On a summer afternoon, I sat in the main room of the Victorian-style Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast with owners Dave and Mario. The owners took me on the journey of the inspirational stories behind three of their most-talked about rooms: the Asian Room, the Safari Room, and the Penthouse Suite. The décor in each room tells the stories of the owners’ personal experiences and styles– stories shared by guests after an intimate stay at the bed and breakfast.
The Asian Room
Inspired by Dave’s two-year stay in Kyoto, Japan in the late 1980s, the Asian room is filled with items collected from the Toji Temple in Japan. Dave compares the Toji Temple to Athens, Georgia’s J & J Flea Market, except filled with traditional Japanese items that dates back 200 to 500 years. In the Asian room, guests are surrounded by traditional kimonos, a collection of Japanese dishware, a rare Netsuke collection, and other items collected from his and his family’s journeys in China, Korea, and Indonesia.
“Each of the rooms were unique and creatively decorated. We stayed in the Asian room and I spent a great deal of time just looking at the artifacts and interesting items arranged about the room.” –Unguidedmissal via TripAdvisor
The Safari Room
Dave and Mario describe the Safari room as an “eclectic mix of travel souvenirs,” mostly from travels in Egypt and Kenya. The room gives off an exterior vibe with mosquito netting and a tin ceiling, and actually is entered through the outside porch of the manor. Interestingly, the bathroom of the room was built using re-purposed wood and windows from the Ashford family’s picnic house, which was damaged and unused when the current owners bought the home.
“Our room (the Safari Room) was fantastic! It was filled with all sorts of wonderful world travel details-even in the bathroom. The location was great, being situated on the main street of an old town area.” – Marion H. via TripAdvisor
The Penthouse Suite, the owners say, is the collective aesthetics of the owners. The sitting room is described as “French Provincial” with pink drapes and floral arrangements. Guests then take the stairs to a cathedral-like, Gothic bathroom with two skylights revealing the peak of the bed and breakfast and the peak of the Ashford Church next door. The bedroom of the suite is architecturally unique being the highest point of the manor. Dave’s late brother, Jim—who worked at the late singer Prince’s Paisley Park— embraced his theatrical background to design the bedroom in hues of black, gray, and silver.
“I stayed in the Penthouse and felt like royalty! It has everything you could possibly need. The staff was so friendly and helpful and the breakfasts were phenomenal.” –Pam B. of Lantana, FL via TripAdvisor
Immerse yourself in the stories of these rooms and others by booking a stay at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Downtown Watkinsville. The manor is walking distance from a dozen restaurants, art exhibitions and galleries, and specialty shops.