Quiet. Wooded. Retreat. This - and the separate Guest House - is all yours to enjoy. The private entrance leads up a flight of stairs. Continental breakfast can be provided for you in the guest quarters.
Our family home for 3 generations, many live oak and pecan trees are from the original antebellum home site era. Notched timbers from that original 1857 home are now part of the lavender barn structure. The present main home was built by our grandfather May, a lumber businessman, in 1941.
THE SPACE: This space is designed for someone seeking the perfect rural retreat. The design is bright, allowing natural light through numerous windows. A kitchenette/living room is adjoined by a separate bedroom and bathroom.
KITCHEN: The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, oven, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, teapot, and dishes in the event you choose to eat in.
BEDROOM: The spacious bedroom contains a king size bed with down comforters. Large windows provide plenty of natural light, while wooden windows can be shut for needed rest. Double closets provide plenty of room for storing personal effects. A cot is available for an additional guest.
BATHROOM: The bathroom is decorated with an art deco chandelier and mirror, and fresh towels are provided daily. From the full bath one looks east over the lawn, flower gardens, and pastures.
LIVING ROOM: Fully furnished lounging space with vintage sofa, coffee table, and chairs. A collection of travel and art books in the built-ins provide ample material for leisure reading. The living space opens up to a balcony through French doors, giving access the outdoors. Chairs and breakfast table, allow for a meal or coffee while taking in the views of gardens, pastures, the lavender colored barn, and the forests beyond.
GROUNDS: Large pecan trees, live oaks, and magnolia trees fill the lawns around the house. Vernacular and a formal gardens full of azaleas, gardenias, and cannas provide a haven for hummingbirds. After settling in, guests at Blueshadows usually first relax on the lawn in chairs under the pecan trees, and follow with a walk or run through wilder parts. Passing from the carefully tended lawn and gardens into the forest, one crosses over a wooden bridge, and onto a system of well-marked nature trails. These interconnected footpaths course over hills, across streams, along beaver dams, and around the lake. Quiet walkers with careful eyes often see deer, turkey, and beavers. Excursions into the natural beauty of pine and hardwood forests are followed by an easy return to the graceful comfort of the guest house. Through the years we have enjoyed seeing these peaceful settings offer our guests respite from the noise of urban life, allowing the quiet charm of the rural South to be heard.
LAKE & FISHING: Wood-ducks, herons, and beaver make their homes on a 10 acre lake, an 8-minute walk from the guest house. Bass and brim are caught from two docks, and from the banks, which is reached by a system of nature trails winding along the shore. Guests use their own fishing equipment, and are requested to catch and release bass under 6 pounds. Bass over 6 pounds can be caught as well. Photos are suggested of such catches to support the general integrity of anglers :)
A circle drive offers entry from the main road, and provides ample parking for guests. There are friendly dogs on the property who have made it their mission to vigorously greet every arriving vehicle. Wireless internet is available.
Interaction with guests
Many of our guests have become good friends who return year after year.
We ask our guests to appreciate the pastoral beauty of this setting by not littering, and by refraining from smoking on the grounds. No pets allowed. Above all, enjoy the scenery and have fun!
Paris. Sydney. Greensboro. My husband Thad was an airline captain with TWA and we enjoyed traveling around the world together. The joy of making new friends during our many visits to small inns around Europe, Australia, and New Zealand inspired us to open our own bed and breakfast here in 1988. Now the world comes to us! We have had wonderful artists, architects, writers, professors, and fellow travelers visit Blueshadows B&B, many of whom we now have the pleasure of calling friends. The town of Greensboro offers a blend of small town southern charm and new initiatives that people are writing about. This includes the Auburn Rural Studio, Project Horseshoe Farm, HERO, Sawyerville Day Camp, Greensboro Boys and Girls Club, the Yellow Hammer Project, HERO Bike, organic farms, The Pie Lab, the Greensboro Opera House... and more. Explore Greensboro. Stay a while. At the Blueshadows B&B.