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.
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