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What Became of Henderson Village?

tenant house 8In 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?

Southern Bridle Farms guest reception areaWell 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.  tenant cottagesThe 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.)

Carriage House Restaurant

Here are a few shots I took of the dining areas. I love the antiques and the old fireplaces with their gorgeous mantels!

dining room and fireplace

 dining room fireplace
dining room

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.)

dinner at Carriage House RestaurantI had their beet salad, and it was really good.

beet saladThis 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.

Carriage House Restaurant menu

Menu from Carriage House Restaurant

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.:)

a tenant house

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.)

the tenant houses

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.

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Louvina - September 22, 2014 - 12:42 am

I’m up late taking a sneak peak at your blog!! This is a wonderful place! Was wondering how far away it is from your home? What a wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion!! I bet your house is rather quiet with all the kiddos off and about? Will they make it back for the holidays? Or will you go to them on the west coast? I love when you include the menus — I study them and get ideas of nice entrees to try. I’m gearing up for our NC mountain trip in the next few weeks — looks like it will be peak season for the leaves!! Ya! I hope so– haven’t seen the fall colors for many years now and am so excited!! You know — time flies this time of year– I wish it could linger longer– happy fall ya all!!
Good grief you were up late! We can get there within a half hour, so it is not a far drive. It is a beautiful place for any celebration, and I was glad to see that they were very busy Thursday night. So it looks like a lot of people are making the drive there. Yes, our house is very quiet with everyone away. We have not made plans for the holidays yet, but I do know my sons will have more money than we will at that point so it may be up to them to fly here. LOL Lucky lucky you to get to go the mountains in the fall! Jealous here.

Jane - September 22, 2014 - 8:27 am

I’m glad to see that new owners have rescued this beautiful place. My husband and I stayed there in Feb. of 2013 it was awful, I posted a review and called the health department. The woman who took our reservation and handled hostess duties was unfriendly and not the least concerned over issues such as a rat that gnawed by my head, no heat, bathroom dirty. when I tried to reach her supervisor I was strongly discouraged from doing that. Many in the community were aware of the problems. Our evening meal was very disappointing. When one spends $75.00 on a meal for two you would think the food would be exceptional it wasn’t. service was poor and performed by a teenage boy who knew very little about the menu. Breakfast was the same bland fare. Again I am glad new owners have taken this sanctuary into the future. I am not alone in my opinion.
How sad that it had gotten to that point. When we were there in 2012, I was beginning to see little details that were lacking. I guess by 2013, they really should not have been trying to keep it in operation. The new owners are local, so I know they have been putting their heart and soul (and all their family members!) into the business. They are in it for the long haul, so I believe it will do well. They are a talented bunch! When we visited for the first time a month ago, the restaurant had only been open a few weeks. As is the case in any new restaurant, it takes a while to work out all the kinks. I just wish the cottages would be available as a bed and breakfast operation and not used only for events. Oh well. I AM thankful that someone rescued the place. :)

Gail - September 22, 2014 - 8:34 am

Hi Kelly: Loved your post. This looks like a wonderful place to stay if the occasion arises. The restaurant menu sounds yummy and I too love it when you post the menus because it gives me ideas as well. The fried green tomato and pimento cheese stack makes my mouth water:-) I didn’t realize that both your sons are moving to Seattle! Can’t wait for your posts from there when you and hubby go to visit them! Your daughter is beautiful. She should never object to her picture being taken. Looks like her mother! Thanks again for a great post! Blessings…Gail
Glad the menu could inspire! Yes, BOTH sons moved to Seattle. It will be a while before I go out there, but I know they think the West coast is the most beautiful area of our country. Thank you for the sweet compliments on our daughter. :)
Happy Monday!

Arlene@Nanaland - September 22, 2014 - 10:15 am

So glad to see that such a lovely place is not left to deteriorate. I liked the name Hendersonville as my mother’s maiden name is Henderson. Will have to put it on my list of restaurants I want to visit! Hope you and your husband are enjoying your empty nest….we have enjoyed ours!
Yes, it would have been soooooo sad if no one had rescued it. I was happy to see someone take it on and continue with the restaurant. We are enjoying being empty nesters, but it is very quiet around here!

