Summer is fabulous because the days are longer, the flowers are blooming, the fireflies amaze me and I get to see extended family. Summer, through my kids’ eyes, is fun to observe, but where my own sanity is concerned, it’s not so great. By the end of May I feel flattened like a Mack truck ran over me, and the new routine of summer always leaves me needing moments to recharge. The challenge, though, is finding a place to go to unwind that doesn’t require lots of complicated travel logistics. Happily, I’ve stumbled upon just the thing that is perfect either on your own, with your spouse or with friends, and you don’t have to travel far at all to get there.

Rental homes in Franklin, TN

Shelter + Roost features five distinctive vacation rental properties in Williamson County, just south of Nashville, each offering something a little different from the others, all of which appeal to both the tourist and local traveler alike. Take a weekend, or a week or even a mid-week escape. It’s a getaway without all the hassles that often go hand in hand with a big trip.

Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

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Another consideration: these properties are also great for friends and family who want to visit and explore Nashville, but not in the traditional, touristy way. Sure, go downtown, but escape and soak up the richness of our beautiful Middle Tennessee landscape, as well.

Here is quick overview of the 5 properties. (All descriptions and photos found at Shelter + Roost.)

Farmhouse in the Fork: A little bit of country (41 acres to be exact) just off the beaten path in Leiper’s Fork. Fishing poles included. 

“The Farmhouse is located in a secluded setting in Leiper’s Fork, four miles from historic Leiper’s Fork Village, twelve miles south of Franklin and thirty miles south of Nashville. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a little over a mile away and is perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding and scenic drives.

Enjoy this private retreat in a storybook setting with charm that never ends. Our beautiful home sits on 41 secluded acres minutes from all the happenings in the village. This home is ideal for a romantic getaway, weekend with friends, escape for the whole family, artist/writer’s retreat, special events and corporate retreats. Whatever it may be you are looking for, you’ll most likely find it here.” — Shelter + Roost

Farmhouse in the Fork, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Farmhouse in the Fork

Farmhouse in the Fork: A little bit of country (41 acres to be exact) just off the beaten path. Fishing poles included. Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Farmhouse in the Fork

Farmhouse in the Fork Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Farmhouse in the Fork

Farmhouse in the Fork, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Farmhouse in the Fork

Storybook CottageHansel and Gretyl could’ve lived here, really. And they would’ve loved the outdoor shower.

“Storybook Cottage is just as you would imagine … charming and dreamy, the perfect place to get away from your fast-paced world to find the things that matter most. From the painted poplar wood floors and the cathedral ceiling, to the sleeping loft, outdoor shower and stacked stone wall, this cottage is one of a kind and is perfect for a romantic getaway, small families, weekend with friends or as an artist/writers retreat. Storybook Cottage is also horse friendly.

Storybook Cottage sits on eight acres in Leiper’s Fork, just a short scenic thirty minute drive south of Nashville in the best community in the area. The close proximity makes it a perfect getaway for recording artists and entertainment professionals looking for peace and quiet during their stay in Nashville. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a little over a mile away and is perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding and scenic drives and ‘Main Street’ in Downtown Franklin is just a short twelve mile drive.” — Shelter + Roost

storybrook cottage, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Storybook Cottage

Storybrook Cottage, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Storybook Cottage

storybrook cottage, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Storybook Cottage

Jefferson House: A beautifully restored historic home, just walking distance to Main Street. This one belongs in a magazine. c.1900 

“Jefferson House is located two and a half blocks from ‘Main Street’ in Historic Franklin twenty miles south of Nashville. Franklin has not only been named the number one small town in Tennessee, but also made Southern Living’s ‘Best Small Town’ top ten list. Experience the community pride and southern hospitality and enjoy the historic attractions, upscale shopping, live entertainment and great places to eat … all within walking distance.” — Shelter + Roost

Jefferson House, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Jefferson House

Jefferson House, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Jefferson House

Jefferson House, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Jefferson House

Jefferson House front, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Jefferson House

Brigadoon: You cannot pay to sleep any closer to the heart of Leiper’s Fork Village. Imagine if Ralph Lauren had a yard sale and you’ll capture something of the essence of this dreamy place.

“Brigadoon is beautiful. It is a quirky, post Civil War home that has succumbed to a slight British invasion. Two distinct living rooms and sun/dining room combination give the home its identity. A queen bedroom on the main level offers a traditional sleeping experience; upstairs a queen bedroom suite has a loft feel to it. Single bed, daybed and optional inflatable queen bed will allow for additional places to rest the head. The kitchen, aka ‘the coop,’ has enough utensils to cook if you so desire. You can also wash up in a wonderful walk-in shower or soaker tub.” — Shelter + Roost

brigadoon, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Brigadoon

brigadoon, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Brigadoon

brigadoon, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Brigadoon

Leiper’s Fork Inn: Two historic homes, rescued, moved, and restored were combined to create this charming property. This property is rented to one family/group at a time, not by individual rooms. Perfect for weddings and events.

“The Inn is located in Leiper’s Fork Village and is within walking distance to art galleries, antique stores, boutiques, a rare book store and a handful of restaurants. The close proximity makes it a perfect getaway for recording artists and entertainment professionals looking for peace and quiet during their stay in Nashville.

This beautiful home includes almost 3000 sqft of living space, multiple out-buildings, a wedding/ceremony space, and a barn perfect for candlelit dinners, events or receptions. Sit and relax in front of one of the homes three fireplaces, or cook a family meal in the gourmet kitchen complete with granite counter tops and Bosch stainless steel appliances.  Two master suites include screened-in porches which overlook the quaint village of Leiper’s Fork, the living room provides a perfect gathering spot for evening conversations, games and puzzles, while the formal dining room becomes the perfect setting for family dinners. A one room cottage set back amongst the trees is also available for artists wanting to escape to paint, read or write.” — Shelter + Roost

Leipers Fork Inn, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Leiper’s Fork Inn

Leipers Fork Inn, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Leiper’s Fork Inn

Leipers Fork Inn, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Leiper’s Fork Inn

Leipers Fork Inn Front, Shelter + Roost rental homes in Franklin, Tn

Leiper’s Fork Inn

I’m already planning my escape. Are you?

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