5 on November 23, 2015
I found this bed and breakfast while looking for a place to stay in Athens for a football weekend. The owner was quite friendly on the phone and very accommodating setting us up. Upon arrival, we were told to make ourselves at home. Even though we we weren't actually staying in the main house, he said we were welcome to go in and grab drinks or snacks and watch television if we wanted to. We stayed in the outer cottage (also called the red room) and it was so pretty. It's actually set up to accommodate two couples, however it was just us. The bed was so comfortable I didn't even want to get out of it in the mornings to go to breakfast in the main house. However, I'm glad I did because Mr. Lauderdale makes the most heavenly breakfast. The first morning of our stay he made us quiche with spinach and peppers with a baked on bacon crust paired with cinnamon stewed apples and freshly diced pineapples and orange juice. The second morning we had bacon, eggs, and the cinnamon apples again because I had loved them so much. The bacon and eggs were also amazing, I believe he said they were farm fresh from nearby. Overall, I doubt there's better quality to be found anywhere in or around Athens. The grounds were beautiful, the cottage and house were clean, the breakfast was AMAZING, the owner made it feel like a home away from home. I will undoubtedly be staying here again the next time I venture to Athens.
4.8 on September 07, 2015
Breakfast was fantastic and the room was beautiful. We couldn't have been happier with our stay and we plan to return when we visit Georgia again!
5 on September 06, 2015
Wir waren für eine Nacht in Athens und haben hier einen sehr freundlichen, herzlichen Empfang mit kleiner Führung erleben dürfen. Das Haus ist sehr schön gelegen und ausgesprochen ruhig, weil abseits der Hauptverkehrsstraßen. Das Frühstück war sensationell. Wir hatten die Suite gebucht, weil wir zu Dritt waren. Hier hätte man problemlos in der Küche selber kochen können und außerdem auch die Wäsche waschen und trockenen. M.a.W. die Suite ist ausgestattet wie eine Ferienwohnung. DANKE
5 on April 23, 2015
We are repeat guests. When in Athens, this is the place to be.
4.6 on April 22, 2015
Ken Lauderdale, the conscientious owner of Fair Haven restored the plantation home, worked diligently, and accommodated in every conceivable way. He multi-tasks and trends to all the details and is always asking how he can help further. Most of all he is jovial and a wonderful, wonderful cook. All his efforts made my stay memorable.
4.8 on March 22, 2015
Reserved the gold room for a weekend of relaxing rejuvenation and it was amazing! The house and its property are worth it on their own but then add in the breakfasts and Ken and you've got a fantastic memorable time!
5 on March 08, 2015
My husband, nine of our students, and I just returned from our second annual weekend trip to Fair Havens Plantation during our Georgia All State Chorus trip to Athens. Once again, it was an absolute delight! The house is breathtaking, and everything about our stay was perfect. We couldn't ask for a better host; Ken is so kind and gracious and has consistently been so accommodating to our needs. We highly recommend Fair Havens Plantation!
5 on November 19, 2014
My friend and I traveled from California to stay in Fair Havens Plantation. It couldn't have been a better way to end our travels in Georgia. Ken was extremely gracious and even though we arrived late in the evening, he gave us a tour of the house. It is a lovely place with a phenomenal story. The setting was gracious and not a stone left unturned in seeing to our comfort. Ken's breakfast was excellent, the best in our two weeks in Georgia. Everything was well prepared and baked from scratch. Such a find. The Lauderdale's were certainly outstanding hosts!
4.8 on November 14, 2014
This was a perfect conclusion of a trip through the South. We have heard so much about the different movies such as Gone with the Wind, and finally we got an idea of what it was like to live on a plantation. Ken is a perfect host, who can tell a lot of good stories to entertain. The place is perfect to relax. The next surprise came in the morning with the breakfast. We've stayed in many hotel during our trip, but not many could match what we got from Ken. So the dining score is actually for the breakfast. Truely recommendable.
5 on October 01, 2013
Home run! Beautiful home and grounds. Ken is the perfect host, his breakfasts rate a 11 on a 1-10 scale. Chose Fair Havens for a place to stay for a football game, but would recommend for any occasion. We were worried about the distance from UGA, but the drive is short and pleasant. We stayed in the Princess Room and could not have been more pleased, we will book again.
