Brown County Barn Burner in Downtown Nashville
Quaint and charming downtown Nashville, Indiana, is home to the Brown County Barn Burner. Owners Kara and Clint opened the Barn Burner in 2020, offering four apartment-style lodging units and an event center for families and groups. The Barn Burner sits where the former Barnyard Shoppes used to reside; the shops were torn down, but material was salvaged to use in the Barn Burner. With Kara’s eye for design and Clint’s engineering and handy skills, The Brown County Barn Burner was built.
Each unit is decorated and furnished with vintage and thrift finds from antique shops, barn sales, and marketplaces. Kara grew up going to flea markets, barn sales with her dad, and thrift and antique stores with her mom. Her talent to hand-picking just the right items for each room is evident. The units are flawlessly designed and decorated to look vintage-modern, with personal touches of hand-selected antiques and woodcrafts Clint made himself.
Our stay in the Barn Burner 3-East Unit
We had the opportunity to stay in the 3-East Unit while visiting Nashville. This neutral-themed unit has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, and lots of natural lighting. It sleeps up to 10 individuals. The dining room is my favorite room; the long family-style table and wooden benches became a space for us to spread out for meals and were used as a workspace. And the beds were comfortable; it felt like we were sleeping at home (no bed like your own, right!?).
The double queen bedroom gives off a soft and feminine vibe with its white bed quilts and spindle bed frames. A photo of Kara’s great-grandmother hangs on the wall. It’s a lovely room, and the sun spills in the window from the rooftop patio. All the rooms have full closets and extra blankets! One of my favorite pieces of furniture in this unit is the dresser-turned-vanity with a pink marble top in the bathroom (accompanied by dark blue walls). Some of the reclaimed exterior cedar siding from the Barnyard Shoppes is in this unit (as well as in the 3-West and 2-South units).
We stayed so busy exploring downtown Nashville, which was steps outside the door of the Barn Burner, that we didn’t get to enjoy the smart tv or games in the living room. But we did take advantage of a few cozy nights on the rooftop patio in front of the gas fire table. The rooftop patio is a dreamy amenity at the Barn Burner – and a perfect gathering place for groups and families. An ample amount of moveable patio furniture is available, as well as a propane grill, and the gas fire table is great for s’mores and cooler nights.
Take a tour of the 3-East Unit
The other three Barn Burner units.
The 3-West Unit is located above Brown County Bikes. It is the most colorful and vibrant unit and mimics the floorplan of 3-East with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Here you can find one of Kara’s ultimate favorite thrift finds, a 2019 Brown County Humane Society Barn Sale King bed frame, along with the marble-topped antique buffet in the bathroom. In the dining room, a repurposed, old wooden ladder hangs over the table as a quilt hanger displaying a colorful antique quilt.
The 2-South Unit sleeps 6 and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. The beds are so cool! One room contains wooden twin four-poster beds, and the King bed frame is made from an old elevator gate. 2-South adjoins with the 1-North unit by a lockable pass-through door and has an interior stairway to access the rooftop patio.
Those looking for ADA access will love the 1-North Unit’s wide door widths, no-curb shower, and grab bars. It sleeps three and has one bedroom, a bathroom, and a private patio. As an East-Central Indiana resident, I was delighted to find out that the dining room light was made from a piece of wood found in Falls Creek in Pendleton, Indiana (one of my favorite towns!). Just another personal Hoosier touch added to the Barn Burner.
Rent it all, or just one unit.
Rent the entire space for your group! You can rent all four units for nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, and four on-site parking spaces. Renting all of the Barn Burner would accommodate a group of up to 22 comfortably, and 29 if you use the sofa beds. Or, you can rent each space individually. Priority is given to guests interested in renting the entire space.
If you rent all units, you’ll have exclusive access to the rooftop patio. The only unit that does not have exclusive access, if rented individually, is the 1-North unit.
Amenities at the Brown County Barn Burner
You won’t need to bring much for your visit. I fondly remember going on family vacations when I was a kid and my mom having to load up our vehicle with a million things for just a week’s stay in a vacation rental. She’d pack everything from toilet paper to coffee filters and a crockpot. You don’t have to worry about that at the Barn Burner because Kara has thought of all the things guests need for a visit. And it makes traveling much easier!
- All the beds are furnished with Tuft and Needle mattresses and Parachute Home bedding. Bedrooms have plenty of pillows, blankets, and linens. Plus, a noise machine, blackout shades, and room darkening curtains.
- Full kitchen with dishwasher, a drip coffee maker and filters, a french press, and an electric kettle. Coffee and tea-making accessories are included: ground coffee, an assortment of teas, creamer, sugar, and honey. Basic kitchen accessories, cooking ingredients, and utensils.
- Free wifi and 4K Roku Smart TVs.
- Washer, dryer, laundry supplies, iron, and ironing board.
- On-site parking space (one per unit).
- A pack n’ play, high chair, kids tableware, retractable gate on all stairs, and family games in the living room.
- Bath essentials: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, soap, cotton balls, q-tips, and flossers.
- Contactless check-in.
- Rooftop patio with moveable furniture, a gas fire table, and a propane grill.
The Event Space
The Event Space can be rented with or separate from the lodging units. It is around 1,000 square feet and includes two unisex bathrooms and a catering kitchen. It’s the ideal space for parties, showers, rehearsals, retreats, programs, and gatherings. If you rent all the lodging units, including the event space is a great idea for large family gatherings, workshops, reunions, wedding parties, and more.
Daily rental prices are affordable and include tables and chairs.
Exterior cedar siding from the Barnyard Shoppes was reused to create board walls throughout the Barn Burner. Clint created a burned board wall using the Lichtenberg process/fractal burning in the Event Space. This is a unique process that makes it look like trees have been carved and wood-burned into the boards. (Please note that Clint is a professional with an engineering background, it is not a process that should be tried at home). A small Lichtenberg board can also be found in each of the kitchens.
Within walking distance of everything!
Since the Brown County Barn Burner is located in downtown Nashville, you can walk to everything downtown without ever having to use your vehicle. Franklin Square, the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and Bird’s Nest Cafe are all within a few steps of the Barn Burner. Across the street are the Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville Fudge Kitchen, Country Heritage Winery, and Sweetea’s Tea Shop. Just to name a few. Walk a little further to access the many, many other cafes, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, shops, and things to do in the Village of Nashville.