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Secluded Mountain Retreat on 300 Acres. 37 VRBO 5-Star Reviews Don't Lie!

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Space 232 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Roomy 2 Stry Cottage - 5 Bedrooms + Additional Bunkhouse, 3 Baths, (16 max)

You deserve a secluded restful vacation in the Smoky Mountains. This is the perfect site for family reunions or groups of friends to gather! Enjoy nature and all it has to offer deep in the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, 22 miles east of Vonore & Tellico Plains in the vast Citico Wilderness Area. Note: Parties over 12 must rent the additional Bunkhouse. (see Amenities)

The Cottage at Hemlock Grove, located only 50 minutes from I-75 or the Knoxville Airport, tucks you away in extreme privacy and luxury in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Located in a private hollow on 300 acres you can immerse your senses in all that Nature has to offer. Spend days exploring streams, old growth forests, an old mountaineer homestead, and expansive, unspoiled views after hiking to a private mountain top ridge. This is a true Tennessee mountain experience without roughing it!

For its remoteness, this upscale cottage is surprisingly close to many attractions. Bring your jet-skis or boat and enjoy Tellico and Chilhowee Lakes. Boat ramps are just a few miles away. Abundant trout run in gorgeous, rushing, Citico Creek just minutes away. The Citico forest service road runs along the creek for twenty magnificent miles through the Cherokee National Forest to the breathtaking Cherohala Skyway (Hwy 165) and Indian Boundary Lake.

Thirteen trails, within the National Forest, totaling 57.4 miles provide access to much of Citico Creek Wilderness. For a fun day trip, Dollywood and the other attractions of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are less than two scenic hours away (76 miles). Scenic drive enthusiasts will love the proximity to the 'tail of the dragon' or Highway 129 to Deal's Gap.

CLICK ON THE LINK TO OUR WEBISTE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO VIEW MANY MORE PICTURES,GET MORE INFO AND USE OUR INTERACTIVE MAP IN THE CENTER OF THE HOME PAGE.

The Bunkhouse is not generally available December-March due to wood only heating and water pipe freeze potential.

Keywords: Secluded Smoky Mountain Cottage With Privacy, Hiking And Lush Woodland Views, Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Lake , Chillhowee Lake, Tail of the Dragon (scenic drive), Citico Creek, Charohala Skyway, Scenic Drives, hiking and wildlife galore! Hwy 360 Hwy 165 Charohala-skyway charohala Skyway

More Details

Owner
Lee
Member since: 2004
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2017

About Lee

We are based in Atlanta but have two vacation rentals in Monroe County Tennessee.

Lee purchased this lodge in 2000

Why Lee chose Vonore

This property is adjacent (1/4 mile) to our log cabin vacation home(not for rent). The combined properties = over 300 acres offering privacy and seclusion from our city life in Atlanta, GA

What makes this lodge unique

It's peaceful and quiet, extremely remote, far from the nearest big city or town. It's perfect for getting away from it all. Visitors are astounded at the remoteness and privacy. Read More in the Comment Section

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lee and Pat were fabulous hosts that did everything possible to improve our experience but gave my cousins and myself the privacy to enjoy our reunion in the incredibly private and beautiful setting that is Hemlock Grove. Unlike many rental kitchens, the cottage is fully stocked with toaster oven, toaster, blender, microwave, coffee grinder, french press, coffee maker, plenty of knives, pots, pans, mixing bowls, cookie sheets, and everything we wanted. It was wonderful to find some essentials in the house as well - dishwasher soap, paper towels, TP and laundry soap, which are easy to forget and hard to restock in this secluded location. The sheets and towels, furniture and art were high quality. While we were nervous about the total lack of cell reception and internet at the cottage (we could walk to the hosts' cabin for wi-fi or drive 5 minutes down the road to the flagpole for cell service), we actually loved this part as it kept us from being sucked into our smart phones and allowed us to spend more time catching up with each-other. In exploring the local area for things to do with our kids (3-10 years) we discovered an amazing natural swimming area (Left from the driveway, L at the next T, drive about 3 miles into the national forest, park at Young's Branch Horse-camping Area) that supplied us with shallow water on gravelly bottom for the little guys, deep water and a jumping-off rock for the bigger kids, shade for the grand-parents, natural face-paint in the dark colored river pebbles, all in a lush green forest. The free snorkeling class (ages 8 and up) held here on weekends (11 am - 1:30pm - bring a lunch and water shoes) was a big hit and is highly recommended. If you want to see tadpoles as big as golf balls and rows of male sunfish guarding their nests, this is the event for you. We also drove an hour and 45 minutes to Webb Brother's rafts and tubes. That was a blast. Be warned to print directions from the cottage before you get there as there is no internet mapping along the way and the roads are remote and complicated. Since the water is about 40 degrees and there is a lot more whitewater than on most tubing rivers, I'd take the rafts or inflatable kayaks if there are kids or seniors or it isn't blazing hot, or you prefer to have some feeling in your rear end ;0) We went adults-only, tied all the tubes together, and made a day of it. Webb brothers sells water shoes and snacks but not alcohol which is strictly disallowed on the river........
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
TYS Tyson McGee Airport Maryville TN
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Highway 411 Vonore, TN Nearest Store, Gas
Nearest Point of Interest
Knoxville Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
I-75 Sweetwater Exit
Nearest Point of Interest
Fort Loudon State Park
Car: necessary

