A true story turned BNB.
Kirby House is the result of a love story, re-envisioned in Madison Georgia's historic district. It's a place for relaxation, celebration, and good conversation all over a decadent gourmet breakfast.
the full story.
“Kirby” House owes its title to the maiden name of the mother (and previous owner) of the home, Jane Kirby. Now Jane Royal, she is the co-owner of the James Madison Inn, the boutique hotel and “sister property” to Kirby House, located in downtown Madison.
For the Kirby family, hospitality not only runs in the blood, it was actually the vocation from which the family found its home in America, and the start of a love story well worth passing down through the generations.
Jane’s grandfather, Dennis Aloysius Kirby, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1901, the same birthplace as Andrew Carnegie. Dennis was a talented soccer player, and found himself playing professionally by age 18. His team sailed from England in 1919 to play a match in Boston, which would prove life altering for the young Scot.
While in the city, the team was housed at a nearby boarding house and cared for by the assistant to the owner, Miss Margaret Anne McParland, born 1902 in Yorkshire, England. At age 17, Margaret had just recently arrived from England herself, having come to America to start a new life working at the boarding house, then owned by her Aunt.
During his stay of only a few days, Dennis and Margaret fell hopelessly in love. And, when it came time for the team to return to their homes in England, Dennis made a bold decision to break his contract with the team and stay in America with Margaret and start a new life together. They were married a couple of years later and had 4 children. The rest is history, as they say.
Nearly a century later, Kirby House owner Jeff Royal took on the project with his then-girlfriend Maria, now his wife and co-owner of the Bed & Breakfast, carrying forth a family bond borne out of hospitality, this time of the Southern variety.