The English Merchant's Inn

717 West Main Street , Waxahachie, TX 75165-3239 USA (Show map)


The English Merchant's Inn is a historic mansion located on picturesque Main Street in Waxahachie which is 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas. The home was built in 1916 by an English cotton merchant for his bride who he was bringing from Manchester, England. To help compensate for the fact that he was causing her to leave the heart of the British Empire for the unknown regions of rural Texas, he built her a grand home with many exquisite details like the massive carved columns found in the grand entry hall which he had imported from England. The detail and beauty found in the common areas of the home continues throughout each of the bedrooms. Each bedroom at The English Merchant's Inn is designed to combine a charming setting with an ensuite bath. Each of the rooms is unique, featuring individual collections of antique furnishings and curious finds. All rooms have 500 count linens, oversized towels and king sized beds. Rooms No. 1, 2, and 3 are located on the second floor and the suite, Room No. 4, is located on the first floor.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

You should stay here

5 on July 08, 2017

You'll have a wonderful stay at the English Merchant's Inn. The rooms and bathrooms are very clean. The home is comforting. And the innkeepers are incredibly friendly and accommodating.

My New Favorite B&B

5 on May 15, 2017

My wife and I agree, this is our new favorite gem of a Bed and Breakfast but it is so much more than that. Mary and Howard were amazing hosts, going truly above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Mary is an amazing cook and we were woken but the amazing smell of Bacon and she even cooked me a custom English Breakfast (as I am actually from "Across the Pond"). The accommodations were awesome and we stayed in the HUGE suite and bed I just did not want to leave. We loved it so much we will be back just to stay there as our new secret hide-away.

Outstanding accomodations at a great price...

5 on May 04, 2017

We chose to stay at this location at the last minute while attending the local Renn Faire. I was amazed to find such a lovely room at a great price for an Inn vs. a regular hotel. We booked the downstairs suite which had a HUGE bedroom and a full sitting room WITH a fireplace, PLUS we had a private patio with our own entrance. Amazing.... Staying at an inn or B&B is SO much nicer and about half the price you would pay for a suite at a hotel. Plus the cozy atmosphere, the beautiful decor, the really can't beat it. Mary and Howard were outstanding hosts, welcoming us with a chilled glass of wine and great conversation. They provided directions to a choice of dining options and introduced us to another couple staying at the Inn who we ended up going out to dinner with and had a great time. The next morning we had a lovely breakfast of parfait and quiche that smelled heavenly as we woke up. The whole experience was so pleasant and restful that it was hard to want to leave to even go to the Faire! Our second morning was even better than the first as Mary whipped up a full English breakfast specially for us, complete with tea and scones, just because my British husband mentioned it. She's a fabulous cook and it was stellar! The next time we come we won't need any more reason than just to visit with Mary and Howard and to enjoy just relaxing in truly the best Inn we've ever stayed at.

Wonderful getaway

5 on May 01, 2017

The English Merchant's Inn is a hidden gem in Waxahachie, Tx. It is a place that transports you from the ordinary of everyday life to the romance of far off climes. The decor is superb, the hosts are wonderful, and breakfast is equally, ootherwise of the ordinary and tastey. If you are going to the Scarborough Faire and want don't want to drive home afterwards, The English Merchant's Inn is a very short drive with very comfortable beds. Cheers!

Lovely Inn; Good Quality All-Round

3.4 on April 25, 2017

The Inn is delightful; rooms are large and nicely furnished. We would have liked a little better arrangement in the bathroom -- only one small bar of soap, which we had to move back and forth between lavatory and shower, and no table or hooks to put anything. Breakfast was good -- the poached pair was excellent; scrambled eggs good, but the waffle/bacon combo left a little to the desired. Howard was a gracious and congenial host; we met Mary only briefly, but she too was friendly. We did question the recommendation of a pub for off-site dining for two old ladies who had said we don't drink, but to each his/her own ideas. We would definitely go back and recommend this B&B to friends.

Loved my stay at the English Merchant's Inn

5 on March 31, 2017

Everything was lovely and Mary and Howard made me feel so comfortable and at home. They are exceptional hosts and everything from the delicious breakfasts to the comfort of the bed and room decor was much better than I expected!

Eclectic and fun

4.4 on March 11, 2017

This place is a fun oasis in a quaint little town within quick driving distance of Dallas. It worked out perfectly for us to travel into Dallas daily, but stay away from loud noises and heavy traffic at night. The English atmosphere and history is delightful and Howard and Mary are very gracious hosts.


5 on January 03, 2017

October 2016 was my first visit but definitely not my last. My niece suggested this B&B & I'm so glad she did. Charming, relaxing & comfortable. Mary & Howard make you feel at home.


5 on December 29, 2016

Everything was perfect at this beautiful B & B. Mary, our hostess was charming and very very helpful. The décor was enchanting and lovely. Breakfast was devine. We will be back. Connie & Greg

The most charming B&B

5 on August 15, 2016

I cannot recommend a more charming and relaxing place to stay. Howard and Mary have created a little slice of heaven for their guests to feel at home. This B&B is nestled in the historic heart of town, so it's extremely close to the square with all its great shops and Restaurants . The rooms are beautifully done and extremely clean. The beds feel as though you are sleeping at home with wonderfully soft sheets and over stuffed pillows. Howard and Mary go out of their way to treat you as though you were old friends staying for a visit. If you are looking for a five star luxury place to call home for a few days, look no farther . You will not be disappointed . I am looking forward not only to stay in their beautiful home again but to see two of the sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Book it!!!

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Rooms & Rates

Room #1

A large, second floor ensuite bedroom with both a king size bed and a double bed. The bathroom has both a footed tub and a shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Room #3

A large, second floor ensuite bedroom that has a cozy English cottage feel with two oversized lounge chairs. The large bath has a stained glass window with a footed tub and shower.

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

Room #2

A large, second floor ensuite bedroom with a king size canopy bed that opens onto a second floor private patio above the main front porch of the home. It has a large bath with a footed tub and shower.

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

Room #4

A superior two room, first floor suite with a large study with fireplace. In addition, it has it's own private outdoor patio area and private entrance.

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

The Cottage

A charming cottage located on the grounds with a sitting room, oversize bathroom with footed tub and seperate shower and a king-size bed in the bedroom.

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

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Dallas, TX (DFW-Dallas-Fort Worth) 47 miles

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Parking, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Media room with 60" TV and dvd

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit equivalent to the rate for one night's stay or 50% of the reservation total invoice, whichever is larger, is required to confirm a reservation. The deposit will be applied to the total invoice due upon arrival. Requirements may differ for certain holidays, special events or group reservations.
  • Cancellations: The deposit is fully refundable if notice is communicated in person or by phone no less than 10 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 rebooking the room(s), the deposit will be refunded in full, less a $10 processing fee. Holiday, special events and group reservations require 30 days cancellation notice. This policy applies equally to gift certificates.
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Mary Baskin

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About the innkeepers

Your host, Mary Baskin, has many years of experience in interior design, hospitality, and small group European travel. In addition she has worked for and produced interior design articles for such publications as Traditional Home, Country Home, and Better Homes and Gardens. She brings with her many years of travel experience with a wealth of knowledge and an educated eye for interior design.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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