I took my partner for an overnight stay at the Stovall House so we could visit the nearby North GA Folk Pottery Museum and explore the area. I was drawn by the the photos of the house as well as the reasonable rate. So often in the U.S. bed and breakfasts mean luxurious/expensive accommodations, whereas in Europe I have always experienced B&Bs as pleasant budget hotels. The Stovall House is not as inexpensive as some European B&Bs, but still very reasonable. The house was built in 1837 and has retained its 19th-century charm, even with the remodel that must have occured to the second floor to add the guest rooms (and of course the ceilings are sloped there! It is not a problem). The room we stayed in with a king-sized bed and private bath was charmingly furnished in a sort of "shabby chic" way -- real antiques, but you didn't feel like you'd stepped into a room from Architectural Digest where you're afraid to touch anything. By far, the most alluring part of the house is the wrap-around porch where you can sit and look out on the verdant farmland and rising mountains of the N. GA landscape. We asked to have our generous breakfast (a choice of cold cereals, freshly baked/warm cranberry orange loaf, coffee, and orange juice -- we were offered eggs but declined) on the porch, and Hamilton Schwarz, the innkeeper was most accommodating. He was a congenial host -- happy to leave you alone if you wish to be but willing to talk if you're inclined to do so. We had a pleasant conversation during part of breakfast. We found him a perfect host. I would absolutely recommend the Stovall Inn -- no, it's not the Ritz Carlton-y B&B, as a reviewer below seemed to expect, but it is comfortable, charming, and centrally located to sites in the Sautee-Nacoochee region. Be sure to make a visit to the Gourd Place if you visit the area.
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