Christmas Tour of Homes this weekend

Tue, 12/01/2009 - 5:35pm
By: The Citizen

The Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will be holding its Annual Christmas Tour of Homes this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6.

The hours you may visit one or all six homes is 1 to 5 p.m. A donation of $15 is requested.

The funds will go to the Square Foot Ministries so completion of the Fayette Counseling Center can be done.

Tickets are available until Friday noon at the church office, 170 E. Lanier Avenue, or they can be purchased at any of the homes.

Guests are asked that there be no smoking, no children under 12, no cameras and please, no cell phones.

The homes are all sizes and all manner of decorations and you will be very pleased to have visited them.

WALKER HOME   171 County Line Road  Fayetteville

 Debbie and Doug Walker must have had great vision when they built their three-story English Tudor style home in 1986, because this home becomes more charming every year.

Enjoy a very pleasant approach to this showcase house along a tree lined drive. A beautiful look on the outside, the traditional English Tudor style is also carried throughout the house.

Each room is well appointed but is very livable having been stamped with the impression of four lively daughters.

Out back, the huge gated courtyard area is designed for entertaining and mirrors the style of the house with arches, rafters and unusual uses of concrete. In addition to the pool and tennis courts, there is comfortable pavilion with a fireplace, sofas, televisions, and an outdoor kitchen.

Beyond the courtyard area is the hanger, runway strip, and a helicopter pad to accommodate Doug's two airplanes and helicopter.

Brick and concrete walls enclose the front 30 acres of this amazing 130 acre estate.

Debbie has a lovely decorated Christmas tree in each room and the girls, though now all grown up, have a different themed tree in each of their bedrooms.

The guest bedroom has a tree with a traveling theme and is so charming you'll want to suggest it be left up all year.

You do not want to miss visiting this charming home with its peaceful setting.

BURCH HOME  175 West Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville

 Susan and Sam Burch's historic home sits between the east and west bound traffic in downtown Fayetteville. It seems an unlikely place for a step back in time, but there is a nostalgic atmosphere that will embrace you in the big and rambling house.

There is much to see; stairs, steps, and doors lead to rooms, and more rooms, delightful nooks and crannies. They all have interesting features including fireplaces and the original heart pine flooring and walls.

Family heirlooms, vintage furniture, and local art furnish the house, including several paintings by Sam's great-aunts.

After touring the original part of the house, you are led into a spacious, warm kitchen which mixes old and new with its big soapstone island and counters, pine floors, and beckoning windows This is part of the new addition which blends in masterfully by carefully following the architecture and integrity of the original structure.

The house was built in the 1840's by Sam's great-great-great-grandfather, and his and Susan's children, Robert and Courtney, were the 7th generation to live here. You will enjoy visiting this historic treasure.

STUBBS HOME  130 Triple Crown Pointe, Brooks

 Julie and Jeff Stubbs live in a new house that has a peaceful setting on a 22 acre privately owned lake in Brooks. They describe their home as a casual cottage on the water, but it is so much more than that.

With Julie's decorating background and Jeff's gardening expertise, this cottage has natural beauty inside and out. A view of the water from almost every room was on Julie's mind when she became the general contractor and architect, building the house from the ground up.

The outside of the Stubbs' house is very distinctive, built with cedar and stone. Inside is an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings and cedar and stone elements adding color and texture throughout.

Julie, who owns Finishing Touches in Fayetteville, has been a designer for home buildiers for 20 years. Her talent is apparent as is her love of antiques. An antique of particular interest is a beautiful half-grand piano that once belonged to the Margaret Mitchell family.

This is a charming place to visit during this Christmas Season.

THOMAS HOME  480 Lees Lake Road  Fayetteville

 Connie Thomas lives in a welcoming home nestled amongst the woods in a setting that could only be described as "Eco-Haven." The traditional architectural design of the exterior of the home is reflected inside.

The influence of the respect of history and nature is celebrated inside and out. Aspects of "Eco-Friendly" living are apparent with rain harvesting barrels, enjoyable outside living areas, and a glorious reclaimed wood door entry.

A respect for history and nature is celebrated with lovely antiques and decorations using natural elements.

The finishes, furniture, textiles, and many other details found in the home were carefully selected to support healthier indoor air quality, thus serenity.

Much attention has been given to the stewardship of energy, water, and recycling. The Christmas decorations are an exceptional example of the inspiration of nature and appreciation of the old-fashioned delights of Christmas past.

Expect to come away from this lovely home with a heart-felt understanding of the need to be a steward and protector of our natural resources using the wisdom of history.

HALBERT HOME  440 Old Greenville Road  Fayetteville

 Shelley and Rick Halbert live in a home tucked off the beaten path of Old Greenville Road. This house, with its rocking chair front wraparound porch and swing in the front yard, is charmingly nestled in its surroundings and everything about it rivals homes featured in Southern Living magazine.

Shelley has a flair for decorating with a lot of color, and this is what makes the inside of the home so attractive. Traditional furniture and upholstered pieces blend in with refurbished secondhand store finds. Shades of reds and yellows are in the upholstery, rugs, and drapes, but blue is the favorite color here.

If you enjoy displays of blue and white china plates, you will be inspired by Shelley's collections throughout the house, every room exhibiting lovely examples.

Upstairs, the three Halbert boys have collections of their own, including game boards, old and new, displayed on the walls.

You will not want to miss seeing the classy Southern charm this home has to offer this Christmas Season.

TRAVIS HOUSE   225 S. Glynn Street  Fayetteville

 Built in 1893, the Travis House has been transformed from eyesore to showpiece. Coupled with the vision of attorneys Mike Hofrichter, Greg Rogers and Eric Maxwell and the expertise of builder Bob Barnard, thankfully another part of Fayetteville's heritage has been preserved.

From the entry you will be amazed at the meticulous effort that was taken to ensure the historical integrity of the property.

From the original hardwood floors, windows, and door-trims to the beautiful, coffered eleven-foot ceilings and five tiled fireplaces, every detail of the renovation was well-planned.

In addition to the authentic décor, lighting and furnishings, you will enjoy the stunning black and white photos adorning the walls of the office. These images of notable Fayette sites such as the old Courthouse, Jordan's Salvage and Melear's Barbecue were created by Atlanta artist Tom Key.

Beautifully decorated for Christmas, this house will certainly put you in the Holiday spirit.

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