Mountain 2 bedroom cottage on private estate

Ariel view of Red Oak Hollow estate.Book your spring week-end now and capture nature with your own photosBest of 2014 Sewanee Lodging award for Red Oak HollowOur Entrance Sign for Red Oak Hollow with
4 foot high sunflowersThe cottage porch has two rocking chairs and gardens to greet you.Living room with recliner chair and recliner couch.Cottage kitchen is fully equippedAll the extras you would not expect.King Sleep Number Bed, Handmade quilts, TV
in the Master BedroomFox and Fish Bedroom, with TV.Spring blossoms of a crap apple tree.Gnome in one of the many garden spots.Tulips, daffodils, lily of the valley, violets are planted in numerous gardens.Hundreds of daffodils are in bloom in March.Our three ponds are privateOne of  three Ponds at Red Oak HollowFire pit, picnic table, swings, hammocks are at the ponds for your pleasure.Our message down by the ponds next to the swings and hammock.The sports equipment shed, for all your outdoor needs.18 Hole Frisbee Golf course on our estate.
Free to Guests.Badminton country style court down by the ponds. Great family fun.Horseshoe Pit near the cottageTwo in our canoe. Life vests provided.Hot dogs and marshmallows at the fire pit30 Inch Catfish caught by 9 year oldThe littlest girl catches a big oneFather and Daughter with Catch of the DaySix  foot wide trail thru our private woods.Meditation garden with bench and dream catchers in our woods.Little dogs are welcomed, with prior approval and signed pet policy.Geese, ducks., blue heron are attracted to our ponds.  This pair lives here.Our own Shitake Mushroom logsThe entrance to The University of the South.
Only seven miles away.All Saints Chapel of University of the SouthUniversity Gothic buildings makes it look like Harry Potter land.Unique campus Coffee HouseLost Cove in SewaneeBuggy Top Cave: Great Fall HikeFoster FallsFiery Gizzard  World  Class HikeWaterfall at Shake Rag Trail; very close by.State Forest; 6 blocks away  No need to drive.
“ Excellent ”
12 Reviews
309 Snake Pond Rd, Sewanee, TN 37380


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 4
Type: Cottage
Per night: $150 - $275
Per week: $1,000 - $1,600
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the Sewanee vacation cottage rental
Red Oak Hollow has been called "The best kept secret on the mountain." Book now for our early bird spring special.

We offer tremendous value for a two bedroom cottage with an overabundance of amenities. Our unique feature is that our estate is large, private, rural, peaceful and yet so close to the campus.

The garden cottage is part of our 30 acres private estate of hardwood trees, fantastic native and butterfly gardens, ponds stocked with large mouth bass and brim, entertaining wildlife and picture perfect wildflowers.

The cottage is just shy of 1,000 sq feet, with a large living room, complete kitchen, two bedrooms, and a very large bathroom. Each room of the air conditioned cottage is decorated with a country or mountain inspiration. Why rent a couple of motel rooms, when you can have the comfort of a private home on an estate, for a better price?

Red Oak Hollow has been selected for the 2014 Best of Sewanee Award in the Lodging category by the Sewanee Award Program.

Red Oak Hollow estate offers a brand new country style 18 Hole Disc Golf course, (we supply the discs), badminton court, ( we supply the rackets and birdie), horseshoes course, ( we supply the horseshoes), croquet set, catch and release fishing ( we have basic poles and barb-less hooks), canoe (with life preserves) to paddle around one of our three ponds, private walking trail thru our woods ( park bench to stop and rest). All this at no extra cost to you. Not used by the general public, only available for our guests. This is a private estate.

The cottage has two bedrooms, each with traditional quilts. For your maximum sleep comfort, a King Size Sleep Number bed is featured in the "Wildflower" Master Bedroom. No where will you find a bed of this quality and size in another local cottage or cabin. This room is decorated with local wildflower photos and 2 tiffany styled lamps. The second “The Fox and Fish" bedroom has a set of bunk beds. For privacy and relaxation, each bedroom has a TV.

