History of the Inn

The house did not start as a bed and breakfast but a single family home. As a house and later as Cedar House Inn the structure has been a local landmark for over 25 years due to its location and rustic character.

The House Was Built- History Begins

The original two-story cedar structure was built with a passive solar design with stain glass windows and a rock front porch. Local sawmill lumber was used for framing and tongue and groove rough sawn cedar for exterior siding and interior walls and ceilings.

history of inn, house when purchased
House When Purchased by Current Owners in 2002. No trees and lots of work needed

When it was built in 1986 the home was a two bedroom bath and a half home. The house was built with saw mill lumber and rough sawn cedar inside and out. Floors were carpeted throughout except for baths and kitchen. The stain glass windows above the french doors had a mauve color to match the mauve carpet which was later replaced with quarry tile. Upper floors and guest room carpets replaced with a neutral colored carpet.

The original house had a two car garage that was converted to a recreational room by the second owner and a half bath was added to the area. The rock front porch and second floor balcony was also added. They also removed all the trees and moved the driveway off highway 19 to Whip-o-will Road. The school bus would use the property for a turn around and semi trucks would park on the property. The history was not bright for the structure when it was placed on the market by the second owners (see picture above). The listing agent did not want to show the property to the current owners due to the disrepair.

The House Was Purchased to be an Inn by Current Owners

The current and third owners purchased the home and spent a year getting it ready to become a bed and breakfast opening in August 2003. 

history of inn after renovations
Inn after refurbishment (2003) with some trees added. Trees much larger now. See picture below.

Besides adding bedrooms and baths in the old recreation room area the yurts were also added with the bath house. They also put five coats of chocolate stain on the cedar exterior that was curling from the lack of preservative. Hundreds of trees and shrubbery were also planted to make the property more appealing to wild life and guests.

The building that is now Cedar House Inn has an interesting history from a home to an eco-friendly inn.

We started the inn with a green emphasis before green was a common topic. The locals often asked “what does it mean to be green”?

front of inn 2019
Inn 2019,  lots of shade
Inside you will sense a relaxed and cozy atmosphere with rough sawn cedar walls and ceilings in the living and dining rooms. Quarry tile floors covered in colorful oriental style rugs, exposed posts and beams, and a wood stove add to the character.
 main living room with cedar and white pine walls and ceilings

Common Areas

Inn and yurt guests have access to the living room with the following:
Living and dining areas with a rustic/lodge atmosphere.  
Wood stove for warmth on those cool days/evenings.
No kitchen facilities for guest use.
Inn living room for guests relaxation with sofa and chairs, rustic and cozy decor with antique furnishings, andrew wyeth art, antique skis on wall.  
inn living room with wood stove and showing stairs to cardinal suite

Outdoor Areas

An outdoor patio for relaxing.
Covered front porch.
Numerous Adirondack chairs for reading or bird watching.
Many places to sit outdoors and enjoy nature among the tall trees
Bottletree made of recyled wine bottles from guests
Inn front porch and entrance with peace flags
Main common patio at inn with adirondack chairs, flower garden, antique chicken coop and bottle tree
buddha statue looking over the flower bed of oregano with bottle shrub
“Although we recycle at home, we probably waste without being aware. You have certainly given us an awareness that will help us make small changes to “Going Green” and small changes can make a big difference in the future for our girls.” The French’s, Georgia

House Inn & Yurts, 6463 Highway 19 N, Dahlonega, Ga 30533


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