Only minutes from The University of the South, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School and St. Mary’s Retreat Center, Aerie is the perfect retreat on Monteagle Mountain.

The Property

The house from the driveway.

The recently-refurbished 3000-square-foot wood house blends in with the trees on a 13-acre site. Set on the edge of a bluff with a spectacular view of mountains and trees and with two decks for viewing them, Aerie offers respite from everyday life.

No matter what the season, weather or time of day, the view is always spectacular.

The House

Feeder outside the sunroom window.

When you wind down the long driveway through the woods, you know you’ve come to a special place. Relax in the sunroom and watch the chickadees, titmice and nut-hatches on the feeder about a foot outside the window. Explore the shelves of books in the library/office. Play games or do puzzles on the balcony overlooking the living room. Watch movies from the selection in the great room upstairs. Or do them all!

The master bedroom.

On the main floor, the poplar-paneled master bedroom has a California king bed (slighter narrower and longer than a regular king) and a master bathroom with a step-in shower. The library/office has a day bed, and there is a half bath. The dining table seats eight, and the kitchen is fully equipped. The living room, laundry room and sunroom are also downstairs.

The yellow bedroom.

Upstairs is the blue bedroom (queen bed), the yellow bedroom (extra-long double bed), a balcony, great room and a bathroom.

Upstairs or down, all of the rooms have views—of the far-off mountains or the nearby trees—and there are hand-made crafts and original paintings throughout the house.

The Surrounding Community

The University Chapel.

There is much to do on the mountain. During the school year, The University of the South offers theater and music performances, as well as art exhibits. Craft fairs are held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, in May and on the Fourth of July. The Sewanee Summer Music Center is held six weeks in the summer and hosts numerous performances. Shakerag Craft Workshops are held in June at St. Andrews-Sewanee School.

For hikers, there is the 18-mile Perimeter Trail on the University of the South domain, as well as South Cumberland State Park (which includes Fiery Gizzard, Savage Gulf, the Stone Door, and the Sewanee Natural Bridge, a mile from Aerie) with its many hiking opportunities, and other natural areas.

View in the spring.

Woods Reservoir and Tim’s Ford are nearby for boaters. Golfers will enjoy the Sewanee Golf course. There are a number of dining choices in Sewanee, Cowan, Winchester and Monteagle. For the attractions of the big city, Chattanooga is 45 minutes away, Nashville is 1.5 hours, Birmingham is 2.5 hours, and Atlanta is 3 hours.

The Details

You must be at least 25 to rent Sewanee Aerie, and you must be on-site.

Sewanee Aerie sleeps up to 7. It has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, plus a daybed in the library/office.

Sewanee Aerie offers these amenities: washer and dryer; covered parking; air conditioning; linens provided; TV plus video library; full kitchen (cooking utensils, dishwasher, refrigerator and ice maker, microwave, stove, oven and toaster oven); gas grill; two decks.

Smoking is not allowed in or around the house due to fire hazard.

There is a high bluff in front of the house, and there is no fence, so the house may not be appropriate for small children. In fact, everyone needs to be cautious near the cliff.

For more information, available dates and prices, contact aerie.sewanee@gmail.com

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