Culture / Travel

Round Top’s Best Inns, Hotels & Unique Lodging Spots

No Ordinary Bed-and-Breakfasts Allowed

BY Ann Lee Phillips // 10.01.15

These sophisticated inns, hotels and lodging spots in Round Top and the environs go well beyond the traditional bed-and-breakfast offerings.

Armando’s Round Top Houses
Cinda and Armando Palacios have been entertaining patrons at their Houston restaurant Armandos for more than 35 years. They’ve been escaping to Round Top for just as long. Three of their historic art- and antiques-filled cottages (circa 1830s, 1880s, and 1930s), located in a compound in the town of Round Top, were renovated by the couple (Cinda is an architect) and are available for rent. These are the chicest we have ever seen. Armandos Round Top Houses, 304 S White St., 979.212.8727, from $200 per night.

Homes by Georgia Brown
Kristine and Shane Brown, antiquarians/owners of Big Daddy Antiques (L.A., San Francisco) and Georgia Brown (Houston, Aspen), own two beautiful rental properties available in the Round Top area. Bo Buff Bradley is a four-bedroom house with a pool, while Dragonfly Ranch has three-bedrooms on five acres with a pool — and both have major charm factor. Bo Buff Bradley, on North Highway 237 between Warrenton and Round Top, vrbo.com/459673; from $375 per night. Dragonfly Ranch, on FM 954 near Warrenton, vrbo.com/381634; from $350 per night.

The Vintage Round Top
Paige and Smoot Hull purchased a farmhouse and renovated it into The Vintage Round Top, a modern and charming mix of airiness and rusticity. The 2,700-square-foot home sleeps as many as six and is located one mile from Round Top. The couple also sells their artisan-made home goods, vintage finds and handpicked antiques online and at Vintage Market. The Vintage Round Top, 1450 Texas 237 Round Top, Texas, 713.859.5993, from $225 per night.

The Round Top Inn
Susanne Maida’s Round Top Inn is comprised of six historic buildings: an 1885 two-story farmhouse with three guest suites and four cottages for rent, three of which were built by German immigrant Charles Schiege in the 1880s. Located in town. 407 S. White St., 979.249.5294, from $160 per night.

Hotel St. Vinzent.
Hotel St. Vinzent

The Red & White Inn and Blackbird Farm Lodging
In the historic town square of Fayetteville, 14 miles from Round Top, Joan and Jerry Herring have created a haven for art lovers with their Red & White Gallery, which has featured shows for artists the late Jesús Moroles, Laura Wilson and Jerry Jeanmard. The Herrings lovingly restored and renovated the building, which dates back to 1835, and above the gallery is a quaint four-bedroom inn. Fayetteville has one of the most charming town squares around. The couple also maintain the Market Street Inn, 1850 House, Sealy House and Blackbird Cabins, each offering a curated country experience. Red & White Inn, 120 W. Main; Market Street Inn, 101 E. Market St.; houses and Blackbird cabins in various locations; 713.818.9766, joan@blackbirdfarmtexas.com; inn rates from $150 per night; house and cabin rates from $175 per night.


The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell
Famed Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell stayed at a bed and breakfast so often for the Round Top Antiques Fair that she bought it and transformed it into The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, which is comprised of five farmhouses and two barns from the 1880s, situated on 46 acres. Expect Ashwell signature plush cotton and linen upholstery, pastel weathered furniture, and clawfoot tubs, all awash in patina. She calls it her Tara. 5808 Wagner Road, 979.836.4975, thepairiebyrachelashwell.com; from $195 per night.

Hotel St. Vinzent
Owners Penny and Mike Cies had us at “luxury country lodging.” Located two blocks from Round Top Square, the Hotel St. Vinzent offers four guest suites, natural pine floors, Italian linens and en suite bathrooms. The property is aptly named after the patron saint of wine — stop by their wine bar, Prost, situated in an historic stone building, for a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Hotel St. Vinzent, 100 Bauer Rummel, 979.249.5982, info@hotelstvinzent.com; from $125 per night.


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