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

    January 2014
  • Very cute place Chere has!! Wonderful, charming setting and close to downtown Memphis. I would stay there again!

    December 2012
  • No shortage of nice things to say about The FEMA Guesthouse and our wonderful host Ms. Chere (whom, sadly we didn't see enough of!) The space and the entire experience were beyond anything we could have expected. The beds were comfy, the kitchen well stocked, the neighborhood was great and close to just about EVERYTHING, and LOTS of parking too! We will definitely be staying here again and you should too, as this is easily one of Memphis' best-kept secrets. See you soon :)

    November 2012
  • Chere is amazing the the Home-Sweet-Home Hacienda, as I call it is great. Memphis had some chilly weather, while I was town and the space was warm and cozy. Never fear if you are planning to travel here in the summer, however - the heater is also an air conditioner and the house is nicely shaded with trees from the yard. The location is awesome. Overall 5 star experience.
    Thanks Chere! Miss you and Leona!

    November 2012
  • Great for the price. Host was very responsive and accommodating for our arrival. Nice neighborhood with trendy restaurants outside of the downtown "Memphis" experience. Home was quirky and cute, only complain was some stained furniture and mildew tub, but acceptable for the price.

    October 2012
  • We made it to Chere's home on a Friday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised to find such a charming, spacious, eclectic place to stay. My sisters and I do a trip every year and decided to come to Memphis as we'd never been before. The Cooper-Young neighborhood offered lots of restaurants and a great little farmers market on Saturday. Chere is really a gracious host and was so welcoming! The drive into the house was through a somewhat dodgy neighborhood, so we were really unsure about staying at first, but realized that the house is in a great neighborhood, just a block from the junction of Cooper and Young and tons to do. If you want to be super close to Beale and downtown this isn't the place for you, but if the party scene isn't something you want to live in, then it's a great place to relax and come home to after a night on the town!

    October 2012
  • The place is exactly as described and in a great location. We picked up the key, checked in, and found it clean, cute, and comfortable. It's funky and a little off-kilter, which suits us just fine. Short walk to coffee shop and a few restaurants, quick and easy drive to the University of Memphis and most of the other areas. Easy on-street parking. Bed was fine, kitchen good and clean. Overall a great stay.

    We did not get to chat with our hosts much (our schedule was more than hectic) but they worked with us on key swap and timing, no trouble at all.

    Overall, a great stay and we will definitely be back. One of the few places to stay in Cooper-Young and definitely a great place to make home base for a visit to Memphis.

    October 2012
  • My sister & I stayed a week while visiting other family in Memphis & really enjoyed living @ Cooper-Young FEMA Guest House. It was very comfortable,convenient, private & pleasant! Chere was a very accomadating & gracious hostess! The neighborhood is safe, trendy & fun.The Cooper-Young community in Memphis is a great place to visit & stay, It is close to Downtown attractions & easily accessible to other attractions in the Memphis area. Great restaurants & shops within walking distance. Recommend staying with Chere to anyone! We found it to be a great place to bring our family for a quiet & quick bit of respite our amid site seeking. The furnishing & ammenities were most adequate.We found the beds very comfortable providing a good night's sleep for the next busy day. We felt like we'd had a vacaion at week's end of an unexpected quickly planned family health related visit to Memphis.We would stay there again if we return to the area.Fun landscaping around the guesthouse making time spent outside most pleasant. I can see Chere's artist talents throughout the yard & guesthouse.

    September 2012
  • Chere is amazingly friendly and accommodating. She left work to see us settle in and provided us with grille and coal when we felt like bbq'ing.
    The guesthouse has a lot of history and charm and is the perfect base for exploring Memphis.
    Her two dogs, Leona and Blackie, can seem a bit rowdy if you're not used to dogs but they are nothing but playful and goodhearted friends.
    Thanks for a great stay!

    July 2012
  • Chere was a great host - very welcoming and flexible to our needs. She even helped us with some laundry! I'd highly recommend the guest house to anyone who is looking to visit Memphis and would like comfortable accommodation with a friendly land lady!

    July 2012
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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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