Location clinches move for business
(Reprinted from The Brunswick News, August 8, 2012)
Tom Hutcheson had no idea he would end up in Waverly when he started looking for a bed and breakfast inn to purchase.
The Denver businessman sold his mobile fueling company in Denver because he didn't want to work nights anymore. Shortly after he sold his business, he went to Tryon, N.C., with the intent to buy a bed and breakfast.
"Unfortunately, it was a million dollar renovation project," he said. "I was dejected because I came out to buy property."
Hutcheson decided to see if there were any other bed and breakfast inns for sale in the region. He read an ad about a horse for sale 350 miles south in Waverly that had "potential" to be converted into a bed and breakfast.
It turns out the 7,200-square-foot house on a 16-acre tract on Horse Stamp Church Road was perfect for Hutcheson's plans. The five-bedroom house had a handicap-access elevator, two laundry rooms and two dish washers.
But the deal clincher was when he learned the Horse Stamp Church Road interchange in Camden County at the 22-mile marker on Interstate 95 was set to open. It's less than a four-mile drive off the interstate to his business.
While lightly populated Waverly may seem like an unlikely location for a bed and breakfast, Hutcheson said it's the perfect spot for a business.
He and his wife, Kristine, are marketing the Horse Stamp Inn as the ideal location for visitors to Cumberland Island, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marys, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and the beaches and golf courses of the Golden Isles.
The business is about a nine-minute drive from Hickory Bluff Marina, where guests can rent a charter for fishing or touring the coastline.
The inn, which opened about three weeks ago, features walking and horse trails, a stable, a swimming pool, a fishing pond, fire pit and a chicken coop where fresh eggs are gathered for breakfast.
Each guest room is named after a famous horse such as Seabiscuit, Cimarron and Sugarfoot and features king-size feather beds, flat-screen TVs and spacious baths.
"It's new and shiny," Kristine Hutcheson said. "We're ready now."
Besides targeting vacationers, they also plan to accomodate weddings, corporate retreats and groups.
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