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
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Charming BnB

4.6 on October 17, 2017

Loved staying here, the owners were very nice and made the stay that much better. This was our first getaway in a Long time and will highly recommend to family and friends!

God save the Queen.

5 on October 12, 2017

This romantic weekend with my wife was capped off staying at this charming and beautiful and historic and delightful Inn. Mary and Howard were full of hospitality and good cheer. We will be back.

Fun time in Waxahachie

5 on September 22, 2017

We recently met some friends in the area and decided to stay at The English Merchants Inn. We stayed in room 2 on the 2nd floor,which had a private outside patio. The entire house was nicely decorated with European items and antiques. The room and bathroom were immaculate. Hosts were welcoming and went out of their way to make sure that our stay was enjoyable. Breakfast...don't miss it (I'm normally not a breakfast eater). I highly recommend if you're in the area. PK

Wonderful hidden gem

4.8 on September 18, 2017

Howard was a informative and sweet host. We came from a conference in Dallas & we're headed to Waco & found this great place in between. The bed was soft & cozy, bathroom spacious and breakfast was delicious. You can walk to the historic downtown for neat restaurants & a wine bar.

Elegant place to stay

5 on August 20, 2017

I booked this b and b online because the reviews that I read were so wonderful.

Absolutely Charming

4.6 on August 08, 2017

The room was beautiful and the breakfasts divine! Stayed with my sisters for 3 nights and we loved every minute of our time there. Super close to downtown and all the shops making it easy to go get out of the heat for a bit and then hit the shops again later. Only negative for the trip - The charge for an additional person sharing the same room when the room was designed to hold more than 2 people was steep I thought. But we still enjoyed our stay. Hosts were wonderful! And again the breakfast were incredible each day!

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!

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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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Location Type

Small town


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

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Media room with 60" TV and dvd

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, 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

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Faux English Bulldog Winston

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

Special meal options

Upon prior request we will attempt to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

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