The large living room has a dual reclining couch, a reclining chair and an upholstered rocking chair. The 30” TV has premium satellite programming. Current popular magazine are on the end tables. Bird and flower books are in the bookcase. A DVD/CD/VCR player is in the living room, along with movies for both children and adult viewing.

The "Red Chicken Kitchen" seats four and comes complete with a full size refrigerator, electric stove, oven dishwasher, microwave, coffee pot, blender, toaster and a full set of dinnerware, dishes, wine opener, pots and pans. The kitchen has a bay window with a garden view. The kitchen is perfect if you wanted to invite your college student for a home cooked meal. The front porch has a propane barbecue. A full size washing machine and dryer complete your needs.

The bathroom is surprisingly large with dual vanities, a separate shower and large soaking tub.

Red Oak Hollow is very kid friendly. For the very little ones, we have an available high chair and playpen. For toddlers, the back yard is fenced in.

As owners, we live on the property and maintain the cottage and gardens. If you have a question, need directions, looking for a recommendation for hiking or dining, we are here to help.
Area Information
The campus of the University of the South is a charming
English style village. Not a chain business in site,
including our unique coffee shops, cafes and gift stores.

Franklin-Marion State Forest is a short walk from Red Oak Hollow. It has miles of numerous trails for hikers and horseback riders. The best hike is from the forest ranger’s headquarters to Tom Pack Falls, 2 miles with abundant wild azalea and Catesby’s trillium.

Bikers and Hikers will love this mountain. There are endless possiblities to keep you busy and fit. Some of the hikes include Fiery Gizzard, Buggytop,
Greeter Falls, Blue Hole, Stone Door, Bridal Veil Falls,Thumping Dick Cove, Cedar Hollow Lake and Shakerag Hollow. We have maps and info so you can plan your day hikes.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Feb 01 2015 Dec 31 2015 $150 $175 $1,000 - 2 Nights
May 04 2015 May 11 2015 - - $1,600 - 1 Week
Oct 15 2015 Oct 18 2015 - $275 - - 3 Nights
Nov 12 2015 Nov 15 2015 - $275 - - 3 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 12 a.m.
Lodging tax: 9.75%
Deposits: 50% of total rate
Payment Options: Personal Check
Other Fees: $50.00 cleaning fee Pet Fee :$25 per small dog, 2 dogs max, with prior approval and signed copy of our pet policy. Special rates for Sewanee Events 3 day week-end: Parent's, Homecoming and Graduation weekly rental. Inquire about rates for Booking Graduation for May 2015 Now! Call today.


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Crib
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Pet Friendly
  • Porch
  • Canoe
  • Parking Included
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Activities

  • Canoeing
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (7 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (9 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
    (1 mile)
  • Park
    (7 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (10 miles)
  • Hiking
  • Golf
    (7 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (7 miles)
  • Winery
    (10 miles)
  • Lake
  • Grocery Store
    (7 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (7 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Sewanee is the home of the University of the South and St. Andrews Private Boarding School.

Franklin-Marion State Forest is a short walk from Red Oak Hollow. It has miles of numerous trails for hikers and horseback riders. Sewanee has world class hiking, with waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife. We provide hiking maps.

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Sewanee, Tennessee

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Wanda Greenwood Curry

Wanda Greenwood Curry

Knoxville, TN

Home away from Home

January 27, 2015

We enjoyed our stay and felt right at home. The owners were available to meet any needs we had. We will definitely be staying here again, if it is available!

Mesha Provo

Owner's reply:

Thanks for the kind words. it was great meeting you and we glad your family felt right at home. We hope to be your Sewanee Home away from Home.

Zeus Divison

Zeus Divison

Miami, Florida

Home away from home

January 6, 2014

This place was perfect. The cottage had ample space and all the necessary amenities needed for a great get away. There were 4 people in our party and we prepared most of our meals right in the cottage. The local store isn't to far down the road and it is also near a great smoke house. The owners are extremely nice and very helpful.

Mesha Provo

Owner's reply:

We are happy that you had a chance to explore our great outdoors and than relax and cook at the cottage. We would love to have you back and thanks for the kind words and stars.

