We arrived in the evening and found a note letting us know that Don had been taken to the hospital, but that we should call when we arrived. When we called the number Mamie let us know where we could find the key she left for us as well as complimentary coffee, water, sodas, and candy. She instructed us to let ourselves in and make ourselves at home.
Since we had brought a bottle of wine to settle in we raided the beautiful kitchen for glasses and a cork screw only to find, once we entered our suite, that there were already lovely glass coffee cups and a very nice cork screw provided.
We stayed in the executive suite and it was wonderful. The decor was classic, perfectly clean, and well stocked with everything we could need. Stacks of clean towels, extra toiletries, and bathrobes; coffee, coffee fixings, paper and glass cups, a refrigerator, coffee maker, and lovely scented candles. It's difficult to describe how lovely the suite was, but just to touch on a few things: twelve foot ceilings, giant windows, rich and stately furnishings; just outside our door on the second story was the entrance to a large and well appointed balcony overlooking downtown with rocking chairs, tables, and ash trays for our convenience.
The house smelled delicious when we woke up. Downstairs we found our places laid out at the cozy yet grand dining room table. We were served by Mamie who joined us at our insistence and provided not only wonderful recommendations for places to see and dine, but also warm and charming conversations. For breakfast we had orange juice, ample coffee, mixed fruit, a scrumptious muffin, sausage, and an unbelievably fluffy and delicious egg soufflé.
That evening, when we returned, we found our suite cleaned, bed made, new towels placed, and our pilfered water glasses replaced with real wine glasses.
For breakfast we were served orange juice, ample coffee, an amazing parfait with honeyed oats, sliced strawberries, bananas, and kiwi; then potatoes that made me melt, scrambled eggs, and heavenly French toast. The toast was a thick slice of French loaf, stuffed with orange zest and cream cheese then battered and cooked in egg and topped with powdered sugar. Don and Mamie both joined us for breakfast that morning and were so much fun to talk with that we lingered at the breakfast table for more than an hour and finished that pot of coffee.
That night, our room was again lovingly prepared for us, and even our empty wine bottles from the previous two nights had been cleared away.
We awoke early, had a luxurious bubble bath in the giant jacuzzi tub and then our first cup of coffee on the balcony just after sunup. As we watched the town wake up we were warmed with the pleasant chiming of church bells from one of the churches down the street.
Breakfast was mixed fruit (different mix from the first day, but just as delicious), pancakes, sausage links, and an omelet, along with the now customary orange juice of coffee. Our hosts joined us briefly and then we finished breakfast accompanied by the beautiful music created by Mamie at the baby grand piano in the den as she practiced for her job as the organist for a local church.
This has been the best vacation accommodations I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. We were touched by our hosts charm, kindness, hospitality, taste, and diligence in providing us with as perfect a stay as possible. They were even kind enough to loan us a few photo albums that showed the house over the year of renovations it required after they bought it in 2000. We poured over the images of an ancient antebellum home, destroyed by time and inconsiderate tenants being transformed with love and hard work into the luscious, charming, classic environment in which we stayed.
We would recommend that anyone who ever comes anywhere near this part of the country make a stop at the Century House. We will carry the beautiful memories of this place with us always.
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