People wanting to step back into the 1800s will feel right at home at the D’Light House on Main Street in downtown Auburn. The home has a front-row seat to the annual Labor Day Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg festivities and is only a few steps from the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair’s midway at the end of September.
Last fall, officiant and proprietor Lois Light bought the 150-year-old, two-story brick colonial at 310 S. Main St. with running an Airbnb in mind. She officially opened March 20. Retirees and young couples wanting a getaway weekend have been the most responsive to the offering.
The home’s parlor features an original gas fireplace and period furnishings, including chandeliers and fixtures. Light said she spent the first two months going to estate sales to find historic accents and fixtures to fill the home, including a large English oak breakfront and table in the formal dining room with light filtering in from a bay window.
People can choose between two bedrooms upstairs, or another on the main level. A continental breakfast bar is set up in the landing at the top of the open staircase. A person could rent one room or the entire home, as Light has another residence in which to stay.
She also offers the dining room for small gatherings, meet and greets and romantic catered meals for couples. The home also features a small breakfast room overlooking the secluded garden.
The previous four owners took great care in keeping the home in good shape, including stripping the wood floors of paint and adding large area rugs. Creature comforts such as air conditioning are offered in each room plus room-darkening shades for privacy and relaxation.
Light became a wedding officiant about four years ago and has performed some 200 ceremonies in various locations. People can choose to be married in the home or garden, have a cake and champagne reception for up to 50 guests and/or use the Airbnb for the honeymoon.
As the new director of the DeKalb Chamber Partnership, Light enjoys putting Auburn’s best foot forward for residents and visitors alike. Since learning of her British heritage, she is considering English names for the various spaces in the home, possibly with Shakespeare or Jane Austen themes.
“I want to get a feel for the rooms’ personalities before naming,” she said.
People can contact Light at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 450-5710 for more information.