John McCallum

John McCallum

Palm Valley, FL USA

Lovely Cottage on priv property near Sewanee TN

December 14, 2013

We enjoyed a lovely stay in Red Oak Hollow. Hosts were friendly and helpful, the cottage was spacious, two bedrooms and an incredible bath, with large tub, and a full kitchen with all the comforts of home including board games, DVD's, a large library and plenty of publications with local info on restaurants, places to explore, great hikes and other adventures. The property adjacent to the cottage offered hiking trails, fishing, and a Frisbee Golf course, and plenty of privacy. We stayed during Thanksgiving and used it as a base for hiking the beautiful forests and trails in Lost Cove/Buggytop, Fiery Gizzard, Savage Gulf, the Sewanee Natural Bridge. The hosts recommended a wonderful restaurant in Monteagle, Dave's Modern Tavern, where we enjoyed a marvelous TDay dinner after a hike in an elegant setting. Can't wait to return to Red Oak Hollow and the Sewanee area.

Mesha Provo

Owner's reply:

It's so nice to hear your kind words and best of all that you had a great time here and a special Thanksgiving. Love to have you and your family again. Sewanee is a warm knitted sweater in the cold world of everyday, that's why we love it so much too.

Kat Schmalz

Kat Schmalz

Evansville, IN

A relaxing fall getaway

November 6, 2012

We stayed four days, three nights at Red Oak Hollow and were very impressed. The cabin is very clean, the property is incredible, and the property owners are very kind and straightforward to deal with. We brought all our own food and cooked there every night, using some of the herbs and produce from the garden right outside the back door. The bed is a sleep number and is EXTREMELY comfortable! We loved that we were able to bring our well mannered old dog and enjoy a vacation with him. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, this is it!

Mesha Provo

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for the kind words. We are thrilled that you had the time to relax and Buddy had the time to run and swim.

Jane Schladand

Jane Schladand

Georgetown, IN

Quality and Cleanliness

June 30, 2012

This was the second time I have stayed at the cottage. I will always stay there when I visit the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. I have diet restrictions and I love being able to cook my meals in a well-stocked kitchen. The views are beautiful. I sleep in dreamy linens. I prepare my meals and eat on fantastic cookware and dishes. My family loves the walks around the lake and through the forest. We even saw an armadillo on our walk this last time. Staying at the cottage is a home away from home mixed with a vacation experience. There is so much to do on the mountain.

Mesha Provo

Owner's reply:

It's always a pleasure to see your delightful family again. The musical talents of your daughter, playing cello was an added treat for us.
We are still looking for the armadillo trio you saw in our woods. We wonder if they were just here for
the week-end.
Please stay again when you plan to be back in Sewanee.
Mesha and Tim

Beth Michael

Beth Michael

Memphis, TN

Nothing Laborious about this Labor Day Weekend!

September 8, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Red Oak Hollow. The guest suites were handsomely furnished and very well equipped to meet our every need for cooking, eating, sleeping and most of all- relaxing! Our hosts were cordial and so helpful in giving us ideas about what to do in the area along with providing us with maps and brochures. We enjoyed walking on the property, sitting on the front porch surrounded by hummingbirds and a tour of the newest endeavor, mushroom farming. We even left with some tasty mushrooms for home! I would highly recommend staying at Red Oak Hollow.

Lisa Marsh

Lisa Marsh

Pensacola, FL

Best way to relax!

July 26, 2011

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Red Oak Hollow. The accomodations were perfect. The kitchen was outfitted with everything we needed, the bed was amazingly comfortable, the wildlife was fun to watch, and the hosts made several good suggestions for local dining and places to hike and shop in Sewanee. If are headed to Sewanee, or the University of the South, you should definitely check out Red Oak Hollow.

Maria Ranieri Watters

Maria Ranieri Watters

Sewanee, TN USA

Best place to stay in Sewanee!

