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Last updated: 09/03/2015

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  • Internet:Yes
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Property description

If you are looking for something truly magical, and are looking for a great view of the Appalachians,and you may be a J.R.R. Tolkien or a C.S. Lewis fan. Buck Horn is the Place for you and your family. Buck Horn,is the nick name the house was given by the locals. Buck Horn was one of the first homes built before the opening of the National Park and the 11 acres it sits on was chosen for its commanding view of Mount LeConte (the 3rd tallest mountain in the Appalachians by only 16 feet, elevation 6593 feet) and the mountain range that leads to the famous New Found Gap. There is so much history that goes with this place, it's hard to put in a few short paragraphs. So, when you would like more detail's on Buck Horn, please contact me at my email or my cell 251-979-0067 to chat about all her wonders.

Wow, where do I begin? The house was designed and built by Bruce McCarty in the late 40's, and completed in 1952. The house is of Frank Loyd Wright inspiration, as this was Bruce's influence while he attended Princeton and through out his career. The house began as a family retreat for all seasons. The site for the home was picked just after Tennessee was awarded the Site for the entrance into the Great Smoky Mountains.

Bruce wanted it to be special where the family could gather for all types of family events, and this being Bruce's first house he designed and built he was looking for just the right spot and boy did he find it. I consider it his master piece and we are talking about the fellow who designed the World's Fair in Knoxville (see wikipedia Bruce McCarty) I could be a little partial. The local newspaper wrote an article about Buck Horn upon it's completion in 1952 claiming such revolutions as complete with washer and dryer, sleeps 14, hot water heater, and full kitchen and bath. The construction is unique in that the whole lower floor is constructed of giant flag stones,polished wood inner wall's and ceiling's, and of 18 inches of solid granite that was recovered from the foot of Mount Le Cont (not one piece of sheet rock in the house).

The den area was designed to give you the feeling you are sitting under a shade tree situated as to have a picturesque view of Mount LeConte. With its massive fire place, polished hard wood ceilings, built in viewing couch, large flag stone floors that continue through the 18 foot soaring windows out onto the veranda over looking mighty Mount LeConte, you have the feeling of being outside, as this was the intent.The guest who have stayed at Buck Horn comment on how they loose sense of time and find it hard to leave, even with it being so much to do in the local and surrounding area.The view from the den is all inspiring no matter what the season it could be the fall with the changing of the leaves as you watch the colors change as they rise up the face of LeConte or when it snows and you are nestled by a roaring fire and you seem to be out side in it as it flutters on to the veranda, or the spring when the bloom begins and the colors abound every where you look.If you have read the Lord of the Rings it's like your own private Rivendell and when the Fire flies are in action you can almost hear the elf's singing. .

Also, on the lower level, there is a spacious fully equipped kitchen, half bath, laundry room, and a cozy home theater with 62' Pioneer Elite Plasma Monitor with Yamaha and Harmon Cardin surround system. The seating in the theater is a custom wrap around couch that is stuffed with the equivalent of 20 down blankets(too comfy). The upper floor is a cantilevering masterpiece constructed of 12' clear pine polished walls,vaulted ceilings, with floors that look as if they are from an old Chris Craft Boat.

Two of the three bed rooms have private balconies that seem to float magically a great place to start your morning with a cup of coffee or a place to catch up on that book you have been dying to read, and they are connected by a masterful cat walk that over looks the valley leading up to Mount LeConte. Just like the lower level, there are windows galore all with custom brass rolling screens. The upper level wraps up with a full bath, a third bedroom with an amazing view and plenty of closet space.

I would love to have you come and enjoy the wonders of Buck Horn and her great history. Buck Horn is designed to be used year round.


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Property Type

  • Chalet

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    I will work with each party on case by case needs....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Smoking Allowed:

    On deck and verranda area only....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Buck Horn was designed with mainly Nature in Mind of the designer. The Lodge is 65% plus windows of all shapes and sizes. It is amazing to be sitting on the hearth in front of a roaring fire and watch the snow fall on the veranda. It is like you are out in it instead of being inside. It is awesome to awake and the first thing you see is Mount 'Le Conte rising right out side of your viewing windows of your nice warm bed. One of a Kind Home Theater in an All Granite Viewing Room, DVD Library, Book Library, Art, Ice Cold Mountain Well Water. I can provide as much or as little input about the area as you may need. I have been in the area my entire life. So if you are looking for that romantic place to have a slow dance under the stars or the best roller coasters. I am here to make your Holiday with us at Buck Horn one that you remember with that smile that says "Can not wait to go back". So come spend a few wonderful days with the best kept secret in the Appalachians "Buck Horn Lodge :) ...moreless


  • Books:

    Books abound all thru house. Eclectic selection. Everything from that Thriller to the history of Gatlinburg....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Also have a nice Library of DVDs and books on Disc....moreless

  • Games:

    Many Board games and a nice selection of Puzzles. There is a Puzzle mat so when you are done for the day just role up puzzle until you can get back to enjoying....moreless

  • Music Library:

    A eclectic selection of CDs for your enjoyment. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    High Def and Movies on Demand. So no taking Movies back. Just scroll around until you find that special you are looking for. System also has DVR. Great for capturing your program while you are out....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Yamaha and B&W with Velodny Sub. Also Boses wave systems in Bedrooms....moreless

  • Television:

    65 inch High Def Pioneer Elite Monitor. Yamaha and B&W Surround Sound. LARGE wrap around couch to curle up in to watch that special program or movie....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Game Console:

