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The History of

The Caroline House

In the 1850s, John E. Shelton, a master craftsman, purchased the land and existing buildings. He built the main house for his friend and partner Thomas Wesley Smith, a cigar manufacturer. Smith and his heirs continued to own the property until 1924. It was then sold to the Thomas A. Gay family 1924-1970 and the  Whisenant family 1970 through 2000.


Ms. Eckhart purchased the property in 2000 and fully restored the home and buildings. She opened The Caroline House in 2006 as a Bed and Breakfast.


Guests have a choice between twin, full, queen or king-sized accommodations, all with luxury linens.


All rooms are decorated with a blend of traditional furnishings and fine antiques.


All accommodations are designed to enhance the get-away-from-it-all feel of The Caroline House.


Other Amenities Include:

  • Free WIFI

  • Free Parking

  • Air Conditioning

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Dog/pet friendly (see House Rules)

  • Kid/Family-Friendly (childrens activities)

  • Breakfast Included

  • Dietary Accommodations (per guest requests)

  • TV in the Guest House, Elizabeth’s Room and the Family Room in the Main House

The Inn Keeper

Mary loves family, baking, reading, and running the Bed and Breakfast. She continues to lovingly preserve the home.


Mary has been awarded the designation of Superhost by AirBnB. Superhosts are experienced, highly-rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests. 

The Caroline House has received 5 star reviews on FaceBook, AirBnB, Yelp, and Trip Advisor. Please see the Reviews page to read how past guests have enjoyed Mary and the service she provides.

The Experience

Upon your arrival, you are greeted with a wine and cheese board served in the afternoons between 4 PM and 6 PM in the back yard during optimum weather days or in the main house, often with wine from Texas wineries.  Let us know if you wish to have this service at the time of booking.

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You can relax in your rooms, enjoy the common rooms of the house or stroll the grounds of the one acre, park-like setting. 

Feel free to wander into downtown Montgomery, just two short blocks away to enjoy the local restaurants, antique stores and boutiques. If you bring your dog, Cedar Brake Park is a few steps from the bed and breakfast.

There are other sites within a comfortable walk from The Caroline House, or you can hop in your car to explore Lake Conroe's water sports, several public golf courses, the Renaissance Festival or even hiking and biking the nearby Sam Houston National Forest. 

Return for a quiet, restful evening and  peaceful sleep.

Guest access

Guests have access to all green spaces, to play games (croquet, soccer, football), or just sit and relax. There are always cards, puzzles, and plenty of reading material in the common areas.


Interaction with guests

Mary lives in the historic Main House and is usually on the premises to greet all the guests. She loves to visit with everyone, but it is her policy to give each guest  space, if privacy is preferred.


Refreshments are provided in the afternoon, and sometimes a fresh-baked dessert is served later in the evening. A full breakfast is served in the Main dining room between 8 AM and 10 AM.

The House Rules

The Caroline House has house rules that ensure everyone's stay is memorable.

  • No smoking in any building. There are designated smoking areas on the grounds.

  • Check in is from 3 PM to 8 PM. If guests need to check in before or after these times, please ask Mary.

  • Check out is 11 AM.

  • Cancellations - Cancellations are free if done 48 hours prior to your check in time. Please inquire if you have questions.

  • If you are expecting additional guests, we ask that you let us know in advance so we can try to accommodate your needs wherever possible. If our other buildings on the property are available, we might be able to supply the additional beds you need. 

  • The Inn Keeper reserves the right to adjust the rates if the size of the party grows or the intended use of the property has been misrepresented at the time of the booking.  Other fees may apply.

  • We understand that accidents happen. But we do ask that you please let us know when they do. Chances are we can fix them as effortlessly as possible.

  • We do accept pets but we need to be advised at the time of booking of the pet's size/weight and whether or not the pet is to be crated during your stay. Again, please ask us first.

  • For the guests who stay in The Cottage or The Guest House - We do a thorough cleaning between each guest stay, but we ask that prior to leaving, you clean and put away any dishes or kitchenware used.

  • All guests are asked to put dirty towels in the tubs.

  • There is a strict no drug use policy. Please obey this; it is the law.

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