Miss Lissia's Bed & Breakfast and Carriage House

, Water Valley, Texas 76958
Innkeeper(s): Michelle & Derek Doss
  • Introduction

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage front of inn

    Miss Lissia's Cottage Guesthouse in Water Valley, Texas is a wonderful way to spend a private romantic weekend together. Located a short distance from historic San Angelo, TX, it is a haven for couples wanting to relax and renew. Located on a private ranch outside of San Angelo, TX in between Water Valley and Carlsbad.

    This guest house is on the edge of the Hill Country and a bustling town with much to offer those needing a weekend retreat. This historic cottage will take you back in time as you begin to transition into a peaceful weekend. Owners main house is on same property. 

    Luxurious amenities and special treats await. You will enjoy our 'key in the door' check in policy, you can also arrange to have lights low, a rose-covered chandelier providing a soft glow and romantic music playing softly as you arrive.

    The roadsides are blooming with Engelmann's Daisies. Large bouquets of yellow daisy like flowers line the country road leading to Miss Lissia's Cottage. The lovely Concho River surrounded by large pecan trees, is the setting for the old ranch around the river. Springtime is a beautiful time to visit Miss Lissia's with our brilliant vermillion flycatcher on display and the gorgeous painted buntings that grace the ranch. We'd love to have you as our guests, see ya soon.

    Voted "Most Historical Charm" (Arrington's Inn Traveler) and featured on Texas Highways Online. Miss Lissia's has been featured on 'Old Angelo,' KLST-TV, and Texas Escapes. Miss Lissia's is perfect for a 'weekend rendezvous' with the one you love. Fall in love again and again in Old Angelo.

  • 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 Michelle & Derek Doss for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Romantic Stays, Sister Weekends, Business.

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

    Attention to detail, romantic extras, wine glasses, chocolates, chandeliers, jacuzzi's for two, robes, breakfast in fridge, easy check in, free late checkouts, country setting, full cottage with rockers on front porch, romantic setting & cd's, starlit nights, private road for guests to have a sunset walk or morning run, off the beaten path, quiet surroundings. We enjoy meeting people and helping to provide a place for them to relax and renew, while preserving our family's historic homestead, an old frontier cowboy's cabin. Arrangements are made at check in for ease of check in and check out. We like to personally work with guests to provide them and enjoyable stay. We are nearby if needed, but guests make themselves at home in the private cottage on the ranch. Main house is nearby or we are a phone call away if anything is needed. We also text and email.

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

    San Angelo has a wonderful historic downtown and nationally recognized historic fort, Ft. Concho. See also #6.

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

    From a dear couple celebrating their 50th Anniversary- “It was like our honeymoon all over again!”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We are in between two small towns and on the hub of a bustling historic town, with all the extras, box stores, lakes, historic fort & downtown, gardens, river, it's a small town feel with larger town extras.

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

    Historic Downtown & Fort Concho & Chadbourne, Miss Hatties Bordello Museum, Railway Museum, Christmas at Old Ft Concho, Rose Gazebo & Sunken Garden, Texas Wine Festival, Roping, Professional Bull Riding, El Paseo, Cowboy Cotillion, Rodeo, etc. Stay in and enjoy the cottage and property, llama, sheep, cats and dogs ( well behaved). Some guests bring a cooler (we have a mini-fridge & microwave) and never leave the cottage. It's ideal for that. We have dressers of movies, romantic games, books, cd's, drinks.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Winding country roads, river, stars at night, most people love to come here to detach and get away. Guests love our cat, Patches, and dog Bella. They love our guests and often greet them.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Hidagos on Bryant, Zentner's & Olive Garden, Carinos. We have an Outback, Texas Roadhouse, Buffalo Wildwings, Chickfila, Sonic, and many local Mexican restaurants.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We have a guide in the B & B and the chamber has a list of events. We also have two Walmarts, Sunset Mall, Lowes,etc.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    1- it's a full cottage with a queen bed, romantic table for two, large Jacuzzi, robes.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, adults only property.

  • Frontier Beginnings History

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage old photo

    A cowboy's frontier cabin, a post-victorian schoolhouse, and the teacherage. Rose Marie grew up in, is now a romantic honeymoon cottage/guesthouse that will capture your heart.

    And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. -1 Cor. 13:13

    Our homestead cabin guesthouse is located on land purchased from the German Immigration Company in 1851. The original German owner, Augustus Muller however sold his land quickly. This part of Texas was wild with Comanche and Apache Indians, prior to the establishment of Ft Concho. Michelle's great grandfather was born in a stone house with an Indian loophole and could be barred in the event of an attack, attesting to a time when 'the west was wild.'

