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Private-Panoramic Views of the Great Smoky Mountains-FREE Mountain Air

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Mountaintop Experience offers a comfortable authentic cabin atmosphere and a wonderful mountain-top setting with spectacular panoramic fifteen mile views into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If incredible mountain views are at the top of your 'must have' list, this cabin will not let you down.

From the back of the cabin no other cabins are visible. It's amazing what lengths some owners go through to take pictures that appear to show privacy! We have been burned several times in this way.

Main Level: Spacious floor plan with cathedral ceilings throughout and hardwood floors (except in master and baths), Great Room with Stone Gas Fireplace and Full Length Picture Windows, 42" HD LED TV, DVD/CD player/AM/FM Surround Sound, Updated Kitchen with brand new granite countertops, granite sink, and bronze faucet, Stainless Steel/Black Appliances, Dining Room with large table and seating for six, Countertop seating for two, two piece Bath, Master King Bedroom with brand new carpet (with Full Bath, TV, DVD player and access to upper deck), Uncovered deck spanning the length of the cabin with gas grill, a pub table with three chairs, two single rockers and one double rocker.

Lower Level: 10' ceiling throughout lower level with brand new carpet, Game Room with Stone Gas Fireplace, Pool Table, 42" HD LED TV, BluRay DVD player, Wii console (bring your own games and remotes), Two Queen Bedrooms (one with access to lower deck and TV/DVD; one with TV and Wi-Fi Router for Internet Access, and sleep number mattress), Full Bath, Separate Utility Room with Washer and Dryer, Pull out queen Sofa bed, Covered Deck spanning the length of the cabin with Hot Tub, two-person swing and three single rocking chairs.

Keywords: Cabin, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Wears Valley, Townsend, mountain view, Sevierville

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Lori Thompson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Lori Thompson

Owners Charles, Debbie, Jeff, Lori, and Charlotte Thompson

Charlie, Jeff, and Lori, all engineers, appreciate the structural integrity of Mountaintop Experience. Debbie, a teacher, can't stop marvalling at the view. Charlotte, our thirteen-year old enjoys the view, the comfy sofas and the Wi-Fi most of all. When she was younger her favorite thing was the hot tub. She would always make sure to remember her goggles. All professional hot tub swimmers wear goggles!

Lori Thompson purchased this cabin in 2007

Why Lori Thompson chose East

My husband and I having been visiting the Great Smoky Mountains for twenty-eight years. We've stayed in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Walden's Creek, Townsend, and Wears Valley. We love them all. Since we live in Knoxville, several weekend trips a year, even on the spur of the minute, are not out of the question. We've stayed in many different cabins. The problem was that there was always something that could have been better. A cabin with a great view would offer no privacy. One with privacy had no view. We wanted a cabin with as many amenities as possible that we could count on consistently. A 'known quantity' if you will. Of all the cabins we've stayed in over the years, none can hold a candle to Mountaintop Experience. Previously, it was named A Wilderness Lodge. However, since it isn't in the wilderness and it isn't a lodge, we changed the name to Mountaintop Experience. We hope you have a wonderful experience on our portion of this mountaintop.

What makes this cabin unique

The design of Mountaintop Experience is ingenious. With virtually the entire back of the house being windows, the mountain view is the centerpiece of the cabin. You can simply sit on the sofa and enjoy the incredible views. You can easily forget that anyone else is around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for opening up your amazing cabin to our family for vacation. This was our first trip to the area. The cabin was perfect for us by way of space and layout and location. The views were breathtaking. The kids loved the hot tub and game room. We were fortunate to spend time zip lining, white water rafting (Pigeon Forge), hiking Abrams and Laurel Falls, viewing Cades Cove and Newfoundland Gap/ Appalachian Trail and riding the Alpine Coaster. We had a very memorable trip in a spectacular cabin with gracious host.
Jul 2017
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Sevierville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half 1 - toilet
    Full 1 - toilet , shower , Water closet with door. Two sink vanity. Shower.
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Pack N Play available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) This is a pack and play that is available upon request., Sleeper Sofa (1) This pull out sofa is in the Game Room.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
2000 square feet, 5TVs(2-42'HD LED Flat Screens, 1-32'HD), 5DVDs(1BluRay), Direct TV, Surround Sound, Wi-Fi Internet Access, 2 Gas Fireplaces, Open floor plan, Cathedral ceilings, two catch and release fishing ponds and access to community pool.


