St Francis Cottage

1349 Gunbarrel Rd. , Chattanooga, TN 37421 USA (Show map)


Welcome to St Francis Cottage where we offer guests the choice of seven unique, comfortably–appointed guest rooms, each designed with cozy furniture, eclectic accents, and essential modern amenities. Conveniently located just a mile from I-75-Hamilton Place Mall Shopping Complex and only three miles from the intersection of I-24 and I-75, St Francis Cottage is a special getaway on 2.3 wooded acres. Guests enjoy the following amenities compliments of St Francis Cottage: a full, freshly prepared gourmet breakfast and an evening social hour with wine or beer. Whether traveling to or from Florida; in Chattanooga for business, an event or convention; visiting family and friends; or on vacation, our doors are open to you. We offer personal, Southern hospitality with state-of-the-art 21st century technology. Though different, all rooms include: Private, modern baths; luxurious towels and bath robes; hair dryer; magnifying mirror; ironing board & iron; thermostats; reading chairs; wired internet and two WiFi routers ; flat-screen TV with DirecTV, NetFlix; and at least one USB charging station; among other added items. Upstairs rooms have electric water kettles with cups, coffee, tea and condiments. And we feature: • One fully-compliant handicapped accessible guest room • One pet-friendly guest room • 100% Smoke-free facility • On-site, secure parking adjacent to SFC • Whole building fire sprinkler system with Smoke and CO Detectors and monitored alarms




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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5.0
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining5


5 on May 07, 2018

This was our second stay at St. Francis Cottage. We have never stayed at a B&B that even compared to this place. Every part of the stay was over the top!!!

A true gem!

5 on April 30, 2018

Like all the other reviews, there just isn't enough nice things that you can say about St. Francis Cottage. My husband and I found this place quite by accident but I am so glad we did. Unfortunately, we only could stay one night, but the next time we travel through Chattanooga you can bet we'll plan to stay there again. We have stayed at several B & B's over the years but by far this was one of the best. The house and rooms are cozy, warm and immaculate. Wallace and Nancy didn't miss a thing to make you feel comfortable and at home. Their attention to detail was impressive and breakfast outstanding. Hard to believe they have only been doing this for a year. You guys rock!

Wonderful Stay

5 on April 07, 2018

We have a wonderful two nights stay. The house was very comfortable and clean. The hospitality was second to none. Thank you Wallace and Nancy for being such gracious hosts!

A 6+ Star Review!

5 on February 06, 2018

Wallace and Nancy looked at everything they would want in a home away from home and then took it to the next level! I love this place! I was traveling through Chattanooga with business in Nashville & Atlanta. Loved this place so much I came back for an extra night between the 2 cities. The personalized service, attention to detail, availability for my unique requests were all met with a smile. For a special treat Nancy made homemade Whoopie Pies! I can go on and on about this place! Comfortable, clean, home away from home, special treats (including breakfast made to order in advance for my super early flight). I WILL be back!!!

Superb Getaway

5 on December 28, 2017

I wanted to rate this OUTSTANDING, but the site would only activate up to "exceeds expectations." Not sure why. We spent 6 lovely days here and will definitely come back. The rooms are beautiful, the bathrooms luxurious, the breakfasts delicious and abundant. The hosts are so friendly and accommodating. It would be a great place for a family reunion or wedding. Convenient to great shopping, antiquing, and all the Chattanooga sites. Highly recommend.

Anniversary and Shopping Trip

5 on December 27, 2017

Me and my wife stayed in the Cardinal room for two nights. We decided on the St Francis cottage due to is proximity to all the shopping. We were not disappointed. It is very conveniently located to Hamilton Place Mall and dining. We were greatest by Wallace and Nancy. They went out of their way to make sure we had an unforgettable stay. Breakfast was awesome and plentiful. I can’t wait till our next shopping trip. Would defiantly stay here again.


5 on November 10, 2017

We stayed in the Cardinal for 3 nights in October. This B&B was one of the top B&B’s we’ve ever stayed. Wallace and Nancy were wonderful hosts and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. The breakfasts were outstanding and the fresh baked cookies were delightful. They had a very nice wine and cheese hour each night which was a very nice touch. The location was about a 15 minute drive to downtown Chattanooga. We thought it was the perfect location, a little off the beaten path but close enough to many restaurants and shopping. Alice, their pet goat was the hit of our stay! She was adorable and she knew it! We will definitely return some day and highly recommend this beautiful B&B.

Beautiful house, amazing hosts

5 on November 03, 2017

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary weekend in September. We stayed in the Monarch room, which was large, beautiful, and had a great view of the gardens outside (where you can sometimes find the most adorable goat, Alice). The location is convenient because it's very close to downtown, but the property with all the trees and gardens make you feel more tucked away. There were two things that really set this bed and breakfast apart from any others I have stayed at. First, the innkeepers, Wallace and Nancy, are a couple of the sweetest people I have ever met. They were so gracious and easy to talk to. We had such a wonderful time talking to them, and they gave us a lot of great suggestions on things to do in the area. Second, the food is incredible! Honestly some of the best breakfast dishes I've ever had. We had pancakes with a lemon sauce that were to die for. Needless to say, we are excited for a visit in the future! -Seena Curry

Delightful Stay

5 on October 19, 2017

We were looking for a place to relax during one of our long days of travel. We found it with St, Francis Cottage! Wallace & Nancy were gracious enough to offer an upgrade since they had one available. The extras were so appreciated. Wallace previously did a great deal of travel so they knew what would make their guests most comfortable. Great attention to every detail. Breakfast was superb and Nancy even packed up the remaining fruit salad for our picnic on the day's travels. In fact this place was so awesome we're considering making our return route home through Chattanooga just so we can stay there again!

