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

About the Innkeeper, Feedback, Reviews, Recognitions, Licenses, Recycle

About the Innkeeper Donna Kodger (and Tomas the Inn-dog)

I moved to Tennessee from Colorado where I worked in the gold mining industry for 18 years, ironically a prospector just like the original owner of the mansion and its namesake.   Traveling has always been an interest of mine and I was blessed to be able to indulge in this passion, traveling to Scotland many times and several countries in Europe, even backpacking 500 miles across NW Spain in 2012.

Tomas considers himself to be the “official” greeter at the Inn and wants to be the first to meet everyone at the door.  He’s a 9 yr old Blue Heeler mix with a gentle, sweet disposition.

Becoming an Innkeeper at Prospect Hill B&B has been a wonderful experience for both of us. We enjoy meeting people from all over the country and the world and learn new things from their experiences.   Of course my “where should I go next” list keeps getting longer.



Quote by Ann Patchett in book Do Not Disturb. As I pack up my room...

Review Links – read for yourself

What recent guests say (from our in-the-room journals with reviews):

  • This winter, on our way down to Florida, we visited the Prospect Hill Bed and Breakfast. There we found a warm greeting, clean, elegant accommodations, intelligent conversation, and sumptuous breakfast. This place is perfect for a quiet weekend far from the madding crowd. While there is apparently much to do locally based on the brochures to be found at the inn, this inn’s main attraction is the quietness it affords travelers. I highly recommend it for its attractiveness, cleanliness, excellent food, slow pace, and congenial surroundings. ~Andy / Pittsburgh
  • “We loved it”      ~Matthew and Faith / VA
  • “What wonderful hosts!! You have a beautiful ‘home.’ We’re thrilled we spent a relaxing weekend here. Hats off to the chef!!’ The breakfasts and conversation were wonderful”     ~  LeighAnn and David,  High Point NC
  • “Jason and I had a wonderful stay at your inn last night… We enjoyed a glass of wine before heading over for massages then enjoyed the whirlpool before indulging in a feast at a local chef-owned restaurant. This morning was another gourmet meal served in style. Our  anniversary will be one of great memories.”   ~Martie/NC
  • If you like Victorian architecture and seeing the result of a well-done effort to bring and 1889 structure into the 21st century, you’ll truly love this place.  ~ Bill, Brentwood, TN

Recycling and the Environment

We use high efficiency light bulbs everywhere we can.We work at recycling everything we can once discarded at the inn. More than half the typical recyclable items must be carried to a center in North Carolina. It’s important and we’re glad to do it! White paper recycling bags are provided for guests in their rooms. Or, ask the innkeepers where to place larger items, such as newspapers, magazines, etc.

Some of Inn’s Recognitions

  • Martha Stewart Radio
  • Red Chair Travels – 2013 – Elizabethton Star
  • Blue Ridge Country 2006
  • Travel Virginia/Ghost stories, 2009
  • USA Today October, 2003
  • Blue Ridge Country 2006
  • Four Points Magazine |Atlanta, 2005
  • Fresh Outlook Magazine|2005
  • Tennessee Magazine |select B&Bs, 2005, 2007
  • Huffington Post 2011
  • Some Things Go Bump in the Night, by Deborah L. Davis,2010 – Ms. Davis wrote about our peanut butter muffin-loving ghost… From Amazon
  • The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia by Joe Tennis 22 to-the-point ghost tales showing how rich the Appalachian mountains culture can be. Many pictures and lots of history |2008
  • 10 Best/Sleep With Haunted Inns – USAToday
  • Numerous haunted inn guidebooks
  • Appalachian Life (Autumn 2002)
  • Tennesseean Magazine
  • Most Romantic Hideaway 2003 Arrington’s B&B Journal|guest vote
  • Appalachian Life (2002)
  • Old-House Journal|2001, featured B&B
  • Marquis Magazine – Autumn, 2000
  • Best Southern Inn|2004 Arrington’s
  • CNN Online, 2000
  • 2015

Inspections, Licenses & Memberships

We are inspected twice annually by the Tennessee Health Department – 99 rating out of 100.I am a member of Professional Association of Innkeepers International and Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals and often attend their annual professional training conferences. As well as chamber memberships in Johnson County/Mountain City, TN and Boone, NC.