Moore Ventura Bed and Breakfast

400 West Denton Avenue , Ennis, TX 75119 USA (Show map)


"Step Back in Time" when you cross the threshold of this Historic beauty that graces the McCanless Templeton Historic District of Ennis, TX, home of the Bluebonnet and Polka festivals, 35 miles south of Dallas. Built in 1905 by Captain H. T. Moore and his wife, Malinda, the Moore Ventura House, regally presides over the 1.12 acre estate. The majestic 7000 square foot residence has been meticulously renovated while maintaining its historic beauty and integrity which includes five fireplaces, crown molding, beautiful mill work, exquisite hardware, original light fixtures, fabulous hardwood floors, and nearly countless windows. Breakfast is served in the formal dining room. There is a separate entrance off the dining room that leads to the wrap around front porch, where invited guests may go to enjoy the morning or evening. The front two bedrooms are separated with 10 ft. solid wood pocket doors. Two fully renovated bathrooms are in the hallway, indicative of this period architecture. A well stocked coffee bar is in the hallway outside the guest bedrooms for early risers or midnight snackers. To visit the Moore Ventura House Bed and Breakfast truly is "A Step Back in Time to the Ambiance of a Bygone Era."



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.9


5 on July 23, 2018

We only stayed here one night but we were so impressed! The house is beautiful and the Venturas are delightful and gracious hosts. Their home and grounds were beautiful, iniviting, and relaxing. They have three beautiful rooms, one with a lovely sunroom retreat. We enjoyed visiting with them at our delicious breakfast and they did all they could to make us feel comforable. It is a true retreat. Plus, Sam treated us to his enormous, amazing private train collection and layouts! We hope to go back and stay again!

Great stat

5 on July 13, 2018

Great hosts. Beautiful home.

Hidden Gem!

4.6 on June 02, 2018

We found this hidden gem just outside Dallas. The hosts are sweet and make the entire stay inviting in this 3 story home that is renovated from 1905. They spare nothing with regard to luxury in the accommodations including a 24 hour coffee bar, snack bar, and refrigerator for your munchies or dinner left overs. Breakfast was a two-course farm to table event with unlimited French press coffee and interesting conversation.

Absolutely Wonderful!!

5 on April 29, 2017

This is a 5-Star Bed and Breakfast in every respect. It is a beautiful house and is kept spotlessly clean. Three cousins and I spent several days here in April, 2017. We loved everything about it.. The bedrooms were comfortable and inviting. The breakfasts were so special: each morning brought a delightful surprise. Joanne and Sam are beyond excellent hosts. It was such fun to be able to chat with them and admire all the hard work that went into the restoration of this great house, And an extra treat was getting a chance to see Sam's fantastic train collection. The pictures are very nice, but they can not do justice to the Ventura home. Please go see for yourselves. Betty

Hidden Gem

5 on April 21, 2017

We decided to spend our fourth anniversary taking in the bluebonnet trail of north Texas and stumbled upon the Moore Ventura bed and breakfast in Ennis looking for accommodations. We can tell you that nothing is left to chance here!!! Sam and Joannn are the ultimate hosts!!! Their years of experience in the hospitality and the arts become a natural fit as curators and hosts of this beautiful and warm mansion. The home has been lovingly restored and every attention to detail has been met. Joann even called my husband and arranged for a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in our suite! The decor is filled with worldwide pieces that have a history which they love to share if you are interested. The home has two areas for tv or movie watching (but who wants to do that), game areas, beautiful porches and outdoor areas for relaxing, reading or opening that bottle of wine from an area wine tour. And I haven't even gotten to the beautiful and sumptuous breakfast you will be served in the handsome dining room!!! This is where you can see their years of experience in the restaurant arena. Perfection!!! Don't miss any opportunity you have to book a stay here. You won't regret it.

Anniversary #4

5 on April 17, 2017

The host and hostess were fabulous! We will definitely go back in the future! The house is exquisite, beautiful, we didn't even get out in the yard! The home is so beautiful and restored to top detail. The rooms were beautiful and we fully enjoyed ourselves for our anniversary! The two of us.

A step back in time.

