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 up & 1BA down. A queen air mattress can be provided in either BR to accommodate a 5th/6th guest. 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 spacious Master has a double bed w pillow top mattress, BR 2 has two single beds and a reading nook w vintage recliner.
Perfect accommodations 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 buses 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 leave the key in the key box on your way out, 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!
We had a wonderful stay at the Carriage house! Very clean, comfortable place. Kimble and Matt were excellent hosts and their tips on where to go and where to eat were spot on. The house was perfectly suited for our family of 4. Highly recommend this place. Turntable was great.. We listened to the cool records we bought!
Matt and Kimble's little cottage was indeed dynamite! So cute and well stocked. They also provided so much information on what to eat and where to go it was great, I wish we could have stayed longer to check everything out!
In one word: perfection. Our stay was really perfect - beautiful house, cozy rooms, everything clean and Matt and Kimble were helpful and they gave us very good suggestion to live the city - we were very happy to spend our holiday there!
Wow. What a great experience. Thank you Matt and Kimble. The neighbourhood is so beautiful and the house is just gorgeous. Very comfortable and tidy, and we just loved the furnishing. Thank you heaps guys!
Great hosts, charming historic neighborhood. Kimble went above and beyond in hospitality and helpfulness, and is extremely personable and welcoming. The neighborhood is quiet and centrally located--no more than 10 minutes away (by car) from all the sites. Highest recommendation and will definitely stay here again!
I am in Memphis frequently for work and have stayed at numerous Airbnb properties. I liked this one a lot. Clean, comfortable and lots of space for two people. Easy to get into and out of. I will out this in my rotation of spots when I next visit.
The carriage house was very cute in a great location and accommodated our family's needs for our weekend in Memphis. The only negative is that the beds were the worsted I've ever slept on, especially the bed that my husband and I slept on. It sagged in the middle and made noises every time moved. If you value a good night sleep in a comfortable bed I would not recommend staying at this location.
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.