was built in the attic ages ago and the ceilings are low. This was no issue for my wife and I who are a bit vertically challenged. On the plus side, I could adjust the ceiling fan speed from the bed without standing. The television in the room was an old 12" CRT, however Barbara said they have purchased new flat screens. Just waiting to get them installed. The food was very appealing even to a picky eater as myself and nicely presented. Mike and Barbara are fairly new to the B&B thing, but they are getting the house together quickly, learning fast and are natural hosts.


Home away from home

4.2 on June 28, 2017

Barbara and Mike are such personable hosts that we quickly felt like we were staying with friends. Our stay in the Robert Spence Jr. room (upstairs) was very comfortable and enjoyable. The balcony on the room was a really pleasant place to step out to in the morning or as the sun set. Our meals at the beautiful dining room table were delicious but not heavy and Barbara easily accommodated my gluten-free needs. Her knowledge of the original family history of the house would make you think that they were close relatives. She really communicates a joy and appreciation for that history and for many attractions in and around Tyler.


Friendly and homey

4.4 on May 01, 2017

Very pleasant stay. My only suggestion is that if you do not like hard bed pillows, be sure to bring your own.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your suggestion. We do sometimes field requests for a different pillow; and with almost 50 pillows on property, we can usually accommodate individual tastes. Of course, some guests do bring their personal favorite which is perfectly understandable!

- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)


Great stay at Woldert-Spence Manor

5 on April 23, 2017

Beautiful room, nice porch, gourmet breakfast, gracious host. We'd definitely stay again.


Wonderful mother daughter get away.

4.6 on April 23, 2017

Mom and I loved the stay. The breakfast was amazing!! One bit of advice, bring your own shampoo and conditioner.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. The shampoo we supply is a "conditioning" shampoo (one step), and is purchased from a hotel supplier. We realize guests may have a favorite brand; and you are welcome to bring whatever makes your hair happy :-)

- Mike & Barbara Downs (innkeeper)


Love this location and the house

5 on April 17, 2017

Great price and value for a B&B in Tyler TX. Breakfast was wonderful each morning. Barbara drove 30 minutes to bring me my laptop (that I forgot). A life savor. Good place!

Innkeeper Response
When guests stay with us, we look to treat you like the proverbial family member who promises to bequeath all their worldly treasures to us in their will. While we hope our efforts translate into repeat visits and lifelong friendships, we fully understand the immediate stress caused by lost items. Taking the initiative to help make your visit end on a positive note is what guests can expect from us...something not likely found with the big chain hotels. We enjoyed sharing our home with you, and look forward to any opportunity in the future to host you again!

- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)


Wonderful place to stay - home away from home

4.8 on April 15, 2017

Barbara and Mike are fabulous hosts. Easy check in and nice clean rooms. The breakfast was amazing! Barbara is a fantastic cook. We enjoyed our stay and recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in the tyler area.


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Rooms & Rates

Alma Mary & Robert Spence

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

William Woldert Room

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $129

Elizabeth Spence Room

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

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Richard McLeroy Room

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $109

Robert Spence Jr Room

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $129

The Sunroom

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $109

Rockway Carriage House

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

Mockingbird Cottage

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

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Location

Location Type

Near Caldwell Zoo, Downtown within walking distance, Short drive to local airport, near Tyler Rose Garden, near Tyler State Park, Downtown

Airport

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

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Board games, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Walk to mass transit , Tyler's oldest Bed & Breakfast Inn, balconies, decks, porches, High-Speed Wireless Internet, Tyler Historic Landmark

Room amenities

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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Policies

  • 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, 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Mike and Barbara Downs

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • 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.


Recipes

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