Artist's Magical Home|Pool|Rural Seclusion|7 Min to Franklin or Leiper's Fork-

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Last updated: 10/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

'sophisticated whimsey, contemporary tradition, functional art'

The above quote is the way I describe my handpainted decorative art furniture. Recently I realized that it perfectly describes my home as well. When I purchased the property, all who came to visit said it was meant for me.....truly an artist's magical home on a hilltop in the woods, complete with pool and tiki bar and a bomb for a weathervane.

I knew from the start that the property was so special that it was meant to be shared, which I've done with family, friends, and vacation travelers. In 2012 I took a break from vacation travel rentals to allow my 90-year-old mother to live in my home. She is now happily in assisted living, so recently I decided to offer the property again for vacation travel renters or familiy and friends of people in our community of Leiper's Fork.

The drive up a long, sometimes bumpy, gravel driveway in the shadow of the woods is an adventure in itself. My granddaughter, Annabelle, recently remarked, 'Suzy, are we in the forest?!' Well, the deer certainly think so; they frequent the driveway as much as I do.

The house is fairly simple from the front as it is built from a barn kit. Once inside the front door, the magic begins with a large handpainted armoire that looks like it was painted into the house. There are vaulted ceilings, posts and beams, light fixtures that look as though they are from a castle, a window seat with a zebra covered cushion, a stone fireplace with a 'fish' stone at its center, and antique wallpaper and tile in the kitchen.

Out the back door is more magic... a screened gazebo with a bomb weathervane and a curvy multi-level deck which ends with a pool and tiki bar. Recently added are deck rails built of bamboo and cedar from the property, a small kitchen porch that steps down to a sand-floored sitting area, a wooden deck/pavilion on top of the hill in the garden from which you can watch sunsets and sunrises. Oh, and there's a new outdoor shower!

Photos of the new additions will be posted when weather permits.

All this in a completely private setting in the woods. There are no curtains! There are trees to watch dance, birds to look at and use as alarm clocks, the hoot of owls, deer and turkey that roam freely.

As you can see, this is not your 'city' house even though it has all the conveniences, and it's 3 minutes from a grocery, liquor store, and restaurants, as well as 7 minutes to Franklin or Leiper's Fork. It's furnished with my personal belongings, including a sprinkling of handpainted furniture.

As guests, you'll have private use of the room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath on the main floor; 2 bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a double bed, as well as a full bath, on the 2nd floor. The decks and pool are for guests private use well.

When I have guests, I reside in an apartment in my barn which is down the hill from the house and which also houses a brand new workshop for my painting business. I may need to retrieve some supplies from the basement of the main house, but the basement has it's own private access.

Bring your sense of humor and your sense of wonder. Visit Franklin for it's history and wonderful downtown stores; visit Leiper's Fork for unique galleries and my furniture showroom. The community of Westhaven, a mile away, is thriving, with a nice choice of restaurants. And there is WONDERFUL live music all around!

Keywords: home,private,secluded,hilltop,woods,artful, sophisticated whimsey,convenient,country-city,pool,gazebo,deck


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not allowed inside or outside the house. This is a safety precaution for you, me, and my neighbors....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    The property is not setup to accommodate children. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    This is now a NON-PET home. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • The property generously accommodates an occupancy of 2-3 and is best suited for a couple or for 2-3 friends....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • ...moreless

  • The upstairs bathroom is a full bath with shower and tub. Main floor has a half bath. There is now an OUTDOOR SHOWER on the deck! ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • This is a property that is 'away from it all' and yet it is only located 5-7 minutes from conveniences and activities. Best of all worlds!...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games and cards....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Away From It All


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Located on 11 private wooded acres....moreless

  • Village:

    7 minutes from the historic village of Leiper's Fork; 7 minutes from Franklin; 3 minutes from the community of Westhaven....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Private pool out the back doors, down the deck!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Full dining room with double doors opening onto the top deck....moreless

  • Dining Room


  • Internet:

    There is no cable or high speed internet on my road. I have an extra cell phone that uses a hotspot connection; you can borrow this if needed to check email....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Living room with fireplace and double doors opening onto deck with gazebo....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Large private driveway...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Fireplace with wood stove...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood Stove inset in fireplace...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    This is a complete kitchen, though not large. I use it for myself/family/friends. There will be condiments, spices, baking goods, coffee, tea etc. I generally leave milk, juice, butter, eggs, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Icemaker is separate from the refrigerator...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Multi-level wood deck; wood & concrete decking around pool; outdoor shower....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    New...a wooden deck/pavilion on the hill to the west of the house. You can see the sun both rise and set from here....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


Write a review 4.9
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee: 120.00 $120 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.25%


This is my home, and I live alone on the property.

When inquiring, please share with me a little about yourself and your reasons for visiting our area. Not all combinations of property and guest needs are compatible. It's very important to me to be able to accommodate my guests comfortably. If you have special needs and/or requests, I'm happy to discuss them with you.

I appreciate your respect for my experience and determination for the above.


My property is offered for specific use by the guests approved when reserved. It is not available for events or gatherings or as a place for rental guests to receive visitors, either social or business.

Cleaning Fee: $80.00-120.00 based on occupancy and length of stay and season.

To reserve: half of rental is due; refundable up to 30 days of stay.

Balance due: at 30 days.

Within 30 days: there are no refunds of deposits; reservations made within 30 days require full payment.

Non-refundable balances may be applied to future dates.........or used as credit in my furniture showroom. :-)

Visa, MC, Amex, Discover processed through my SQUARE account; CC #'s taken by phone.

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Last updated: 10/19/2015
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Nashville Internatinal Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Variety in Leiper's Fork, Westhaven, Franklin
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 96 West
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Variety in Leiper's Fork, Westhaven, Franklin

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: After owning retail stationery stores - 2 states/3 cities- for 23 years, I have 'retired' to focus solely on my Handpainted Decorative Art Furniture business. My furniture is represented in galleries nationally, as well as in my showroom in Leiper's Fork. I have a wonderful new studio/workshop in my barn on the property which provides a perfect setting for being creative. If you'd like to visit the studio and/or watch the process, just ask. There might even be the possibility of lessons.

Why the Owner Chose Franklin:
The property is my home which I purchased in 2001. In the winter of 2000, I visited Leiper's Fork for the first time. Even in the grey of winter, the land held its arms out to me. I rented a small house in the village of Leiper's Fork, traveled back and forth from Kentucky every weekend, and at the end of a year I decided to stay. My story is really that 'I came to Leiper's Fork for lunch and never went home.' When I purchased my home, I said over and over that it was such a unique property that it was meant to be shared. I have done that with family and friends, and vacation travelers, too. I entertain family and friends in my home, but I have residence in another structure on the property when I have rental guests. My rental guests have private use of the main house, although I may come and go to check the pool or to get supplies from the basement of the house which is accessed privately.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house and property have such a wonderful story that it was featured in an article in the WilliamsonAM. You can read the article by going to my website's WORKSHOP page. There are lots of pictures there, and more information about my furniture business. As far as the house goes, having a 'bomb' for a weathervane seems pretty unique as does the pool with tiki bar that sits in the midst of the woods. You can't come visit and not smile. One group of guests asked to borrow saws so they could cut down bamboo both to make things and to take home. I'm sure there will be other such stories. Another benefit to the property is the location. While completely private on 11 curtains here, by the is 3 minutes to a grocery/liquor store/restaurants, 7 minutes to Franklin, and 7 minutes to Leiper's Fork. The best of all worlds.

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  • Front Entry of Home

    Front Entry of Home

  • Living Room with 'Fish'Stone

    Living Room with 'Fish'Stone

  • Guests on deck in fall..making bamboo souvenir canes & carving pumpkins

    Guests on deck in fall..making bamboo souvenir canes & carving pumpkins

  • Guest Bedroom - Small

    Guest Bedroom - Small

  • Gazebo-Bomb weathervane

    Gazebo-Bomb weathervane

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Stairway to 2nd floor

    Stairway to 2nd floor

  • Pool & Gardens & Tiki Bar

    Pool & Gardens & Tiki Bar

  • Large Guest Bedroom with view of pool and woods

    Large Guest Bedroom with view of pool and woods

  • Decks & Gazebo

    Decks & Gazebo

  • Guest Bath

    Guest Bath

  • Deck-Profiles of previous owners

    Deck-Profiles of previous owners

  • Gazebo-inside


  • Kitchen into Dining Room

    Kitchen into Dining Room

  • Gazebo-Pelicans


VRBO #344348

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Monday, November 23, 2015

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