Private Hiking on 300 Acres, National Forest Hiking/fishing/Hunting, Amusement Parks (Dollywood), Antiqueing (Sweetwater) Fishing, Museums (Sequoya, Lost Sea), Swimming in Nearby Tellico Lake and Chilhowee Lake, Tubing on Citco Creek, Fort Loudon State Park and beach, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Relaxing and reading too. All are WELCOME!

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge rental in Vonore

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 232 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Max. adults: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 29
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Toddlers and babies count as travelers so be sure to count them as guests.
  • Any Party over the size of 12 MUST rent the Bunkhouse for $100 per night extra
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom Upstairs - toilet , bath with shower
    Guest Bathroom Downstairs - toilet , bath with shower
    Outdoor shower near Hottub - outdoor shower
    Master Bathroom Upstairs - toilet , bath with shower , En Suite to the Master Bedroom. Huge Closet Also.
    Bunkhouse Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , Bunkhouse is an additional cost. See Rates.
  • The Bunkhouse Bathroom is available only with additional Bunkhouse rental.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • The TV Den - 2 single bed , The Den contains a twin daybed and a trundle bed
    Cherry Room Upstairs - 1 double bed , Sleeep 2 on Full Size Bed
    Mahogany Room Upstairs - 2 single bed , Sleeps two. Master Suite with Full En Suite Bath Room
    The Bunkhouse about 50 ft away - 1 large double bed , 4 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , The Bunkhouse has its own full bath, kithenette, pool table
    Brass Bedroom Downstairs - 1 large double bed , Sleeps Two. Closest to the kitchen and den. Shared bath
    Maple Bedroom Downstairs - 2 single bed , Sleeps 2. 2 twins beds. Shared bath
    Pine Bedroom Upstairs - 1 large double bed , Sleeps 2. Adjacent to the Upstairs Guest Bath Room.
  • The Bunkhouse is required for parties over 12. Add Extra $100 per night. It is not available in Winter Dec-March King size beds (1) The Master bedroom (Mahogany Room) comprises of two twins side by side creating a King sized effect. Very Comfortable!, Queen size Beds (1) Two Queen Bedrooms - One upstairs (Pine Room) and one on the first floor (Brass Room)., Double Beds (1) One Double Bedroom(Cherry Room) on the second floor., Twin or Single Beds (1) The Maple Room has two twins on the first floor. Great for Kids or two singles., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Also, the TV Den had a Twin Daybed and Twin Trundle Bed to sleep two comfortably on standard twin mattresses. The Bunkhouse is additional cost.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Small Cooler
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Note: The adjacent Bunkhouse (required for groups over 12 guests) offers a 4th bathroom, Kitchenette, refrigerator, pool table and sleeping for 8 for an extra charge per night. Perfect for teenagers or family members to have some seclusion. Bunkhouse is closed January - March. Heating is by wood burning heater only. Bunkhouse does have AC The 5 bedroom Cottage also has a Woodburning Stove,Copper Fire Pit, Large Deck with Ample Seating, Covered Front Porch, Hammock, Rockers, One outdoor shower and three indoor showers! SORRY, NO SMOKING OR PETS INDOORS, All this for less than the price of a basic hotel room on the highway! We also offer nearby 'Lakewood' (623 Mt. Pleasant Rd) with 3 bedrooms that can be rented for larger groups. See our website at www.hemlockgrove.com

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews
5

Perfect unplugged getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, secluded, plenty of yard for games and lots of hills and trees for hiking. This was the perfect place for our family to celebrate mom and dads 50th anniversary. Lots of family time and no distractions. We had three generations together and there was a little something for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 08/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review! We are so pleased The Cottage and Bunkhouse provided the perfect setting for your family gathering and celebration! We welcome you back any time!
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Lakeland, FL
5

Hidden Gem...and I do mean hidden!

