Welcome to our 1920’s Harwood Cottage... a Jazz Era mansion in the very heart of modern Macon, just a couple blocks off I-75's exit 164 but nearly a century beyond. This wonderful home has 6 secure bedrooms (4 king) & 3.5 baths accommodating up to 23 adults with relative ease. It isn't perfect (yet) but it is spacious, well appointed and full of discovery. It's a perfect place to gather. Our popular 'Whole House Rental' includes up to eight adults and/or older kids and our three suite rentals have a two person max occupancy on available nights. We can also customize a space to fit your exact needs. Each option is a ‘hard to beat value' and as always, children under 10 are free.
The Harwood Cottage is a 30 room mansion on five levels.. The whole house & individual suite rentals are both on the two main floors but never at the same time. All guests enjoy the use of our home's public spaces including: formal reception & main stair halls, living (drawing) room, ‘Chinoise’ dining room, breakfast room, media lounge, music library, conservatory & kitchen. Our garden level is partially available for those using our exercise studio, hot tub grotto or laundry, up to 6 free secure lighted garage or motor court parking spaces, free hi-speed internet, free Continental Breakfast, plus the use of our china & silver service, art & antiques, grand piano, flat screen tv, DVD, book & music collections, gardens, outdoor grille, fire pit, outdoor deck dining area and our historic house & downtown tour plus 24 hour concierge, laundry, security, cleaning & livery services with affordable in-house catering services available through Byron Gay Hospitality Services.
(We are pleased to announce that as of 1/1/18, for the third year in a row, we’ve been named the number one destination in our region by Home Away/VRBO. and also for our third consecutive time we have earned 'SuperHost’ status from a leading competitor. We wish to thank the over 5,000 wonderful guests who have supported us over these past three years).
There are two ways to book The Harwood Cottage:
Option A: The Standard Whole House Rental
Our most popular booking... an exclusive accommodation unshared by other travellers. We ask a modest nightly fee (standard rate of $298/nite for the private 20 room main living area for up to eight standard guests) and welcome larger groups to a maximum of 23. Please plan on a $19/nite guest gratuity for each additional guest beyond your standard 8 guests which covers the added incremental cost of the additional breakfasts, linens, towels, utilities, trash removal, cleaning & maintenance. (Please note: Each of the following 'special requests must be made in writing at least 48 hours in advance of check in: a. 'Remote Owner Stay' sometimes events call for maximum privacy. We can make provisions for that when you agree in writing to waive all on-going services including: laundry, concierge, livery, security, repair, maintenance, breakfast and landscaping services. You must also include an acknowledgment that you will pay any additional fees that may apply. b. Professional Bonded Cleaning Services are also available. We offer a 'swept clean' accommodation that meets the standards outlined by each of our booking partners. If, for personal reasons you require something more, we can arrange access or even recommend local services once a written request is received. Additional fees may apply). Wherever possible, please use our instant booking option to reserve your desired dates. If you find a date or set of dates that appear unavailable, please contact us. Often, just a single suite has been 'spoken for'. With a bit of flexibility, there may still be a work around so reach out to us and let us see what we can do.
Option B: Choosing A Private Suite(s):
Sometimes you don't need a whole house. That's ok. When the property is not fully booked, we invite singles, couples & small families to stay. Choose from one of our three 'Private Suites' (based on availability) at their more modest nightly fares: The William Suite $65/nite, The Eudora Suite $75/nite or The Sidney Suite $85/nite. All have private baths. Please note: Recently, we streamlined our offerings to a single property listing which is our whole house rental. So, when booking a suite, please contact us by text through the booking service prior to filling out your booking worksheet and tell us what your needs will be. Simply review the three suite photo collages to determine which you prefer, then tell us your custom needs and we'll be right back to you with our best tailored solution. (Please note, your suite may also include: private balcony, gas fireplace, large jacuzzi tub, marble or hardwood floors, built in vanity, sleigh bed, antique furnishings, cedar closets, mirrored dressing area, stained glass windows, reading nook, private entrance, leather sofa, original art by Banksy, Remington & others, autographed first editions volumes, Murano or Lalique chandeliers or a first floor 'stair free' option. All suiite guests have access to all the (shared) public spaces that Whole House Renters enjoy.
Hosting an event while you're here?
