Nashville bound? If you are looking for an upscale, private room in a quiet neighborhood, stop pouring through the thousands of short term rental homes available through sites such as AirBNB or VRBO. Instead, consider The Guest House in Green Hills, operated by Stephenie & Michael. It is just four miles from downtown and perfect for empty nesters like us — or any couples or singles who enjoy being out of the fray and warmly welcomed into a cozy spot.
At The Guest House you do feel like guests – the owners live in the main house on the property – but there’s also a nice sense of privacy. The suite is attached to their garage with your own entrance; it a good distance from the house. I was standing on the front porch of our rental suite when I snapped this photo of my husband Dan talking with host Michael who was standing on the back porch of his home.
There is one main room in the suite that is about the size of a large hotel room, with a king-sized bed on one end (some might need a boost – it was a high bed!) and two cool Mid-century reading chairs, a small dining table, a coffee bar, and a TV on the other end. There is a gorgeous bathroom with a separate shower/toilet room and walk-in closet with a fridge that looks like a Marshall amp. A cool touch of Nashville right there.
The decor at The Guest House is a blend of browns, beige, white and black finishes, with antique and contemporary furnishings. The art reflects a visit to Music City and there’s even a guitar displayed as art but meant for playing. If Dan or I knew any chords we could have joined the guitar pull that occurred one afternoon on the porch next door. Another cool Nashville touch.
Our host Michael was friendly and gracious. He gave us a lovely bottle of pinot noir when we arrived, showed us a few details related to the room, and offered tips about Green Hills. But our paths only crossed a few times during our three-day stay and we never met Stephenie. We were impressed with their attention to details like dual phone jacks on the nightstands, a white noise machine just in case and both Keurig and Nespresso coffee makers to accommodate your favorite way to brew your morning joe. Michael grew up in Nashville and the couple returned to town a few years ago and now operate two larger rental homes in addition to where we stayed. Learn more at Be Our Guest Nashville.
Green Hills is a good location; between downtown and other spots we enjoy visiting like Franklin and Leiper’s Fork. The Blue Bird Cafe is located in the neighborhood, and it has lots of shopping and dining/bar options nearby. Stop by the Green House Bar if you like unusual watering holes.
Getting around in Green Hills is pretty easy by car but the main thoroughfare – Hillsboro Pike – gets quite congested during rush hour. We drove for most of outings (this trip we visited Belle Meade Plantation, the Lovelace Cafe, the Nashville Flea Market (read more), Leiper’s Fork, Acme Feed & Seed, the Patsy Cline Museum, Centennial Park, and 3rdandLindsley) but opted for Uber Saturday night to go to City House Restaurant in Germantown, then Bridgestone Arena for an Eagles concert. That meant we avoided dealing with parking but we were met with a $200 bid to return to Green Hills after the concert. Ouch. In the end we walked to the Westin Hotel and shared a cab with some locals for about $20.
Speaking of costs, we paid $160 per night for our room plus fees, or about $600 for 3 nights via AirBNB. That’s comparable to a medium level hotel room nearby but we thought a nicer experience due to the quiet location, excellent furnishings, and many little extras from Stephenie & Michael.
The Guest House is definitely a spot we’d like to return to, just perfect for a couple’s get-away weekend.
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