  • 5 of 5

After vacationing in the Gatlinburg area of TN for 20 years, I was a little hesitant to try a new area, and one with a house instead of a cabin, at that. Let me tell you...we were NOT disappointed! I'm certain that I don't have enough room to write enough praises, but read through the reviews carefully and you'll get an idea of what awaits you. It's not going to be for everyone. The nearest...anything, is 40 minutes away! If you're stuck to your phone or internet, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you're looking for an escape, a piece of unconnected paradise to refresh and reconnect, look no further! Hemlock Grove is a destination on its own!

We stayed at Hemlock Grove with 4 adults and 12 children. The bunkhouse was a lifesaver! I'm not sure how we've ever vacationed without one and don't think I'll ever be able to again. The kids loved the pool table and Wii, along with the movie nights...of course all of this only at night because, during the day, this property is a childhood paradise! 300 acres?? We fished at the pond, hiked the numerous trails, roasted Smores, built forts, climbed trees, set up volleyball and soccer in the field that was generously offered, and took time for lots of target practice.

We brought our own food because, like I said, it's a trek for anything. We did venture out one day to visit Fort Loudon. It's beautiful and an interesting trip that's not too far, but there's really no need to go anywhere. Wait until you see the stars at night!

The cottage itself is comfortable and homey. In fact, never before have I left a vacation home without a backache. This was a first at Hemlock! On top of it all, Lee has been so kind and hospitable throughout our entire stay. It really could not have been better! Lord willing, we'll be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 08/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, Thanks so much for the great review and for letting future guests know exactly what to expect! You said a lot when you said "it's not going to be for everyone" but when you are looking for a mountain/forest vacation destination for 12 children, I think you hit the nail on the head!, as far as a perfect place to stay! The Fort London State Park and soon-to-reopen Sequoyah Indigenous American Cherokee museum add a touch of old American and Native history that kids can really tap into. In Late October, you timed the turning leaf season just perfectly and even had some weather cool enough to fire up the wood burning stove in the Bunkhouse! We hope you will come back in summer for trout fishing in nearby Citico Creek and lake swimming in Tellico, Chilhowee and Indian Boundary Lakes! The kids will love it! You are welcome back any time.
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5

Came for the 2017 Eclipse and stayed for the nature.

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough nice things about our magical stay at Hemlock Grove! We came to view the total solar eclipse, but got so much more. Lee and Pat were such wonderful, gracious and accommodating hosts and the house and property met our expectations and beyond.

During our stay we hiked up to the ridge for a breathtaking view and took daily hikes through well-maintained paths in the woods. We found an ancestral cemetery on one of the paths and an amazing variety of colorful wild mushrooms! The property was so vast and beautiful, it was like we were in our own private national park. There's no wi-fi or cell service at the house, so you HAD to walk a 1/2 mile round trip to get to wi-fi access, but we only found this to be a plus!

At night, we gathered outside around the fire pit to make s'mores and sat in the hot tub stargazing. The remoteness of the property made this the perfect site for us amateur astronomers, and besides viewing the eclipse in its totality, we saw shooting stars, planets and even satellites clearly in the dark country sky.

When we did decide to venture down into town, we enjoyed swimming in nearby Citico creek, splashing in Bald River falls off the Cherahoula Skyway, sipping wine at the nearby Tsali Notch vineyard and eating pizza at the Venti Pizzeria. And we would be remiss to not mention a stop at Sloane's, where you can get everything, and I mean everything you need, before you venture up into your mountain retreat.

Did I mention baby bunnies? Yeah, there were baby bunnies in their garden. And lightening bugs. MAGIC.

If you are looking for a place to unplug the kids, get back in touch with your family, or just meet up with an old group of friends, look no further than Hemlock Grove. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David D. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a spectacular review! We know that as the organizer of your large group you took a lot of risk choosing The Cottage at Hemlock Grove as your 2017 Total Eclipse destination. Will everyone be comfortable? Will the property be as described? Will the kitchen be suitable to feed 17 people? These are concerns that only feedback from previous guests can alleviate! Thank you for helping our future guests understand what we offer. Thank you also for enjoying the property and surrounding area to its fullest! It brings us great joy to expose others to the beauty of this remote part of the Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest. Thanks for leaving the place in great shape. We hope you will come back to visit again soon! You are always welcome! - Lee
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Edmond, OK
5

Repeat Guests, Repeat Success

  • 5 of 5

Hemlock Grove is just like staying at home...if your home was nestled on 300 gorgeous acres with hiking trails, comfy beds, incredible views, and all the peace and quiet you can imagine. This was our second year staying at the cottage, and our experience was equally as dreamy as our first visit. The home is incredibly cozy, well-appointed, stocked with all the equipment you need to make some "down home" meals, and features an endless array of finishing touches - books (and a hammock to read them on), music (and a great stereo to handle the soundtrack of vacation), firewood and a back deck to enjoy it on, a hot tub out under the stars, and room to roam for any age (we had 6 kids with us). We've visited many, many places and Hemlock Grove will keep drawing us back - the quiet of the woods, the warmth of the hosts, and the memories in the air. It's all good. So, so good.

