Well that didn’t take long…in just over a week, the ‘Under Contract’ sign changed to ‘SOLD’ in front of the Claremont House Bed and Breakfast at 906 E. Second Ave. New owners Shane Fatland and Bryan Schreier of Stillwater, Minn., quickly closed on the property on Wednesday. It was listed for $499,999 with agent Mimi Richards of Toles, Temple and Wright. It features: six bedrooms and 6.5 baths in the main house as well as two bedrooms and a bath in the cottage. Claremont House closed in March after 16 years.
As for the new owners, the duo own Old Made Design, LLC, a furnishings/restoration/design company based in Stillwater but have relocated to Rome to begin work on restoring the Claremont House.
“I’m a designer and contractor from Minnesota but we’ve decided to move south. We saw the Claremont House listed on Instagram one freezing morning in Minnesota and decided we’d like go to go where it’s warmer. We called the agent and she made it quickly happen. We’ve been here four days and are already working,” says Fatland.
“The house needs a lot of help…its in rough shape. But we love old houses, especially restoring old Victorian homes. We plan to restore this home and keep it a single-family home and don’t have any plans to reopen the bed and breakfast at this time. We may look at something in a few years but not right now…there’s a lot of work to do.”
Fatland says they will also be repairing the guest cottage and may rent it in the future.
As for the renovations, they have one goal “to keep history intact.”
“We love historic homes and spaces and always work to ensure whatever is new looks like it has always been there,” he says. “We are going to keep the historic integrity of this property. We update in form and function but always respect and remember what made something so great to begin with.”
They recently completed restoration on an old Victorian home in Minnesota called The Castle House. “We got an insane amount of attention when we put the house on the market,” says Fatland.
The house sold in June for $765,000 according to the listing company.
“We enjoyed that project but are now ready for our next one. We wanted an adventure and are excited to be here in Georgia,” he says.