The FEMA Guesthouse at Cooper-Young

Bed & Breakfast - Entire home/apt · Blythe St, Memphis, TN 38104, United States

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)

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  • We had a great stay at the FEMA guesthouse. It was spacious, yet cozy and in a fun neighborhood-Cooper Young. Great for a family or friends traveling together.

    April 2014
  • I stayed at Chere's guesthouse for around 2 months while working at Memphis University. The house and the garden really gives you the Memphis feeling and it's located in a interesting and nice area (Cooper-Young), with everything from farmer markets, hipster coffee joints to tasty restaurantes and cool shops such as Urban Outfitters and Flashback.
    Chere was the perfect host. Everything was always taken care of, even though I had many different guests coming around all the time. She borrowed me her bike, which I used the 2 months and she took me to a church that feeds and shelters homeless to 'experience the Memphis love and grittiness,' as she called it. She always took her time to talk to me and my guest about Memphis, the US, places we were going to see, experiences we have had and many other things. She even invited my parents for dinner to taste homemade Louisiana Gumbo.
    Chere is just one of those persons that you instantly connect to and like, and I would recommend her and her guesthouse for anyone that wants to experience the Memphis feeling and hospitality. Thanks a lot Chere, I'm already looking forward to my return, Kris.

    April 2014
  • We were so glad we stayed at Chere's Guesthouse, a much better option than one of the downtown hotels.

    January 2014
  • It's hard to find an AirBnB more convenient and hospitable than Miss Chere! She welcomed our small family warmly and even provided art supplies for our two young girls. The play kitchen in their room was their favorite, for sure.

    The King bed upstairs could not have been more comfortable. We had everything we needed and it was all so convenient to everything in Memphis. Great neighborhood and a serene sitting space outdoors.

    January 2014
  • A good place for warmer weather, unfortunately it was too cold for us. Other wise the accommodation is as described.

    January 2014
  • FEMA Guesthouse was great for my needs, and exceeded my expectations. Moreover, Chere was a generous, interesting, inclusive, and gracious hostess,

    Thanks Chere!

    October 2013
  • Another great Airbnb stay. Chere was quick to get back to me with any questions. Check in was simple and convenient. The place was clean and comfortable and had more than enough space for the 3 of us who stayed there. There was a little bit of train noise from the tracks not far away, but nothing too bad.

    September 2013
  • What a lovely host Chere was to my friend and I.
    We asked her for a Memphis experience that was outside the box, and boy, did she deliver!
    She took us to a bunch of art galleries along a hip strip of downtown Memphis, and we also got to have dinner with her.
    Her property was charming, the neighborhood was centrally located and the fema house was cozy.
    Highly recommended.

    August 2013
  • We arrived late, and Chere was waiting for us! She was so hospitable and shared her knowledge of Memphis with us. The Guesthouse was so adorable and cozy. We'd stay here again!!

    August 2013
  • Chere is a super nice host who will take care of whatever request you may have. The house is kinda old and a little quirky, however very spacious and has two AC's that keep it cool and comfortable. It is definitely a good value for money. You can't beat this location in Cooper-Young. It's the nicest neighborhood in Memphis and is close to everything.

    August 2013
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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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