The Clubhouse

The Stewart House

Built for Robert Stewart, a prominent Newberry merchant in 1842, the 6,500 sq. ft. Greek Revival “The Stewart House” residence is Newberry’s most intact historical dwelling. Years ago, in an effort to save the home from demolition, the home was moved from Newberry, SC to the 200-acre Stewart Landing property. Early this year, construction began to fully-restore the 181-year-old dwelling as the community Clubhouse. 

The two-story rectangular frame dwelling with a pedimented double-tiered portico projecting from the façade features fine classical ornamentation. Plain square wood balustrades connecting four square wood pillars on each porch tier were recreated using locally-harvested cypress wood to weather the South Carolina climate.

The raking cornice of the front pediment displays finely-detailed dentils. A molded archtrave with tracery fan and sidelights frame each floor’s central doorway and open to an open foyer with grand staircase. 

The expansive grand hall of the two-story home leads your eye to the back wall of glass doors overlooking breathtaking views of the lake and the point amenities from the massive double-tiered porch with ceilings painted in haint blue. The Clubhouse features a full kitchen with large island adjacent to a dining/meeting room, four large private rooms with fireplaces with a total of five bathrooms, convenient on each level. 

Follow the back stairs down to the favorite resident secret—The 1842, the walk-out hangout on the ground level of the Clubhouse, complete with flat screen TVs to watch your favorite teams, billiards, game tables, darts, and comfortable sofas and chairs in private nooks for small group entertaining.

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What is "Haint Blue"?

Source: Today, By Embry Roberts

If you've ever had the pleasure of sipping sweet tea on a sun-drenched wraparound porch down South, you might have looked up and found a colorful surprise.

Porch ceilings in the American South (and parts of the Northeast) are almost always painted blue — whether the rest of the home's exterior is white, yellow, pink or any other color of the rainbow.

It's no coincidence

"First, there’s the folklore," explained Ellen O’Neill, the director of strategic design intelligence at Benjamin Moore. "Then, there’s the feel-good factor."

Color us intrigued!

The folklore piece refers to the concept of "haint," a Southern variation on the word "haunt" that refers to a ghost or spirit. "Blue represented water, and apparently spirits can’t traverse water," said O'Neill. "People would paint the ceilings, the window trim and sometimes the doors (to keep spirits away)."

What started as superstition has since translated into a design trend. "No one would think twice about painting their porch blue, because their grandmother's and their parents' (porches) were blue," O’Neill explained. "It's permeated into porch design."

In fact, the pale blue-green tint is now known in design circles as "haint blue".

Even if you don't believe in ghosts, a blue ceiling adds plenty of benefits from a design perspective. "A blue sky is an optimistic thing to look at. It reminds us of daybreak; it wards off gloomy weather and delays nightfall," said O'Neill. "Painting a ceiling blue brings in nature and the sky."

Plus, you don't have to worry about it clashing with the house. "Regardless of the rest of the paint colors—we see houses with yellow or pink facades with blue ceilings, and it doesn’t look like paint palette," O'Neill explained. "It looks like 'Oh, of course, that’s the sky.'”

And there's one more perk: Blue paint is believed to keep bugs and birds from nesting. While some think this is due to the heavy doses of lye that used to be in the paint supply, there's a psychological argument, too.

"If an insect perceives that a ceiling is really the sky, it instinctively wouldn’t nest there," said O'Neill. "It depends how deep you want to go into the brain of an insect...but it's not unlike how ladybugs will land on a white house. It's a visual trick."

Whatever the reason, it sounds like spending some time under a blue ceiling won't leave us feeling blue!

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