Lairdland Farm Bed & Breakfast
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If you need a place of quiet beauty to Renew, Relax, and Reflect, we invite you to experience gracious Southern hospitality and the peaceful country atmosphere of Lairdland Farm.
"Privacy is our Specialty"
Welcome to Lairdland Farm Bed & Breakfast. Your host, Jim Blackburn, invites you to enjoy a peaceful weekend in a charming and completely restored cabin. Surrounded by Lairdland Farm's 500 acres of pastoral Giles County beauty, our Bed and Breakfast cabins are the perfect setting for a weekend getaway - or a week long vacation. The cabins are ideal for a couple, or they can accommodate a group of up to six people.
Take a step back in time and enjoy our vintage nineteenth-century cabins. Down by the creek each cabin features a cozy living room with large fireplace, a full kitchen, and a dining area. A master bedroom with a queen-size bed and a full bath can also be found downstairs. Upstairs a large loft contains additional accommodations. Relax and rock on one of the spacious porches where the peaceful view allows you to see nature at its best.
Being "down on the farm" doesn't mean having to "rough it". The cabins are fully equipped with modern conveniences such as central heat and air, color television, and a telephone while maintaining the romance found in front of a wood burning fireplace.
For breakfast we stock the refrigerator with fresh country ham biscuits, assorted muffins, lots of coffee, and hot chocolate. You are welcome to prepare your other meals in the cabin's kitchen or grill a steak in the back yard (charcoal not provided)!
Lairdland Farm is located 65 miles south of Nashville, TN and 45 miles north of Huntsville, AL
only a few minutes off Interstate 65. Nearby attractions include:
Opry Mills USA - 1 hour
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville - 45 minutes
First National Bank's Giles Heritage Theatre (seasonal) - 15 minutes
Historic Lynchburg and Jack Daniels Distillery - 45 minutes
NASA Space and Rocket Center - 45 minutes
Amish Community Crafts and Food for Sale - 45 minutes
Historic Lynnville - antiques shops - 15 minutes
Golf CoursesFor Reservations, Please Call us at our Toll Free Number (888 )231-8631
Cabin Accommodations & Rates
The Clock Creek Cabin
The Clock Creek Cabin features a downstairs bedroom with a queen bed and a full bath off of the hall. Upstairs there is a queen bed and two singles.
Call (888) 231-8631 to reserve this room
The Springhouse Cabin
The Springhouse Cabin features a downstairs bedroom with a queen bed and a full bath off of the hall. Upstairs there is a queen bed and a full bath.
Call (888) 231-8631 to reserve this room
Cabin Rates - Your accommodations are for the whole cabin.
- Nightly rate: $145 effective 1-1-2012.
- Two night minimum reservation on weekends
- Rates are for double occupancy. There is a $15 charge for each additional person.
- Rates include a continental breakfast.
- All rates are plus state and local taxes.
- We offer a 15% discount on 5 or more nights. (No Breakfast).
- Children are welcome, but must remain under adult supervision at all times.
- Pets are not permitted in the cabin, but are welcome to stay in the barn.
- Smoking is not permitted in or around the barns or inside the cabin. Smoking is permitted on the cabin's porches only.
- Owner not always on premises.
- We require a deposit equal to a one night stay or 50% of a multiple nights stay to secure reservations.
- We accept cash, personal check, MasterCard or VISA.
- Check-in is after 3:00 PM, Check-out is before 11:00 AM
- Because we only have two cabins, cancellations effect us significantly. Therefore cancellations made within 7 days of your confirmed arrival date will result in the lost of your deposit unless the cabin can be re-booked. Last minute cancellation or no shows will be responsible for the balance due.... You are always welcome to send a friend in your place.
History of Lairdland Farm
Lairdland Farm House, located in beautiful Giles County, Tennessee, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
John Laird, an Irish imigrant, was given a 5,000 acre land grant by the state of North Carolina in appreciation for Laird’s service in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Tennessee was still Indian Territory when Laird settled on Lynn Creek and raised his family. In 1857 John Laird’s youngest son, Robert H. Laird, purchased this property in the Brick Church community from Thomas J. Lane, his brother-in-law, who built the original home in 1831. From that time on it has been known as Lairdland.
