Not your grandma’s house. New B&B blends history and art for a perfectly unique stay.
By SARA VANDEN BERGE
Visitors to Stephenville will soon have a beautiful new spot to lay their head at night.
The Gallery House, the city’s new Bed & Breakfast, is set to open in mid-May on the corner of Tarleton and Ollie streets.
The B&B’s owner, Kim Fornes, is using her years of experience in the hospitality industry to create an environment that showcases the home’s rich history with a warm comfort that speaks to travelers.
“The Gallery House is less than a block from Tarleton and near several downtown restaurants,” Fornes said. “The historical part of the house, which was built in 1895, is something visitors will look forward to.”
The Gallery House has four suites, each with a private bath, that can be rented for $125 - $179 per night.
Three of the bedrooms are downstairs and only one - the attic suite - is upstairs.
There is also a wraparound porch and east courtyard.
“I would describe the decor as ‘vintage with a twist,’” she said. “It’s definitely not your grandmother’s Victorian house.”
Fornes grew up in Stephenville, but moved away for several years while raising three sons.
Her return to the area and involvement in real estate prompted her to purchase the home and turn it into a B&B.
“It’s taken about a year to renovate, but it’s getting close,” she said. “The parking lot is almost finished, and we will have ample parking with about 17 spots.”
Fornes will serve as hostess, greeting guests as they check in. She will also serve a hot breakfast with coffee, muffins and quiche.
One of most unique features about The Gallery House is that it will also serve as an art gallery – hence the name.
“I will rotate art throughout the house and many of the pieces will be for sale,” she said.
As the countdown to open nears, Fornes is working to complete the finishing touches.
“I’m excited to offer something so unique to our city’s visitors,” she said. “I’m looking forward to serving my community.”
For more information, check out The Gallery House Bed and Breakfast on Facebook.