Every year we come back to visit Leigh and Alan in their beautiful home!!
So many wonderful Antiques! New finds and old favorites. I could spend the afternoon in one room alone.
No kitschy knick~knacks in this house! Just good old antiques with lots of history. Searched for and collected at auction houses and hide away places all over the country. It truly is a museum. Take time to enjoy the collections.
From the medical cabinet filled with boxes and bottles of old remedies to the amazing civil war rifle and gun collections, antique miniature perfume bottles, World's Fair items and more! Many items have placards with info and dates, too. Antique books on many subjects: Books galore!
There is a gaming table for your pleasure: scrabble, dominoes, cards, marble checkers and chest sets, etc. and a skittles game table, too. Many guests leave their modern novels for other guests to enjoy.
The backyard is amazing! Many nooks to hide away with your sweetheart and a hot tub to enjoy year round. A good sized pool for the summer months. Plenty of deck space to soak up some sun. There are ponds with fish and frogs that add ambiance. Note: the chorus of frogs is not piped in sound bite. Nothing but the real deal here! Inside and out.
Speaking of yards, I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the front yard. A wild garden to hide yourself away in with fountains for that relaxing sound of running water. Rocking chairs and swing on the spacious wrap~around porch (with its own water fountain) Sitting areas for more privacy or join the group around the fire in the Great Pumpkin. There's plenty of room for all.
It really does feel like home. Well, almost. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't have a gourmet breakfast prepared by an amazing chef, served by such a warm and friendly lady!
I cannot say enough about the H.S.ClayHouse. The moment you step through the front gates, you know you're in for something wonderful.
Leigh and Alan, As always, thank you for an incredible weekend.
See you next year.
Sometimes less is more; here more is really more. Call it history without a theme...but you could probably fill a few antique shops with all the 'stuff' here. There are also three dogs that are often found in the kitchen. And then there are all the M&Ms in containers that require to stick your grubby paw into the jar. No spoons to scoop with; no way to know what other hands groped those goodies before you came along. Nice fire pit; available hot tub and pool in season. Very nice meals served elegantly and graciously. But I'm a less is more kind of person..less 'stuff', less visibility to the pet birds and three dogs, and less access to the M&Ms.
A couple blocks from the Katy Trail trail head, our wonderful hosts (Lea and Allan) gave us tour of this marvelous home housing wide-ranging historical and antique collections. You can't enter a room without encountering a dizzying array of marvelous collections. Walk outside into the back yard to enjoy a fire pit, swimming pool (forgot your swimming suit?--no problem, they'll provide you one) and a welcoming hot tub for the tired biking legs and the accommodations are complete. If that is not enough, a bowl of M&M's awaits you in almost every room for munching. Allan is a retired master chef; he prepared us a gourmet breakfast centered around the best eggs benedict I've ever had (who poaches a perfect egg like he does??).
My husband a I had a wonderful visit with the owners of H.S. Clay house. The accommodation were lovely and comfortable. The pool was refreshing on a hot summer day. After we had welcome punch and hors d' oeuvres we walked to dinner then came back to sit in the garden and listen to the frogs. Breakfast was amazing as always it never disappoints.
We spent our wedding weekend with Leigh & Alan in October of 1997. We come back every fall and plan to do so Forever. No retiring for these two. We have become friends and enjoy their company immensely. Always perfectly wonderful. I never want to leave. (I have even offered to help out if needed... For more of Alan's super, awesome, totally delicious breakfast, of course)... Oh, and Leigh's infectious laugh, too. Gracious and friendly is how I describe both of them. Happy to recommend restaurants and to make your reservations for you. Alan's welcome punch is to die for. I feel I should apologize to those I have stayed with. I tend to enjoy the punch quite a lot. His chocolate chip cookies are the best ever. I hog those, too. Their beautiful home with its warm and peaceful atmosphere is the very definition of perfection. There is a lot to see and do in Augusta and surrounding countryside. However, we prefer to stay in the house or the inviting grounds. No need to wander far for good company or to relax pool-side. I could literally go on for hours talking about the Best bed and breakfast and wonderful hosts. It is definitely worth ever penny spent. I would even be willing to pay more for the privilege to stay with them in their amazing home. No matter how far we need to travel to return to this restful sanctuary, we gladly drive it every year. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND STAYING HERE. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. But if you come in October, remember the punch and cookies are mine and no one gets hurt. ~~~Leave a suite and weekend open as always, Leigh. I'll be seeing you.