Staycation at Leipers Fork Dreamy Storybook Cottage

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Tucked in the woods of Williamson County, this charming rental is straight out of a fairytale.

By Katie Jacobs


This is the month to get-out-of-town but you don’t have to travel far for a memorable and dreamy get-away. Not only does Leipers Fork boast incredible food, shopping, music and small-town charm, but also a tiny cottage tucked in the woods of its rolling hills that is more like a picturesque Goldilocks’ hide-away than a vacation rental. We recently trekked from Franklin the short ten miles south to Storybook Cottage for a weekend away highlighted by a fire-side dinner with a handful of friends.

Franklin’s own, City Farmhouse, decorated the entire cottage and you’ll be floored by their inventive, shabby chic, perfectly executed details at every turn. The painted chevron floors, painter’s canvas drapes, linen furniture and found architectural art make this little hide-away beyond charming. Cathedral ceilings in the living room lead to a quaint loft just big enough for two twin beds. A kids dream! Continue into the master bedroom to find a comfy king size bed draped in linen, rows of antique books, a guest ledger, and more repurposed-found-objects-turned-art.

The tiny kitchen is perfect for cooking breakfast or rolling out a pre-prepped supper and the versatility of the large screened in porch is plenty of room to feed your group. This cottage may only sleep 4-6, but it’s definitely set up for entertaining and that’s exactly what we did.

DSC_6506I packed some homemade salsa and put it out with chips on the kitchen table for everyone to enjoy while they explored the house and 8 acres of property. I also made a vodka lemonade cocktail that I am now lovingly calling “Storybook Lemonade.” Yes, the cottage now has a signature drink! It’s simply 1/3 mint infused simple syrup, 1/3 lemon juice and 1/3 vodka. Add a splash of pomegranate juice and garnish with a lime wedge and mint. Perfect for this spring!


DSC_6615We took the party outside and ate Thai Enchiladas around the bonfire. When packing a meal to go, consider where you will be serving it. I knew where we were headed had an oven, but I didn’t know much else about it. I made the enchiladas earlier in the day so all I had to do was put it in the oven to heat. I even cut up all the garnishes ahead of time and put them in individual baggies so there was absolutely no prep—just plate and eat. Everyone loved it and I didn’t spend but 5 minutes in the kitchen.

As the sun set behind the rolling hills, we sat for a long time out by the fire before nestling comfortably into our Storybook Cottage. Was it all just a dream? It seems as if a little piece of someones imagination has been dropped right into Leipers Fork. A little dream cottage to be enjoyed by all.

Whether you are visiting from out of town, need a romantic getaway, a weekend with friends or as an artist retreat, Storybook Cottage will charm your socks off. Go for the weekend or just a night. Whenever you go, build a fire, make the “Storybook Lemonade” cocktail and settle in…because you’ll never want to leave.

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Interior design by City Farmhouse

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