Historic 1859 Woldert-Spence Manor

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


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 small waterfall 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!



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

great stay

4.4 on August 28, 2018

The owners are upgrading the yard. Wifi was impossible to use. Barbara was a great chef. Breakfasts were fabulous. We were the only guests so were treated to a tour of the house and lots of information

Wonderful Accomodation

5 on August 16, 2018

The Woldert-Spence Manor was a charming b&b, Barbara was a great host, and the breakfast was delicious. I would definitely stay there again.

Innkeeper Response
We look forward to your return visits!

- Barbara (innkeeper)

Beautiful old house.

2.8 on April 13, 2018

This is a beautiful & charming old house. Owners seem to take pride in it but don't seem enthusiastic about hosting guests there. Rather, they seem to "tolerate" having other ppl in their home. A cousin & I shared a room (William Woldert, I believe) I slept on a pull-out sleeper chair. Comfortable but no space to navigate in the room with that pulled out. Very small room. As older ladies, we enjoyed having a walk in shower. Everything very clean. This was the most expensive B&B we booked for our extended trip. Other B&Bs were as nice or nicer & less money.

Innkeeper Response
We are saddened to hear that you and Jan had a negative experience during your stay with us. Sometimes when guests do not book direct with us, the intricacies of individual needs are lost through lack of personal communication. That may be the case here; however, we believe the room you reserved was still the best fit for your overall physical limitations. We respect that you may have been compelled to lower your ratings based on emotions; but would have enjoyed an opportunity to offer some compensation for your percieved discomfort. Safe travels to you both.

- Mike & Barbara (innkeeper)

Wonderful Stay!

5 on April 09, 2018

My daughter and I visited Tyler, TX this past weekend and spent one night at this B&B. Not only was the place stunning and impeccable, but what made it even more special was the hospitality of the owners, Mike and Barbara. We will never forget how wonderfully the made us feel, their making sure we had all we needed, and then served us the most delicious breakfast, while sitting down with us to chat. The place is near downtown with red brick roads and with all of the history the place and the house has to offer. Such a wonderful stay - highly recommend it.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for finding us. We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to your next visit!

- Mike and Barbara (innkeeper)

Delightful B&B in a Charming Town

4.8 on April 06, 2018

We came to Tyler for the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail and after reading reviews on Woldert-Spence Manor, decided to stay here. Glad to say we are so very pleased to have made that our choice! The Manor is immaculate and Barbara is the perfect host. The neighborhood felt safe, and Barbara's garden was brimming with interesting plants. The gardens on the trail were in peak bloom and so easily accessible from W-S Manor.

Innkeeper Response
It was a pleasure to have you in the house. We look forward to future visits. Don't miss out on upcoming events like the Red Dirt Festival in May and the Texas Rose Festival the third week of October!

- Mike and Barbara (innkeeper)

Good location

3.6 on April 03, 2018

Current owners have been there 3 years but house has been B & B for decades. Previously a private home. Lovely historical area within a few blocks of many sites and dining. Robert Spence room at the top of steep stairs is not for tall people. All bathrooms were added so they are small. Baloney was nice but room faces west, so probably get really warm in summer. The bed wasn't very comfortable. Downstairs there is refrigerator, water and microwave for the public but no ice. Furniture in parlour isn't comfortable and room is junkyard. Food was ok. Owners are still learning

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your valuable feedback. Guests seeking a true historic location are typically charmed by the unique qualities of the property. We are glad you enjoyed the balcony, as that is one of the charming features that draws guests to this room. We are always happy to accommodate special needs of guests upon request. Wishing you safe and happy travels.

- Mike and Barbara (innkeeper)

Fantastic Stay

5 on March 22, 2018

Just being able to see this manor home was a delight. You can tell Barbara and Mike love sharing their home with others - and the breakfast is wonderful. Barbara makes sure you are set for the day ahead with her gourmet cooking skills. The location was quiet and perfect for our 3 night stay in Tyler. They are only a mile away from yummy BBQ at Stanley's so we enjoyed a walk there and back each of our 3 nights!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you D&M! It was such a pleasure to offer you our hospitality and learn about your adventurous journey. If never we meet again, you are wished only happy days until then!

