LITTLE HOUSE NASHVILLE: CONVENIENT, COMFORTABLE, HISTORIC AND GREEN URBAN OASIS

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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LITTLE HOUSE NASHVILLE: CONVENIENT, COMFORTABLE, HISTORIC AND GREEN URBAN OASIS

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Cottage, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Award winning, historic garage/servants quarters, 750 square feet of newly renovated and fully-furnished comfortable living. Enjoy freestanding guesthouse with beautiful fenced garden and patio in the Hillsboro Village. - West End area of Nashville

- Elmington Park area of Nashville

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SEE MAP: Two blocks from West End Avenue, 'Nashville's Main Street.'

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One of the nation's first historic LEED Platinum residences (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 2011

Best Green House, Greensource, The Magazine of Sustainable Design, February 2011

Recipient of 'Best of the Best, Green Star Award,' U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Middle Tennessee Chapter, 2012

Recipient of Commendation for 'outstanding efforts toward the preservation of Davidson County's architectural heritage,' The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County, 2012

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One large L-shaped room with multi-functions: Sleeps 4 (Queen Murphy bed with pillow-top mattress, and two twins convert to queen bed), TV viewing area, dining/game area, and bath. Huge fabric curtains divide the room into two sleeping areas.

• Kitchen includes full-size stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator

• Washer, dryer - full-size

• Universal Design means comfort and accessibility for guests using wheelchairs or walkers

• Recognized for historic renovation, and sustainable design and construction (LEED for Homes, US Green Building Council)

• Geothermal/central air conditioning and heat, with ceiling fans and window screens

• Includes partially-stocked refrigerator and pantry, full-package cable, 42” LCD HDTV, wireless Internet, and indoor/outdoor ping-pong table

• Across the street from Elmington Park and two blocks from bus shelter/route on West End Avenue, Nashville's 'Main Street.' Walkable/ bikable neighborhood

• Polite dogs allowed (deposit required)

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OVER THIRTY-FIVE GUEST REVIEWS, AND 100% RECEIVED FIVE POINT RATING OUT OF FIVE POSSIBLE POINTS!

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Why Sustainability and LEED in 2010/11 renovation?

When we bought the property in 1992 our uninhabitable 750 sq. ft. servants’ quarters/garage was falling down. We chose to save it, not only because it’s a charming, historic structure, but also because adapting an existing building to a new use is more sustainable than tearing it down, sending it to a landfill and starting over with new materials. We plan to own this property for a long time, so energy efficiency makes financial sense for us, plus we and our guests will be healthier and more comfortable. In addition, by attaining LEED Platinum status (awarded by US Green Building Council), we hope the project will serve as an example and teaching tool for 'best practices' in sustainable design and construction, thereby increasing the quality of sustainable practices in Middle Tennessee. The LEED process ensures that all systems are designed, installed and tested for effectiveness, and that they actually deliver a higher standard.

DESIGN

• Quality Over Quantity – The house is small, but it works – and well. We took 750 sq. ft. of history and gave it a modern spin on functionality while retaining the best of its character.

• Cradle to Cradle – Reclaim, Restore, & Reuse. Most construction materials were saved from the landfill and are now enjoying a second life.

• The 50 Year Plan – We tried to envision every possible use of this structure for many decades to come and design accordingly. Universal Design ensures access for all occupants.

EFFICIENCY

• Geothermal HVAC W/Radiant Heat – We use the earth to cool in the summer and heat the concrete floor in winter.

• Soy Based Spray Foam Insulation – Perfect for this situation, spray foam fills in all the cracks old homes inevitably have.

• Low flow water fixtures, tank less water heating, efficient windows, and more decrease energy consumption.

SUSTAINABILITY

• Reclaim – We deconstructed a garage, scoured salvage yards, and reclaimed our own demolition materials in order to create a highly aesthetic space with minimal environmental impact.

• Restore – We didn’t tear it down! It would have been easier, but it definitely wasn’t as sustainable. Restoring existing buildings preserves history and conserves materials.

• Reuse – Siding became our ceiling. A floor is our countertop. Old screen doors open to a pantry. Thinking creatively allows for unconventional uses of conventional materials.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only

Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky

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Jane Hardy, Owner/Host – I’m a sustainability enthusiast, neighborhood activist, and networker. Professionally, I’m a Strategic Career Counselor. I'm passionate about historic buildings, gardening (especially low-maintenance, fruit and nut-bearing vines, shrubs and trees), family and friends. I love making sure our guests enjoy their stays in our guesthouse and their visits to Nashville.

Rod Kochtitzky, Co-Owner/Host - my husband – a psychotherapist in private practice. Rod specializes in working with couples (www.rodk.net).

Will Hardy Kochtitzky – our 20-year-old son is a Sophomore at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. He loves camping/backpacking, urban gardening, the Spanish language, and he's studying environmental and earth sciences.

Tom Hardy Kochtitzky – our 17-year-old son is a junior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School in downtown Nashville. He’s enthusiastic about photography, Ultimate Frisbee, and longboarding. He's an activist and leader in social justice issues at Nashville's Oasis Center.

