Bed and Breakfast
We like to think
of ourselves as the best kept secret in Georgia.
The five acre Ashford Estate,
overlooking Watkinsville's venerable Main Street, had been in the same family for over 100
Completely surrounded and secluded by a border of magnolias, red buds and
pines, the 1893 Victorian manor house, cottage, gazebo and four acres of landscaped
gardens all terrace down to a pool and open woods and creek beyond.
We are walking distance to
antique shops and art galleries of local fine and folk art talent.
Ashford Manor was built in 1893 by Alexander
Woodson "A.W." Ashford, son of William Henry and Louisa Booth Ashford. A.W. and
his wife, Elizabeth (Loula) Ashford lived in the house with nine children.
The Ashford Manor and
Estate is an exceptional setting for receptions, ceremonies, showers, rehearsal dinners,
overnight accommodations, and special occasions.
In addition to our event spaces,
there are a total of six guest rooms including the ground floor bedroom that converts to
Ashford Manor comfortably sleeps
|The Safari Room
(pictured above:. The most exotic room in the house, which showcases collections of
travels from the proprietors. This room has its own private entrance off the back porch of
the main house, with sitting area under the wisteria arbor. There is a queen sized bed and
the rustic bathroom includes an antique claw foot tub and hand held shower. For the dog
lovers, this room is dog friendly and includes a dog bed and food dishes. A handy ramp up
the back porch stairs makes for easy access to this ground floor accommodation.
|The Penthouse Suite:
With a sitting room on the second floor, decorated in French toile and Venetian mirrors
this room has a breakfast table, desk, phone and TV. A private staircase to the 3rd floor
leads to the bedroom and bath providing a complete surprise with modern decor, this is our
deluxe accommodation. The bedroom has a king sized bed, phone, TV and sound system. The
bath includes a two person Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, and TV and telephones that are
strategically placed for your comfort. A candlelight breakfast can be served privately in
your sitting room. This suite provides overnight accommodations for up to 3 people.
|The White Room: A
most romantic experience, sometimes called the bridal suite or special occasion suite, is
on the second floor of the house. It offers a king sized bed with hand sewn canopy and
lace accents throughout, a large bathroom with conventional tub and shower, and a small
sitting area for reading or relaxing.
|The Asian Room:
Decorated in Asian antiques, mostly Japanese, collected during one of the
proprietors 2- year stay in Kyoto. A king sized bed set amid embroidered silk
wedding kimonos, a beautiful Chinese writing desk (houses a collection of porcelain,
ivory, and jade) and the bath includes a collection of blue and white Japanese china, and
an antique claw foot tub as well as a shower.
|The Garden Room:
Decorated with white lattice and French fabrics, working fireplace, queen sized bed and a
unique collection of antique mirrors in the bathroom which has a conventional tub with
shower. On the ground floor of the manor house, this room is ideal for those that may have
trouble with stairs. A handy ramp up the back porch stairs makes for easy access to this
ground floor accommodation.
|The English Room: The last of the four rooms located on the second
floor. It is ideal for travelers with more than 2 people or in need of separate beds. One
of the largest guest rooms in the house, it has 2 queen sized beds and has an abundance of
natural light. The bath has a shower but no tub
- On Sundays through Thursdays room rates are based on our breakfast options.
- We have a no breakfast rate of $89. For $109 we provide a room service Continental
Breakfast. We can provide a complete gourmet breakfast during the week for $129, The
complete breakfast can be brought to your room as well.
- Our two-story Penthouse Suite with Jacuzzi and other amenities is $169 during the week
and includes a full breakfast. Breakfasts are served at whatever time you like. On Fridays
and Saturdays we have three rates. Our two-story Penthouse Suite with Jacuzzi and other
amenities is $199. The White and Asian Rooms with king beds are $169. The Garden, English
and Safari Rooms with queen beds are $139. The weekend rates include a complete gourmet
breakfast. (When considering other hotels note that in this community the tax is 7%. In
the Athens area tax is 14%.)
- All rates are for double occupancy. In those rooms that can take more than two adults
(the Penthouse and English Rooms) there is an additional $15 charge per person. The Safari
Room is dog friendly and can accommodate one large or two small dogs at an additional $15
The overnight accommodations provide for a maximum of 15 people in the house. We do not
have cots nor can we accommodate more than the maximum number in each of our rooms (this
old house's plumbing can't keep up with additional demands).
- Our rates are subject to change on Holidays, UGA Football Game Weekends (2 night minimum
stay) and UGA May Graduation Weekends (2 night minimum stay). Please call for details
706-769-2633. Ask us about the cancellation policy for these bookings.
- Normally, we do not allow children to stay overnight. Exceptions can be
made when booking out the entire house. Please contact Ashford Manor for details.
- For Friday and Saturday nights, we have a 7-day cancellation policy. For all other
nights, we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Ask Our cancellation policy for holidays,
football and graduation weekends varies. Please ask us about this at time of booking.
4 acres of gardens on 4 terraces
overlooking an acre of woods can accommodate events of 350 people, or provide
intimate spaces for small, family affairs.
- The Manor is walking distance to a non-denominational private sanctuary. Dozens of
Romantic settings inside and out for the vows or formal and informal wedding portraits:
the gazebo; the secret boxwood garden; a 40 foot wall of recessed brick
arches; the brick grand staircase or the curved wood porch staircase; the Music Room with
grand piano and a grand staircase; any of four carved wood and tile fireplace on the
ground floor; the Chippendale porch of the cottage; the wisteria covered porch...and more.
- The guestrooms are unique and well suited for a variety of wedding needs: A romantic
dressing room suite for bride and bridesmaids to prepare for the big day. A two-story
penthouse suite with sitting room, breakfast nook, master bedroom with king-size bed,
master bath with Jacuzzi for the newlyweds to retire for the night after the
festivitiesthey can receive their breakfast the next morning privately in their
suite or enjoy their friends for brunch in the gardens. Every guest accommodation has at
least a queen-sized bed. One room has two queen sized that is ideal for parents and the
children to stay together. Another room is prepared to accept an important best
dog or ring dog to be a part of this important weekend.
- The 5-acre grounds provide for endless ways to construct the weekends events. For
example, Fridays rehearsal dinner, usually a more casual affair can be held on the
front porches and gazebos in the front yard of the Manor House. A more formal wedding and
reception can be anywhere in the 3½ acres of gardens in the back of the house. Perhaps
the ceremony is on the lowest terrace facing an acre of natural woods; the pool-terrace
can be set for cocktails and hors douvres; perhaps the Promenade terrace is tented
for a sit-down dinner; with a band and dancefloor set on the Garden Terrace directly
behind the house.
- A full-time on-site staff of bridal professionals is there to help you plan the event
and assure your weekend runs smoothly and that all of your guests, overnight and in
attendance have an extraordinary experience.
- Please call for pricing on our wedding packages
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