Stay-cation at Leiper's Fork's Dreamy Storybook Cottage
Last weekend we got to take a little "stay-cation" down to Leiper's Fork and enjoyed the cutest inn ever—Storybook Cottage. Perfectly named, this tiny cottage tucked in the woods of the rolling hills of Williamson County is more like Goldilocks' hide-away than a vacation rental. We went for one night and invited my parents up for dinner ... more about that later. First, a tour:
One of my very favorite Franklin shops, City Farmhouse, decorated the entire home. You can definitely tell because their inventive, shabby chic, perfectly executed details are at every turn. I love the all white walls in the living room and quaint loft. The painted chevron floors, painter's canvas drapes, linen furniture and found architectural art makes this little hide-away beyond charming.
Walk up the "stairs" (really a stair-ladder hybrid) to a lovely loft just big enough for two twin beds. A kids dream!
The cathedral ceilings continue into the bedroom where there's a comfy king size bed draped in linen and the City Farmhouse details continue with rows of antique books, a guest ledger, and more repurposed-found-objects-turned-art.
I love the tiny kitchen and the versatility of the large screened in porch. This cottage may only sleep 4-6 but it's definitely set up for entertaining and that's exactly what I did.
I packed some homemade salsa and put it out with chips on the kitchen table for everyone to enjoy while they explored the house and 8 races of property.
I also made a vodka lemonade cocktail that I am now lovingly calling "Storybook Lemonade". Yes, the cottage now has a signature drink. It's simply 1/3 mint infused simple syrup, 1/3 lemon juice, 1/3 vodka. Add a splash of pomegranate juice and garnish with a lime wedge and mint. Perfect for this summer!
We took the party outside and ate Thai Enchiladas around the bonfire. When packing a meal to go, consider where you will be serving it. I knew where we were headed had an oven, but I didn't know much else about it. I made these enchiladas earlier in the day so all I had to do was put it in the oven to heat. I even cut up all the garnishes ahead of time and put them in individual baggies so there was absolutely no prep—just plate and eat. Everyone loved it and I didn't spend but 5 minutes in the kitchen.
As it got darker, I pulled out dessert—Key Lime Pie with a white macadamia nut crust. Check back later this week for my Key Lime Pie recipe ... it's worth the wait!
As the sun set behind the rolling hills, we sat for a long time out by the fire before nestling comfortably into our Storybook Cottage. Was it all just a dream? It seems as if a little piece of someones imagination has been dropped right into Leiper's Fork. A little dream cottage to be enjoyed by all.
Whether you are visiting from out of town, need a romantic getaway, a weekend with friends or as an artist retreat, Storybook Cottage will charm your socks off. Go for the weekend or just a night. Whenever you go, build a fire, make the "Storybook Lemonade" cocktail and settle in ... because you'll never want to leave. Check out a complete description and booking information for Storybook Cottage at VRBO.com. Interior design by City Farmhouse. All photography by Katie Jacobs.