B&B’s, Wedding Venues, Vineyards, Etc.

Updated July 28, 2022

Recent Sales

Some older properties, especially outsized, rural ones, are marketed as possible commercial properties — B&B’s, vineyards, event venues and such — rather than or in addition to residential use.

204 N. Mendenhall Street, Greensboro
Double Oaks Bed & Breakfast
The Harden Thomas Martin House
MLS listing withdrawn March 28, 2022
relisted July 7, 2022

  • $1.549 million (originally $1.795 million)
  • 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 6,700 square feet, 0.54 acre
  • Price/square foot: $231
  • Built in 1909
  • Listed March 8, 2022
  • Last sale: $625,000, June 2016
  • Neighborhood: Westerwood
  • Listing: “This is a turnkey business sale with all furnishings, fixtures and equipment included.”
  • NRHP nomination: “The dominant exterior feature of the Martin residence is the broad front porch with Tuscan columns and a turned balustrade which carries across the full facade and the forward bays of each side elevation. The centerpiece of the porch — and of the entire house — is the bowed, two-story portico supported by four fluted Ionic columns with large terra cotta capitals. The portico shelters a bowed, second story balcony with a turned balustrade.”
    • “A handsome retaining wall of Mt. Airy granite, whose materials match those of the foundation, lines Mendenhall Street in front of the residence. An early photograph of the house does not show this wall, which was probably added during the 1920s when the grade of Mendenhall Street was lowered to meet the newly created Madison (now Friendly) Avenue to the south.”
    • “Completed in early 1909, the Harden Thomas Martin House is one of a handful of early Colonial Revival style residences surviving in the city of Greensboro.
    • “Designed by Greensboro architect G. Will Armfield, the house features a bowed, two-story, Ionic portico and an exceptionally generous center hall with a grand split-run stair. The house’s interior trim – including a handsome first-floor portal and eight mantels – remains completely intact.
    • “The house is the only known residential design of Armfield (1848-1927), a Guilford County native who pursued a successful career as a dry goods merchant before taking up architecture in his late 50’s.
    • “The house was built for Harden Thomas Martin (1857-1936) a native of Rockingham County who operated stores in the communities of Ayersville and Reidsville before moving to Greensboro in 1909, where he entered semi-retirement and engaged in small-scale real estate development.”
    • The NCSU Architects and Builders directory: “When North Carolina passed an architectural practice act and began the formal registration of architects, G. Will Armfield of Greensboro was granted certificate #1 on May 15, 1915. He was one of a large number of men who were certified based on having already been in practice prior to 1915. The Armfield Family Newsletter stated that his son Joseph joined him in architectural practice, and G. Will Armfield continued in that line of work as late as 1924.
    • “Armfield gained a number of substantial commissions, of which the best known is the large, classically inspired Alumni Hall (1914) at the Oak Ridge Institute in the village of Oak Ridge in Guilford County. He also undertook commercial and residential buildings in Greensboro. One of the few that have been identified as standing is the large, Southern Colonial-style residence Harden Thomas Martin House of 1909, built on Mendenhall Street in Greensboro as a retirement residence for Reidsville merchant Martin. The Manufacturers’ Record of July 23, 1908, noted that Armfield was building the house for Martin. Armfield’s blueprints for the house remained with the house and are now in the Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries.”
  • Note: County records shows the size of the house as 4,973 square feet, which may not reflect recent work that restored the third floor. They also show the date as 1910.

