Whitestone Country Inn

1200 Paint Rock Road, Kingston, Tennessee 37763
Innkeeper(s): Paul & Jean Cowell
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Paul & Jean Cowell for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Rest and relaxation is why most guests visit.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Hospitality is what we are known for, our guests often compliment that you can tell that our staff has been trained to truly care about our guests experience. We love our guests , They are what makes our Inn and jobs so special. We truly have the best guest!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We really are not located in a city; we are located in the country on the shores of Watts Bar lake. That may be what makes us unique is that we are located in the middle of no where, but only 20 mins from local towns.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    That we are a “Sanctuary for the Soul” our guests often share with us that there is a sense of peace when they enter the front door.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There are several- One hour from Great Smoky Mountains Natl park, The Lost sea is only 25 mins away (Largest under ground lake in the country), 40 mins to Knoxville, 55 mins to Chattanooga.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    There are antique shops that we can send them too, We have 4 day trips listed on our web site that they can choose from. We are surrounded by a lot of Unique day trips. Knoxville Zoo, University of Tennessee athletics, Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg (Dollywood) , Chattanooga Aquarium, Lookout mountain, Rock City.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Just our walking trails, Plenty of onsite activities. We are really out in the country.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The closets restaurant is 20 mins away, but we have a kitchen and serve dinner every night.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Roane County and Loudon county Tourism as well as Knoxville.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    22 guest rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets and I'm not really sure about local hotels that do.


  • Introduction

    Whitestone's 360 secluded acres on the shores of Watts Bar Lake provide a peaceful country pace. Wildlife and waterfowl sanctuaries surround meadows and woods.

    Porches and decks with spectacular lake and mountain views add grandeur to Whitestone's rolling pastures and woods.

    Our location, forty minutes west of Knoxville, is central to all East Tennessee attractions, yet removed from the noise, crowds, traffic and congestion.

    Fishing on our huge lake, walking Whitestone's eight miles of trails, strolling through the park, pitching horseshoes with friends, playing a vicious game of croquet, or relaxing in a porch swing--activity and inactivity abound.

    Watts Bar Lake and Paint Rock Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuge offer great fishing opportunities (our new marina provides wonderful boating opportunities on site).

    The site of the '96 Olympic white water events is one hour away. Canoeing, rafting, and kayaking can be easily arranged. The beautiful Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is a 75 minute drive. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just over one hour to the east. Knoxville is a short 40 minute drive. Whitestone is an excellent base for extended sight-seeing in East Tennessee.

    "Driving through the big barn at Whitestone is like entering another era."

    You will find 22 rooms to select from, each one spacious and tastefully decorated, with a charm of its own. Every room has a private bath with a whirlpool tub, a cozy fireplace, big beds, comfortable chairs, writing desks...enough quiet for an afternoon nap.

    With a casual style Whitestone specializes in bountiful regional country cooking-locally grown vegetables and fruit in season, old fashioned desserts, farm raised beef, hot biscuits and gravy. Your dining experience will be memorable. Linger over breakfast as you enjoy incredible views of meadows, lakes, and mountains. Dinner is served and ranges from $19.95 to $29.95 per person with unpretentious elegance with candlelight and soft music and fresh flowers.

    Whitestone has excellent facilities to host small meetings, personal retreats, or family reunions. A large board room with the latest audio visual equipment can comfortably accommodate forty for seminars and planning sessions. In order to accommodate the growing demand for weddings, Whitestone has launched an exciting expansion to their current facilities. The expansion includes a 200-seat chapel and a 7,000 square foot Victorian Parsonage. There is also an additional meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 people.

    The builders-innkeepers, Paul and Jean Cowell, left a busy corporate pace in Knoxville in 1994 and began development of this country estate. Paul was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Shop At Home, a TV home shopping network. He also founded and served as President and CEO of Book Warehouse, a ninety store discount book chain. Paul and Jean have been involved in Christian ministry for many years. They often travel to third world countries where Paul speaks at Christian businessmen seminars. Plans for Whitestone began in 1963. The Cowell's years of travel, planning and dreaming has resulted in an exceptional resort facility.

    Experience the tranquillity of God's creation and find sanctuary for the soul at Whitestone.

    Awards and Accolades


    •  Voted Best Business of Roane County
    • AAA Four Diamond Award received each year since opening in 1996
    • Selected Roane County Business of the year
    • TN Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association awarded Whitestone Country Inn the highest inspection grade of all Bed & Breakfasts in TN
    • America's Historical Inns voted Whitestone one of the 10 most romantic inns in America
    • Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America
    • Member of Resorts & Great Hotels Connoisseur's Gallery Section
    • Featured on HGTV's "The Good Life" 



    It's a little slice of heaven to be someplace where traffic noises fade away and are replaced by the calls of birds and the sound of wind sweeping over mountain visible from your windows. This bit of paradise is captured at Whitestone Country Inn. At Home in Memphis - By Danna M. Greenfield

    Driving under the barn does it. It gives visitors to Whitestone Country Inn the unmistakable sense of getting away from it all. Whitestone pampers guest with an idyllic rural setting done in fine fashion. Southern Living

    My first experience at the Whitestone Country Inn was for a company meeting. Each member of our team was impressed with the facilities, the grounds, the rooms, the food, the prices, the amenities, and especially the service. Whitestone Country Inn is very beautiful, inside and out. You will not be disappointed. Sue Sears State Farm Insurance November 2005

  • Lodging Accommodations at our Tennessee Estate B&B

    With its chapel, lodge, barns and farmhouse, Whitestone resembles a New England village. Guests register at the Little Red Schoolhouse after driving through the Entrance Barn. Whitestone has 21 rooms to select from, each one spacious and tastefully decorated, with a charm of its own. Every room has a private bath with a whirlpool tub, a cozy fireplace, big bed, comfortable chairs, writing desks and enough quiet for an afternoon nap. The rooms and suites are named for birds in the neighboring Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuge. Stained glass transoms at most doors depict the bird for which it is named. Overnight guests are treated to a hearty, country-style breakfast in the restaurant of the Farmhouse. Dinner and lunch are available by reservation.

    Click on the Rooms & Availability Tab to see the individual rooms within each accommodation.

    Amenities of Each Room Include:

    Private Bath, Whirlpool tub, Hair Dryer, Fireplace, Ironing Board, TV/DVD, Telephone w/Computer connection, Refrigerator, Desk, Coffee Service, and Individual HVAC controls, Wireless internet. Complementary breakfast


    Federal style architecture was the inspiration for The Farmhouse. Porches, decks and patios encourage relaxation as you enjoy the swing or the rocking chairs. The main floor has expansive gathering areas around the wood-burning fireplaces. Most of the meals are served here on the Sun Porch or in the Sun Room. There is also a beautiful formal dining room for small intimate dinner parties. On the lower level is a conference room and a recreation area to relax by the fireplace or engage in the game of pool, Scrabble, Checkers or various other games and puzzles available. On the upper level is a large library with a wide-range of books for your enjoyment. Nine guest rooms are located in the Farmhouse.

    Entrance Barn

    As you drive into the main entrance at Whitestone, you will pass through our Entrance Barn, a gambrel roofed red barn typical of barns often seen in East Tennessee. We encourage you to leave your cares behind as you enter the Whitestone Sanctuary for the Soul. Our Entrance Barn houses four units including 3 suites complete with well equipped kitchens plus a spacious guest room.

    School House

    The red School House complete with a school bell in the tower is the hub of Whitestone’s New England style village. This is the reception area where you check-in and check-out; a shop with Whitestone souvenirs and assorted gifts, snacks, and beverages; offices; two guest rooms; and sporting equipment (tennis, shuffleboard, boating supplies, etc.). Our School House was inspired by a Lee Stroncek painting entitled “Country School”.


    Lion and the Lamb

    The Victorian style Lion and the Lamb complete with a two-story octagonal turret and wrap around porch has a large dining area on the main floor with lovely tray ceilings and decorative millwork. Wedding receptions, Holiday parties, and larger gatherings are held here. A conference room is located on the upper level as well as three guest rooms. The guest rooms have custom cherry cabinetry and mantels as well as dark wood furniture typical of the era. Often the view from the Lion and the Lamb includes Eagles, Osprey and Hawks soaring over the water.

    Rose Cottage

    The Rose Cottage is located closer to the water than the other buildings. Because of its location the Rose Cottage, with its soft pastel hues, is more secluded than any other buildings. From the decks and porches you can often see White-Tailed Deer running through the park. The Rose Cottage houses three very unique guest rooms.

    Rivendell Cottage

    Our “Rivendell” cottage has two suites the Wood Duck and the Whippoorwill. Each have spacious bedrooms, luxury bath with an oversized spa tub and 40 sq. ft walk in shower, and a cozy living room that has a gas fireplace and a small kitchenette. Each suite has a private deck overlooking pasture and lake.

  • Dining Room/Menus

    Dining Room
    Whitestone serves all meals, as well as provides complementary snacks available throughout the day (i.e. cookies, trail mix, etc). Breakfast is included in the room rate, while lunch and dinner are an extra charge. Reservations are needed for lunch and dinner.

    With a casual style the Whitestone Inn specializes in bountiful regional country cooking-locally grown vegetables and fruit in season, old fashioned desserts, farm raised beef, hot biscuits and gravy. Your dining experience will be memorable. Overnight guests receive a country breakfast in the restaurant of the Farmhouse, surrounded on three sides with windows providing incredible views of meadows, lakes, and mountains.

