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Ma maison "my house" at Honeysuckle Acres (Joshua 24:15 - "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.") is a massive four-column colonial home built in 1927. The house is reminiscent of an antebellum mansion. It is set on seven park-like acres in Winnsboro, South Carolina, and is complete with the original stables and the original carriage stone in front, as featured in The South Carolina Historical Society Historic Home Tour 2005.
Driving up the tree-lined road will remind you of "Gone With the Wind."
In 2002, the Innkeepers, Harold and Patricia Frish, purchased and remodeled the home for use as a small Bed & Breakfast. The home is a stunning setting for teas and receptions, both inside and out. A forty-foot ballroom and an equally large arched entrance hall with winding staircase are ideal backgrounds for bridal pictures. The ballroom is brightened by eight windows adorned by antique cornices from the circa 1854 Lace House, the governor's mansion in Columbia.
Harold and Patricia have a passion for Europe and have chosen to style the home after the manner of a small European guesthouse or "pension" with all continental amenities. Furnishings are an eclectic mix of fine European and American antique and classical furniture. Honeysuckle Acres has two guest rooms available for lodging with the possibility of a third connected as a suite with a shared bath. Cable TV is available in the two main bedrooms. Turn down bed service, imported chocolates on your pillow, and imported waters are provided.
We are members of the South Carolina Bed & Breakfast Association, Olde English District , National Federation of Independent Business, Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce.
- High-definition cable television /VCR/DVD
- In-room CD player
- Wireless Internet
- Ceiling fan
- Central heat & a/c
- Gourmet breakfast
- Extensive library
- Turndown service/imported chocolates
- Imported soaps, perfumes, bath salts
- Imported chocolates on your pillow
- Imported waters
Enjoy gourmet breakfasts every morning with the possibility of Epicurean picnic baskets to bring on your forays into the countryside. You will wake each morning to the aroma of fresh baked breads or muffins and fresh-brewed coffee served outside your room.
If you visit Honeysuckle Acres in the spring, you will be treated to the lovely blooms of the Spirea that grow beneath the trees. Previous owners of the property include prominent Winnsboro and South Carolina families. During the Revolutionary War, the commander of the British forces, Lord Cornwallis, chose to garrison his troops in Winnsboro. In fact, he gave Fairfield County its name when he looked across the fields nearby and remarked, "My, what fair fields these are."
Honeysuckle Acres is a serene retreat from telephones, televisions, and computers. We provide board games, puzzles, and lawn games such as croquet, bocce, and badminton. You may sit on the front porch sipping refreshments, stroll through the gardens, relax in front of the outdoor fireplace or read a book in either the gazebo or the extensive library in front of the fireplace.
Our books are available for you to plunge into, and they run the gamut from history and sports through philosophy and religion with numerous stops in between. If you must, there is a television, VCR, DVD, and cable available in the library.
The sitting area on the second floor has a bookcase, circa 1856, from the Wilford House. You can take your coffee there in the morning, or enjoy refreshments in the afternoon or evening. Imported teas and cocoas are always available.
Fountain and yard
Exterior of Honeysuckle Acres in the Snow Snowy Backyard Scene
Winnsboro and Fairfield County are centrally located in the state and are convenient to numerous Revolutionary and Civil War sites. There is antiquing nearby, as well as numerous small shops and boutiques. Nearby state and private parks offer hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking for the sportsmen. There are theaters and musical shows and a world-class amusement park a short distance away.
Many quaint small towns are within easy striking distance of Winnsboro. Columbia, the state capital, is thirty minutes south, and Charlotte, North Carolina, is around an hour north. Honeysuckle Acres is convenient to the interstates with I-77, I-20, and I-26 all nearby. It is an easy drive to the outlet shopping malls, and fine dining to satisfy all tastes abounds in the area.
Harold and Patricia Frish are a "sixty something" couple who were high school sweethearts. They are proud parents of two grown children with five grandchildren. They recently moved to South Carolina from the Chicago area where Harold retired as a firefighter/paramedic after thirty years. They have always loved to travel and have a passion for history, music, art, and antiques. Many of the decorative items in the inn have been brought back from their trips to Europe. They have the distinction of having all five of their grandchildren born in Europe. Their daughter is a classical violinist and lives in Italy with her Italian husband and their three children. Their son was an NCO in the US Army who was stationed in Germany with his wife when their two children were born.
Harold and Patricia's home has always been open to both friends and international guests and students. Harold developed his cooking skills over the firehouse stove. Patricia's decorating ability allowed her to adorn the house herself even to the point of sewing all the curtains. They are excited about the second half of their lives, as innkeepers with their first old house in their first small town. Not being from the South they cannot boast of Southern Hospitality, but they can offer the charm and elegance of a stay in a European Guesthouse.