Historic Newbury House is Historic Rugby’s premier lodging facility, along with our two self-catering cottages on close-by sites (Percy Cottage and Pioneer Cottage). 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 authenic 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 is on the ground floor. It is possible to rent the entire building at specially discounted rates for groups.
Located in the heart of the village, Newbury House is just a short walk to Rugby’s shops and Visitor Centre as well as the Harrow Road Cafe (423-628-2350), open for breakfast/lunch/dinner Fri/Sat/Sun. (Lunch is available other days at nearby R.M. Brooks Store, also serving TAKEOUT until 5 Eastern: 423-628-2533). Effective July 15, for health safety, capacity is limited to 50% which means the Thomas Hughes Suite downstairs and 2 upstairs rooms only. Two-night minimum stay required during 2020 on account of deep cleaning issues.
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
- Cookie jar at the tea-coffee station
- Microwave & dishwasher & refrigerator in kitchen
- Glassware & silverware for snacks
- Hair dryers in each bath
- Radio-CD player in parlor
- 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.
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NEWBURY HOUSE GUEST COMMENTS:
“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