Help Steward our Valley

Big East Fork / Fork Inn Lodging works closely with the Center for Sustainable Stewardship to protect and preserve the Big East Fork Valley for future generations. All of our guests are encouraged to support our Sustainable (recycling) and Regenerative (soil building) efforts by using the recycling and composting bins provided.

Heat (in cold months): We attempt to wisely steward our valuable fossils fuels. Our accommodations are heated with 500 to 1000 gallon propane tanks. At $2.50/gallon, $2500 of fuel may be present in your lodging. You have been allotted 20 gallons ($50) for each day of your stay. Exceeding this amount will incur an extra charge that will be deducted from your deposit. We want our guests to be comfortable yet conscious of the resources they expend. Try to keep thermostats set at 68 degrees and dress for the season. Keep windows and doors closed when heat is on and lower heat when the house is not occupied. Inform staff of drafts or any malfunctioning equipment. Help us keep our energy usage (and cost to our guests) sustainable! 

Cool (in warm months): When air conditioning units are operating, please keep windows and doors closed. Do not set temperature lower than 70 degrees. Electricity costs in excess of $50 per day will be paid by guest. Help us keep our energy usage (and cost to our guests) sustainable! 

Kitchen: Sinks drain to our beloved septic tanks. Do NOT pour grease or animal fat down our drains, but pour them into glass containers (please pour over sink to prevent mess). Wipe used skillets/griddles with disposable paper towels to remove grease/fat before washing them in sinks. Let us know when the glass containers are full so we can appropriately recycle or compost. 

Recycle: Separate metal and glass. Fold cardboard boxes so they are flat. Try to keep your volume of trash low. We have to transport non- compostables to the county landfill at our expense. Please be kind to the earth and to our staff. :)  

Compost: Place organic matter suitable for composting in the black bucket provided under the sink. We encourage our guests to collect non-toxic organic waste so it can be composted to soil and used in our gardens. Please don’t place trash outside of bins on the property making it accessible to hungry critters.


House rules: 

  Our rules are designed to make your stay safe while maximizing your group’s freedom, but also to foster the sustainability of our services and our ability to provide access to our amazing valley at affordable prices. Violating the house rules may be costly and rather inconvenient. And do let us know as soon as possible if something is broken, unsafe, or may be improved in any way. Enjoy your stay at the Fork! 

All lodging guests must pay Tennessee state (9.5%) and Williamson county (4%) short-term rental taxes. The public servants who pave our roads and  who protect and serve us, appreciate your support.  

 A government-issued photo ID must be shown or sent to the owner or designee prior to check-in. Check-in must performed by the person making the reservation. If this person is not available or will arrive later, contact management prior to check-in to discuss alternate arrangements.  

 ***Only the number of guests registered may be on premises***. Exceptions only with documented permission of management (Additional fees and guest list are required for events including, any attendants required to assist with your needs and our stewardship program: recycling, composting). Unregistered guests are *trespassing* and may be prosecuted, so please do not invited them on premises without the management’s permission. External surveillance monitor(s) help safeguard our guests and compliance with our house rules.  

Any guest exhibiting unsafe or safe or disrespectful behaviour will be asked to leave.

Guests are responsible for cleaning grills and ovens if they are made greasy/dirty. Excess trash, messes requiring extra cleaning, or not leaving furniture/carpets in their places may result in a portion of your security deposit being withheld. Don’t place trash outside of bins (making it accessible to hungry critters).

No pets. No indoor smoking. No weapons (except with owner’s permission). No disorderly conduct. Use of confetti, candles, use of fireplaces and outside fire pits, collecting firewood, or moving of furniture are strictly prohibited without written permission of management. No underage drinking of alcohol. Music audible from outside of houses must end by 1am. Bachelor(ette) and other high risk parties require pre-approval, additional (fully-refundable) cash deposits, and/or event insurance.

Refund Policy for cancelations:

For a 75% refund of fees, cancellation must be made five full days prior to listing’s local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in.

If the guest cancels less than 5 days in advance, the first two nights are non-refundable but 50% of the accommodation fees for remaining nights will be refunded.

If the guest arrives and decides to leave early, 50% of the accommodation fees for the nights not spent 24 hours after the cancellation occurs are refunded.

 Your stay at Fork Inn Lodging does not include access to the nearby properties operated by the non-profit Center for Sustainable Stewardship (Big East Fork Retreat, Farm, Lake Gratitude, and Hiking Trails). Please contact ( for day passes and event space rentals at CSS.  

House Suggestions: 

Please place non-toxic organic waste (food scraps, coffee grounds, in sealed black containers provided for composting.  

 All trash must be transported to the county landfill by our staff. You can help by not bringing excess packaging materials which must be disposed of. You can be Stewards of Big East Fork by taking as much of your trash with you when you leave. 

And Please Enjoy our Amazing Valley!

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