Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast Inn

Highway 52 P.O. Box 52, Rugby, Tennessee 37733
Innkeeper(s): Linda Brooks Jones
  • Introduction

    Nestled on the outskirts of the 1880's English village of Rugby, Grey Gables Bed 'n Breakfast Inn offers the visitor the best of the Victorian English and Tennessee country heritage.

    The ten bedrooms, decorated with country and Victorian antiques, show the grace of the English and cordiality of the country. We are pleased to announce that we can now offer an assisted handicapped bedroom and bathroom. We welcome you to our Inn, pledging to give our best service, so your time with us will be a positive and memorable experience.

    Fare includes:

    Lodging, evening meal and country breakfast.
    Reservations Required

    We are available for private brunches, lunches, dinners, retreats receptions, conferences, and reunions.

    Featured in Magazines...

    Southern Living, Country Decorating Ideas, Country Victorian
    Tennessee Crossroads TV program: B&Bs of Tennessee.


    In the late nineteenth century, aristocratic socialist reformer Thomas Hughes and his group of Utopian intellectuals left England to settle in an isolated area of the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee. There they built a charming village of gabled windows, peaked roofs, charming homes, and a quaint church and impressive library, but they were never able to make a success of the settlement. When their Uptopian experiment soon failed, most of the new settlers returned to England.

    What remained were the people who lived there before the reformers came, and the buildings, of course. The Table at Grey Gables recounts the founding of the Victorian English village and the dichotomy of the two cultures of Cumberland Plateau country and aristocratic English in the small, rural community. Line drawings, historical narration, biographical sketches, personal anecdotes, and scrumptious recipes of the food served at the Grey Gables Bed 'n Breakfast, noted worldwide for its beauty, charm, and good food, fill the pages of this charming, unique book.

    For historic article on R. M. Brooks General Store and Rugby community go to


    Grey Gables Featured in Farmer’s Almanac TV Newsletter

    Join readers of Farmers' Almanac and Farmers' Almanac TV Newsletter in learning from Linda Brooks Jones about "Preparing Heart & Hearth for the Holidays" and preparing a favorite Grey Gables' holiday recipe!
    Holiday gatherings, ideally relaxed occasions of sharing food and fellowship, are often tense as we strain to meet our own expectations.  Click here for guidelines that have emerged from Linda's years of innkeeping to help hosts organize tasks, prioritize time, and maintain perspective.
    The menu of the Christmas-by-Candlelight High Tea Dinner at Grey Gables B&B Inn in historic Rugby, Tennessee, always includes Devils on Horseback, a favorite “savoury” from Victorian England.  Grey Gables’ regulars welcome its appearance on the table, and diners new to its unique and surprising contents never fail to praise it.

  • 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 Bill and Linda Brooks Jones for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Complete package, Lodging, Evening Meal, and Country Breakfast.

    What are you best known for? 

    Gracious hospitality, excellent food and clean accommodations.

    What makes your inn unique?

    The quiet country peaceful ambiance.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    The opportunity to meet people from varying parts of the world, to give them shelter and get to know them.

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

    Unique opportunity to experience so many different choice of recreation.

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

    It reminded me of home without the work. It was like being at my Grandmother's. It brought back special memories.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The National River and Recreation Area

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

    Tour 1880 Victorian Village of Rugby, Highland Manor Winery, Sgt. York Homeplace and Museum, Big South Fork River and Recreation Area, Big South Fork Scenic Railroad, Museum of Scott County, Frozen Head State Park, Pickett State Park.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    1880 English Village of Rugby, Walking Trails, Specialty Gift Shops

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast Inn, Other Eating Facility is Harrow Road Cafe

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Scott and Fentress Chambers of Commerce

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 10 bedrooms 8 bathrooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, Grand Vista Hotel accepts pets.


  • Cookbook

    Containing more than 600 of the author's favorite recipes, many of them compiled and collected from family, friends, and guests -- including former First Lady Rosalynn Carter -- the books contain recipes for every occasion, from down home to gourmet.

    Recipes for high tea, brunches, lunches, and sit-down meals are included, as are abundant numbers of appetizers, sorbets, soups, salads, entrées, vegetables, breads, preserves, desserts, pies, cakes, and cookies.

    A Note From the Author...

    The characters and stories in the pages of these cookbooks are like various colored threads interwoven with the threads of others, making up the fabric of my life; thus, the weaving goes on from generation to generation and each of us affects the lives of those we happen to meet in the walk of life...

    Memories abound as I recount to guests my recollections of the genteel men and women who had the tenacity and desire to stay on the Plateau and leave behind a legacy of character and strength. It is my hope that the narration in these books, a collection of those stories shared with my guests, will reflect the traditions and character of the people who lived in this unique blend of lifestyles and customs.

    Please accept our invitation to visit Grey Gables and our community through the pages of these books and enjoy the food prepared at our Inn through the shared recipes.

    Cookbook: $18.95 + $1.50 tax + $3.00 shipping. Total $23.45
    (No tax on out of state orders)

    Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn

    Highway 52 · P.O. Box 52
    5809 Rugby Hwy (Hwy 52)
    Rugby, Tennessee 37733
    (423) 628-5252
    Fax: (423) 628-5252
    Bill & Linda Brooks Jones, Innkeepers

  • How To Find Us

    Directions From Interstate 75:

    • At Exit 141 Take 63 West to 27
    • Turn left or south on 27
    • Go 7 miles and turn right on 52
    • Go 8 miles. Grey Gables is on the left.

    Directions From Knoxville:

    • Take Pellissippi Parkway to Oak Ridge.
    • Go through Oak Ridge to first traffic light in Oliver Springs.
    • Turn right onto Highway 62.
    • Go to next full traffic signal at Wartburg, turn right or north onto 27.
    • Go to next flashing traffic light (Elgin..Stop and Go Convenience store on left).
    • Turn left, or west, onto highway 52.
    • Grey Gables is 8 miles on left.
    • If you get to R.M. Brooks General Store, you have gone too far.
    • Turn around and Grey Gables is first house on right.
    • It is a large gray house that sits along the edge of the woods. A field with horses is in the front.

    Direction From Interstate I-40:

    • I-40 to Monterey exit 301.
    • Go down ramp and turn left.
    • Go to first road and turn right. There is a Burger King and Subway on the street that you turn onto.
    • Go to Stop sign and turn left.
    • Go to dead end and turn right onto 62 East.
    • 62 East to 127 (approximately 18 miles).
    • Turn left or north on 127 Go approximately 18 miles.
    • Highland Manor Winery is on the right. One may stop for tour and tasting. Wine may be purchased there or brought from home, if one desires.
    • Approximately 1 mile past the Winery is highway 296 (Taylor Place Road).
    • Turn right or east on 296 Go 3 miles to 4-way stop in Allardt.
    • Go straight ahead through 4-way stop (becomes 52).
    • Go approximately 12 miles to 3-way stop.
    • Turn left. Grey Gables is 1 mile on right.


  • Area Attractions

    Golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and white water
    rafting are a few of the activities located nearby.
    Canoe rentals and horse boarding available.


    Historic Rugby 1880’s village tours include the School House Visitors Center, the Hughes Library, Christ Church Episcopal, and Kingstone Lisle, Thomas Hughes Rugby home.
    Historic Rugby    
    1-888-214-3400 or 423-628-2441


    R. M. Brooks General Store is a designated National Register of Historic Place. A community landmark and meeting place in continuous operation by generations of family committed to protecting and preserving the heritage of people and times past.


    Big South Fork River and Recreation Area has created a haven for the enjoyment of nature whether it’s as a participant or an observer. Regardlass of the season there is opportunity for recreation and rejuvenation.

    Big South Fork Nat’l Park 423-286-7275


    Big South Fork Scenic Railroad and Barthell Coal Mining Camp give an entertaining and historic interpretation of Appalachian mining. Ride the train down the gorge to the Blue Heron Mine and the Replicated mining camp of Barthell where one may tour an underground mine. Historic mining museums at both locations.
    Big South Fork Scenic Railroad
    & Barthell Coal Mining Camp


    Colditz Cove is a 165-acre natural area located approximately 2 miles east of Allardt, Tennessee in Fentress County. Its most impressive feature is Northrup Falls, which plunges more than 60 feet over a protruding rock ledge into a scenic, narrow, gorge along Big Branch Creek. The waterfall is named for the family who settled here and operated a mill above the falls in the 1800's. These high cliffs and "rock houses" (cave-like overhangs) at the falls and along the creek gorge, were once used by cliff-dwelling Woodland Indians over 3,000 years ago for shelter while hunting.

    Pickett State Park, Rock Creek Route,
    Box 174, Jamestown, TN 38556,
    (931) 879-5821


    Highland Manor Winery represents the commitment to entrepreneurial excellence. Tours and tasting area a daily fare of Tennessee’s oldest winery.

    Highland Manor Winery
    2965 South York Highway
    Jamestown, TN 38556


    Sgt. Alvin C, York's Home Place
    View the hero's home and perhaps meet a family member with home spun stories. The GrisMill and Park nearby beckon visitors to picnic and sit a spell.

    Alvin C. York Homplace 931-879-3657


    Dale Hollow Lake offers 620 miles of pristine shoreline that will assure you of fun whether it is fishing, swimming or water recreation. It boasts the world's record smallmouth bass.

    Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce  
    Toll Free: 1-888-406-4704

    Other points of interest:

    Obed Wild River
    Frozen Head and Picket State Parks