March 30, 2011

My father recently stayed at Red Oak Hollow and had a wonderful experience. His guestroom was spotless and extremely comfortable. The grounds at Red Oak Hollow are phenomenal and he had a view of two lakes from his guestroom. I would highly recommend Red Oak Hollow to anyone considering staying in the Sewanee area!

Amanda Michelle Moon

Amanda Michelle Moon

Franklin, TN

Relaxing and romantic

March 29, 2011

We visited Red Oak to celebrate our 6th anniversary. It was the first time away from our kids (3 & 1) since our last anniversary and we were looking for a relaxing alternative to a hotel. The cottage couldn't have been better. Thunderstorms kept us inside much of the time, but we did get the opportunity to take a few walks around the beautiful grounds and into town. Mostly, we just relaxed. The tub in the bathroom is AMAZING. It was exactly what we were looking for for our anniversary, we felt like we were on our honeymoon again. We hope to go back soon.

Carol Von Rosenberg Engle

Carol Von Rosenberg Engle

Chambersburg, PA

Relaxing peaceful retreat

March 20, 2011

My husband and I spent several fall weekends in Oct 2009 & 2010 at Red Oak Hollow visiting our son who played soccer at Univ of the South in Sewanee. We appreciated the quiet peaceful beauty there and our gracious hosts. The place was always clean and nicely decorated, but what I liked most was being able to sit quietly on the patio,on the bench by the pond, or in the hammock listening to the sounds of the birds in the morning and watching the squirrels chasing each other and the deer passing through along the ponds. The colorful leaves in the fall reflected beautifully on the pond. I would love to visit in spring to see all the flowers, too, and hope to visit then, too, one day. I enjoy seeing what is current there on the owner's blog. The owners are very helpful and interesting to talk with. I especially enjoy their little dogs. We also enjoyed using the grill to cook and then eating outside. The campus at the Univ. of the South is very beautiful and unique, and there are several nearby excellent places to eat, as well as numerous hiking opportunities. I can highly recommend a visit to Red Oak Hollow.

Colleen N. Kay

Colleen N. Kay

Huntsville, AL


March 3, 2011

Red Oak Hollow proved to be the most exceptional getaway for my sweetheat and me!!!...The most beautiful, serene setting with the most friendly and gracious owners! The cottage accommodation could not have been more perfect--from the exceptional cleanliness, size and comfortability with all the amenities of a home away from home!!! We so enjoyed our privacy while exploring the complete estate, to our romantic cottage! And so very thankful for all the area information the owners so graciously provided us, for exploration of the area surrounding Sewanee. We will definitely return!!! Don't miss your opportunity to experience Red Oak Hollow!!!

C Donahue

C Donahue

Houston, TX USA

Great retreat!

April 22, 2010

This place is wonderful! We slept with the windows open and listened to the wind and the birds. Bluebirds and goldfinches practically swarmed the cabin and ruby crowned kinglets and titmouse were there, too. I liked hearing the red-winged blackbirds while fishing at the pond and the sound of the meadowlarks when we biked down the road. Nice rocking chairs on the porch.....great for resting after bike-riding the hills! Would definitely go back. Owners (and their dogs) are really friendly!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

This place is a godsend for Sewanee alums travelling with young kids. Mesha had a perfectly clean high chair and portable crib all set up for our baby when we arrived. We had all the amenities a young family could want -- a short hiking trail, two ponds with catfish and bass who like to be fed or caught and released by young fishermen, a well-stocked kitchen, washer and dryer, a separate TV / VCR combo with kid's movies in the bedroom with the bunkbeds, and a huge bathroom with soaking tub for mom to relax after chasing the kids around all day. Tim amd Mesha are wonderful hosts - friendly and welcoming to children as well as adults, and go out of their way to make sure their guests are comfortable. My 8 year old enjoyed our visit so much that he is already begging me to bring him back.