5 on September 29, 2013
My son's wedding was held at Fair Havens as was the rehearsal dinner. The historic house and grounds were perfect for both. The bride, her parents and the bridesmaids all stayed with Ken for the weekend. They were all very pleased with the accommodations and the wonderful breakfasts. We could not have asked for a better location or more gracious hospitality. Thanks, Ken.
5 on September 02, 2013
A fantastic place to stay,great location,superb breakfast,we got upgraded to the master suite which was fabulous and Ken was a great host.I recommend it. Steve Murray Hampshire U.K.
5 on June 12, 2013
If your looking for a weekend getaway or your looking for a spot close to Athens, this place is a must! The rooms, service, food, and the overall cleanliness of the place was phenomenal. I have never had customer service like I had with Mr. Lauderdale. Absolutely outstanding. If you are staying in Athens for a game, music, or just to visit, this B&B would absolutely make your weekend.
5 on December 02, 2012
We celebrated my girlfriends 50th birthday with a 2 night stay here. Ken made our weekend so pleasurable. His hospitality and breakfasts were wonderful. The rooms are so quaint and bring you back in time. Great location, close to the U of Georgia, so we could visit campus easily. Exceptional weekend, thanks to Ken and Fair Havens Plantation.
4.4 on November 20, 2012
This charming bed and breakfast was like a home away from home. From the spectacular breakfast to the wonderful southern hospitality, this plantation and its owners treated us like family. Only 8 miles from athens, it was quiet and remote, yet close enough to all that Athens Georgia has to offer. It made us want to come back again and thanks to the Lauderdale's it will be like coming back to see family. Our daughter was treated like their own granddaughter and we can wait to see them again.
5 on September 02, 2012
Friends and family in a beautiful relaxed atmosphere where people shared incredible meals and fellowshipped like they used too!Ken and Linda Lauderdale treat you like family,and go out of their way to ensure you stay is much much more than you could have imagined. The house is a master piece of lovingly restored history that lends itself to a comfortable and enjoyable stay with it's deep history and serene surroundings.No
4.4 on August 02, 2012
Recently had the opportunity to stay at this charming historic venue. Tucked away on a horse farm/plantation Ken met us in the driveway and warmly welcomed us to his establishment. Southern charm and hospitality abounds. Exceptionally interesting history of the home provided by Ken. Tremendous personal customer service provided by Ken. Excellent breakfast and willingness by Ken to ensure our every need was met. You would be wise to select Fair Havens for your next stay while either staying in the Athems environs or simply as we were, passing through. Cheers, Les
4.2 on May 31, 2012
Really enjoyed the historic aspect of the house and feeding the horses.
5 on October 13, 2011
I meant to rate everything outstanding...not just exceeded expectations!!!
4.0 on October 10, 2011
My daughter's wedding was absolutely magnificent due, in part, to this beautiful Fair Havens Plantation! We had the rehearsal dinner and the wedding on site...no driving to hotels or restaurants....absolutely perfect! My out of town family stayed at the Plantation with us. How special that was for us! We could all come down to breakfast in our PJ's and drink coffee, enjoy a delicious breakfast and relax before the wedding activities began! Our wedding guests enjoyed this lovely Plantation and grounds, as well! Perfect..absolutely perfect...for an outdoor wedding!! Thank you to the lovely owners, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Lauderdale, for a weekend full of happy memories!!
4.0 on September 07, 2011
Fair Havens is een fraai gerestaureerde oude mansion, met sfeervolle kamers. Hoewel we de goedkoopste kamer geboekt hadden, kregen we bij aankomst een gratis upgrade naar de suite. Ontbijten op het balkon, uitkijkend over de bossen en de tuin met volop vogels was genieten.
5 on August 11, 2011
Surprisingly close to Athens, this is the place you should stay for the quintessential plantation experience. Ken, the wonderful owner, was full of southern hospitality. I stayed in the cottage and he brought breakfast every morning. He purchased tea that I liked and made sure my refrigerator was stocked full of water, fruit, soda and bagels. I recommend this B&B without hesitation. Have a great stay!
