We got in pretty late and left right after breakfast so we didn't have a lot of time to really enjoy the place. Cobb Lane definitely met my expectations, but I didn't really give the place a chance to exceed my expectations because of the short stay.
We enjoyed our first stay so much we booked a second night on our way back through Birmingham on our way back from vacation. Same great experience. We stayed in the Hassinger-Daniels B&B, the sister to Cobb Lane, that is just about 2 blocks away.
Our stray at Daniels Mansion was a very pleasant experience. It was like going to a relative's house whom you have never met and hitting it off the very first day. We chould not have ask for anything more to have made our stay any better. Thanks to you both for showing us the southern hospitality we received during our visit. We would recommend this B&B highly. We will most definitely be returning in the future. Thanks again. Carl and Dana.
Cobb Lane B&B is nice enough, if a bit fussy. The hosts were all pleasant and the room was fine. We met some very nice people at breakfast and the table conversation was lively. It's in a good location - near lots of restaurants and also near Vulcan Park, a great place to go to in the evening to see the city below. If I were in Birmingham again, I'd consider it, although I'd choose a different room. The Bird of Paradise room is dark, and the other rooms I glanced into were all much brighter and more interesting.
Mr. and Mrs. Chaffin provide an excellent B&B experience that nobody else in the Birmingham area can match. Their service from arrival to departure is second to none - Southern hospitality at its best. The history behind this Queen Anne style mansion adds to the novelty of the experience. The location is conveniently located within walking distance of a host of restaurants and bars. Don't spend the money on a plain hotel room - book a room at Cobb Lane B&B - you will not be disappointed!
It had been over 20 years since I stayed in a B&B and staying here made me wonder why I waited so long to do it again! I was upgraded from small room with bath across the hall at Cobb to larger room with en suite bath at Hassinger Daniels at no extra charge. You are surrounded by history. It is like a museum -- really beautiful and interesting period pieces everywhere. I was alone and my kids are older anyway, but I would think twice before bringing younger more active kids who still like to touch everything and run around. Sheila and Ira are very friendly and accommodating and have wonderful stories. There were fresh baked treats in the afternoon (snickerdoodles were great!) and very tasty breakfast. There is a nice porch to sit out and watch the sights of Five Points. It is very conveniently located to just about anything you need. They take security seriously, which I appreciated. Guests are given key to front door and room and instructed to lock front door every time they walk out, even if it is just to sit on porch. Overall, great experience and would stay there again.
Excellent B&B - It is great for a retreat to get away from the city. They off so much - and even more than a typical B&B. Two resident kitties -Pumpkin and Spooky who greeted us every day! The water is fantastic so jump off from their peer - lounge on their boat dock. They have kayaks, stand up paddle boards and assorted water float toys. Life was wonderful during out stay with my sister and brother-in-law - morning kayak, then afternooon swim then lounge on our deck and drink wine! They have a fridge on the dock with cold drinks and an other fridge in their garage with assorted cold beverages. They offer a 'guest kitchen' in the big house with a single cup coffee machine! The kitchens in the units are much better stocked with supplies then any other we have stayed. They providing assorted seasoning, enough coffee filters for the coffee pots, extra supply of paper towels and trash bags and a special treat - there was a snack basket on our arrival! Alex and Jim are fantastic hosts, they remember special preferences each day and took us for a ride on the lake sharing many interesting tidbits of the lake. And if someone wants to buy a house on Smith Lake, then staying at this B&B is perfect location as Jim and Alex are also realtors If you are thinking there are only 3 rooms so there may only be 6 guests, be aware that each room is capable of holding more than 2 guests each. We were lucky when we arrived that each room was at minimum occupancy. Smith Lake is not a touristy place so there is not much else to do without 45 or so minutes of driving - nor are there restaurants nearby - but you have a fantastic lake with water toys - and a grill - don't leave! Be sure to bring your food and BYOB - it is a dry town and stores are a good distance away
I came alone for my 50th high school reunion. BI was told this B &B was conveniently located. It was right across the street and certainly a terrific spot for extended activities in Five Points. The decor is totally appropriate for the time period of the house, not mine- but I knew that going in. Even so, the bedding and furniture arrangements made sitting together in conversation groups thoroughly comfortable. The meals and service- terrific!
We stayed 4 nights in the Peacock Room and we could not have had a better hostess. Thoughtful and knows how to make our breakfasts with other guests lively. The rooms are very whimsical with all sorts of reminiscence from the past. Also the place is very well situated in the Five Points area which has good restaurants Chez Fonfon, Highlands Bar and Grill and Bottega to name a few. Also a Health Food Store.
My husband and I booked one night at Smith Lake B&B to celebrate our first anniversary; Not only did we get to enjoy a delicious breakfast on the deck with a beautiful view and relax in our adorable loft suite, we also got to take a boat ride around the lake, paddle board, kayak, and spend time together in such a wonderful setting! By the end of our less-than-24-hour stay, we felt Jim and Alex were already good friends - their hospitality went above and beyond what we expected! Needless to say, we will be back! :)
Though all the rooms seem very nice in this Victorian home, if you want privacy and the best spot in the house, select Hera's Loft. It is the quietest, most secluded room in the B & B. It has a queen size platform bed in the sunken area of bedroom, a leather couch in sitting area, and a private balcony with table and chairs where you can sip wine while watching the sunset. What a perfect place for a romantic stay. The innkeeper, Sheila, is awesome and will make you feel at home. As an added bonus, the breakfast is delicious!
My parents and I have stayed here twice and probably will never stay anywhere else in Birmingham! My mom has appointments at nearby UAB and this is such a great home-like atmosphere for us to gather. The rooms are all so nicely decorated and the hospitality by the owner and her husband is unsurpassed. Breakfast is amazing! We really enjoy getting to chat with other travelers too.
We only had a brief visit and Sheila was very accommodating when we realized we'd be arriving well after hours. Everything was perfectly in place and couldn't have been easier. Wonderful breakfast the next morning with great conversation as Sheila made sure to introduce everyone. Wish we could have stayed longer. Can't wait to get back. My wife and son toured the wood carving site downstairs too. Thank you.
We stayed here for the second time. The first time we stayed in the Camelot room. That had a king size bed wheich was good. This time we stayed in the southern belle suite. Which we liked the best. It has two beds, which the mattress really need to be changed, but it has its on private balcony which was nice. We like it bc its in the middle of everyrhing. Good restaurants and bars. Remember this is an old house 100 years plus it's nice but maybe needs updating especially new mattresses. Besides that we had a great time. Play the parlor game and get a discount off your next stay. That's how we came to this a second time.