Historic Properties for Sale: Bed and Breakfasts

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

We’ll be featuring listings from our Historic Properties for Sale site every Wednesday. It’s just like Preservation magazine’s well-loved homes section, but much more frequent. This week we're looking at houses that can double as Bed and Breakfasts.

The Norvell-Otey House in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Norvell-Otey House in Lynchburg, Virginia.

When I was just out of college, I spent several years putting a pretty serious effort into becoming a regular at an Irish bar near where I went to school.  I spent several nights a week there with my friends, and occasionally we'd talk about buying a bar of our own some day. It was a grandiose - if ill-defined - plan, which I suppose grew from the idea that owning a bar would be as fun as spending time in one. And then, I got a job  at that very same bar as a waitress, and fairly quickly realized maybe it wasn't the life for me, after all. I was far, far more skilled at being a patron than I was with being on the other side of the tray.

I was reminded of this long-dormant plan today when I saw a tavern listed as one of the features of a home for sale on our Historic Properties for Sale website:

The restored brick floored winter kitchen (30’x18”) is referred to as the "Tavern Room" since it was formerly used as a bar in colonial times. This room features 2 brick ovens and a period restored cooking hearth. The owner uses the Tavern for entertaining family, friends and guests sharing fresh brick oven bread and hearth cooked meals.

I'm not gonna lie; it sounds right up my alley - particularly because I am as fond of fresh-baked bread as I am a good tavern.

This listing, known as the Norvell-Otey House, is in Lynchburg, Virginia and is one of three homes on the site that double as Bed and Breakfasts.

Collina Plantation in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

Collina Plantation in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

If owning a bar sounded fun to my 22-year-old self, I think owning a B&B sounds similarly appealing to my pushing-40 self, in what I suspect is the same entirely unrealistic way. I like visiting Bed and Breakfasts, so therefore I'd like to have one of my own, right?

I mean, how great would it be to own a house like the Paxton House Bed & Breakfast and share it with guests? (It's got a carriage house! And a garden cottage!)  Or the Collina Plantation in Mississippi, which looks so unbelievably quaint in this photo. I can just picture myself in a rocker on that porch, mint julep in hand.

Oh, wait... there I am in guest mentality again. Clearly, ownership of one of these beauties is not the right option for me, but if some of you out there in blogland want to buy them and guarantee me a reservation, well, I wouldn't object!

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org. She's happy to have found a career pushing pixels, since waitressing was way too exhausting.

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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