The Hancock House Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant
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Welcome to Hancock House
The Hancock House is a spacious fifteen room colonial revival log inn located in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee. Beautiful farm land lies in full view across the road and a horse farm adjoins our property. Even though we are "out in the country" we are only a few minutes outside of Gallatin and Hendersonville and just 25 miles northeast of Nashville.
Prior to our purchase of the inn, Felice Ferrell was the owner and proprietor of a nationally known antique establishment for over 60 years in the main part of the inn. Historically, the inn is a pre-1851 stage coach stop and toll gate house known as Avondale Station on the famous Avery Trace.
Over the years, two small cabins have been attached to the rear of the original structure. A quaint courtyard, just off the dining room, is nestled between the three structures. A two-story cabin has been added across the lawn from the main house creating a private retreat.
Wide hardwood floors, exposed beams, numerous "nooks and crannies", fireplaces, interior log walls, area rugs, period furniture and antiques abound throughout creating a warm, cozy atmosphere that rekindles memories of a bygone era.
Five bedrooms, each with private bath and fireplace, are available for our overnight guests. Four of the guest rooms are in the main house and the fifth is housed in the separate two-story cabin. Guests choose when and where (bedroom, dining room, or outdoor courtyard) to receive breakfast.
In addition to your overnight stay and breakfast the next morning we offer many optional offerings.
Over the years, our inn has become a favorite for hosting large gatherings including weddings.. With advance notice, we can accommodate parties from 2 to 200 for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
We are approximately twenty minutes northeast of downtown Nashville. Directions to Hancock House are easy to follow. Nashville International Airport is twenty-five minutes away as are other attractions such as: Opryland Hotel; Grand Ole Opry; The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson; Music Row; The Parthenon; The Upper Room; The General Jackson Showboat; Hard Rock Cafe; Wild Horse Saloon; the restored Ryman Auditorium to name a few.
"It will be a pleasure to serve you!" -Carl & Roberta.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Roberta Hancock for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
People stay with us for many reasons... relocating, retracing family heritage, business travelers, visiting Nashville for sightseeing, or attending a wedding. They stay with us because they want to stay somewhere where they feel like they are at home, but get total care while they are here.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are the only colonial revival log house in Tennessee. We are known for our great food and excellent service. We host weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, luncheons, and other parties or group gatherings.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The history in Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, and Nashville.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Someone said this was the best food and service they ever had anywhere! We also get many compliments on our comfortable beds!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Carl's filet mignon and homemade ranch dressing, and my homemade biscuits and hot peaches.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visit Nashville attractions, Blue Bird Cafe, Grand Ole Opry, The Hermitage, The Parthenon, Cheekwood, and the Belle Meade mansion. We give our guests discounts for extended stays.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Sumner County Tourism is next door and Kroger marketplace is across the street. You can also walk to the greenway and the lake.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are many good restaurants in the area, so it really depends on what the guest is looking for. Casa Vieja is a great Mexican restaurant right down the street.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Sumner County Tourism is next door. We make all of the arrangements for our guests and provide them with brochures, purchase their attractions tickets, or whatever they need while they are staying with us.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 rooms and a cabin.
Do you accept pets?
We don't accept pets. We do refer guests to the Hairy Moose Pet Retreat if they need to board their pets.
We at The Hancock House will be happy to personalize your visit with any of the following special offerings:
(2) Public golf courses
- Country Hill Golf Course, an 18 hole course listed by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 new public courses in 1990.
- Long Hollow Golf Course, an 18 hole course opened in 1985.
- Pick-up and delivery for flights at Nashville International Airport.
- Gourmet Dining by reservation.
- Honeymoon packages
- Picnic Baskets
- Swimming and tennis are available nearby.
- Horseback riding available nearby. adjoining the inn.
- Four meeting rooms are available for wedding receptions, reunions, parties, anniversaries or other groups.
- Private tours available to homes of the stars, historic points of interest or shopping.
- Tickets for performances at Opryland and The Grand Ole Opry available with advance notice.
- Tickets for shows and performances at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center available with advance notice.
- Limousine service available.
