Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast in Watkinsville. Address: 5 Harden Hill Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677 Phone: (706) 769-2633 Website: http://ambedandbreakfast.com/
From the Ashford Manor website - "The history of Ashford Manor dates back to the mid-1800s, when William and Louisa Booth Ashford raised their family on this property. The original house is no longer standing; in 1893, Louisa and William’s son, Alexander Woodson Ashford, known as A.W., built the grand Victorian that serves as the main house for Ashford Manor B&B today. (A.W.’s older brother William Ashford was a successful businessman in Atlanta; Ashford Dunwoody Road bears his name). In the foyer near the Garden Room, there’s a photo of A.W. and his wife Loula with their nine children, and their spouses and children, taken in 1930, on the occasion of A.W. and Loula’s 60th wedding anniversary."
Owners Dave Shearon and Mario Castro live in the cottage next to the B&B and provide amazing service. I know, I've stayed there! I not only love shooting at Ashford Manor, I held a photographer's workshop there! I stayed in the blue room downstairs and slept like a rock. Permission from the owners is required to be on the property. They used to host weddings here but now it's bed and breakfast only. The gardens are just stunning. Azaleas and roses, canopies and a pool, a bamboo grove with cedar logs to sit on, stone walls and rock fountains, wrought iron benches and climbing vines.. the list goes on and on. If you're looking for natural beauty without walking around very much, this place is the winner. Because of the water, the mosquitoes are rough in the hot summer months, but it's utterly gorgeous anyway.
Location: Ashford Manor, Watkinsville, GA.1/1250; f/1.4; ISO 1000; 50.0 mm.
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