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Secluded Mountain Retreat on 300 Acres. 38 VRBO 5-Star Reviews Don't Lie!

Vonore, TN, USA
  • Lodge2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

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 jet-skis 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.


The Bunkhouse is not generally available December-March due to wood only heating and 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



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About Lee

We are based in Atlanta but have two vacation rentals in Monroe County Tennessee. One sleeps up to 18 the other sleeps up to 8

Lee purchased this Lodge in 2000

Why Lee chose Monroe County

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 Lodge 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. Read More in the Comment Section.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
      • The TV Den
        2 twin/ single, The Den contains a twin daybed and a trundle bed
      • Cherry Room Upstairs
        1 double, Sleeep 2 on Full Size Bed
      • Mahogany Room Upstairs
        2 twin/ single, Sleeps two. Master Suite with Full En Suite Bath Room
      • The Bunkhouse about 50 ft away
        1 queen, 4 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, The Bunkhouse has its own full bath, kithenette, pool table
      • Brass Bedroom Downstairs
        1 queen, Sleeps Two. Closest to the kitchen and den. Shared bath
      • Maple Bedroom Downstairs
        2 twin/ single, Sleeps 2. 2 twins beds. Shared bath
      • Pine Bedroom Upstairs
        1 queen, 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.


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Guest Bathroom Upstairs
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Guest Bathroom Downstairs
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Outdoor shower near Hottub
        outdoor shower
      • Master Bathroom Upstairs
        toilet, combination tub/shower, En Suite to the Master Bedroom. Huge Closet Also.
      • Bunkhouse Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Bunkhouse is an additional cost. See Rates.
      • The Bunkhouse Bathroom is available only with additional Bunkhouse rental.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
          Mountain Woodland setting. Very Remote. Deep in the Cherokee National Forest and near the Citico Wilderness
        • Mountain View
          This two story cottage is nestled in a mountain hollow with a tiny creek and gorgeous woodland and lawn views.
        • Rural
          Mountain Woodland setting. Very Remote. Deep in the Cherokee National Forest and near the Citico Wilderness


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Living room and den area
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central Heat and Air Conditioning - Electric in the Cottage only. Bunkhouse has AC and wood burning heater.
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Full Size
                    • Fireplace
                      See details on the wood burning stove. It offers all the ambiance of a fireplace.
                    • Firewood
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      There are some free weights and a weight bench in the Bunkhouse. Available only with Bunkhouse rental.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central Heat and Air Conditioning - Electric in the Cottage only. Bunkhouse has wood burning heater.
                    • Internet
                      Satelite wireless internet connection is available at our cabin just a short 1/4 mile walk from the Cottage. Bring your smart phone or laptop and stay in touch from outside the cabin. Table Provided
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Luxury linens provided. Please bring beach towels for outdoor use and we always suggest bringing your favorite pillow
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of parking on a gravel driveway.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      This property is way off the beaten path. There is loads of parking for RVs, trailers, whatever you bring!
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Feel free to bring all the toys to enjoy nearby lakes and wilderness areas. Extra charge for RV use
                    • Security System
                    • Telephone
                      Cell phones do not work at this location. A land line is provided. We ask that you purchase a long distance calling card to make long distance calls.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      1 luxury bath sheet and washcloth are provided for up to 12 guests. The bunkhouse has standard sized towels for 6. Bring beach towels for outdoor use.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Full Size
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Satelite wireless internet connection is available at our cabin just a short 1/4 mile walk from the Cottage. Bring your smart phone or laptop and stay in touch from outside the cabin.
                    • Wood Stove
                      A wood burning stove in the living room/dining room created a cozy warm atmosphere for those chilly East Tennessee Nights!


