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Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Wartrace B&B and Inns
Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
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“Our first time at a BnB and LOVED it!”
Reviewed October 9, 2011

I'm a Marriott snob and always try to stay at their hotels to keep my elite status, so when we decided to do the Whiskey trail in TN, we were outside my 'comfort zone'...But as soon as I saw that this place backed up to a waterfall, we were sold! It is choke full of antique'y charm--the main floor is an antique store/'museum' of the mill's history and kitchen...and the gracious hosts, John and Mildred, tell us to help ourselves to anything in the kitchen (peach bundt cake, fresh baked cookies, ice cream, popcorn, etc)...you will not be bored at this place. I spent hours just looking at the mill's architecture and antiques, reading thru all the books on the area, looking at all the movie titles (both vhs and dvd) and playing board games with the hubby...best part of the night was sitting out by the falls with a glass of wine and cigar and letting the world slip away from us...Tom Cruise, the cat, is just as friendly as his owners...he'll hop right up on your lap and join you on your walk around the property...I don't even like cats, but I fell in love with this one!

We stayed in the falls room, which has a private entrance off the side of the mill and leads straight out to the benches to sit by the waterfalls. The large room has a queen bed, tv, fireplace and an interesting rock wall (that is actually the side of the road that lies above the room). Its bathroom is divided by the mill's original equipment...there is nothing cookie-cutter about this place and the owners have done a fabulous job of bringing a unique southern charm to every aspect of the rooms and experience...they even make their own soap and shampoo!

The next morning, John and Mildred, had the most awesome breakfast waiting for us--baked apple with oatmeal (full of honey and fruits--it had the consistency of a thick cake batter and was so yummy!), ham, and bagels...we spent a few hours just chatting with them and sharing our travel stories...they were made to run a bnb, even though they'll tell you that it was never in their plans...and that John actually bought the place as a surprise to Mildred....funny how life works itself out sometimes! We didnt' want to leave, but we'll definitely be back!

Room Tip: book here if you want to GET AWAY...no tv, no internet, no cell phone reception!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Marathon, Florida
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

I've been to this B&B four times in the last few years, staying in two of their three rooms.

The top floor is a very large suite, great room, tv room and plenty of space. I sat on the balcony smoking a cigar on the cool fall night.

The bottom floor is my favorite with water running through it and a bear claw bathtub..

The middle floor is the small gift shop and area where breakfast is served.

It's one of those places where you sleep like a baby, hear nature and just want to stay for a week or two.

Clean rooms, great price, great location. A great weakened getaway, romantic escape, etc..

Guys.. The innkeepers have a photo album. My second trip there was with a different date than my first trip there. Of course she looked through the photo albums and saw my previous visit... I opted out of the picture on the third and fourth visit...

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

My husband and I wanted to get away from Nashville for a night. From the moment we arrived at Ledford Mills, we felt welcome, relaxed and at peace. The nearby waterfall provides a melodic backdrop to the quaint, antique-filled Mill. John and Mildred are the perfect hosts, and Mildred cooks a decadent breakfast. We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cedar Rapids, IA
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Reviewed June 5, 2010

This was our second time and we will be going back next year. Mildred and John are what make the place so wonderful. They treated us like family, only better! Mildred served a different fabulous gourmet breakfast every one of the nine days we were there, John made the best coffee and had maps for anywhere we wanted to go. We've been in all the rooms, we like the Falls room the best because of the door leading out to the private garden area and being able to see the big waterfall while laying in bed. Everything personal was clean and tidy. The less than perfect score on cleanliness is just due to the rustic nature of the place.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

