Historic Newbury House is Historic Rugby’s premier lodging facility, along with our 3 self-catering cottages on close-by sites (Percy Cottage, Pioneer Cottage & Ivy Cottage Annex), all 4 with kitchens. Newbury House has been welcoming guests almost continuously since 1880 when the British-American village was founded. It’s now updated with modern amenities, but still features authentic Victorian era furnishings to help you step back in time. The parlor’s sideboard is original to the house. Five rooms are upstairs and the suite plus a kitchen and parlor are on the ground floor.  A two-night minimum stay is required on account of deep cleaning issues.

 Located in the heart of the village, Newbury House is just a short walk to Rugby’s shops and Visitor Centre. (Lunch is available daily except Sundays & Wednesdays at nearby R.M. Brooks Store, also serving TAKEOUT until 5 p.m. Eastern: 423-628-2533).

 Within walking distance are all the remaining original Rugby colony buildings from the 1880s, the Visitor Centre with its history film & three tour offerings, local crafts & arts shops, village & river hiking trails and the historic river swimming spot, still in use and now part of the federal Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The Rugby State Natural Area and its Massengale Homeplace are also a short stroll away.

The staff of non-profit Historic Rugby serve as your hosts, as they have since 1985. No innkeeper is in residence, but advice and assistance are nearby.


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Original parlor fireplace with gas logs
  • Antique tables in parlor & kitchen, perfect for cards
  • Rear sun porch (overlooking pond) with DVD television
  • Goodie jar at the tea-coffee station
  • Microwave & dishwasher & refrigerator in kitchen
  • Glassware & silverware for snacks
  • Hair dryers in each bath
  • Radio-CD player in sunroom
  • Spacious front porch for relaxation & conversation
  • Downstairs half bath off parlor
  • Telephone for local calls
  • 9½ -foot ceilings
  • Room air-conditioners in season
  • Iron & ironing board in kitchen closet

 NOTE: Because of its historic importance, Newbury House is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is limited to the front porch. No pets permitted. To preserve the quiet, children under age 10 are not permitted in Newbury.

 View Individual Rooms Here:

 The Thomas Hughes Suite

 Sarah Walton Room #1

 Charles Oldfield Room #2

 Margaret Hughes Room #3

 Emily Hughes Room #4

 Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg Room #5


 “Restful and relaxing, like a step back in time” – V & MV, Hilliard, Ohio

“Wonderful – Good talk, good sleep, good food” – D & BM, Gastonia, NC

“Here for our 21st anniversary; nice & peaceful!” – J & JH, Knoxville, TN

“The time spent chatting in the parlor was interesting and what makes bed and breakfasts so fun” – J & KM, Kokomo, IN

“A very pleasant and unexpected experience. Thanks very much” – Mr. & Mrs. WWH, Lynchburg, Va.

“Best of wishes to Historic Rugby and its vision of Rugby’s future” – J & DG, St. Louis, Mo.

“We glimpsed a time gone by, and it was wonderful” – B & BR, Oak Ridge, TN

“Beautiful. I never want to leave!” – DN, Edinburgh, Scotland