Our Story

The Round Top Inn is located in historic Round Top, Texas, one of the oldest communities in Fayette County. The “most famous” arts town per capita in the U.S., Round Top is home to the legendary biannual Antiques Fair, the renowned Festival-Institute at Round Top music center, and the Shakespeare-in-Performance study program at the Winedale Historical Center. Conveniently located just three blocks from the unique boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the town’s square, Round Top Inn offers seven impeccably restored guestrooms/cottages that rest on the lush, one-acre property.

Appointed with antiques, artwork and distinctive personal touches, no two rooms are alike. From the traditional Farm House to the cozy Little Cottage, the inn can accommodate group retreats or intimate escapes.

The Retreat Center, Main House and Cigar Factory are available for private parties or business meetings.

Whether you’re planning a family reunion, a health and wellness weekend, a cooking camp, a scrapbooking retreat, or other special event, you and your guests can expect an unforgettable experience in an incomparable venue.

The Inn’s History

The inn has six buildings, three of which are original to the property, built by German immigrant Charles H. Schiege in the 1880s.

The Schiege Cigar Factory was in operation until the 1930s. Schiege’s hand-rolled Texas Star, LaRosa Suprema and popular Boss “segars” (19th century spelling) were distributed throughout Texas.

Schiege provided housing for his employees, and factory workers ate their meals with the Schiege family.

In keeping with this tradition, inn guests are served a home-cooked breakfast each morning in the Cigar Factory.

Three generations of Schieges owned the property, but only two generations lived in the Main House before preservationist Hazel Ledbetter of Houston purchased and restored it in 1965.

It was then owned by philanthropist Faith Bybee and the Texas Pioneer Arts Foundation. In 1991 Ted and Sandy Reed of Houston carefully restored each building to create the Round Top Inn.

Susanne Maida purchased and is currently renovating the property, bringing her vision of a countryside inn to life, while also staying true to the property’s history.