Luxury Bed and Breakfast near Athens, Georgia
Enter a world of relaxation at Gillen House Luxury Bed and Breakfast in the countryside town of Maxeys, Georgia. This historic home welcomes you with many spaces to have a seat, enjoy the view, and catch up with yourself and your loved ones in a serene setting. During your stay, enjoy some time outside around the two-acre grounds, including pecan trees, a sweeping lawn, a fire pit, and a pond with a waterfall feature. Inside, you'll find several areas to enjoy, like the sofa in the living room or the upstairs screened-in porch. Grab a book from the library, brew yourself a warm cup from the beverage station, and treat yourself to some quality time. The Gillen House is a countryside escape just a short drive from Athens and the University of Georgia. Enjoy a slower pace and experience the luxury, comfort, and hospitality found only here.
House Amenities and Outdoor Space
When you enter the Gillen House, your first stop is the entry which is a light and airy space. To your left and right through French doors are two sitting areas in the front of the house, perfect for an afternoon chat. Head up the staircase to the upstairs landing, where you'll find more seating, a coffee maker, and entry to your guest room. The upstairs screened-in porch is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to the sounds of the morning. You can find many different styles of art throughout the Gillen House, including paintings by your innkeeper.
Get some fresh air outside amongst a flourishing natural landscape that invites you to unwind. Spend some time at the bench by the relaxing pond, where you'll discover a charming turtle, aquatic plants, and the gentle sound of flowing water. You're welcome to stretch your legs and stroll the grounds by the vegetable garden, pecan orchard, and front flower garden. Golfers will love the on-site putting green in the backyard. Many gathering spots include a front porch, a back deck, a tree-shaded sitting area, and a fire pit patio ideal for late-night hangouts.
Guest Rooms and Amenities
There are four guest rooms, each named for the color subtly woven into the space. Each room comes with everything you need for a relaxing night's rest, like bathrobes, silky sheets, and a sound machine for more restful slumber. Fresh flowers welcome you to your room, where you'll find comfort and convenience in amenities like the water filter pitcher, cell phone charger, and bath necessities. Rooms feature en suite baths, vanity desks, and sitting areas so you can enjoy a private and spacious retreat.
Verde is the largest room and has a king-size bed and an additional pull-out full-sized sofa bed. There is a vanity desk nook, a comfy armchair perfect for reading, and a generously sized shower. The Verde is the only room that can accommodate up to four guests.
Rojo has a queen-sized bed, large windows with a view of pecan trees, and a sitting area with a coffee table. The spacious bath has a large shower, separate toilet, and vanity.
Amarillo has a king-size bed and is a sunny space with four windows allowing light to flow into the room. There is a comfy chair, a large ottoman, and a headboard repurposed from an old door.
Azul has a king-size bed and features wooden furniture throughout the room in the desk, bed chest, mirror, door, and even the reclaimed bathroom vanity—made from an old door in the attic. For lovers of all things blue, you'll find navy, light blue, and cornflower in the linens and paintings.
Things to do in Maxeys
The Gillen House is in the small country town of Maxeys in east Georgia. Located near Athens and about an hour and a half drive from Atlanta, it's a convenient country getaway from the city. Maxeys is a great place to stay for outdoor fun, with hiking, biking, and boating available in the Oconee National Forest just a few minutes away. Enjoy farm life at the Still Crazy Goat Farm tour, or visit Buffalo Creek Berry Farm to pick some strawberries and learn about natural farming. For adventurers, visit a local hunting preserve, off-road park, or fishing guide while you're in this spectacular area of Georgia. Discover unique finds at nearby antique shops, the apothecary museum in town, and our gift shop located in the B&B. There's so much to do and something for everyone in Maxeys.
A Place to Stay Near the University of Georgia
Gillen House Luxury Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay when visiting the University of Georgia. Whether you are seeing your student for a parent's weekend, birthday, or just because, the Gillen House welcomes you for a relaxing stay that's just a short trip to Athens. Stay here for your game day trip; head to the stadium or kick back and enjoy the action from here.
We look forward to making your getaway near the University of Georgia a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Each day will bring a new breakfast during your stay. Start your morning with classics like bacon and eggs with a side of fruit and fresh juice, and coffee. You'll often receive something from the veggie garden, like homemade zucchini bread or chocolate figs. Breakfast is served in the spacious dining room but can also be taken outside to one of the patio areas. Guests can make dinner arrangements upon request.
Cynzia Sanchez and Edward Toledano are longtime residents of Georgia, moving from Atlanta to Maxeys to enjoy the slower pace of life found here. Cynzia has a background in business and a passion for art that perfectly fits the country's extra space and the Gillen House, where she keeps her studio. Edward comes from the marketing world and enjoys creating different furniture installations for the B&B from found objects. Cynzia and Edward enjoy sharing their creative and historic home with guests and look forward to hosting your next relaxing getaway.
Amenities and Activities
- Gift Shop
- Homestyle Cooking
- Outdoor Garden
- Parking Lot
- Hair Dryer
- Ironing Board
- Boating and Watercraft
- Fire Pits
- Golf Course
- Horseback Riding
- Live Entertainment
- Wildlife and Nature
- Laundry Service
- On-site Concierge
- Personal Chef
- Wake-up Call
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