Garden, Home and Party - September 22, 2014 - 1:35 pm

That looks like it would be a beautiful venue for a wedding. It’s great that they have a wonderful restaurant that outside people are able to visit as well.
The setting looks so peaceful and serene. Just what you need when you’re in the hurry of getting the final details down for a wedding!
It is the perfect setting for a wedding- especially if you are wanting a Southern feel to the celebration. There are several choices there for both a ceremony and a reception both inside and outside.

classic • casual • home - September 22, 2014 - 3:05 pm

How fun and your daughter is so pretty!
Thank you. It was a fun and lively evening!

Dawn - September 22, 2014 - 10:26 pm


The grounds look very inviting but the restaurant stole my heart. It looks so cozy. The menu has many yummy looking foods on it too. Make sure you keep us posted on your return trips! I love fried catfish. Thanks for sharing.
It is cozy, Dawn! And I will keep you posted on future trips. I promise not to leave the camera battery in the charger next time. :)

Summerour and Associates

Blackberry Farm kitchensource

Why in the world I haven’t done a post devoted to the work of Keith Summerour and his associates is beyond me.  Everywhere I turn it seems that something beautiful in a location I love, has been designed by his firm. Take for example, the kitchen above and the bedroom below.

Blackberry Farm

Guess where the house is located that has these wonderful rooms?  Blackberry Farm in Tennessee!  I’ve featured posts on Blackberry Farm here and here and never even connected it with Keith Summerour.  Hanging my head in shame here.:(

And then there is this house:

St. Simons Island Coastal Living Idea

Do you remember it?  This was the Coastal Living Idea House located on St. Simons Island that I wrote about last summer here. Guess who designed this home? You’re right. Summerour and Associates, and they also designed these stables on St. Simons Island that were in a post here.

Frederica Stables St. Simons

Remember The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC that was in this post?  Yes, Summerour and Associates did the design for its renovation.

Old Edwards Inn Highlands

Yes, I have really been blind when it comes to recognizing their work. So let’s remedy that today by looking at a few other spaces from them.   The first one I would like to share with you is in Georgia at the Currahee Club on Lake Hartwell.  I love the walls and beautiful cabinets in this kitchen.

Currahee Club kitchensource

Here is the living room that opens to that kitchen (and a screened porch too!)

Currahee Club great roomsource

Take a look at this space from another Georgia home they designed.  This one is named Towerhouse Farm, and it is located in Meriwether County.  I like that it has such a great mix of rustic and refined.

Towerhouse Farm

One of my favorites out of their work is McIlvain Farm on St. Simons Island.  This is definitely not your typical beach house.:)

Mcilvain farm

McIlvain farm

mcilvain farm

Now take a look at just a few of the kitchens in the residences Summerour and Associates have designed.  I think you will love them.:)



Valley Road kitchen  Summerour and

Their Atlanta offices are housed in an old warehouse that Keith Summerour renovated.  The building is rustic, refined, and has an industrial edge as well, and it is available for rent for events.  What an imaginative idea! You can see photos of the interior here.

Summerour Studio

Much of the work from this design firm has an “old world” atmosphere to me, but this last home that I want to close with has a purely American farmhouse feel.

Beechwood farm

Beechwood Farm


I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the wonderful work from the truly talented Keith Summerour and his team.  Be sure you click on the links to see more.:)

Beechwood Farm

Have a great weekend!

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 19, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Kelly, I love his work too! Love that he uses a lot of wood…natural and painted…and often mixes them together in the same room. Thanks for sharing his work with us!
Glad you liked all the eye candy Gracia. It is the use of all that wood that draws me in as well, and they certainly do mix it beautifully.
Hope you are having a super weekend!

