Charming 120 Year Old Sewanee Home on Campus- Walk Everywhere!

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Welcome to Sideways! 1-level old cottage within reach of all that makes Sewanee.
Our front porch is screened-in and a perfect spot to relax.
The sound of rain on the metal roof is amazing!
Upon entry, our fully-stocked kitchen is ready for entertaining.
Private kitchen

Overview of Charming 120 Year Old Sewanee Home on Campus- Walk Everywhere!


Charming 120 Year Old Sewanee Home on Campus- Walk Everywhere!

4.8 out of 5 Exceptional
4.8/5 Exceptional
3 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Pet friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue grill
Sewanee, TN

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationUniversity of the South3 min walk
  • Popular LocationSewanee Golf and Tennis Club13 min walk
  • Popular LocationLake Cheston5 min drive
  • AirportJasper, TN (APT-Marion County)39 min drive

Rooms & beds

3 bedrooms (sleeps 6)

Bedroom 1

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 2

1 Queen Bed

Bedroom 3

1 Queen Bed

2 bathrooms

Bathroom 1

Bathtub or shower

Bathroom 2

Shower only


Deck or patio
Porch or lanai
Dining Area

About this property

Charming 120 Year Old Sewanee Home on Campus- Walk Everywhere!


Sideways is a RUSTIC, but quaint little 3 bedroom, 2 bath house right smack in the middle of campus (the University of the South campus, that is). It's a 120+ year old gem of a cottage whose poor old bones just aren't as straight as they once were.

That said, as of March 2022, we added an ensuite bath where an old closet used to be and opened up the den to the kitchen dining area. We attempted as best we could to level her out, but that just proved beyond the scope. Back in April 2018, we also performed another little renovation, so if you've stayed here before or saw previous reviews about crazy bright paint colors, you'll be pleasantly surprised! It no longer looks like a box of crayons exploded inside. The renovation included fresh paint inside & out, a new tin roof, removal of the vinyl siding outside to go back to the original wood siding, updated light fixtures, a new deck, new operable windows with screens throughout, and a new sliding glass door and glass top front door that both help to let in a lot more natural light.

While a bit crooked it may be, it definitely won't let you down when it comes to offering you relaxation on a budget and a great location to reconnect with alumni and friends! It's located within walking distance to the local coffee shop (Stirling's) and the local bar (Shenanigan's, which added a 2nd story balcony in 2018), as well as countless hiking trails, golf course, tennis courts, lakes for fishing, and just about every University building.

It is NOT the Hilton. This is an OLD house that is used as a vacation home on available weekends by the owners and their families (all Sewanee grads) and looks more like a casual old vacation cabin than a fancy bed and breakfast, so please set your expectations accordingly. All beds are queens. It has a tub shower/combo and a walk-in shower, a Washer & Dryer and a great set of porches (one covered porch, one uncovered deck).

There is NO CABLE and the TV signals DO NOT REACH inside the house (we've tried rabbit ears, digital converter boxes, and fancy expensive solutions that don't work). There is a DVD Player, but you will not be able to watch live TV, so plan to watch any sports games from Shenanigan's, Blue Chair or the Sewanee Inn. There is WIFI in the house. However, our goal with the house is to get away from it all, especially screens, so hopefully that's what you like about Sewanee also.

Please EMAIL (don't call) for specific questions regarding renting. If we need to talk by phone, that's not a problem, but we will respond much faster by email. Pricing is an average of $300 per night with a 2-night minimum except during Commencement/Graduation each year. Due to the high demand, the rate for Commencement is $2500 flat rate for minimum 6 nights/7 days. We don't book more than 1 year out and all stays need to be affiliated with University “sponsored” events, which are wide-ranging. Send us a message if you’re unsure what that entails. If you’re there to enjoy the campus, visit a student, give patronage to Sewanee Village, or anything in between, then you’re all set to book with us.


The property is located at 121 Palmetto Ave, Sewanee, TN 37375.

Click on the Virtual Tour link below for more photos of the home.

We look forward to letting you be a part of Sideways!

Keywords: House, Sewanee, Sideways, Cottage


Pet friendly
Air conditioning
Barbecue grill

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House Rules

Check in after 4:00 PM
Minimum age to rent: 20
Check out before 11:00 AM


Children allowed: ages 0-17


No events allowed


Pets allowed: dogs (limit 2 total)
We allow small breeds and prefer non-shedding.


Smoking is not permitted

Damage and incidentals

You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy