Caroline Rose Hunt is one of Dallas' leading ladies from her business ventures to her philanthropic efforts. She has been the guiding spirit behind The Rosewood Corporation, a family owned company with diverse worldwide operations and investments, formed in 1976. Caroline has worn many hats in her lifetime including author, traveler, gourmet, entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother of five, grandmother of nineteen, and great-grandmother of seventeen. Of all her worldwide accomplishments and honors, she is most proud of her children and her family.

Since 1980 with the opening of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Rosewood became synonymous with the very best in luxury accommodations. Amenities for the hotel in London led to her creation of Lady Primrose's, Inc. an entire company devoted to luxury bathing and skin products. Her antiques emporium and tea room, Lady Primrose's Shopping English Countryside, was named the best spot for tea in the US by the British Tea Council.

Always in love with words, in 2000 she published her first novel Primrose Past: The 1848 Journal of Young Lady Primrose. She also published The Compleat Pumpkin Cookbook and A Family Cooks as well as contributed columns and articles in art and antique, travel and women's magazines.

She has been involved in many philanthropic efforts including the United Way and received the national award from the Tocqueville Society for her dedication. She is a co-founder of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation where she continues to serve as vice-chair. She supports the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, the Junior League of Dallas, the Texas Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Tiffany Circle of the Red Cross, Celebration of Reading, Heritage Foundation, Crystal Charity Ball, Charter 100, The Dallas Woman's Club, as well as numerous non-profits and arts groups. For ten years she served as a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

The awards and honors are numerous: Award for Excellence from the Dallas Historical Society; "One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in the USA" from Ladies Home Journal; National Fragrance Council Award; Texas Business Hall of Fame; Dallas Business Hall of Fame; Condé Nast Traveler magazine's Hall of Fame; Spirit of Generations Award from The Senior Source; Texas Trailblazer Award by the Family Place; Hockaday Medal of Honor; Trolley Hall of Fame by McKinney Avenue Transit Authority; British American Commerce Association Award; Grande Dame by Les Dames d'Escoffier; Flora Award by Dallas Civic Garden Center; Distinguished Women's Award by Northwood Institute; Woman of the Year award from Les Femmes du Monde; 100 Women/100 Years by the YWCA; and many more. In 2013, the Caroline Rose Hunt Family became Hall of Fame Inductees for the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR.)

A member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, she was named the first woman deacon and chaired the Early Childhood Division for seven years. She has also served as a Trustee of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

A graduate of The University of Texas with a B.A. in English, she was named a Distinguished Alum in 2006. For more than twenty years, she served as a trustee of Mary Baldwin College where she spent her first two years of college.

Caroline Rose Hunt's work ethic sets the tone of conduct at Rosewood's offices and inspired the slogan, In the Rosewood Tradition of Excellence ®.


Caroline Rose Hunt is the third child of Texas oilman H.L. Hunt, Jr. and beneficiary of the Caroline Hunt Trust Estate. Her mother was H.L.'s wife, Lyda Bunker. H.L. Hunt's fortune began in 1930 with his control of the East Texas Oil Field, one of the world's largest oil deposits. From it and his other acquisitions, he accrued a fortune that was among the world's largest. At the time of his death in 1974, he was reputed to have the highest net worth of any individual in the world.


Established in 1979 with Caroline Rose Hunt as its guiding spirit, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. debuted in Dallas, Texas with the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. swiftly established itself as a distinctive brand, one which offered meticulous attention to detail and personalized service. Since its inception, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has managed numerous properties globally, many exotic, each exceptional. The Rosewood Corporation sold its interest in this subsidiary in 2011, however Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' indelible mark of excellence remains impressed upon Rosewood's current real estate holdings and establishes enduring guiding principles for future pursuits.