Twelve Oaks Bed and Break­fast

The Covington News - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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