The FEMA Guesthouse at Cooper-Young

Bed & Breakfast - Entire home/apt · Blythe St, Memphis, TN 38104, United States
Your host, Chere
52 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

The FEMA Guesthouse is a fully furnished & renovated mid-town Memphis guesthouse located in the historically hip Cooper-Young neighborhood, within walking distance to FAB neighborhood restaurants/night spots, coffee house, shops, music and books. Saturday Cooper-Young Farmers Market (April though October) across the street on Saturday mornings.

Formerly a late 19th C tack house and maintaining a bit of attitudinal funk, The FEMA is located behind my primary residence in shaded, fenced yard. She is spotlessly kept and her hospitality is unrivaled, groovy, and gracious! Simple grocery items available. Coffee is always available. Outside covered porch/entry.

2BR, 1B, K, L, Bath, Outside Porch
Kitchen: all new appliances, all kitchenware provided.
Living: Comfortable furniture, clean
Bath: tub/shower/ vanity, soft towels, amenities
1st BR/study (down) w/ daybed & futon, cozy
2nd BR (up): Large, airy w/ king bed overlooks treed backyard, soft sheets, a comfortable sleep!

Logistics: Secure. Private. On-street parking. Close to public transit. 15 minutes to airport. 10 mins to Trolley line, 15 mins to Medical Centers & downtown. 5 mins to University of Memphis, Rhodes, and CBU.

Wireless included.

Well-behaved pets negotiable.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $450 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $50
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Chere was a great host. She was out of town when we arrived but everything was ready for us, it was easy to access the house and we were able to communicate with her by text. The house is cute and cozy, good for a small family. The kitchen is dated but has everything you need. The air conditioners worked well. The internet stopped working at one point but we were able to reach Chere about it and were given instructions on how to fix it without problem. Overall a good experience. It was cute and comfortable and has the feel of an older guesthouse. The neighborhood is good and a very easy walk to Cooper-Young area, but be careful which direction you walk because Memphis neighborhoods change from good to bad in a matter of blocks.

    June 2014
  • Perfect house in a great location. Easy walking access to Cooper-Young and plenty of space if you need to hang around the house. Super easy to communicate with owner. Made the trip a breeze.

    June 2014
  • The guesthouse was in the perfect location in the neighborhood of Cooper Young. It was very comfortable for four guests. The only issue we had was a bit of trouble working the Internet and cable. Chere was very accomodating.

    May 2014
  • We were on a cross country bicycle trip and pit-stopped in Memphis. The cottage was lovely and Chere was as accommodating as possible. We plan on going back next year-but for 2 weeks!

    May 2014
  • Chere was a great host and had made the appropriate arrangements for my family and I to feel right at home even when we arrived in the middle of the night. She even allowed us to stay for a while after the check-out time since it wasn't being occupied immediately afterward -- very kind. Cooper-Young is also a pretty good neighborhood with a coffee shop a couple of blocks from this place that you absolutely must visit. I recommend Chere's place to anybody looking for a place to stay in Memphis. Oh, and you will find her own wonderful paintings hung all over the place!

    May 2014
  • The guesthouse was quite roomy and very conveniently located. Although an older structure and a little lopsided, we found it charming, along with our hostess, Chere. She contacted us ahead of time and remained in touch throughout our stay. There are several great eateries and a Saturday market within a block or two. Our family was made to feel welcome and we appreciated the space and flexibility to come and go on our own schedule. Thanks.

    May 2014
  • Enjoyed my stay with Chere. The coach house was clean, just a problem with shower. Only draw back was the dingy face towels.

    May 2014
  • Chere was a fantastic host! She responded to our booking right away and was super helpful in answering any of our questions. We had just moved to Memphis, but did not have a place to call home yet. We stayed in the FEMA Guesthouse for a week while house/apartment searching. It was a large space for two people and gave us an opportunity to discover the Cooper-Young neighborhood. You can walk to bars and cafes in 5 minutes. I had to work remotely during the weekdays and Chere was so kind to offer her printer, washer dryer, etc if I needed anything. You can't ask for better hospitality. Thanks Chere! Hope to see you again around town!

    May 2014
  • We had a great time at the FEMA guesthouse. The house was plenty big to house me, my husband, our toddler, and two grandparents for a long weekend. It's located in a wonderful neighborhood (Cooper-Young) with lots of restaurants and coffee shops, and it's close to downtown and other activities like the zoo. Chere was a wonderful and very accommodating host. We'd definitely stay here again.

    April 2014
  • Our group of 4 enjoyed our 2 night stay here while visiting Memphis. Chere was lovely. The house was quaint and perfect for our needs. There is a row of nice little cafes and bars within a 5 minute walk. Downtown with Beale St, the Civil Right Museum, etc, are a 10 minute drive away. We highly recommend a stay here.

    April 2014
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Mercy High School St. Martinville, LA, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Memphis
Adjunct professor of art, working artist, and proprietress of the Fema Guesthouse
January 2012 Mention in the Memphis Daily News (website hidden) A Cajun in Memphis, Chere is an artist, teacher, designer.....pursues a spiritual path. Enjoys people of all sorts, showing graciousness and hospitality. Proud to have hosted guests from all over the world - Brits, Kiwis, Russians, as well as guests from India and a lovely Tasmanian woman. Also, wonderful Americans! I possess broad views, curious and great sense of humor. I am friendly but respectful of guests privacy. Several people have asked why the Fema is named the Fema. Primarily as a joke, when my children come up from Louisiana Gulf Coast to visit and they stay "out back", they called the guesthouse, The Fema because of it's slightly temporary and substandard nature, it is essentially a 100 year old tack house........As a Louisiana native my family has lived through dozens of hurricanes as well as Rita and Katrina. The reference to Fema in our Cajun and Creole cultures is one of suspicion, outrage, and humor The idea that FEMA could manage a recovery for Cajuns after Rita was somewhat laughable to us, Cajun people are "bootstraps" kind of people who rely on themselves and each other for sustenance and survival. Fema, then is a poke-of-fun gesture; as well as a comical gesture of Cajun hospitality, she also hopes to provoke conversation on what it was like and how our lives are changed as the results of these Category 5 experiences. My memories of visiting Henry, Louisiana after Rita are of homes being swept off their foundations, salt water intrusion into rural settlements, destroyed ch urches and schools, and the iconic Fema Trailer newly established withV irgin Mary statues marking the entries. The ridiculousness of governmental efforts at viable assistance continues to be a source of comedic relief for those of us along the Gulf Coast. Fema is not a reference to fright, terror or abandonment but one of hope, hospitality and humor offered by someone who has been there countless times and accepted these same offerings in the spirit that they were given. Personally, in the unsettlement (if you will Category 5 experiences) that have occurred for me personally, professionally over the years.....solace and support can be sought and found in the most unlikely and obscure places. Don't be afraid of the The Fema, she is a place of rest, solace and welcome. BTW The Fema Guesthouse has a (website hidden) page! You can see pics and more details about Chere, the guesthouse, and visitors. Located midtown Memphis, Cooper-Young Neighborhood.....historically hip!
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