Just wanted to thank you for another wonderful stay; just wish it could have been longer. I love the beauty, peace and quiet there. The new room and patio are great ! I agree with all on your blog. I am really looking forward to our 2 stays in Oct and will surely miss them when Matt has graduated. But I will know where to stay when back in the area.
I just caught up with all on your blog and really enjoyed it. I like being able to see what is going on there and hearing what is new in the area. - Thanks again, Carol

Thanks for helping to make our visit spectacular with wonderful accomadations. We'll be in touch before our next visit. Thanks. Noel and Cader

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How far are you from Sewanee?
A: We are located in Sewanee on 30 private acres, with 3 ponds, hiking trails and gardens.
We are 7 miles from the University of the South. The road is paved. You will not be driving down
dirt roads or gravel roads. We provide driving directions and a map in our emails to you.
Q: Where can we hike?
A: The loop around our private 30 acres, thru the woods, down in the meadow and across the ponds is a perfect morning stroll and takes about 15 minutes. The trail has a park bench in a dedicated meditation garden.

World class hiking in old growth forest, with waterfalls and wildflowers is the big attraction here. Hike Fiery Gizzard, Lost Cove, Shakerag Hollow, Piney Point, all within a short drive .
Q: Any places to eat nearby?
A: Sewanee is a charming village with quaint cafes. The best food is Ivy Wild. Causal dining with a healthy edge is Julia's Fine Foods and the Blue Chair. The only tavern in town is the Blue Chair Tavern. Nearby Monteagle has upscale restaurants, home cooking diners and fast food stops.
There are two wine shops, a health food store called Mooney's and a Piggly Wiggly on the mountain.
Q: We like outdoor activities, what do you offer?
A: Red Oak Hollow estate offers a brand new country style 18 Hole Disc Golf course, (we supply the discs), badminton court, ( we supply the rackets and birdie), horseshoes course, ( we supply the horseshoes), croquet set, catch and release fishing ( we have basic poles and barb-less hooks), canoe (with life preserves) to paddle around one of our three ponds, private walking trail thru our woods ( park bench to stop and rest). All this at no extra cost to you. Not used by the general public, only available for our guests. This is a private estate.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Red Oak Hollow has a pet policy, which is stated below in this answer. We offer a fenced in yard, water bowl on the front porch, welcome treat in their food and water bowl in the kitchen. Dogs love Red Oak Hollow as much as they love being with you.

Small Dogs are permitted in the cottage and on our estate only with prior approval and with a signed copy of our pet policy.

A $25 per pet fee applies. Only dogs less than 30 lbs. allowed.

a. All dogs must be well trained and must come when called or remain leashed. Owners are 100% responsible for control of their pets.
b. Small dogs may run freely in the 3’ high fenced area of the cottage.
c. Dogs left in the fenced area must be behaved, shall not dig, and must not be a barking nuisance.
d. Dogs must be cleaned when appropriate; Towels (olive green color) are provided for this purpose.
e. Dogs must be generally friendly to people and to other dogs.
f. Dogs are not allowed on furniture at any time.
g. Dogs must be house broken. Dogs must be at least one year old.
h. Dogs left unattended must be crated. Please bring your dog’s crate with you.
i. No dogs are to be left unattended for more than 2 hours, regardless if crated. (Even the best of them get lonely)
j. Dogs must be up-to-date on rabies and all other vaccinations.
k. Dogs are to be treated with topical flea and tick repellent prior to arrival.

Evidence of pets on furniture may incur extra cleaning fees.
Evidence of urine on carpet will incur extra cleaning fees.
Any damage/injury done by pets is the sole responsibility of their owners.
A short walk-thru prior to departure is required by the owners.
Flea/Tick/Heartworm prevention is highly recommended. Fleas and ticks are common in wooded areas and can cause harmful/fatal illness to humans and pets.
Red Oak Hollow assumes no responsibility for illness or injury that humans or pets may incur while on the premises as associated with your pet.
By accepting rental at Red Oak Hollow, pet owner agrees to the terms above and will accept and arbitrate any damages that may have been caused by their pet.

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Mesha Provo

Mesha Provo

931 598 9871

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  • Work:

    In the potting shed or gardens
  • About:

    I am an over the top gardener and photographer. My favorite subject is just outside my door; my gardens, the hiking trails and the Sewanee community.

    I hike four or five days a week. I know the best trails and I will share that with you....
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