The house is a lovingly restored mansion built when mansions were interesting. But the best part of your stay will be the hostess..... a woman who is that in every sense of the word. She will make you feel at home, she will cook up a great breakfast, and best of all she will be generous in sharing her extensive knowledge of the town, its restaurants, its attractions, and the cumberland gap area. Cumberland Manor is orders of magnitude a more interesting and comfortable place to stay than a chain motel.
We stayed in a third floor room (Kennedy I believe) which was nice and comfortable but would be a bit of a climb if two flights of steep stairs are a problem. The toilet and shower are separated from the bed area only by a portable screen..... possibly an issue if privacy is a concern. And the room has a window AC unit that may be noisy if running. That said, if these things are issues there are other rooms. We will stay in one of them if we are again in MIddlesboro.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 127 year old Victorian mansion, built for John B. Cary, the secretary-treasurer of this uniquely historic town, has 20 rooms furnished in period antiques and stained glass windows. Overlooking historic downtown Middlesboro, the only city built entirely inside a meteorite crater, has views of three states and the Cumberland Mountains. One mile from Cumberland Gap, TN, you can enjoy wildlife, scenic hikes, State and National Parks, golf, lots of special events, museums and history. I try to use fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from my garden at every meal. I offer healthy and gluten-free options and something special for those who have a sweet tooth. ... more less