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Historic "Harwood Cottage," a whole house rental or a private suite for two!

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

Recapture the 1920's Jazz Era in the heart of Macon's Historic Dis

Welcome to our 1920’s Harwood Cottage... a Jazz Era mansion in the very heart of modern Macon, just a couple blocks off I-75's exit 164 but nearly a century beyond. This wonderful home has 6 secure bedrooms (4 king) & 3.5 baths accommodating up to 23 adults with relative ease. It isn't perfect (yet) but it is spacious, well appointed and full of discovery. It's a perfect place to gather. Our popular 'Whole House Rental' includes up to eight adults and/or older kids and our three suite rentals have a two person max occupancy on available nights. We can also customize a space to fit your exact needs. Each option is a ‘hard to beat value' and as always, children under 10 are free.


The Harwood Cottage is a 30 room mansion on five levels.. The whole house & individual suite rentals are both on the two main floors but never at the same time. All guests enjoy the use of our home's public spaces including: formal reception & main stair halls, living (drawing) room, ‘Chinoise’ dining room, breakfast room, media lounge, music library, conservatory & kitchen. Our garden level is partially available for those using our exercise studio, hot tub grotto or laundry, up to 6 free secure lighted garage or motor court parking spaces, free hi-speed internet, free Continental Breakfast, plus the use of our china & silver service, art & antiques, grand piano, flat screen tv, DVD, book & music collections, gardens, outdoor grille, fire pit, outdoor deck dining area and our historic house & downtown tour plus 24 hour concierge, laundry, security, cleaning & livery services with affordable in-house catering services available through Byron Gay Hospitality Services.


(We are pleased to announce that as of 1/1/18, for the third year in a row, we’ve been named the number one destination in our region by Home Away/VRBO. and also for our third consecutive time we have earned 'SuperHost’ status from a leading competitor. We wish to thank the over 5,000 wonderful guests who have supported us over these past three years).

There are two ways to book The Harwood Cottage:

Option A: The Standard Whole House Rental

Our most popular booking... an exclusive accommodation unshared by other travellers. We ask a modest nightly fee (standard rate of $298/nite for the private 20 room main living area for up to eight standard guests) and welcome larger groups to a maximum of 23. Please plan on a $19/nite guest gratuity for each additional guest beyond your standard 8 guests which covers the added incremental cost of the additional breakfasts, linens, towels, utilities, trash removal, cleaning & maintenance. (Please note: Each of the following 'special requests must be made in writing at least 48 hours in advance of check in: a. 'Remote Owner Stay' sometimes events call for maximum privacy. We can make provisions for that when you agree in writing to waive all on-going services including: laundry, concierge, livery, security, repair, maintenance, breakfast and landscaping services. You must also include an acknowledgment that you will pay any additional fees that may apply. b. Professional Bonded Cleaning Services are also available. We offer a 'swept clean' accommodation that meets the standards outlined by each of our booking partners. If, for personal reasons you require something more, we can arrange access or even recommend local services once a written request is received. Additional fees may apply). Wherever possible, please use our instant booking option to reserve your desired dates. If you find a date or set of dates that appear unavailable, please contact us. Often, just a single suite has been 'spoken for'. With a bit of flexibility, there may still be a work around so reach out to us and let us see what we can do.

Option B: Choosing A Private Suite(s):

Sometimes you don't need a whole house. That's ok. When the property is not fully booked, we invite singles, couples & small families to stay. Choose from one of our three 'Private Suites' (based on availability) at their more modest nightly fares: The William Suite $65/nite, The Eudora Suite $75/nite or The Sidney Suite $85/nite. All have private baths. Please note: Recently, we streamlined our offerings to a single property listing which is our whole house rental. So, when booking a suite, please contact us by text through the booking service prior to filling out your booking worksheet and tell us what your needs will be. Simply review the three suite photo collages to determine which you prefer, then tell us your custom needs and we'll be right back to you with our best tailored solution. (Please note, your suite may also include: private balcony, gas fireplace, large jacuzzi tub, marble or hardwood floors, built in vanity, sleigh bed, antique furnishings, cedar closets, mirrored dressing area, stained glass windows, reading nook, private entrance, leather sofa, original art by Banksy, Remington & others, autographed first editions volumes, Murano or Lalique chandeliers or a first floor 'stair free' option. All suiite guests have access to all the (shared) public spaces that Whole House Renters enjoy.


Hosting an event while you're here?