    Sample Breakfast Menu
    Fruit Juice and/or fresh fruit
    Fresh Baked Coffee Bread or Muffins
    Bacon or Sausage
    Scrambled Eggs or Omelets with a variety of ingredients
    Hot Biscuits w/jelly and honey
    Hash Brown Potatoes
    Hot Tea and Coffee
    Price: $9.95 (breakfast is included with room rate for overnight guests)

    Lunch & Dinner

    Sample Lunch Menu

    Roasted Boneless Chicken Breast
    With Chicken Gravy
    Mashed Potatoes
    Whole Baby Carrots & Green Peas
    Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter
    $ 13.95

    Luncheon Green Salad
    With Boneless Chicken Breast
    Assorted Vegetables & Cheese
    Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter

    Both Served With Tomato Basil Soup and Assorted Desserts.
    18% Service Charge applies to all guest not staying at the Inn
    Sample Dinner Menu

    Baked Brie with a Warm Apricot Sauce

    Classic Caesar Salad

    Hawaiian Barbequed Chicken – $22.95
    8oz Chicken breast marinated in a Teriyaki brine. Then grilled and topped with a pineapple Barbeque sauce

    Red Snapper – $27.95
    8 oz Filet Baked to Perfection and Topped with a Mango Coconut sauce

    Smoked Beef Tenderloin – $31.95
    8 oz certified Angus Filet of Beef Tenderloin Grilled to Order and Covered with a Rich Portabella Demi Glace

    Cheese Tortellini with Hearty Marinara – $19.95

    -All meals are served with-
    Fresh Baked Bread
    Fruit Iced Tea, Water and Coffee
    Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes
    Fresh Steamed and Seasoned Vegetable Blend
    Assorted Desserts

    18% Service Charge applies to all guest not staying at the Inn
    Reservations are required

    Bountiful Regional Country Cooking
    Event Catering & Receptions

    Event Catering and Receptions at Whitestone Inn Event Facility and Resort

    Whitestone specializes in event catering and offers unique menu choices to fit every palette. Whether you would like an elegant sit down dinner, a bountiful buffet, a casual outdoor BBQ, or a hors dourve reception, Whitestone can provide you with exactly the kind of food service you are looking for.

    A variety of reception and banquet areas are available for just the right size and atmosphere. Our large banquet room provides the backdrop for many occasions, from weddings to corporate dinners. Smaller rooms in various locations offer a more intimate setting, many with beautiful views of the property and Watts Bar Lake. The Farmhouse Gazebo and lower back porch are wonderful locations for a casual outdoor meal.

    Translate your idea for the perfect event into reality by talking to our event coordinators for more information about available locations and type of food service desired.

  • Salon & Spa

    Visit Whitestone Day Spa in our NEW expanded facilities.  Relax with a massage by our licensed massage therapist.

    Cleansing Facial Massage – 30 min, $50
    Ultimate Facial Massage – 60 min, $90

    Massage Therapy:
    Couples Massage (Based Upon Availability) – 60 min, $160
    Whitestone Signature Massage – 30 min, $50 – 60 min, $75 – 90 min, $120
    Deep Tissue Massage – 30 min, $55 – 60 min, $85 – 90 min, $125
    Foot & Leg Massage – 30 min, $50
    Pre-natal Massage – 30 min, $55 – 60 min, $85
    Hot Stone Therapy – Full Body – 90 min, $135

    Salt & Sugar Scrubs:
    Chocolate Massage & Sugar Scrub – 120 min, $155
    Salt Glow Treatment – 60 min, $85
    Salt Glow Treatment with Massage – 120 min, $155

    Body Wraps:
    Mud Wrap - 60 min, $90
    Set-N-Me Free Body Wrap – 90 min, $110

    Nail Treatments:
    Manicures – Choice of Color – 30 min, $25 – Frech Tips – 45 min, $35
    Pedicures – Choice of Color – 45 min, $40 – French Tips – 60 min, $50

    New Full-Service Salon at Whitestone!!

    Hair Cut or Style:
    Men’s Haircut – $15
    Women’s Haircut – $20
    Kid’s Haircut – $10
    Shampoo/Blowdry – $15
    Bang Trim – $5
    Beard Trim – $5
    Scalp Treatment – $20

    Chemical Services:
    Basic Color – $35
    Whole Head Foil – $50
    Top/Crown/Sides Foil – $40
    Top/Bangs Foil – $20
    Frost with Cap – $30
    Shades – $35
    Toner – $10
    Spiral Perm – $60
    Regular Perm – $50

    Eyebrows – $6
    Lip – $5
    Chin – $8
    Underarms – $30
    Legs – $65

  • Weddings

    Whitestone Country Inn is the Perfect Place For Your Dream Wedding

    Wedding Magic


    Whitestone specializes in romantic facilities and attentive services to make your big day simply perfect in every way, with everything you need in one fabulous location. Our 200 seat Chapel of the Good Shepherd and accompanying Lion & Lamb Conference Center sit atop a hill overlooking a majestic view of Watts Bar Lake, a beautiful setting for both indoor and outdoor weddings.

