Central Florida Hanger Home that Doubles as a B&B
By Mary Thurwachter
You never know what you may find in a small Florida town. Take Geneva, for example. The Seminole County town (with fewer than than 3,000 inhabitants) is home to an unconventional bed-and-breakfast called Danville.
The inn's unassuming, wrap-around front porch doubles as a 2-ton, 45-by-15-foot hydraulic garage door that lifts with the push of a button to reveal Downtown Danville.
Inside, you'll find an airplane hanger-turned-1940s-little-town, an Irish pub, library, and a two-bedroom hotel complete with kitchen, photo booth, elevator, living room and balcony. When the garage door goes down, the back of it serves as a large movie screen. A projector is mounted beneath the hotel balcony. The movie house/hanger sometimes serves as a party spot for neighbors and friends and the inn is a popular venue for weddings.
Filled with midcentury antiques, streetlights and phones (some of them salvaged from the old Rosie O'Grady's in downtown Orlando), Danville even caught the eye of Carter Oosterhouse, who did a segment on the unusual building for HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms.
Danville was built by Daniel Shaw, a plumbing contractor and pilot — and self-dubbed Danville mayor — who lives across the private airport runway. His idea began when he pondered building a one-of-a-kind hanger home and guesthouse that didn't look like a hanger.
"The B&B; is ideally located, so that a visitor can relax in Old Florida, and yet we are in easy driving distance to the central Florida attractions," says Sally Bush, who handles marketing for the inn. "Geneva is a small town on the edge of Lake Harney. There are many activities that can be enjoyed, such as horseback riding on trails, air boating, eco tours in kayaks, and fishing on the St John's River.
"We are also close to the Brevard County beaches and the Space Center. A family visiting Danville B&B; can spend a day at Disney or Universal, then come back to the peace and quiet of rural Geneva to relax and unwind. The next day can be spent at the Space Center or at Canaveral National Seashore."
While pilots may fly in for a stay, airplane rides are not part of the deal for guests at Danville B&B; – and Shaw's planes aren't typically in the B&B; hanger.
Mary Thurwachter is a West Palm Beach freelance writer and founder/producer of INNsideFlorida.com (www.innsideflorida.com). Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/INNsideFlorida.Email: INNsideFlorida@me.com