    Playstation 2...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Nice selection...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Large catolog of titles. Some new some old :) Also have a selection of books on Disc....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    You will have a commanding view of Mount LeConte from all room's and the valley that leads up to it's peak at over 6800 feet.In the fall it is over welming with the leaf change,and in the winter the snow cap on LeConte is breath taking....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    There is another table that sits another 4 guest in front of large window area....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full size and front load on raised base for ease of use...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    For Motor Cycles...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Each room has it's own 220 or 110 heating....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    600 count sheet on all beds with 2 to 3 pillows per guest. I like my pillows :)...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living Room has VERY LARGE wrap around couch that is nestled around the large fire place.Also there is a built in viewing couch (seats at least 6) that looks out over Mount 'Le Conte thru 18" windows...moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking up to 4 vehicle's....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Bike trailer...moreless

  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full size and front load on raised base for ease of use....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    And yes we have wifi but on request we can disconnect :)...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Very large built to heat whole house...moreless


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    everything you could want...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Every day dishes to Fine China for that special Holiday setting :)...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is fully equipped.If you are having a special event house has large set of fine crystal,bone china,and silverware...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    2 Floating private balconies off 1st and 3rd bed rooms.Amazing ...moreless

  • Boat:

    No Boat but there is a very cool native American Canoe (only use if flood should happen). Situated in the rafters on the Cat walk between Upper living area. Look for hidden note :)...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio has out door plush seating and umbrella to enjoy the sites and sounds of the smokies....moreless

  • Golf:

    I will be glad to help arrange a T time at one of the many courses in the area. So many to choose from. So just call me to discuss :) 9 and 18, driving range available. Some provide pro upon request...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have great White Water rafting during the Spring and Summer. Also there is tubing and Kayaking just minutes from the Lodge....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:


  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Wow we have good skiing here at Obergatlinburg from early March thru late March (depending on weather). No need to buy a thing. At the slopes you can rent all you will need from ski clothing to Ski's...moreless

  • Tennis:

    I can help arrange courts of your choice. Locally available are Clay, Grass (depending on season)and the typical courts. Also have Pro if needed for lessons or to just dial in that serve :)...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Local out fitters will provide all you will need for a great day on one of the many rivers just minutes from Buck Horn. You will meet guide at appointed area.Then do your run and they will pick you up...moreless

  • Wood Deck


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$150 $150
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,050 $4,500
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3 night min stay
$150 $150
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,050 $4,500
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  • Pet Fee $150
  • Taxes Not included

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45 Min to Knoxville,1.5 Hours to Ashville,15 Min to Pigeon Forge.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: We at Buck Horn take pride in servicing our clients. No request is too small! My property manager will more than likely check you in and show you all that the cabin has to offer.We strive to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible. We are glad to help with arranging activities through-out your stay, even if it's only directions or a suggestion where the kids might like to go and have some kid time. Please feel free to contact us as the need arises. Having grown up in the area, I have a pretty good working knowledge of what might just be going on during your visit. Hope to see you very soon at Buck Horn.

Why the Owner Chose Private Homes, Stoplight 3:
I enjoy being a type of inn keep. I love sharing information about our area and the going-ons of the many things to see and do during your stay at Buck Horn.I have motor cycled extensively in this area and would love to share some of thoughs hidden rides you only hear or read about.So yes I am biker friendly.I have plenty of room to accommodate trailers for your bikes and covered area to park your ride under. We know you have a choice as to where you choose to spend your vacation, and we strive to make it as comfortable, enjoyable, and hassle free as we may. Buck Horn is not a condo, time share, or one in a grouping of houses they call Chalets. Buck Horn sits on 11 acres of private land for your enjoyment with plenty of privacy, but just seven minutes to Gatlinburg, 15 to Pigeon Forge, 30 to Cherokee and 10 to the entrance to the Smokies.The local trolley even picks up at the foot of the drive and runs until 11 p.m. We cater to people that want a more private stay but still want to be close to attractions. Hope to see you soon at Buck Horn!

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
Buck Horn was designed to be as one with nature and it's natural surroundings. If you are reading this description you have now discovered there are many choices of lodging. What you will find with staying with us is the solitude of the Smokies and nature. Buck Horn is still only 7 minutes to downtown Gatlinburg and 15 to Pigeon Forge. So all I can say is Location, Location, Location. So please come spend a few magical days here at the lodge and return yearly as many of my loyal guest do year after year. I do hope to hear from you soon. I can be reached on my cell 251-979-0067 24\7. So if you are up late searching for that perfect place for you and your families holiday getaway. Please call anytime day or night and I will be glad to give you all the details and get you reserved here at this amazing Lodge nestled in Gatlinburg's best kept secret "Buck Horn" :)

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Speaks: english, Interpreter on hand to handle your needs

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  • Outside balcony with a glimpse of glass wall and floating side balcony

    Outside balcony with a glimpse of glass wall and floating side balcony

  • Den with view of kitchen

    Den with view of kitchen

  • Guest bedroom showing extravagant woodwork down the hall

    Guest bedroom showing extravagant woodwork down the hall

  • Front of the house

    Front of the house

  • Floating Canoe and Floating Cat Walk that connect sleeping area.

    Floating Canoe and Floating Cat Walk that connect sleeping area.

  • Steps leading to entrance

    Steps leading to entrance

  • Custom theater with wrap-around couch and 62" flat screen

    Custom theater with wrap-around couch and 62" flat screen

  • Master bedroom with windows galore

    Master bedroom with windows galore

  • Upstairs hallway overlooking Mount LeCont through beautiful glass wall

    Upstairs hallway overlooking Mount LeCont through beautiful glass wall

  • Extior shot of entrance by the Ivy wall.

    Extior shot of entrance by the Ivy wall.

  • Built in Viewing couch by fire place over looking Mount Le'Conte

    Built in Viewing couch by fire place over looking Mount Le'Conte

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, November 23, 2015

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