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Absolutely adorable treetop escape! Stay a week & 7th night's FREE!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Appalachian Style Log Cabin W/fireplace, Jacuzzi, 2 Br

Are you looking for the perfect summer getaway? Picture yourself in a cozy appalachian style log cabin. The soft breeze blowing through the trees while you're swinging on the porch swing sipping iced tea. The view from the porch and windows is of evergreens, hardwoods and the enchanting smoky mountains. You have all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. You have a jacuzzi, fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bath w/shower, washer & dryer, central heat & air and weber charcoal grill. You can even nap in the hammock nestled in the trees. The 'tree house' cabin has earned its name because it feels like you are literally in a treehouse when you are rocking or swinging on the covered porch. You are surrounded by nature at its finest. Come for a visit and see why so many of our guests return time and time again.

These rates are for two people. Additional charge of $5.00 each for children ages 4 - 12 yrs. old, and $10.00 each for additional guests 13 yrs. old and up. Children under 4 are free. If you stay 7 nights you get one night free (stay 7, pay for 6) which comes out to approximately $81.50 per night.

More Details

Melody Gilbertson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

About Melody Gilbertson

I'm a country 'girl' who grew up on a dairy farm in northwest Wisconsin. I have lived here in Townsend for 34 years now. I live on the 8 1/2 acres where the Treehouse cabin is located. I also have a log cabin which I love.

Why Melody Gilbertson chose Townsend

I am blessed to own one of the most beautiful tracts of land in Blount County. It is also very close to the Smoky Mtn. Natl. Park. I can ride my horse right into the Smokies. There are three trailheads under 3 miles from the Treehouse cabin. Guests love to hike in the Park, or even just go for walks here in our valley which is called Dry Valley.


Townsend Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 bathroom with a tub/shower unit, vanity w/sink and storage
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • 2 bedrooms with a queen size bed in each
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • water tubing
I and my daughter do all our own cleaning. I guess we just don't trust anyone else! Our goal is to have the cabin as clean as we'd want one to be if we were traveling. There are no cleaning fees. We do appreciate guests leaving the kitchen as it was (dishes washed), and the futon put back in place if used, but otherwise we don't expect anything else to be done. We have guests come for return visits specifically because they said it was so clean.


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Absolutely adorable treetop escape! Stay a week & 7th night's FREE!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
Plymouth, IN

Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

Our number one concern was getting a clean cabin. The Treehouse was very clean as Melody puts her personal care into you having a good stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and commenting about the cabin being clean. I appreciate that! It was so nice meeting you.
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Felt like Home

  • 4 of 5

It was a great place to relax after exploring. The owner was really nice and you could tell she loved meeting new people. The only “bad” experience I had was stepping in dog feces as soon as I stepped out of the vehicle but that’s not her fault. If I can request one thing in the cabin would be to update the pots and pans. My family loves to cook at the cabin and we had to buy a couple pans to cook with. But would I stay again? Yes. Don’t hesitate if you see this cabin and want a comfy place to rest.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and your positive comments. I appreciate your suggestion about the cookware. I am taking it to heart and will update with some new items. If you come again please don't hesitate to call me if you need something that isn't in the cabin. I would be happy to lend you whatever you would need. As for the "doggie incident" I am SO SORRY!! I guess I can't control what goes on outside, but I will try to look around the yard better before a check in. You have my sincerest apologies!! I appreciate your choosing to stay at my Treehouse cabin while visiting the Smokies and hope to see you again sometime. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Melody
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  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time at the Treetop cabin. The cabin was lovely, quiet & very clean. it was nice sitting out on the back porch which had a swing. Our 2 fur babies loved walking down the long drive as well as my husband & I. We go to the Smoky Mountains at lease twice a year & we think this was the nicest cabin we stayed at. We will definitely stay there again & recommend it to our family & friends. Thank you for sharing your cabin with us!!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're most welcome! I enjoyed visiting with you and am so glad that you had a good time during your stay. I appreciate your kind words about my cabin and also your recommending it to others. I look forward to seeing you in the future sometime! Best Wishes, Melody
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Loved the cabin in the woods!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the cabin, so very peaceful and quiet. We enjoyed sitting on the porch and relaxing. Well worth the drive and enjoyed being away from busy Gatlinberg and Pigeon Forge.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I'm happy that you enjoyed your visit to my Treehouse cabin and were able to relax in our peaceful mountain setting. Hope you can come again sometime! Kind Regards, Melody
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Great Cabin nestled in the treetops!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked the Treetop Cabin and were very pleased with the accommodations. It was very clean and comfortable. Melody Gilbertson, the owner, was very welcoming and made us feel right at home.

I would suggest following Ms. Gilbertson's directions to the cabin rather than Google Maps! We made the mistake of following Google and ended up at the top of a gated, one way, gravel road. We thought the Lazy Horse Retreat was at the end of the road but when we called Ms. Gilbertson when we reached the locked gate, she advised us that we were not at the right place. After backing down the gravel road in the rain and pitch darkness, Ms. Gilbertson was able to talk us through to the cabin. Don't make the same mistake we made with Google - do yourself a favor and follow Ms. Gilbertson's directions.

We had a great vacation at the Lazy Horse Retreat in the Treetop cabin in Townsend, TN!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice review and suggestion to not always trust Google Maps! I'm so sorry that happened to you! Most GPS units bring guests right to the cabin, but I am always happy and available to talk guests there or help in anyway. It was such a pleasure meeting you and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay here. I hope to see you again sometime! Thanks, Melody
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Clean and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice vacation here! The cabin was clean and very quiet! Melody greeted us upon arrival and was very sweet! The fully equipped kitchen allowed us to cook all of our meals at the cabin. There was a grill out on the front porch which we enjoyed also! I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a nice quiet getaway! It is a short drive to all the attractions too. Thank you Melody for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're welcome! It was very nice meeting you. I'm so glad that you enjoyed yourselves. I sincerely appreciate your choosing my Treehouse cabin and hope you can come again!
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
McGhee Tyson, Knoxville, TN
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Laurel Valley Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 321
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Back Porch Restaurant
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Ober Gatlinburg

We are located in a peaceful valley which has lovely farms and country residences. Guests comment how they enjoy our quiet and serene location. The small town of Townsend is just 3 miles away. It is one of the entrances to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We have an excellent visitor's center where you can acquire information concerning the Natl. Park and also souvenirs and local appalachian products (honey, cornmeal, sorghum molasses, apple butter etc.). One of the most popular destinations in the Natl. Park is just 7 miles from Townsend. It is Cades Cove, which is a lovely cove surrounded by mountains. There is an 11 mile loop road that you can drive, or on certain mornings it is open for joggers and bicyclists only. Historic homes, churches, a water-powered mill and other vintage farm buildings have been preserved and are open for visitors to walk through. It is a great place to have a picnic, fly a kite, or enjoy one of the many hikes such as the one to Abrams Falls. There are many beautiful waterfalls in the area. The hike to Gregory Bald in June will bring you to one of the largest stands of wild flame azaleas anywhere. People come from all over the world to see acres of glorious colorful blossoms. You can also enjoy a drive through the 'heart' of the smokies by taking scenic Little River road to Newfound Gap Road and on to Cherokee, North Carolina. While on this drive you can swing up to Clingman's Dome and then hike the 1/2 mile up to the viewing tower. The 'smoke' rising from the glorious mountains is ethereal. A sight to behold. If you want to go further you can drive to Cataloochee and watch the regal elk. Another sight to behold! Returning to Townsend you can also visit the Heritage Center. It is an appalachian museum with indoor displays and historic buildings to tour outdoors. They also have a covered amphitheatre where live concerts are given from spring through the fall. Townsend is also known for its hiking/biking trails that go for miles through town. The beautiful Little River which flows through town is a popular spot for inner-tubing. Other out of the way places are great for fly fishing and catching trout. The extremely interesting tour at Tuckaleechee Caverns is just 1 1/2 miles from our Treehouse cabin. Also, Davy Crockett stables which has rental horses and a ride in the foothills is only about a mile away. The ever popular theme park, Dollywood, is just 30 minutes away. I especially enjoy the 'Festival of Nations' at Dollywood every spring. Performers, young and old, come from all over the world. All the ethnic food is a real plus too! Dolly's 'Dixie Stampede' dinner theatre is a memorable activity in nearby Pigeon Forge also. As for shopping, there are a number of outlet malls in Pigeon Forge. Plus there is a craftsman's community outside of Gatlinburg where you can find anything from pottery, quilts, wood carvings, stained glass, even quail egg art! In nearby Maryville, about 20 miles the other direction from Townsend, you can find the Foothills Mall with Belk's, J.C. Penneys, Sears and Goody's as its anchor stores. There is also a new 12 theatre Cinemax there. To summarize I would have to say that our Treehouse cabin is in an excellent location for doing beautiful 'natural' activities, plus great 'touristy' things! Or perhaps the best choice of all may be to just relax in the porch swing or the hammock at the cabin and have fun doing nothing at all!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Tax Rate 14.75%

These rates are for two people. Additional charge of $5.00 each for children ages 4 - 12 yrs. old, and $10.00 each for additional guests 13 yrs. old and up. Children under 4 are free. If you stay 7 nights you get one night free (stay 7, pay for 6) which comes out to approximately $81.50 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.