That isn’t the case for local residents Bobby and Penny Martin.
After entering the retirement phase of their lives – Bobby was a general contractor and carpenter while Penny worked as an assistant in a doctor’s office – the couple moved to a sprawling Louisa farm in 2003.
They christened the property, “Weston Farms,” and started a winery business soon after. Now, the husband-and-wife entrepreneurship team has ventured into another branch of the business world: owning and operating their very own bed and breakfast.
We just wanted to take it to the next step,” Penny Martin said. “We wanted to make it a true destination that you can come and have wine, spend the night and sight-see through Louisa.”
Guests of the bed and breakfast will be housed in the property’s folksy, two-story home. The couple took on the challenge of completely renovated the vintage building – whose origins date back to the late 1700’s – when they moved to the property, and lived there until last Thanksgiving.
The cozy manor features colorfully painted walls adorned with quilts stitched by both Bobby’s mother and Penny’s grandmother. Though the furniture has a more modern look, it also provides the down-to-earth feel that the Martins are hoping for visitors to experience.
“It’s just like going to grandmother’s house,” Penny said. “You feel like you can sit on the furniture. It doesn’t feel like a museum.”
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 15 edition of The Central Virginian.