"We rented the Snowden House while in Memphis for our son's wedding. WOW, what a great place! This historic house, with all its architectural grandeur, fine furnishings, and lakefront location was the perfect retreat for our family during a very busy week of wedding preparations, celebrations and sightseeing. Because the house has four bedrooms each with its own bath, we were able to host various family members and close friends throughout our weeklong stay, providing them with their own private area. The fifth bedroom has no private bath, but we put the young adults in that room, and they shared their parents' bathroom(s). The lower level has two other bathrooms which were available to all. The 6,000 square foot home provided plenty of space for us to spread out. We enjoyed early morning breakfasts in the sun room, a birthday celebration in the formal dining room, late afternoon barbeques on the lawn by the lake, and late evening snacks on the screened veranda. The kitchen space was coveted by must guests as it has two sinks, a high functioning Viking gas and electric stove, a large Viking refrigerator and a huge island for prep work and general gathering. The pantry also has a sink and lots of cupboards for food storage. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to cook, bake and serve.
The property owner provided a tour of the house upon our arrival. The pride she has for her family home was evident. She encouraged us to use and enjoy the home as if it were our own. She provided us with all the amenities of a fine hotel, and all the necessities you'd find in a family home. The master suite was a true retreat for us, with its multiple shower heads in the shower and extra long tub for soaking. The linens were high quality, the mattresses comfortable.
Some practical suggestions: bring your bug spray, as any lakefront home will have mosquitos/bugs at dusk/night. The AC worked beautifully, keeping everyone very comfortable with its three zone system. Spend the day relaxing by the lake, use the canoe to explore and check out the other houses along the lake. Downtown Memphis is 1/2 hour away. Not having to eat out all the time was a great money saver. Stock the refrigerator at the Memphis Sam's Club or Costco, or at the local Walmart. Eating at "home" was a big cost savings for all.
Having a full house make the weekly rental rate very affordable. Hopefully, we'll visit the Snowden House again! Thank you Martha."
Date of Stay: June 2014
Review Submitted: July 12, 2014