    Learn the history of the owner's family coming to Texas from Georgia and the love story of Miss Lissia's, then the bargain a Captain struck with his soon to be wedded son, a lady in waiting, a vineyard, for the love and affection of, and land along the banks of the Concho and all that ensued thereafter. A family that truly left a legacy of enduring love our treasure to share.

  • Amenities

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage cafe sign

    Setting the stage for luxurious bathing with a lovely chandelier, romantic jacuzzi for 2 with the backdrop of an early Texas frontier cabin. Our new features include Belgian Lace Curtains, Candleplace, Mirrored Jacuzzi & Italian Chocolates all make up our new "Touch of Paris Theme," with Leather & Lace Accents.

    A Touch of Paris Theme w/ Leather & Lace Accents

    • Romantic Chandeliers/Mirrored Jacuzzi
    • Romantic CD's Books/Candleplace
    • Enchanted Evening Game/Vintage Lingerie
    • Bedside Chocolates/Bathrobes
    • Belgian Lace Curtains/ Complete Privacy
    • Italian Chocolates- Bedside
    • Romantic Suite/Candleplace
    • Popcorn/Wine Glasses
    • Complimentary Drinks
    • TV/VCR (for movies only)
    • Library of VHS Movies
    • Breakfast Tray for "Breakfast In Bed"
    • Extra pillows
    • Breakfast in kitchen
    • High back Queen-size bed
    • Victorian Lace Linens
    • Jacuzzi for Two
    • Heirloom Garden
    • Silver Tea Set
    • Stereo/CD Player
    • Lace Dressing Table
    • Dressing Mirror
    • Luggage Racks
    • Electric Candles
    • Romantic CD's
    • Victoria Magazines
    • Tape & CD player
    • Rockers for star-gazing
    • Antique Piano
    • Mini- refrigerator
    • Antique Tea Cups
    • Coffee maker
    • Microwave
    • Wine glasses - Ice Bucket
    • Gingerbread Porch
    • Ceiling fan
  • A Place to Celebrate Marriage!

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage couple

    I have found the one my soul loves.-Song Of Solomon

    The cottage guest house is 30 minutes from Sterling City, Robert Lee (Coke County) and 1 hr from Mertzon & Christoval (Irion County) and Garden City, (Glasscock County) TX. Providing lodging for Tom Green County, TX. Water Valley, TX lodging, private guesthouse, owners live nearby for your needs. Located on a private ranch.

    Miss Lissia's is an authentic antique cottage guest house handcrafted from 'heart pine' estimated to be 200-600 years old, a rare jewel and historic treasure restored. Enjoy vintage family linens, antique photos, and charming stories from the family plantation in this guest house. The historical integrity and character of the cabin have been lovingly restored. Miss Lissia's (pronounced Lisa's) is a romantic retreat for married couples. Perfect for lodging when visiting San Angelo, TX.

    Take time away and relax in our beautiful English cottage, where you will re-discover pure and simple pleasures. Our elegant guesthouse / lodging provides complete privacy, and tranquility. It is the perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion. The English cottage is tucked away on a private ranch and offers up warm hospitality. It is the ultimate in relaxation- secluded, romantic and enchanting lodging. This c. 1885-1890 restored frontier cabin/schoolhouse will take you back in time.

    Miss Lissia's history - A cowboy's frontier cabin, a post-victorian schoolhouse, and the teacherage. Rose Marie grew up in, is now a romantic honeymoon cottage/guesthouse that will capture your heart.

    And now these three remain; faith, hope and love.

    But the greatest of these is love. -1 Cor. 13:13

  • Area Information

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage deerArea Attractions

    • Concho Valley Archeology Fair
    • Silver Spur Circuit AQHA Horse Show
    • Concho Country Crafts Arts &Crafts Show
    • Angelo State Planetarium
    • The Cactus Hotel
    • Historic Concho Avenue
    • E.H. Danner Museum of Telephony
    • El Paseo de Santa Angela
    • Farmers' Market
    • Fort Concho Nationally Recognized Historic Landmark
    • America's Western frontier heritage is still evident in San Angelo..."which today is recognized as the largest and best-preserved US Army fort." (Texas Monthly)
    • Professional Bull Riding
    • Christmas on the Concho
    • Railway Museum of San Angelo
    • Fort Chadbourne
    • Rose Garden, Gazebo Garden, Sunken Garden
    • Petroglyph Tour
    • "A Night in Old San Angelo"
    • July Pops Concert
    • Cowboy Cotillion
    • Spring Creek Dinner Cruises
    • Texas Wine Festival
    • Blues &Jazz Festival
    • Campfire Concerts
    • Christmas at Ft. Concho
    • Symphony of Horses
    • Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum
    • Producers Livestock Auction
    • River Walk
    • River Stage
    • 31st Annual Taste of San Angelo
    • San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
    • San Angelo Nature Center
    • Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day
    • Texas Mesquite Arts Show
    • Silver Spur Ball
    • National Cowboy Day Festival
    • July 3rd POPS
    • Cinderella Tea Party
    • The Christmas Pops Concert
    • The San Angelo Boat Show
    • Prehistoric Tracks Tour
    • Grand Ole Tour - Antique Car Show
    • Lily Fest