$14.95 per person
Eggs, bacon, sausage, grits or potatoes.
Scratch bisuits, juice, coffee or tea.
Optional breakfasts include pancakes, French toast or omelets.
Breakfast is included with room rental.
$15.95 per person
Quiche or casseroles, hot fruit compote.
Scratch biscuits, vegetables in season, coffee or tea.
$14.95 per person
Combination of soup and salad, soup and sandwich, salad and sandwich, pasta with salad, or pastry with chicken salad and vegetable.
Lunch or Evening Meals
Traditoinal meals are offered
$15.95 per person: Grilled chicken, chicken cordon bleu, chicken francais or chicken parmesan.
$17.95 per person: Prime roast beef au jus.
$19.95 per person: Grilled Filet of salmon with light lemon sauce.
$24.95 per person: Rib eye steak.
$30.95 per person: 10 to 12 ounce filet mignon.
Above served with salad, two vegetables yeast rolls, tea or coffee and dessert.
Traditional meals are offered.
Optional Menus are available.
Hor d'Oeuvres Menu
$15.95 per person
Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Toast Points
Vegetable Display with our Special Dip
Ham Biscuits and Turkey Rollups
Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display
Emily's Layer Dip with Tortilla Chips
Assorted Minature Quiche
Mixed Nuts and Mints
$22.95 per person
Above Menu Selections
Selected Mushrooms Stuffed with Crabmeat
Boiled Jumbo Shrimo with Spicy Cocktail Sauce
$22.95 per person
Above Menu Selections
Chicken Carcassian with Walnut Sauce
Italian Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Sauce
$33.95 per person
Above Menu Selections
Smoked Salmon with Capers and Caviar
Snow Peas with Asian Dipping Sauce
Above Prices do not include Tax or Gratuity.
Prices are subject to change.
Historic Avery Trace
The following description of Avery Trace are excerpts taken from an article in the Sumner County Reference Handbook written by Christine Russell.. Avery Trace - the foot trail followed by many of the earliest settlers into Middle Tennessee. The Trace ran from Clinch Mountain in East Tennessee to French Lick (Nashville), then a small settlement on the Cumberland River. The Trace passed through the southern portion of Sumner County near Bledsoe's Lick (Castalian Springs) before turning south into Davidson County. Members of the Jackson County Historical Society are attempting to identify and mark the entire Trace in time for Tennessee's bicentennial in 1996. Peter Avery blazed the trail which was opened to foot traffic in 1788, some years before the more widely-known Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez, MS. He is said to have followed a war path frequently used by the Cherokees.
The courtyard, just off the dining room, is surrounded by three walls of the inn. English ivy, impatients and other shade loving plants cling to the sides of the walls. Soft music plays in the background. Guests often choose to have breakfast served here. For large groups the courtyard is a favorite place for mingling.
The Hancock House has hosted many large group gatherings. We have hosted weddings & wedding receptions, tour groups, school reunions, corporate outings, parties, anniversaries.
Groups as large as 150 can be seated at one time for meals. Besides our large dining room, other common area rooms are converted to dining space as well as the outdoor courtyard. If needed, tents are assembled over the courtyard and other outdoor areas for dining and mingling. As many as 300 people can be accommodated for receptions.
Of course, we can also accommodate smaller, more intimate groups as well.
Please call us at (615) 452-8431. We will work with you to make your special event a success. For a sample of our cuisine, check our menu information.
A non-refundable deposit is required to secure the date for your party. In case of cancellation the deposit is redeemable for other services at Hancock House.
How to Find Us
From the North, South or West:
On Interstate 65, ten miles north of downtown Nashville, take exit 95 onto Highway 386 (also known as Vietnam Veterans Blvd.). Proceed on this four-lane highway to Exit 9 where it merges into U.S. 31E. From here we are down the road 1 1/2 miles on the left just past the horse farm.
From the East:
Travelling west on Interstate 40, east of Nashville, exit onto Highway 109 (Exit 232)between Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. Proceed north fifteen miles to Gallatin. In Gallatin, turn left (west) onto U.S. 31E. We will be on your right a few miles out of town.