About This Listing
Unwind in our charming 2 BR Carriage House behind our ca. 1908 home in Midtown. $100 weekends/events/festivals/holidays.
Voted Memphis' Best, Central Gardens is a gorgeous neighborhood between Downtown & Cooper Young/Overton Square with EASY access to all.
Pretty, private back yard Carriage House with 2BR & 1BA. You'll love the full kitchen with bar. It's a great place to hang out and have some cocktails, or head out to explore our gritty, soulful musical heritage and the fun to be had in the local music scene which is authentic, myriad and very accessible. The living space includes a cozy seating nook and Gramma's original 50's dinette set off the kitchen. Upstairs, the Master has a double bed w pillow top mattress, BR 2 has two single beds and room for an air mattress or sleeping bags, as well as a reading nook w vintage recliner.
Perfect accomodations for Gonerfest, Memphis in May, Beale Street Music Fest, BBQ Festival, Memphis Grizzlies (playoff games!), Cooper Young Festival, Stax, Graceland, Sun Studios, The National Civil Rights Museum, The National Ornamental Metal Museum, The Memphis Rock and Soul Museum and so much more.
Great for wedding guests, vacationers as well as those with business in Memphis..
On site record player for those local band or festival purchases.
2 spare bikes usually available, and free. Please mention if you are interested.
Musical instruments have sometimes found their way into the guest house and you are encouraged to play until 10pm
The carriage house has a dedicated, private entry.
There is a cozy patio with a 4 seat cafe table and chairs for your exclusive use.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the main home, and work long hours but in general are around and are available via msg and phone.
We're happy to give advice, make special arrangements, or leave you to your own devices if you prefer.
The Mighty Mississippi is a Big River, and is also the TN/AR state line, so most of Memphis' urban neighborhoods are just east of Downtown in Midtown, where we reside. Central Gardens borders both Downtown and Cooper Young. Cooper Young is a 20 min bike ride (5 min drive). Central Gardens is on the Nat'l Register of Historic Places and was voted one of North America's Best Old House Neighborhoods by This Old House. We're also consistently voted Best Neighborhood in Memphis by Memphis Magazine's annual poll. Central Gardens is lush (Tennessee's only neighborhood that's designated a level 3 arboretum), it's safe, friendly and remarkably accessible.
A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE TROLLEY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A CAR WHEN YOU BOOK HERE (though it affords more flexibility).
To see all of Memphis' famous hotspots, you may want to check out Memphis Zipcar, a car sharing service, or use Lyft, but it's possible to go without your own auto at this location b/c we are blocks from the midtown trolley extension that accesses Downtown. From there, there are several motorized tours available, including the Memphis Hop a tour w a circular route that allows you to get on and off at your own pace for a flat day rate. Stops include Graceland and Stax, which are a little further away.
UPDATE: The nearby trolley system is being overhauled but MATA is running electric busses along the dedicated route.
From the Carriage house it's a quick walk to the Cleveland Station for the Madison Ave Trolley line which provides easy access to the UT MED campus, Sun Studios, Autozone Park, and from the Main St line, FedExForum, Main St., the Mississippi Riverfront and Tom Lee Park, Beale St and the Nat'l Civil Rights Museum (to name a few).
Memphis has also been recognized for our developing bicycle infrastructure, including access from midtown to the largest urban park in the US -Shelby Farms- and the upcoming Harrahan Bridge project which will cross the mighty Mississip and connect with the Mississippi River Trail. Our neighborhood is ideal for cruising.
Memphis also has Amtrak Train routes to NOLA and overnight to Chicago if you have time for a side trip or are coming from either of these cities.
Other Things to Note
We're friendly, laid back and easy to work with. Please don't hesitate to contact me.
Please note your visit may fall on a festival or event date, which are $100/night. We charge a one time $35 cleaning fee.
If you want to begin learning more about what locals love about Memphis, I recommend checking out the I Love Memphis blog.
Memphis was named one of the top 20 places in the world to visit in 2013 by Nat'l Geographic, so come check our hometown out.
Yes, it does!
On street parking anywhere on Vinton, but please note that our immediate neighbors don't have a driveway so we ask that you don't use the 2 spaces in front of their house. Typically there is room for 1 guest car in front of our house (as well as our own).
