Alexander-Perrigo House in Rugby, Tennessee
Bed and Breakfast
Alexander-Perrigo House in Rugby, Tennessee
The newly reconstructed Alexander-Perrigo House is the home of Spirit of Red Hill Nature Art and Oddiments and lodging that is designed soley for your relaxation and comfort. The original boarding house that stood on this site was first operated by the Samuel Alexander family in the 1890s and next by Ora and Winfield Scott Perrigo.
The Bensted Bedstead is an open, wheelchair-accessible room that includes a barrier-free shower, microwave, small refrigerator, lift chair and WiFi. A sunroom and porch are also available for your private use in the evenings. Breakfast is served at the charming Harrow Road Cafe and is included in your room package.
The Perrigo Perch is our second-floor lodging, which includes a complete kitchen with stove, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, cookware and dishware. There is a comfortable antique double bed, fold-out single bed, loveseat, desk, and table and chairs. WiFi accessible. Available daily, weekly or monthly.
The restored Victorian village of Rugby was founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes. This would-be Utopia survives today as both a living community and a fascinating public historic site, unspoiled by modern development. Twenty original buildings still stand, nestled between the Big South Fork National Recreation Area and the Rugby State Natural Area, surrounded by rugged river gorges and historic trails. Historic Rugby has been open to the public since 1966 and is nationally recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and many others as one of the most authentically restored and preserved communities in America.
The southern tip of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area forms a boundary line for most of the northern end of Rugby. Cutting deeply into the Cumberland Plateau, the Clear Fork and New Rivers come together at the Confluence to form the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Their main channels descend approximately eleven feet per mile. The swiftness of free-flowing water through the boulder-filled river beds have created a paddler’s paradise. Although the rugged terrain limits access, there are several popular hiking trails in the south end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
There are two Big South Fork trailheads in Rugby- The Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole and the Meeting of the Waters. Newly opened in 2010, the 725-acre Rugby State Natural Area offers a unique interpretive experience from the rest of Rugby as it focuses on a homestead built in the 1860’s on top of a ridge with a spectacular view of the Cumberland Mountains. Several other intriguing short trails are located in the village.
Scott State Forest, Colditz Cove State Natural Area, Pickett State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Obed Wild and Scenic River Area, Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park, Muddy Pond Mennonite Community, Highland Manor Winery, Big South Fork Scenic Railway, and Blue Heron Mining Community are all within easy driving distance.TripAdvisor property ID 3207120...Read more
Alexander-Perrigo House in Rugby, Tennessee Rugby, Tennessee
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Historic Rugby is a lovingly preserved 1880s English village in the peaceful hills of rural eastern Tennessee. Today Rugby is both a living community and a fascinating public historic site run by Historic Rugby offering visitors a museum, historic building tours, lodging, stores and a full service restaurant. Many original buildings still stand, nestled between the Big South Fork National Recreation Area and the Rugby State Natural Area, surrounded by rugged river gorges and historic trails. Historic Rugby has been open to the public since 1966 and is nationally recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Big South Fork , Highland Manor Winery, Big South Fork Scenic Railroad, Blue Heron Mining Community, Pickett State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park, Muddy Pond Mennonite Community, Colditz Cove State Natural Area, and the Obed Wild & Scenic River area are some of the attractions within easy driving distance.
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Nearest airport: Knoxville, TN, 70 miles Car is essential
Left on 10/29/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 29, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
Donna and annie made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. I have some disabilities, and the room was perfectly comfortable in every way. The bathroom was easily maneuverable, and both rooms and the porches had a welcoming and restful feel. The main room is quite large and beautifully furnished. They thought of every need! The refrigerator was surprisingly large.
The Village is a treasure of history, art, and unusual gift items (especially in the B&B; itself!).
I look forward to returning!
Left on 10/08/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 8, 2013Stayed Sep 2013
My sister and I stayed here a few times. Once you stay here, you are family. Donna and annie are lovely ladies who do everything to make your stay pleasant. The room has everything except a TV (which we did not miss). They have an antique store upstairs and sell goods downstairs. You are right across the street from the cafe and other antique shops.
Don't come in expecting Dollywood and rides. Rugby is about history and the folks preserving it. Don't overlook this gem of a town.
We are looking forward returning soon.
“Wonderful B&B; in the heart of Historic English village of Rugby”
Left on 08/25/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | JoyceReviewed Aug 25, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
Above all, the facility is clean, and handicap accessible. The service was excellent, and the owners are very warm, friendly and helpful.
It is large, very comfortable, and has a mini-kitchen with a small refrigerator able to hold enough supplies for a couple of days, along with a good sized freezer. There is a private porch, with great chairs, and
the availability of an additional room and porch during
off-business hours, which contains a Keurig coffee machine, along with a coffee machine in the room.
The facility is part of a gift shop that has many interesting items from a variety of artists, and wonderful hand painted gourds, pictures and other items by the owner Donna Heffner.
The town of Rugby is interesting in that the historical buildings have been maintained, and handles items from
a variety of artists. The Breakfast part of the B&B; is handled by the Harrow Road Café just across the street, that serves great food.
There are many sites in the surrounding area of interest.
I highly recommend this "B&B;" for a relaxing, enjoyable stay.
“The Perfect Blend--Charm, Beauty, Comfort, and Peace of Mind”
Left on 07/26/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | NancyReviewed Jul 26, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
If you love the charm of a B&B;, the privacy of a comfy hotel, and the convenience and room to spread out of a cabin or cottage, then this lodging is the perfect blend for you. The room itself is large, bright, and airy, with furnishings as charming as any B&B;, but significantly more comfortable--the bed, the chairs, the desk--than I've ever encountered in any accommodation anywhere. In addition to the room itself, the lodger gets one entirely private little porch (with comfortable chairs) as well as the exclusive use of a sun room and a second porch during the hours when the shop The Spirit of Red Hill, which occupies the same building, is closed for business. This means extra space, for the already reasonable price, in the mornings until 10:30 and in the evenings after 5:30--hours when you'll be enjoying touring and hiking in Rugby anyway.
To add further to the comfort and convenience, the room includes an under-the-counter refrigerator of surprisingly ample size. When I stayed, I stored a half gallon of milk, a quart of strawberries, a pint of blueberries, three or four 1/2 lb bags of fresh veggies, a container of hummus, four 8 oz containers of yogurt, a couple of packages of sliced cheese and I still had room to spare. The freezer is large enough to hold a 1/2 gallon carton of ice cream (with room to spare) or 3-4 microwaveable meals. There's a microwave in the room, as well as a small coffeepot and cups, but in the sun room, there's also a well-stocked Keurig always at the ready.
Rugby itself is gorgeous and peaceful--when you get there you'll feel your tensions dissolve. Now that there's a lodging at the newly builty alexander-Perrigo House, you can extend and deepen that relaxation for days for a bargain price.
Charm, beauty, comfort and peace of mind--what more could you ask for?
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