The SpaceThe 4-room suite is tranquil, comfortable, and very private with its own outdoor patio space for your use. The private suite is on a separate level from the rest of the house and includes a bedroom (comfortable king bed), bathroom with shower/tub, living/game room (comfortable full-size sleeper sofa sleeps 2), and TV room with large couch (comfortably sleeps 2 adults with twin-size futons, provided). Enjoy original artwork in every room--and views of the back gardens outside your space. Kitchenette area includes compact refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker (w/filters), tea kettle, toaster, microwave, dishes, and utensils. You will find a variety of breakfast items on hand: coffee/tea, granola/cereal, oatmeal, bagels, bread, milk, yoghurt, and fresh fruit (including seasonal fruit from our garden, when available). You are welcome to use anything in the kitchenette area during your stay. Guest AccessYou have a separate entrance and private access to the terrace level (bright, daylight basement). You have shared access to the laundry (upstairs), and back gardens/fire pit. Firewood is available in the fall and winter.
If you would like to do laundry, let us know and we'll show you how the machines work and where to find the detergent, etc.
Off-street parking for one car at the beginning of the driveway and a second space at the end of the driveway. Additional parking on the street in front of the house.
If we have guests staying before you, check-in is after 2pm. Otherwise, check in is flexible with advance coordination.
No-access areas: weaving room (basement) and all upstairs living areas (except shared laundry room). Interaction with GuestsWe always available by phone and email. We are often home (upstairs or out in the yard) and happy to answer any questions you may have about the space or Athens area. The NeighborhoodThis is a small, family-friendly neighborhood near Watkinsville in Oconee County Georgia. Watkinsville is a charming Southern town with a classic small-town main street including antique shops and art galleries. You are just a mile from historic Ashford Manor (B&B), local shops, and restaurants.
Local fare includes: Chops and Hops, Barberito's, Jittery Joe's Coffee Shop, Kiki's bakery, The Traveling Hobo Cafe, Girasoles, and Mirko Italian restaurants. Enjoy the local farmer's market downtown on Saturdays (spring through fall) for farm fresh produce, local honey, jams, homemade bread, etc.
Watkinsville is a regional artists' hub and hosts a variety of art events throughout the year, including "Perspectives," the largest pottery show in the southeast. The Oconee County Arts Foundation (OCAF) is a vibrant art center in downtown Watkinsville.
Sunshine Cycles in Watkinsville hosts a weekly ride (BYO bike) along the beautiful country roads of Oconee County. And enjoy beautiful curated gardens (free entry) at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, just 10 minutes away by car. The garden also offers many miles of well-maintained hiking/walking trails though native piedmont hardwood forests and along the Oconee river. Getting AroundWe are 1 mile from downtown Watkinsville (20 min walk or very short drive). We are a 9-10 miles from UGA/Athens, and 1.5 hrs from downtown Atlanta. Uber serves Athens and is available to our area as well.
For UGA football games: free parking and free game-day stadium shuttle at the UGA Intramural Fields: 330 River Rd, Athens (8 mi from our house).
Traffic in and around the Athens area is generally light--you'll find it a pleasure to drive around here (except perhaps on football Saturdays!). We do have a short AM rush hour on weekdays heading into town, and the same in the evening heading out, but still very manageable. Reasonably priced metered parking (coins & credit cards accepted) is available down town on the street and in several parking decks (locations shown on the web or navigation app). Washington St and College Ave decks are most convenient to restaurants/shopping and free for the first 30 minutes. Free parking is also allowed in many residential areas adjacent to down town--just pay attention to signs and don't park next to painted curbs.
Traffic in and around Atlanta is another matter. Plan trips to and from Atlanta with care and avoid 6:30-9:30am and 4-7pm weekday drive times whenever possible, including trips to/from the airport. If driving during these times, allow an extra 30-60 minutes for your trip.
Parking on University of Georgia is restricted to permits only, or designated visitor locations. Visitors may park in any of several pay lots/decks on UGA. All parking deck pay facilities currently accept credit cards. Direct inquiries to a Customer Service Representative at 706-542-PARK (7275). Or search the web for "UGA visitor parking" for names and locations of visitor parking decks. Other Things to NoteWi-fi is included. Netflix, HBO, Sling TV (25+ channels), and Nintendo Wii are also available in the TV room.
Quiet hours from 10pm - 7am. Normal activities and music/TV are fine at any time...but please be mindful of volume levels after 10pm.
We trust that you will treat our home as your own and we are grateful for your care and consideration. No smoking inside the house (smoking on the private back patio is fine). Because we have our own pet inside the house, we do not allow other pets of any kind. Thanks for understanding and we hope you have a fantastic stay!