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Private-Panoramic Views of the Great Smoky Mountains-FREE Mountain Air
average rating of 5.0 based on 160 reviews
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Beautiful Home with gorgeous views!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights at Mountaintop Experience and couldn't have been happier with our lodging. The views are spectacular and you really have the feeling that you have the whole mountain to yourself. The house was a great setup for our party of 6. Lots of spices, paper items etc were provided in the kitchen which made cooking easier. It was in a quieter part of the Smokies which is exactly what we wanted. It was an easy drive to all of the hiking that we did, and the hot tub afterwards couldn't have felt better. I don't know who enjoyed the 80's arcade style game in the basement more, (Galaga was the favorite), my 50 year old husband or teen boys. The drive is steep up to the house, and we found we preferred the straighter, steeper route vs all the switchbacks. We all said we would stay here again without question, and wish we had planned to stay longer.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mountaintop Experience is a Hidden Jewel in the Smoky's!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I could not have been more pleased with our selection of Lori's cabin home near the Smoky Mt. National Park for our 6 night family vacation. The homeowners had thought of every detail to make sure that we had what we needed for our stay in their mountaintop cabin. Did I mention the incredible view? It is with mild reservation that I write such a complimentary review. It will likely just increase the demand for this property which would make it more difficult or expensive to acquire this rental next time we vacation near the Smoky's. However, honesty is always the best policy.

Living room with floor to ceiling windows and two large decks all with amazing scenic views, hot tub, pool table, gas grill, arcade games, etc. We could have remained at the property our entire vacation. The cabin (aka very nice mountain home) is not too far from a couple of grocery options as well as a Dollar General Store so replenishing supplies is not a problem. For those who like to hike, the cabin is not far from a lesser used park entrance.

Lori was always timely and helpful in replies to my multiple inquiries. She even mailed our deposit back within a few days as well.

In summary, we are grateful the homeowners have allowed us to enjoy their wonderful Smoky Mt. cabin. We highly recommend her property without reservation and hope to stay there again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mountaintop Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We spent 6 nights in May at Mountaintop Experience. The house was immaculate and the views were spectacular. We loved how private the house was. We spent 5 days exploring Great Smoky Mountain National Park - some of our favorites were Laurel Falls Trail and Cades Cove. We went back to Cades Cove around 7 pm and saw two sets of Mama Bears with their cubs! The house was incredibly well stocked and comfortable. I can't say enough nice things about it. :-) I'm looking forward to visiting again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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True "mountain top experience!"

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is beautifully decorated and the mountain view is incredible.

We enjoyed the privacy on both the upper and lower decks, and looking at the at the stars while in the hot tub was a highlight. The cabin was super clean and the kitchen had all the essentials you'd need for cooking.

We loved the way the cabin was set up, with the master bedroom on the top level and two other bedrooms downstairs. It was wonderful having

2 1/2 bathrooms. With five women, that extra 1/2 bath was very helpful to have.

We found the switchback roads up to the cabin pretty scary, and we preferred the steeper, more direct side to get up and down.

The owner was pleasant to work with and was very accessible if you need to contact.

Being there in mid-March, many of the area restaurants had limited hours. But we had a wonderful breakfast at Hillbilly's and 2 delicious dinners and ice cream at the Italian restaurant called Geppettos.

There are some great little country stores and gift shops nearby on Wears Valley Rd, including one with a big sign boasting fresh-made kettle corn. Stop and get some!!

Access to the Smoky Mountain Natl Park was very easy from the cabin.

