Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast & Inn

2487 Rugby Parkway Po Box 52, Rugby, Tennessee 37733
Innkeeper(s): Bill & Linda Brooks Jones
  • Introduction

    Grey and Gables Bed N' Breakfast front of inn with green grass

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

    The 10 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.

  • 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 choices 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 the 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, and the Pickett State Park.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

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

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast Inn, RM Brooks Country Store and the Harrow Road Cafe.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Scott and Fentress Chambers of Commerce.  Morgan County Tourism Alliance

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 10 bedrooms 8 bathrooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, outside pets only. Grand Vista Hotel accepts pets.


  • History of the Inn

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    History of Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast

    In the late 19th 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 are available. Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast is noted worldwide for its beauty, charm, and good food.

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

  • Featured Grey Gables

    Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast innkeeper

    Grey Gables Featured in Farmer’s Almanac TV Newsletter

    Join readers of Farmers' Almanac and Farmers' Almanac TV Newsletter to learn from Linda Brooks Jones, "Preparing Heart & Hearth for the Holidays" and prepare 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.

    Grey Gables Featured in Magazines

  • Cookbooks

    Grey and Gables B&B cookbooks

    Containing more than 600 of the author's favorite recipes, many of which were compiled and collected from family, friends, and guests including former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, are books that 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 gentle 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.

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

    Grey Gables Bed 'N Breakfast Inn Contact Information

    Highway 52 · P.O. Box 52

    2487 Rugby Parkway

    Rugby, Tennessee 37733

    Phone: (423) 628-5252

    Fax: (423) 628-5454

    E-Mail: [email protected]

    Innkeepers: Bill & Linda Brooks Jones

  • Area Attractions

    View the Village

    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 Phone Number:

    1-888-214-3400 or 423-628-2441

    Visit the Store

    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.  An excellent place to review community history and enjoy a great meal.  Voted best bologna sandwich in a country store.

    Walk the Trails

    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. Regardless of the season there is opportunity for recreation and rejuvenation.

    Big South Fork National Park Phone Number: 423-286-7275

    Ride the Trails

    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 Phone Number:800-462-5664 Website:

    See the Falls

    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.

    Address: Pickett State Park, Rock Creek Route Box 174, Jamestown, TN 38556

    Phone Number: (931) 879-5821

    Tours and Tasting

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

    Address: Highland Manor Winery 2965 South York Highway Jamestown, TN 38556

    Phone Number: 931-879-9519 Website:

    Visit Sergeant 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 Phone Number: 931-879-3657

    Visit the Lake

    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 Phone Number: 1-888-406-4704(Toll free)


    Visit The Museum of Scott County.   A million dollar one of a kind museum, built and maintained by the Scott County High School Students.

    Area Attractions

    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Horseback riding
    • Swimming
    • Canoeing
    • White water rafting

    *Rafting are a few of the activities located nearby. Canoe rentals and horse boarding available.

    Other Points of Interest

    • Obed Wild River
    • Frozen Head and Picket State Parks
    • Brushy Mountain State Penitentary Restored as museum and eatery
  • How To Find Us

    Directions From Interstate 75

    1. At Exit 141, take 63 West to 27
    2. Turn left or south on 27
    3. Go 7 miles and turn right on 52
    4. Go 8 miles and turn right at Blue State Highway Marker .7 mile on right

    Directions From Knoxville

    1. Take Pellissippi Parkway to Oak Ridge
    2. Go through Oak Ridge to first traffic light in Oliver Springs
    3. Turn right onto Highway 62
    4. Go to next full traffic signal at Wartburg, turn right or north onto 27
    5. Go to next flashing traffic light (Elgin..Stop and Go Convenience store on left)
    6. Turn left, or west, onto highway 52
    7. Go 8 miles and turn right at Blue State Highway Marker. .7 mile on right
    8. Grey Gables is a large gray house that sits along the edge of the woods with a wooden fence surrounding the property.

    Direction From Interstate I-40

    1. I-40 to Monterey exit 301
    2. Go down ramp and turn left
    3. Go to first road and turn right(There is a Burger King and Subway on the street that you turn onto)
    4. Go to Stop sign and turn left.
    5. Go to dead end and turn right onto 62 East.
    6. 62 East to 127 (approximately 18 miles)
    7. Turn left or north on 127 Go approximately 18 miles
    8. Highland Manor Winery is on the right
    9. One may stop for tour and tasting(Wine may be purchased there or brought from home, if one desires)
    10. Approximately 1 mile past the Winery is highway 296 (Taylor Place Road)
    11. Turn right or east on 296
    12. Go 3 miles to 4-way stop in Allardt
    13. Go straight ahead through 4-way stop (becomes 52)
    14. Go approximately 12 miles to Blue State Highway Marker Turn right .7 mile on right