Abilene

Abilene bed & breakfast named 1 of country's 'most romantic' getaways

Sayles Landmark prepares to open an alternative type of lodging

ABILENE, Texas - Sayles Landmark is a historic home, fully renovated and converted into a bed & breakfast boutique hotel in the heart of Abilene. Owner Terry Browder has spent the past four years updating and designing the property, which will have a grand opening later this year.

Browder has worked with the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote the property through the public relations firm the Bureau uses to publicize attractions throughout the city. It was through that connection the Sayles Landmark was picked up by Travel + Leisure as a romantic getaway location and featured on NBC's Today show.

We met up with Browder to see the Sayles Landmark, and talk about the attention it has received.

You can visit the Sayles Landmark website here. You can call directly at 325.670.9402.

The Texas Historical Commission has posted this history of the Sayles Landmark on the historical marker at the home site:

Henry Sayles (1852-1916), born and reared near Brenham, Texas, studied law under his father, noted legal scholar John Sayles (1825-1897). Henry practiced law in Galveston where he met and married Hattie McAlpine. The couple moved to Abilene in 1886. Sayles practiced law here in partnership with his father and oversaw real estate belonging to Galveston clients. John and Henry Sayles wrote and published several books on Texas law. Harrie and Henry Sayles, Sr., built this house about 1889, at a time when few homes existed on present-day Sayles Avenue. Portions of the house, including a rear addition built sometime between 1895 and 1903, were remodeled after fire damage in 1941. Extensive renovations of the house began in 1974. The house is an excellent local example of a late Victorian-era dwelling. It features finely-executed queen Anne details, including porches with turned wood posts and balusters, jigsawn brackets and frieze, shingled and decorative wood gable ends, and a decorative brick chimney. As the president of Abilene Land and Improvement Company, Henry Sayles, Sr., was responsible for the development of Abilene's Sayles Avenue neighborhood. The house remained in Sayles' family until 1974. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1995


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