Turn of the Century charm in this home with an estate feel as it presides over Main Street downtown Watkinsville! Built in 1893, this Queen Anne Victorian home, fondly known as Ashford Manor, was originally built for Alexander Woodson Ashford and his family. The house maintains much of the original character envisioned and executed by well-known architect, Nathanial Richardson – elaborate exterior moldings, trims and gable fans as well as 12 foot ceilings, heart pine floors, numerous fireplaces and 13 triple sash window/doorways that open to the wrap-around veranda. A rich and historical property, today the home is one of Watkinsville’s beloved landmarks which has played host to thousands of visitors in the past as it was recently operated as a popular bed and breakfast and event facility. Now, this historic home can be your family homestead or a special haven to house your business in the bustling downtown of Watkinsville.
Bright and Airy. Two words that describe the entire home, but especially the foyer and entry/sitting room. The custom designed curved room enhances the unique characteristics in the home and provides a soft touch to this side of the estate. Completed by a pristine and crisp white fireplace, this area of the home provides that first touch of charm as you enter. As you move out of the foyer, the main floor is completed with a large parlor/living room as well as the banquet sized dining room that has a beautiful soaring ceiling with large medallion which highlights the formality of this room. And the fireplace adorned with original custom tiles adds to the magic of the home.
The 6 bedroom, 6 bath home has a nice layout of the bedroom suites – a main floor Garden bedroom suite with a queen Murphy bed, a bedroom suite accessed on the back patio, 4 additional bedroom suites on the 2nd floor. Accessed from the back of the home is a set of 3 half baths and there is an additional half bath that comes off of the back patio. This home features unique and generously sized rooms that are all fully equipped with full baths and closets. Each space has its own personality and is ready for the furnishings that will make each room shine.
The entire home is full of custom features. Like the original commissioned tiles on the dining room fireplace depicting the three Ashford daughters of the original Ashford owner. And the ornately carved trim on the staircase with finials on the banisters as well as mirroring finials hanging below the stairwell ceiling. Along with a stained wood spire that catches your attention as you go up the stairwell to the Penthouse Suite. There are details all throughout the property that show the amount of attention that was given to making this home a true showpiece.
The grounds have mature landscaping that has been lovingly maintained. And a feature not to be missed is the gazebo that predates the 1893 construction of the home, which was used as a cover for the builder and the house plans as the property was being built.
Watkinsville is now a mix of restaurants, shops, art galleries, churches, museums, bakeries, wine shops, coffee houses and more. There is also a 6 acre nature park (Watkinsville Woods) with a wooded walking path that leads you through groves of native trees, a historic spring, planted dogwoods and a wildflower garden. It is the only park of its kind in a city of its size. Walk out of this magical secluded property into a thriving town or a nature preserve. There is something for everyone.
Updated on September 22, 2021 at 10:21 am