Welcome to The Martyn House…we are Rick Lucas and JoAnn Antonelli…
Rick brews beer and is an amazing photographer to view his portfolio of images visit his web site at ricklucasimages Rick is also the glue that holds our world together. He can be seen doing any number of handyman projects around the farm, our coffeehouse or journeying throughout the county with camera in hand looking for the next great shot!
JoAnn is a lifelong serial entrepreneur her history has revolved around being an artist, designer, merchandiser, small business consultant, gardener, numerous start-ups …she is a creator of extraordinary ideas! she reminds us that life is a journey of constantly creating, live with intention …..believe in the unbelievable!!
Together… we travel the world…create spaces…inspire community connection and yes we throw a darn good dinner party! We love The Mountains and seek Adventure in our down time whether hiking, kayaking or simply exploring ….there is always a ‘what next’ for us …that is what feeds our soul….
THE MARTYN HOUSE / THE ELLIJAY COFFEEHOUSE
THE MARTYN HOUSE
In 2007, world travelers Rick Lucas and JoAnn Antonelli bought an 18-acre, 1930’s homestead located in the North Georgia Mountains, just two miles from historic downtown Ellijay. The plan for this beautiful and remote sanctuary surrounded by lush nature and saturated with eclectic charm was to create a transformative experience for guests and visitors. They wanted guests to connect with the earth and its natural food sources through farm-to-table dinners, and environmentally conscious amenities. The vision also included the vibrant local art community with artist studio tours and retreats.
The property became known as The Martyn House.
The Martyn House quickly became Rick and JoAnn’s passion; a physical manifestation of their ever-evolving creative energy. Desiring to spend more time on the property and to immerse themselves in their own creative pursuits Rick and JoAnn shifted their attention toward the untapped potential still left in The Martyn House. While in India for a merchandising photo shoot, JoAnn purchased a luxury-sleeping tent to serve as a guest house on the property.
This was the catalyst for the reinvention of The Martyn House into a unique Bed and Breakfast; one where guests could embrace the peace and quiet of nature, while still enjoying all the comforts of home. The luxury sleeping tents provided a glamorous camping experience, where patrons slept in real beds with fine linens, and enjoyed gourmet meals. Today we call it… Glamping.
The property soon offered rooms in the Farmhouse, two Artist Studios, and four luxury sleeping tents as part of the Bed and Breakfast. Often the entire property was reserved. Featured in Southern Living in 2010, and voted 1 of 88 best getaways in the US in 2012, The Martyn House was well on its way to sustainability.
In 2012, Rick and JoAnn made another bold move and purchased a 1940’s building in historic downtown Ellijay. They spent a year renovating the property, re-purposing old wood to give the building a warm, rustic glow. When the project was completed, the 5,000 sq. ft. building housed two lofts upstairs, a studio, an art gallery, and a unique coffeehouse unlike any local gathering place in Ellijay. It is known as the Ellijay Coffeehouse.
About the part of the world we live in
The Georgia Mountains offers many adventures: the Appalachian Trail starts here, there is White Water Rafting at the Ocoee River, Kayaking or tubing down the Cartecay River, Fly Fishing, Apple Picking, Mountain Biking, and of course there is always the Wine HWY. …visiting our numerous vineyards. Back at the Martyn House you can relax with a good book, take a stroll down to the pond, hang out with the chickens, croquet, bocci, naps are always good, or just hang by the fire pit for some familiar conversation.