Our Inn & Your Hosts

About Our Inn

Designed and constructed as a bed & breakfast, our 5000sq/ft property is perfectly designed with every comfort and convenience in mind.
  • Spacious bedrooms provide the needed space for pillow top beds with luxury hotel bedding. You’ll sleep like a dream.
  • Individually zoned air/heat in each suite. Set the temperature to your comfort level.
  • Smart TVs with DIRECTV satellite service and apps such as Netflix and Hulu allow a mix of live and streamed viewing. Watch what you want when you want.
  • A guest pantry with complementary snacks, fridge, microwave, ice maker, and glassware allow guests the conveniences of home any time of the day or night. You’ll never go hungry here!
  • Six porches/patios allow guests to access the outdoors from nearly any room at the inn, including each of the guest suites. Take in the fresh air.
  • Light cleaning service provided upon request. We’re here to serve you!
Please review our policies and FAQ before making your reservation.
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Your Hosts

Every successful bed & breakfast requires a talented group of innkeepers, and Chateau Bourbon is no exception. Family owned & operated, our crew is perfect collection of warmhearted, hard-working folks. Our goal is to put the ‘fun’ in ‘function’ to give you more than just a stay…it’s an experience!

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Missy Hillock “The Boss Lady”

Missy is the brainchild behind Chateau Bourbon and has worked hard to make her dream come to life. She has always had a passion for travel and during her adventures became convinced that she would end up hosting travelers in her own lodging business someday. Missy is a smart, silly, charismatic woman, and as a doctoral-level psychologist, she naturally understands and connects with people. Though she runs a tight ship, she puts her heart and soul into her role as owner, chef & guest manager. We pretty much call her the “hostess with the mostest”!

Way to enjoy bourbon: On the rocks
Vacation spot: European villages, coastal towns, and any place tropical
Architectural style: Castles! English Tudor or French Cottage
Breakfast food: Quiche & eggs benedict
Comfort food: Macaroni & cheese
Norton Commons hangout: Bergamot Pool

John Hillock “The House Hero”

John is the only guy in our dream team but we couldn’t ask for a better one! Funny, light-hearted, and a killer smile…John is the epitome of a welcoming host. John keeps Chateau Bourbon functional and looking beautiful by operating as our resident handyman. His muscles come in handy for carrying luggage for guests, too! As a career fireman, he’s logged plenty of hours in the kitchen over the years. You can catch him serving breakfast each morning & mixing up our evening happy hour cocktails. Having spent 5 years in the Air Force, John is also an expert bed maker.

Way to enjoy bourbon: On the rocks, with a splash of Ale 8 One
Vacation spot: Pacific Northwest, the Carribbean, and Europe
Architectural style: Italianate
Breakfast food: Huevos rancheros & breakfast burritos
Comfort food: Fried chicken & mashed potatoes
Norton Commons hangout: Our front porch

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Carol Thomas “The Marvelous Matriarch”

Carol is Missy’s mother, and as an onsite resident, she is always here watching over the property.. We laughingly refer to her as the “ghost of Chateau Bourbon” since she’s not often seen unless she’s locking up at night. Carol works full-time in healthcare finance and in her free time enjoys knitting/crocheting and painting…every painting in the house is her creation, and  you’d be amazed what she can make with a ball of yarn and a few hours to spare! She’s not too shabby in the kitchen either. She and Missy worked closely together to create some of the culinary staples here at the inn. She’s responsible for some of our most-loved items, such as our drunken cherries, bourbon granola, and bourbon truffles!

Way to enjoy bourbon: In dessert
Vacation spot: Key West
Architectural style: Victorian
Breakfast food: Pancakes
Comfort food: Au gratin potatoes
Norton Commons hangout: Oval park


The smallest and definitely the quirkiest of our crew, Honey is our beloved canine companion, a 13-year-old “Shorkie”. She is a smart, friendly, fun little girl who brings companionship and comic relief to the guests at Chateau Bourbon. She’s gotten to be hard of hearing in her old age, so she may not come when called – but this won’t stop her from bringing you one of her favorite toys or rubbing up against you for a little lovin’.

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Reese "12/17/2007-8/30/2021"

Reese, our beloved girl, has crossed over the rainbow bridge. She was absolutely adored by all who met her, and she loved her role as junior innkeeper and leader of the ‘welcoming committee’. Reese was truly one-of-a-kind and had the most wonderful personality. She was social, playful, loving, and as smart as a whip. Reese enjoyed showing off her talents such as high-fives, especially during happy hour when treats were in sight. As an actress, Reese played “Toto” in three productions of the “The Wizard of Oz” where she stole the show each night. Her favorite scene was devouring the hotdog off of Professor Marvel’s campfire stick (YUM).

Reese delighted in life, with golf cart rides, ice cream, outdoor exploring, and long belly rubs among her favorite things. Reese stole everyone’s heart, and a piece of our hearts are permanently broken without her.

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Norton Commons Neighborhood

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque neighborhood of Norton Commons, you can ditch the car until it’s time to go back home. And if we’re doing our job, you’ll never want that time to come! Experience what the locals love about life here – HINT: It’s everything! During your stay, you’ll enjoy all that Norton Commons has to offer, including:
  • Fine and casual dining, including 10+ restaurants and bars
  • Boutiques and retail shopping
  • Salon & spa services
  • Three community pools (open seasonally)
  • 5+ gyms/studios and the YMCA @ Norton Commons 
  • Parks, walking trails, gardens, fishing pods, & putting green
  • Outdoor amphitheater, community events, & street parties
And the best part is that it’s ALL within walking distance! Don’t feel like walking? Ask to check out some of our bicycles or let us give you a lift on our golf cart (Yes, golf carts are allowed here!).

For a link to the Norton Commons website, including the business directory, click here.

Norton Commons History

Norton Commons is not just a neighborhood – it’s a lifestyle. Established in 2004, the community is the region’s first Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND). TNDs are the cornerstone of the new urbanism movement, which promotes the creation of diverse, vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods of homes and businesses on one walkable footprint. Norton Commons sits on 600 acres in northeastern Jefferson County and is currently home to 2,000+ residences, 80+ locally-owned businesses, and 150 acres of parks and green spaces, all within easy walking distance. The construction of each traditionally-inspired home preserves regional architectural styles while promoting the use of modern building technologies. As a result, neighborhood property owners enjoy the charm of historic-looking homes while benefiting from contemporary conveniences and efficient amenities. 
Norton Commons is an award-winning community and is honored to be named the “Best Mixed-Use, Single Family Community” by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). Norton Commons’ North Village is the largest geothermal development currently under construction in the United States.

EV Charging

Our walkable neighborhood of Norton Commons is equipped with free, convenient options for charging electric vehicles. Just a 2 minute drive to our neighborhood YMCA are four free EV Plugs – J1772 (see photo). Additionally, we have a complimentary plug in our south village town square, located just at the end of our block (1 minute walk). Cars can easily charge here overnight.

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