St. Francis Cottage is a cultivation of serenity.
– review of the B&B in in Chattanooga (Tennessee).
St. Francis Cottage located in Chattanooga, TN is an absolute gem of a Bed & Breakfast. From the moment you pull into the driveway enveloped by trees, you will know that this place is comfort for the soul.
The owners, Wallace and Nancy Braud opened their dreamy retreat in mid-April of this year. Having lived on the property since 1993, the Braud’s are keenly aware of the richness of the land in which they dwell. They’ve raised their children here and now they continue to cultivate with the raising of the seven bedroom cottage.
We stayed in the Monarch room, which is the largest of the seven rooms at 360 sq ft. This charming and luxurious suite became our home away from home with it’s cozy fireplace and supremely soft linens, including bathrobes. The Monarch room’s bathroom had a double vanity with beautiful stone-carved sink basins, a soaking tub and a separate shower. In fact, each of the seven rooms has it’s own bathroom with seven individually beautiful vanities all hand-made by Wallace. There are four rooms upstairs and three rooms downstairs in this impressive 4,700 square foot facility and all are uniquely magnificent. To enhance their guest’s comfort, the Braud’s have equipped each room with its own individual thermostat, free WiFi throughout the property, large televisions in every room with hundreds of satellite channels and Netflix available as well.
On the first floor, the 311 sq ft. Hydrangea room is even a dog-friendly suite with a door opening to the expansive porch with stairs to take your canine friend on a wooded walk. The Braud’s have been thoughtful enough to include toiletries and extras for their human guests and bowls and baggies for their canine guests in case they are needed. Also located on the first floor, the Azalea room was made to be fully ADA accessible and the building itself has a wheelchair access ramp from the spacious and shaded parking area.
Upon entering the cottage, there is a huge foyer with an open, inviting parlor directly attached. This parlor with a fully-stocked lending library can quickly transform into a fully-equipped conference room with sophisticated media equipment. Wallace and Nancy Braud provide southern hospitality with state-of-the-art 21st century technology. Also on the first floor is an open and inviting room with comfy seating by a large fireplace. This room serves as both a dining and a gathering area where every evening there is a social hour with complimentary wine and beer. We were immediately whisked away by the aromas of warm homemade cookies and some fresh hand-pressed coffee along with an assortment of herbal teas. Even the ice water was good! The large dining/living area has picturesque views of the huge wooden rear porch deck and the splendid perennial gardens. Some binoculars and bird-watching literature sit atop a side table against a wide window inviting you to pluck them up and explore St. Francis Cottage’s peaceful paradise.
Creating the peaceful paradise is a covering of old oak, pine, cherry, locust and black walnut trees. There are also many fruit-bearing plants on the property including: blueberry bushes, blackberry bushes, Goji berry bushes, strawberry plants, fig trees, pear trees, and even muscadine grape vines. They also grow asparagus and garlic and have a vast summer vegetable garden. Not to mention the beautifully lush butterfly garden complete with various fluttering inhabitants. Impressively, the Brauds use no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides in any of their gardens, in order to preserve the integrity of the original Cherokee-occupied land on which they now reside. Not only do they care for their guests, but they tend to a beautiful garden as well.
Using some of the fruits of their labor, they provide a delicious daily breakfast! Our chef inspired top notch meal started with a cup of delicious and juicy seasoned fruit. It was like an explosion of Summer time in my mouth. Next, was a five-star selection of slow cooked pulled pork eggs Benedict made with a juicy and delicious locally-grown beefsteak tomato and a creamy guacamole. It was the perfect balance of savory and sweet with so many layered textures that your taste buds did a curtsy. Capping off this morning masterpiece was a sweet and rich Creme Brulee French toast made with Brioche and topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. As I scraped a delectable piece through a vat of maple syrup into my mouth, words seemed to escape me. I could only grin and Mmmm. We left that morning with the fuel we needed to take on the Olympic course rafting on the nearby Ocoee River.
We found that the Cottage’s location is so quiet yet conveniently close to the blossoming urban expanse that is downtown Chattanooga. They are merely 15 minutes from Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain and only a little over half an hour to world class whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River. There is even an intimate wedding package available at this beautiful garden wedding venue with full accommodations for up to 50 guests and extra special attention provided for the bride and groom.
St. Francis Cottage is conveniently located just off Interstate 75 at 1349 Gunbarrel Rd. in Chattanooga, TN. Their website can be viewed at www.stfranciscottage.com, their phone number is 423-400-4177 and their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Seek out this lush new Chattanooga Bed & Breakfast where you can rest, relax and restore your peace of mind. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, a wedding or a corporate event, St. Francis Cottage caters to all and they cannot be beat!