Let yourself in any time after 3pm, no matter what time you arrive: We live on a corner. The Carriage House is in our back yard. The dedicated gate to the Carriage House is down the side street, past our driveway, near the end of our fence. Your dedicated entrance is marked with the number 408 and a black cat cutout to help you locate the gate.
Your code to the keybox will be sent once your reservation is accepted.
Self check in is anytime after 3pm. Checkout is by 11, simply leave the key in the box on your way out.
Please run the dishwasher if you have dirties on your checkout date, housekeeping will put them up. Please strip your bed, just leave the sheets in a pile, housekeeping will take care of the rest.
If you make a request for additional towels or linenes ahead of time, we will do our best to accommodate but ask that you try to conserve if possible. The guest house is also where our family stays when they come to visit, as well as a popular vacation home. The additional linens in storage and the dressers are reserved for the next guests and family. We provide a towel and washcloth for each guest listed on the reservation, as well as a handtowel for the bathroom. Please ask if you need additional linens so we can plan ahead. There will be an additional laundry charge of $10 if guests go into the linen storage and use additional towels/cloths/sheets without discussing with the host.
No smoking inside.
Sorry, no pets.
Please keep the volume down after 11pm.
Make yourself at home!
The carriage house was a great place to stay. It's retro furniture and vinyl to play on the phonogragh were very cool. Nice booklet of local information prepared by Matt and Kimble was very helpful. The location was just minutes from Beale Street and all the downtown venues. We would defintiely stay in the caariage house again. Thanks Matt & Kimbell!
we had a great time in the carriage house. it is in a neighborhood full of gorgeous old trees and beautiful homes. kimble was welcoming and friendly. she is also very helpful when it comes to places to eat and things to do in memphis - and she has great taste! we loved our visit and i would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends.
Matt and Kimble's place couldn't have been a more perfect place to stay. Spacious and inviting. Plenty of room. I loved that I felt like a had a little home away from home since I was there for a week. I travel a lot so this is important to me since I don't always eat out every meal. Kitchen was equipped appropriately and clean. Bedrooms had plenty of room, closet space and dressers so you don't have to feel like you are living out of a suitcase. The guide book they left on the counter was a life saver and you should follow all of their suggestions they offer :) You won't be disappointed.
Matt and Kimble were nothing short of fantastic hosts. The carriage house was great and exactly as pictured. We arrived to a clean listing and checking in was a breeze as well. Additionally they were experts at the best things to see, experience, and (most importantly) eat in Memphis. We were happy to stay with them and truly enjoyed our time Memphis -- thanks again!
We had a great time staying in Matt and Kimble's carriage house! The accommodations were lovely and it was in a great neighborhood, close to downtown. We especially loved listening to the records in the house :) We would love to stay here again next time we are in town!
Great neighbourhood, perfect location for us, 2 adults and a 2yr old, as it's near enough everything but not in the heart of the city.
Kimble made some great recommendations, amongst which was a visit to "my big backyard" at the botanical gardens, amazing place for kids especially pre school.
The carriage house and the gardens aren't designed for small kids, there were so many dangerous items around (matches, light bulbs, cleaning products) that I couldn't move them all and the garden had lots of wood and bits and pieces stored in it. Not a criticism just a point if you are considering the carriage house with small children.
The design of the place is great, we love,all the retro furniture but it's all very flimsy and made me nervous it would break / collapse. You couldn't move in the double bed without it groaning loudly.
It's all part of this places charm, but not if you have small kids.
I also found that 1 towel per person isn't enough and I didn't feel that we could ask for more.
There were lots of supplies in the house, which was great as we are from the UK and it meant we didn't have to buy lots of stuff, much appreciated.
You can tell Kimble loves the place and the vibe it gives off.
All in all a great little place with a lovely dog if you get to meet him, Kimble is very respectful of your space.
About the Host, Matt And Kimble
We love traveling but are always, always glad to come back to Memphis. It won't take you long to see why we love living in this city. I work for the Memphis Grizzlies and my husband is a finish carpenter, old home remodeler and sings in a couple of bands. I am a water baby, a basketball freak, love camping, music, old houses, and the big, wonderful family of friends we have found in our beloved midtown.
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