From the minute our group of four arrived at the inn, Paul welcomed us and made us feel quite at home with his charming banter. We arrived late (11 pm), but had called to inform Paul and Lucy, and they were very accommodating (thanks!). The Grady House is easy to locate on one of the main streets in High Springs, and is a convenient short walk from downtown and the Great Outdoors Restaurant. The attention given to the inn's decor is noticeable even from the street - this is the sort of guest house you drive by and wish you had made reservations at - even if you only live an hour away. The house is perfect - old with just the right amount of character, but none of the annoyances (at least for the guests!). The tasteful decor continues from the front porch, through the living and dining areas, into each different bedroom. I stayed in the navy room for two nights with a friend and absolutely loved it. The other two in our party stayed in the peach room the first night and the yellow room the last night.
The navy room was superb. I loved the clawfoot bathtub in the bathroom. This room is actually two rooms - the front room has a daybed, coffee table, and armoire - more of a living/ visiting area, but worked great for us, as we were two friends sharing a room. The second of the two rooms is the main bedroom, with a very comfortable queen bed - the kind you sink into and never want to leave. This turned out to be a major plus - I actually wound up spending the second day at the inn with a bit of a cold - the cleaning staff was exceptional, and so sweet - when they offered to make up the room, and I told them I was sick, they brought up a tray of tea for me, and even offered soup.
In the morning, breakfast is served by Lucy with flourish - the herb baked eggs were my absolute favorite, and the lemon pancakes were no less fabulous. A wonderful way to start your day! Other small touches include separate beach towels provided for taking down to the river/ springs (wonderful!), wine/ beer, tea, hot chocolate, etc. available in the dining areas. We took advantage of the different outdoor seating areas to have a nightcap, but also gathered in the fireplace room and chatted with the other guests.
The inn is close to all the rivers and springs in the High Springs area - a great home base for diving, kayaking/ canoeing adventures. Parking at the inn is located off the main street, but you can park right in front to move your luggage. There is a large, beautiful garden area to enjoy the outdoors during your stay, and a great selection of books and movies available.
Really, there were so many other small things I enjoyed about our short stay with Paul and Lucy, and I can't wait to return.