The Lodge at Deer Run

3845 Perkins Road, Thompsons Station, Tennessee 37179
  • Introduction

    The Lodge at Deer Run in Thompsons Station, Tennessee

    The Lodge at Deer Run is a 7,000+ sq-ft lodge just 10 miles southwest of historic, downtown Franklin, TN. Nestled within the serenity of the woods, this is a haven for rest, rejuvenation and renewal. All rooms have a great view of the surrounding woods.

    Each of the seven guest rooms has a private bath and is well-appointed with lodge décor. Individual room pricing for B&B guests is based on two persons per room and includes breakfast for two. Additional persons per room are $30 each.

    There are approximately five miles of wooded hiking and mountain bike trails that wind throughout the 100 acres of property including a trail around Spring Valley Lake.

    The entire lodge can be reserved as a private setting for day or overnight retreats, meetings, family reunions, holidays, or celebrations. Our guest services representatives can help customize your reservation to meet your needs.

    Find more facility photos on our website!

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  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Liz Gibson for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests stay here to celebrate a special occasion or to have a unique get-away with family or friends.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our lodge is located on 100 wooded scenic acres in a quiet private setting providing a restful, secluded place for a retreat. However, we are only 10-15 miles from many shopping areas, restaurants, and music/art venues.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Historical downtown with unique shops and restaurants, great local music, historical theater for movies & concerts, and annual festivals throughout the year.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The Lodge at Deer Run is a peaceful wooded setting which feels like you are far from everything yet you are only 10 miles from historical downtown Franklin which has many unique shops and restaurants. The lodge is much like a Montana-type lodge yet upscale. The Deer Run staff is welcoming and friendly and make guests feel "at home." The customer service is excellent and the breakfast is fabulous.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?
    We are within a day’s drive of 75 percent of the U.S. Southern Living magazine named Franklin to its Readers’ Choice Awards top ten list, ranking fifth for “Best Small Town.” Some of the other awards Franklin has received include:
    • Best Southern Town (Garden and Guns Magazine)
    • Most Romantic Main Street
    • Top 10 for Historic Preservation
    • Best Places to Live
    • Great American Main Street Award 
    • Number One Small Town in Tennessee 
    • Five National Register Historic Districts 
    • One of Five Best Places in America to Antique Shop
    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Tour many historical areas including civil war battlefields and homes (Carnton Plantation & Carter House), visit any of the 35 parks in the area, drive the Natchez Trace, shop at historical Leiper's Fork, listen to live musicians at local restaurants, visit Arrington Vineyards, and take in a live show at a local theater, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), Schermerhorn (Nashville Symphony), or Grand Ole Opry. (There are many many more options too numerous to mention.)

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    No shops or restaurants are within walking distance. We are 10 miles from downtown Franklin and 20 minutes from Spring Hill and Cool Springs/Brentwood where there are numerous shops and restaurants.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant with Franklin, Nashville, Columbia locations and Puckett’s Boathouse (

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 7 guest rooms, a dining room, great room and library/meeting room.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets, but there are several local boarding facilities to choose from.


  • Activities & Recreation

    Lodge at Deer Run canoeingLodge and cabin guests have free access to the Creekside Recreational Area: wiffle ball field, sand volleyball, 80-yd game field, Gaga ball, carpetball, cornhole, horseshoes, tetherball, and hiking trails. Bank fishing is available at the lake. Fishing is catch & release only; bait & tackle are not provided. Canoeing and kayaking are only available if your group reserves the lake for other recreation.

    Check with Deer Run Guest Services for availability and scheduling recreation areas since other retreat groups may be using these facilities.

    Group Recreation

    Check with Guest Services in advance about scheduling recreation for your group. There is a minimum group number for the following recreational activities and each requires an additional fee to participate since these are facilitated by Deer Run staff.

    • Spring Valley Lake: swimming with water slide, zip line, aqua park/blob, canoeing & kayaking
    • Low & High Challenge Ropes Courses
    • 45 ft Climbing Tower
    • 33 ft Leap of Faith (stand-alone high ropes element)
    • Paintball (wooded course)
    • BB Guns & Archery
    • Giant Swing
  • Area Website Links

    Historic Downtown Franklin

    Leiper’s Fork Historic Area/Antique Shops

    Tennessee Vacation/Nashville Sightseeing

    Natchez Trace Parkway

  • Retreats & Meetings

    Lodge at Deer Run main roomFor Families, Churches, Ministries, and Retreat Groups

    The entire lodge can be reserved as a private setting for day or overnight retreats, meetings, family reunions, and/or birthday parties. Deer Run staff coordinate with you to customize your retreat.

    Meals, snacks, and drinks for retreats and meetings can be provided. Call for details and pricing.
    The Lodge's second-floor library serves as a meeting room and includes Wi-Fi and audiovisual equipment.

    Additional Facilities

    LODGING: In addition to The Lodge, Deer Run has cabins available for rental — Lakeview Cabins and Cedar Point Cabins.

    MEETING: Deer Run has meeting facilities for various size groups — The Lodge Meeting Room, The Upper Room, The Fortress, and The Creekside.

    See website for full details.

  • Guest Comment

    "Everyone was friendly and made us feel at home. The breakfast prepared for us was the best breakfast we have ever had. The cook was so friendly and gracious. She also made us feel so at home. We loved our room. We loved the porch. Our only complaint was that we could not stay one more night. It truly is 'God's Country'.

    It was so nice to have the snacks and bottled water in our room. The value was extraordinary. We actually enjoyed not having a TV. This was our first trip since the unexpected death of our dear friend and traveling companion. We sat out on the porch till late in the evening reliving past trips and memories. This was something we probably would not have done if there was a TV. We came to Franklin for retail therapy. Little did we know of the heart therapy we would experience at Deer Run Inn. We would return in a heartbeat! We loved the inn and we loved the folks there. We would (and already have) recommended Deer Run to others." - S.Happe, July 2015