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Secluded Mountain Retreat on 300 Acres. 42 VRBO 5-Star Reviews Don't Lie

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


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 kayaks 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, NC.


The Cottage & Bunkhouse is not generally available January-March due to 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 Hiking Secluded

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Member since: 2004
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2018

About Lee

We are based in Atlanta but have two vacation rentals in Monroe County Tennessee. One sleeps up to 16 the other sleeps up to 8 - The Cottage at Hemlock Grove and Lakewood at Hemlock Grove. Both are located on scenic and remote Mt. Pleasant Road near the Chilhowee Dam.

Lee purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Lee chose Vonore

This property is adjacent (1/4 mile) to our personal 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 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. Tons of wildlife and adventures to be had. Read More in the Comment Section.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here six children found joy in being young again, away from their electronic devices and pressure of city life. We were amazed and proud of the changes that happened almost over night. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram were replaced by cards, board games and conversations. This trip was the perfect "reboot" and showed us the wonderful kids and friendships we have created and could truly value when the distractions of everyday life could be turned off. Lee and Patrick, you are simply lovely people and we appreciate all the special details that made us feel like we were coming home. As three families who travel together and raise our children together, we loved the peace and quiet here at Hemlock Grove. Each day we ate a big "country breakfast" and packed for a day of adventure in the Cherokee National Forest or Smoky Mountain National Park. Each day was a different experience and we loved every Tennessee minute. We walked the trails at Hemlock Grove each morning or evening and found something new every day. Steep Trail lives up to its name! We loved the new appliances and put the ice-maker to work! Thank you for opening your home to our group and sharing your time and good nature showing us around. We absolutely loved the rooster theme at Hemlock Grove and look forward to seeing new additions! While we were exploring we saw several pieces that would fit well here. We hope others enjoy their stay as much as we did at Hemlock Grove. Thanks for the Memories!

Your Friends from Wisconsin - Nicole, Josh, Caleb, Ella, Jeanne, Jay, Robert, Janiece, Ted, Julia, Rowan and Chewie
Jun 2018
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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
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
  • No Dirtbikes or ATV use allowed on the property. Golf Carts allowed but must sign a waiver.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 additional 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. 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.
  • 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
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • 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: 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


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Secluded Mountain Retreat on 300 Acres. 42 VRBO 5-Star Reviews Don't Lie
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews
Augusta, GA

A hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

If anyone is looking for a true getaway from the busyness of everyday life, this vacation rental is for you! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Hemlock Grove! We rented the property including the Bunk House for our family vacation which included our grown children and their families. The house is very nicely decorated. The beds are plentiful and very comfortable! The house was so well equipped the only need is the food you plan to eat. There are plenty of dishes, cups, glasses, etc. There are also small appliances and every type of pan you’ll need. We enjoyed using the gas grill on the back porch which was in excellent shape. The fire pit was perfect for roasting marshmallows and treating everyone to S’mores.

Even though we felt secluded in the wonderful quiet of nature, we had access to creeks, rivers and lakes to entertain the young and not so young! The drive to town took about thirty minutes but it was a very easy drive.

We found the children were content to play in the very spacious yard area just outside and as needed the bunk house provided for indoor entertainment with the pool table and wii - nice evening entertainment for the adults, too!

All in all everyone really enjoyed this vacation! Thank you to Lee for great communication prior to the trip to the mountains. He made everything much more peaceful by giving us the details we needed to plan well.

We highly recommend this vacation rental!

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ray and Rita! We very much appreciate your fine review and comments. We very much enjoyed hosting your family group and are thrilled that you found the area interesting and full of natural wonders! Prospective guests often fail to understand that the Bunkhouse is a great additional space for kids, or as you mentioned, adults to have their own place. Your family left everything in great shape and we welcome you back any time! Consider us for a Thanksgiving gathering or other holidays! - Lee
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Love the secluded location!

  • 5 of 5

This location was perfect for our mother’s surprise 80th birthday party. Our mother grew up in the mountains and this beautiful secluded location made for the perfect place to have a small family gathering for her 80th birthday.

The home was very clean and comfortable and upon arrival I found a lovely gift basket to greet me. Our hosts welcomed suggestions and communicated well to ensure that we had no problems finding Hemlock Grove though it is tucked away in the mountains.

The hiking trails and history of the area made for captivating days when we weren’t party planning. The walk to the pond at Barewood Cabin and fishing with the kids at the pond was also quite enjoyable.

We found everything we needed in the kitchen, even a crock pot! Hemlock Grove is a wonderful place to spend with your family and reconnect.

Thanks to our hosts Lee and Patrick! We had a wonderful time at Hemlock Grove!

  • Review Submitted: 11/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amber, Thank you for your kind review! We love it when families can connect at Hemlock Grove! We enjoyed hosting your group and appreciate all the care and the super condition when you left! We welcome you and your family back any time! The good news is that we had HughsNet satellite installed today so no more hikes over to Barewood Cabin to use the internet! We also plan to replace the kitchen appliances this Summer. So there are lots of reasons to come back to celebrate more birthdays and holidays! -Lee
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Beautiful location in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for a family reunion and found it to be even better than expected. It was unusually cold for TN the week we were there but we were toasty warm with the indoor and outdoor wood fireplaces. It was great to have the bunkhouse so the kids could have a space for themselves.

The house is fully equipped with everything you could need for cooking and comfort. It is also very clean and well maintained. Lee and Pat are generous and gracious hosts and customer service is exceptional.

We loved the beautiful hiking trails right on the property and the kids had a blast with a fort building contest. When they got too cold to play outside they had fun with the pool table, Wii, movies and board games. We hope to be back again one day!

  • Review Submitted: 09/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kirsten, Thanks for taking time to write a great review! We are so pleased that your family and all the young people had such a good time at The Cottage @ Hemlock Grove & Bunkhouse! With your family from Canada and others from Florida and Georgia, our location was a perfect way to spend the New Year Celebration! Thanks too for your efforts in looking after the place, a true feat with 11 kids! We welcome you back any time and highly suggest you try one of the warmer seasons like Summer or Fall! Glad you stayed warm even in the Bunkhouse in sub-freezing weather. Happy Travels!
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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

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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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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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 around the Vonore

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Thanksgiving 2018
16 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
Holidays 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$689.4

The Bunkhouse is always required for groups over 12 (including babies) but optional otherwise. $100 per night. 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 cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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