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The Harwood Cottage in Historic Macon, GA

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Recapture the 1920's Jazz Era in the heart of Macon's Historic Dis


Welcome to The Harwood Cottage. This 1920's Georgian style home (mansion), in the center of Macon’s Vineville Historic District.


The Harwood Cottage has six bedrooms (including: three king beds, one queen bed, two full beds and an additional twin day bed in the music library which can be secured for nightly conversion into a private seventh bedroom). In addition there are four sofas and two stored, premium Inflatable beds, on hand. We have very comfortable accommodations for up to 6 couples and one individual throughout our many bedrooms. (However, we've often been called on to accommodate many more. With the recent arrival of Hurricane Matthew & one recent university convocation we were able to provide accommodations for up to 25).


Our standard 'whole house rental' includes accommodations for 8 standard guests included with your basic nightly fee. We ask that guests of record hosting additional individuals plan on a $19/night/per person gratuity to cover the variable cost of hosting each additional guest above that first eight. The additional costs include: added continental breakfast, linen, laundry & towel service as well as incremental electric, gas, internet and water utilities. Children under seven are free and should not be counted.


Features of the property include: three full baths, one half bath with garden access, indoor conservatory, Viennese, antique, palace grand piano, full classical, jazz & contemporary music library on vinyl, tape and digital media, extensive sheet music library, rare book collection including inscribed and first editions, full gourmet kitchen, media lounge with extensive DVD collection, pay-per-view, Roku, Amazon Fire and/or AppleTV options for broadcast,subscription, cable, on demand and free access media offerings; unlimited, free, high speed internet access on private network, large, two person en suite private Jacuzzi bath, Ritz Carleton shower heads, indoor hot tub on garden level, off-street lighted, monitored, fenced in, secure parking for up to seven vehicles, off street, lit free lot parking for another70 vehicles just steps away, wide front verandah, private ballet and yoga studio, full laundry facility with complimentary detergents, fenced in dog run, workshop, bicycle storage, entertainment deck, CharBroil institutional, infrared gas barbecue grill, outdoor dining table, evening garden illuminations, several garden settings from formal to secret to traditional kitchen garden to a native sunken garden, second floor balcony and private lounge, original art and antique collection including Asian, American, European, African & Middle Eastern works (1500 AD-present), gas fireplaces with remote control features on both floors, zone heating & air conditioning, walking distance to select dining, shopping and historical sites with a short (less than a mile drive to most others), historic bronze house marker as part of the notably significant Vineville neighborhood, architecturally protected by The National Trust under U.S. Dept. of the Interior guidelines, starting point for the Cherry Blossom Trail with highest concentration of Cherry Trees in the world, steps from the birthplace of Southern Rock and the Allman Brothers Big House Museum, location for the end of the Antebellum Trail of pre-Civil War Plantations.


We offer a 20% off the standard nightly rate for stays of 7 consecutive nights or more. We offer a 30% off the same for stays of 30 consecutive nights or more.


If you are planning to host a large group, a special event or a wedding weekend, here are some things to keep in mind:

A. An event is any get together held at the property where at least five individuals not staying at The Harwood Cottage are invited to stay over one hour on the property. All events will be submitted and approved in writing at least 24 hours prior to its commencement. The minimum charge for an event fee is $25 and varies based on size, duration and scope.

B. Planning your sleeping arrangements:

Please use the following accommodations list to plan your room arrangements for your guests:

1. Eudora: Swedish King, Private Balcony, Fireplace, Master Bath with Jacuzzi, Sleeps 2, 2nd Floor:



2. Sidney: 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: Traditional Queen, Shares Master Bath, Henredon Furnishings, Sterns & Foster Mattress, Darkest Room, Sleeps 2, 2nd Floor:



4. Laurence: one King Bed and room for Two Air Full Sized Mattresses, Ideal for Slumber Parties, Teen or Young Adult Sleep-Overs or just a needed make shift dormitory, Moroccan Styled Theme, Shares Montaigne or Master Bath, Sleeps Up To Four, 2nd Floor:







5. Margaret: Air Full with Traditional Box Spring, Children's themed, tree house like feel, lots of windows and high view of neighborhood, Sleeps 2:



6. William: Traditional Full, Private Entrance, Limited Handicap Access, No Stairs, Shower Only Bath, Sleeps 2, 1st Floor:



7. Music Library: Twin Daybed, Newest Mattress, Grand Room with Piano, Fully Locking, Shares William Bath, Sleeps One, 1st Floor:


8. Media Lounge Sofa?: Very Comfortable, Round Leather Sectional, Direct TV Access, Perfect for the Night Owl, Sleeps One, 2nd Floor:


