This is an incredibly beautiful spot to spend a few days, and we tried to get a room there. Since it was the week of The Celebration, it was already booked, so we took an alternate room at the mill. There are lots of different types of rooms at the farm, so I don’t really have room to talk about all of them. You can check out the website at http://www.parishpatch.com and find out about all the different room types. They range from $121 to $208. The rooms that I think are the best are the little cottages. They have a separate bedroom, living room, and kitchen, and all of them have a back porch that looks over the most beautiful vista of open fields and green hills. The cottages can sleep between 6 and 8 people, and some of them have fireplaces.
There is a lot more here than just the rooms. They have a large conference space that they can rent out, but probably the most unique feature is the Whitney Chapel. This was built for the daughter of the couple in 2004 for her wedding, and it is one of the first things that you see when you drive in. They used stone from an old 19th-century fence (there are a lot of stone fences around that area), and it just looks beautiful and rustic and like it has been there for generations. You can rent out the space for weddings, and the inn can organize your entire wedding if you want them to. They also have the obligatory pool, but when we were there it was filled with leaves, so I’m not sure how much they use it.
Parish Patch is also a working farm, and everything they raise is used in the restaurant they own, Cortner Mill. The only thing that I saw while I was there was the barn and silo and the Beefalo that roam around the pasture next to the cottages. Beefalo are a new breed of cattle that are half buffalo and half cow. They are really cute. And when we were there, they had a new calf who was wandering around following his mom. He was darling. I hate to think of him being eaten one day!
All rooms come with a fantastic breakfast prepared just for you. I highly recommend this place and am sorry we weren’t able to get a room here.
by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
September 15, 2005
From journal Out of Our Element in Shelbyville