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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ledford Mill b&b
- Ledford Mill Hotel Wartrace