About This Listing
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.
Chere was a great host and made me feel I could ask her for anything I needed. The guest house was exactly as described, equipped with everything one might need. Not to mention a great proximity to Cooper-Young area in Memphis, where you are close to bars and restaurants. I would definitely recommend the Fema guest house to everyone! Oh and a yard is so charming with big beautiful trees.
"The house was awesome. Definitely unique." Chere was a gracious host and communication with her was easy.
The place was absolutely perfect for our needs. It's quirky & comfy which was fantastic for our quirky bunch. I hope this place is available the next time we come down.
Perfect location, very nice space. The house is a great size for a weekend, and couldn't be better located to take advantage of Cooper-Young and the rest of Midtown.
We had the entire cottage behind Chere's house to ourselves -- the main bedroom is upstairs and the kitchen, bathroom, living room and a second bedroom are all downstairs. The kitchen is well-equipped -- we enjoyed making our coffee and breakfasts there. The house is comfortable, right in the very cool Cooper-Young neighborhood -- the house and community both have a very Memphis feel! It was a great stay and we would definitely stay there our next time in Memphis!
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.
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About the Host, Chere
Mention in the Memphis Daily News
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 facebook page! You can see pics and more details about Chere, the guesthouse, and visitors.
Located midtown Memphis, Cooper-Young Neighborhood.....historically hip!
Breakfast, Lunch. Great American home-cooking, veggies, great fresh fare and home made desserts. Tues-Sunday.
Funky, great coffee, light fare.....interesting mix of folks, music and a great reflection of the diversity of midtown Memphis and Cooper-Young