After several years of planning and development, St. Francis Cottage, a custom-built bed and breakfast, is becoming a reality. Having broken ground in late May 2016, this seven-bedroom, urban cottage-themed facility will open in 2017 and be run by owners and proprietors, Wallace and Nancy Braud.
Situated on 2.3 acres, the highly wooded grounds feel like it’s in the country, while being located only a little over a mile from I-75 and the Hamilton Place Mall area.
The owners say, “Our aim is to enhance the elements of a well-lived life through genuine hospitality, restful rooms, nourishing and delicious food, and engaged conversation among our visitors. As owners, we intend to see that attention to detail and service will be dedicated to each guest. Through our own life experiences, we believe that people live more fully when connected to the wonders of nature. At St. Francis Cottage, we embrace enthusiasm, creativity, nature and community.”
Project coordination and the bulk of construction are being handled by the Chattanooga office of America’s Home Place, a national builder of custom homes with financing provided by Andrew Johnson Bank, Cleveland, Tennessee. The Brauds will provide additional support for a variety of rustic decor and technology-based additions to the structure. The City of Chattanooga/Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency along with a wide array of local businesses have contributed to the process, including Asa Engineering, Campbell & Associates Engineering, PCM Fire Protection, Division One Security and Stone Heating and Air, to name a few.
Featuring a fully-equipped conference room and an outdoor event space, the B&B will cater to a variety of clients including the many travelers moving north-and-south on I-75 and I-24; visitors to and participants in local sporting and cultural events; corporate travelers and organizational retreats; guests visiting relatives at home or in assisted living facilities. St. Francis Cottage also offers an extensive garden space for small events.
The adjacent three-acre lot features a two-bedroom, two-bath house that will be available as a vacation rental for up to six individuals, including families.
To learn more about this project contact:
Wallace or Nancy Braud
1329 Gunbarrel Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421
Wallace: 423.400.4177 Nancy: 423.827.4711