As stated in yesterday's post, Ballastone Inn on Oglethorpe Ave. [historic district] was definitely one of the highlights of our stay in Savannah. Special thanks to former blogger, Nancy C. [Two Cottages and Tea], for telling me about it.
Ballastone has been awarded the 4 Diamond 4 Star distinction, and has been featured on Good Morning America as one of the finest inns in America, with 16 luxury guest rooms. It's been a prominent Savannah mansion since 1838. Throughout its life, it has served many purposes, becoming a Bed and Breakfast in 1980. The current owner purchased it in 2002.
~ Linda and Me ~
We arrived a little before check-in time so our rooms weren't quite ready yet, but they allowed us to unpack the van and wait in their beautiful parlor. The only parking for our 15-passenger van was on the street, and finding a space large enough was no easy task. As my hubby drove around the neighborhood searching for a parking space, Lori [who was sitting in the parlor facing the large windows] spotted a van exiting a parking space across the boulevard. She and Cheryl H. lept from their seats and dashed across the boulevard to stand in the space to secure it while I called Jerry on his cell phone and told him to come quickly. It was the perfect spot!
They allowed us to take pictures of the beautiful first floor while we waited for our rooms. The room below was all set up for the Afternoon Tea we would be served at 4:00 o'clock. [There'll be a separate post about that. It deserves special recognition.]
~ Main Hallway [First Floor] ~
They used a beautiful tea chest at their desk as a file box.
~ Second floor hallway ~
Dining Room - Every room was like a picture out of a beautiful magazine.
Our rooms were spread out between lower-level courtside, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. Jerry was very happy the inn had an elevator so he didn't have to carry luggage up several flights of steps for six ladies. Not that they would have expected it, but he wouldn't have let them.
Our room was the Hannah, a lower-level courtside room. It was beautiful!
We had such a full itinerary that we didn't have time to use the outdoor garden court next to our room, but like everything else at Ballastone, it was lovely.
The beautiful curate stand below was in the hallway near our room. It would have been lovely with teapots displayed on it, but not practical since they would have been jostled by traffic and luggage, and doomed to breakage. I had never seen a curate stand quite like this one.
After getting our luggage into our rooms it was time for Afternoon Tea. Next post...