I should have written this review long ago...last May (2012) I took my mom (she's 50, I'm 27) here for Mother's Day and she still cannot stop talking about. It's especially a great place for couples, but even as a mother-daughter weekend trip it was wonderful and we plan to go back again.
Leigh and Alan are simply amazing people and extremely accommodating. As other reviews say, Alan's food is some of the best ever. I'm vegan (which makes it particularly hard to accommodate such a limited selection of foods) and he made the best vegan breakfast for me that I've ever had...and my mom found her food to be out of this world as well (which was what the rest of the guests had). Not to mention the happy hour snacks - which is a wonderful addition to the bed and breakfast - were great and Alan also made something special for me then too... just wonderful. I really wish I had his recipe!
When you arrive Leigh gives you a tour of the house which has a great pool, hot tub, and games to play. The rooms are cute and highly decorated - the house is full of collections - there isn't just "1" of anything...if you see something, look around and then see 3, 5, 10, 12 of them. Just exploring the house is an event in itself. Leigh is very kind and funny and knows exactly when to be around and when to leave - though we always loved having her around!
After a weekend of pampering, wine tasting, and looking around Augusta, my mom unquestionably declared the breakfast with Leigh and Alan her favorite part of the whole trip - they have great banter and tell you their story while you're eating. The next time we return I hope to go some night when Alan is preparing a special dinner (I've read he does this on special holidays) just so we can have more of his food!
Long story short, I highly recommend choosing this bed and breakfast. The only thing I would mention is the bed (at least in Marie's room) is a bit hard - I prefer the softest mattress possible so it would not have been my choice mattress - however I still slept quite soundly and woke up without any problems :).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For more than 15 years, H.S. Clay House has been acclaimed the ideal escape to celebrate special occasions. Our attentive staff is delighted to receive guests with our superior customer service that exceeds all expectations. When staying with us, you get the maximum bed and breakfast experience, but also lovely and comfortable rooms. In addition, we provide delicious treats and meals, as well as a pool, a hot tub spa, and perennial gardens for you to enjoy and relax. Inside our cozy bed and breakfast, you will discover carefully collected furnishings and appointments, reflecting a philosophy that true luxury is a balance of comfort and elegance. Enjoy our gourmet breakfasts with freshly ground coffees, teas, hot chocolates, choice of juices with fruit course, and muffins or coffee cake. Our main courses often include traditional eggs Benedict, country style Benedict, shirred eggs, custard French toast, quiches, four cheese French rolled omelets, country style potatoes, maple glazed peppered bacon, and sage sausage. When you stay with us, birthdays, anniversaries, and honeymoons are made memorable by the "Clay House experience". Let us help celebrate the event with you. For an additional charge, we customize the occasion with an arrangement of fresh seasonal flowers, wine or champagne. We are delighted to work with you to make it a very special occasion. For a tranquil experience, book your stay with the H.S. Clay House Bed & Breakfast. ... more less