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About

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.

David Athey purchased and renovated the property in 2008, bringing his vision of a luxury countryside inn to life, while also staying true to the property’s history.

Your Hosts

David Athey, Proprietor

After more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, culminating in several years spent as a private butler in Manhattan, David welcomes his guests with an irresistible balance of sophisticated service with down-home warmth.

Born in Houston and raised in England, David has pursued once-in-a-lifetime business opportunities in Japan, California and New York. Homesick for Texas, he purchased and remodeled the Round Top Inn, fulfilling his lifelong dream to own and operate a distinctive inn, providing a unique lodging experience for travelers like himself.

Jannell Lairmore

Jannell is a 20-year resident of Round Top. Having worked as Kitchen Manager at the Festival-Institute for 10 years, she has a well-rounded culinary background, serving international and Texas fare to the center’s students, faculty and visiting guests.

Her positive, creative energy is channeled each morning into her delectable breakfasts; and the inspired menus she creates for special events have left guests wanting more…and more.

Dana Pineda

A native of Round Top, Dana maneuvers skillfully from task to task with unbelievable vigor and a million-dollar smile. Few of us are able to catch this dynamo as she whisks about the property with superhuman speed.