Note: This post would have been up yesterday but my blog had a bizarre hiccup and I lost over half the post after it was completely written. Argggh. I have the best hosting company, though and they did their best to help me retrieve the old post. We got back about half of it, so thankful for that.
Tour Two Historical Homes & Guest Cottage oF a Beautiful Estate located on the Mobile Bay
Alabama has some beautiful historical estates and one of them is currently on the market for the first time in many years. The property is named Dorgan Inn Estates and it includes two historical homes and a beautiful guest cottage, all fully furnished. There’s also a studio and two wharfs. Oh, and did I mention it’s in Fairhope, Alabama, right on the Mobile Bay? Just look at that view!
The Dorgan Inn Estates is listed for $8,900,000. If you’ve recently won the lottery and have always wanted to own an exclusive gated compound situated right on the water, call David Bromstad from the HGTV show, My Lottery Dream Home right now and tell him to schedule a viewing, stat! This would be a great home for a celebrity wouldn’t it, very private and lots of space for family and guests.
The entrance to the Dorgan Inn looks like the entrance to a beautiful state garden or park. I love those little arched doors on either side.
The pictures for each of the three homes were all mixed together in the listing. I watched a video tour on YouTube and did my best to decipher which rooms went with each house, but I may be off on a room or two. I tried my best to sort them out, though.
The Murray House
The two historic homes on the property were built in 1848 and 1880. This gorgeous historical home is the Murray House and I believe it’s the one the owners chose to renovate and live in. The Dorgans are the “head of the Mississippi franchise of Krispy Kreme stores” per THIS article.
Doesn’t this look like the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon, eating, reading, napping. Repeat! Love all the beautiful brick walkways, so much prettier and more interesting than a plain concrete walkway.
You’ll see a lot of wood -paneled walls in the two historical homes on the property. It really gives the homes a cozy feel. Can you imagine what it would cost to do all this paneling today!
I think this is the living area for the Murray House. I have a feeling these picture do not do this home justice. It sort of looks like someone used a flash, doesn’t it? Bet this room is gorgeous in person.
The Murray House has a fully renovated, spacious kitchen. Notice the wonderful mix of woods and surfaces, so much more interesting than having everything all matched up.
A pretty dining room…
Dorgan’s Inn also hosts special events like weddings and parties, so there’s a special room in the Murray House for those type activities. Note the dreamy mural above the wainscoting. It’s very romantic and just a bit mysterious, isn’t it?
I believe this is the master bedroom in the Murray House. Looks like they painted the walls but left the ceiling it’s natural wood tone.
This was one of those rooms I wasn’t sure about. I’m guessing it’s in the Murray House, but not sure. That looks like a changing table, doesn’t it? Lots of pretty built in cabinetry and storage.
The Bay House
The other historical home on the Dorgan Inn estate is the Bay House.
We see more of the that gorgeous wood paneling here in the kitchen and dining area.
Such an interesting stove…have never seen one like that. Have you?
I didn’t see photos of any of the bedrooms but found this one in the video. Notice how they chose a beautiful iron bed for this. I wonder if this is the only spot where a bed would fit and they chose an iron bed to avoid blocking out the light and view from the windows.
Another sweet bedroom as seen in the video…so lovely!
The Bay House has a little surprise on the upper level–a spot just for the little ones.
There’s a bathroom, too! Love the shelving under the eve area…so smart!
The Guest Cottage
The third house on the property is the Guest Cottage. The guest cottage was built in the same style as the other homes found in the bay area.
Another fabulous porch!
The cottage was designed with an open interior.
Love the hidden refrigerator!
The dining room…
There’s also a studio on the property, although I didn’t see any photos of the interior.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the wonderful old homes, and the more recent guest cottage addition, of the Dorgan Inn Estate. You’ll find additional photos of this home including the outdoor entertaining areas and wharfs where these pictures were found here: Dorgan Inn Estate.