Both Will and Tom are very responsible. They inspire Rod and me to continuously strive to reduce our family’s carbon footprint and have more fun. They enjoy good friends, cousins, and travel.

Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky purchased this cottage in 1992

We love Nashville -- It's a great city with friendly people, four seasons, gorgeous hills, fields and rivers, and lots of fun things to do.

Our home and guest house are in a historic neighborhood with big trees and sidewalks. One of Nashville's favorite green spaces, Elmington Park, is right across the street. We love being in a central location, within walking distance to so many great restaurants, shops and parks. We can easily walk to Hillsboro Village, Sylvan Park, Vanderbilt University, and Centennial Park. Nashville's most beautiful historic neighborhoods are all around us, and downtown is just three miles away, a straight shot on the bus. We love the quietness of our home and garden, set in the center of Nashville.

We're in a very central location, so driving to almost every Nashville destination is a three to 15 minute trip. A very active bus line is two blocks away. Take walks on sidewalks through our historic neighborhood and Elmington Park which is across the street. Many Nashvillian's favorite locally-owned shops and restaurants are in Hillsboro Village, is one-and-a-half miles away. Nashville is filled with all kinds of live music every night of the week, and the venues are all over town, so our central location is perfect if you're coming to hear music. Enjoy our private patio surrounded by a lush garden full of birds, a grape arbor, flowers and fruit trees. Even adults enjoy our tree house, and you'll meet our six pet hens (no roosters!) that lay delicious organic eggs. Guests often tell us that they love the comfort, peacefulness and beauty of Little House Nashville so much that they don't want to leave. This may be the only LEED Platinum vacation rental in the nation! As well as being energy efficient, that means it's comfortable and healthy -- no toxic paint or cleaning products, all natural fabrics, lots of fresh air, and no drafts!

Please see our website www. LittleHouseNashville. com for more information and photos.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Little House Nashville: Convenient, Comfortable, Historic and Green Urban Oasis
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
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Hampton
5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
We had a wonderful time staying at little House Nashville. It is one mile from Vanderbilt University and that is what we needed to be close to. Jane and Rod and Frank were wonderful people and so accommodating. We grilled and made Midwestern food for our son and his friends from college. They found Janes's chickens amazing and the treehouse was even fun for college kids. This home is spotless. Jane put fresh flowers in the house and this so so nice since we still had snow on the ground at home. Wonderful house, wonderful people!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed hosting a homemade supper for a few of your son's close friends at Vanderbilt. Their enthusiasm about our treehouse and backyard hens was awesome! We hope you'll come back soon!
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Annapolis Maryland
5

Sweet 16

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Our trip to Nashville was a surprise for my daughter's 16th birthday. I was looking for the perfect venue. I found it. The Southern Ground Music and Food Festival. I was looking for the perfect place to stay. I found it. The Little House Nashville!
One of my most important messages as a parent to my teenage daughter is- be an original. I stress to her...use what you God gave you;express yourself;be artistic and creative;think outside the box;let it come through in all you do. The Little House Nashville is the quintessence of this. The bones were there; historic,in fact.The rest,is a masterful creative expression of the owners willingness to expose her whimsy to us strangers. Look around. No corner is without thought.Comfort is well accounted for. Better in every way than a hotel room. We appreciated her willingness to attend to our grocery list,directions and questions.Loved it! It was a fantastic trip. We will definitely be back.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for appreciating our intention and the details, Lisa! We love making sure our guests have a great experience here!
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
My husband and I were in Nashville for our son's graduation and were thrilled with Little House! The owner was so gracious-gardens were glorious, bed was comfortable and she stocked our kitchen with the best coffee and lovely strawberries. Would definitely recommend this lovely little oasis to anyone!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Parents of Vanderbilt and Belmont students love the convenience of the Little House!
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Perfect Spot for a Weekend in Nashville

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
Our family of four - including two young girls stayed at Little House Nashville during the St. Jude Marathon. We couldn't have imagined a more perfect place to stay and plan to come back again and again on our return trips to Nashville.
Jane greeted us upon arrival with a brief tour of the House and all of its fabulous features and also a tour around the enchanting garden - complete with a magical tree-house and 4 beautiful chickens! The girls had a ball feeding the chickens all weekend and collecting their eggs in the morning. We also had another family over to hang out one afternoon and the kids LOVED spending time in the treehouse playing games and drawing with their friends - all while hearing the rain beat down on the little tin roof on the tree-house. It's no wonder they never wanted to leave!
The space inside Little House is the most thoughtful space I've ever experienced. The Eco friendly touches were fascinating and we loved sharing the ideas with the girls about how to live more sustainably. My oldest would catch me throwing away things in the kitchen and would taken them straight out to the compost in the garden.
There was plenty of room to spread out and and not feel like we were on top of each other all weekend - like you tend to feel in a hotel room. And having a full kitchen to serve meals was an added bonus.
The highlight of the weekend may have been when Jane offered to let the girls cut flowers to make a bouquet to bring home. The flowers are still blooming beautifully in their rooms and they are a reminder of our fabulous weekend at Little House.
Can't wait to come back and meet the new puppy!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Live like a local...and in style!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
My wife and I made a weekend trip to Nashville, and Jane was the perfect host. Her pre-arrival logistics (ranging from driving directions to our snack preferences) were spot on, and made us feel welcome before we even got there. When we arrived, she met us out on the street to wave us in and quickly showed us around the Little House. She then left us to ourselves and made it very clear that this was OUR house for the weekend (though it was also clear that we could call or text or email at any time if we needed to get in touch). Indeed, we had complete privacy and didn't see her again (sorry, Jane -- it would have been nice to say goodbye in person!)