Cades Cove was a great day trip, and we drove back and forth to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg several times. It was nice to be away from the traffic and congestion of the main towns.

We enjoyed nearby Metcalf Bottoms and the short hike to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse and the Walker Sisters Cabin, as suggested by the cabin owner.

I'd suggest researching the area before your trip, so you can plan out your adventures. There is so much to see and do, but don't forget to schedule some time to just relax and enjoy the quiet serenity of the cabin.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. I think these reviews are very important to most people. I'm so glad you all had a great girls trip! I try to do that as often as I can. I'm very sorry for the water problem your first night. I'm glad we were able to take care of it early the next day. I can't understand how the hot tub guy can't remember to turn that faucet off! I appreciate you being so understanding while we took care of the problem. We are so very conscientious of guests' needs and comfort and we try hard to keep everything maintained and up to date. We are currently looking for another hot tub maintenance company! I hope you all stay with us next time you come back!
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Perfect Family Getaway and Relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this cabin for Christmas last-minute after the first one we rented was sadly destroyed in the wildfires. Lori was incredibly accommodating leading up to our stay, answering emails really quickly!

The house itself was incredible. The view was absolutely breathtaking -- so relaxing to sit on the porch and drink coffee and look at the mountains. You really cannot see another house from the deck! The house itself was clean, inviting and the kitchen was well-stocked. I cooked our Christmas meal along with all other meals, no problem.

We played pool every night, watched DVD's and enjoyed each other's company. We did not use the hot tub, but Lori mentioned they clean it after each guest, no matter if the guests use it or not.

We would love to return to this cabin for a relaxing future vacation!!! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so glad you and your family had a wonderful Christmas here. We try hard to serve our guests by offering a comfortable, clean, updated, well stocked cabin for their family to relax. I was so glad you rented Mountaintop Experience last minute. The people who had been on the calendar for months backed out after the great fire 11/16. They had gotten travel insurance, but were having a hard time being reimbursed, as they were actually able to come to our cabin, as it was not affected by the fire. Thank God. (Due to all of the negative media, they were afraid that all of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville were destroyed.) Since they cancelled within thirty days, they would lose 100% of their rent. (We used to not have that policy, until two different guests had been scheduled for months, then cancelled last minute and we were out two full weeks of rent.) Anyway, because you and another guest booked, we returned the other guests their rent. Thanks for being determined to stick to your Smoky Mountain destination, even after the fire. With the local people so dependent on the service industry, we are grateful for travelers like you! #MountainStrong
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Great view!

  • 5 of 5

The view from Mountain Experience sets this cabin apart from every other we have ever stayed in. Beautiful!

This was our first family vacation with all our adult kids and our first grandchild. We had a wonderful time in this great house. The owners were wonderful to work with, have decorated the house beautifully and have stocked the kitchen with good quality items that make cooking fun and easy.

We whole heartily recommend that you book your next adventure to the Smokey Mountains at Mountaintop wont be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! We try very hard to make everything perfect for our guests. Please let us know next time you want to come visit.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
McGee Tyson
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Ober Gatlinburg
Car: necessary

Mountaintop Experience is located off of Wears Valley Road about five miles from Townsend, known as the 'Quiet side of the Smokies'. This puts it ten miles from the Pigeon Forge parkway. We're also a few miles from Lyons Spring Road, which is the 'The Smokies secret entrance'. The cabin is 18 miles from Gatlinburg via this route. Cades Cove is 21 miles from the cabin.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, snowboarding, rock climbing, miniature golf, river tubing, white water rafting, aquarium.

See #276122 for reviews.


Rates & Availability

Sevierville Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day (2017)
Aug 30 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Foliage (2017)
Oct 16 2017 - Nov 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving (2017)
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas (2017)
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Hot Tub $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.75%

Travelers insurance is highly recommended. Refunds on cancellations will not be made unless cabin is rented during the time you cancelled.

Owners are open to barter goods and services.

For past reviews, see #276122.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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