Friday, November 1, 2013

Welcome back to the York House Inn

Georgia’s oldest bed and breakfast Inn, known as “a large ideal country home” since 1896 has new owners and a new look. The York House Inn will be reopening for reservations in November. The original Inn structure of dove tailed chestnut logs dating from the 1840’s has updated furnishings and décor. As originally built and then expanded in 1907 the Inn served the needs of construction of the Tallulah Falls Railroad and is one of the last surviving examples of Resort Era Inns remaining in Georgia.

The owners, Stan and Christine Penton, have maintained the York House Inn capacity of thirteen rooms with bath and will continue to have 2 rooms with King beds, 6 Queen beds and 2 Double bedded and 3 with two double beds. The Penton’s have brought the décor of each of the guest rooms up to the standard of the remaining facility. The Inn participates actively in the Audubon International Green Leaf Lodging Program and has also has added modern conveniences. High efficiency heating and cooling, natural gas and city water along with high speed internet and WIFI are all new additions to the property, as so as to maintain a high quality experience for their guests.

York House Inn

1st floor veranda

2nd floor veranda
1st floor veranda
The renovated rooms have been renamed to fit with a floral and wine theme. Each room features original artwork of flowers and grapes familiar to North Georgia. The largest room of the Inn with fireplace has been renamed “Mollie’s Room" to recognize “Little Mama” Mollie York the original owner of the Inn and farm run in connection with the house.

The Pentons moved to Rabun Gap, Georgia after selling Normandy Farms, an equestrian training and boarding facility in Littleton, Colorado. Both have long careers in hotels and restaurants, and were excited to be in the area. Christine comments, “In the hospitality world we consistently strive to exceed guest expectations, and our wish is this renovation will maintain the personal, cozy spirit the York House Inn has been known for while our guests can enjoy the polish of modern era amenities”. Stan is excited to have travelers experience the “true history of the Inn, and its storied place in the history of Rabun County and Georgia”.Guest rooms feature upgraded eco-friendly amenities, high quality linens and fluffy robes. Other additions were the upgrade of the dining area and parlor as well as to the former servant’s quarters in the original 1840’s basement.  This area now “Papa Bill’s” is for the Inn to host many events including: wedding receptions, corporate meetings and special occasions.


The Penton’s were pleased to work with Scott Poss of Poss Realty for many months in bringing the York House purchase together and advising on the many other local businesses experienced with not only the York House Inn but the expectations of overnight accommodations. We thank  Rabun County Bank, Belew Heating and Cooling, All American Plumbing, Toccoa natural gas, City of Clayton, North Georgia Security, Pates, and many many others.

Dining Room

The off season is a great time to experience the charm and to take advantage of specials the York House Inn offers.

Full Inn and room photos, booking inquiries and room rates can be found online at:

For information regarding the local Rabun County companies with which we contracted for this renovation, please contact us.

The York House Inn is Georgia’s oldest bed and breakfast Inn that combines bed and breakfast, owners quarters, thirteen guest rooms, Inn living and dining areas, a uniquely renovated meeting and social area “Papa York’s” in the former servants quarters, and a pre-civil war spring house. The York House building orientation and well known two story porch make for excellent views of the Little Tennessee River Valley. The largest specimen Norway spruce trees in Georgia play to the Inns adjoining hemlock forest complete with a guest walking paths. The landscape architecture makes use of the aesthetic features and natural setting. The location play host to bed and breakfast activities, small conferences and meetings and weddings. To contact the Inn or make reservations call 706-746-2068 or 800-231-9675 or visit The York House Inn website at