Antebellum Winston Place

353 Railroad Avenue, Valley Head, Alabama 35989
Innkeeper(s): Leslie & Jim Bunch
  • Introduction

    Step back in time to one of Alabama's most beautiful historical mansions, featuring large verandas and elegant inn lodging accommodations. Situated at the base of Lookout Mountain and only two miles from downtown Mentone, Winston Place is centrally located between Chattanooga, Birmingham and Atlanta. On the National Register of Historical Places, the impressive lavishness of the veranda, both upstairs and down, is undoubtedly one of the state's finest examples of how the master builders planned for open air living made possible in antebellum days.

    Accommodations at Winston Place offer hardwood floors, sumptuous bedding, and an abundance of elegance. As soon as you slip into soft sheets and comfortable beds you will know luxury is an understatement here at Winston Place. Each suite has access to the veranda, a private bath and a luxurious feeling of the Old South. 4 private suites and rooms, each with private bath and some with a sun porch. The rooms are large and spacious and have been featured in Southern Living.


    Winston Place has been featured in:

    • Fodors 1996 - 2002
    • Best of the South 1997 - 2002
    • Alabama public television special
    • National Geographic 2001
    • Atlanta Journal
    • Hidden Pathways of Alabama
    • Channel 47, Birmingham, AL
    • Channel 45, Chattanooga, TN
    • WAAY TV, Huntsville, AL
    • Winston Place was NE Designer Showcase in 1995,
    • Designed again by Crowncraft in 1997, and featured in Southern Living in 1998
    • It is a popular wedding property
    • Historians will love Winston Place which was recently featured in
    • "Blue & Gray" Magazine (Spring 2007)

  • Weddings & Special Occasions


    Winston Place is the perfect setting for weddings, receptions, family reunions and special celebrations. From the gracious verandas, to the large garden lawns, intimate dining room, a large game room and more, these facilities can accommodate your dreams.

    "We just spent a weekend at Winston Place B&B and also had our daughter's wedding there. I want to say that Leslie and Jim Bunch were wonderful hosts. Leslie helped with acquiring just the right florist, musicians, rental agencies, and entertaining for all our families. We feel that we had the very best service. I would highly recommend Winston Place to anyone who wants to get away for the weekend or plan a large party. We had 200 wedding guests, and the surrounding area accommodated all our party with ease and gracious hospitality. The area is full of history and has wonderful antique shops and historical places to visit. Please make the effort to go there soon." Tom and Gale, Cullman, Alabama.

    Check with us about Wedding and Event Rental Fees

    Rental includes the use of: the first floor of mansion including two downstairs bedrooms for dressing and guest bathrooms, lower veranda, grounds, and parking.

    Rehearsal Practice will be limited to 1 and 1/2 hours. Premises should be used for practice only.

    Rental of the six guest rooms are available for 2 nights and serve well for out of town guests. all 6 rooms rent for an additional $1,000.00.

    Rehearsal Dinner and Luncheons are considered separate events.
    Check with us about prices.

  • Recreation & Activities


    • Shopping
    • Horseback riding
    • Hiking
    • Golf
    • Swimming
    • Hang gliding nearby
    • National Park
    • Ski slope


    Attractions & Special Events:

    • Mountains
    • Chattanooga (35 miles)
    • State Park 6 miles away
    • Little River Canyon National Wildlife Preserve
    • Sequoyah Caverns, De Soto State Park
    • Cloudland Canyon State Park
    • Antique and art shops
    • Chickamauga National
    • Military Park
    • Tennessee Aquarium
    • I-Max Theater
    • Children's Creative Museum
    • Weiss Lake, Boaz Outlet
    • Rock City
    • Lake Winnepasauka
    • Hunter Museum District
    • Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville
  • How To Find Us

    • I-59 to Exit 231 (Valley Head)
    • Go east on Highway 117 to Valley Head
    • Winston Place is clearly visible from Hwy
    • 117S and is one block off 117S in the heart of the town