Darrell and Linda were both very busy with their careers when they came upon Daisy Hill, then known as 2816 Blair Blvd. Their daughter, Johanna got it all started with all the city regulations and building permits. She launched the first website, created marketing collateral, brochures, business cards, and even “Daisy Bucks”.
“Daisy Bucks” was a marketing plan, presented to car rental front line to have them refer their clients to Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast when they were looking for accommodations. For every 8 certificates presented to Daisy Hill by a guest, a gift certificate was hand delivered to the referring participant along with Daisy shaped cookies.
Having their own bed and breakfast had been a dream for decades for both Darrell and Linda. Darrell went to work for Sheraton Hotels near Disneyland right after college in 1973. After ten years of experience with various hotel chains all around the country, the Bengsons arrived in Nashville in 1983. Having fallen in love with Nashville, they knew it would be home for a very long time.
Many years later, their favorite realtor called to see if they had finished remodeling their current home. Knowing the Bengsons were looking for their special place to create their bed and breakfast, he took them to 2816 Blair Blvd. The love affair began and they were hooked. Sitting on the beautiful brick patio at the back of the house waiting for the realtor to arrive, Darrell, Linda, and Johanna said, “this was it”. As the realtor said, this was the perfect house.
When Darrell and Linda bought the house, they were actually on their way to Europe for a two week vacation. The friends they were traveling with quickly noticed that the houses in each of the countries they were visiting looked very much like their new house. Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, England, Germany and France all have variations of the Classic Tudor Revival style home. Over dinner that night in a little Scottish pub, it was decided that the theme for Daisy Hill would be “European lifestyle”.
Linda and Darrell have been hands-on working, managing, and living as innkeepers of Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast ever since purchasing the property. They have shared their lives with their guests for over 20 years. They are very much involved in their Hillsboro West End Neighborhood Association as well as the vibrant city, state and National Hotel Lodging Associations. Darrell’s professional hotel and tourism background has helped prepare them for their new careers as Innkeepers.
The Bengsons enjoy traveling at home and abroad, spending time with their children and grandchildren and getting away for a few hours in the middle of the day to get on their boat at the nearby Percy Priest Lake.
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Wonderful anniversary stay
“Lovely home in quiet neighborhood. Meals were awesome with fruit, juice, and hot breakfast items. Stayed in library suite. The bedroom’s large windows overlooked the back garden. Comfortable bed – slept soundly. Close to the places that we wanted to visit – music venues in the Gulch and Belmont Mansion.
Linda was very helpful with suggestions for other sites to visit in Nashville.”
“We went down to celebrate our engagement and daisy hill was the place to do it. Breakfast was fantastic every morning. They offered us coffee, tea, juice however we wanted it.
They were very good to work around dietary restrictions. It was very nice to know the people we were staying with and having that connection.
The home was very clean and welcoming.”
Daisy Hill B&B
“Our stay at the Daisy Hill B&B was delightful. Darrell and Linda were full of Nashville info, and their breakfasts were the best ! They had an area filled with brochures of Nashville places to see and things to do. Very helpful in planning the next day’s schedule. The house was charming, and our room and bathroom were very clean. Comfy bed !! Great location and a great bed and breakfast ! Highly recommend.”
“Excellent B&B. Located in a quiet, leafy, upmarket suburb in Nashville. Lovely clean room. Different breakfast every day.
Gracious host Darrell could not have done more to help us. Always aware of people’s needs and wishes. Excellent recommendations- restaurants, tourist attractions..”
“Very nice B&B with warm and welcoming hosts and a terrific breakfast – which changes every day! Never had the same thing twice! The rooms are very cozy and comfortable.
The location is not downtown, but easily accessible if you have a car or use taxi/walking (as I did). Would love to return!”
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“Peaceful and romantic. Love the innkeepers, Darrell and Linda Bengson! They went out of their way to make my stay comfortable. I am already planning when I can return.
I came for a business trip but they made it feel more like vacation.”