The SpaceTHE 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 AccessA 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 GuestsMany of our guests have become good friends who return year after year. Getting AroundMany of our guests choose to spend most of their free time in this rural retreat, focusing on relaxation or writing. When planning day trips, it is important to note that this is a rural setting away from public transportation, and a personal vehicle is necessary. We are 5 minutes from Greensboro, where one can explore the charm of this small town’s historic churches and antebellum homes, followed by a meal at the local Pie Lab. We are also 15 minutes from the Auburn Rural Studio, and 25 minutes from Marion Military Institute & Judson College. We are 45 minutes from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, and 90 minutes from the Birmingham airport.