Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast
Nicole Smith, owner of Twelve Oaks, said the bed and breakfast’s proximity to Atlanta is a major draw for travelers looking to experience an antebellum home to stay in. Since Atlanta was burned during Sherman’s March to the Sea, there are little to no historic antebellum homes left in the city.
The home is on the National Register for Historic Places. Smith bought it in November 2011 and began renovations to the property, which had been foreclosed on. Six bathrooms were added, more than 20 boarded windows were replaced and electrical and plumbing work was redone before the Twelve Oaks opened its doors in October 2012.
In addition, there are modern amenities including flat screen TVs and gas fireplaces in the rooms.
“You have this modern feel, but you also get to experience this historic home,” Smith said.
The location has been featured in many films and shows, including “The Vampire Diaries.”
Smith explained it is one of the only places in Covington that you can actually go inside of that has been filmed inside of. Because the home has a lot of wide spaces and natural light, Smith said its ideal for indoor filming, which is usually challenging in older homes.
Film crews have even rented the entire space to stay while filming in Covington, whereas in the past crews stayed in Atlanta.
“We’ve been told it’s a great place to accommodate actors and producers and directors,” Smith said. “It helps the local economy to have people stay when they’re actually filming.”
For more information on Twelve Oaks, visit thetwelveoaks.com.