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Diane Sesler

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french

Artful Lodger on the Park: Trendy East Nashville-Overlooks Park-Next to Downtown

101 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Shelby Hills Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Be part of the local experience in this conveniently located historic Lockeland Springs neighborhood in East Nashville . Historic East Nashville has been coined by Budget Travel Magazine as Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village.Your guest home sits at the entrance of Shelby Park.

Your comfortable, artful and cozy accommodations consist of 3 bedrooms with pillow top mattresses and 1.5 bathrooms. There’s a full bathroom upstairs, a living room with a flat screen tv, 2 bedrooms, several tables to sit and enjoy your meal overlooking the park.

A visual feast awaits you downstairs. In addition to having another living room with a flat screen tv, a bedroom, ½ bath, and a washer/dryer for your convenience, the living space is turned into a gallery. Beautiful paintings, collages, and photographs adorn the walls. We are proud to promote regional artists. What makes it special is that you may purchase their work and take a little bit of Nashville back home with you.

Well behaved and friendly dogs are welcome. They can even snuggle up with you with the provided pet blankets. Shelby Park is a large 336 acres urban multi-use park along the Cumberland River featuring river views; migratory bird and other wildlife viewing opportunities; playgrounds; a fenced off-leash dog park approximately 1 block away; baseball fields; Vinny Links a 9 hole golf course is approximately ½ mile away and the 18 hole golf course is only a few blocks from your lodging ; Sevier Lake, popular for casual fishing; a Cumberland River boat launch ramp; picnic shelters; and the Shelby Park Community Center across the street which offers tennis. There’s the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center which is a great starting point for exploring more than 950 acres of Shelby Bottoms Greenway. There’s a Nashville GreenBikes station where you can “check-out” a free bike to ride on the Shelby Bottoms and other connected Greenways.

Many of Nashville’s most popular restaurants, tourist destinations, and shops are in this neighborhood. Five points is a popular destination and is only 1.25 miles away which has restaurants, café’s, galleries, pubs, shops, a grocery store, a bank, a post office and more. You can easily take a taxi or there’s a bus stop one block away. You are 1 ½ miles from Interstate 24, 2.12 miles from the LP Field Football Stadium, 2.71 miles from the Country Musical Hall of Fame, 3.29 from the Frist Center for Visual Arts and 5.42 miles from Vanderbilt University. There are many other famous venues to visit such as the Centennial Park and the Parthenon, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Ryman Auditorium, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a walk from the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge to Broadway. There will be a book filled with information about places to visit and a list of restaurants.

Here's just a few places in this neighborhood that gives you an idea why East Nashville is so popular and top musicians living in East Nashville /

....just to name a few close by restaurants

Silly Goose

Eastland Café

Lockeland Table


Pomodoro’s East


Rumours East

Five Points Pizza

Tenn Sixteen

Holland House

Mas Tacos

The Wild Cow

Coffee Shops/Bakery's

Sweet 16 Bakery

Barista Parlor

Ugly Mug

Portland Brew

Bongo Java


Art & Invention,Metropolis Antiques & Gift, Thrive,

1907, High Garden Tea, Moxie, Wax Nashville, Pistils & Petals, Baxter & Bailey...

There's also:

Boone & Sons, Kroger, Aldi's, Porter Road Butcher,

Turnip Truck Natural Market,Woodland Wine Merchant

Rite Aid Drugstore,Cumberland Hardware

Post Office - Woodland Street

Banks - Suntrust and Regions, Nicholson Cleaners

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Diane Sesler (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Diane Sesler

In 2010 we lost our home and most of our personal belongings to the devastating Nashville flood. It wasn’t an easy process but there’s a spark of sunshine in every situation. We lived in the backyard of our flooded inhabitable home in a 33’ trailer for over a year. It took that much time for the government to go through with their promises.

Humor, among other qualities, kept us afloat. How can you not find humor with 2 people living in a backyard in a teenie weenie trailer with 1 giant Doberman named Nookie Pookie and a bad tempered cat named Monster.

It was business as usual for my husband David who is a computer programmer. I began a blog called Sardines In The Hood. It kept me sane. One of my stories was published in The Tennessean newspaper and an online magazine Dancing Noodle picked up some of my stories. It was my first time at being professionally paid for writing. I’m a visual artist who likes to work with paper. I have done sculptures and other types of artwork that have been featured in galleries, boutiques and shows.

We both love nature. We are passionate about the environment and animals. Our flooded home overlooked the Cumberland River. We sat on our dock many nights looking at sunsets, observing migrating birds, and other creatures that made us appreciative of what we had in our life.

