In the summer of 2012, I shared a post with you about Henderson Village . It was a beautiful resort with restored homes used as bed and breakfast accommodations, gorgeous grounds, and a nice restaurant. At the time of my post, the resort was for sale, and I left you hanging with that information. So what has become of the place?
Well happily a buyer was found…actually two buyers- Jim Marshall and Mike Whiddon. They purchased the buildings, the grounds, and the restaurant. The name has been changed from Henderson Village to The Retreat of Southern Bridle Farms, but it is not being operated as a bed and breakfast resort anymore. The men were already co-owners in a wedding venue, Southern Bridle Farms, and they wanted to have another place available for other weddings and events. So the restored homes and tenant cottages are being used when clients need them for large events. The restaurant has reopened under a new name – The Carriage House Restaurant, and a little over a month ago we took all of our children plus three of their close friends for dinner there. (They are open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.)
Here are a few shots I took of the dining areas. I love the antiques and the old fireplaces with their gorgeous mantels!
Our daughter probably would not want me to put this photo of her in the post, but I wanted you to see the beautiful wood in the door.
It was a very busy Saturday night with a big party in one of the dining rooms and half of their staff at another event, so service was slow for our large group, and they were out of their chicken dish that had been highly recommended to us. (Three of the eight of us were going to order it. ) But we did find other things on the menu to devour…fried green tomatoes, salmon, steak, fried shrimp, and pork chops (which won out for our group’s favorite.)
I had their beet salad, and it was really good.
This dinner was a major celebration and good-bye dinner…all the August birthdays (daughter’s, son’s, and mine). Daughter was leaving for college; both sons were moving to Seattle; one of the friends was home for a few weeks from a year in Taiwan and was heading back for another year, and another friend with us was home for a week from working in New Hampshire for a year but was headed back there a few days later. So of course we had desserts. The restaurant treated our daughter with the banana pudding trifle for her birthday (and I think she would have licked the glass if we would have let her!) I can’t remember who had the cheesecake, but I know our son had strawberry shortcake. Unfortunately my photo of it turned out very blurry.
Here is part of their menu.
After dinner our children and their friends left to play board games, but my husband and I took a walk around the buildings. The tenant cottages are still my favorite. Maybe one day I can stay in the one with the blue buffalo check linens.
They are currently running a special at the restaurant on Thursday nights – all the fried catfish you can eat, plus fries, hushpuppies, and coleslaw, for $8.99. We made the drive there again this past week to try the special (but I forgot the battery for my camera.) My husband said the catfish was good, but he wants to get the whole catfish instead of filets next time. I finally had the chicken cordon bleu and enjoyed it – especially the cheese. (The service was much faster last week.)
And now you know what has become of Henderson Village. I forgot to mention that they are currently building a very large pavilion adjacent to the restaurant for another choice of event venue.So if you need a place in central Georgia for a wedding, family reunion, conference, or …whatever, you might want to check out The Retreat at Southern Bridle Farms. (And if you need a nice dinner, you might want to check out The Carriage House Restaurant.) I’ll be sure to put the battery in my camera the next time we go, so that I can take more photos for you!
Until next time.