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Former Reba home approved as event venue, bed and breakfast

Xavier Smith • Oct 23, 2017 at 4:45 PM

The Wilson County Board of Zoning Appeals approved portions of the former Reba McEntire estate on State Route 109 for an event venue and bed and breakfast.

Wilson County planning director Tom Brashear said the plans include 13 acres of the former 83-acre lakefront property on Cherokee Dock Road, formerly known as Starstruck Farm.

Brashear said county planners were in favor of the plans, which could accentuate one of the gateways into the county, as well as provide a viable use of the property.

McEntire’s former home will be used as a bed and breakfast, according to plans. The 12,816-square-feet home includes seven bedrooms, five full baths, two partial baths and several other amenities, according to Laura Baugh with Worth Properties.

The house features 19 total rooms, including a wine cellar, minibar and theater room.

The group approved several stipulations for the event venue and bed and breakfast, including a limit of 500 people at any given time, no more than 15 overnight guests, noise limit of 90 decibels at the property line, and all events must end by 11 p.m.

The Wilson County Planning Commission received plans in August for a development on other portions of the property, which was sold for $5 million in July. A deed in the Wilson County register of deeds’ office lists Paul H. Burch as the new property owner.

Brashear said the lot sizes in the proposed subdivision range between 0.89 acres to 1.82 acres.

“Each of these lots has road frontage and adequate lot width and size via existing state and county road frontages, meaning no new public road infrastructure is presently proposed,” Brashear said.

Plans for the development, dubbed Cherokee Meadows, do not include any additional access to State Route 109 at the planning department’s request.

“They did agree to access several of the lots via Cherokee Boat Dock Road rather than establish new driveway cuts on Highway 109,” said Brashear, who said there is one exception that will exist because of an existing driveway on State Route 109 just north of the lot.

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