We purchased the Taylor Manor back in 2001. As a licensed GA Contractor, my husband loved restoring this 1870 historic home. We never intended to have our properties used as vacation rentals. In fact... Mike's folks lived in the Cottage behind the Manor which we also own...while we lived in the Manor. Following the restoration, Mike and I continued living in the Manor while I homeschooled the girls and we continued rent the out Cottage (as a long term rental). I'm also an R.N. and work part time at the local hospital. Mike worked as Asst Supervisor or Foreman for various commercial builders in town and, rather ironically, built a huge chunk of what could be considered our "competition"! :). (Eg: the Marriott, Hilton and several other hotels that are now downtown). In 2007, we decided to start renting out the Manor as a vacation rental. The girls, Mike and I moved out of the Manor and next door to the townhouse we also own. And so....our vacation rental adventure began! I adored decorating my "former home" to create for guests a home, not just a "house". Such fun! Due to my love for animals, but dislike for animal hair...we decided to be pet friendly but...wisely left only one room carpeted within the entire Estate. Polished, original heart pine flooring covers the rest. Avoiding upholstered furnishings, heavy curtains and sticking with soft leather, wood, tile, plantation blinds and only light curtains enabled us to make the Estate pet friendly, yet hypoallergenic. (I know! It's not the oxymoron it seems it should be). Homeschooling my girls continued through High School and they then attended Savannah's local colleges...SCAD and AASU where they both graduated with honors. I continue running the vacation rental and love the South. We've been blessed by our Lord to own/live in the loveliest section of Savannah....the historic landmark downtown district (which is the original colony and where all the sightseeing is located). So to get to pass along to our guests a glimpse of what it is like to do so...is exciting and wonderful!