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Little House Nashville: Convenient, Comfortable, Historic and Green Urban Oasis

Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky

Member since: 2011
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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Little House Nashville: Convenient, Comfortable, Historic and Green Urban Oasis

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Nashville Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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. Located conveniently in the Elmington Park and West End area of Nashville.


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


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

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

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


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. Jane sends an email a few days before guests arrive with a list of basic groceries and pantry items that will be stocked before arrival. She asks for any additions or changes, and, at no extra charge, they're in the kitchen when guests arrive.

• Full-package cable, 42” LCD HDTV, wireless Internet

• 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 welcome (deposit required, ask for guest dog rules)






Our historic house and it's gardens have been featured in numerous articles..


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.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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About Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky

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 thrive on 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, and he's really good at it! (

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

Why Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky chose Nashville

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have enjoyed all three visits at your guesthouse. Walking four blocks to the Indian restaurant, the Japanese restaurant and to the cozy coffee shop kept us from getting in our car again, which was great!

We also liked walking across the street in Elmington Park on Sunday afternoon to grab a bite at the great selection of food trucks.

Staying in your Little House is so much more pleasant than staying in hotels! It really feels like home.

We felt very safe walking through streets lined with gorgeous old homes and beautiful landscaping. It's hard to believe you're so close to the city. What a cool neighborhood!

Thanks! We'll be back!
Feb 2013
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Little House Nashville: Convenient, Comfortable, Historic and Green Urban Oasis
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews

The perfect place to stay in Nashville

  • 5 of 5

Little House has been the perfect place to stay for our annual Girls Get's our home away from home when we're in Nashville. Accessible to restaurants, shopping, and beautiful parks. The hosts think of everything and are so helpful

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Lisa! We look forward to hosting your fun group of friends next year!
Sugar Grove, Il

Girls weekend

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Wonderful neighborhood. The Little House exceeded our expectations. Have stayed at many VRBO properties and the Little House is number one on my list when it comes to the place itself and all of the extras that the owners supplied. They go above and beyond to make your stay comfortable. Would highly recommend to anyone heading to Nashville.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love providing our guests with their prefered coffee, teas, milk/cream and sweeteners, and a little fruit so they don't have to rush to the grocery store when they arrive. Anticipating the things that will create a positive visit for our guests results in happy guests, so it's a win/win! Thank you, Patti!

Amazingly homey

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay. Every detail has been thought of - EVERY detail. It's quite comfortable and very private. Highly recommend for a get-away tucked into Nashville.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love happy guests! Thanks for letting us know what you liked!

Great place to stay in Nashville

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 3 nights at The Little House in June and loved it. The property is so well designed and is just this funky, colorful little place. The private courtyard was wonderful. Jane and Rod have thought of everything and are very helpful while allowing you your privacy ar the same time. We had so much fun exploring the City. We went to some great restaurants, did the Country Music Hall of Fame and museum, the Ryman Auditorium, listened to music in a few of the Honky Tonks on Broadway. We rented a car which was great to explore other neighborhoods. We went to the 12th street Farmer's Market and this great gourmet popsicle place called Las Palates. The house is located in a really convenient spot- just 7-10 minutes from downtown Nashville and a quarter mile from the freeway to access other parts of the city. The neighborhood is lovely with big old homes. There is a huge park across the street from the house. I was able to walk early each morning and felt completely safe.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Kris! You made the most of your short visit to Nashville! So glad you found our location convenient! I hope you and your husband will return soon to experience more of the fun things on your list!

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay when we helped move our daughter to her new home. Worked hard all day and came home to this Nashville oasis. Very comforting and welcoming. We hope to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sarah! I'm glad you were able to come back to the Little House to put your feet up and rest!

natural, comforting, nurturing and loving space to recharge ourselves

  • 5 of 5

Thank you again for the very special experience at your Little House. I think there would be no conflict in the world if everyone stayed at Jane and Rod's guest house one month of every year. We would each then have a relaxing, natural, comforting, nurturing and loving space to recharge ourselves, and then go do what's right in the world. The Little House and it's caretakers provide anything and everything a traveler could ever want. This is the benchmark for guest homes. Don't pass up this experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love hearing that you could relax and recharge here! We refer to Little House Nashville as an "urban oasis" because it is calm and revitalizing, yet, it's in a mid-town area. So glad you enjoyed being here. We look forward to seeing you on your next cross-country road trip!


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

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.

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Rates & Availability

From $240 Per night

Nashville Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Vanderbilt/Belmont Graduation
May 7 2015 - May 9 2015
3 night minimum stay
CMA’s Fan Festival
Jun 11 2015 - Jun 15 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $60

Cancellation Policy

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Nashville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 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
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Very large room is bedroom\living room/dining room/kitchen - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , See photo of Murphy bed with queen pillow-top mattress.
  • Before you arrive, we will arrange furniture to meet your needs. Options: Queen Size Bed: a very comfortable 'Murphy' bed with pillow-top mattress (does not fold when put away - it is a 'regular' mattress and remains flat). It's easy to put away, converting sleeping area to a living room. Two Twin or Single Beds: Built-in banquette converts to two comfortable twin beds (full length, 30' wide). When a queen bed is preferred, one mattress easily relocates to a temporary 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.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
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 beautiful gardens and patio that have been featured in several publications. 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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