128 Pet Burwell Road, Warrenton, Warren County
The John Watson House

  • $1.149 million
  • 6 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, 6,909 square feet, 9.89 acres
  • Price/square foot: $166
  • Built in 1815, expanded 1855 (per county; see note)
  • Listed June 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $685,000, December 2019
  • Note: Now the Historic Magnolia Manor wedding venue
    • The wedding venue website says the original house was built in 1779. The National Register gives 1855 as the date of the expanded house.
    • Built by Jacob Holt: “Although not trend-setting or sophisticated, Jacob Holt’s work is important as a consistent and highly personalized oeuvre within the mainstream of mid-nineteenth-century American vernacular architecture.
    • “Particularly significant are three aspects of his work: he was prolific, constructing dozens of buildings in a many-county area, perhaps as many as eighty; many of his buildings are documented and either surviving or pictured; and at least two mid-nineteenth-century pattern books are known to have been his sources.
    • “His handsome Greek Revival buildings and distinctive, more ornate Italianate ones are an important element in the mid-nineteenth-century architectural fabric of North Carolina.” (NCpedia)
  • From the National Register nomination: “… a unique example of the Greco-Italianate mode of Jacob Holt and his school. His style dominated Warren County and nearby areas in the decade before the Civil War.
    • “The Watson House is unusual in two respects: for the use of a front cross-hall and side wings seldom seen in Holt’s work, and for the construction of the 1850s house as an expansion of a much earlier dwelling. While most of Holt’s houses were built all of a piece, he was clearly not above expanding an existing house in his distinctive style — and leaving the early house pretty much intact.
    • “The house, typical of Holt’s two-story Italianate structures, has one of the county’s most beautiful porches and front entrance with well proportioned sawnwork brackets and graceful detail. In addition to the plan, the interior is important for its excellent and extensive marbleizing and woodgraining.
    • “The earlier house still retains its original integrity from the simple Federal finish of the baseboards and flat paneled mantel in the attic room of the ell to the fine mantel in the first floor east room, typical of the Federal era in Warren County.”
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354 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, Surry County
Klondike Cabins
listing expired August 1, 2019; relisted April 10, 2020
sale pending November 22, 2021 to February 7, 2022
listing withdrawn February 7, 2022
relisted March 4, 2022

  • $999,900 (originally $1.175 million, later $915,000)
  • 11 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 7,567 square feet, 22 acres
    • The figures are totals for a cottage and four log cabins.
  • Price/square foot: $132
  • Built in 1940
  • Listed August 1, 2018
  • Last sale: $3.6 million, February 1992
  • Note: The property includes four log cabins and a cottage that are now rented for weddings and events. It is part of Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery.
    • Located a mile outside Elkin and two miles from Interstate 77
    • The property includes creeks, a lake and a pond.
    • The cottage has two suites with a bathroom in each.
    • The main log cabin has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a large entertainment area, a dining room that can seat more than 50 people, a fully equipped kitchen and a covered porch overlooking the lake.
    • Two cabins are two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplexes.
    • The fourth cabin is a game room with a pool table, card table, satellite television, stereo, bar and bathroom.
    • All furniture, fixtures and equipment are included in the sale.
    • One of the cabins:
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618 N. Main Street, Mount Airy, Surry County
The William Edward Merritt House
Heart & Soul Bed & Breakfast
listing withdrawn January 2, 2022
relisted June 24, 2022

  • $899,900 (originally $850,000, later $750,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5,024 square feet (per county), 0.66 acre
  • Price/square foot: $179
  • Built in 1901
  • Listed July 8, 2021
  • Last sale: $152,000, April 2014
  • Neighborhood: Mount Airy Historic District
  • Note: The listing gives the square footage as 4,779.
    • The listing previously said there were 7 bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms.
    • Listing: “The house is selling completely furnished except for personal belongings.” That includes a restored 1939 Cadillac Series 75 limousine (click for photo).
    • The property includes a detached two-car garage with an apartment above.
    • District NRHP nomination: “Large, impressive two-story brick late Victorian style house with granite trim, dominated by a two-and-one-half story polygonal projecting bay and one-story wrap-around porch with spindle frieze.
    • “The virtually unaltered house also features decorative, tall, corbelled and recessed panel interior chimneys, one-over-one windows with granite lintels and sills, granite string course extending around the house above the second story windows, decorative sawn brackets supporting wide overhanging eaves and Colonial Revival interior features.
    • “Built in 1901 by contractor J.A. Tesh for W.E. Merritt, who owned a hardware store and brickyard, and was the founder of the Renfro Textile Company and one of the founders of the Mount Airy Furniture Company.”
    • William Edward “Ed” Merritt (1867-1946) was born in Chatham, Virginia. His wife, Caroline Octavia “Carrie” Kochtitzky Merritt (1868-1960), was a native of Oakland, Missouri. After they came to Mount Airy, Ed’s parents and five of his six siblings also moved to the town.
    • From the Mount Airy News: “As is often the case, this new blood energized and benefited the community, as they established or led several major businesses: Merritt Hardware, Renfro Hosiery, Mount Airy Furniture Company, Merritt Machine Shop, Piedmont Manufacturing Company, and Floyd Pike Electrical, the North Carolina Granite Corp., and others. Several family members have served as town commissioners, the city engineer, the Surry County Draft Board, the county Board of Commissioners, and in the US Navy and Army.”