Kathy - September 19, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Very pretty! Makes me want to head up to Highlands but we are headed to a wedding in Vail, NC. We are looking forward to it because we didn’t plan it! LOL! (Our daughter and new son-in-law are honeymooning in Ireland but we are headed to her high school friend’s wedding. We joke that this friend is the reason we have rules at our house. It should be fun!) Have a great weekend!
Me too! I really thought about going up to Highlands this weekend, but we (daughter and I) had a baby shower to attend today. I know you are enjoying a wedding that you didn’t have to plan! :) That is too funny about the “reason you have rules.” I laughed out loud at that! Ireland…how fun that would be!

Marianne in Mo. - September 20, 2014 - 11:45 am

Fantastic! Love the last place especially, and the closing pic of the dog!
Celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary today with an outing to local wine country. Should be a beautiful day!
The last one was great, wasn’t it Marianne?! Congratulations on your 39th wedding anniversary! That is really something to celebrate!! :) (And it sounds like you are celebrating in a wonderful place.)

Dawn - September 20, 2014 - 6:53 pm

OK, Kelly,

You have redeemed yourself for this designer! I love their style. The last picture is my favorite! That awesome red door and dog is sweet! My two exterior back doors are red also. I have two boxers that love looking out through the inset glass in them. Thanks for sharing the eye candy.
Dawn, I tried painting our door red once, but it just didn’t look good here. So glad you like this firm’s work. I bet your dogs are cute looking out your red doors!

Garden, Home and Party - September 20, 2014 - 7:17 pm

I love the work of this team. The last house is my favorite, love the dutch door and the dog. That’s really not like you to miss a detail. You’re entitled to make one tiny error now and then, especially since you made up for it by sharing some of the prettiest houses ever. :-)
Wasn’t that dog in the door sooo cute?! I couldn’t pass that one up. I can’t believe I missed doing a post on them since they seem to be everywhere I am! So glad you liked their work. Their quality and attention to detail is wonderful.
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Martha - September 20, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Kelly, my computer crashed and I have been without internet for over 24 hours… soon as I was back up I checked your blog and this wonderful post was the first thing I read. I love everything!!!! Summerour & Associates are amazing! If only I had a few million and could rip out half my house. Oh well, I can dream.
Hi Martha! So sorry your computer crashed, but I am glad you were able to bring it back to life. :) Yes, Summerour and Associates ARE amazing. I know exactly what you mean about ripping out half your house and spending the big bucks.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Talk of the Weekend #5

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Happy Almost Fall Weekend! I hope your weekend is being spent doing things you like to do with people you love.  Here are a few totally unrelated things that caught my eye this week.:)Have fun checking them out!

Doesn’t this house looks like a perfect one for a fall weekend?


I’ve found a treehouse (really a group of 3 connected by bridges) in Atlanta (of all places!) that you can actually spend the night in.  Check them out here.


Did you get the early fall catalog from Talbots this week?  I LOVED this outfit (and especially the cute rainboots!)

And Pottery Barn has their Thanksgiving and Christmas sneak peeks out.  These Santa plates and mugs are mighty tempting!:)Have you seen them?

Pottery Barn Santa

Restoration Hardware discontinued their much loved dish soap long ago, so I have been looking for some that is sold in a similar understated package.  This is what it used to look like, and I have refilled my bottle over and over for many years.

Restoration Hardware dish

After much searching, I finally found a very similar one at Jenny Steffens Hobick’s online shop.  I ordered it as soon as she put out her fall stock.

Jenny Steffens dishsoap

I ran across this recipe for a chicken dish that looks wonderfully delicious. (How can anything with chicken, mushrooms, and bacon taste bad??) I think we will be making it this coming week.

country club chicken recipe

When I was doing research for some back to school decorating inspiration, I found this very uplifting dinner.  Read all about it here.

Look and Live dinner

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm shared her previous home this week.  It is mind blowing beautiful.  Truly.

Be sure you read all of the story behind it because the story is even more beautiful than the house.

And I will leave you with a few laughs because everyone should spend part of their weekend laughing, right?

I think you will love these Martha bloopers.