When we found this home it needed a lot of work. It wasn’t pretty but we had a vision. The government finally bought our flooded property so that we were able to move on and finally live in a home after 1 ½ years. We cleaned, painted, renovated and made this new home joyful. Part of the landscape was designed by people who do foodscaping. All the flowers, bushes, trees have a purpose that feeds the animals as well as humans. We hope this becomes a popular trend with everyone on this earth. We also have started a vegetable garden. We hope to have plenty of vegies to share with our guests.

We are happy.

May this home bring you happiness too.

Diane & David

Diane Sesler purchased this townhome in 2011

Why Diane Sesler chose Nashville

Peaceful ...overlooking park but close to many restaurants, galleries, shops, bakeries, pubs, and of course downtown. Our beautiful art gallery/meditation room is loved by everyone. East Nashville is home to many musicians, artists, a fantasic web of eclectic and artistic community .

What makes this townhome unique

Certified Wildlife Habitat. We provide a designed landscape which organically feeds both humans and animals. Some plants, trees & bushes were here when we purchased the property. We have tried since then to implement many new indigenous species. A perfect blend with the picturesque park which borders the property. It is the best of both world ...staying in a green property but close to downtown


based on 101 traveler reviews

Artful Lodger on the Park: Trendy East Nashville-Overlooks Park-Next to Downtown
average rating of 4.970297 based on 101 reviews
Madison, WI

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a truly enjoyable stay. A group of six of us came to Nashville from Wisconsin. The house was the perfect size, had every amenity and was so interesting with all the artwork. The neighborhood felt safe and was close to so much. It was super quick to get downtown Nashville and there is so much in East Nashville as well. Being right next to the park was great for early morning walks and runs. I liked that the door had a code so that we all could access the house and didn't have to do the key shuffle. The only improvement I can think of is that there is only one spare roll of toilet paper. It seems an easy thing to provide that would keep the guests from having to run for it. Though we did go to the grocery store, but predicted wrong on what we'd need, and had to run back later in the week when we didn't need food. Not that big of a deal. One of the women said that is pretty standard to have to provide it, but still, it seems a very easy and cheap thing to do for guests. Last little thing is that the bed in the downstairs bedroom creaks when you move. Combine an insomniac with someone who moves a lot in the night, and you have the recipe for sleepless nights for both. Those are both pretty minor complaints for such a wonderful stay. So glad we found this house...I got a lot of kudos from the other women for finding it, so those kudos must be transferred to the owners. Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review and hope you will come back again since you had such a good time. I'm sorry for the inconvenience of having to get more toilet paper. I mention everything we provide in the letter I send everyone before their arrival, but I will definitely consider adding another roll. I see your point. It's always great to get feedback so thank you for that. The creaking bed is a new one and not sure what to do about it, but will have my sweet husband look at it and see if there's anything that can be done. The frame is a beautiful antique and perhaps the age makes it creak in pain....So, thank you for your tips and glad that they were minor enough that you still had a fantastic time. Thank you for leaving positive feedback on this site as well as in our guest book. Have a great week. Diane Diane
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Home away from home with thoughtful and personal touches

  • 5 of 5

There are so many nice things I want to say about the Artful Lodger on the Park in East Nashville. From the moment we walked in we felt so welcomed and at home. A sweet note on postcards for us and our sweet little dog, including a piggy toy for him and Goo Goo Clusters for us. Loved all the artistic touches throughout the home and the pictures do no justice for how large the home is. Plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 children and plenty for more people! So wonderfully decorated and extremely comfortable. It was fantastic to be right next door to Shelby Park! It was an easy drive into downtown Nashville and surrounding areas for visiting all the local attractions. Loved all the locally owned restaurants and shops in East Nashville. Thank you, Diane and David, for your wonderful hospitality and sharing your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love your review and thank you because it truly means a lot to us. We enjoy making people comfortable and happy. I also want to thank you for being perfect guests . We would love for you to come back. Perhaps we could meet Ernie the next time :-) Diane & David
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Very clean, great location!