We love events so plan away! We are pleased to have become a leading choice in this region for event based stays including weddings, bridal showers, graduations, reunions, football weekends, conventions, theater performance, concerts, sporting events and more. Still, when we talk events we mean planned gatherings on the property where five or more non-overnight guests will be visiting the property for more than two hours at the same set time. If you are planning such an event, please let us know 24 hours in advance. Please be aware that we ask a modest event fee (between $25 & $400), based on size & scope, from afternoon tea for five to a wedding reception for 50, we're here to help. Your event fee covers prep & set up assistance, community & civic coordination, clean up, trash removal and general maintenance.

Continental Breakfast Offerings:

7 coffee choices, 9 tea choices, cocoa, oval teen, milk, malted milk, 2 juices, 5 cereal selections, granola bars, toaster struddles, Belgian waffles, croissants, Italian toast, pastry, everything bagels, cream cheese, oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, cheesy Grits, honey, creamer, whipped creme, butter, margarine, 2 t ypes of yogurts, real maple syrup, 2 types of peanut butter, 4 types of preserves, bacon, cheese, eggs, bananas, lemons, strawberries, oranges, 4 types of sweeteners and cordial in a crystal glass; all purchased fresh at 6am and set up to say good morning at your preferred hour!

Sleeping Arrangements Worksheet:

(We encourage guests to use the sleeping berth worksheet below and share plans with us a week in advance. That allows us to plan laundry and prep with minimal time spent for maximum efficiency).

1. Eudora Bedroom

(Swedish King, Private Balcony, Fireplace, Master Bath with Jacuzzi, Sleeps 2, 2nd Floor)

2. Sidney Bedroom

(Traditional King, Private Lounge with 20 ft. Round Sofa, Montaigne Bath with Tub/Shower, Sleeps 2 with possible third on sofa, 2nd floor)

3. Zelda Bedroom

(Traditional Queen, Shares Master Bath, Henredon Furnishings, Sterns & Foster Mattress, Darkest Room, Sleeps 2, 2nd Floor)

4. Laurence Bedroom:

(King Bed and room for one or two available Premium Full/Queen Tall inflatables (Ideal for Slumber Parties), Shares Montaigne or Master Bath, Sleeps 2, 4 or 6! 2nd Floor)

5. Margaret Bedroom

(Antique French Full Bed, bright cozy adolescent style with great view of the neighborhood, Sleeps 2)

6. William Bedroom

(Traditional King, Private Entrance, Limited Handicap Access, Few or No Stairs, Shower Only Bath, Sleeps 2, 1st Floor)

7. Music Library

(Full Sleep Sofa, Grand Piano, Fully Locking, Second sofa, shares William Bath, Sleeps Two or Three, 1st Floor)

8. Conservatory

(Single Day Bed, bright garden room.. First floor location. Sleeps One)

9. Media Lounge

(Sofa: Very Comfortable, Extended Round Leather Sectional, TV Access, Perfect for the Night Owl, Sleeps One, 2nd Floor)

10. Living Room

(Sofa: Faces Main Fireplace, Can be closed off with privacy doors. Sleeps One, 1st Floor)


Come & experience an authentic Southern home, complete with all the artifacts, heirlooms & imperfections you'd expect. Here you'll find a bygone era hidden in the tales of Barons of Lumber, Boisterous Bootleggers, Baptist Ministers, Bedside Nurses, Budding Aviators & Broadway Bankers; who have called this place home over the past century. You’ll find the energy of the pioneers and plantation folk who came before them. You’ll find the heritage and hallowed hills of the native people who came before us all. What you won’t find is the glitzy pseudo-perfection of a corporate chain with its gleaming mini bar and greedy pricing; or the vacant, faux time share with its empty cabinets and last year’s ‘must have’ colors. Most of all, you won’t find yet another lonely, neon stained, Interstate motel replete with dozens of white contractor trucks.

Hey, if you think you might find peace in a palace sized room, pleasure in a croissant covered tray and promise in a piano by the fire... relax! You already have a place in the heart of Georgia! If you secretly want to visit us just to “Tear ‘ole Dixie Down”, please, pass us by. That battle’s been won (around here they say it was a draw). Let’s work from love people... time is getting short, now.

Hurricane Irma Update: Thank you to all who have supported us since last Fall's historic hurricane, the strongest ever recorded. We are told the last of the fence and roof repairs should finally be completed by the end of April. Our Spring ‘18 spotlights are: Music: The Hot Sardines, Literature: Faulkner-Argumentative Fiction, Art: Liondecker, When Art Became Commercial, Restoration: Interior Frescoes & Grisaille, Exterior: Fountains & Footpaths.

More Details

John Cappelano
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

About John Cappelano

I am an eclectic individual who loves the contradictions that make life interesting. I have reached the middle of my life, living in Macon, GA but the son of a Mayflower Mom and a first generation Italian dad. I love the arts, painting, music, writing but I have made most of my money over the years on Wall Street. I haven't made that much though because I have chosen to be honest in a game that doesn't pay the honest very well. I love old houses and new cars. I believe in tradition though I am totally iconoclastic. I love to travel but I could be totally happy never having to leave Harwood Cottage again. I am a hometown boy who finds himself traveling over 3,000 miles for work, frequently. I am a Cancer (zodiac wise only). I am single. I am over 50. I am nostalgic.

John Cappelano purchased this house in 2006

Why John Cappelano chose Macon

This property was chosen by my parents many years ago as their ideal place to retire. It was found by chance on a historic homes at Christmas tour in the Macon Historic District. The house became loved by both of them because of its first floor suite with private full bath and the Music Library which could be used as an extension of that suite. They loved the many sets of pocket doors and access between rooms on every floor allowing for an endless configuration of open or semi-open floor plans. The old back porch allows for access to the kitchen just steps from the William Suite (their first floor suite), bedroom. Though they didn't have much money, they did their best to honor their favorite Southern writers and the literary history of the people of Macon. My dad passed a few years ago and several months ago, my Mom joined him. My nephew and I are currently restoring the home back to the glory of my folks early retirement and then some. Our guests have even helped us with ideas on projects like the secret garden and the Chinese Dining Room. Each week, something new is completed and it's all because if people like you! All in all, the house is very ingenious given the 1920's era when it was imagined. Come visit and live the life of a Southern Novelist of The Jazz Era with all its quiet romance, boisterous bravado and faded hints of tawdriness.

What makes this house unique

Unique benefits include free high speed internet access and 5G iphone or smart phone access. Full towel service and premium bedding. Full kitchen access. Available continental breakfast. Off street, lighted, fenced in, secure parking for seven vehicles. Use of the film, music, sheet music and instruments in the music library and media lounge. Private full baths in three suites. Spa tub with jacuzzi in Master Suite. Two parking garage bays. Gas Outdoor Grill. Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool and Cuisine Art Appliances. Two full China Services (one breakfast and one dinner). Components include Royal Worcester, Royal Daulton, Gorham, Channel and others. Access to original works of art by Remington, Manet and others as well as period pieces from 17th, 18th and 19th century Asia, Europe and The Americas. Access to the 1886, Viennese Grand Piano. Access to the Conservatory with its wide variety of indoor plant specimens. Access to the Southern Gothic Writers' Literary Collection. Access to a total of six beds sleeping a total of 11 guests. Use of all kitchen facilities. Access to the fenced-in, indoor/outdoor dog run. All trash and garbage collection included. Walking distance to The Allman Brothers' Big House Museum, Vineville Historic District sites and Georgia School for The Blind.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Macon in Bibb County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 13:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 -
    Laundry, Craft, Yoga & Spa bath. - Toilet
    The Parisian Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , French accessories & art, ooh la la!
    The Master - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Two person jacuzzi, Ritz Carlton Shower Head, Tea Lights...
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • The Sidney Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sunny, large, private lounge, stained glass reading nook
    The Eudora Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Swedish Memory Foam, Fireplace, Private Terrace
    The Zelda Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Henredon Furnishings, William MorrisTextiles
    The William Suite - 1 Double Bed , 1st Floor, Private Bath, Antique Bed
    The Laurence. Suite - 2 Double Bed , Dormitory Style, Two Inflatable High Fulls
    The Margaret - 1 Double Bed
    The Music Library - 1 Single Bed , Sleep like Mozart with visions of a grand piano to dream by!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Quality & Standards Grounds: Pre-arrival walk through to remove litter branches and obstructions, sweep within front & back entrances, remove allmaintenance items, stow trash, arrange outdoor furniture along with routine average home owner yard & garden maintenance with on-going restoration and expansion (Possible special requests: special plantings, decorations, leaf blowing, lawn mowing, outdoor furniture, decor and amenities). Interior Public Spaces, Sweep or Vacuum, Dust or Polish, Straighten& Declutter. Quarterly Window Washing and Rugs Steam Cleaned along with on-going maintenance and improvement projects secured in progress during visits. (Possible special requests: Deep cleaning by outside service, lights lit upon arrival to match requested scheme, fireplace lit, climate & music request, fresh floral request, kitchen appliance request, exercise equipment request, party set up, in house catering, room configuration, china service, special access to spa room, laundry, yoga stud


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Historic "Harwood Cottage," a whole house rental or a private suite for two!
average rating of 4.181818 based on 22 reviews
Sylva, NC

Beautiful old home with wonderful furnishings. Loads of room to spread out or gather together.

  • 5 of 5

It was just what we were looking for the family attending a wedding. Really enjoyed the nostalgia of the home and neighborhood. Host was most accomodating and very welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve, Thank you, so much for that great review! You, your wife and your entire family were a joy to host and I have given you a well deserved five star review across the board, as well. You definitely will always have a place in the heart of Georgia. Happy holidays to you and your family! Best, John C. The Harwood Cottage At Historic Macon
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Southern hospitality

  • 4 of 5

Loved the mansion; interesting history; super nice owner. Our only problem was one of the bathrooms was not cleaned, so we couldn’t use it. Still a cool place, tho.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Large Home Just Needs a Little TLC

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful large home in a lovely neighborhood in Macon. Lots of room for our family of 10. (6 adults, 2 toddlers and 2 one year old twins) John was great in communicating with us through out our reservation process. He asked us what time we wished to arrive and we agreed on the 3:00 check in. When we arrived, house was not yet ready, so we went out exploring Macon. When we arrived back at 5:30, house was still not ready for us, but John showed us the house, gave some history and then he finished up. All good. The rest of our family arrived very much later in the evening, and bedrooms were set up. It rained hard that night, and one of the rooms (thankfully one we chose not to use) had quite a good leak thru the ceiling.(mentioned several times in previous reviews) John later explained that the roofers didn't secure the tarp well that had been placed there till further repairs could be made. The kitchen was well stocked, with coffee, tea, cereals, milk, spices, literally everything you would need. On the first day John left bagels, fruit, croissants and juice. What a nice treat. During our stay we had a couple of issues and tried to communicate with John, but he didn't receive and of our messages. He indicated that it was due to a "Home Away" glitch. Didn't effect our stay, but weird that we didn't hear from him, as he was so good at communicating during our initial process.

The positives staying here definitely out weighed the few issues that we encountered. Place has lots of history and lots of room! Kitchen was well stocked, tons of dishes, glasses, pots and pans etc.. Rooms were spacious and 2 large living areas for families to gather.

The house is old, and really needs a bit of T.L.C. The roof especially in need of repair to prevent further leaks. Organization in the kitchen would be great. (Tons of stuff, just very disorganized) John did a great job, but the floors were really dirty, and socks were black. It's a huge house and probably hiring someone to assist in cleaning would be necessary, and ensure an on time check in. I definitely recommend this home for a large group or family, but caution on some of the issues that were pointed out in some of the previous reviews, and check on the status with John. Hope you are well John.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warner Robins, Ga

Nice Small Wedding Venue

  • 4 of 5

I booked this location for 2 days and has my wedding there. It was a nice intimate location for my ceremony. There is lots of space and the bedrooms were nice. The bathroom next to my room was still being renovated so it left a little to be desired. We used one of the others with a large tub and it was much nicer. Overall, I was very pleased with our stay. John is nice and helpful. I couldn’t have imagined the wedding being any better.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay! Incredibly helpful host!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Harwood was incredible! We had a large group and filled the whole house over our wedding weekend. John was very responsive and went to get any supplies or clean bedding and towels as needed. We also hosted two great parties at the house.

Outstanding stay and we would highly recommend the Harwood Cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What can we say? This was an amazing family to host. Great in so many ways that the words were hard to find but find them we did. Try: thoughtful, polite, conscientious, fun, pleasant, cheerful, engaging, inclusive, welcoming, understanding, charitable, charmingly gregarious, never cold despite the circumstances or weather, beautiful, interesting and a stunning couple atop the cake on New Year’s Eve made this New Year’s wedding one for our keepsake book. The stay was wonderful. The parties were meticulously managed, the property was left exactly as we expected it to be. We coukdn’t Be more impressed with a guest or the large group of well wishers who joined them here on their big day. A lifetime of happiness with a 2018 full of adventure should await this incredible couple!!! We were truly honored...J
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Spacious & well kept!

  • 5 of 5

The entire property was in incredible condition and the staff was attentive and helpful in many ways. I highly recommend, especially for the value!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Zack for your review. We gave you a solid five star review, as well. It was so nice to end the summer season and head into the holidays with such a great guest and friends. You all were so honest, respectful and straight forward that we’d forgotten how great it could be when wonderful guests turn out to be appreciative of how hard we work to deliver a solid venue at a really good value. It restores our faith and gets us energized to work even harder! Thanks again, John C. The Harwood Cottage At Historic Macon
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
I-75, GA Route16
Nearest Beach
186 Miles
Tybee Island
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £14.29 per person per night
Damage Insurance £44.36

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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