Of­fer­ing guests a trip back to the 19th cen­tury, with all the modern ameni­ties of today, the bed and break­fast gives guests a chance to en­joy the orig­i­nal frame and beau­ti­ful use of wood.

Victorian Homes - - Southern Hospitality -

They man­aged to mod­ern­ize a cen­tury-old home, while still main­tain­ing its an­tique feel.

Orig­i­nally es­tab­lished as the 13th Bri­tish colony in 1733, Ge­or­gia be­gan to pros­per quickly, with the town of Sa­van­nah be­com­ing a pin­na­cle of early Amer­i­can de­vel­op­ment in no time. Each set­tler was granted al­most 50 acres of land, with nearly 45 acres go­ing to­wards a farm­ing plot, and the other five acres des­ig­nated to­wards a gar­den plot. As a re­sult, Sa­van­nah be­came an agri­cul­tural hotspot, as well as a beau­ti­ful new town. Skip­ping ahead to 1885, Wal­ter K. Coney and his ever-ex­pand­ing fam­ily built a Queen Anne Ital­ianate man­sion. This man­sion would one day be­come the Aza­lea Inn.

A MIX OF OLD AND NEW

As with most 130-year-old homes, the Aza­lea Inn has un­der­gone a few ren­o­va­tions. “We pur­chased the inn in 2005 with eight bed­rooms and innkeeper's quar­ters, which was a con­ver­sion of the first floor of the old car­riage house,” says Teresa.

They wasted no time in­tro­duc­ing mod­ern­iza­tion to the inn; within the first three months, they had con­verted a first floor of­fice/stor­age area into what is now called the Cottage Ex­change. In the fol­low­ing three years, Teresa went through all the bed­rooms in the house, gut­ting and ren­o­vat­ing them en­tirely. Un­der­neath the wall-to-wall car­pet­ing, they dis­cov­ered beau­ti­ful, au­then­tic heart pine floors, which they quickly re­stored.

The next ren­o­va­tions were for the bath­rooms, where they “brought [them] into the fu­ture” by re­pur­pos­ing both the van­i­ties and side­boards, cre­at­ing both func­tional and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing bath­rooms. Each of the nine fire­places in the inn show­cases or­nate wood­work­ing de­tails from the 19th cen­tury, as well as an ac­cent of per­fectly crafted, hand­made color tiles—this gives each fire­place a unique and per­sonal sur­round. They man­aged to mod­ern­ize a cen­tury-old

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.