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage field

    Fun Day Trips

    • Eola- Barrow Museum- Indian Artifacts-45 minutes
    • Christoval-Historic Downtown& Hummer House
    • (Hummingbird Sanctuary)-40 Minutes
    • Paint Rock- Indian Pictographs-45 minutes
    • Abilene- Frontier TX & Buffalo Gap Historic Village-2 hrs
    • Sonora- Sonora Caverns-1 1/2 hrs
    • Fredericksburg -Trade Days-3 hrs
  • Guest Comments

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage table

    "Romantic, Blissful, a Peaceful Escape. "

    "Hidden, off the beaten path, down a winding country road, owners nearby, but not intrusive, privacy was sweet ! "

    "Timeless, Classic, Historical, Old West Feel, just what a soul needs, perfect escape."

    "Cowboy Hats, Corsets, Sensual & Sexy, Mirrored Jacuzzi for Two, Awesome ! "

    "I proposed to my fiance and she said yes!"

    "Miss Lissia's is the most romantic place in San Angelo. A hidden jewel......."

    "We enjoyed the privacy and the whirlpool for two. So romantic and beautiful."

    "It was like a second honeymoon, what a wonderful time of renewal for our marriage!"

    "The cottage was incredible, what a wonderful romantic escape, we will be back."

    "Truly is a romantic remnant of the Old West, loved the antique corsets!"

    " So nice to have our own private cabin, owner's are nearby, if you need them."

    San Angelo, Texas

    "Its heart still beats on Concho Avenue, filled with boutiques and restaurants in old buildings of native stone and cast iron, crowned with old fashioned finials. Below the street flows the Concho River, and beyond the river stands the city's first site, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark."

    -"Boots, Saddles, and Pearls" - Gary D. Ford - Southern Living Magazine

    "Located deep in the heart of Texas, San Angelo is one of the most remote cities in America. The Sunken Gardens Park is seven acres of green space and shady spots that provide a surprising oasis among the usually arid West Texas landscape. Residents feel its charming neighborhoods, frontier history and quiet river scenes help make it a nice place to call home."

    -HGTV 2003 - A Place to Call Home Episode PCH-213

    San Angelo, TX is a charming historic town. Located along the banks of the Concho River. San Angelo boasts Fort Concho, a historical landmark and one of the most noted restored Forts in Texas. Step back in time, as you visit Concho Street and all their quaint shops. Make sure to tour Miss Hatties, a restored Bordello, closed by the Texas Rangers in the 1940's. Then go over to Miss Hattie's Restaurant for afternoon tea. The Cactus Hotel is beautiful. Enjoy the beautiful River Walk and the wonderful Rose Garden.

    We loved our stay at Miss Lissia's B & B out in Water Valley. The guesthouse is filled with romantic treasures sure to enhance the senses. Later in the evening, we sat out in the yard and gazed at millions of stars. What a mood maker! I can't think of a more perfect spot to rekindle romance. It is the perfect anniversary present. Thanks for a special time. - Ross and Betty

  • About Our Accommodations

    Let us help you plan a romantic weekend away. We prefer 2 nights, but will accept 1 nighters.

    Our new two person mirrored whirlpool features comfort jet massage and a design that gives guests a relaxing, quieter spa experience. The large jacuzzi style tub generates 'champagne type' air bubbles, perfect for creating that 'romantic interlude.'

    Perfect for Girls Getaways

    The bed and breakfast is a private, non-smoking B&B /guest house featuring a sheer-draped, queen-sized Victorian high back bed with luxury bedding, Jacuzzi for two, charming parlor area, delightful tearoom and gingerbread porch. Breakfast for two (omelets, crossiants, muffins, bacon, fruit cups, oatmeal) are located in the mini-fridge, juice,coffee, tea , sodas, water and cocoa also available. Breakfast on your time frame, not ours, allows you to sleep in. Hosts are nearby on the property, but grant you privacy. A two-night minimum is required on event weekends.

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage lamp

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage flowers