Friday, February 20, 2009

Rustic Retreat

Pictures from our anniversary get-away are here, as promised.
We had such a nice time.
Ledford Mill is below the headwaters of Shipman's Creek.  This 1884 gristmill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Tennessee Heritage Trail.  Restored in 1996, it is now a three story country inn with three exclusive accommodations.  
Two waterfalls frame the gardens.  A stone path winds along the creek, over an arched footbridge to the falls.  High above is the mill pond. 
You enter into the lobby-living area which is located on the middle level.  You are greeted by John and Mildred, who are the most precious and gracious owners of this rustic retreat!  They were so welcoming of our Maggie too!

This is the first glimpse of the B & B that you see upon arriving.

This is the front entrance that opens into the lobby-living room, which is furnished with antiques--most all of them for sale!

The door says "closed" as it was after hours for the public.

Mags LOVED the waterfalls!  

We stayed in "The Falls Room", which overlooks the falls, and is located on the bottom level.  One side of the room was a huge wall made from Chattanooga shale.
If shale wasn't so crumbly, my boys would have surely tried to climb it if they were there. 

I love this sweet primitive train above the bed.

With a cozy bed and fireplace inside, and the waterfalls outdoors, 
it was such a peaceful night's  sleep!  

The bathroom was graced by a clawfoot bathtub for soaking and relaxing!

The kitchen/breakfast room was upstairs in the main area of the B & B.  There was a full kitchen that we had access to, as did the other guests in the inn.  We enjoyed raiding the fridge in the evening and found a decadent chocolate cake, death by chocolate ice cream, popcorn, sodas, etc.  Since it was Valentine's Day, all three rooms were occupied, so we had a chance to meet some couples from other areas of our state.  Breakfast was cooked and served at the time we desire between 8 and 10 a.m.  Upon arriving for breakfast, the owners asked where Maggie was this morning.  We said that we thought we should leave her down in the room.  They weren't having any of that.  They said she was more than welcome at breakfast with everyone else.  Another couple had their two doggies-a French Bulldog and a Boxer.  We enjoyed chatting with the owners and other guests over a lovely and leisurely breakfast of fresh fruits, country ham, spicy egg casserole, cornbread, juice, and coffee. 
When I left, I realized that I had not gotten a picture of the wonderful shabby chic cabinets in the kitchen.  They were so awesome, and I surely meant to get a shot of them!

The weather was just perfect that weekend!  It was great for enjoying the falls, gardens, and all that nature had to offer. 

Country Blessings,


Katie said...

Wow, what a great getaway! Glad you two had fun...I wanted to let you know that I've answered your question regarding the book, "French General Home Sewn", in the comment section of my blog post about playing house...Take care, Katie

Our Back Porch said...

Thanks Katie!
I'll go over and check that out.
That book looks awesome, and you are a wonderful seamstress. I figured you had tried (or will try soon) some of the patterns. You are so talented!



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