Gracemont Manor

Possible B&B, Event Location

Distinctly southern this approximately 5000 square feet circa 1836 Greek Revival stands proud with columns glistening as the sunlight streams through the branches of ageless oaks. It is quietly nestled amid elegant gardens and grounds of beautiful flowering shrubs and azaleas, crepe myrtles and magnolias, along with a variety of other period plantings placed in this soil by those who loved and lived here before, the scent of tea olive and eucalyptus enduring the test of time. Reminiscent of the plantations of old, there is white board fencing lining the back pastures, an assortment of nostalgic barns and a small pecan grove. One can not deny this bit of ground is heaven on earth--a gardener's or naturalist's delight!

The interior of the home is just exquisite with three levels, each with a center hall. There is also ample room for expansion in the attic should one desire. Gorgeous wood floors, pocket doors, and wonderful main level kitchen with large windows overlooking lush grounds, fenced courtyard with fountain and in-ground pool. Other kitchen highlights feature AGA stove, custom cabinetry and Italian tiles. Also on the main level are formal parlors, one on each side of the center hall, lovely staircase, wainscoting, formal dining room with bay window and a master bedroom also with bay and spacious bath. There are fireplaces in most every room!

The second level boasts 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeping porch overlooking pool area and the balcony to the front. There is also a back staircase from the kitchen and a closet staircase to the attic with windows on each end bringing in natural light. The lower daylight basement/ground level has full country kitchen with eat-in area, a large den with recessed lighting, small room which would make wonderful wine cellar, laundry area and lots of open space (accented by brick walls) for storage of pool furniture. There is outside entry to this multi-use area.

Also on the grounds are two very lovely historic guest cottages. Strategically situated for privacy on opposite sides of the courtyard/drive/pool/patio area. Both have one bedroom, one bath with large great rooms, full kitchens and rocking chair front porches! Very well maintained and preserved. One has absolutely gorgeous heart of pine floors, fireplace in living room and bedroom. Could be office, care takers quarters, in-law or teenage quarters!

Other outbuildings include older garage, mule barn and green house. The home in all its grandeur is adorned with lovely iron grill work said to be from the Heard Building which is known as the site in historic Washington, Georgia of the last cabinet meeting of the Confederacy. This spectacular Greek Revival is within walking distance of the historic Town Square, museums (there are 3 house museums), library (oldest public library in the State), shops and restaurants. This charming southern town is located 40 miles east of Athens, Ga. and between Atlanta (approximately 100 miles west) and Augusta, Georgia (approximately 50 miles east) Near major recreation areas and lakes! Easy drive and access to major airports in Augusta and Atlanta!

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