The historic Idler's Retreat, built in 1865. A National Register of Historic Places home, it features Greek Revival style with Italianate influence, and was renovated in 2004 with new electrical & plumbing. There are five fireplaces relined & operational. Copper roof & gutters. Original windows with custom storm windows. Original poplar and walnut trim & doors, some with leaded glass. Solid 12-inch thick brick masonry construction. Exterior brick tuck pointed during renovation. Amazing free-hanging circular staircase in the entry hall. Screened porch added in 2010. Detached guest house features a living area, downstairs sleeping area, and sleeping loft. Gunite pool with brick pool deck. Large carport doubles as entertainment space. Bed & breakfast use possible with current zoning by special permission. 1.7 acre lot. Beautiful old oak trees and one holly tree dated to the 1890s. Also known as the Dillion-Tucker-Cheney House, Novelist Brainard Cheney and Francis Neel Cheney hosted guests including Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren at Idler's Retreat. Mr. Cheney assisted Warren in writing part of his book, All the King's Men, at the home. About 35 minutes to Nashville.
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