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Charming 115 Year Old Sewanee Home on Campus- Walk Everywhere!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

WELCOME TO SIDEWAYS IN SEWANEE! Now reserving for 2018!

Sideways is a RUSTIC, but quaint little 3 bedroom, 1 bath house right smack in the middle of campus (the University of the South campus, that is). It's a 115 year old gem of a cottage whose poor old bones just aren't as straight as they once were.

While a bit crooked it may be, it definitely won't let you down when it comes to offering you relaxation on a budget and a great location to reconnect with alumni and friends! It's located within walking distance to the local coffee shop (Stirling's) and the local bar (Shenanigan's), as well as countless hiking trails, golf and tennis courts, lakes for fishing, and just about every University building.

It is NOT the Hilton. It's far from it. This is an OLD house that is used as a vacation home on many weekends by the owners and their spouses and looks more like a casual old vacation cabin than a fancy bed and breakfast, so please set your expectations accordingly. Think crooked floors, drafty windows, occasionally a tad musty, but with a great set of porches. If you like camping in a tent, this is one step above that! We DON'T HAVE CABLE, so plan to watch the games from Shenanigan's, Blue Chair or the Inn. The inside looks like a box of Crayola Crayons exploded there (see photos). It was that way when we bought it many years ago and every time we think of painting it something more normal, somebody comes in and tells us we're crazy. We are starting to think maybe they are the crazy ones, but for now, prepare to wear your sunglasses's bright!

Also, it's in a WOODED area, so while it will be clean and fresh when you arrive, there is always a chance that a little bug or daddy long legs could wander in. If this kind of thing makes you queasy and sends you running to a therapist, then no hard feelings, but this probably isn't the house for you. You probably landed here because it was the least expensive option you saw, so know that there are plenty of other more expensive houses in the area on VRBO that will satisfy those with more of a Kardashian lifestyle. Don't get us wrong, Sideways is cute, it just ain't fancy. :)

Please EMAIL (don't call) for specific questions regarding renting. If we need to talk by phone, that's not a problem, but we will respond much faster by email (somebody helps us with that). Renting is allowed for University sponsored events only (if you have a question about that, just email us). Pricing is $250 per night with a 2-night minimum except during Commencement/Graduation each year. Due to the high demand, the rate for Commencement is $2100 flat rate for minimum 6 nights/7 days.


The property is located at 121 Palmetto Ave, Sewanee, TN 37375.

Click on the Virtual Tour link below for more photos of the home.

We look forward to letting you be a part of Sideways!

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Member since: 2009
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018

About The Owner

Zach Goodyear and Scott Evans are business partners and at Parks Real Estate Services in Nashville, TN. They both graduated from Sewanee and own the house together with their families.

The Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why The Owner chose Sewanee

You can't beat a week or weekend in Sewanee. You'll leave feeling stress free and ready to come back again soon! It's a good family getaway or a couples retreat. Again, it's not fancy, but it's a rustic cabin close to everything. That's why we love it.

What makes this house unique

Eating at Shenanigan's, Crust, Ivy Wild, and The Blue Chair. Hiking (the bookstore has a great book called 'Go Take A Hike' that is cheap and shows all of the great hikes in the area - pick up a copy when you're there!). If you're into high adventure, the Ocoee river is a decent drive, but doable. We don't rock climb, but for people who do there are apparently some good sites around. We don't have cable but do have some VHS tapes to watch if you want to relive the good ole days.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Sewanee

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) 3 Queen beds, 1 in each bedroom.
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
On Campus of The University of the South (Sewanee), Walk to Shenanigans


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Charming 115 Year Old Sewanee Home on Campus- Walk Everywhere!
average rating of 4.5757575 based on 33 reviews
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Very cute!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay-decor was very cute and the house and everything we needed!

  • Submitted: 9-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quirky in the best of ways!

  • 5 of 5

The hilarious full-disclosure from the owners was spot on. Yes, the floor slants and the feel is rustic; however, it is very well appointed and incredibly comfortable and cozy.

I cooked dinner for my son and 7 of his friends and we had everything we needed to pull of four hours of eating and visiting.

The location is perfect - truly convenient to all things domain.

My only regret is that my son graduates in a few months - if only we’d found this gem of a home four years ago - we would have stayed here every visit!

  • Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, peaceful!

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time visiting with family and our son that goes to Sewanee.

Grilled out and hung out on the porches. Beds were comfy. They had everything we needed except tv for football.

  • Submitted: 1-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as described!

  • 5 of 5

Humble and old. It's a far stretch from the Taj, but so is Sewanee. Such a great location on campus that we walked almost everywhere! We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was great!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a weekend at Sewanee.

  • Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House was exactly as advertised.

  • 4 of 5

We had a good time--house exactly fit our needs. Only area of improvement is the driveway: it was in need of a grading. I was in a truck, but if I was in a small car, the unevenness of the drive would have proven a challenge.

  • Submitted: 13-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bocce, Horseshoes, Hammock


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Sewanee

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$64.22

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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