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Private Guest House in Woodland Retreat
Hosted by Miss Janet
Miss Janet is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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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

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 :)

Guest access

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.


Amenities
Free parking on premise
Kitchen

Prices
Cleaning Fee £16
Security Deposit £78
Weekend Price £82 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

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!

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Dog(s) live in the house

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Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Cristina User Profile
August 2017
Miss Janet's daughter was super kind with us. We had the best breakfast in our whole trip!! The place is amazing, the house and the surroundings. We were really sad for not being able to spend more time there. The apartment is spacius and has a great decoration. We highly recomend to spend at least two days there. You won't regret at all!!! Many many thanks girls, you gave us the best staying during our trip

Marshall User Profile
August 2017
The property is beautiful. It was nice having the whole apartment space to ourselves. The greeter (aka their dog) was a definite value added. Melissa was a wonderful host and Miss Janet is precious. They welcomed us into their home for a delicious breakfast and wonderful conversation. It felt like we were staying with family. We are hoping to come back again.

Jesse User Profile
April 2017
Very gorgeous land and home! We loved the retro/hipster/elegant style of the place!! Furnished with awesome antiques! The sun room is amazing. The dog is super sweet. Roxanne, the host, Miss Janet's daughter, was amazing! And there was free breakfast! Visit Pie Lab when you're in town. And - of course - Rural Studio!!!

Brandi User Profile
October 2016
We were warmly welcomed and it was a lovely place. Beautiful, peaceful setting. We had trouble finding the home at night & our GPS couldn't pin point the location. Great alternative to a hotel!

Darryl User Profile
May 2016
I needed a place to stay in central Alabama to be near Marion and the surrounding-area hotel reviews were poor- even scary in some cases- Prior to this trip, I had gambled on some of them and learned that if one wants to stay at a hotel, it's better to drive the longer drives to the bigger cities (but those ar(URL HIDDEN) drives). So this time, I decided to try this B&B instead. And I'm so glad I did. Mrs. Janet provides a terrific alternative to hotels, in an very quiet home that appeared to be a traditional "old south" mansion (think of the movie homes in Gone With the Wind). I enjoyed my own large room, my own bathroom and a lovely sunroom with huge windows that looked out upon a massive lawn populated with 100-year-old trees. Birdhouses by those windows had many pretty kinds of birds flying right up to the windows. The second "B" in B&B was superior to any of the hotels too. They served the freshest fruit, real eggs, breakfast meats, etc that were obviously not some corporate hotel's "lowest bid" food selection but good old, "down home" food that any southerner Mom would prepare to feed her family well. And there was always PLENTY- more than the guests could consume. The hosts- Mrs. Janet and her daughter- were dazzling in terms of caring about their guests, far better than even the better corporate hotel care experiences. They made it feel like we guests were part of the family and were ready to do just about anything to make it a better stay (but there really wasn't anything to do to accomplish that). I was in the area for work and the free wifi made it easy to do all that I needed to do. However, if I could have known that this would offer all of the relaxation potential it clearly did, I would have liked to put that computer down and soak it all in even more. I was told that the night sky was packed with views of the stars lost in bigger city haze. And I suspect that Mrs. Janet had a wealth of fascinating stories to entertain anyone who could take a little time to sit down and listen (I got a very clear sense that she has lived an adventure-filled, rich-all-around life). Next time I have to go to the area, I'll book some extra days so I can enjoy it all even more! If the reader of my review needs to stay a few nights in that general vicinity and doesn't want to chance it at run-down hotels with generally bad reviews (I've been there and done that, so don't do it!), make the far better decision and try to get in here. It is a much, much better choice! I look forward to getting to stay there again as soon as I can.

Missy User Profile
January 2016
This spot was a little bit magical. The guest space is the second story over a garage and the windows facing east provide a wonderful view of the sunrise. There is a little juliet balcony that would be great for stargazing on warmer nights. We were toasty warm and welcomed the breakfast treats that Janet left for us. I wish I could stay a few days here alone in the hinterlands of the deep south.

Meagan User Profile
October 2015
Greensboro is a peaceful and quaint place to vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Mrs. Janet! She and her daughter were wonderful hosts. The property is beautiful with acres of land to explore. We would highly encourage you take a hike back to the lake. Mrs. Janet's dog, Bobby, is super friendly and will be your tour guide on the trails. We also would suggest grabbing a bite at the Pie Lab and strolling down Main Street. It's got that southern charm! The actual house is lovely with all that you need: bathroom, bed, kitchen, porch, and plenty of magazines and books to read. We even had some Alabama mints on our pillow the morning after the big win. My husband and I were both in need of a place to unplug and rest. This was a perfect place for that and we are hopeful to stay here again!

Greensboro, Alabama, United StatesJoined in March 2015
Miss Janet User Profile

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.

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