Lairdland Farm House is built primarily of poplar wood. The poplar tree is the State Tree of Tennessee. Several of them exist on the property today.
Originally the house was Federal design consisting of a large hallway with two square rooms on each side, a kitchen and dining room in the basement and two upstairs bedrooms. The foundation, set approximately four feet into the ground, is brick, handmade on the premises.
The house contains seven fireplaces on the main floor.
Two front Travelers’ Rooms (also called Bachelor Rooms) and the large covered front porch with it’s imposing stairway and wheat sheaf railing were added in the 1850′s. The house is situated to take advantage of prevailing breezes and with twelve foot ceilings, wide hallways and front windows that can be raised to walk through, there is a constant cooling air flow through the home.
An interesting feature of the Travelers’ Rooms is their wooden ceilings, still showing draw knife ridges where they were hand dressed. The Travelers’ Rooms originally only opened to the covered porch. Such rooms were designed for the use of people traveling the roadways and needing lodging for the night. if a candle was lit in the window, the traveler knew the room was unoccupied and he could spend the night there. At daybreak the traveler would leave behind whatever gift he could in payment for the night’s lodging. Interior doorways to the rest of the house were added to these two rooms in the 1970′s.
All the interior doors leading off the main hallway are seven feet high and are hand hewn chamfered five panel poplar doors. They have large iron Carpentar locks which lock from inside the rooms. Carpentar locks were patented by the Carpentar Lock Company of England in 1820 and consist of the lock, the strike, a door knob, a key and a lever to engage/disengage the lock. The floors are hand hewn random width ash planks with the exception of the two travelers’ rooms and the upstairs bedrooms which are poplar.
Sometime before 1850 two wooden outbuildings were added to the front lawn. Their architecture is Victorian. These outbuildings may also have been used as Travelers’ Rooms. One of the buildings was moved to the back of the house and made into a store room. When the porches were added in the 1850′s this building was separated from the main house by a “dog trot”. later part of this porch was enclosed and made into a breakfast room and kitchen. In the 1970′s this building was raised, tied to the rest of the house and made into the kitchen. Large pierced tin poplar doors were removed from storage closets in the basement and made into the two matching corner cupboards in the present kitchen. The other outbuilding remains on the front lawn.
Another interesting architectural feature is the iron gas lamp hanging from the front porch ceiling. in the late 1800′s the home was fitted with iron piping coming from a separate stone building behind the house (no longer existing). Each evening before sunset a servant would drop carbide pellets into a water vat. This generated carbide gas which was then piped to gas chandeliers and lamp fixtures throughout the house. When the carbide gas supply was exhausted, the family went to bed. While this particular fixture has been converted to electricity one can clearly see the original iron pipe work.
The original brick smoke house stands on the property and the original spring house is also standing on an adjacent property. Near the brick smoke house is a raised herb garden. many of the herbs raised here were used in the mid 1800′s by housewives, doctors and hospital stewards for medicinal and cleansing purposes.
During the Civil War Captain James Knox Polk Blackburn of Terry Texas Rangers (8th Texas Cavalry) convalesced at Lairdland after being wounded supporting the Confederate casue in Middle Tennessee. After the war Blackburn returned to Lairdland and married the Laird daughter. This property remained in the Blackburn family until purchased by Bennita and Don Rouleau in 2002.
One of the travelers’ rooms now contains a private collection of Civil War weaponry and memorabilia. A collection of Victorian English Staffordshire figurines and transfer ware is displayed throughout the home, along with a collection of vintage dolls and toys. The home is furnished with American Empire and Victorian furniture.For Reservations, Please Call us at our Toll Free Number (888 )231-8631
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How to Find Us
I-65 from Nashville, take exit 22 then left at stop sign, then left into Blackburn Hollow Road, go one mile to big white house on left.
I-65 from Huntsville, take exit 22 then right at stop sign, then left onto Blackburn Hollow Road, go one mile to big white house on left.For Reservations, Please Call us at our Toll Free Number (888 )231-8631