It is only 8 miles east of the classic city of Athens. Fair Havens is designed to elegantly host it’s guests with spacious rooms reflecting the splendor of a bygone era. Featured in Romantic Home's Magazine, this 5,000 square foot home blends elements of it’s past history, including Federal, Victorian, Greek Revival and Colonial Revival architectural styles. In 1825, a ball was held in this home for the french General the Jean Marquis de Lafayette honoring him for his assistance in the American Revolutionary War. Fair Havens is nestled within a 30 acre pastoral setting complete with horses and gardens. Since Fair Havens is a wedding and special events facility, advance reservations are required. See our website for additional pictures and history.
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.
Green Room has private Bathroom with Shower. This relaxing room has WiFi available. Flat Screen TV and very Comfortable King Bed.
The Gold Room suite has a connecting room with a jack and Jill bathroom.. It features a Queen sized bed with a comforter that matches the custom made drapes. A marble fireplace and marble sink with TV and WIFi available. The blue room next door has a set of twin beds. This suite accommodates 4 persons with free Breakfast. If double occupancy is needed call for a reduced price.
The spaciousness and immense beauty of this room is perfect for the bride-to-be as she prepares for her special day. The Princess Suite is fully equipped to meet the every need of the bride and her attendants. The suite features a private bedroom with a king-size canopy bed, full-length antique swivel mirror, and a full bath, complete with laundering facilities. Also included in the suite is a sitting room with an adjoining full kitchen. After the wedding, this breath-taking suite offers nothing short of a magical evening for the newly married couple. TV and WIFI available
The cottage rests off to the side of Fair Havens and is perfect for couples who prefer a little privacy or a family that wants to have their children close to them in the room next door. The green room in the cottage is adjoining with a shared shower. Both rooms have private baths. Call for details if you need to sleep 6 people.. TV and WIFI available in the main house only. Breakfast is available in the dinning room.
Small town, Countryside
Atlanta, GA (ATL-Hartsfield Intl.) 80 miles
Do not use Mapquest. It is wrong when you get near the property. From Atlanta: follow I-85 N to 316E or I-285 to 78E or I-20 E to 138 to 78E. As you near Athens: From 78, exit right onto 316 at the light - stay in the righthand lane and proceed. If you are coming in on 316, just stay on it and get in the right hand lane. You will pass "Oconee Connector" and move into the far RIGHT lane - this will get you onto Loop 10/Hwy 78E. Proceed to EXIT 8 (Oconee Street/Lexington Road exit) and exit to the RIGHT onto 78E. Follow 78E to Clarke cnty line (apprx. 8 miles)make right on Old Edwards Road we are the first Driveway on the left Come through two silver gates & you can't see the home from the road.Wind through the Oaks tree till the property opens up to a beautiful board fence pasture. You are there.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Historic Bus Tour of Athens, Available pastures for traveling Equine People, Rafting on the Broad River, State Parks Horse Trails, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Zoo
Historic Inn, Mansion
Conference Rooms, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Washer/dryer
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi
Hiking trails, Hunting, Augusta Masters, Tour of Homes & Museums Washington ,Ga, Historic bus Tour Athens, Ga, University of Georgia Foot Ball Gameday, Classic Center Events Athens, Ga, Fine Resturants Athens, Ga, Shopping
Ken and his wife's first love is restoring historic homes. They presently reside in an 1812 plantation home on thirty acres. He has moved and restored several historic homes. Hobbies are horse back riding, hiking, sprint triathlon, and hunting.
Southern -Style Breakfast