5 on April 05, 2017

This B&B was everything and more than I had expected. The host and hostess were gracious. The house is beautiful. Little things were thought of and provided to make our stay even more perfect - things I would not even have thought of. You won't be disappointed choosing this B&B

Lovely time

5 on March 30, 2017

My mother and I stayed recently at this wonderful bed and breakfast. The accommodation were perfect and the breakfasts were outstanding. Sam and Joanne were so welcoming and provided us with information about the town of Ennis. We made new friends and we will be happy to tell others about this wonderful B&B

Hidden B&B Gem just south of Dallas

4.6 on December 17, 2016

My daughter and I were heading to Dallas for a wedding and I could not believe my eyes when I happened upon the online description of the stunning, historical Moore Ventura bed and breakfast tucked away in Ennis, TX, just south of Dallas. An incredibly beautiful Neo-classical Revival House from 1905 is now open to the public as a Bed and Breakfast. Well we had to to check it out! The house is lovingly restored and just breathtaking - the pictures don't do it justice. Of course we did appreciate the modern amenities as well, such as the fast wifi. The hosts Joanne and Sam did all they could to extend true hospitality to us and the other guests staying at the B&B. The 2-course breakfast was especially delicious and creatively plated, served in the gorgeous dining room along with interesting conversation with the innkeepers and other guests. I consider this a destination gem just south of Dallas. There are 3 bedrooms available for guests, and we enjoyed the huge bedroom with twin beds at the top of the sweeping staircase. I would recommend booking early for your choice of rooms.

Great place, wonderful couple, amazing house

5 on November 07, 2016

We stayed her last weekend, and it was wonderful. The only complain was the train loudness, but can't do much about that. We loved the innkeepers, they were as much fun as the historic old house itself. Great italian resturaunt nearby, close to Dallas, nice history and amazing house with really great balcony to sit on, especially when it's training! About the only suggestion would be to put in an enclosed hot tob in the back yard. Will stay again!

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Rooms & Rates


JULIE ANN'S BEDROOM is located at the top of the grand front stairway. It faces the southeast corner capturing light from 2 directions. The twin beds provide a comfortable nights rest for the weary traveler. Julie Ann's room is separated from Karen Marie's room by beautiful 10 ft. solid wood pocket doors. These rooms can connect making it a 2 bedroom suite for 4 adults traveling together. A fully renovated "shared" bath is in the hallway, indicative of this period architecture.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $145 - $170


KAREN MAIRE'S BEDROOM is the 2nd bedroom located at the top of the grand front stairway. This bedroom has a vintage fireplace and and a luxurious king size bed to melt into. There is a chaise lounge for finishing that great novel you started but haven't had time to finish. KAREN MARIE'S room can be connected to JULIE ANN'S room by beautiful 10ft. solid wood pocket doors making this a 2 bedroom suite for 4 adults traveling together. Indicative of this period architecture, there is a fully renovated "shared" bathroom at the end of the hallway, for the occupants of KAREN MARIE and JULIE ANN bedrooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $170 - $195


LAURA CAMILLE'S SUITE is the 3rd bedroom located between the grand front staircase and the back staircase. The room has 2 entrances and is connected to a garden like sitting room. This Venetian style bedroom has a fireplace and sitting area in the bedroom. The garden room is surrounded with large windows that flood the room with copious natural light. Relaxing in here is like visiting a secret place among the trees. This bedroom has a private fully renovated bath across the hall, indicative of this period architecture.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $220

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Urban


Dallas, TX (DFW-Dallas-Fort Worth) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Dallas go south on 75 to 45. Continue on 45 until you see sign Ennis next 4 exits. Take 2nd exit (Italy, Kaufman exit). This is also 34 and Ennis Ave. Turn right on Ennis Ave. Cross the railroad track. Continue on Ennis Avenue to N. Sherman street (one way going north). Turn right on N. Sherman. turn left on W. Denton. House is on N.W. corner of W. Denton and N. Sherman.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

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On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fax Machine, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Fireplace, Telephone, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights for special events & holidays.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: yes
  • Cancellations: Deposit fully refundable if notice is communicated in person or by phone no less than 7 days prior the scheduled arrival date. Late cancellations are subject to the full charges for the reserved night(s) unless the room(s) can be re-booked for the same period. If we are successful in re booking the room(s), the deposit will be refunded in full, less a $15.00 processing fee. Holidays and Special Events require 14 days cancellation notice. This policy applies equally to gift certificates.
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Sam and Joanne Ventura

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About the innkeepers

We became innkeeper's to share this wonderful historic home with others. It is truly like taking a "step back in time." We moved here from Dallas in 1999 for a slower pace of life. We have not been disappointed. We stay busy but leave all the stress to Central Expressway, LBJ and Stemmons Freeway.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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