"Peacewood is just that.... very peaceful. Located at the top of a hill, it offers privacy and incredible views. The cabin was spotless when we arrived and is very comfortable. It sleeps at least 10 people, though we enjoyed the cabin just for the two of us. The kitchen was fully stocked with enough pots, pans and cooking utensils. The knives could be sharper, but we managed. The living room was very comfortable. The homeowners did let us know that the driveway was best suited to 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive. They weren't kidding. It starts out as gravel then becomes paved. If you don't have 4 wheel drive, you need to get a running start. The screened porch is wonderful with breezes that blow right through. Very relaxing. It is quite a winding road (as are most in this area) to get back to the property, but it is still conveniently located. The cabin has a hot tub which we enjoyed every day, sometimes twice a day. There are plenty of opportunities for bird watching. We found binoculars in the hall closet and we were blessed with a bald eagle flyover one night. A bird book is in the cabin to help you identify those that you don't see very often. There are many books and pamphlets to peruse to plan your day, including a great book on hiking trails of the Smokey Mountains. If the trail is listed as strenuous, it is. We attempted a walk on Rainbow Falls trail, but only made it one mile before turning back. However, we were limited by recent health issues. If you are active and healthy, you won't have any issues.
After our many trips to East Tennessee we finally enjoyed a day at Dollywood (expensive but fun) and the Biltmore in North Carolina. That was about an hour and 15 minute trip and well worth it. We highly recommend the Biltmore. Take 25/70 to Ashville rather than I40. It is a more scenic, less stressful route.
We have two negatives...The water smells of sulpher. Very unpleasant, especially in the shower. We were glad that we packed plenty of bottled water for making coffee or drinking. The mattress on the king bed in the master bedroom was very uncomfortable. As a person with a chronic lower back issue, I did not sleep well at all. One side of the bed slopes to the edge and it is just not supportive at all. It definitely needs to be replaced or I would recommend that guests bring a thick foam mattress topper. The positives far outweigh the negatives, but for these reasons, we give it 4 stars rather than 5."
Guest: Alice S.
Date of Stay: April 2015
Review Submitted: April 28, 2015