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Veteran Owned Guest House, Walk to Downtown, 6th Generation Locals, Love Pets!

Franklin, TN, USA
  • Cottage1600 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

Elegant 1600+ SqFt Home w/ Screened Porch, Wood Fireplace Operated by Locals

Generals Retreat is a charming, elegantly-furnished, 2 bedroom/1 bath guest home that rests behind our family's original property (The Big House) that was built in 1919. Nestled in a private setting with a private driveway and parking, this gorgeous vacation property is a mere 15 minute walk from Main Street Franklin and all of the historic sightseeing, shopping, and dining it has to offer.

There is ample outdoor room to run and enjoy cooking and recreation with the family. Enjoy the view of the historic property via a screened in porch and large outdoor patio off the master bedroom, the latter of which includes a gas grill and grilling utensils for cookouts.

Generals Retreat also offers a fully-stocked kitchen with service for 8, a formal cozy living room with console TV and a separate dining room surrounded on three sides with plantation shutters, a stackable washer/dryer, and much more.

Whether you're visiting family for the holidays, looking to relocate, or simply enjoying a much-needed vacation - we hope that you'll come and stay with our family in Franklin, TN!


Damon Rogers

Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Damon Rogers

Welcome! We are Damon and Mark Rogers, the grateful custodians of Damon's family home where we retired in 2000 after 30 years of Navy life. Mark is a retired Naval Officer, and we have been very fortunate to have lived and travelled all over the world. The family home was built in 1919 and Generals Retreat and Captains Quarters (VRBO Listing #496791), two of our rental properties located behind the Big House, were originally built in 1970 as a guest home and office suite. Much of the surroundings you'll see when staying at one of our vacation rentals in Franklin have been gradually collected during our Navy years and represent our strong Southern heritage and love of antiques.

Damon Rogers purchased this Cottage in 1919

Why Damon Rogers chose Franklin

Enjoy 1600+ square feet of historic elegance with gorgeous family antiques and art adorning the walls and shelves of our properties. Entertaining is a breeze in the fully stocked kitchen with all of the cooking, serving utensils, stoneware dishes, glasses, and all entertaining necessities for up to 8. Plantation Shutters abound on three sides in the classically furnished separate the dining room that is appointed with an antique secretary, antique bar/serving area, and cherry antique pedestal dining table. Cozy up in front of the beautiful mantled wood burning fireplace in the living room (wood provided). The master bedroom offers a reproduction Iron King bed, gorgeous & crisp linens, a walk in closet, and Queen Anne desk. Just outside the master bedroom is an all Wicker-furnished private screened in porch. Step from either the screened-in porch or 2nd bedroom onto the outside patio with ample seating and umbrella table for outdoor dining. Take advantage of the outdoor gas grill with utensils, or sit around the portable fire pit with wood provided. The second bedroom offers antique four poster twin beds and a built-in library loaded with books, board and card games, and movies. Separate laundry room adjacent to second bedroom plus a dressing room/make up area. Linens and towels for kitchen are provided, as well as laundry and dishwasher supplies. The tiled bathroom has shower, ample thirsty towels, hair dryer and basic all-natural toiletries.

What makes this Cottage unique

This charming guest home is situated at the back of the property of our original 1919 historic home, Stone Oaks. Step inside and you will feel right at home. The cherished family heirlooms - both furniture and art - each have their own story to tell. The plantation shutters throughout give homage to the Charleston, SC heritage and afford gorgeous views from throughout the home. The screened-in porch and outdoor patio overlook a 3-board fenced side yard where you can enjoy games of badminton or cornhole, or simply sit in the yard in Damon's grandmother's glider and chairs under the oldest Elm Tree in Williamson County. We believe that this property is the best kept secret in Franklin and are delighted to share it with you. This guest home was built as a home and has all the amenities of a bigger house on a smaller scale. This property sleeps 4 but adjacent to Generals Retreat is Captains Quarters (VRBO Listing #496791), which sleeps 2, and both can be booked for a total of 6 people.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Twin Bedroom
        2 twin/ single
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, 1 baby crib
      • Bedroom 3
        1 twin/ single, In dressing room/laundry area
      • Portable pack and play can be requested from owner. Two (2) air mattresses can be requested for extra young adults.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            Generals Retreat is six blocks, a 15 minute walk, from historic downtown Franklin, shopping, dining & sightseeing. Private setting and driveway set back on three gorgeous rolling acres.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Fireplace
                        Wood burning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        Plenty of on site parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Keurig with coffee, tea, hot chocolate provided and all the condiments
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Full kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Seats 4-6 people comfortably with more dining space on the huge outside patio.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Outdoor fire pit with wood provided
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        Lovely screened in porch with all wicker furniture.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • hot air ballooning
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • racquetball
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • tennis

                                                            38 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            A beautifully decorated historical cottage

                                                            DEBRA J.

