URBAN COWBOY, NASHVILLE
By Sunni Overend, November 2016
The Queen Anne mansion housing Urban Cowboy’s southern outpost sits proudly on a corner in the quaint but cool neighbourhood of East Nashville.
Our hosts are in residence and on arrival we feel like we’re being welcomed into their home – the offer of whiskey or water a welcome one. Two communal parlours fill the front of the mansion, and one is suitably stocked with musical instruments. The feel is tight-knit and communal (think a musicians’ frat house), and the sense of the address being a self-sustaining compound will only grow when bars and an onsite food truck open on site.
Hand-printed wallpaper and psychedelic Navajo styles carry over to our spacious loft suite where the party vibes continue. Our room is well-appointed without being luxurious – a hybrid of vintage saloon and teepee – but the claw-foot bath is gorgeous, as is the leather furniture.
If you want a luxurious lover’s retreat – think again – but if you’re looking to connect with like-minded poets, musos, and artists over whiskey and banjo, Urban Cowboy Nashville is your dream destination.
THE TURN DOWN
ACCOMODATION CATEGORY: B&B
ROOMS: Eight suites. Our suite had a king bed & a double, mid-weight cotton linens & feather pillows. Bathroom products by C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries.
MINI BAR: Complimentary whiskey offered at reception on arrival, but in-room bottled water charged at a premium.
TURN DOWN SERVICE: No turn down service.
FEEL: Navajo and cowboy meets steampunk in a Queen Anne mansion.
DESIGNER: Owner Lyon Porter masterminded the design. Hand-printed wallpaper is by Printsburgh.
A BIT OF HISTORY: Urban Cowboy began in Brooklyn in the home of Lyon Porter. This Brooklyn B&B attracted artists and creatives, and inspired Lyon to initiate a new music-driven outpost in Nashville.
LOCATION: Set in the quiet yet hip neighbourhood of East Nashville.
CHILDREN: Fine for children used to music and late nights.
RESTAURANT/BAR: Complimentary cereal & pastry breakfast offered daily in the main house.
RATES: Starting from $195
GOOD TO KNOW: Social party scene makes Urban Cowboy less suited to business travelers & honeymooners.
Sunni stayed as a guest of Urban Cowboy, Nashville.