                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Blender
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Everything you need is provided including Chef knives.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Set of dishes serves 12. Silverware for 20+ provided
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          This kitchen is supremely well stocked. Everything you need to prepare a Holiday Feast!
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Two coffeemakers provided
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Some basic spices and oil and vinegar are provided.
                        • Refrigerator
                          An extra refigerator is available in the bunkhouse with bunkhouse rental.
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Two toasters provided


                            • Dining
                              With the adjacent deck and kitchen table, there is ample seating for meals.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Music Library
                                  We provide a limited library of various mountain theme music including Blue Grass. Direct TV music channels also provided specific music channels.
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  There is a DVD Player and monitor in the Bunkhouse,.
                                • Games
                                  Some board games and puzzles are provided.
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books
                                  We offer a selection of fun 'reads' in the Den.
                                • Pool Table
                                  Pool Table is located in the Bunkhouse available only with Bunkhouse Rental.
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  The central TV Den on the first floor is connected to Direct TV.
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  1 TV with DirectTV service is available.
                                • Video Library
                                  We carrry a limited library of mountain and Kid's theme videos and DVDs. Bring Videos or DVDs to play!


                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The huge deck is nestled among the towering Hemlock Trees (Thus the name Hemlock Grove) and can seat over 20 guests. A copper fire pit provides a centerpiece. The deck stretches across the entire rear of the house and includes a private outdoor shower!
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Lanai?? We call it a Front Porch here in Tennessee! Our covered front porch is the perfect spot to relax in one of two oak rockers.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      We have a hammock with outdoor pillows. Acres of grass and woodlands for kids to play and explore.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Propane Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Covered front porch for relaxing in Rockers.
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          There are 6 steps at each entrance.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Yes! AquaRest. Seats 4 -5 adults. Set on it's own deck under the open sky.


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • museums

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • 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 www.hemlockgrove.com

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              38 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Beautiful location in the mountains

                                                              Kirsten M.

                                                              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!

                                                              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!

                                                              Hidden Gem...and I do mean hidden!

                                                              Kim W.Lakeland, FL

                                                              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!!

                                                              Owner's Response:


                                                              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.

                                                              Perfect unplugged getaway

                                                              Rachele B.

                                                              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.

                                                              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!

                                                              Came for the 2017 Eclipse and stayed for the nature.

                                                              David D.

                                                              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!

                                                              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

                                                              Repeat Guests, Repeat Success

                                                              the1skellyEdmond, OK

                                                              Hemlock Grove is just like staying at home...if your home was nestled on 300 gorgeous acres with hiking trails, comfy beds, incredible views, and all the peace and quiet you can imagine. This was our second year staying at the cottage, and our experience was equally as dreamy as our first visit. The home is incredibly cozy, well-appointed, stocked with all the equipment you need to make some "down home" meals, and features an endless array of finishing touches - books (and a hammock to read them on), music (and a great stereo to handle the soundtrack of vacation), firewood and a back deck to enjoy it on, a hot tub out under the stars, and room to roam for any age (we had 6 kids with us). We've visited many, many places and Hemlock Grove will keep drawing us back - the quiet of the woods, the warmth of the hosts, and the memories in the air. It's all good. So, so good.

                                                              Owner's Response:


                                                              Thanks for this thoughtful and nicely written review. We are pleased you had great Fall weather and turning leaves this go-round and were able to enjoy the woods and trails. As you mentioned, the Cottage, Bunkhouse and property are great for young people to poke around in the woods and streams. Thanks for your attention to leaving everything in such great shape. We welcome you and your family back at any time.



                                                              Patty L.

                                                              We were on motorcycles and it was better than the dragon!!! It was an adventure every day leaving and coming back. The house was a throw back to the good old days, the rotary phone, to golden color appliances was so neat. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals, and the deck was great to sit out and drink coffee in the morning. It was great to have the washer and dryer to do laundry, because we only had an extra outfit, so we did laundry every other day.

                                                              We did not use the bunkhouse, but if we would have had children, it would have been great! We walked the trail to Barewood Cabin one day to use the internet, but I did not miss the cell or internet service. We was going to use the hot tub, but was always to tired to get in it when we got back. Lee and Patrick had a snack basket waiting for us, and they were the nicest hostess we have every had!! If you are looking for peace and quiet, then Hemlock Grove is your place!!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Patty, Thank you for your great review! I am grateful that you let others know that our Mt. Pleasant Road can be a challenge but that it IS DOABLE, and fun too, for experienced bikers. I think it is one of the most scenic roads around. Thanks for leaving the cottage in great condition and we hope to see your group back again real soon. Perhaps you will try the Fall Season to see the gorgeous leafs. - Lee


                                                              Vonore, TN, USA

                                                              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

                                                              Taxes and fees are additional

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              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!

                                                              38 Reviews
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