Gerald and Nan Hill really know how to do it right! The main house is full of antiques and Victorian in style. Everywhere you look, there is something of historical interest, and Gerald and Nan have a story to go with it. Nan's homemade breakfasts, complete with fresh fruit, juice, fresh muffins and a main course, were delicious. We had some dietary restrictions, and she was quick to make something special for us. Dining and chatting with them and the other guests was a delight, and we all felt like their special guests and lifelong friends.
We stayed in the Frontier Cottage. Each cottage has its own theme and motif, and ours was cowboys and the old west. What a hoot! The decor was replete with cowboy paraphernalia from a gun and holster and a canteen on the headboard (with pony skin inserts!) to a saddle out on the porch. Every time I looked up I noticed something else in the theme and giggled. But, more importantly, the cottage was furnished with every possible thoughtful amenity from Q-Tips to a picnic cooler to a computer with high speed internet and a printer with paper. There was a complete kitchen, including coffee, tea and condiments, milk, cold cereal, orange juice; and a washer and dryer with detergent and fabric softener sheets included. They even included Cutter insect repellent and a citronella candle on the porch and a flashlight next to the bed in case of power outage. Great details!
We purchased a package deal that included use of kayaks and transportation to Blue Spring State Park, use of bicycles, chocolate covered strawberries, and sparkling white grape juice. Gerald and Nan know all the local haunts and have many suggestions and guidance. They are really wonderful innkeepers. We highly recommend Alling House for an escape to Florida as it used to be, before all the theme parks. Put away your cell phone, and set a spell on the porch, taking time to watch squirrels and cardinals darting around a wooded setting, and take a deep breath of fresh air.
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