The Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new business into the city on Thursday, March 29, hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Duchess Inn.


Owner Rebecca Keil said that due to her husband being in the Navy, they have moved around quite often, but the couple fell in love with Van Alstyne. “Fourteen times to be exact,” Keil said about their moves. “Gary and I moved here in 2015 because two of our daughters live in Dallas. Work brought us to this area. We’re originally from Wisconsin, but we love Texas.”


The Keil’s bought the old Alford Inn in September 2017. Keil said the old Victorian style home has character due to is history. “The house was originally built in 1884,” Keil said. “It was added onto in 2008 when it was turned into a retail shop in front with a sewing area in the back for quilting. The past owner also held quilting retreats.”


After quite a bit of renovations, the Duchess Inn opened for business on March 1, and the chamber officially welcomed it to the city later that month. Keil said she knew joining the chamber was an amazing opportunity. “The chamber has always been a resource for me when we move to a new area,” she said. “I thought maybe now I could join and get some business.”


Keil said she has enjoyed all the opportunities afforded to her since opening the Duchess Inn. “We have met some nice people already and look forward to meeting a lot more.”


The Duchess Inn boasts a relaxing time for any visitors wanting to stay there. Each room is personally decorated, so the guest will have a comfortable, cozy room without the sterile feeling that hotel chains sometimes offer.


The inn has ten twins, one full and two queen sized beds that can sleep up to 16 guests. For guests to stay, it costs $65 per person, per night — including tax. There is a two-night, six-person minimum. If the guests are so inclined, they can rent the entire house for $495 per night, also with a two-night minimum.