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On the mountain, 4 miles from Sewanee

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms + 2 Twin Beds in Office, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 2-10)

Only minutes from The University of the South, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, St. Mary's Retreat Center and Monteagle, Aerie is the perfect retreat on Sewanee Mountain.

The Property

The recently-refurbished 3,000-square-foot wood house blends in with the trees on a 13-acre site. Set on the edge of a bluff with a spectacular view of mountains and trees and with two decks for viewing them, Aerie offers respite from everyday life.

No matter what the season, weather or time of day, the view is always incredible.

When you wind down the long driveway through the woods, you know you’ve come to a special place. Relax in the sunroom and watch the chickadees, titmice and nut-hatches on the feeder a foot outside the window. Explore the shelves of books in the library/office. Play games or do puzzles on the balcony overlooking the living room. Watch movies from the selection in the great room upstairs. Or do them all!

House Description Continued: The poplar-paneled master bedroom has a California king bed (slighter narrower and longer than a regular king) and a master bathroom with a step-in shower. The library/office has a day bed and a trundle bed. The house can sleep up to 10. There is a half bath downstairs. The dining table seats eight, and there is a card table and four TV tables; there is a table on the balcony upstairs. The kitchen is fully equipped. The living room, laundry room and sunroom are also downstairs.

Upstairs is the blue bedroom (queen bed), the yellow bedroom (queen bed), the balcony, a great room with TV and a bathroom. Upstairs or down, all of the rooms have views—of the far-off mountains or the nearby trees—and there are hand-made crafts and original paintings throughout the house.

The Surrounding Community: There is much to do on the mountain. During the school year, The University of the South offers theater and music performances, as well as art exhibits. Craft fairs are held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, in May and on the Fourth of July. The Sewanee Summer Music Center is held four weeks in the summer and hosts numerous performances. Shakerag Craft Workshops are held in June at St. Andrews-Sewanee School.

For hikers, there is the 18-mile Perimeter Trail on the University of the South domain, as well as South Cumberland State Park (which includes Fiery Gizzard, Savage Gulf, the Stone Doors, and the Sewanee Natural Bridge, a mile from Aerie) with its many hiking opportunities, and other natural areas. Woods Reservoir and Tim’s Ford are nearby for boaters. Golfers will enjoy the Sewanee Golf course. There are a number of dining choices in Sewanee, Cowan, Winchester and Monteagle. For the attractions of the big city, Chattanooga is 45 minutes away, Nashville is 1.5 hours, Birmingham is 2.5 hours, and Atlanta is 3 hours.

You must be at least 25 to rent Sewanee Aerie, and you must be on-site. Three-night minimum for University of the South Homecoming and Family weekend, as well as for national holidays. Four-night minimum for University of the South graduation. Two-night minimum for other stays.

There is a high bluff in front of the house, and there is no fence, so the house may not be appropriate for small children. In fact, everyone needs to be cautious near the cliff!

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About Owner

I was raised in Sewanee, and Aerie was actually my parents' residence. It's not the house I was raised in but was built years after I left home.

Owner purchased this house in 2009

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your family's beautiful home this weekend. I did not have time to thank you in the guest book. The house is so warm and inviting. I especially loved the artwork and stunning view! The wedding was so lovely and we had perfect weather...Again thank you for letting us rent your wonderful home.
Apr 2014
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Sewanee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The master bathroom has a step-in shower and bars to make it easy to use. The upstairs bathroom has a tub for children or those who prefer to bathe.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , California King Bed
    Blue Bedroom - 1 queen
    Yellow Bedroom - 1 queen
    Library/Office - 2 twin/ single , twin day bed, twin trundle
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedrooms are roomy at Aerie.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Aerie offers covered parking.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I had a really nice stay at the Aerie. I was looking for a weekend getaway from Nashville to work on a writing project, and the Aerie proved to be the perfect stop.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad Aerie was a good getaway for you! Thanks!
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Amazing views and great house!

