Welcome to The Harwood Cottage. This 1920's Georgian style home (mansion), in the center of Macon’s Vineville Historic District has six bedrooms (three king beds, one queen, two full and an additional twin day bed in the music library which can be secured for nightly conversion to a seventh bedroom). There are several additional top of the line Inflatable queen beds on hand if you require them, as well. Additionally, there are two full length sofas and two large 20 ft. leather sectionals able to act as an additional four sleeping berths. possible accommodations of 13 in stationary bed sets (double occupancy), 21 with sofas and Inflatables and in certain rare situations we've had college events where sleeping bags were deployed to accommodate as many as 27 college student leaders and one United States Senator!
Please note, a full house rental is considered to include up to eight guests for the inclusive nightly fee. If you are planning for more individuals, we ask that you let us know in advance. With more than eight guests, we ask you to please plan for an additional guest gratuity of $19/night per person to specifically defray the additional expenses associated with the additional use of HVAC Services, Water, Electric, Linens, Laundry Services, Gas Fireplaces, Propane Grill, Continental Breakfast, Motor Court, High Speed Internet Services Landscaping Services, Garbage Processing and Removal along with general usage 'wear, tear, repair and replace' requirements. It is important to note that in reaching your actual 'head count' children under seven are considered free and are not to be counted.
Additional facilities and accommodations include: three full baths, garden conservatory, Viennese antique palace grand piano, full classical, jazz, contemporary and dance music library in both sound recordings on vinyl, tape and digital media as well as long sheet composition; full gourmet kitchen, media lounge with extensive DVD, Pay-per-view, On demand and electronic media; free exclusive high speed internet network, Two Person Private Jacuzzi, Three Person Indoor Hot Tub In Private (locked) Spa Grotto; off-street private fenced in, lighted and security monitored 24 hour parking, wide garden verandah, private ballet and yoga studio with mirrored ballet bar wall, exercise and yoga matts, Buddhist shrine, small personal fitness apparatus options, two garage bays, dog run, Large Entertainment, Sun & Ceremonial Garden Deck, Institutional Grade Infrared Gas Barbecue, Children's Secret Garden, Formal Gardens with Charming, Specific Environmental Art Installations. Walking distance to certain noted examples of the region's best dining, tourist attractions, historical sites aling with nationally recognized and Trust Protected architectural structures including 15 historically significant whole neighborhoods protected specifically by the mandate of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the highest concentration of such in the entire nation. With over 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees, the neighborhood and city act as the International Capital of Cherry Blossoms (a noted regional festival held in late March is among the top five annual events to be held throughout The American South.
Regarding Longer Term Discounts
We offer 20% off the nightly rate for a visit involving one week or seven consecutive nights and 30% off the nightly rate for a booking of one month or 30 consecutive nights. (This is for the standard whole house booking and does not apply to the additional guest gratuity).
Regarding Larger Groups, Special Events & Wedding Weekends:
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. 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:
If you are planning to host any additional events on the property that go beyond a private residency, we also need to know this at least 24 hours prior to the event. We have been surprised to stumble upon the occasional bridal showers, rehearsal dinner or stag party; not on our calendar. Please be forthright with both your actual head count along with any such event plans where five or more additional day guests will be visiting. Please note that there is a $50 minimal event fee for hosting such events (price will vary depending upon the nature and scope of each such event.
A note about privacy: A whole house rental is not based on official property lines or even interior space but on a reasonable expectation of privacy where families or friends can gather, entertain and retire among a group of related or associated relatives or peers. The owner of the property can bein certain cases, retreat from the property at a guest's request if a good reason for the request can be established. Please note that the guest will be assuming the maintenance and emergency solutions responsibility in said cases and guests who require such unusual levels of privacy should figure on a minimum daily surcharge of $200.00 or more to have this rare level of exclusivity.
On Parking:, we are able to accommodate a maximum of seven vehicles in the motor court at any one time. Since one is already on site, please plan to be able to offer six free off street, motor court parking spaces to your family or group during your stay. Additional street parking is available on the adjacent side streets: Buford Place and Hines Terrace or extensive lot parking through prior arrangement with Vineville Baptist Church just three houses away. Contact us for the church office phone number.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My family and myself had a wonderful time during our stay at harwood cottage. The history and art housed inside the walls lends itself to a most pleasurable experience to be enjoyed by anyone that visits.
While we enjoyed our stay, we definetly tried the patience of John, our host. My group included 3 children ranging in age from 2-8. We managed to break a vase and consume his Christmas gift being stored in the refrigerator freezer. Even after these actions he has welcomed us back. That alone should give you an idea of the welcome and hospitality you can expect to receive from your host when visiting The Harwood Cottage.
Thank you for allowing my family to enjoy your home and the warm welcome we received. Laurie
This property is not your traditional VRBO since the owner stays onsite. It is more comparable to an Airbnb type property. We enjoyed our stay, but the property needs some finishing touches to really make it a place we would stay again. Several of the beds are air mattress, and the sheets and towels are more frat house quality than what you may expect from a property of this type. It is a great location, but the street noise is constant. The property doesn't have cable or access to local live tv channels. It may be perfect for some travels, but it didn't meet our expectations. We rent through VRBO often, and this was our least favorite property. John tries hard to make it enjoyable, but it just misses on several key points.
Historic Hay 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
Museum of Science and Industry
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