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F. B. I. - Franklin Battlefield Inn (Downtown Franklin, TN!)

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 197 m²
Property type house

Overview

About the property

Historic Folk Victorian Home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Franklin Battlefield Inn is a beautiful historic Folk Victorian home built c. 1902, but with all the modern luxuries for the 21st century traveler… including three bedrooms, two bathrooms with limitless hot water provided by a tank-less hot water heater, a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, tile back splash, a gas stove, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and ice maker, washer and dryer, a vent-less gas log fireplace, four flat screen TVs with Direct TV, DVR (over 700 channels!), a blue-ray DVD player, and more.

Franklin Battlefield Inn (aka “the F.B.I.”) is centrally located in Historic Downtown Franklin! If you are here to visit the Number One Small Town in TN ( according to Southern Living), you will want to stay here at the FBI! Walk to Franklin’s thriving Main Street, dining, groceries, shopping, parks, museums and more. And if you are here to visit Nashville, Franklin Battlefield Inn is only a hop, skip and a jump from Music City USA (just a 25 minute drive).

Our county historian named this family home “Franklin Battlefield Inn,” because the house is located on ground zero of the Battle of Franklin. It is argued that the Battle of Franklin was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, and this house sits at the very center of where the battle was fought! The Carter House and Museum are just two blocks north.

After the Civil War, Samuel P. Redford bought land from the Carter family and built several houses using wood from his lumber mill. Between 1899 and 1902, Sam Redford built this home using the finest red oak from his mill. Since then, five generations of Redfords have lived here (and a couple died here, but shhh don’t tell the kids there are ghosts). We have heard stories of how our ancestors used to board guests in this home. We hope to bring back this tradition of hospitality by welcoming you to stay at the FBI.

With a gorgeous fenced in back yard, spacious deck and crab orchard stone island with fire pit, Franklin Battlefield Inn is a great place for events such as parties, teas, cookouts, reunions or weddings. For an additional fee, you may have your party at the FBI. (Please note that events must be approved and scheduled in advance.)

More Details

Owner
Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford

Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford are “Southerners” through and through, having lived in middle TN all their lives. Mary Ellen was born and raised in Nashville. She graduated from the Harpeth Hall School for Girls and the University of TN. She taught school for seven years at Franklin Elementary School before retiring to become a full time mom. Clyde was born and raised in Franklin, TN at a time when this small town was more like “Mayberry.” He graduated from Battle Ground Academy and Lipscomb University. His career was spent in the insurance industry, which culminated in him being President of Gale-Smith and Company, and later Board Chairman and CEO. He retired in 2010.

Mary Ellen and Clyde met on a “blind date” in June of 1968 and married in December of 1969. They are the proud parents of Matt, Meg, and Will and the proud grandparents of two amazing grandchildren, Emily and Bryson. After spending 36 years in Franklin raising their children, they moved to southwest Williamson County in 1999. Active in many charitable organizations, they represent the “volunteer spirit” of the Volunteer State.

Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford purchased this house in 1899

Why Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford chose Tennessee

This property has been passed down from one generation to the next. Sam Redford built this home and others in Franklin between 1899 and 1902 having purchased the land from what had been part of the Carter plantation. This home holds great sentimental value for the Redford family, so much so that when the 5th generation, Emily Redford, moved out, we decided to restore it, preserve it, keep it in the family for future generations and share it with others. Today we are offering our family home for travelers seeking comfort, luxury and ambiance in their travel accommodations.

What makes this house unique

Staying at the Franklin Battlefield Inn is a step back into time, a slower, gentler time of charm and grace. Built only 38 years after the Civil War, this property was on the battlefield. History abounds. Visit the Historic Carter House and Carnton Mansion. Perhaps a ghost tour would appeal to you.

The back deck and back yard with a fire pit offer visitors the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy their time together. We think you will feel the love that has gone into restoring the old and creating the new aspects of this home. It is not a Victorian Museum, but rather a charming and comfortable place to make new memories.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Franklin

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 197 m²
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , All tile, ceiling shower head, make-up mirror
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , All tile, double vanity, walk in shower with bench.
  • Tankless hot-water heater - endless hot water!
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Electric fireplace and 50' flat screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 37' flat screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 37' flat screen TV
    additional bed - 1 single bed , This extra bed is in a window nook at the top of the stairs
  • New Dutch made mattresses, luxury linens and pillows, beautiful decor.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • racquetball

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
5

Last minute trip to Franklin and needed great location.

  • 5 of 5

Due to a death in the family of one of my dear friends, I was making very last minute plans to get to Franklin, TN. A google search showed FBI was an ideal location. It was well past business hours when I got the news and started making my plans so had no expectation of anyone answering when I called but thought I would try anyway. However, Mary Ellen answered the phone, had her housekeeping staff make a very quick turnaround so I could get in right away. I, honestly, hadn't paid much attention to the photos on the website because I just needed to be near my friend (who would have a house full of out of town family) so was really only thinking about having a decent place to sleep. I was so very pleasantly surprised. It was amazing and I was sad that I was only there to use it as a "base camp". It was roomy, beautiful, comfortable had multiple and fabulous indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. It would be great for anyone for just about any occasion.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great historic home and area!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the home and the location was great! The home and area is full of history and is fascinating to read about. We walked the neighborhood every day. We enjoyed the big backyard and the bed was very comfortable. We highly recommend this rental home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect place in Franklin!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was so clean! The showers and bathrooms were so nicely updated with great water pressure and great space for relaxing, very cozy and had all the amenities we needed. Very large nice side yard, fenced in, was perfect for my girls to play. We will stay there again next time! Owner very responsive and gives thorough directions/information. Very high quality run VRBO!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A wonderful experience!!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated, with an eye to comfort throughout the inn!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I work for a local non-profit and we hosted our end of the school year graduation ceremony for our student ministry branch at the FBI. The only thing my girls [and I] kept saying over and over? How much we wished we were staying longer! Mary Ellen thought of every detail to make sure our stay was nothing short of a true experience, not just any old stay. I'd highly recommend Franklin Battlefield Inn and do hope to bring our next group of girls back!

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was lovely and close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great relaxing time in Franklin staying at FBI and would recommend to everyone. We will be back soon. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind words inspire us to keep going. Thank you and we're glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Map

Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Nashville International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Bunganut Pig
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Uncle Bud's
Car: recommended

For you Civil War buffs... this house was built at the very epicenter the Battle of Franklin, and only two blocks from the historic Carter House.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$189.16
Additional Guest Fee A$44.14 per person per night
Pet Fee A$126.11

Rate is based on an occupancy of two guests. Each additional guest is $35 per person, per night.
Cleaning fee is $150.
A rental agreement will be emailed to you. Upon receipt of your signature on page 5, (agreeing to the terms of said agreement) and receipt of your deposit, your reservation will be confirmed.
Credit cards accepted over the phone only, for security reasons.
Party fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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