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Secluded Mountain Retreat on 300 Acres. Relax in the Cherokee Nat. Forest

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Vonore holiday cottage

Roomy 2 Stry Cottage - 5 Bedrooms + Detached Bunkhouse, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12-18)

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.

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.


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
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lee (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Lee

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

Lee purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Lee chose Tennessee

This property is adjacent (1/4 mile) to our log cabin vacation home. The combined properties = over 300 acres offering privacy and seclusion from our city life in Atlanta, GA

What makes this cottage 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........
Jun 2015
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based on 33 traveller reviews

Secluded Mountain Retreat on 300 Acres. Relax in the Cherokee Nat. Forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews


  • 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: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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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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: Jan 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 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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Edmond, OK

I Get It. I Really Do.

  • 5 of 5

I was once where you are. You've found this listing that seems a little too good to be true - the location looks gorgeous, the house looks clean and inviting, the price is more than reasonable, and the owner seems too nice. Obviously there must be a catch, right? Here's the thing - you can take the next 30 minutes to read all of the reviews below this one looking for some hint of something...or I can summarize them for you. We spent a week here with an eclectic mix of family - from grandparents to newborns - and we are already working on booking our week for next year. The property is incredible - hiking trails and breathtaking vistas without the nuisance of technology (or noise!). The house is something out of a magazine - warm and inviting like old-fashioned Southern charm, yet spacious enough that everyone can spread out. The kitchen is well-equipped, as evidenced by the ridiculous amount of food we prepared (and consumed) during our stay. (And the fire pit and hot tub - as well as the incredible starry sky - make the perfect place to recover from the gluttony) Each day was spent exploring and playing, and each night was spent singing around the fire before crashing into comfortable beds...just to start again. And to top it all off, Lee goes out of his way to make every detail as accommodating as possible. So take the next 30 minutes to read about all of the other amazing stays that Hemlock Grove has produced. Or save yourself the time and get on the schedule. Just stay away from our week.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the beautiful review! We are so pleased you and your family found the Cottage at Hemlock Grove the perfect place to escape. Not everyone's idea of relaxing is unplugging and taking long walks in the woods or down a gravel road or the comradery of cooking a great meal with family. Some people want to be closer to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, restaurants and shopping. It's out there if you want to drive off the mountain but that's not what we are offering. As you said, you get it! Sadly yours is the last family that will enjoy the old hot tub. It "gave up the ghost" and got hauled away. Since we had to maintain it completely ourselves, it became too costly time-wise with constant repairs. We are open to the idea of replacing it if it was an important amenity. But we found most families didn't use it much if at all. Thanks again for the review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Cottage at Hemlock Grove and Bunkhouse. Happy Travels!
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Dayton, Oh

Hemlock Grove Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Hemlock Grove in Tennessee. Lee was a fabulous host! We were greeted with a lovely bouquet of wildflowers and a gift basket. The entire family had a wonderful time. The hiking trails were well marked, the property was well maintained, the house was clean and inviting and the beds were very comfortable, we all had such a wonderful time everybody has agreed it would be a great place to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Martha, Thanks for the wonderful review! We are very pleased that your family get-together was enhanced by your experience at The Cottage at Hemlock Grove! Thanks also for noticing the little touches we provide to make our guest feel welcome and comfortable. We know you take a lot of risk as the trip organizer for the entire family and if the place isn't up to standards, you can get a lot of "heat!" So we appreciate your trust and your feedback because it helps future guests feel more secure in their decision to stay with us! Please come back any time! - Lee
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2 couples from Ky & 2 couples from North carolina

The Gibson Family

  • 5 of 5

We had 8 family members who meet each year for a week in June in a mountain area. The house was very nice, roomy & very clean. The kitchen was well equipped for us since we do a lot of cooking. We enjoyed the whip-poor-wills while sitting on porch in late evening. We enjoyed playing pool in bunk house & having extra space. We appreciated the welcome basket of goodies upon our arrival. The owner Lee came by to check on us & provided everything we needed for our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review! We are big on family reunions and consistently get good feedback on the spaciousness of the Cottage and Bunkhouse. Most importantly we are glad that we exceeded your expectations. For a group of 8 + you can't do better on a "per person" cost basis. Thanks for trusting us with your cherished family vacation plans. We would love to see your gang back next year or any time!
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The Pardos Furst but not Last Stay

  • 5 of 5

Everything was so new and roomy. Six big bedrooms and three full baths all new all nicely decorated. The owner is a gentleman who made us feel so welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Miriam, Thanks for the great review and thanks for leaving the Cottage in such nice shape! We just want to clarify that the Cottage offers 5 bedrooms plus the den and the additional bunkhouse for groups over 12. You were wonderful guests and we hope you bring your whole family back in the Summer to escape the Florida heat! Or come check out our Fall colors! Happy Travels!
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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!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Vonore, Tennessee

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Thanksgiving 2016
18 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
Holidays 2016
16 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$658
Tax Rate 11.0%

The Cottage sleeps 12 max and The Bunkhouse sleeps 7 max. Groups over 12 guests must rent the Bunkhouse at a rate of $100 per night extra. Bunkhouse also includes full bath, extra fridge, small kitchen, dining/craft table, pool table and wood burning heater. All buildings have air conditioning.
The Bunkhouse IS required for parties with more than 12 guests including children and babies and we highly recommend it for parties over 8 for added space, and convenience.
The Bunkhouse is not available January - March due to water pipe freeze hazard.
Payment of the Security Deposit by credit card will result in a slightly less amount returned after your stay. The credit card processing fee will be withheld from the $500. Let us know if you want to send a check.
Rates are subject to change until a deposit and signed rental agreement are received.
Call or email to inquire about any questions or concerns you may have.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Vonore

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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 Bunkhouse rental.
  • 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. 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Small Cooler
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
Note: An adjacent Bunkhouse 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