                                                            We stayed at the General's Retreat for ten nights and loved every moment. The cottage is very comfortable and well stocked. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook any meal we wanted. The grounds are very lovely and with the large trees it stays cool even in the heat.

                                                            The owners were as welcoming as you could wish and made us feel like family. We would recommend the General's Retreat for everyone who would like to have a wonderful time in Franklin, TN.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you! We loved having you and miss you! Come back anytime and we do appreciate your generous and kind review!


                                                            DeAnne H.

                                                            The warm and inviting home of General’s Retreat is in a fabulous location. It is approximately 1/2 mile from down town. Beds are comfortable and the furnishings are so interesting. The fact that it is dog friendly is a huge plus. Only downside is other people staying elsewhere on the property walking their dogs with no leash and never picking up after them. I did have the misfortune of stepping in it first night there and it became more plentiful as the days went on. It makes it hard to find nice pet friendly locations when owners are not always responsible and pick up after their pets.

                                                            The home is very well stocked , and the washer and dryer and dishwasher were great bonuses.

                                                            Thank you for allowing us to use this great house.


                                                            Tracy L.

                                                            Everything was great we had a wonderful time. Great location.

                                                            Dickens Festival

                                                            Carl M.

                                                            As always renting from the Rogers' is a pleasure. We typically come to Franklin in the spring, but were able to get away for the Dickens Festival and Leipers Fork Christmas Parade this year. Our daughter was able to be with us this time and the property worked wonderfully for us. Mark and Damon are great hosts.

                                                            The house and property were lovely, quiet and clean. There was a sense of serenity there.

                                                            Barbara W.

                                                            My husband and I met our son, wife and new baby for a weekend together. Damon was ready for us and attentive to my communications. The bedrooms were separated by the common living spaces, thus affording privacy and quiet. There was an elegance to this property that was uplifting. We would recommend it!

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            Thank you!

                                                            Very Well-Equipped and Maintained Home

                                                            Hugh H.Waialua, Hawaii, USA

                                                            We spend six nights in this rental home. The owners, Damon and Mark, were very responsive throughout the rental process and during our stay. The home is very spacious, clean, well-equipped, well-furnished, and well-maintained. The banana bread given by the owners was a treat. The king-size bed was very comfortable. The heating and air-conditioning worked well.

                                                            There is a refrigerator/freezer with an automatic ice maker. The dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer worked very well. There is a Keurig coffee maker, and the owners left K-cups for our use. The WiFi was excellent.

                                                            There is plenty of parking available. The house is within easy walking distance of downtown Franklin and a large park. There are many excellent restaurants in the area.

                                                            We had one problem with slow drainage from the shower and toilet. When I brought it to the attention of the owners, they had someone here to fix it within an hour. We had no further problems.

                                                            I highly recommend this property.


                                                            Franklin, TN, USA

                                                            Whether you walk, drive or catch the Franklin Trolley, you are easily accessible to Carnton Plantation, The Carter House, The Lotz House, movies or live entertainment at the Franklin Theatre, Pull Tight or Boiler Room Theatres, shopping, antiquing or sightseeing. Museum tours, bike tours, and ghost tours are abundant or walk a block to Jim Warren Park for fresh air and sunshine. Jim Warren also boasts a Skate Park! If you are a foodie, you will be pleased as there are numerous privately owned restaurants within walking distance. For the wine aficionado, Arrington Vineyards is but a short car ride along picturesque country roads, or you can enjoy our quaint country neighbor, Leiper's Fork, where you can hop on the Natchez Trace Parkway and head into Nashville for another full day adventure. Those of us living in Franklin boast that "we are 15 miles south and 100 years down the road from Nashville." Franklin has been mentioned in major publications like Southern Living, CNN, Money Magazine, Forbes, and Business Week as one of the best places to live, work, and visit in the entire country. Generals Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Historic Franklin - known for its 150 places to explore that are on the National Registry!

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                                                            4 people maximum No refunds on cancelled trips within 30 days of arrival.

                                                            38 Reviews
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