6 unique luxury King suites with private baths and stunning views. Rustic Modern
About Gary Pickens
Lifelong Tennesseans, we have always had a special love for the Smoky Mountains. Jennifer grew up in middle Tennessee and built strong memories and traditions vacationing in Gatlinburg every summer. Gary graduated from UT Knoxville and has called East Tennessee "God's Country" ever since. With three grown and married children and 7 (so far!) grandchildren living in 3 different states, we built Blackstone Lodge to create a mountain retreat where our growing family can gather and build our own traditions. But we designed the lodge from the ground up with the goal to provide the highest quality vacation experience for our guests. The mountains always inspire us and declare the glory of their Creator. We are honored to be able to share them with all our guests at Blackstone Lodge.
Gary Pickens purchased this Cabin in 2017
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We agree with other reviews that the design and furnishings are fabulous. We have close to 20 years experience in vrbo rentals and this TOPS the list. Let me tell you more things that make your stay great. Soundproofing between floors and walls is fabulous. Instructions for operations are in writing (no quick instructions after your hrs of travel). Light switches are labeled!! Wonderful water pressure and hot water for all. Abundant outdoor furniture that is comfy for an evening of relaxing. Fireworks nightly across the summer skies. We are a family of 14 with grandparents, adult kids and grandkids from Michigan, Washington and Colorado. Fun for all without leaving the property, yet hiking, coasters and tubing nearby. This home is secluded in the forest away from the craziness of Pigeon Forge yet close enough if that's your thing. Nothing is nicer than Blackstone Lodge after a day of hiking in the national park in the summer sun.
Nothing short of perfection!
Our family of 7 adults and 3 grandchildren could not have found a better setting for our gathering. Blackstone Lodge holds a special place for us now and we look forward to many opportunities to enjoy its grandeur again.
Gary and Jennifer are extremely accessible (feel like family now) and made sure our every question was answered and every need was met.
All online pictures are accurate and my first impression upon arrival in the driveway was - WOW! The mountains, the view, the private spaces for each of our children and their families was beyond reproach and exceeded all of our expectations.
Best Stay Ever!
We were so impressed with this property and overall neighborhood. Gary was in touch with us the whole trip making sure we had a great time and everything was perfect. Highly recommend this cabin for any age group.
We cannot say enough nice things about our vacation experience at this gorgeous home in the Smoky Mountains. Blackstone Lodge is beyond beautiful. It is obvious how much thought Gary and Jennifer put into making this amazing home perfect in every way. The fourteen of us, eight adults and six children had plenty of room to spread out and enjoy this amazing place. The five spacious bedrooms, each with kingsize beds, lovely ensuites, large screen TVs and breathtaking mountain views couldn't have been nicer. Our grandchildren even commented on how comfortable the two fold out sofas were. The huge movie room was enjoyed by all as was the wonderful game room and hot tub. The numerous porches, which all looked out at awesome mountain views were the perfect way to start and finish our days. The kitchen was large and well stocked with everything we could have possibly needed and we all loved sitting around the fire pit in the evenings. Gary was so helpful with directions and suggestions and quick to respond when we had a question, which was greatly appreciated. This was truly a five-star vacation in every way! Many thanks, Gary and Jennifer, we all had a blast and hated to leave your mountain paradise.
Maggie and Wally and our crew.
Excellent Place, Great View, Incredible Hospitality
The stay couldn’t have been any better for us taking a group to the Smoky’s! Our kids loved the house and the view.
If this was mine, all the dates would be blacked out for me.
We had a family/friends reunion that totaled 8 adults that came from PA, NC and OK. We came for 10 days and we were fortunate enough to meet Gary and Jennifer. They are both very warm and welcoming people. Within a very short period of time, you’ll know that they sincerely want to make your stay perfect.
We don’t know that there is more that can be said about the house that hasn’t already been said. It easily gets a 5 Star rating.
The location is perfect and private. If you need anything, Gary is just a phone call away.
We’ve stayed in many nice places but none were as nice as this one. The view is just icing on the cake.
Thank you Gary and Jennifer for everything.