This Bryan, Texas Bed & Breakfast is what Hallmark dreams are made of! If you’re headed to an Aggies game, visiting a vineyard, or planning a getaway, this charming, Victorian style estate comes highly recommended. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast and can’t wait to share our experience with you!
History of the Milton Parker Home
Denise and Bob Barbier are proud Aggies and owners of the Milton Parker home. They live with labradoodles Booker, Noe, and rescue pup Echo, who take their role as the welcoming committee at this Bryan, Texas Bed & Breakfast very seriously.
The Milton Parker estate has a rich history, and Denise and Bob love to share the home’s legacy with guests.
The Parker family was looking to build a home that was more urban compared to the rural Texas town of Millican, where they moved from. Built in 1885 by Milton and Mollie Parker, they raised 10 children in this home until 1991. It was designed by a female architect from the Parker family and constructed by Dallas carpenters of German descent on a $6,000 budget.
The Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast has lived many lives and has seen many changes, although today’s owners have dedicated themselves to preserving the Milton Parker home. Over the years, many people have come and gone, taking a piece of this historic estate with them in their memories.
Next, the home came into the possession of Milton and Maggie Parker during the Great Depression, opening a boarding house for A&M students who enlisted, as well as WWII veterans. Eventually, it was also used as a venue for private events.
Katie Parker and Robert Bernath lived happily in the Milton Parker home from 1958 to 1991. Since the home had already housed Aggies, they gifted the house to Texas A&M University in 1991, where it would become a fraternity house for the next eight years.
The home changed families in 1999 when Dr. Van Walker and John Zieg restored the Milton Parker home to its Victorian roots. This is how it would remain from then on. They saw the property’s potential and turned the home into what is known today as the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast!
Finally, in 2016, Bob and Denise Barbier became the owners of the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast and made beautiful renovations to the home, the venue, and the cottage while maintaining its Victorian roots.
It was also interesting to see that even the outside of the house still carries remnants of the property’s history, like the iron fence and outdoor light fixtures. The welcoming committee, with baked goods, furry friends, and complimentary wine and beer, was just the cherry on top!
When you book a room at the inn, you support the continuation of this legacy so, in a way, each guest of the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast becomes part of the home’s history.
The Bedrooms at the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast
The Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast has five distinct bedrooms to choose from, each named after members of the Parker family.
Located on the first floor, this cozy bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows and a queen-size, Victorian style, iron bed frame. The room is decorated with antiques, a tiger oak fireplace, a beautiful antique desk, and a leather chair. The bathroom even has vintage pieces, like an antique Eastlake Victorian mirror and original sconces. It also has tiled marble floors and a walk-in shower.
This bedroom features a beautiful, king-size, four-poster bed, a coal burning fireplace, and a green vintage sofa for long nighttime talks, along with large windows and a grand view of the property. The bathroom has a large, 2-person claw foot bathtub if you’re looking to book a room with a potential for romance.
This is room is a guest favorite! Located on the second floor, stained glass windows open into a four-poster, king-size bed straight out of a Victorian romance novel.
The space has a vintage desk and sitting area, a jetted bathtub, and a handheld shower hose, along with a half-bath behind a door.
This room adjoins the Winifred Parker Bain Bedroom (described below). The room features a king-size bed, large windows, vintage furniture, a rocking chair, a newly renovated bathroom, and a walk-in shower with a scenic balcony overlooking the estate.
This former master bedroom has a Victorian style, iron bed frame, a queen-size bed, a luxurious sofa, and tall windows framing a beautiful view of the patio. It adjoins the Mary Parker bedroom (mentioned above) for families traveling together.
The room has a soothing blue, private bathroom with a tub and another handheld shower hose. It also has an antique marble vanity with a vessel sink that blends vintage and modern design seamlessly!
Renovated in 2016, the cottage was initially the Milton Parker home’s working kitchen. It features an open concept with plenty of sitting nooks, comfy couches, tall windows, and farmhouse style decor. It was designed to accommodate 7 to 9 people, with 4 bedrooms and plenty of beds. In addition, the cottage features 2 full bathrooms and a small kitchen with all the essential appliances a big family or group of friends might need on a weekend getaway: a 5-burner gas stove, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, and an ice maker.
Finally, the cottage has a stunning front porch that is just right for sitting, talking, and sipping on iced tea. There’s also a back deck that looks out over the property.
Amenities at the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast
All rooms include luxury linens, books, HVAC control, vintage lamps and chairs, Wi-Fi, and gorgeous fireplaces. The house has a no-smoking policy, and no pets are allowed except for inside the cottage.
All rooms have private bathrooms; some have tubs, walk-in showers, or tubs with shower handles, along with blow dryers, towels, and L’Occitane shampoo & conditioner. There is plenty of parking on the property as well!
Breakfast at the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast
Everyone is welcome to indulge in a complimentary breakfast buffet during their stay.
You and your travel companions will choose from an extensive breakfast menu. There are several options, including fresh eggs, bacon, avocado, sausage, patties, French toast, fresh fruit, jams, peanut butter, yogurt, and more! For drinks, you can choose from milk, plant-based options, coffee from local coffee shops, orange juice, bottled water, a large selection of teas, and complimentary beer and wine. Accommodations can also be made for visitors with specific dietary needs.
The meals are home-cooked with a zero-waste approach to its preparation, including a compost pile on-site.
Events at the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast
The Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast is available to rent for events like family reunions, work retreats, elopements, small weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, honeymoons, staycations, and more. Any small get-together you want to celebrate, they can host!
Things to Do Near the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast
The Milton Park Bed & Breakfast is located in Bryan, Texas, a small town on your way to College Station. It is just a short 10-minute walk to downtown Bryan, where you can discover places to eat like Wild Garlic + KinderHill Brew Lab, Polite Coffee Roasters, and so many more! Venture to local vineyard, Messina Hof, for an afternoon wine tasting, get tickets to an Aggie’s game, or kick back with your favorite cocktail at one of our favorite Bryan bars!
Check out our list of things to in Bryan, Texas for more activities that’ll make your stay at the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast even better. Denise and Bob are always willing to provide recommendations as well!
The Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast: Final Thoughts
As soon as you step into the Milton Parker Bed & Breakfast, you’ll be enveloped by warmth and comfort, a genuine treasure you’ll want to last forever. It’s like stepping into a museum, but you can sleep in the exhibitions without sacrificing comfort.
Denise and Bob’s hospitality will undoubtedly make your stay one of the most memorable getaways you’ll ever have.