4.8 on August 11, 2011
We stayed at this phantastic B&B on a Sunday at the end of April. We had the whole plantation for ourselves for one day, what a great and unique experience! Thank you Ken for showing us the house and the very friendly reception. Breakfast was great, real Southern style! We were upgraded to the Honeymoon Suite! Coffee and soft drinks for free! Ken gave us an excellent restaurant recommendation for the evening, The Last Resort Grill in Athens! We loved our stay in Athens very much and would visit again whenever in the region! Kind regards to Ken
4.8 on May 16, 2011
We stumbled on Fair Haven B&B because it was spring graduation weekend, and the hotels in Athens were outrageous. Most hotels double or even triple their rates on graduation weekend, but Fair Haven is a stunningly beautiful venue which was a GREAT VALUE for the weekend. It is a very short drive back into town, and the home-cooked breakfast was incredible. The mimosas and french toast casserole were yum yum - and it was so delightful to meet Ken, walk the grounds, and learn the history of the mansion. This is a great find that made a thrilling weekend even more thrilling!
5 on May 15, 2011
We just spent a weekend in the lap of luxury, hosted by innkeeper Ken Lauderdale and the rest of the Fair Havens Plantation staff. Ken is a natural as an innkeeper -- friendly, outgoing, and determined to please his guests. The plantation house is a marvel, and the Lauderdales have done a marvelous job filling it with incredible antiques, gorgeous draperies, spectacular housewares, and all manner of interesting, unique keepsakes. You will forever remember your stay at Fair Havens -- it's that special. We stayed in the Purple Room (sometimes called the "Princess Suite") and were extremely comfortable with the luxurious, quiet, soothing comfort it offers. Breakfasts were wonderful, although Fair Havens is off the beaten path so you'll want to make plans to drive to other meals (the price of its peaceful, quiet seclusion). You won't be disappointed if you stay here, and you'll get a chance to see a piece of history in the making. The interior of the main house and outlying cottage is complete, but something tells me Ken still has plans for more gardens, porches, and other extras, so expect a work-in-progress rather than a museum, but Fair Havens is definitely a new national treasure awaiting little more than a few finishing touches.
5 on March 24, 2011
We stayed here for spring break, the flowers were colorful and the birds were singing as I sipped my morning coffee on the balcony. The house and lawns were beautiful. My daughters, 9 and 7, felt like little princesses the whole stay. Ken was the best host and went over and beyond to make our stay relaxing - he is very knowledgeable about the 200 yr old plantation.
5 on January 18, 2011
My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous weekend stay at Fair Havens in December...celebrating a special birthday which Ken and Linda helped me in pulling off a great surprise weekend getaway! Our weekend stay there couldn't have been better. We had the privacy and luxury accomodations we were hoping for...along with some great conversatons with Ken and Linda and some totally scrumptious food!! I don't know how they did it, but they managed to treat us like royalty, but make us feel like part of the family all at the same time. If you get the chance to stay here...you'll be glad you did. We got to see all of the rooms and they are all gorgeous. The history of Fair Havens is so interesting, the food wonderful, the accomodations superb and you'll be treated with loving care. Thanks again Ken and Linda...we'll be back!
4.4 on August 08, 2010
Our drive down a secluded country lane led to a lovely plantation home~Fair Havens~ We were greeted by our host, Ken, given a tour of the house and shown to our room. We stayed in the Princess Suite, a beautiful and spacious room, complete with kitchen, laundry room and a seven foot long bathtub!! Ken left us on our own, letting us know that he was a phone call away should we need anything. We had a continental breakfast and went for a walk in the morning before it got too hot. My husband and I loved it. A beautiful place with privacy, close to town. We'll stay there again:)
5 on May 03, 2010
What can we say about this beautiful home that has not already been said? The house has been exceptionally restored, the decor is amazing. We were given the Princess suite and could not believe our luck. The breakfasts were wonderful (the best French toast we'd ever had). The hospitality was first class, we could not have asked for more. We will be back and are already spreading the word in the UK about Fair Havens! Pat and Dave Freeman, England
5 on April 30, 2010
We picked Fair Havens for an overnight stay from the internet based on its location. Our choice was perfect! The approach and grounds are stunning, the rooms, both bedrooms and public rooms, were perfectly decorated, clean and very comfortable. The highlight, however, was the hospitality extended to us by Ken Lauderdale, our host. He was always accessible and never tired of answering our many questions about the history of the inn. The breakfast was delicious and the choices overwhelming. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and only regretted that we had to leave after only one night.