Martha blooperssource

Enjoy your weekend.:)

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Sandy - September 14, 2014 - 7:58 am

Kelly, I just ordered the everyday Occasions dish soap and their indigo tea towels. Thank you for introducing me to this company. Decided to put this new chicken recipe on my menu for this week. Looks delicious. I truly enjoy following your blog and as a retired language arts middle school teacher, I would give you A+’s.
:) Thanks Sandy! I am hoping Jenny is going to have red tea towels in her winter line, and I will order mine then. I can’t decide if I want to serve that chicken with rice or pasta like it shows in the recipe. It looks very similar to a dish I loved at a nearby restaurant that has closed, and their chicken was served with pasta…so pasta may be my choice this time. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Laura - September 14, 2014 - 8:11 am

Do you know what I love about this on a Sunday morning? It’s like my conversations with a friend on our walk~~ all over the place about the things we like to talk about!
Too funny! (But it’s true…and it drives my husband crazy when our conversation does this. :) )

Louvina - September 14, 2014 - 8:17 am

Spending the week at my “Happy Place”– and enjoying your posts. Watching the sunrise every morning, walking the beach, collecting shells, getting a little sun and salt air trying to get over a really bad cold I acquired traveling last week. I truly loved all the school themed decorations and thinking about fall in NYC and now today’s post. Will go back and check out all these links. Hoping to paint small artificial pumpkins today and make a chicken pot pie and salad for lunch. Looking forward to a cool down here in FL. Had some wonderful light tempura shrimp ( just for you:)) and a lovely clam chowder and crisp haddock! Have a great week, Kelly!
Are you just trying to make us all jealous Louvina??! LOL So sorry you have had a cold, but if you are going to have it, at least you are at an amazing place (definitely better than all the humidity and heat here in Georgia…with no walks on the beach.) I thought you might like all the school-y things AND NYC. How smart of you to get ahead on the fall things (or am I just behind?) I hope you enjoyed your shrimp. My son sent me a photo of his breakfast in Portland, Oregon this week…shrimp and grits. :( You all are just rubbing it in! They finally arrived in Seattle yesterday after a 10 day roadtrip.
I hope you get over your cold and have a great week too.

Arlene@Nanaland - September 14, 2014 - 8:29 am

Thanks for some inspiration on this cool Sunday morning!! I plan to watch the Martha bloopers this afternoon. Who can resist seeing the Martha goof up? Not
They are hilarious! I was surprised that she would even allow them to be out for public viewing. :)

Mimi - September 14, 2014 - 10:00 am

Oh, that second picture with the sun and the porch literally took my breath away! In fact, I’m quite sure my heart said something along the lines of, “That’s where you belong.” :-) I enjoyed perusing PB’s sneak peeks yesterday–so many beautiful things that I am running out to buy a lottery ticket today…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
I know just what you mean about that feeling of “That’s where you belong.” I get that every time we ride by a lake around here. Send me a lottery ticket too! I am in bad need of a winning one.

Debra - September 14, 2014 - 11:50 am

Kelly, you do know how to torture. I’m drooling over those first two pictures. Amazing home and property. Oh, porch love. Sigh! That chicken dish looks wonderful. I mean come on, mushrooms, bacon and all that gravy! I will definitely try it. That Talbots outfit is about what I was sporting the other night at my niece’s housewarming party. Yes, mark the calendar. The sandals were tucked away and it was a quilted jacket and knee high boots for the evening. Quite a few of the gals were of the same mindset. So enjoying these temporary cooler temperatures here in the Midwest. Ok, so how dare you sneak that Pottery Barn Santa ware in your post. Really Kelly, you’ve gone commercial on us? I forgive you. Yeah, now I am going to go click and check it out! :)
Debra, that house was most certainly droolworthy, wasn’t it? Lucky you with your fall temps that let you wear the cute clothes! Oh yeah, I’m commercial all the way. LOL I’ll do commercials for Pottery Barn Christmas anytime of the year. :)

Dawn - September 14, 2014 - 8:00 pm


That Talbots outfit is so you…except everything dark blue needs to be black for you. I have made that Country club chicken recipe and it is to die for! My husband requests it all the time. It even freezes well and can be reheated in the oven for a quicker week night dinner! I got to go check out that Pottery Barn stuff asap! Thanks for sharing.
Good grief you have my wardrobe pegged…even down to the black for the blue! Hmm…maybe I need to branch out in my style more. LOL Thanks for the suggestion to freeze the dish. I will probably need to half it anyway now that I am not feeding the entire crew anymore.
Hope you find lots of PB things to buy!

