Artist's Magical Home/Studio W/Pool - Franklin/Leiper's Fork
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Franklin house 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 and friends. Recently I decided to offer it to travelers or familiy and friends of people in our community of Leiper's Fork.
The drive up a long, often bumpy, gravel driveway in the shadow of the woods is an adventure in itself. 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 the bomb weathervane, a curvy multi-level deck which ends with the pool and tiki bar. 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 5 minutes from a grocery and liquor store and 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 house....living room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath on the main floor; 2 bedrooms each with a double bed, and a full bath on the 2nd floor. There's a thrid bedroom with 2 twin beds that might be available on special request. The deck and pool are yours as well. I reside in another structure on the property, but I may do some work in my studio/workshop which has it's own private access in the basement.
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 the same thing. And there is WONDERFUL live music all around!
I look forward to having you visit Rocky Top!
Keywords: home,private,secluded,hilltop,woods,artful, sophisticated whimsey,convenient,country-city,pool,gazebo,deck
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only:
- Not Suitable For Children:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Wood Stove:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Parking Off Street:
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Satellite / Cable
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Outdoor Grill
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
ReviewsWrite a review
Cabin fit for an artist
Cabin fit for an artist
Suzanne was a GREAT host with a truly unique and amazing property. Completely secluded yet minutes from the treasures of Franklin and Leapers Fork. Surrounded by woods . . . relaxing and grilling poolside. . . we couldn't have spent a better long holiday weekend - could have stayed forever. The cabin is beautifully appointed with comfortable furnishings, antiques and Suzanne's hand painted treasures. Everywhere you look are items reflecting the history of the cabin. Suzanne made us feel completely at home the minute we topped the hill. We wouldn't hesitate a return trip and highly recommend.
- Guest TJ (St. Louis, MO)
- Date of stay 07/02/11
- Review Submitted 10/27/11
My wife and I live 15 minutes away in Franklin. Needed a quick weekend escape for our anniversary - felt like we were many miles and hours away. Very relaxing - will definately return!
- Guest Clint (Franklin, TN)
- Date of stay 06/11/11
- Review Submitted 09/15/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thanks, Clint, for choosing my 'hilltop' for your celebration. I'm glad it was a relaxing escape for you....just across town. I look forward to having you visit again! Suzanne
The Perfect Retreat!
The Perfect Retreat!
My family absolutely loved staying in this secluded, magical home. The home itself has some very interesting details and history, but the location of the property and the privacy it provides topped even that! We were very happy with the convenience of Franklin and Lieper's Fork so took the opportunity to visit both. We even loved the stormy day where we ensconced ourselves inside the house and stayed snug and cozy. And last but certainly not least, our hostess was very kind and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. Thanks Suzanne!
- Guest Three Happy Campers (Collierville, TN)
- Date of stay 06/20/11
- Review Submitted 08/21/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: .....and I absolutely loved having you stay in my home!!! When I think of your visit, I remember Stacie completely wrapped in a blanket and snuggled on the sofa. And I remember Tate trying to talk me into letting him "DIVE" into the pool.....no way. Thanks to Mark for finding and choosing my property for your pre-move retreat. I think Savannah was the only family member to 'vocalize' any displeasure.......and that was as a result of being left behind in a crate when the rest of you went on outings. I'm sure I'll make it up to her when she realizes that she's the only pooch in her new neighborhood with handpainted bowls! I hope it works for you to come again sometime so I can visit with your happy family! Sincerely, Suzanne
If you are looking for a place to stay close to Franklin, TN. This place to be. The pictures just don't do it justice. It's fabulous!!! Very beautiful getaway. Lot's of close by shopping and scenery. Itbis all the owner describes it to be. If you don't stay here you have really missed out.
- Guest Nancy (Texas)
- Date of stay 07/06/11
- Review Submitted 08/17/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Nancy, As you know!... the visit by your group was as much a pleasure for me as it was for you. Not only did you fill my house up, at all hours, with the rhythm and melody of live music, you filled my whole property up with a combination of friendship, laughter, joy, and peace. I look forward to your next reunion!!!!! Fondly, Suzanne
A little piece of paradise
A little piece of paradise
Our family stayed for 2 weeks while at a horse show in Franklin.. Suzanne was wonderful and was the perfect host.. Thank you Suzanne. Our family loved it.. so so peacefull..
- Guest bc (Parker, CO )
- Date of stay 04/21/11
- Review Submitted 05/10/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank YOU, Donna, for choosing 'my piece of paradise' for your stay. It was MY pleasure. My only disappointment was missing Elizabeth's competition; maybe next year. I'm 'cooking up' a little momento for you in my studio.....think black-white zebra and hot pink. Wish you were still here; the wall by the pool is solid pink with primroses and the magnolia is in full bloom. I look forward to staying in touch with you. Say hello to your family, Suzanne
$175/nt:1-3 people/2 Dbl BR + 1 Bath; $200/nt: 3-6 people/add 3rd BR &/or 2nd bath CURRENTLY NO SPECIAL RATES AVAILABLE $20/night/pet for approved pets (must be crated if left alone & on lead outside) $50-125 - Cleaning Fee 30+ Days - 50% to reserve($100/non-refund-bal/refund to 30 days); Bal due @30 days Within 30 Days - Full payment or balance required/non-refundable Damage deposit may be required Until confirmed by reservation, prices subject to change
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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 across the country, as well as in my local area. I have a great studio/workshop 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.
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, but this past year I decided to offer it to travelers. My big fluffy white dog and I have residence in another structure on the property. My rental guests have private use of the main house, although I may come and go to check the pool/etc and to work in my studio which is in the basement and accessed privately as well.
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 12 acres......no curtains here, by the way....it is under 5 minutes to a grocery/liquor store, 7 minutes to Franklin, and 7 minutes to Leiper's Fork. The best of all worlds.
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Front Entry of Home
Living Room with 'Fish'Stone
Guests on deck in fall..making bamboo souvenir canes & carving pumpkins
Guest Bedroom - Small
Stairway to 2nd floor
Pool & Gardens & Tiki Bar
Large Guest Bedroom with view of pool and woods
Decks & Gazebo
Deck-Profiles of previous owners
Kitchen into Dining Room
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