The long hallway dividing the 10 luxurious rooms is
lined with tin and features the original large pan light
fixtures, an ode to the building’s past as a cart barn
for Yoda Creek Golf Club. Located just beyond the
driving range, tucked against a wooded area just off Sam
Nation Road sits Calhoun County’s newest luxury inn.
Cart Barn Inn Opens At Yoda Creek
By JOEL McNEECE
The long hallway dividing the 10 luxurious rooms is lined
with tin and features the original large pan light fixtures,
an ode to the building’s past as a cart barn for Yoda Creek
Located just beyond the driving range, tucked against a
wooded area just off Sam Nation Road sits Calhoun County’s
“We wanted something that would benefit Calhoun County,”
said Kay Tyler, who owns the unique Cart Barn Inn. Kay
is married to
husband Paul. They leased the property from Yoda Creek
“Instead of people just passing through, we wanted a place
where they could stop, stay and enjoy,” Kay said.
Kay feels she has accomplished that with uniquely
designed accommodations that include six King rooms, & four
Queen suites with two queen-size beds in
All of the rooms are complete with amenities such as
microwaves, refrigerators, comfortable seating, computer
desks, flat screen televisions, wireless internet and a fine
chocolate candy resting on each pillow.
“We wanted all the rooms to be distinctly elegant,” Kay
said. “We didn’t want it to look like just any hotel. We
wanted it to be a very unique experience that would keep
people wanting to come back.”
The beds are one of the biggest features of the inn.
“We have down under all the sheets and on top,” Kay said.
Every room has its own color theme, furniture style, and
original artwork painted by Kay Tyler.
Pictures of various Calhoun Countians also adorn the walls
in the public areas. Visitors are served coffee and a full
breakfast in the lobby each morning.
The idea for the inn was
spawned this summer and work began the first of August. Five
of the rooms were booked for Sept. 21, the weekend of the
Ole Miss Florida game.
The first four weekends the inn was open, they hosted
visitors from 14 different states.
“People were wanting to come to Bruce,” Paul said. “They
just had no place to stay.”
“Our county has a lot of great assets that haven’t really
been tapped into,” Kay said. “People can stay here and golf,
visit the Bollinger Family Theatre, and hunt and fish.”
Paul said a large part of the early traffic has been people
visiting for Ole Miss home football games. Others have been
out of town guests coming to the Bollinger Theatre, working
on genealogy projects, or just here to visit friends.
The interior still lacks some minor finishing touches, while
the outside has some major projects still on the to do list,
including a gazebo, courtyard, and portico across the front.
Kay said they hope to have a nice area for weddings,
anniversary celebrations and gatherings of local clubs.
“We wanted a place where you would never have to apologize
for sending someone over here to stay,” Paul said. “I think
we got it.”