This roomy house and its semi-seclusion will ensure our lazy mornings are not interrupted and that we have plenty of room to relax for an entire week! If we do happen to have a few visitors I am sure we won't complain (especially if they look anything like Noah, aka Ryan Gosling and his plaid clad friends from the lumber yard). This house is made for formal southern entertaining and we'll be happy to oblige. I know Sally will be waiting at the door with some freshly squeezed lemonade and I might even have to whip up some shrimp étouffée! We'll have dessert in the parlor, or course. This is the prefect spot for some pre-Christmas relaxation.
Exterior/Landscape: 9 - GORGEOUS! Magnolia trees and marsh grasses are part of the draw on this estate. Proximity to the water and also the 4 porches on this place add plenty of space for outdoor living (a must in the South). I think we might invite our new friends over for a barbecue at the end of the week. We'll eat outside to enjoy the scenery and the weather!
Interior: 8.5 - One look at the the details inside and all I can think of is WOOD! I don't know about you, but I love lots of wood in a house. It adds depth, character, and an authenticity to the craftsmanship. The classic floor plan and plethora of doors is also wonderful. Other things to love are the high ceilings, tiled fireplaces, and the beautiful main staircase. This house also gets bonus points for having TWO staircases, the formal in the front, and the private or servants' stairs in the back off of the kitchen. I love this feature in old homes!
Overall Design: 9 - Quality. This place has been around for almost 240 years and it still looks amazing. Not only that, but it is still a stylish place to live. Something about the enduring quality of its design is quite endearing.
Creativity/Originality: 6 - Let's face it, Greek revival plantation homes aren't terribly original. But they weren't supposed to be. They were popular at the time (and for good reason) and their abundance does not make them any less desirable. In fact, part of the draw is that these houses are so recognizable with their austere columns and broad facades. I've always loved these homes. They just beg to be accompanied by Spanish moss. Creativity points are limited, however.
Party Hostability Factor: 8 - As of now there are no plans to host a party this week (you know, aside from our dinner party with the boys from the mill and our small end-of-the-week barbecue). We are gearing up for a serious Christmas bash, after all. That being said, this house would support a grand get-together or two, especially in the spring or autumn when the outdoor spaces could be used. For now, we are content to enjoy many a pancake breakfast in the sunny kitchen whilst plotting our next adventure.