We love events so plan away! We are pleased to be a leading choice in this region for event based stays like concerts, sporting events, weddings & graduations. Still, when we talk events we mean planned gatherings on the property where five or more non-overnight guests will be visiting for more than two hours at a set time. If you are planning such an event, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. Please be aware, we ask a modest event fee (between $25 & $400), based on size & scope, from afternoon tea to a wedding & reception for 70. No worries, we're here to help. Your event fee covers prep & set up assistance, community & civic coordination, clean up, trash removal, general support and limited free storage the day before or after with approval ($50/day storage otherwise).
Continental Breakfast Offerings:
7 coffee choices, 9 tea choices, cocoa, oval teen, milk, malted milk, 2 juices, 5 cereal selections, granola bars, toaster struddles, Belgian waffles, croissants, Italian toast, pastry, everything bagels, cream cheese, oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, cheesy Grits, honey, creamer, whipped creme, butter, margarine, 2 t ypes of yogurts, real maple syrup, 2 types of peanut butter, 4 types of preserves, bacon, cheese, eggs, bananas, lemons, strawberries, oranges, 4 types of sweeteners and cordial in a crystal glass; all purchased fresh at 6am and set up to say good morning at your preferred hour!
Sleeping Arrangements Worksheet:
(We encourage guests to use the sleeping berth worksheet below and share plans with us a week in advance. That allows us to plan laundry and prep with minimal time spent for maximum efficiency).
1. Eudora Bedroom
(Swedish King, Private Balcony, Fireplace, Master Bath with Jacuzzi, Sleeps 2, 2nd Floor)
2. Sidney Bedroom
(Traditional King, Private Lounge with 20 ft. Round Sofa, Montaigne Bath with Tub/Shower, Sleeps 2 with possible third on sofa, 2nd floor)
3. Zelda Bedroom
(Traditional Queen, Shares Master Bath, Henredon Furnishings, Sterns & Foster Mattress, Darkest Room, Sleeps 2, 2nd Floor)
4. Laurence Bedroom:
(King Bed and room for one or two available Premium Full/Queen Tall inflatables (Ideal for Slumber Parties), Shares Montaigne or Master Bath, Sleeps 2, 4 or 6! 2nd Floor)
5. Margaret Bedroom
(Antique French Full Bed, bright cozy adolescent style with great view of the neighborhood, Sleeps 2)
6. William Bedroom
(Traditional King, Private Entrance, Limited Handicap Access, Few or No Stairs, Shower Only Bath, Sleeps 2, 1st Floor)
7. Music Library
(Full Sleep Sofa, Grand Piano, Fully Locking, Second sofa, shares William Bath, Sleeps Two or Three, 1st Floor)
(Single Day Bed, bright garden room.. First floor location. Sleeps One)
9. Media Lounge
(Sofa: Very Comfortable, Extended Round Leather Sectional, TV Access, Perfect for the Night Owl, Sleeps One, 2nd Floor)
10. Living Room
(Sofa: Faces Main Fireplace, Can be closed off with privacy doors. Sleeps One, 1st Floor)
THE WRAP UP...
Come & experience an authentic Southern home, complete with all the artifacts, heirlooms & imperfections you'd expect. Here you'll find a bygone era hidden in the tales of Barons of Lumber, Boisterous Bootleggers, Baptist Ministers, Bedside Nurses, Budding Aviators & Broadway Bankers; who have called this place home over the past century. You’ll find the energy of the pioneers and plantation folk who came before them. You’ll find the heritage and hallowed hills of the native people who came before us all. What you won’t find is the glitzy pseudo-perfection of a corporate chain with its gleaming mini bar and greedy pricing; or the vacant, faux time share with its empty cabinets and last year’s ‘must have’ colors. Most of all, you won’t find yet another lonely, neon stained, Interstate motel replete with dozens of white contractor trucks.
Hey, if you think you might find peace in a palace sized room, pleasure in a croissant covered tray and promise in a piano by the fire... relax! You already have a place in the heart of Georgia! If you secretly want to visit us just to “Tear ‘ole Dixie Down”, please, pass us by. That battle’s been won (around here they say it was a draw). Let’s work from love people... time is getting short, now.
Hurricane Irma Update: Thank you to all who have supported us since last Fall's historic hurricane, the strongest ever recorded. Fence and roof are down to copper components & gloss. Our Summer ‘18 spotlights are: Music: Porgy & Bess Literature: Contemporary Black Woman Poets, Art: Topiary Time Restoration: Interiors, Maps & Burlap’s Exterior: Ivy Halls