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Plan A Unique Nashville Staycation At Sweeney Cottage In Leipers Fork
by TJ Anderson
A few years ago, I collected what I felt were some of the most unique places to stay in Nashville, from Germantown to East Nashville. I stand by those picks — if you know someone who’s traveling to Nashville and doesn’t really gravitate to Marriott vibes, I’d definitely send them to the Urban Cowboy B&B or The 404.
But I’m not sure those would be my immediate picks for a Nashville staycation. I love living, working and being in Nashville, but for me, a staycation means getting outside of my daily routine — getting some peace, quiet and calm, far enough away from what I see everyday to feel like an escape. There was a time in Nashville that you maybe yearned for busy-city vibes, but that time feels long gone.
If you’re on a similar plane, then you’ll probably agree with my Nashville staycation pick: Sweeney Cottage in Leiper’s Fork.
Calm, country vibes are best expressed in historic homes, and Sweeney Cottage — a circa-1892 space that’s been lovingly restored — is an ideal representation, from the porch swing to the tin roof.
With two bedrooms and another trundle bed in the “writer’s room” (which has two Gibson guitars slung on the walls for easy access), the cottage can fit a crew of up to six people, with everything you might need for maximum relaxing: gas fireplace inside, fire pit outside, flat screen TV if you get bored of watching fire.
The most fun part, to me, is that every inch of the space is full of home design inspiration, starting right at the original arched entry doors, built by original owner Carl Sweeney back in the late 1800s. The kitchen is tiny but mighty, with an original gothic window that absolutely makes the space, plus perfectly chosen floral wallpaper pattern that elevates it even more. And the white penny tile and brass fixtures in the bath couldn’t be more classic and beautiful.
If you’re a sucker for home style too, take a look through the Sweeney Cottage photo gallery — the house is a work of art.
Given how gorgeous the home is, it’s a relative steal to stay in, starting at $250 a night, Monday through Thursday.
If you need a low-key getaway (or everyday, for that matter), it’s tough to beat Leiper’s Fork, a small, creative community in Williamson County, just a little west of Franklin. The area’s only 1100 acres, but it’s stuffed with charm, from quiet and hilly country roads to the more social village, full of restaurants, shops and creative spaces like the upscale but not stuffy 1892 restaurant and artisan gallery The Copper Fox.
If you want to retreat from the world in Leiper’s Fork, you can. If you want a little energy, you can find it too. (Sweeney Cottage is walking distance from the village, so no need to Lyft.)
I love this description from the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau: “If Sunday morning had a hometown, the charming village of Leiper’s Fork might very well be it.”
The added perks
Sweeney Cottage isn’t just any old Airbnb thing — the whole experience there has been carefully shaped by someone who knows the Nashville area and the best things to see/do/hear/eat here: singer/songwriter/White’s Mercantile owner Holly Williams, descendant of country music royalty.
You not only get to enjoy Williams’ impeccable home decor taste in the cottage, but you’ll get her expert help for a top-notch staycation, too. Everyone who stays at Sweeney Cottage gets a copy of her personal travel guide (if you’re a local, sure, you might know a fair share of her suggestions, but she’ll likely surprise you some too).
A big bonus for dog lovers like me: You don’t have to leave your pup back at home, since Williams has made the cottage pet-friendly, and even outfitted the space with Harry Barker dog beds for a comfortable dog staycation. (If your dog becomes one with the bed, they’re available at White’s Mercantile.)
Learn more about Sweeney Cottage at whitesroomandboard.com. If you head there and fall hopelessly in love with the community, let me know if I can help you find the perfect Leiper’s Fork home!
All photos (except for HW promo photo): whitesroomandboard.com
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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