Callaway Gardens buys nearby lodge, spa

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Popular tourist attraction Callaway Gardens said Thursday it has bought The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens.

The LEED-certified building opened in November 2006 and has 149 guest rooms and suites, outdoor fireplaces, a restaurant, a lounge, a pool with a cabana and conference meeting space. The spa — Spa Prunifolia  covers 13,000-square-feet.

Gardens officials did not say how much they paid for the accommodations.

Callaway Gardens, which includes a garden, resort, and residential community, is on Pine Mountain about an hour drive from Atlanta. The Lodge and Spa, which was owned by a subsidiary of Noble Investment Group, sit on property outside the Gardens near its golf course.

“This is a historic moment for Callaway Gardens,” William “Bill” R. Doyle III, president and chief executive officer for Callaway Gardens, said in a release.

“Our founder, Cason J. Callaway, built the first hotel rooms in the 1950s to provide Gardens guests a place to stay with after-tax proceeds used to support the Gardens and its endeavors,” Doyle said. “The addition of The Lodge and Spa is a strategic move to further enhance the Gardens’ experience and solidify its future.”

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Callaway said it will immediately begin a 10-month renovation of the property, include updates for rooms, public areas, restaurants and the spa.

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“Our design goal will bring The Lodge and Spa forward while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the overall Gardens’ experience Cason Callaway envisioned,” Doyle said.

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