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Alexander-Perrigo House, Bensted Bedstead, Rugby

SuperhostRugby, Tennessee, United States
Private room in house hosted by Donna
3 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 private bath
Clean and tidy
8 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Faithfully reconstructed 1880s boarding house with guest room (accessible). Authentically preserved, unspoiled British-founded historic village. Surrounded by river gorges and historic trails, bordered by Big South Fork National Recreation Area.

The space
The Bensted Bedstead is an ADA compliant, open, wheelchair-accessible first-floor room that includes a barrier-free shower, microwave, small refrigerator, lift chair/recliner and WiFi. (Note: The lift chair reclines to provide a comfortable single bed for one person if needed.) Sunroom and porch are also available for your private use in the evenings. A light continental breakfast (fruit, juice, milk, oatmeal and cereal) is provided, and snacks (crackers, cookies and popcorn) are supplied also.

Other things to note
Historic Rugby, Tennessee has many events and on-going happenings - festivals, our Appalachian author series, classic car shows, Ghostly Gathering, Christmas at Rugby and much more. More information available at www.historicrugby.org
PLEASE NOTE: During January, February and March, the Harrow Road Café, shops and Visitor Center are NOT open. Our shop is open weekends, and our lodging is open all year. RM Brooks General Store, also on the National Historic Register, provides breakfasts and lunches in a charming vintage building continuously run by the same family since the early 1900s (closed Sundays).
Faithfully reconstructed 1880s boarding house with guest room (accessible). Authentically preserved, unspoiled British-founded historic village. Surrounded by river gorges and historic trails, bordered by Big South Fork National Recreation Area.

The space
The Bensted Bedstead is an ADA compliant, open, wheelchair-accessible first-floor room that includes a barrier-free shower, microwave, smal…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

Amenities

Essentials
Free parking on premises
Fire extinguisher
Carbon monoxide alarm
Wifi
Smoke alarm
Laptop-friendly workspace
Iron
Breakfast
Private entrance

Accessibility

Getting inside

No stairs or steps to enter
Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to entrance

Moving around the space

No stairs or steps to enter
Wide hallways

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Rugby, Tennessee, United States

The restored Victorian village of Rugby was founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes. This would-be Utopia survives today as both a living community and a fascinating public historic site, unspoiled by modern development. Twenty original buildings still stand, nestled between the Big South Fork National Recreation Area and the Rugby State Natural Area, surrounded by rugged river gorges and historic trails. Historic Rugby has been open to the public since 1966 and is nationally recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and many others as one of the most authentically restored and preserved communities in America. A national award-winning movie is shown of the history of Rugby, and tours of original buildings are available most days.

The southern tip of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area forms a boundary line for most of the northern end of Rugby. Cutting deeply into the Cumberland Plateau, the Clear Fork and New Rivers come together at the Confluence to form the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Their main channels descend approximately eleven feet per mile. The swiftness of free-flowing water through the boulder-filled river beds have created a paddler’s paradise. Although the rugged terrain limits access, there are several popular hiking trails in the south end of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

There are two Big South Fork trailheads in Rugby- The Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole and the Meeting of the Waters. Newly opened in 2010, the 725-acre Rugby State Natural Area offers a unique interpretive experience from the rest of Rugby as it focuses on a homestead built in the 1860’s on top of a ridge with a spectacular view of the Cumberland Mountains. Several other intriguing short trails are located in the village, making a total of nine miles of trails within Rugby.

Scott State Forest, Colditz Cove State Natural Area, Pickett State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Obed Wild and Scenic River Area, Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park, Muddy Pond Mennonite Community, Highland Manor Winery, Big South Fork Scenic Railway, Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary and Distillery, and Blue Heron Mining Community are all within easy driving distance.
The restored Victorian village of Rugby was founded in 1880 by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes. This would-be Utopia survives today as both a living community and a fascinating public historic…

Hosted by Donna

Joined in September 2013
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We have lived in beautiful East Tennessee since 1985, and feel so blessed to call this home. My partner, Annie, is from Michigan, and I'm from Pennsylvania originally (also have lived in Flagstaff, Arizona). We enjoy our rural life immensely; I'm a nature/wildlife artist, and my subjects are everywhere here - from our "critters" (deer, bear, coons, skunks, innumerable birds, etc.) that we see on a regular basis to the occasional bear or bobcat passing through. At 67, I value the peace and neighborliness of our area; there can't be many places left like this in the hurly-burly world we live in today! We are bookaholics, love to play games, enjoy all kinds of music but especially gospel and bluegrass, and LOVE to cook (and eat!). Our community of Rugby is a wonderful one, and we are here for good. And - one of our most favorite things is hearing "We loved staying here - we'll be back!"
We have lived in beautiful East Tennessee since 1985, and feel so blessed to call this home. My partner, Annie, is from Michigan, and I'm from Pennsylvania originally (also have li…
During your stay
Alexander-Perrigo House is owned by Donna Heffner and Annie Patterson. We are very often at the site, either running our shop (also located in the front of the building) or socializing with friends and guests, and also have a wonderful part-time employee. We are available to our guests 24/7. Rugby is a small, very friendly community - visitors are warmly welcomed, and our guests often leave having made new friends.
Alexander-Perrigo House is owned by Donna Heffner and Annie Patterson. We are very often at the site, either running our shop (also located in the front of the building) or social…
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House rules
Check-in: After 2:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm