Katy House Bed & Breakfast

201 Ramona Street Po Box 556, Smithville, Texas 78957
Innkeeper(s): Stu & Linda Leibowitz
 

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  • Introduction

     

     

    The Katy House Bed and Breakfast is located in the beautiful old railroad town of Smithville in Central Texas. This charming, turn-of-the-century, Texas bed and breakfast has been lovingly restored to its original beauty. The home features American antiques and railroad memorabilia. Opened in 1994.  We are Pet Friendly in two of our outside rooms. Walk just one block to shop on Main Street. The Katy House has been featured twice on Texas Country Reporter.

     

    Each of our five guest rooms have:

    A Queen-sized bed
    Private bath with claw-footed tub & overhead shower
    Free Wi-Fi
    Air conditioning & overhead fan
    Cable TV with free videos
    Whirlpool tub in Katy Tower
    Clock radio
    Hair dryer


    A delicious, full country breakfast is served in the main dining room every morning.

    The best way to enjoy the Katy House and Smithville is a two night stay.  While staying at the Katy House Bed and Breakfast, you will be able to enjoy all Smithville and Bastrop County, Texas, have to offer, including: kayaking, golfing, walking or biking tours, and historical sites and museums. Colorado River, Lake Bastrop, Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park are only minutes away and offer additional recreational activities such as boating, swimming, disk golf, and hiking. Main Street is one block away, and has wonderful antique shops.

    Walk to restaurants and shops and see our "movie sites." Read our blog pages to find many links to area places.


    Smithville is located in the heart and soul of Central Texas. The town, known as the "Heart of the Megalopolis", is a  quiet, country town 45-minute drive from Austin and about a two-hour drive from either San Antonio or Houston. See some fun videos on Smithville on Youtube.com. Watch 'Film Smithville' and 'Smithville, TX Gingerbread Man'

    "Texas Film Friendly" Smithville is the home town of these movies:
    "Hope Floats," staring Sandra Bullock,  Harry Connick Jr, and Gena Rowlands
    "The Tree of Life," staring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Fiona Shaw, and Sean Penn
    "Artois the Goat" staring Mark Scheibmeir, Sydney Andrews, Stephen Tayor Fry, and Dan Braverman
    "Five Time Champion" staring Betty Buckley, Jon Gries and Dana Wheeler-Nicolson
    "Martha"
    "The Cell"- a web series
    "Bernie" staring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. (Sallie was an extra in one scene in the BBQ restaurant.) Opening January 2012
    "Doonby" staring John Schneider, Jenn Gotzen, Ernie Hudson, and Robert Davi Opening January 2012
    "Beneath the Darkness" staring Dennis Quaid. Opening January 2012

    Coming to Smithville on business? Give us a call, we are happy to give corporate rates to business travelers.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Smithville and The Katy House Bed and Breakfast. The home turned 100 years old in 2009, and we celebrating our 17th year of business.  Email is stay@katyhouse.com or call (512) 237-4262.

    About the B&B

    Built in 1909 by J.H. Chancellor, the Katy House is a sentimental favorite of the people of Smithville and Bastrop County.  The house is named for the old "Katy" railroad line (the Missouri Kansas & Texas Railroad) which built into the area on its way to Houston and the Port of Galveston.

    Local folks still commonly refer to the landmark old home as the Stephens' house after a well-known former owner, Dr. J.D. Stephens. A railroad division surgeon who moved to Smithville in 1937, the doctor modified the first floor to serve as his clinic and housed a laboratory in the half-bathroom under the stairway.

    The Katy's Italianate exterior is graced by an arched portico set over the bay-windowed living room. Elegant Georgian columns reflect the home's early 1900's origin. Long-leaf pine floors, pocket doors. Battenburg lace and a graceful staircase accent the handsome interior. Many good memories live here.

    The inn's historic character is complemented by modern conveniences. All rooms have their own televisions, cable and VCRs, and private baths.  There is also free wireless Internet throughout the inn.

    The Katy House is located one block from historic Main Street, and Smithville is between the towns of LaGrange and Bastrop, in Central Texas.

  • Driving Directions

    Smithville, Texas is between Bastrop and LaGrange, just off Highway 71.

    We are easy to find! The Katy House is one block west of historic Main Street, on the corner of Second and Ramona. Mapquest spells our street "Romona."  Please use our directions, instead of Mapquest.

    Please call if we can be of any help.  (512) 237- 4262

    Directions from Austin: 43 miles
    East on Highway 71 to first Smithville exit, (Loop 230), two blocks after bridge turn left on Loop into historic downtown district. Right on Ramona, (fourth street), third house on right, 201 Ramona (sometimes spelled "Romona Street".)

    Directions from San Antonio: 100 miles
    North on IH-35 to San Marcos, exit 205, right on Hwy 80, then after 1-1/2 miles turn left on Highway 21 to Bastrop. Right (East) on Highway 71 to first Smithville exit, (Loop 230), two blocks after bridge turn left on Loop into historic downtown district. Right on Ramona, (fourth street), third house on right, 201 Ramona (sometimes spelled "Romona Street".)

    Directions from Houston: 115 miles
    West on IH-10 to Columbus, West on Highway 71 through LaGrange, take first Smithville exit (Loop 230). Go through the three-color traffic light (only one!) at Main Street, to the next street.  Turn left on Ramona, third house on right, 201 Ramona (sometimes spelled "Romona Street".)

    Directions from Dallas: 220 miles
    South on IH-35 to Loop 363 North of Temple (milepost 304 on IH-35), go east and it turns into Highway 95. At Bastrop it joins Highway 71. East on H-71. Take first Smithville exit, (Loop 230), two blocks after bridge turn left on Loop into historic downtown district. Right on Ramona, (fourth street), third house on right, 201 Ramona (sometimes spelled "Romona Street".)