Reese Witherspoon rumoured to join fellow celebs in opening hotel

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Is she? Or isn't she? News that Reese Witherspoon is shopping around for a boutique hotel in her hometown of Nashville had fans and travel watchers buzzing in recent days.

According to US Weekly, Witherspoon and her agent husband Jim Toth have been spending time in the country capital of the world shopping for the perfect property to turn into a boutique hotel.

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Though the couple have yet to sign anything, the story claims that the pair have met with an architect and decorator.

According to Gossip Cop, however, whose mandate is "Busting Bad Dish," another "source close to Witherspoon" says the report is untrue.

Meanwhile, in a cryptic photo posted on her Instagram account, Witherspoon can be seen posing in front of an elegant entryway, finger pressed to her lips, with the hashtag "#SecretProject...coming soon…"

Were Witherspoon to enter the hotel business, she would join a handful of southern belles who've added the title of 'hotelier' to their star-studded resumes.

Dolly Parton's DreamMore Resort, an addition to her existing Dollywood theme park, recently began taking reservations for their summer opening. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the DreamMore resort is pitched as a family-friendly complex, with outdoor pool complex, spa and farmhouse-style restaurant.

Last year, country crooner Miranda Lambert likewise parlayed her fame and fortune into a new boutique bed and breakfast in Tishomingo, about two hours south of Oklahoma City.

Billed as "shabby chic meets rock 'n roll," The Ladysmith Bed and Breakfast is restored from an historic brownstone building into an eight-bedroom, two-story boutique hotel.

Here are a few other celebrity-run hotels around the world:

Bedford Post Inn, New York, Richard Gere
In 2007, Richard Gere and his wife Carey Lowell helped rescue and restore an historic old property in Bedford, New York dating back to the 1860s and turned it into an eight-bedroom, luxury inn with a yoga studio and two restaurants.

The Greenwich Hotel, New York, Robert De Niro
Along with his string of movie credits, De Niro is a restaurateur (he helped catapult Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa to culinary stardom) and hotelier with The Greenwich Hotel. Located in Tribeca, the hotel has 88 rooms and suites decorated in Tibetan silk rugs, English leather settees, Moroccan tile and Italian marble.

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize: Francis Ford Coppola
After using it as family retreat for more than a decade, moviemaker Coppola decided to turn what was once an abandoned villa into a luxury hotel resort in Belize. Set against the thick of jungle canopy and cascading waterfalls, the resort complex is a collection of cabanas and villas.

The Clarence Hotel, Ireland, Bono, The Edge
The bandmates from U2 were among the first major celebrities to enter the hotel business, transforming an 19th century building in central Dublin -- and one of their own hangouts -- into one of the hottest tickets in town in the early 1990s. The hotel has 50 rooms and suites and is minimal and modern in decor.


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