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.
Well-behaved pets negotiable.
Smoking outdoors only.
Additional above 4 negotiable: additional bedding available.
Guests may use washer/dryer in main house.
Our stay at the guesthouse was adequate, Chere was lovely in responding to our questions. The rooms are spacious and close to a wonderful coffee shop. The trains are a bit noisy during the night so if you can sleep through that, you should be fine. Thanks Chere for allowing us to stay.
The guesthouse was in a wonderful location in Memphis. We walked to bars and cafes in the neighborhood. The location was also a good jumping off point for exploring other parts of the city and only about 10-15 minutes from the airport.
Check in and check out was easy despite Chere being out of town while we were there. Also, the house had a cute outdoor space I'd imagine would be nice in spring/summer (we stayed in Memphis in March).
However, a few things to note:
1. The train tracks are nearby so were fairly loud at night. Several of us slept right through them.
2. Note that the house is a quirky cottage in the backyard of the main house. It is well-appointed (good shower, etc.) but a bit rustic. The floors are also a bit uneven and the house appears to tilt so we did feel a bit dizzy while staying there.
3. The bedrooms do not have doors (the downstairs bedroom has a curtain and the upstairs bedroom is open to the staircase), so if privacy is a big issue this is important to know.
4. The guesthouse also appeared a bit different from the photos (for example, there was no armoire or coffee table in the living room and there was a large old TV against the wall).
Claire, the guesthouse is over a hundred years old and actually was a tack house where trainers for the horse track boarded during the race se quirky and the verbal description clearly states this. Yes, it is definitely Thank you for calling out the difference on the pics as I have added artwork and other furnishings to the house to improve the feel. Perhaps it is time to update pictures again.
Thank you for staying with me, and your suggestions are very construction and helpful.
Loved staying at the FEMA guesthouse! We rented the whole property (main and guest house) and it was perfect! Great bathroom and shower, kitchen was perfect for what we needed. The yard is gorgeous and well kept. Perfect place for seeing midtown and Memphis - the farmers market was RIGHT across the street on Saturday and that was a great treat! Made for an excellent brunch that day! Parking was super easy and we felt very safe all the time. I can't wait to stay here again!
Great guesthouse in a great location. Chere was a gracious host and very helpful when I had a crazy schedule. Would definitely stay here again!!
Chere made us feel completely comfortable when we first arrived. The house is awesome, and super cozy. Some very delicious restaurants are a couple of blocks away, and Beale Street was about 15 minutes away, so very convenient. Next time we come back, we are definitely staying at Chere's place. Thanks again!
A few friends and I decided to stop in Memphis on our way back to Chicago from New Orleans. On relatively short notice Chere was able to accommodate us. The place was clean and easy to access and provided exactly what we needed. Two of us slept in the big bed upstairs, one of us in the second bedroom and then a buddy crashed on the couch. There are even a few DVDs to pop in as you go about your business.
The FEMA guesthouse was within in walking distances to quite a few restaurants and bars. We went for a little longer walk to Central BBQ and then spent the evening closer to the house at a few bars that are right down the street.
I highly recommend a stay here if you are looking to hang out in the Cooper Young neighborhood. It was an easy walk even on a cold December night.
we had such a great time staying at chere's place. it was comfortable, clean and had great charm. chere was super welcoming and gave us an unforgettable experience of Memphis.
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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!