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   Washington Plantation Bed and Breakfast   


Washington Plantation Bed and Breakfast


15 Lexington Avenue
Washington, Georgia
USA  30673
Architectural Type:  Greek Revival
Established In:  2004
Renovated In:  2004
Phone:  706-678-006
Toll Free:  877-405-9956
Fax:  706-678-3545
Contact:  Tom & Barbara CHASE
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Single Occupant Rate Is: $125 - $185
Double Occupant Rate Is: $125 - $150
Additional Occupant Rate Is: $35
Accepted Payments: Cash, Personal Checks, MasterCard, Visa, Travelers Checks, Debit Card
Deposit Amount Requested: Credit card numbers
Minimum Stay Is: 1 night
Check In Time Is: 4 PM
Check Out Time Is: 11 AM
Cancellation Policy: No charge if cancellation is made 14 days before arrival; 13 - 7 days, 1 night's rental unless room can be re-rented; 6 or fewer days before arrival, full charge for reserved stay unless room can be re-rented.

Welcome to Washington Plantation!

This fine old bed and breakfast inn (one of our guests, from Ireland, said "It's more like a boutique hotel!") began life in 1828 as a two over two plain-style farmhouse. Over the years, as the prosperity of Washington, Georgia, and the home’s owners, waxed and waned, the house grew into its present superb example of Greek Revival architecture. The wealth was here: at one point, the house ruled over nearly three thousand acres.

A thorough restoration in 2004 has brought Washington Plantation back to its full happy glory. Through the years, it has been the scene of festive weddings, reunions and just plain parties. It seems that the whole population of town has fond memories of joyous occasions at Washington Plantation. Hospitality is built in.

The seven acres of grounds, planted with magnolias, immense oaks, dogwood, pecan, hickory, elm and crape myrtle, have served as the backdrop of history. Both Union and Confederate armies camped here in 1865. The beauty and tranquility of the land, and the house’s setting at the top of a gentle knoll where the breeze always blows, stand as testimony to the eye of Daniel Chandler, the first builder at Washington Plantation.

What you will find here will transport you back to the days when cotton was king and the cotton planter an aristocrat. The house is furnished with period antiques and fine reproductions. The breakfast china is Wedgwood or Lennox. The table silver is sterling. The window treatments are handmade and luxurious. Crystal and brass chandeliers appear in every room. Irish crystal glassware, 1000 count Egyptian cotton sheets, gas fireplaces and the finest amenities grace the bedrooms. That’s the way a planter would greet his guests, and that’s what’s in store for you at Washington Plantation.

Come and join us to experience the planter’s life when cotton was king.

Tom and Barbara Chase, Your Hosts.

Rooms:

Washington Plantation offers five spacious and luxurious bedrooms each with a private bath, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, and original heart pine floors with fine oriental rugs. Each room has a gas log fireplace or coal grate, telephone, cable television and free wireless Internet access. All of the bedrooms have a writing desk and sitting area with silver wine and ice buckets, Irish crystal and silver goblets. Brass and crystal chandeliers are rheostat-controlled to allow you to set the mood.

Bathroom amenities include bayberry and glycerin soaps, bath salts, bubble bath, shower gel, hand and body lotion, rubber duckies, luxurious spa robes and slippers, lighted magnifying vanity mirrors and Egyptian cotton towels.

Bedding consists of pillow-top mattresses, 1000 count Egyptian cotton sheets, and pure hypoallergenic down pillows, duvets and comforters.

Even though all rooms share the same high level of luxury, each is different in tone and feeling. The rooms are named, with one exception, for members of our family, and the decoration and furnishing reflect the taste and style of the individual.

Abigail's Room:

Abigail's Room has soft mint green walls with lavish darker gray-green drapes with white sheers and floral tops, and a white beadboard ceiling. A handmade queen four poster rice bed, a period spinet desk and Queen Anne highboy are the major furniture pieces, lit by a pewter chandelier. Occasional tables hold the wine and ice buckets, and there is a Cambridge SoundResearch radio/ CD player. A tiled oversized shower and toilet are separate from the vanity area, which is in an alcove open to the room.

Amity's Room:

Amity's Room is painted a buttery gold with a natural bead board ceiling. This is our Eastlake room, with a hand carved oak queen size bed, two oak dressers and a dark pine tilt-top desk from the 1880s. The window treatments consist of moiré gold drapes with fanciful fringed plaid valances. The brass chandelier and the Bose Wave radio add to the ambience. The large bathroom features a vintage clawfoot tub with brass shower surround and sunflower showerhead and a well lit vanity table.

Katie's Room:

Katie's Room is painted in a pale blue that changes with the ambient light. The drapes are white cotton eyelet lace, echoed in the bedspread and bed ruffle on the four-poster queen rice bed. Two period dressers and occasional tables grace the room and carry the Bose Wave radio and wine and ice buckets. The bath has a vintage clawfoot tub with brass shower surround and sunflower showerhead.

