"We assumed, after retirement, that one of us would
continue working for money to supplement our income so that we could continue
to live in the style we were accustomed. Then we found LaFayette..."
Stay at Maple Hills Gardens & Guest House and experience the charm of this
small southern town. History was made in LaFayette when “Cotton was King” and
the grandeur of that era is still evident Unwind after an exciting football
game at Auburn, a day of golf at the Robert Trent Jones 12 miles away, or
fishing at West point’s 12,000 acre lake. Take a self-guided tour of the old
Court House that is on the cover of Alabama Architect and visit the Museum
located in the old Train Depot which contains memorabilia of our native son,
plus Joe Lewis, and a functional model train depicting our past. Walk or drive
a tour of LaFayette up to 10 Kilometers, mapped out with points of interest
explained. Stay an extra day in LaFayette to combine a tour of Callaway Gardens
and a visit to the Little White House in Warm Springs near-by and then return
to your home away from home, Maple Hill.
The Hines-McGee-Bryant House (Maple Hill) has one of the largest Japanese maple
collections in the Southeast planted on the grounds (over 250 trees) by Colonel
Jerry Bryant and his wife Mac who retired here to become the third owners and
restore the estate’s gardens. The architect, contractor and builder, E. A.
Zobel constructed this house in 1912 on LaFayette Street, two blocks north of
the Court House Square in LaFayette for Judge James Alexander Hines and his
wife Lily Christian Hines. This Greek revival, framed in towering trees as old
as the house, was the home of the Hines family for 72 years. The last Hines to
live in the house was retired Circuit Judge Bill Hines who sold the house after
his wife Betsy died and the children had grown up and moved elsewhere. The
tender loving care of the Hines family was repeated from 1984 to 1994 by the
second owners, Colonel Edward McGee and his wife Lorie who totally restored the
house and other out-buildings. Maple Hill Gardens & Guest House offers
garden tours, house tours and/or overnight accommodations by appointment only
(334-864-0970 or email@example.com).
Zelna Suite Luxuriate while sitting in the chase lounge reading a good
book in front of the fire or just listen to the clock tick and admire the Louis
XV furniture that complements the room’s 12 foot ceilings. Sip a mint julep or
sassafras tea just outside your suite on the small balcony tucked under the
massive front porch that extends all along the front of the house while gazing
down on the Japanese maple gardens. Soak in the old fashioned bathtub in your
private bath room with period fixtures.
Lorie’s Retreat Choose a book from the library surrounding the fireplace
and pull up a rocker to laze away the afternoon or walk across the large entry
hall to the sitting room to choose from a larger library and sit in a
wing-backed chair in front of the fire. Admire the massive pocket doors that
close on two sides to give you privacy. Run your toes over the silk oriental
rug and enjoy antiques and objects of art collected by the hosts over their 35
years of travels. Private bath has period fixtures.
Tree Top Suite Get a bird’s eye view from the sleeping porch’s five
windows on the second floor overlooking the 200 different cultivars of Japanese
Maples and flowers planted by the owners since purchasing the estate. Enjoy
the cool breeze and evening sounds as the birds, squirrels and chipmunks feed,
water and “settle in” for the night throughout the gardens. Modern bath has
fireplace, with handcrafted woodwork by local craftsman.
- $60-$99 per room (includes full breakfast)
- $25 per person gourmet dinner with advance arrangements
- $15 per person light supper
- 24-hour cancellation notice required
- Cash or personal check only
- Check-In 3:00 p.m.
- Check-Out 11:00 a.m.
- No smoking
From Court House on U.S. Hwy. 431 (LaFayette St.) proceed north 3 blocks to #215
on left. Enter driveway past red brick retaining wall.
GARDENS & GUEST HOUSE
215 No. LaFayette St.
LaFayette, AL 36862-0065
Phone: 334-864-0970 Fax: 775-429-5975