The Perfect Getaway – Mud & Magnolias
by CARMEN CRISTO
Moonshine Hill encompasses 21 private wooded acres in the Leiper’s Fork community of Franklin, Tenn. The property features a two-bedroom cottage, treehouse, cedar twig pavilion, log cabin, a firepit, a wood burning fireplace, a pond and a garden with seasonal vegetables to be harvested and eaten by guests. A reservation at Moonshine Hill gets you (and up to five guests) the run of the place. Bonus: your furry family members are welcome, too.
Ann Johnson, the original owner, built her paradise from the ground up, starting with a dilapidated shack on a priceless piece of land. In July, she sold to Richard and Gloria Broming, with full confidence that they would preserve the magic of Moonshine Hill. They plan to do even more by bringing their farm-to-fork expertise with them all the way from Laguna Beach, Calif.
Moonshine Hill Inn’s self-described “hillbilly opulence” has earned it a spot in Harper’s Bazaar’s Top 10 Bed & Breakfasts Across the Country and other accolades. The interiors are well appointed with rustic wood paneling, modern creature comforts and a heavy dose of southern charm. Details are everything, from the flour sack pillows lining the couches in the cedar twig pavilion to the Americana Music Triangle Mural painted by John Turner in the Moonshine Still room. The mural—and triangle—actually highlights both Nashville and Tupelo, linking our area with the stately Moonshine Hill Inn.
In Leiper’s Fork, enjoy live music, southern cuisine and curated shops, or drive into Nashville for the day; or stay put at Moonshine Hill and enjoy the breathtaking views and warm fires.