    To contribute to this most important day, Whitestone Country Inn offers services of a minister, musicians, Wedding Director, horse-drawn carriage, florist, videographer, and our renown in-house food service. Whitestone Country Inn is dedicated to providing a magnificent wedding facility to meet your needs of the biggest day of your life. Whitestone Country Inn in Tennessee perfects the dream wedding.



    Wedding Reception

    Inside of The Wedding Chapel

    Two Romantic Gazebos

    Small and cozy or large and extravagant weddings can be scattered almost anywhere on Whitestone Country Inn's vast 360 acres. Outside is the majestic scenery of East Tennessee's lakes, mountains and rolling hillsides. Gracing the Whitestone property are two romantic Gazebos that offer wonderful outdoor wedding locations.

    Surrounded by towering oak and maple trees, overlooking a peaceful stretch of Watts Bar lake, our Large Farmhouse Gazebo seats up to 60 people for a gorgeous out door covered wedding, reception or banquet. This quiet haven bordered by grassy meadows is located in a small glen just a short stroll from our Farm House. The Lion and Lamb Gazebo is a small, quaint gazebo that sits on a high knoll with breathtaking views of Watts Bar lake, a few short steps from the Lion & Lamb conference center. It is connected to a heart-shaped, stone courtyard which can seat up to 200 guests for out-door weddings or special events. Sunrise, sky blue mid-day or sunset weddings on this special gaslit patio are a photographers dream and wedding memories forever.

  • How to Find Us

    From Nashville:
    Take I-40E to Exit 352 (Kingston). Take 58S through Kingston 6 miles to Highway 72E. Turn left on 72E (beside Citgo Station), go 5 miles, then turn left - Paint Rock Road - you will see a Fire Hall and a gas station. Go 4.2 miles to 1200 Paint Rock Road - turn right on paved driveway to Whitestone Country Inn.

    From Knoxville:
    Take I-40W to I-75S - toward Chattanooga, go 11 miles to Exit 72 (Loudon). You will turn right at top of ramp - Hwy 72W, go 8.5 miles to Paint Rock Road - on right. It is just past the Hwy 322 junction, and you will see a Fire Hall, and gas station. Turn right, go 4.2 miles to 1200 Paint Rock Road - turn right on paved driveway to Whitestone Country Inn.

    From Chattanooga:
    Take I-75N to Exit 62, go left on Hwy 322, go 10 miles until you come to Hwy 72W, go left on Hwy 72W. Approximately 100 yards on your right will be your next turn - Paint Rock Road. Turn right, go 4.2 miles to 1200 Paint Rock Road - turn right on paved driveway to the Whitestone Country Inn.

    GPS Coordinates: N 35* 47.814, W 84* 29.672

  • Recreation/Conference Rooms

    Recreation Room

    The recreation room and one of the conference rooms is located on the lower level of the farmhouse. There is also a second conference room in the Lion & Lamb Conference Center that will seat up to 50 people "Class room" style.

    Guest enjoy playing pool, ping-pong or a game or chess or cards in the rec room.

    Conference RoomWhitestone Country Inn has excellent meeting facilities for your corporate retreat, business or club meeting, family reunion, or special occasion banquet. Choose one of our fully equipped conference rooms with full A/V support and conference services. Whitestone Country Inn boasts conference rooms furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, Several common areas for meeting and relaxing. Our dining rooms seat up to 175 people providing casual cookouts to formal dinners. Elegant, uniquely furnished guest rooms, each have a fireplace, spa tub and shower, TV/VCR, telephone/data port, coffee maker and refrigerator. As our guest, you will be treated to a refined blend of country charm and casual elegance. You will be free to relax, unwind, and conduct business in an atmosphere of total comfort where your every business and personal need will be attended to whether working, playing or dining.

    • 60" TV with VCR
    • Overhead Projector
    • Slide Projector
    • Flip Charts
    • ISDN Video Conferencing
    • Fax Machine
    • Copier Available
    • Computer-Modem Connections in each room
    • Recreation Room
    • Library available for break-out groups
    • Coffee service available at all times
    • Homemade baked goods, fruit, chips and salsa
    • Juice and Cold Drinks
    • Ice Water placed on tables
    • Smoking permitted outside on the patio
    • Men and Women's Restrooms conveniently located adjacent to the conference room.
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