My husband had business nearby so we stayed for 2 nights at Open Gates. I only wish we had more time to do all the interesting things nearby. We'll definitely return for pleasure.
We stayed in the room on the ground floor of the main house. The bed was so unbelievably comfortable and lush. The sheets were soft as can be. The pillows were fluffy and luxurious. A heavenly sleep.
The house itself is beautiful. It is very spacious and tastefully decorated. An amazing library stocked with all kinds of interesting books - books about local history, books about birds, novels, guidebooks, etc. I was there while my husband worked and, unfortunately it rained the whole day and it was pretty cold outside. But I spent a wonderful, relaxing day reading their books in the library.
In addition to the library, which has a tv, there is a lovely living room which is nice to sit in and have a chat with friends or just sit and listen to music. And then there is the elegant dining room, where delicious breakfasts are served. And also tea and yummy cake available pretty much all day. Oh, and don't forget the wine in the decanter in the library - a really nice touch.
The house is centrally located in that you are a 5 minute walk away from several restaurants and a wine bar. And you are also a 5 minute walk away from the waterfront with a nice view of the marsh and the shrimp boats.
I learned that there are several interesting things to do in the area. If we had the time we could have taken a trip to Sapelo Island or gone kayaking in the Altamaha river. As it was, we did make it to Fort King George, which is interesting historically and right in Darien.
All in all we had an excellent stay at Open Gates and we highly recommend the house for anybody considering a trip to the Georgia coast. And if you are a birder, you'll fit right in!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Open Gates Bed and Breakfast, built in 1876 by a wealthy timber baron, is uniquely situated for nature-lovers, history buffs, birders, boaters, and outdoor enthusiasts wanting to experience one of the richest natural ecosystems in the world. We are a family run, nature-based business located in the small coastal village of Darien, Georgia. Located on historic Vernon Square, just one block from the shrimp boats on the Darien waterfront, Open Gates is surrounded by giant live oak and magnolia trees providing a private, relaxed atmosphere for your vacation getaway retreat, business trip or special event ... more less
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