  • Review Submitted: 08/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: JS, Thanks for this thoughtful and nicely written review. We are pleased you had great Fall weather and turning leaves this go-round and were able to enjoy the woods and trails. As you mentioned, the Cottage, Bunkhouse and property are great for young people to poke around in the woods and streams. Thanks for your attention to leaving everything in such great shape. We welcome you and your family back at any time. Lee
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5

Awesome!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were on motorcycles and it was better than the dragon!!! It was an adventure every day leaving and coming back. The house was a throw back to the good old days, the rotary phone, to golden color appliances was so neat. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals, and the deck was great to sit out and drink coffee in the morning. It was great to have the washer and dryer to do laundry, because we only had an extra outfit, so we did laundry every other day.

We did not use the bunkhouse, but if we would have had children, it would have been great! We walked the trail to Barewood Cabin one day to use the internet, but I did not miss the cell or internet service. We was going to use the hot tub, but was always to tired to get in it when we got back. Lee and Patrick had a snack basket waiting for us, and they were the nicest hostess we have every had!! If you are looking for peace and quiet, then Hemlock Grove is your place!!

  • Review Submitted: 11/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patty, Thank you for your great review! I am grateful that you let others know that our Mt. Pleasant Road can be a challenge but that it IS DOABLE, and fun too, for experienced bikers. I think it is one of the most scenic roads around. Thanks for leaving the cottage in great condition and we hope to see your group back again real soon. Perhaps you will try the Fall Season to see the gorgeous leafs. - Lee
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5

Perfect mountain getaway for Large Groups

  • 5 of 5

There were 15 in our party and the accommodations with the bunkhouse were perfect with beds to spare. The location is beautiful! As it is off the beaten path, we hauled a trailer loaded with enough food for our stay. We had 9 children who loved being there even without wifi and cell service! 3 of them were teenagers! We spent most of our time hiking and exploring the mountains surrounding us. The kids waded in pretty streams and the creek behind the main house. It was a memory of a lifetime, being with family minus the "world". We did things we do not take time for due to work and life responsibilities. We played games with the kids, told stories around the fire and made smores. Each child ranging from 4 to 17 said it was the best vacation ever! They said everything we did was good but doing it as a family was best! We want to go back in the Spring or Summer we know it will be beautiful. I highly recommend Hemlock Grove as a way to pull family together and to spend time enjoying wooded beauty! I have never in my travels spoken with a nicer host to rent from. If we lived nearby I know we would be friends! :) Everything was very clean and comfortable. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 11/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: D. Thanks so much for a gorgeous review of your 8 day stay over Christmas, especially the part about being friends! Maybe we should keep our eyes open for a piece of property nearby? Honestly, I do regret that we didn't get to meet you as our Holiday travels took us elsewhere. We often hear from prospective guest that they are worried "the kids" will get bored if they can't get to Dollywood easily or other types of entertainment. I think your trip is a testament that grandparents, parents and kids can all be together and enjoy each other's company without all the distractions of attractions or commercial noise. I find it hard to believe that you were at the cottage with 15 people (youngest of 4!) during a period of record rainfall and you still managed to leave the cottage and bunkhouse almost as clean as when you arrived! We were stunned! Thank you so much for all the effort that took on your last day of packing to go home! We appreciate your efforts, your kind words and of course your trust in us when it came time to choose a family destination. Please come back soon! Happy Travels! Lee
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday lodge in Vonore

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Holidays 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
AU$304
AU$1,860
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
AU$238
AU$1,395
AU$4,184
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$664.15
Tax Rate 14.44%

The Bunkhouse is always required for groups over 12 (including babies) but optional otherwise. Lets discuss and we will add it to the quote if needed. The 5/br Cottage sleeps 12 max including toddlers and babies. The Bunkhouse is not available late December (Christmas) - March due to water pipe freeze hazard.
Rates are subject to change until a deposit and signed rental agreement is accepted.
Call or email to inquire about any questions or concerns you may have. Come visit!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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