The Carleton House Bed and Breakfast

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Carleton House Bed & Breakfast

Located in the heart of historic downtown Bonham, in North Texas, just one hour from Dallas, twenty minutes from Whitewright, is the Historic Carleton House Bed & Breakfast. The House was built in 1888 by A.J. Clendenen, who operated a grocery and produce store on the square. In 1914 , Dr. J. C. Carleton purchased the home for his family and electricity was introduced at this time. This newly renovated three story Victorian, listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, features a large entrance hall, a parlor, dining room with ceiling mural, music room, breakfast area and a large staircase leading to the bedrooms. We are also fortunate enough to have one of the two remaining carriage stones left in Fannin County. The home sits on a beautifully landscaped half acre including remnants of its original gardens, perfect for weddings and parties. It is also suited for romantic evening strolls to put you in a vacation frame of mind or a great getaway to reunite with friends or Scrapbooking Retreats.

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the Casual House

Welcome to

The Carleton House Bed & Breakfast

You will find on your stay here that each room has central heat and air, a comfortable bed, special antiques, lacy touches, reading materials and private bathrooms. A Gourmet Breakfast, included in the room rate and served at your convenience, will include: juice, coffee, eggs, homemade baked goods and fresh fruit served either indoors or outdoors (at our main location only).

Romantic Candlelight Dinner and Massage Packages are also available.

You can contact us at

We are located at 803 N. Main Street in Bonham, Texas 75418


The Carleton Suite

The Carleton Suite located on the entire third floor features a King-sized bed with Designer Bedding, a gas fireplace, WiFi, separate sitting area with a 40" flatscreen TV/DVD. The Bathe has a Jacuzzi tub for two under a skylight and dual showerheads. Enjoy a private rooftop deck, perfect for watching the sunset!

Package rates available on request 


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The Rooms

Lillian's Room

located on the second floor, includes central heat/air, overlooks the gardens and features a King-size bed with Designer Bedding, antiques, quilts and 30" flatscreen TV/VCR/DVD gas heater and WiFi. The private bathe has a Jacuzzi tub for two with a sunflower showerhead.

Package rates available on request 


Lillian's Room Bed
Lillian's Room Jacuzzi
Lillian's Room armoir

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Bernice's Room

located on the second floor, includes central heat & air, a Queen-size bed and special memorabilia to take you back in time to another era. This room also features a balcony overlooking the garden, flatscreen TV/DVD,and WiFi. The private bath has a clawfoot tub with a sunflower showerhead.

Package rates available on request


Mays's Room

located on the second floor, includes central heat & air, a Queen-size bed , antiques with a vintage floral theme and a flatscreen TV/DVD,and WiFi. Special touches were added to make guests feel as comfortable as they are at home. A view of the gardens makes this room even more special. The private bath has a clawfoot tub with a sunflower showerhead.

Package rates available on request


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All rooms are subject to hotel tax rates. A 25% deposit or credit card number is required to hold a room. 

 Maximum occupancy per room, 2 adults. Inquire about children.

Corporate Rates Available

7 Day Cancellation except on Holiday and Special Event days. Two Month notification Required

We Accept All Major Credit Cards.

Check-in After 3 P.M. Check-out 12 Noon.

Packages & Spa Services

Candlelight Dinner 

in a Romantic setting, features Homemade Herb Rolls, Green Leaf Salad with vinegarette dressing, Choice of Entree with Seasonal Vegetables and of course a Dessert of Choice. 


Choice of Chair or Table massage available. Modalities include Swedish, Therapeutic or Hot Stone. Aromatherapy and bath additives can be added at an additional cost. Scrub treatments are also available.

Fresh Flowers

Can await your loved one in your room as an added surprise for your special occasion.

Gift Baskets

An assortment of Designer Bathe Items lovingly arranged for your Special Someone shows attention to detail and how much you care.

Other items such as Gourmet Foods may be packaged to personalize a basket especially for the two of you!

Gift Certificates Are Also Available

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Wedding Services

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    Area Attractions

As Bonham is growing, there are more shops opening on the town square and new restaurants are beginning to appear. A State Park is also within our community, as is Lake Bonham, Lake Fannin, Coffee Mill Lake and Lake Crockett.  There is the Sam Rayburn House and Library,  Fannin County Museum, two local Wineries, Antique shops and many interesting Historic Homes to view.

Scheduled activities in Bonham include Bluegrass Festivals, County Fair, Rodeos, Annual Bike Ride, Festival of Flight, and 2nd Monday Trade Days. We or Chamber of Commerce can help you coordinate with these scheduled events.

The Carleton House can customize the perfect getaway for you. We offer the following activities to choose from.

Other Services Offered


Welcome to World Baby Showers

Private Parties


Picnic Baskets

Scrapbooking or Retreat Groups

Tea Parties


Links of interest

Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce

Model A Club of Dallas