Welcome to our restored - and restorative - barn in the woods. We offer one-of-a-kind rustic/casual short-term accommodations, with a lake, river, simple living, two separate private apartments (one upstairs and one down), acres of wild and open space, and a meditation room in the loft apartment. Hazelbrand is located just off I-20, 30 minutes east of Atlanta, minutes from the Covington Square, Film Covington, the Georgia International Horse Park, and Hard Labor Creek.
Hazelbrand is: Minimalist and quirky and fun. To maintain the serenity and simplicity, we have: No dishwasher and no TV (we do have wi-fi for streaming). Reclaimed train station doors and barroom stair steps and old barn siding. Horse pastures that have seen better days. Big kitchens. Pine work tables and luscious wool rugs. Patios and porches. Deep soaking tubs and comfy chairs. Air that reeks of clover. Tin ceilings and painted floors. Old ways and new conveniences. Not perfect by a long shot, and - totally perfect. Its' soul shines through. Hazelbrand makes us smile, and we hope it will make you smile too. Here is a great big and gracious gathering place to share with your friends and colleagues or to create your own personal retreat.
The big red barn sits at the back of the property, way way off the road at the end of a long gravel lane. The big open space on the first floor is the "working area" where, for two decades we washed and prepped thousands of pounds of vegetables to take to the farmers markets on Saturday mornings. Where we made cheese and soap from our goats' milk.
The fields you pass on the lane were once filled with our organic gardens, our goats, chickens and horses. All are in resting pose, as Hazelbrand prepares for its next lovely chapter.
"I loved it because it was - just enough."
The Studio Apartment
Tucked at the back of our red barn is our old handmade soap curing room - now our very popular studio apartment, perfect for one or two people. It has a private, level entrance; just park and walk around to the back, follow the gravel path and come in under the tin-roofed patio. You will find a chimney pot, dining table and lounge chairs. Patio doors look out onto woods. New heat/air and an indoor electric fireplace makes chilly nights cozy.
The spa-style bathroom and kitchen are both accessed from inside the barn for your convenience. The couch turns into a lovely bed with queen size memory foam mattress, 100% cotton sheets and comforters. The kitchen has the basics - our own wonderful well water, coffee/tea, breakfast muffins and fruit, microwave and microwave popcorn. We provide a blender in the kitchen for morning smoothies (bring your own ingredients!). Acceptable wi-fi no tv.
Lodging starting at $48/night.
Our barn hay loft has been turned into a roomy guest house. Fifteen-foot ceilings, lots of wood and trees ducking in the big windows give you the feeling of being in a treehouse. The loft has one bathroom with new soaking tub, and two bedrooms with full-size beds, plus meditations cushions can work as an extra floor-level bed.
The farmhouse kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances (no dishwasher). Fires in outside fire pit only. Nice porch on the bedroom end that looks out over the pastures, woods and river. We have big Pendleton towels in the bath and Pendleton wool blankets in the bedrooms. Business-ready, and meditation-ready. Come with a gang or by yourself. Acceptable wi-fi, no tv, no pets.
Lodging starting at $95/night.
Open Spaces with Water
The barn is cool, the accommodations are right on and funky enough that you will want to return just for the authentic experience. But it is the land - the land and the water - that ultimately makes Hazelbrand a zen place. A thin place.
Give yourself the gift of time to arrive before dark - first of all - the little country roads can be confusing. Soak up the smell of deep green, of rain forest, of wildflowers and honeysuckle, with the crush of gravel under your tires - not quite knowing what lies ahead.
The lake will be on your left and the river ahead, through the trees. Watch for the geese, herons, and bull frogs. Listen for the owls at dusk, just about the time the fireflies come out. Drift along toward the big red barn, under the cedar tree canopy that hides the world behind you and blesses your coming.
From our guest book:
"This is a little slice of heaven."
“From the moment we pulled up we knew we picked the right place. We chose it because we wanted to stay somewhere peaceful and quiet outside of Atlanta. The space was incredible - beautiful land with a little pond and creek that in only a few days will fill you up with the fresh air, peace of mind and rejuvenation that we all need more of!"
"Great fun had by all. Hope to be back next year. We took lots of family photos that will last a lifetime, but the Fire pit was the main attraction! Gibson annual Christmas family reunion."