  • 5 of 5

Aerie was such a wonderful holiday weekend getaway for us. The house was beautiful and spacious (the pictures don't do it justice). Each morning we woke up and had our coffee overlooking the beautiful mountains. We were a group of 4 couples and felt that the house was spacious and large enough for us to do our thing or stay together if we wanted to. Anyone who is looking for a great time should consider this place. The owner from the start was very honest and helpful! We had a wonderful and very relaxing weekend at Aerie, would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! And I really appreciate the kind words!
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Hidden gem in Sewanee

  • 5 of 5

Aerie is a hidden gem in Sewanee. With an awe-inspiring view of the valley and rows of distant mountains -- without another house in site -- you are treated a private retreat. Yet you are relatively close to the University, hiking trails, and excellent restaurants (we enjoyed Ivy Wild and a Singapore restaurant next door). The house is both cozy and spacious, with lots of separate areas for guests to read or to socialize. In the morning, you can sip coffee and watch birds flying into the feeders, while gazing at the mountains. There's a well-equipped kitchen (unlike some rentals) where you can actually cook good meals and enjoy them around a large dining table that looks out at the stunning view. In addition to the main deck, there are also decks off two bedrooms overlooking the view. There are comfortable homey touches. One of my favorite little amenities are the large hooks in the blue bedroom that you can hang clothes, plus places for suitcases. I also like the books, games and jigsaw puzzles around the house. The wifi worked well too. This is a place where people can relax and reflect. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

The Aerie was a perfect place for us for a weekend gathering of 6 friends. We had plenty of room to disperse if we wanted to, but we tended to congregate on the deck as we overlooked a view across the ridges. We enjoyed the coming and going of the birds, and we had numerous options for hikes. Quiet and serene, with lots of restaurants and things to do nearby. The house had lots of books, movies, and games, and the kitchen was exceptionally well-equipped. There were pottery pieces, paintings, and metal sculptures throughout.

Cindy was a great hostess and gave us all the information we needed for a wonderful stay. it was a special place, and we will be back, for sure.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view!

We sat around the window watching the clouds coming and going with the rain and would run outside for a walk, tour or hike when there were breaks in the weather. The Natural Bridge, the blue trail hike from The Cross, All Saints Chapel at Sewanee, Templeton Library, St. Mary's Retreat and convent, Mountain Outfitters, Shenanigans, Crust, High Point, Monteagle Assembly and Lemon Fair have been checked off our list.

It was a great place to gather. It was cozy and like being in an art gallery. We were Chattanooga, Memphis and Brooklyn on the mountain top! We will go back. I did not recommend children or teenagers because we had no experience with that. There are movies and games and books galore though.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds as if you had a busy and fun weekend. Thank you for renting Aerie!
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Beuatiful, private mountain retreat in a welcoming, comfy house

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about our experience staying at Aerie Sewanee and dealing with the owner, Cindy.

First of all, Cindy was incredibly professional, responsive and easy to deal with in all matters of the rental. Having rented several vacation houses directly from owners before, this is not always the case and I think it is an important part of the overall experience. Cindy definitely gets an A+ in this department!

Secondly, the house and the setting are just beautiful, more so than I expected. The house is nestled in a private woods and the views of the surrounding mountains (which you can enjoy from a nice-sized deck or one of the balconies of the second floor bedrooms) are unobstructed. The house itself is very nicely decorated and comfy, with multiple comfortable sitting areas to read or just take in the view. The kitchen is huge and well-stocked with equipment (a "must" for me and my family of cooks).

I staid at Aerie Sewanee with my family (husband, father, sister and one of her children). Everyone felt instantly at home as soon as we walked in the door, and I am sure you will too. You won't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! The kitchen at Aerie isn't the fanciest--it doesn't have granite countertops or a gas stove--but we've tried to be sure it's stocked with the pots, pans, utensils and other culinary items you need to cook the meals you want on your vacation. I'm glad it all worked for you and that you enjoyed your stay!
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nashville, TN
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
I-24 at Monteagle
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Sewanee is a Tennessee university town on top of the Cumberland Plateau with lots of woods, trails and fabulous views. Aerie is set on a bluff in the midst of the woods on a 13-acre tract.

Other Activities: boating, wildlife viewing




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning USD100


  • $250-$475 per night, depending.
  • $225-$475/night, depending on season, # of people and weekend events.
    Three night minimum for University weekends.
    50% deposit required at the time of booking; the other 50% due three weeks before your arrival.
    $300 security deposit (refundable).
    Prices and availability subject to change at any time without notice.
  • You must be 25 to rent Aerie, and you must be onsite during the rental. Aerie has a high cliff in front of it (that's why it has the spectacular view); please stay away from it as it's dangerous.

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