9. Music Library Inflatable?: Adds a full and sleeping for two, shares William Suite Bath, 1st Floor:



10. Drawing Room Sofa?: Faces Main Fireplace, Can be closed off at all doors for privacy, Sleeps One, 1st Floor:


11. Conservatory Sofa?: Very bright, lots of Windows, kind of like sleeping outdoors with gardens all around, extra long sofa, Sleeps one, 1st Floor:


More Details

John Cappelano
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About John Cappelano

I am an eclectic individual who loves the contradictions that make life interesting. I have reached the middle of my life, living in Macon, GA but the son of a Mayflower Mom and a first generation Italian dad. I love the arts, painting, music, writing but I have made most of my money over the years on Wall Street. I haven't made that much though because I have chosen to be honest in a game that doesn't pay the honest very well. I love old houses and new cars. I believe in tradition though I am totally iconoclastic. I love to travel but I could be totally happy never having to leave Harwood Cottage again. I am a hometown boy who finds himself traveling over 3,000 miles for work, frequently. I am a Cancer (zodiac wise only). I am single. I am over 50. I am nostalgic.

John Cappelano purchased this house in 2006

Why John Cappelano chose Southern Georgia

This property was chosen by my parents many years ago as their ideal place to retire. It was found by chance on a historic homes at Christmas tour in the Macon Historic District. The house became loved by both of them because of its first floor suite with private full bath and the Music Library which could be used as an extension of that suite. They loved the many sets of pocket doors and access between rooms on every floor allowing for an endless configuration of open or semi-open floor plans. The old back porch allows for access to the kitchen just steps from the William Suite (their first floor suite), bedroom. Though they didn't have much money, they did their best to honor their favorite Southern writers and the literary history of the people of Macon. My dad passed a few years ago and several months ago, my Mom joined him. My nephew and I are currently restoring the home back to the glory of my folks early retirement and then some. Our guests have even helped us with ideas on projects like the secret garden and the Chinese Dining Room. Each week, something new is completed and it's all because if people like you! All in all, the house is very ingenious given the 1920's era when it was imagined. Come visit and live the life of a Southern Novelist of The Jazz Era with all its quiet romance, boisterous bravado and faded hints of tawdriness.

What makes this house unique

Unique benefits include free high speed internet access and 5G iphone or smart phone access. Full towel service and premium bedding. Full kitchen access. Available continental breakfast. Off street, lighted, fenced in, secure parking for seven vehicles. Use of the film, music, sheet music and instruments in the music library and media lounge. Private full baths in three suites. Spa tub with jacuzzi in Master Suite. Two parking garage bays. Gas Outdoor Grill. Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool and Cuisine Art Appliances. Two full China Services (one breakfast and one dinner). Components include Royal Worcester, Royal Daulton, Gorham, Channel and others. Access to original works of art by Remington, Manet and others as well as period pieces from 17th, 18th and 19th century Asia, Europe and The Americas. Access to the 1886, Viennese Grand Piano. Access to the Conservatory with its wide variety of indoor plant specimens. Access to the Southern Gothic Writers' Literary Collection. Access to a total of six beds sleeping a total of 11 guests. Use of all kitchen facilities. Access to the fenced-in, indoor/outdoor dog run. All trash and garbage collection included. Walking distance to The Allman Brothers' Big House Museum, Vineville Historic District sites and Georgia School for The Blind.


Macon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 -
    Laundry, Craft, Yoga & Spa bath. - toilet
    The Parisian Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , French accessories & art, ooh la la!
    The Master - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Two person jacuzzi, Ritz Carlton Shower Head, Tea Lights...
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • The Sidney Suite - 1 king , Sunny, large, private lounge, stained glass reading nook
    The Eudora Suite - 1 king , Swedish Memory Foam, Fireplace, Private Terrace
    The Zelda Suite - 1 queen , Henredon Furnishings, William MorrisTextiles
    The William Suite - 1 double , 1st Floor, Private Bath, Antique Bed
    The Laurence. Suite - 2 double , Dormitory Style, Two Inflatable High Fulls
    The Margaret - 1 double
    The Music Library - 1 twin/ single , Sleep like Mozart with visions of a grand piano to dream by!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Quality & Standards Grounds: Pre-arrival walk through to remove litter branches and obstructions, sweep within front & back entrances, remove allmaintenance items, stow trash, arrange outdoor furniture along with routine average home owner yard & garden maintenance with on-going restoration and expansion (Possible special requests: special plantings, decorations, leaf blowing, lawn mowing, outdoor furniture, decor and amenities). Interior Public Spaces, Sweep or Vacuum, Dust or Polish, Straighten& Declutter. Quarterly Window Washing and Rugs Steam Cleaned along with on-going maintenance and improvement projects secured in progress during visits. (Possible special requests: Deep cleaning by outside service, lights lit upon arrival to match requested scheme, fireplace lit, climate & music request, fresh floral request, kitchen appliance request, exercise equipment request, party set up, in house catering, room configuration, china service, special access to spa room, laundry, yoga stud


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

The Harwood Cottage in Historic Macon, GA
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

Great place for a family get together!

  • 5 of 5

Our family was enticed to visit Macon by the hope that the 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees would be in bloom during the Cherry Blossom Festival in March. We wanted to linger far longer because of the incredible hospitality of our host, John, and the historic yet comfortable nature of the home and furnishings. A visit to Macon and a stay at Harwood Cottage are well worth your time and I highly recommend both.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, thank you! We are so humbled by your kind words especially after being such incredible guests. We so enjoyed opening The Harwood Cottage to you and helping you to enjoy your vacation. We wish that every family who comes to visit could be as engaging, fun and contentious as you have been. When that happens it sure makes it easy to tell you that y'all will have a special place here, in the heart of Georgia...whenever fond memories call you back down these country roads! Best, John C.
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Wonderful place for a large group

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time with our students at the Harwood Cottage. It was a lovely place for our group and we all felt comfortable and welcome. The students enjoyed the history tour presented by John. We also really appreciated him working with the numerous allergy concerns we had in our group. Thank you for all of your work to make our stay a memorable.

From the students:

"The beds were really comfy."

"John was so nice!"

"Beautiful bonsai tree ;)"

"The sofas were comfortable"

"We enjoyed having the breakfast John provided."

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were so wonderful! It was a pleasure hosting each and every one of you. Thank you for letting me share some history with you and take you underground to the Nuclear bunker. I really feel better about America's future knowing each of you bright shining stars will be a part of it! You have a special place in the heart of Georgia!
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Just What We Wanted

  • 5 of 5

We were in town for our daughter's wedding and wanted to spend time with family the week before the ceremony. This worked great. Could not have asked for anything better.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You know, as owners we seem to spend an inordinate amount of time on less than stellar reviews, often forced to play James Carville on Fox News, basically tasked with swatting down each sideways glance that is cast upon us. We become highly charged in the defense of a sterling reputation. While we could not be more pleased with this guest's review, we wanted to focus on them as we would on a poor review because this family was so much more worth it. This is where I bear witness to the truth which is, this guest couple and their family are hands down the finest large group we have ever had the honor to host. They were the cleanest, smartest, most thoughtful, self-sufficient, pleasant, appreciative, kindest family we've ever had in residence. I was left dumbfounded by the dichotomy between this family and one or two of the others by way of comparison. Blanche Harwood, for whom the Ha rwood Cottage is named, used to say, "There is a spirit in this place. When good people come here it becomes like Heaven but there are a few monsters out there who can at times, make this place something far less. Well, she was right and we thank this guest for the slice of heaven they brought to Macon. Many happy returns! J
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  • 5 of 5

What a gorgeous home! So much room and beyond beautiful...but still homey. We had family stay for a wedding at the nearby Library Ballroom. Perfect spot! Lots of bedrooms and plenty of room to spread out. The owner, John was great to deal with. Be sure to get the historic tour of the home. John is as knowledgeable as any paid tour guide I've ever listened to. Coffee and breakfast treats provided. Could not ask for a better experience.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Annual Women's Weekend Trip - 2016

  • 5 of 5

Each year the women in my family get together for a weekend to catch up and enjoy a bit of down time. This year we chose Macon, Georgia for its history, to visit the sites of one our favorite bands (The Allman Brothers), and to visit the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. Finding this wonderful home for our large group in one of Macon's historic areas was a perfect location. We very much enjoyed our time at Harwood Cottage and would book here again. The house was clean and well-maintained and I have already recommended this property to a friend. John was very helpful in accommodating the needs of this large group. He discovered a problem with the hot tub and had it repaired and the area set up for us to use very quickly. He was very responsive to our needs and requests. His wealth of knowledge about this area of Georgia, a great family story associated with this house, and his gracious manner made this trip special for us all. We take away some great memories and that is what our annual trip is really about.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay - truly felt like we were staying with family

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at The Harwood Cottage for our daughter’s wedding. We rented the entire house so all grandparents would have a place to stay together. We are SO glad we rented this property. John is a wonderful host and the home has so much character and charm. Of course, John has just as much character and charm as the home. He went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful – we truly felt like we were staying with family. We would highly recommend this property and since our daughter is living in Macon now, we hope to come back to stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
I-75, GA Route16
Nearest Beach
186 Miles
Tybee Island
Car: recommended

Historic Hay House

Canonball House

International Cherry Blossom Festival

Georgia National Fairgrounds

Ochmulgee National Monument

Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Harriet Tubman Museum

Children's Museum

Museum of Science and Industry


Rates & Availability

Macon House Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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