Garden, Home and Party - September 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Oh my goodness, I love the idea of sleeping in a tree house and these look especially charming. I loved the screened porch on the lake too.
I love Jenny’s store, every time I order something I’m always so happy not only with the product but the packaging. She really does such a great job.
That chicken dish looks dangerous and delicious. As soon as our weather switches from the 90’s to the 70’s I’m cooking it.
The MS blooper is hilarious.
I like this rundown post…have you done it before. It’s always fun to find a couple of new sites in the bargain.
Wasn’t that treehouse amazing Karen? I like Jenny’s store too…waiting on red towels for Christmas to come out. Hope your weather turns to fall soon.
I have done several of the random posts..just look for Talk of the Weekend and you will find a few more with assorted goodies. :)

Kim - September 15, 2014 - 8:33 pm

I love these sites — I went right over to Pottery Barn to check out the Christmas stuff! Also, if you like the chicken recipe, you should try some of the other recipes from that site — I’ve used one that I have pinned as just “Kayotic Chicken” that is to die for.
Glad you liked the Christmas dishes! I get excited when the Christmas things start coming out – even if it is only September. :) Thanks for the heads up on the chicken dishes…will check it out!

Design Chic - September 16, 2014 - 9:44 am

You always find the greatest vacation places – adore the tree house. I actually ordered a few things from the new Talbot’s catalog – got me excited for Fall!
I loved that treehouse, and I could not believe it was in the middle of downtown Atlanta. I guess it shows you really can still find wonderfully private places anywhere if you leave some trees. :) I am with you on the Talbot’s catalog getting me excited for fall…so ready for a change of wardrobe!

Kathy - September 16, 2014 - 12:52 pm

My daughter’s wedding was Saturday. Everything went as planned. We were so afraid of rain once the tents were up and we saw what happened when it did rain. The tents did not leak but water ran through on the ground like a river. Prayers were answered because it didn’t rain. Katrina’s daughter went into labor and that was announced at the reception. (Precious little baby boy!) I wish I could show you some photos! I am not sure I am ready for fall.
I know you are happy everything went as planned, and that it is all over, Kathy! I know it was beautiful. :) And what a happy coincidence that Katrina’s grandchild was born on the same day. How exciting!

Nan, Odessa, DE - September 16, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Kelly: Put clear Dawn (help clean the oil soaked ducks) in a clear wine bottle, size of your choice and add a pour spout.
Looks great on the sink. From our friend, Martha Stewart.

Keep writing and inspiring us!
I remember them using Dawn on those poor animals with the Exxon disaster. The wine bottle with pour spout is a good idea…guess I need to really thank Martha for that. :)
Thank you for your sweet comment.

Jayne - September 17, 2014 - 10:23 am

I love random! It can be so refreshing, don’t you think? Thanks for sharing it all! I think I will try that chicken recipe too! Looks great. I use an old lotion bottle with a squirt top for my dish soap in the kitchen. A couple of pumps keeps me from over using the soap. The porch sunset was beautiful! I love to sit in our front porch swing and watch it set. You should come join me sometime! Fall and winter are best, because the leaves are off the trees and you can actually see the sun set. haha. We can build a bon fire and sip on some hot chocolate! ;)
An old lotion bottle is a great idea Jayne! It would be fun to watch a sunset from a front porch swing…a nice and relaxing way to wind down the day. I am ready for some cool weather in which to enjoy a bon fire and some hot cocoa.

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