The Cotton Patch Inn

3830 Highway 135, Ailey, Georgia 30410
Innkeeper(s): Martha Staples
  • Introduction

    The Cotton Patch Inn frontGuests at The Cotton Patch Inn come to get away from schedules and enjoy a change of pace, a change of scenery, good cooking and the simple pleasures of the Inn.

    The Cotton Patch is a small inn and has remained so by choice -- ours and our guests who like the warmth, informality and personal attention only a small inn can provide. We are located in Aily, Georgia.

    The Inn specializes in simple pleasures -- like watching the sun rise over the fields with a cup of steaming coffee in hand, like the crackle of logs and smell of woodsmoke on a crisp day, like sitting on the deck watching the farm and chatting with friends, or enjoying a good book.

    We have cards, checkers, chess, horseshoes, darts and croquet. In addition, if guests are interested in hunting, fishing or golfing, those activities are available nearby.

    In addition to the living with complete with television and fireplace (shown above), The Cotton Patch Inn also features two dining rooms filled with antiques

    The Cotton Patch Inn Dining Room

    Living Room

    Extended stay for traveling nurses, Georgia P

    ower outage workers, others who need extended stay in a home-like atmosphere.

    • Venue for weddings with space for wedding and reception
    • etc.

    Dining Room

                                                                          Dining Room

    King Room with trundle bed

                                                               King Room with trundle bed

                                                     Outdoor Wedding at Cotton Patch Inn




  • 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 Martha Staples for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To attend special area functions such as festivals, hunting expeditions, weddings, reunions etc.

    What are you best known for?

    The food, wine and cheese at 5:00 pm, dessert and coffee at 9:00 pm

    What makes your inn unique? 

    Bathrooms for each bedroom, décor, well maintained yard and lawn, cleanliness

    What do you love most about your inn? 

    The fact that the property and house have been in my family since 1933

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

    Hunting, fishing, farming, near Savannah and St. Simons

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

    Surprise comments about the décor; five star ratings on Trip Advisor, 100 % rating on inspections by Health Department

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Laid back, easy going southern way of life

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

    Visit historical sites, attend basketball and base ball games at Brewton Parker College, hunt, fish, attend Onion Festival, Farm Days in Uvalda, go to the movies, eat out, visit antique shops

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Of course, we don’t walk off the edge of the earth. Cotton fields, walking track nearby, creek serves as boundary of property.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Canape, Elements, all fast food chains

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Toombs, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce websites and publications.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 5 rooms with 6 bathrooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We don't accept pets.

  • History of the Inn

    The Cotton Patch Inn was built in the 1920s and originally consisted of three rooms. Since the early thirties, the house and surrounding farm have been owned by three generations of Stephens: Minnie and John Quincey Stephens, Dorothy and Roy Stephens and martha W. Stephens Staples. The farm was purchased by Quincey during the Depression for fifty cents per acre.

    The house was moved to the present site from near the highway when the road was paved. One inch of sand was poured over the floors when the house was moved to prevent soot from becoming ingrained. Minnie Stephens continued to cook on the wood stove while the house was rolled on logs to the present site.

    The house was remodeled in the fifties, and the following changes were made: the kitchen/dining room was moved to the back porch, the living room was moved to the front and a parson's room was added for guests. Roy Stephens, son of Quincey, and family moved into the house in 1958 and lived there until 1996. The bath and kitchen were remodeled.

    The name, Cotton Patch inn, was chosen because Roy Stephens was a farmer that never stopped growing cotton even when cotton was not a popular crop during the "polyester years" in the seventies. The house was again remodeled to its present condition by Martha Stephens Staples in 1997.

  • How to Find Us

    The Cotton Patch Inn MapDirections from I-16:

    Take Vidalia/Soperton Exit to Hwy. 29. Go south through Soperton, Tarrytown, Higgston. Cross Hwy. 280 and continue on Hwy. 135 to The Cotton Patch Inn (28 miles from I-16).

    Mileage Chart:

    • Atlanta - 190 miles
    • Macon - 100 miles
    • Savannah - 100 miles
    • Dublin - 50 miles
    • Athens - 130 miles
    • Albany - 100 miles
    • Waycross - 75 miles