In my little backwoods, middle of nowhere hometown, there is this beautiful old Greek Revival plantation home that was build in the late 1600’s. When I was a child, no one lived there. They did enough maintenance to keep it in good enough condition to sell one day but otherwise, it just sat there…empty. As a child, I always found that incredibly sad and always dreamed of living there.
Around 2000, the property was bought by a hotel company that specializes in buying old, historic homes and turning them into resorts. I was so excited when I heard the news. I had seen what they had done with a property where I live and it was amazing!
After the new hotel and resort opened, I went out there for dinner one night and was in shock with what they had done with the property. They built out a wing that housed 120 hotel rooms. They had taken the upstairs and made these two beautiful luxury suites. Two buildings that were along the circular drive, they turned into large guest rooms. They had also added conference rooms, a five star restaurant, fitness center, pool, spa…you know it.
One of the really neat things they did was work on the the row of rooms that came off the back of the main house. By a row of rooms, what I mean is rooms that were used as part of the plantation life. This row of rooms, I know it may be hard to picture, is where the kitchen, washroom and other essential things were housed back in the days before electricity. What they did was take these rows of room and turned them into the bar and lounge of the hotel. While they had a traditional bar area, they also had this lounge area that truly reminded me of one you would see in some high end club. The decor was fancy and they furnishings fit the room well. It was a great place to relax when you wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the bar and relax in a comfortable leather chair.
When my sister got married, we took full advantage of the resort as the guests for her wedding stayed there, as well as them having the rehearsal dinner there.
Thankfully, the resort is still open. Every now and then, when I go home, I will go out to the resort for dinner. I always sneak over the to the lounge after dinner. It lets me feel like I am living some posh lifestyle…even if just for a little while.
I do have to wonder though… How will the employees at the resort will react when I go out there again…as the real me?
See it on Flickr.
primavera in Toscana Curtains Left
primavera in Toscana Curtains Right
Apples w/ Ornamental Stand – Silver
Boxed Supplies w/ Spectacles
Coffee & Muffin
Cosmos Flowers – Pink
Cosmos Flowers – Red
‘Elvira’ Rose Tea
Hetton Barn Conversion
Hydrangea Bunch – Blue
Hydrangea Bunch – Wine
‘Lucky Numbers’ Cigarettes & Tray
Macarons in Box
Macarons on Sketchbook
Nectarines w/ Basket
Violet Glass Bottles
Fall Whisky Decanter
hanging plants . ivy planter
pilea peper plant
Dutchie – Cafe Decor Set [@ FaMESHed]
art deco bar lights
cafe etches and drawings
chalkboard bar price list
enamel cafe board: Man and woman and 2 waiters
In the cafe by Jac van Looij
Lady in a cafe by Lucien Pissarro
Two women drinking Absint by Edouard Crebassa
Portrait of Aristide Bruant by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Portrait of Comedian Caudieux by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Bradley Coffee Table
Garnet Wingback – brown
Rene Console (wood)
svikja bar set – Modern
Tuscany Wall Table
Tuscany Winery Bottle Single