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Fair Havens Plantation

75 Old Edwards Road , Arnoldsville, GA 30619 USA (Show map)

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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.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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Gracious Living

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!

A wonderful experience

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.

Maryland going south

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.

Great wedding venue!

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.

Fantastic place to stay

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.

This is the place to be

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.

Perfect 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.

Wonderful Surprise

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.

A truly memorable Wedding and Labor day weekend!

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

Hospitality and History!

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

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Location Type

Small town, Countryside


Atlanta, GA (ATL-Hartsfield Intl.) 80 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 3 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only $500. fine for smoking in the rooms.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night Minimum on weekends,Gameday,special events&UGA Graduation
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: $100.00 Deposit to reserve all rooms.
  • Cancellations: If you need to cancel this reservation, call us at least 48 hours before check-in to avoid one stay cancellation fee.



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About the innkeepers

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.

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Southern -Style Breakfast

  • Time Served: 8:30- 9:30 A.M.
  • Serving Location: Princess Suite, Breakfast/dining area

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75 Old Edwards Road , Arnoldsville, GA 30619 USA (Show map)

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