5 on January 12, 2010
My husband and I stayed here for a Georgia football game and were thrilled with the accomodations. We really just stumbled upon the place when all the rooms in Athens were booked, but we couldn't have been happier. It is a lovely getaway and perfectly secluded. The grounds are stunning. It was a simple trip to and from Athens for the game and a great place to come back to for a relaxing evening afterward. We hope to return!
5 on December 02, 2009
We were blessed to discover this wonderful B&B at the last minute. The inn keeper Ken upgraded our room to the Princess Room, when he found out we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. It was beyond what we could of imagined. The grounds are lovely the Princess Room was every bit that (accomodations fit for royalty). Decorated in beautiful tones of purple, with lovely antiques and an extremely comfortable king size bed to just list a few of the treasures found in this B&B. In addition, we had breakfast served in our room (mouth watering biscuits, grits, bacon and delicious spinach/scrambled egg dish). Ken also had a list of restaurants in Athens and we went to "East/West Bistro." The meal, cheff and whole experience was fabulous!!! We hope to return and definately stay again at Fair Havens Plantation.
5 on November 23, 2009
Fair Havens was beautiful, and exceeded our expectations in every way. Ken and Linda were extremely welcoming, and nothing was too much trouble for them. Lovely room, beautiful grounds, delicious breakfast. We highly recommend this B&B.
4.8 on November 15, 2009
A little hard to find..(DO NOT follow Google..Ask your host for directions..He is excellent at it), but when you do find it, it is the Big WOW. Everthing you expect from an Antebellum experience, it is all there, and what can I say about the Hosts? they will indulge your every whim. Absolutely delightful...Bravo to Ken and Linda...Well done...
4.8 on November 02, 2009
I'm wary of writing too good a review of Fair Havens since I think it's one of those "best-kept secret" places that I'd selfishly like to keep private. The house is beautiful and has a fascinating history that the owners will gladly explain (or not, if you prefer privacy). The grounds are expansive and lovely, providing a nice buffer between the house and the road and ideal for an early-morning stroll. The food is simple but delicious (and plentiful). I really can't say enough about this place. I selected it for the price (which usually results in a mediocre choice) and was knocked out by what a deal it was. My wife and I took their largest suite for our anniversary and can't wait to come back with the kids.
4.4 on September 15, 2009
This is a delightful location to return to after attending a UGA football game. I truly enjoyed my stay. Ken and his wife are charming and hospitable, the grounds are pastoral and their home is beautiful.
4.6 on August 10, 2009
Kitchenette for Princess room was more extensive than expected - more like a complete kitchen & dining room attached to bedroom. Bed was fantastic. Yummy breakfasts were offered at our convenience and made to order, complete with vegetarian accommodations. Service was very friendly and attentive, yet provided us great privacy. Grounds were beautiful and serene. Very convenient to great music & food in Athens, as well as state park with waterfall and historic covered bridge. Overall a pleasantly memorable and unique experience.
5 on May 04, 2009
My wife and i stayed in the Princess suite for our 1st wedding anniversary 5/2/2009. Ken and his wife were very accommodating and SO nice. We opted to have our Country breakfast served in our room and i have to say it was, by far ,one of the BEST meals i have eaten in a while,Besides my wife's of course.Ask for the "Angel biscuits". WOW! The room was Immaculate and our time there was very relaxing !!!!! WE WILL BE RETURNING SOON!!!!
4.4 on April 20, 2009
We stayed at Fair Havens after our hotel booking fell through, and we were nervous about bringing our 19-month-old and 4-year-old to a more sophistocated environment, possibly with valuable antiques. We arrived to a breathtaking property, a personal tour, and even a tea set & mini-couch for the kids! The beautiful weather invited us outside, and the kids were thrilled to pet horses and run about in the manicured lawn. We were atually disappointed we had to go to dinner! The kids retired to a day bed/trundle while we slept in the adjoining quarters with a fantastically comfortable, majestic canopy bed. The house smelled wonderful & fresh and was appropriately (read "beautifully") decorated. And even though we had arranged for no breakfast, Mr. Lauderdale provided a few snacks we could pack with us. Our family felt welcome - even pampered - by our wonderful stay at Fair Havens, and we look forward to returning again soon!