The Iron Gate Inn is the oldest Bed & Breakfast building in the Cedar City community. Built in 1897 by David Thorley for his wife and young family, it was truly one of the “grand ladies” of its time. The large home provided a welcoming place for neighbors and family to get together enjoying the parlor and living room in the cooler months. These rooms still feature the original fireplace, doors, floors and windows of the original home. The plush gardens are kept, the same as in the days of ole, providing shade from the hot summer sun, with some of the same mature fruit trees supplying apples, plum, and peaches for a number of breakfast entrées. The garden patio with honeysuckle adorned arbors bring a lovely aroma in the warmer months, and separates different areas of the garden laden property, allowing one to find a special place for themselves and experience this welcoming home. That hospitality lives on today at the Iron Gate Inn.
Originally this second empire Victorian home had 3 large bedrooms and one bath with only one fireplace to heat its approximately 1900 square feet. Other than the change, around 1908, from a picket fence to the scrolled iron gated fence, (still surrounding the front today); the home underwent few changes until it was bought and completely renovated in 2001 and became The Iron Gate Inn.
The house remained in the Thorley family until the late 1960’s when, with the death of the last remaining daughter-in-law, it passed to her relatives.
CR and Susan Wooten purchased the property in 1996 with the intention of restoring this beautiful home to its former glory and opening a bed and breakfast inn. Renovation began in 2000 with some foundation work and continued in June 2001 through June 2002 transforming the old Thorley house into an eight-bedroom, nine bath main house with an additional one-bedroom cottage on site. In 2007, two additional bedrooms and bathes were added to the B&B in the adjacent home, named the Carriage House.
The properties landscape went through a total transformation as well. Beautiful and secluded patios grace the grounds for outdoor dining and relaxation. The entire garden area surrounding the home now provides a perfect spot for outdoor weddings and receptions, private parties and events for any occasion. In the spring of 2012, one more change took place on the property. The cottage was renovated again providing a home for Southern Utah’s first winery. The small production winery and tasting room enriched guests’ visits with tours explaining how fine wines are conceived, blended, aged and stored. The popularity of wine produced right here in Southern Utah has grown over the 5 years on the Iron Gate Inn property, and now outgrowing its space, the winery is due to move onto University Street just footsteps away from the Shakespeare Theatre Pavilion.