Hailey bed and
breakfast to be featured on
Express Staff Writer
Terrie Davis turned their charming family home in Hailey into a bed and
breakfast nearly 10 years ago. It was built in about 1890 by English
carpenter and lumber yard owner, John Povey, and his wife, Elizabeth, who
raised five children in the four-bedroom, one-bathroom home.
photo by David Seelig
as the Davises tore down walls and removed old wallpaper, they found
newspapers from the late 1880s, Collier’s magazines, New Yorker
Mysteries and a huge amount of old personal papers, including receipts,
bills and letters—all used as insulation. It was these finds that
attracted the House and Garden Television show, "If Walls Could
Talk" to the Povey Pensione.
producer Michelle Bills and cameraman Steven Brown, of High Noon
Productions in Littleton, Colo., came to Hailey to spend the day filming
at Povey Pensione. The show appears each Sunday night and features homes
from different regions of the country.
Brown also shot in Boise and Eagle over the five days preceding their
visit to Hailey. In Boise, they spent a day at the C.W. Moore home, and
former Governor Haines’ home, where the owners had found a Certificate
of Election buried in the walls. In Eagle, they spent a day at the Aiken’s
home, whose family founded the town.
Pensione, though entirely rebuilt by Sam Davis, still retains several of
its original aspects, including the wood trim work around the windows and
doors, stained-glass windows in the front hall and kitchen, and a faux
marble fireplace. Terrie Davis said she feels the hand of Elizabeth Povey
has guided their changes and restorations. In fact, when they moved one of
the stained-glass windows to another location, a grandson, Bud Povey,
remarked, "You moved the window back where it used to be."
photo by David Seelig
Pensione has three spacious guest bedrooms, each with a private bath. They
have a sitting room and spacious kitchen, and serve a full breakfast
daily. Their guests, who’ve come from as far away as Paris, have found
them in a couple of guide books and on the Internet. At least three
nationally known publications have done stories about their bed and
breakfast, including Sunset magazine, Country and the Los Angeles Times.
had to reinvent ourselves over the years," said Terrie Davis. They
have added gardens, a wrap-around porch and finally hung a sign out front
as the neighborhood on Bullion Street began to change. In Povey’s day,
his lumber yard was next door to the home, and he supplied the lumber for
many of the homes and buildings in what was the mining town of Bullion. He
brought his widowed sister-in-law, Fanny, and her three children, to the
country to help him raise his five children after his wife died. He built
her a house nearby, which stills stands as well, and eventually they
All of the
Povey children went on to college, though none came back to Hailey to
"If Walls Could Talk" series, hosted by actor Grant Goodeve,
profiles homeowners who make surprising discoveries about their homes as
they researched and restored them.
episodes currently being shot will begin airing this fall.