Lavender House Bed and Breakfast

506 East Second Street P. O. Box 884, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
Innkeeper(s): Dess Lavender Sangster
  • Introduction

    Lavender House Bed and Breakfast frontSouthern hospitality and a good night's sleep await you at Lavender House Bed & Breakfast. This early Victorian twelve-room home with its original high bead board ceilings and beautiful stained white pine stairway was lovingly restored over the past five years by the owners and made into a lovely bed and breakfast. The house features large front porches on both levels and a big deck on the back.

    In January 2003, owners of the Lavender House were presented an historic marker by the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission for their efforts in restoring the home to its original splendor. Simple though elegant, with restoration almost complete after several years, Lavender House is proving to be a tremendous asset to the city and community.

    Lavender House Bed and Breakfast stairsLavender House Bed & Breakfast is proud to offer, in addition to the elegant foyer, large parlor and dining room, a spacious sitting room for guests with a sideboard of goodies, games, magazines, coffee makers and small stocked refrigerator. Our four guest bedrooms offer private baths and immediate access to the upstairs veranda. Room amenities include remote cable TV, DVD player, phones with free long distance, computer hookup or wireless internet, and an alarm clock/radio.

    Lavender House Bed and Breakfast dining room

    After your arrival, be prepared to rest your feet with a cool glass of pure Southern iced tea, a glass of special homegrown Alabama wine, or relax with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and all the trimmings, Southern style. A generous continental breakfast is provided daily in our large dining room. Special packages available include Small Garden Weddings, Honeymoon Packages, Luncheon Parties, Meeting Luncheons, Small Garden Reunions, Birthday Parties, Special Holiday Packages, and other Specials to Please.

    Lavender House Bed and Breakfast garden pond

    Lavender House is situated on a quiet wooded acre in downtown Bay Minette, Alabama. The grounds are filled with azaleas, camellias, gardenia, and a variety of blooming bulbs including day lilies, spider lilies, buttercups, narcissus, amaryllis and others. Many of these pop up with surprising blooms at different seasons of the year. The spacious back lawn contains a wonderful garden pond that is still in use some 75 years after its construction. It is flanked by a huge Florida palm tree. Bay Minette, the seat of Baldwin County, is located just ten minutes from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the second largest estuary in the US, and Alabama's largest wetlands, covering roughly 300,000 acres. It is also home to the Bartram Canoe Trail, Alabama's official state canoe trail, and encompasses Forever Wild, composed of over 60,000 acres dedicated to public use for hunting, fishing and boating. It is the greatest of Alabama's Ten Natural Wonders! We are located within an hour's drive to Pensacola Museums and Florida beaches, Gulf Shores and Alabama's sugary white beaches, the famous and dazzling Bellingrath Gardens, the IMAX Theatre, Exploreum and Museums in Mobile, and to one of Alabama's largest retail outlets, Tanger, in Foley. Closer to Bay Minette, we can fill your day with visits to historic sites and structures, beautiful quaint churches, noted state parks, a special artesian well, and Alabama's first farm winery.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Dess Lavender Sangster for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    People visit because they have family or friends in my town, or are here for events; attorneys have cases in local courthouse (we are county seat); wishing to stay near beach but not pay high prices at beach (about an hour from beaches in south Alabama or in Pensacola, FL).

    What are you best known for? 

    We are probably best known for an "at home" comfortable feeling.

    What makes your inn unique? 

     The B&B house is over 100 yrs old and furnished with some antiques that people seem to love.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    What I love most is meeting people from all walks of life, from all over the country.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To stay with us, of course! Actually, our town is just ten minutes from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the second largest estuary in the United States, and boating and fishing are top priorities in my area. We are in the largest county (Baldwin) east of the Mississippi River!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Our best compliment, and it is repeated in our guest books that are located in each room, is that the beds are just soooo comfy, the house and grounds so unique, and "that feeling" of being at home in their grandparents' house.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret about our area is really not so secret: the best fishing and boating around, plus we are situated about halfway between Pensacola, FL and Biloxi, MS, two large military installations where veterans can receive medical attention. Military retirees like our area for that reason.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We provide a beautiful illustrated map with photos and highlights of things to do and places to go -- too many to detail here.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are in walking distance (5 blocks) from our county courthouse, and less than a mile from shopping and restaurants. Most other "sites" or things probably require transportation; we do have a county bus system that picks up and delivers patrons to anywhere in the county or to Mobile, AL.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our favorite restaurant, and where we recommend to our guests, is local-owned and operated by a Vietnam Veteran, Eugene Overstreet, and is called Street's Seafood Restaurant. Obviously, they serve seafood that is brought fresh daily from the Gulf, and offer a seafood buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. The also serve a lunch buffet every day of the week, and a breakfast buffet on Sat and Sun mornings. Our guests have always loved this restaurant.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Travelers might reference our North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce web site, and/or our Baldwin County web site for other information about places and sites to see.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Our Lavender House B&B features 4 (four) rooms for guests, each with private bath and all four rooms are upstairs, and a large central foyer that each room opens into. Total rooms in house are 10 (ten). Owner lives downstairs in house. Smoking allowed ONLY outside on large front porches (one upstairs and one downstairs) or on deck in back of house.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not generally accept pets at our B&B, but we do have agreement with local Vet to house pets; we help make arrangements, but responsibility for pets with the Vet is on the guest.

  • Kid Friendly

    Children under 12 by special arrangement. $20 per each extra guest in room.

  • History

    Lavender House Bed and Breakfast historic marker

    Historic marker presented in 2003 by the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission to the owners of Lavender House.

    Lavender House was built c. 1909, by the dentist, Dr. Sven A. Y. Dahlberg, for his new bride, Miss Claudia Hearin of Jackson, Alabama. The son of immigrant Swedish parents, Dr. Dahlberg was born in Alabama, where he attended private schools and colleges, later attending Atlanta Dental College, where he received his D.D.S.

    An early Bay Minette pioneer, Dahlberg moved here in 1905, set up his dental practice and became involved in local affairs. He constructed a two-story professional building that still bears his name downtown. Soon after, he met and married Miss Hearin and built this lovely home for her. The current owners of Lavender House were presented a book by a Dahlberg granddaughter, containing some 400 pages of photos, heritage and history of the Dahlberg family, and proudly share it with their guests.

  • How To Find Us

    Lavender House Bed and Breakfast living room

    Lavender House is located at the corner of State Highway 31 N (Atmore Highway) and McConnell Avenue, five blocks east of the Baldwin County Courthouse.