Martha's Room:

Martha's Room, located downstairs, is colored in dusty rose with matching draperies and burgundy valances, and is the second largest in the house. The king size four poster rice bed, vintage highboy and gracious sitting area before the fireplace make this room special. The tiled bathroom has a vintage clawfoot tub with shower surround and sunflower shower head. The Cambridge SoundResearch radio/CD player and brass chandelier complete the ambience.

The Planter's Room:

The Planter's Room is the master bedroom of Washington Plantation, and is the largest and most elegant of all. Wallpapered in toile with matching drapes, the effect is luxurious and inviting. The king size full tester bed has lace bed curtains and a ceiling suspended canopy straight from the 1840s. The beautiful brass chandelier with lead crystal bobeshes casts a wonderful glow. The bathroom is large, with an old marble counter top and a beautiful drop-in sink. The bathtub is a clawfoot style 72" whirlpool bath with hot air bubbles and room for two, with a brass shower enclosure and sunflower showerhead. This room is the best of the South.

History:

Wilkes County, Georgia, was one of the first and biggest created on what was then the frontier. Inhabited by Cherokee and the fierce Creek Indian tribes, and coveted by the rising European population, the fertile lands between the Broad and Little Rivers (the present, vastly contracted boundaries of the County) were fiercely contested. Still, new residents flooded in, mostly from Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Carolinas.

During the American Revolution, things were mostly quiet in Wilkes County, except for British efforts to stir up the Indians of the frontier, and the reaction of the frontiersmen to counteract them. The one major exception resulted in the Battle of Kettle Creek, about 7 miles from Washington Plantation. On February 14, 1779, American militia forces under Colonels Andrew Pickens, John Dooly and Elijah Clark, about 400 troops, pursued, surprised and defeated a Tory force of more than 700 at Kettle Creek, effectively ending British influence in northeast Georgia.

The advent of the cotton economy in succeeding years brought considerable prosperity to Washington and Wilkes County. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin (invented near the City of Washington) vastly accelerated the pace. Wilkes County quickly became one of the richest cotton counties in Georgia. As more Virginian and Carolinian planters continued to arrive, the plantation system became firmly entrenched in Wilkes County. Some of the largest expanded to nearly 5000 acres.

The Chandler-Irvin house (as Washington Plantation was then known) was the seat of a 3000 acre plantation, uniquely located a quarter mile from Washington town square. Isaiah Tucker Irvin, Commander of the Wilkes Guards (a local militia company), bought the home in 1835. I.T. Irvin, like most Wilkes County pioneers, was a colorful character. Court martialed in 1814 during the War of 1812 for insubordination and dismissed from the service, he nevertheless rose to be Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and an important actor in the events leading to Secession. I. T. Irvin died in a steamboat explosion in New Orleans in 1860, on the eve of Secession. He was so admired that his old militia company, the Wilkes Guards, voted to become the Irvin Guards, and served with some distinction as an artillery company in the Confederate States Army.

With Charles E. Irvin becoming the owner, the Corinthian features were added, along with side porches that lead into cross hallways. High wainscoting, paneled doors, random width heart pine floors, 11.5 foot ceilings, original mantles and beautiful staircase are a few of the architectural features. The columns gracing the front of the house are the rarely-seen Temple-of-the-Winds Corinthian pillars.

But Washington Plantation did not exist in a vacuum. Washington, Georgia boasts more antebellum homes and buildings than any other city in Georgia excepting Savannah. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman bypassed Washington on his famous (or infamous, depending which side you were on) March to the Sea after the fall of Atlanta. A local Union supporter and friend of Sherman’s convinced the General to spare the town, and the result is the city you can visit today, a jewel of the Antebellum South.

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Web Page:  Yes

 

Languages Spoken:  English

 

Types of Breakfasts:  Full Gourmet or Country Breakfast to order

Special Meals Available:  Yes

 

Room Types:  Rooms, Luxury Rooms

 

Private Bathrooms:  Yes

Handicap Accessible:  No

Smoking:  No - on the verandah

Consumption of Alcohol:  Yes

Children:  Yes - well behaved children only please

Pets:  No

 

Amenities/Features:  BBQ, Satellite TV, TV, Phone, Fireplace, Jacuzzi, Garden, Beverage Tray, Fridge, Alarm Clock, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Radio

 

Nearby Activities:  Bicycling, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Water Skiing, Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Astronomy, Shopping, Dancing, Sight Seeing, Historical Places, Museums, Botanical Gardens, Farmers Market, Arts & Craft Fairs

 

Suitable For:  Pleasure, Relaxation, Business, Family, Groups, Anniversaries, Honeymoons, Romance, Cultural Experience, Gay/Lesbians

 

Near To:  Lakes, Rivers, Orchards, Forests, Countryside, Nature & Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries

 

Sunsets:  Yes
Sunrises:  Yes
Wildlife:  Yes
Foliage:  Yes
Open:  All Year

 

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