- Barbara & Mike (innkeeper)

Wonderful Stay In Tyler, Texas

5 on March 13, 2018

Barbara and Michael were excellent Innkeepers - the food was marvelous, the room was clean and well decorated in items from that time period as was the whole house in general. This was like a cool slumber party in a neat museum. Highly recommended!

Very pleased with our stay

4.6 on March 10, 2018

Lovely inn, comfortable bed, very clean, tasty food. The innkeeper, Barbara Downs, was very knowledgeable about local history, great recommendations for sightseeing. If we have the opportunity, we'd stay there again.

Wonderful stay

3.0 on March 06, 2018

Last week we spent two nights at Woldert-Spence Manor. A great B&B in the old part of Tyler with very friendly innkeepers and impeccable service. The rooms were fine, but the bathrooms very small. The homemade breakfast by Barbara tasted real good and exceeded our expectations! Onsite dining was not possible, because this is a B&B.

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Rooms & Rates

Alma Mary & Robert Spence

The Alma Mary and Robert Spence Room is our most spacious room, and is located on the first floor of the main house. It features a queen sized bed, gas fireplace, and a claw-foot tub with shower in the private bath. There is a lovely stained glass bay window in this room, and a semi-private screened in sun porch. Includes wireless internet access. Rates listed are for double occupancy, with a $25 per night additional charge for an extra guest/rollaway in the room.

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

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

William Woldert Room

The William Woldert room is located on the first floor of the main house. Featuring a striking red and gold color scheme as well as a queen sized bed and a gas fireplace. It has a large tiled shower. All rooms have private baths and wireless internet access. Cable TV is recently installed for your viewing pleasure. Addition of a pull-out couch (single) allows for a third occupant.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $134

Elizabeth Spence Room

The Elizabeth Spence Room is the most spacious room on the second floor of the main house. It features a king sized bed and is decorated in a lovely white and lavender palette. The private bath has a standard shower. This room catches the morning sunlight and is adjacent to the large balcony across the front of the house. Room has a private bath, television, and wireless internet access. Rates listed are for double occupancy, with a $25 per night additional charge for a rollaway in the room.

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

Nightly Rate: $139 - $139

Richard McLeroy Room

The Richard McLeroy room is located on the second floor of the main house. It features a full sized bed with antique spindle bed frame, television, and wireless internet access. The private bath is the original bathroom for the second floor with claw-foot tub as well as a shower, and is immediately adjacent to the guest room.

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $119

Robert Spence Jr Room

The Robert Spence Jr. Room is located on the second floor of the main house. It features a queen sized bed and a private balcony overlooking a Bradford Pear tree. It has a standard shower in the bathroom. Room has a private bath, television, and wireless internet access.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $134

The Sunroom

The Sunroom is on the second floor of the main house and catches the afternoon sunshine. This room features a full sized bed and a standard shower. It is located right next to the balcony across the front of the house. Room has a private bath, television, and wireless internet access. Note: This room has a spot of low headroom since it was originally part of the attic.

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $119

Rockway Carriage House

The Rockway Carriage House is a separate building behind the main house and is ideal for extended stays and families traveling with children. It features a full kitchen, dining area, living room with entertainment center, gas fireplace, Cable TV, and wireless internet. The bedroom has a queen sized bed and the bath has a standard tub/shower. A couch folds out into a queen sized sofa-bed at a surcharge of $25 for one person; and an additional $15 for a second person.

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

Garden Retreat

The bedroom has a queen sized bed and the bath has a standard shower. Note: this is our smallest bathroom. Cable TV and wireless internet included. This room is also fitted with a small refrigerator, and Keurig coffeemaker. Direct access is from the back deck; and interior access allows you into a semi-private screened porch.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $134

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Location Type

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


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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  • Check In:: 15:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside porch, deck, and/or balcony only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Younger children allowed only in the Rockway Carriage House.
  • 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



Mike and Barbara Downs

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

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  • 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.