Stayed three restful nights in the CREEK ROOM, located in the basement of the reconditioned Ledford gristmill. Clever layout includes an exposed wall of Tennessee shale in the offset sleeping area featuring a comfy queen, an inviting living area with TV-VCR-DVD players, French doors that lead to a small private deck, and a spacious bathroom furnished with a claw-footed tub that also functions as a shower. I personally appreciated the option to rely on natural light or the well-appointed indoor lighting. Compliments aside, being in the middle of nowhere, one must be prepared for no television hook-up, Internet connection, or even cellphone reception. [ROOMS-- 4.5 out of 5]
Many innkeepers fail to grasp the art of conversation with their guests but JOHN and MILDRED do a splendid job as hosts. They seem to balance their interactions with visitors very naturally during the day. As the innkeepers have separate lodging nearby, guests pretty much have free reign of the inn at night, inspiring one to feel right at home. We cozied up one night with popcorn, root beer floats, and Tom Cruise, the house cat to watch a movie from the video library. In fact, the only struggle we had with service was getting a reservation. Without a truly interactive website, we left a message on their answering machine. At least two days passed before I heard back which meant we ending up booking somewhere else less exciting and had to scramble to get out of it. Also, parking is a little sketchy. SERVICE-- 4.0 out of 5]
Good price. [VALUE-- 4.25 out of 5]
This inn is a labor of love for the innkeepers. Everything was taken care of. Guests sensitive to pet dander should have Benadryl handy. [CLEANLINESS-- 4.25 out of 5]
Three mornings brought three different breakfasts to the table. Mildred does a swell job working out of the small guest kitchen with no stove. Coffee was worth a second cup. Sleeping in is probably not an option here unless you're the only guest(s). If the faint sounds from the breakfast area don't wake you, the delicious smells certainly will. [DINING-- 4.25 out of 5]

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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Reviewed February 10, 2008

My hubby and I got married on Saturday the 21st and we were at Ledford Mill on Sunday!

We had business to attend to before I moved overseas with him, and the closest place to take care of it was at Arnold AB in Tullahoma. Now, being from Tennessee, I know that there ain't a whole lot of excitement going on in Tullahoma on a regular day, so I was NOT looking forward to this.

We got to the B&B, and we thought we were lost because it looks like an old barn/antique shop from the outside with a place for one car to park in front. Mr. John was absolutely wonderful to us. He let us know that we had the whole place to ourselves, answered all of the questions that we had and then he went home to Ms. Mildred.

We had the loft, and it was so pleasant. The weather was so that we left the door open basically the entire time we were there. The sounds from the creek below were soothing to go to sleep with and refreshing to wake up to! We also took a bottle of wine with us and sat on the benches by the creek in the evening time. Nice way to wind down.

Ms. Mildred cooked a mean breakfast every morning. She busied herself around the kitchen while Mr. John sat and talked to us about getting married, moving overseas, etc. It was like being in my mama's house (except she wasn't asking me when we were planning on making her a Grandma!) Ms. Mildred also left a pie and cookies for us to munch on.

The Mill has 3 rooms--one on each level. The "living room" has books for you to borrow and VHS movies to watch. One of the nicest things that the Spears' do is to provide folders with local restaurant menus, sightseeing suggestions and newspaper articles about the area. This was so helpful. We even called them one afternoon at home because we had forgotten the name of the restaurant on the lake that they suggested for a quick evening meal. They gave us the name, directions, advice on what to eat......this is a fantastic couple!

I highly recommend this lovely B&B for a relaxing good time and marvelous hosts!

  • Liked — Wonderful hosts, bubbly creek below the B&B, quiet, clean and comfortable
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 21, 2005

This is a great place to stay! John and Mildred Spears have created a wonderful, homey experience with lovely accommodations, a welcoming atmosphere and great breakfasts. The rooms are uniquely set up around the mill works, and the building itself has such history! The setting is very "out in the country" but you are just minutes from Tullahoma and civilization. As either a quiet getaway or a base from which to explore the area, you will thoroughly enjoy your time here. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed March 2005
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Additional Information about Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast

Property: Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1195 Shippmans Creek Rd, Wartrace, TN 37183-3312
Location: United States > Tennessee > Wartrace
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Wartrace
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted "most rustic" B&B in North America. A scenic wonder, the 1884 Gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Tennessee Heritage Trail, offers three unique rooms(each w/private bath) within the old "factory" setting. The Falls and Creek Rooms open onto the grounds surrounding the waterfalls and Shipman's Creek. The Loft is a majestic high-ceiling apartment at the top of the mill complete with kitchenette and a balcony view of the woods, creek and falls. Early 1900's furnishings, many for sale, are highlighted within the Mill. Friendly, resident cat welcomes guests. Located in a quiet country setting but close to many local restaurants and attractions including Jack Daniel's Distillery. Advanced reservations recommended. ... more   less 
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