The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


March 20, 2013

Commerce cottages provides home away from home

GREENVILLE — Traveling to an exotic destination might be what you envision when thinking of a getaway, but quietly nestled in the heart of Commerce is a quaint bed and breakfast whose charm just might keep you closer to home.

Horse Apple Hill Inn, which will officially open its doors on March 1, is a converted two-story barn that sits on the historical property for which it was named.

Originally built in 1924 by the famous Knight family, the barn was transformed into a warm and spectacularly-decorated living space by Rick and Kelley Nowlin to serve as their temporary home while they were renovating the 1914 plantation house.

“Once we started work on the house, we moved into the barn and set to work on making it our own,” Kelley said. “Once we started bringing friends and family over and hosting church gatherings here, we had so many people tell us that it would be a great place to stay for a night or two.

After we moved into the main house some time later, this place was really just sitting here, so we thought why not turn it into a cash flow?”

Boasting more than 2,700 total square feet of space, the downstairs portion of the inn includes a private bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a 42” flat screen TV, a bathroom and laundry room, and fully-equipped kitchen and dining area for hosting large get togethers or family dinners.

The upstairs loft provides two additional full-sized beds, a work desk, and a large living-area complete with a 55” flat screen of its own. The barn also comes fully equipped with satellite TV and wi-fi, in case guests want to stay plugged in, and it is pet friendly.

“It’s so unique and intimate,” Kelley said. “It’s literally like you’re renting someone’s home.”

While the inn is currently only serving as a bed and breakfast, the Nowlins are already planning to extend the barn’s versatility in the future.

“Right now we’re starting slow, but we’d eventually like to make the place available to lease for birthday and graduation parties, church functions, family reunions, and even weddings,” said Rick. “This place could easily fit 60-70 people, and would be perfect for people who’d like to host a party in their home but don’t have the adequate space.”

According to the Nowlins, the barn has served as much more than a convenient business opportunity.

“Renovating this house and the barn is a dream come true for us,” said Kelley. “The whole process has been so fun for us.

We just want to be able to share that with our community, and provide a little home away from home.”

For more information or to book a room, visit

Text Only
  • Vaderrobot.jpg Dallas champions, Robowranglers look forward

    Practicing with the best hones skills and keeps members of Greenville High School Robowranglers on point, according to Director of Robotics Adrienne Emerson.
    The Robowranglers are preparing their robot “Vader” for the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis on April 23-26.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GMSVEX.jpg Gig-A-Bots win multiple trophies at nationals

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Merit.jpg This Lone Oak High School student has merit

     Gaston Luke Gilbert, a senior at Lone Oak High School, is the first student in the school’s history to be a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colt1.jpg Reaching the people of Morocco for Christ

    Most students use their summer break to unwind and relax.
    Others see it as an opportunity to do something more.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troy Dorsey.jpeg Dorsey, boxing greats to headline ‘Boxing With the Stars’

    On March 19, famous figures of the boxing world will all visit Texas A&M University-Commerce as part of the Boxing With the Stars event, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for A&M-Commerce students and local community members to meet and interact with some of the most important figures in boxing, both past, present and future.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3-2-14_Brunch_feature_.jpg Providing a helping hand

    A mailbox decorated with Wisconsin license plates reading “Feases” makes it pretty clear who owns the quaint little one-story house on Kathy Lynn Place in Quinlan.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Do A Good Turn Daily

    March 10, 2014

  • Cokes Test 1.jpg Boxing greats to visit A&M-Commerce on March 19

    Curtis Cokes is a genuinely nice guy. Enter his gym in South Dallas, and he’ll greet you with a smile, a firm handshake, and one of his captivating stories, like the time he met Jackie Robinson during the Brooklyn Dodgers spring training camp in 1955.

    March 4, 2014 3 Photos

  • McCowan_Conrad_write_coloring_book.jpg Local coloring book salutes famous African-Americans

    Many of Hunt County’s historical African-Americans are celebrated in a coloring book published this month under the auspices of the Hunt County Historical Commission.

    February 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Titleholders_strike_pose.jpg Taking up residency

    They may not currently live in Hunt County, but the two new titleholders say they want to spend as much time in the county where they will be considered residents.

    February 19, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Track and Field
     View Results
Must Read

See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide