Historic 1859 Woldert-Spence Manor

611 West Woldert Street Corner of Woldert & 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 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



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

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.

Okay stay

3.0 on April 06, 2017

Interesting place. Very nice owner. Bath was a clawfoot tub with liner inside, but too small when taking a shower. Could have been a bit cleaner. Bed was ok. Good breakfast and owner was nice to talk to...

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking time to write a review. It concerns us when a guest is not pleased with their stay. While we love to see and hear rave reviews about the wonderful stays our guests experience, we appreciate hearing even faster about anything that might diminish your pleasure during a stay with us in order to address it immediately. Our website clearly identifies the amenities in each room; and obviously we cannot change the size of the tub; however, all bathroom fixtures are scrubbed and sanitized between guest visits. We regret we did not get the opportunity to compensate you if our service was lacking.

- Woldert-Spence Manor (innkeeper)

A dellight...

5 on April 05, 2017

Barbara and Mike were wonderful and gracious hosts. Breakfast each day was a lovely, slightly decadent and complete meal that was not too heavy. They served us like we were royalty. The William Room and is well appointed and well laid out - roomy and easy to maneuver. The bathroom was larger than expected and the little touches were greatly appreciated ( dark wash cloth for make up removal, plenty of linens). Barbara and Mike were delightful to visit with and found ourselves lingering over breakfast for quite sometime. They made all the guests feel included and we enjoyed lively conversation and banter. I recommend without reservation and will look to them first for my next trip to Tyler.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking time to give a detailed review. We so much appreciate when guests find us and then have a fabulous experience that they can convey to others! That you felt like royalty and well cared for while in our home fulfills our ambition to offer a great value for your hard-earned money. We look forward to any time in the future when we can share our hospitality with you again.

- Barbara (innkeeper)

a lovely visit

5 on April 04, 2017

very relaxing and quaint inn. The innkeeper is a fabulous hostess, and the breakfast experience was out of this world! A step back in time. Can't wait for our next visit.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so very much for the kind review! We are always thrilled when our guests have an excellent experience; but are also open to any feedback that might help us improve. We look forward to your next visit!

- Barbara (innkeeper)

Our stay at Woldert-Spence Manor

5 on April 02, 2017

Our stay at Woldert-Spence Manor was an anniversary gift. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The history is so interesting. The breakfasts were absolutely great.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for making us a part of your special celebration! We hope you will find future reasons to visit Tyler and stay with us again. Wishing you many more happily married years ahead.

- Woldert-Spence Manor (innkeeper)

Another Great Stay

5 on March 21, 2017

This was my seventh visit to the Woldert-Spence B&B. They never fail to please. It is my go-to place in Tyler. They ambiance and the location can't be beat.

Innkeeper Response
Our return guests are so important! We look forward to hosting you anytime...and hearing your feedback on how we might improve your visits (we are diligently working on the gardens!). Until next time, we wish you well!

- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)

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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 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:: 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.



Mike and Barbara Downs

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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.