Barns - Local scenery
Nearby Watauga Lake at sunset
Roan Mountain rhododendrons
Room 4 - The Hideaway

Info About the B&B:

Handmade walnut staircase in inn

Handmade walnut staircase in inn

Why Stay:

Breathe in lots of fresh mountain air and views. Hike in the woods, bike, horseback ride nearby. Enjoy creeks and mountain tops where it is cool and restful. We are near the Appalachian Trail, the Virginia Creeper (biking) Trail and Doe Mountain ATV Park.

What We Rent:

Guest rooms with private baths: $115-$235. ( Price is higher during special event weekends such as NASCAR and UT-VPI football.)  Our five all-private rooms have fireplaces, king/queen beds, many with whirlpool tubs, Take in delightful mountain views.  Wake up to birds, fresh air and tasty breakfast. Go to bed with fireflies, star-studded skies.   SEE ROOMS

Have It Your Way

Although we’re a B&B, you don’t have to eat breakfast with others if you don’t want to (ask us for a private table in the parlor) or don’t eat it at all (breakfast is included free in the price.)   Single person in room/midweek/no breakfast corporate pricing available.  Continental breakfast tray (fruit cup, muffins, juice, coffee, tea) available by arrangement (reserve the day before).

Have food issues?  Please share in advance so we can select an appropriate recipe and stock the correct ingredients.

anti-smoking logo; man with butt in his mouth

NO SMOKING INDOORS ….per state law

House History and Renovations:

Built in 1889 of hand-made brick, this house is a Victorian shingle-style home which looks very northern. Its builder, Major Joseph Wagner, served in the Union ArmyDaniel Cranford measure the footer for the patio retaining wall. during the Civil War. He had mercantile and mining interests in the post-war era.

The Rambo family bought the house in 1910 and updated it with electricity, plumbing and central heat on the first floor. In August 1991, the third generation of Rambo’s sold it to the Cornetts, who in turn sold it to Robert and Judy Hotchkiss of Atlanta.

After another massive updating and renovation to the house in 1997-1999, the building was ready to become Prospect Hill B&B Inn, named for Major Joseph Wagner’s mining interests in the area.

Five bedrooms and a two-room family parlor were turned into five guest bedrooms, each with private modern baths. The somewhat finished attic was converted to private space for the owners.Workers install modern windows in a new dormer (third floor) atop Victorian house

In 2013-2014 the exterior trim was repaired and painted a Victorian palette of terra cotta (red/orange) and medium dark green with the rare shingles plus party room siding painted a light khaki/green.  New front steps were poured August, 2013  to replace the third-generation concrete ones which were crumbling.     Five guest rooms are now available for your visit.

Judy and Robert bought the house because its commanding presence on a hill makes it look like it should be a B&B and it presented the kind of old-house adventure they were looking for.  They brought it into the 21st Century then, in 2015, turned it over to Donna Kodger, of Canon City, CO, an old-house lover who is now embracing the adventure of running it as the inn it was intended to be.

The Innkeeper:

Growing up in Ohio, camping and hiking were always an adventure to look forward to, my father seemed to know all the best places off the beaten path. So a love for the outdoors came from him, also classical music. (ok, I didn’t love it, but did learn to appreciate it.) I’ve worked a variety of jobs in different fields and attended Clark State Community College. My love of traveling took me to living from Ohio to Hawaii and a few places in-between, landing in Colorado for the past 20 years where I worked in the mining industry.  My passion for traveling took me to Scotland many times and in 2012 spent 5 weeks walking The Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage across NW Spain, carrying the bare necessities in my backpack.  Somehow all these adventures have led me to Innkeeping!   My dog Tomas, (don’t let his size fool you, he’s rather gentle and lovable) loves people and always wants to greet everyone hoping for a pet on the head.

A Special Place in the Mountains:

Celebrate your special moments and enjoy your vacation time with refreshing mountain air, large, luxurious yet affordable guest rooms and tasty breakfasts.  Scenic country roads lead to your next mountain getaway— conveniently between Boone – Blowing Rock, NC, and Damascus – Abingdon VA.    Northeast Tennessee is where you will find us, in aptly-named Mountain City.

Our Special Magic:

There are motels in our town and various B&Bs in our region. Most don’t equal our inn’s feel of  a wonderful weekend home where you are visiting friends and enjoying your stay.  If you are traveling for business, why not have your work-week needs met while you enjoy a truly lovely, comfortable  home away?

Inn Pets:

Come meet Thomas, the “inn dog”–big and loveable.