Sign of the Dove

This beautiful inn is located in the small rural town of Buena Vista in southwest Georgia, about 30 miles east of Fort Benning and Columbus, GA. The circa 1904 main house with Neoclassical Revival-style architecture is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A wrap around front porch with rocking chairs and ceiling fans evokes the charm and renowned hospitality of the old South. Inside, hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings with elegant crown molding, a wide carpeted staircase illuminated through exquisite stained glass windows, antique furnishings, and festive seasonal decorations complement the warmth and grandeur of the home. The cottage is a cozy, two-storey home adjacent to the main house with a large sitting room and full kitchen. The two buildings have a total of seven guest bedrooms (3 in the main house and 4 in the cottage), all with private baths, accommodating up to 17 individuals. The main house contains a full restaurant kitchen, with two dining rooms that will accommodate up to 50 individuals. Separate elegant men's and women's restrooms (½ baths) are in the hallway outside of the dining room area. The innkeeper's living suite on the first level of the main house is a large bedroom with large bath containing a separate clawfoot tub and walk-in shower.
Business Information
This is a turnkey investment, with all furnishings included. The inn has been in continuous operation for 24 years both as a bed & breakfast inn/restaurant and as a bed & breakfast inn only. During the last 8 years it has been a bed and breakfast inn only. However, the dining area and kitchen have been rented for occasional functions by caterers, including weddings, reunions, showers, and other functions. The current owner has maintained a 25% to 40% occupancy rate without ever advertising, except for the web site. If advertising was implemented, especially for Ft Benning weekly graduations, which are 25 miles away, the occupancy rate could be increased. The recently restored visionary art site, Pasaquan, which opened in October, 2016, is now bringing visitors from all over the world to Buena Vista. A new school for Chinese and American students, grades K-12, is now open just 7 miles from the inn. Chinese parents are expected to begin their first visits in the Spring of 2017. The inn also attracts guests due to its central location among several Georgia tourist sites, including Plains (President Carter’s home), Andersonville Civil War Prison, Providence Canyon, Ft Benning’s National Infantry Museum, and the Roosevelt Little White House at Warm Springs, GA. The very progressive Buena Vista Marion County Chamber of Commerce is active in driving plans to bring new businesses and improve the town square and to implement several new festivals in order to increase tourism.

Price: $375,000
Rooms: 8
Baths: 8
Square Feet: 6,300
Restaurant: Yes
Year Built: 1904
Occupancy: 38%
Gross Earnings: $48,005
Gross per room: $6,857
ADR: $51
Contact Information
Location:  Buena Vista, GA
Phone: 229 649-3663
Fax: 229 649-5940
Reason for selling
This owner has operated the inn for the last 11 years, 8 of these years without a spouse. The owner is now 79 years old and would like to retire while his health is still excellent.