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On the Market Round Top Inn February 2014
Welcome to Round Top Inn, just three blocks away from the unique boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the town’s square. Pictured here is the front of the Main House, a portion of which was used as an office for the bed-and-breakfast business. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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Round Top Inn offers five impeccably restored guestrooms and cottages that rest on the lush, manicured one-acre property, plus a versatile party space know as the Retreat Center. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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A walk inside the Main House, which was used as a residence for the innkeeper, reveals period furniture and a hand-stenciled floral pattern on the entry floor. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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Chairs and a long bench provide seating at the private dining table in the Main House. Note the antique tin ceiling tiles above. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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After a meal, relax in rich leather chairs and sofa in the Main House's living room while light pours in through large windows. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The hub of great home cooking, complete with large island, overhead pot and pan rack and plenty of storage behind glass-paned cabinets. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The Main House includes two individual guest suites upstairs. Both offer privacy of their own full bathrooms. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The back of the Main House, with pathways to follow. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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From the main house, the Cigar Factory and Bunk House sit to the right down a stone sidewalk. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The Bunk Room is built over the Cigar Factory for cozy loft lodging. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The loft guest room in the Bunk House. The full bathroom is downstairs Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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Enjoy meals downstairs in the rustic and quaint Cigar Factory dining room. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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All you need at the Farm House is a pitcher of lemonade, a paper fan and a wide-brimmed hat! The rest is completely ready for you. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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A single-bed suite in the Farm House, this room known as The Red Room. A similarly fashioned single-bed suite, The Blue Room, is part of the accommodations at the Farm House. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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A typical vanity area in the bathrooms at Round Top Inn, combining the charm of old and the convenience of the new. You'll find a total of eight full and two partial bathrooms in the property's cottages. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The Gate House at The Roundtop Inn, dedicated as a historic Texas landmark. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The loft bedroom in the Gate House. The downstairs bedroom houses two single beds and a full bathroom. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The Little Cottage is its own private retreat... Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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with a king-sized bed and full bathroom. No one even has to know you're here! Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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The Retreat Center at The Roundtop Inn. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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Inside the Retreat Center, which can be decorated for parties or serve as an indoor recreation center for children - and everything in between. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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Lights out at Round Top Inn..for now. A very special property extending a welcome to future owners. Photo by © Ben Hill/TK Images
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A country-chic, top-rated bed and breakfast is up for sale in Round Top, with options for a buyer to continue to run it as a business or make it a family vacation compound — or a combination of both — all the while enjoying a relaxed lifestyle in this antique haven. Let's take a visit to the renowned Round Top Inn.

A Bit of History
In the 1880s, German immigrant Charles H. Schiege constructed three of the six buildings on the site, now known as 407 S. White St. Here, Schiege operated the Schiege Cigar Factory until the 1930s, distributing his popular hand-rolled cigars — including the Texas Star and LaRosa Suprema — across Texas. The cigar master provided housing for his employees, and factory workers ate their meals with the Schiege family.

The inn has honored that tradition of Texas hospitality for 20 years by serving guests a home-cooked breakfast each morning in the Cigar Factory.

After three generations of Schiege family members, preservationist Hazel Ledbetter of Houston purchased and restored the Main House in 1965, which was then owned by philanthropist Faith Bybee and the Texas Pioneer Arts Foundation. In 1991, Ted and Sandy Reed of Houston carefully refashioned all of the accommodations.

David Athey, a Houston native, bought and updated the entire property in 2008, bringing his vision of a luxury countryside inn to life, while also staying true to the site’s history.

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The inn pairs modern amenities with rustic charm, offering guests a cozy stay in picturesque surroundings within walking distance of town square. Beautifully restored guest rooms and cottages are nestled among majestic oak trees and manicured grounds on this one-acre compound.

Built in 1885, the two-story Main House is the largest residence on the property, featuring two individual guest suites upstairs and living quarters for the former innkeeper downstairs. The Farm House is complete with a sprawling front porch and plenty of rocking chairs. An adorable two-story, salt-box-style abode, the Gate House offers two bedrooms, while the Little Cottage is a private retreat on its own with a king-sized bed and full bathroom with a Jacuzzi/shower.

Located over the Cigar Factory, the Bunk Room is a loft with a queen-sized bed, twin bed and a full private bathroom. Appointed with antiques, artwork and distinctive personal touches, no two rooms are alike.

A spacious Retreat Center is perfect for reunions, birthdays, luncheons or private parties. Facilities are connected by hand-laid rock sidewalks, and designated parking makes for easy access to all structures.

Square footage: Five residences and a retreat center on about one acre

Asking price: $1,225,000

Listing agent: Walter Bering, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty

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