  • 4 of 5

I really liked this house! You can definitely feel the music city vibe. The porch was nice to sit out at, and the patio sitting was gorgeous! My only complaint was that I felt the owners were watching us while we were there, making sure we were following the rules.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our home on the park. We are a bit sad and disappointed you felt we were watching you as we have never had anyone tell us they felt that way before. We work so hard at wanting our guests to have a fantastic stay and that is why we have had nothing but 5 stars from our former guests. Perhaps you felt this way because we don't allow parties unless prior permission is granted as we live in a quiet neighborhood and want to respect our neighbors and it's written in the contract you signed. I drove by our home and saw pink strips hanging from the front porch which made me think you were having a party so that is why I called you. That is the first we heard of your party yet we decided to let you have it as long as you didn't use confettis, were respectful to our neighbors, and told you to have fun. That was our last conversation and thought that all was well and didn't worry about your party. When it was time to clean we found numerous inappropriate glitter shapes on the carpet. We had a family with children checking in so we were worried we would miss some and could upset them. We never said anything to you about this so it saddens us that you didn't follow all the rules and yet we are the ones who are being punished with a less than perfect rating.
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay! Your home was clean, welcoming, and convenient. We enjoyed being able to play tennis nearby, walk in the park, ride bikes and get around Nashville easily. We would recommend the house to others. We plan to come back :)

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We enjoyed having you stay with us. I'm glad you were able to spend some quality time with your son. I saw your pup walking in the park a few times --- so cute! I'm glad you will be coming back. Have a nice week. Diane & David
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  • 5 of 5

This house is so cute! I loved the art all through the house. The personal touches were awesome. we really enjoyed the chocolate and notes y'all left for us. Perfect location, very clean, stocked kitchen and bathroom! It was a perfect home away from home . We would defiantly stay here again and highly recommend to everyone .

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your sweet response and we are so happy you had a perfect time. You were wonderful guests and would recommend you anytime as well. We hope you come back to visit us. Have a great week. Diane & David
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Charleston, SC

Like Coming Home Again

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to The Artful Lodger was even better than the first! It truly felt like coming home. Diane's personal touches and attention to every detail made us feel welcome and cozy. We can't say enough about the location of the property - we explored more of the park area and found some new East Nashville treasures on this trip. One of the highlights was walking the foot bridge in downtown Nashville at night - BEAUTIFUL!!!!

A special thank you to Diane for treating our pups like true members of the family. I think Froggy is going to start calling you Auntie Diane! We can't wait for our next trip to Nashville so we can stay in our second home at The Artful Lodger. Thank you for another amazing family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so happy to see you again and meet Bumble Bee. Just love your whole family and we are so lucky to have you as guests because you are PERFECT. I highly recommend you to anyone, but I also want to be selfish so that you only stay here with us.Have a great week and we may see you soon in your lovely town. I think I only put 2 toys out for your pups and not 3...I apologize
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Silly Goose -- CLOSED
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
"Best ice cream! Addictive....."
Pied Piper Creamery
Eastland Cafe
"Very nice atmosphere and great food! Good bar for Happy Hour"
Rumours East
"Ask for Jay West - excellent server! Fantastic selection of wines"
Margot Cafe and Bar
"Great brunch too....Small so better make some reservations"
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
"Yummy burgers and great beer!"
Marche Artisan Foods
"very nice and good brunch....They don't take reservations so be sure to get there early"
Mas Tacos
"The best Mexican restaurant in town....very small and extremely popular with everyone. They ..."
Five Points Pizza
Batter'd & Fried Boston Seafood House
Holland House Bar & Refuge
"Expensive They have mixologists for fancy drinks"
Edley's Bar B Que
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
LP Field
Nearest Airport
8.6 Miles
Nashville International Airport - BNA
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
3 Crow Bar
Nearest Golf
1.3 Miles
Shelby Golf Course
Nearest Train
2.7 Miles
Music City Star
Nearest Motorway
1.6 Miles
Interstate 24
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Lockland Table
Nearest Beach
13.6 Miles
Nashville Shores Beach & Jet Ski Rental
Car: recommended

Our home sits at the entrance of Shelby Park. There is a great frisbee course in the park


Rates & Availability

Shelby Hills Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
New Years 2017
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
CMA Week 2017
Jun 8 2017 - Jun 11 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
City Tax ($2.50/night) $5
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.25%

State and local taxes of 9.25%, hotel tax of 6% apply and city tax of $2.50 per night apply.
A $250 refundable Security Deposit is required.
Dogs considered: $40 first night and $10 subsequent nights per dog.

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Shelby Hills Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Lake View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • 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 On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , has sink
  • 1.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (2) Upstairs, Double Beds (1) Downstairs
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Smoking is only allowed outdoors. Cigarette butts are disposed of in provided containers. Smokers smoking inside the home will have a dry cleaning and rug cleaning fee of $300 deducted from their security deposit. Events allowed upon written approval from owners.

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