Perfect Chattanooga B&B

5 on October 05, 2017

This was an absolutely delightful bed & breakfast which is a must stay in Chattanooga! Wallace and Nancy (the purveyors of the fine establishment) were gracious hosts and great people. The rooms were very nice and the food was absolutely top notch. Wallace made a Crème Brûlée French Toast that was without exaggeration the best French Toast I’ve had in my life. Before we even finished our stay, we were talking about the next time we could come back. If you’re looking for a place in Chattanooga, look no further; you’ll love it!

Innkeeper Response
You two were a delight as guests at St Francis Cottage! Didn't know you were going to tell the world about the French Toast . . . you are too gracious. We would love to have you as guests again anytime. It is folks like you that make this a joy and not work. We hope your travel home was uneventful and that your daily travels across the country always have a happy landing! THANK YOU!!!

- Wallace & Nancy (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates


This first floor room has splendid views of the front gardens through its large arched windows. The combination tub-shower is accented by a single custom vanity with a porcelain sink nestled in a tiled furniture cabinet. Standard SFC room amenities come with a king-size bed and luxury linens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

The Monarch Room

Perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary, or that special weekend, the Monarch Room is our largest room (360 Sq. Ft., Room only) and is located on the second floor. With a king bed and almost a full wall of windows offering a magnificent view of the main gardens, this spacious but cozy room is the ideal getaway suite. Bathroom features include a soaking tub, separate shower, and a double-vanity with stone vessel sinks. All the standard amenities in the Monarch room are accentuated with a sofa sleeper, an electric fireplace, and a refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Cardinal Room

The Cardinal Room (302 Sq. Ft., Room only), located on the second floor, has views of the front west gardens. The bathroom has a combination tub-shower and a double vanity with marble vessel sinks. Along with all the standard SFC room amenities, the Cardinal room includes a king-size bed, a loveseat futon, and an electric fireplace.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

The Hummingbird Room

With a view of the front entrance gardens, The Hummingbird Room (195 Sq. Ft., Room only) is located on the second floor and has a wonderfully comfortable queen-sized canopy bed. The bathroom has a combination tub-shower and a single vanity with a stylish porcelain vessel sink.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $179

The Bluebird Room

Located on the second floor, the Bluebird Room, our second largest room (324 Sq. Ft., Room only), was designed as a special hideaway. The end wall of this vaulted ceiling room is filled with windows looking out on the largest oak tree on the property. The large bathroom features a soaking tub, a separate shower, and a teak double vanity with oval porcelain vessel sinks. The Bluebird room is the only room providing two queen beds along with an electric fireplace.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

The Hydrangea Room

*PET-FRIENDLY* -- The Hydrangea Room, our largest room on the first floor (311 Sq. Ft., Room only) includes a king-sized bed and a private entrance off the wrap-around front porch. The room’s location and private entrance make it the only pet-friendly room available at St Francis Cottage. The large bathroom features a combination tub-shower and a double-vanity with modern porcelain vessel sinks. All the standard SFC room amenities in the Hydrangea room are enhanced with the inclusion of a twin sofa bed, an electric fireplace, and a refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Azalea Room

The Azalea Room (192 Sq. Ft., Room only) located on the first floor has views of the front west gardens. The suite is equipped with an ADA-compliant, roll-in shower with fold-away seat and grab bars, and an ADA-compliant single vanity with contemporary glass vessel sink. Suitable for everyone, the Azalea room features a queen-sized bed and all the standard SFC room amenities

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Check Dates


Location Type

Suburban area 15 minutes east of Downtown Chattanooga.


Chattanooga, TN (CHA-Lovell Field) 4.1 miles

Directions to property:

Take Exit 3, East Brainerd Rd Exit, off I-75 either north or south. If traveling North on I-75, take first right at the bottom of the ramp. Go to the third light at Gunbarrel Rd. Turn right onto Gunbarrel. go 2/10 of a mile to 1349 Gunbarrel on right. Right into drive then up hill about 100 yards. If traveling South on I-75, take East Brainerd Rd exit, Left at first light, left at second light onto East Brainerd Rd. Go to 4th light at Gunbarrel. Turn right and go 2/10 of a mile to the driveway on the right. 1349 Gunbarrel Rd.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Library, Movie library, Parking, Radio, Wedding Facilities , Charging Stations

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 14:30
  • Check Out:: 12:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes 1 pet-friendly room. See website for details and policies.
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions



Wallace and Nancy Braud

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Over the past 12 years, we have considered many options regarding our "retirement." After much prayer, research, and ongoing encouragement from family and friends, we kept coming back to the idea of constructing a bed-and-breakfast on our home place. We love meeting people, learning about their journeys, cooking together for others, organic gardening, and pursuing artistic projects. It's been an adventure and we are excited about living our "Golden Years" as innkeepers of St Francis Cottage.

Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Meals in Rooms with prior arrangement ($10 fee), Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten-free