The house itself is charming and warm, and we felt very comfortable there. It was thoughtfully stocked with fresh fruit and milk, granola, and chips and salsa to tide us over during down time in the house. The patio and garden were peaceful and beautiful (and although our days were so packed we didn't get to spend much time there, we could have spent hours just enjoying the surroundings) and we enjoyed watching the chickens walk around in their enclosure behind the house (no roosters, though -- sleep easy!). The location is great -- just off the highway, but in a quiet residential neighborhood, and close enough to downtown, or even East Nashville that you're there in minutes. It was also a very quick drive down to Radnor Lake (~15 min), where we did an easy 2.5 mile walk around the lake and took in the scenery and wildlife (which I definitely recommend on a nice day).

All in all, I cannot recommend this property enough. Go experience Little House Nashville for yourself!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you found our guesthouse convenient to so many fun places in Nashville, including our favorite hiking place, Radnor Lake!
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Map

Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nashville International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
West End Ave (Hwy 70 S) and I-440
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Tin Angel on West End & many in Hillsboro Village
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
McCabe Golf Course (public)
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Restaurant
Car: recommended

Features of one of Nashville's favorite green spaces, Elmington Park, across the street from Little House Nashville:

- Foodtrucks on weekends

- 14 acres

- Playground

- Picnic tables

- Two tennis courts

- Great field for picnics and kite flying

- Big trees

- 1920's residential architecture all around

- Bus shelter for access to Metro buses traveling downtown on West End Avenue

Great walking neighborhood

- Sidewalks, park, old houses, big trees

- Lots of coffee shops/restaurants/shopping within 1.5 miles

- Richland Creek Greenway - trailhead is 2 miles away - see map at www.nashville.gov/greenways

Public Transportation: Parking downtown can be hard to find and expensive, so many guests prefer taking a bus. We are 3 - 3.5 miles from downtown. Buses pick up our guests at a bus shelter on West End Avenue, two blocks away, in Elmington Park, and drive straight downtown, within one or two blocks of numerous restaurants, music venues, & tourist destinations.

See more at www.nashvillemta.org

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Availability & Rates

Nashville Cottage Rental Rates

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Base Rate
$240
2 nights
 
 
Belmont Univ. Graduation
May 2 - May 4
$340
2 nights
 
 
Vanderbilt Univ. Graduation
May 7 - May 11
$340
3 nights
 
Discounts: 4 nights or more: $320 Nightly
 
CMA’s Fan Festival, 2014
Jun 5 - Jun 9
$340
4 nights
 
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $320 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates

Fees And Taxes Cleaning fee: $60

Taxes are included in rates

Price break for one week: $1400

Polite, mature dogs invited: $50 for first night, $10 for each additional night, $300 refundable deposit (see more info in "Suitability" section)

Country Music Association's Fan Festival, June 2014: $350 per night
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Amenities

Nashville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom features large shower, toilet, sink, ceiling fan, extra lighting, hair dryer, extra storage for guests' toiletries, and lots of extra towels. Measurements: 8' x 5'. 'Universal Design' or 'Aging in Place' features enjoyed by all guests include: no-threshold shower, easy to open pocket door, extra hooks, low shelves for storage of toiletries, grab-bars in shower and at toilet, no cabinet under sink, easy to reach light switches and electric sockets. Shower stool optional. See photos and floor plans on www. LittleHouseNashville .com website
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1) Very comfortable 'Murphy' bed with pillow-top mattress (does not fold when put away - it is a 'regular' mattress and remains flat). Easy to put away, converting sleeping area to a living room. Twin or Single Beds (2) Banquette converts to 2 comfortable twin beds, 30' wide. One mattress easily relocates to a pop-up platform next to the other, creating a comfortable, sturdy queen bed. Please see photographs for details of how each area of Little House Nashville can be arranged.
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Video Games
  • Toys ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • cinemas
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • water parks
  • arboretum
  • coin laundry
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • roller blading
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • spelunking
  • basketball court
  • swimming
  • golf
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • tennis
Notes:
Our guesthouse is in a historic neighborhood with big trees and sidewalks. It is across the street from Elmington Park, which has picnic tables, a big field and a bus shelter. Guests enjoy the quietness of the Little House, it's gardens and patio. Guests staying at Little House Nashville love living in a real neighborhood where people are friendly but they don't intrude. Please ask us if you'd like a service or amenity that is not described here.
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