Showhouse Chair Kathleen Rivers admires
one of many unique items offered by The Bascom in their boutique at Serenity Acres.
In a word, Serenity Acres, site of the 16th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse ™, is an “adventure.”
Visitors have much to discover this year — not just one house, but an array of buildings, gardens, trails, paddocks, and meadows. There are three homes, beautifully decorated by 25 acclaimed designers from across the Southeast. A six-horse stable is a demonstration and sales area for The Bascom, with artisans working in pottery, wood, fiber, sculpture, blacksmithing, and painting throughout the event. There is yet another building where local shops from the Cashiers area feature wonderful collectibles for sale.
Twelve renowned landscape designers enhance the very walkable grounds and gardens of the Showhouse. In fact, there is so much to see and explore, visitors are encouraged to allow a minimum of two hours to fully experience
The story of Serenity Acres began in 1990 when George and Dorothy Bishop purchased a home and acreage up at Cedar High with the idea of spending more time in the mountains. The Bishop family shared a love of horses and quickly realized the potential the property held for expanding this interest. Adjacent wooded land was purchased, clearing began, pastures and barns took shape, and the concept of an equestrian farm began to emerge. The transformation was completed with construction of a large horse barn and riding ring. The prize ribbons, which still adorn the walls of the Serenity Acres stable office and tack room, are evidence of the success the Bishops enjoyed at horseshows throughout the Southeast.
The property itself – all 39.6 acres of it – is spectacular, sitting high atop Riley Mountain, with majestic views of Cow Rock and Laurel Knob. The three homes in the complex have a combined total of nine bedrooms and
“The sheer beauty and peace of Serenity Acres provoked a vision of people coming and browsing for hours,” says Kathleen Rivers, chair of this year’s event, “not just popping in to see a house, but instead spending time to experience the property in its entirety.”
A light lunch featuring flavorful soups, salads and sandwiches by Café 107 is available on site daily.
Special events during the Showhouse include:
August 16: Patron Party – Spectacular evening of music by Liquid Pleasure and dining by caterer Lee Epting, all enjoyed under a dramatically decorated tent in the paddock at Serenity Acres Farms. Festivities begin at 6:30 P.M. as patrons are greeted with cocktails upon their arrival by shuttle from the Community Center.
August 17: Presentation, luncheon and book-signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley at 11:30 A.M. Guest speaker will be Carolyne Roehm, internationally acclaimed trendsetter in flowers, entertaining, garden design, and interior and product design. Ms. Roehm’s new book, “Flowers,” is as glorious as her knowledge on landscape, tablescape and all things fashionable.
August 24: “H.E.L.P.! A Tribute to the Beatles” will be staged at the Chattooga Club Pavilion starting at 6:30 P.M., featuring an open bar, light dining, and great dancing fun. The entertainers, from Charleston, South Carolina, produce only one concert yearly to benefit a worthy charity. The Showhouse was selected this year. Count on an energetic two-hour, non-stop performance as an introduction to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles.
Surprise Pop-Up events are scheduled the last week of the Showhouse. Watch for future announcements.
The Cashiers Designer Showhouse™ is the primary fundraiser of the Cashiers Historical Society, whose work in educating and advocating to preserve the cultural heritage of the Cashiers Valley is so essential. Admission is $25 and includes transportation to and from the Showhouse. All parking is at the Cashiers Community Center, with shuttles running continuously.
Tickets can be purchased in Cashiers at the Community Center, the Cashiers Historical Society, Cashiers Farmers Market, Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and Vivace of Cashiers; in Highlands at Acorns, The Bascom, Vivace of Highlands and The Summer House. Tickets may also be bought at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley and the Transportation and Parking Area for the Showhouse.
Hours of operation are 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 P.M. on Sundays. For further information, contact the Cashiers Historical Society (828) 743-7710) or visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
Contributed by Jeff Alt | Photo by Brianne Williams