Miss Lissia's Cabin/Barnhouse

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

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage front of inn

    Romantic historic cabin for 2, queen bed, jacuzzi tub, kitchenette, chandelier, continental breakfast, on private ranch, owners nearby if needed. Stay in a cabin,  a cowboy built for his bride! 

    “Hurry, join us. Texas is truly the land of freedom and romance.”-Caroline Louise Von Roeder, German Colonist

    In the 1840’s Germany formed the ‘Society of Noblemen,’a group of German princes. The dashing Prince Karl of Solms-Braunfels, was appointed to oversee this venture. These visionary noblemen acquired nearly 4 million acres from the Republic of Texas, which included this land. The purchase of the Fisher Miller land grant was the beginning of the European settlement in beautiful central Texas. They came to secure “ immeasureable riches for their children and grandchildren.” 

    Enjoy Historic Downtown Bordello and Fort Tours. Your stay will take you back to San Angelo's early," Old West Days!"  Miss Lissia's Cabin/Barnhouse (pronounced, Miss Lisa's)  is a wonderful way to spend a private romantic weekend together. Done in the old board and batten style, it was originally built like a barn. Located a short distance from historic San Angelo, TX, it's a great place for couples wanting to relax and renew. Fort Concho,  Fort Chadbourne, Miss Hatties Bordello and Historic Downtown are some of the attractions. 

    Cabin was believed to have been built by owners ancestor, Cowboy / Cattleman H. Q. Lyles. Done in the old board and batten style, common in early days in Tom Green County. Many women coming out West, wanted more than a dug-out. A boxed and stripped house was cost effective and easy to construct. many structures along the Concho's  and on  ranches, in Saint Angela's early days were made this way. 

    You will enjoy our 'key in the door' check in policy. Check in anytime after 3:00 pm. Late checkouts available. 

    Large bouquets of yellow daisy like flowers line the country road leading to Miss Lissia's Cabin in the spring and summer. The 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. 

    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.


    Miss Lissia's will capture your heart! 

  • 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, Historic Tours, The Fort's, Bordello Museum, Historic Downtown 

    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, 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 and Fort Chadbourne. 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?

    We have one historic cabin with a queen bed, romantic table for two, large Jacuzzi

    Do you accept pets?

    No, adults only property.


  • Frontier Beginnings History

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage old photo

    Our homestead cabin barnhouse/ guesthouse is located on land purchased from the German Immigration Company in 1851. The original land  owner, Augustus Muller however sold his land quickly as this part of Texas was wild with  Indians, prior to the establishment of Ft Concho. 

    Michelle's ggrandfather ( pictured here as the tallest boy) was born in a hand-hewn 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.' each room had its own exit door  and it was built by TX Ranger, R. F. Tankerlsey. Her ancestor, Rev. John W. McHorse also came to TX, at 17 in 1836 during the 'Runaway Scrape,' and participated in the triumphant Battle of San Jacinto and helped to win independence for all Texans. While another gggrandfather came to claim land in the Republic of TX as a settler in Mercer's Colony in 1845 and yet another lived in frontier Texas along the Brazos. Learn the history of the owner's paternal family coming to Texas from Georgia and the love story of Miss Lissia's, as well.  Our family, truly left a legacy of enduring love, our treasure to share. All of this rolled into our antique board and batten cabin. The owner, Michelle is a Texas History Buff and a 6th generation Texan. 

  • Amenities

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage amenities

    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 .  Derek's great grandmother immigrated from Belgium and spoke French. She was an Ellis Island Immigrant, who came on the steamship, Kroonland. She married a Frenchman in Castlerock, CO. Her parents came from from Bernkastle, Germany. 

    More Amenities:

    • Romantic CD's Books
    • Enchanted Evening Game
    • Popcorn/Wine Glasses
    • Complimentary Drinks
    • TV/VCR (for movies only)
    • Breakfast Tray for "Breakfast In Bed"
    • Extra pillows
    • Breakfast in kitchen
    • High back Queen-size bed
    • Jacuzzi for two tub only, no shower
    • Stereo/CD Player
    • Dressing Mirror
    • Luggage Rack
    • Rockers for star-gazing
    • Mini- refrigerator
    • Coffee maker
    • Microwave
  • Romantic Cabin

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage couple

    Take time away and relax in our beautiful cabin,  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 cabin is tucked away on a private ranch and offers up warm hospitality.  

    While doing extensive family history, Michelle discovered  Dereks family came from the same area of North Georgia,  as Michelle 's. His line migrating to Indian Teriritory and hers coming across the deep south. As a young man he hunted on a ranch behind her families and they later met in high school. They also lived across the street from one another as children , as destiny would have it , they met and married and now live on the ranch. They were high school sweethearts. 

    Come join them as the legacy lives on, in a cabin a cowboy built for his bride, their own , "Little House on the Prairie, " they have restored for others to share their love story. 

    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 Ave.
    • Farmers' Market
    • Fort Concho & Ft Chadbourne 
    • 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)
    • Christmas on the Concho
    • Railway Museum of San Angelo
    • Rose Garden, Gazebo Garden, Sunken Garden
    • July Pops Concert
    • Texas Wine Festival
    • Christmas at Ft. Concho 
    • Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum
    • Texas Mesquite Arts Show
    • Grand Ole Tour - Antique Car Show
    • Lily Fest

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage field

    Fun Day Trips

    • Eola- Barrow Museum- Indian Artifacts
    • Paint Rock- Indian Pictographs
    • Fort Chadbourne 
  • 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,  Mirrored Jacuzzi for Two, Awesome ! "

    "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!"

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

    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. 

    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.  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. 

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage, fireplace

    Miss Lissia's Carriage House/Cottage lamp