The Rancher is a comfortable, convenient and cozy cabin. Its amenities include a fully equipped kitchen with 5 ft. trestle table in the dining area, washer & dryer, central heat & air, wood burning fireplace, two bedrooms, 1 bath, jacuzzi in one of the bedrooms, covered porch w/swing and rocker, covered carport and Weber charcoal grill. There is also a TV (w/cable hookup) and with a DVD player. There is a patio area outside the French doors with a picnic table. There is a panoramic mountain view all around the cabin. The yard surrounding the cabin is great for exercising pets or for children to safely run and play. Our Rancher is a non-smoking cabin.
NO STEPS or one step entrances, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, covered carport, on one acre.
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 17, 2019
About Melody Gilbertson
I have lived in Townsend for 35 years and it is definitely home for me. I grew up on a dairy farm in northwest Wisconsin so I have always enjoyed living in the country. To live in an area as beautiful as the Smokies is a true blessing which I try to never take for granted!
Melody Gilbertson purchased this Cabin in 2007
Why Melody Gilbertson chose Townsend
I purchased the Rancher cabin in 2007 but managed the renting of it before that. The acre it sits on adjoins my 7 1/2 acres so the location is perfect for me. I love that it has its own setting, yet is close for me to go clean it or show it to guests.
What makes this Cabin unique
The trees surrounding the cabin are outstanding in the spring - blossoms abound! There is a huge redbud tree, weeping cherry and bradford pear trees. In the fall you have the beautiful autumn colors to enjoy and in the summer the vibrant and lush greens. I never tire of the views of Rich Mountain behind and the Chilhowee Mtn. Range in front of the cabin. Sitting on the front porch swing and watching the horses in the small pasture in front of the cabin is so relaxing!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Tennessee New Years
Nice, clean, cozy home! Very comfortable beds! Enjoyed our stay.
Quiet and relaxing
We always have a wonderful time at one of Melody’s places! Close enough but far enough away from the business of the area.
nice property peaceful setting
all good except no wifi and limited tv
A Wonderful Place to Stay
The cabin was quiet, comfortable, and just perfect for our stay near Townsend. We were surrounded by beautiful scenery. The cabin was clean, well taken care of, and had everything we needed for our stay. We found the kitchen to be well-equipped and loved having a washer/dryer. Melody made the check in and out procedures super straightforward. If we are ever in the area again, we would definitely stay here.
Very nice, peaceful and clean!
We stayed for 3 nights and hated to leave! The cabin was very clean and comfortable. We plan on coming back ASAP!
Thank you very much for your great review! I'm happy that you enjoyed the cabin and I look forward to seeing you again in the near future! Best Wishes, Melody
Lazy Horse Retreat
We brought our 2 Granddaughters with us to enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and to make memoiries that will stay with them the rest of their lives. Miss Melody's cabin made us all feel like home. She is the perfect host the cabin was very clean and updated. We loved it so much that we will definitely book with her again.
Ray and Becky Locke
Thank you so much for your great review. I'm so happy that you all enjoyed your stay at my Rancher cabin. It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Miss Spice, my horse, especially liked being groomed by your granddaughters! I look forward to seeing you again! Best Wishes, Melody
The Rancher cabin is located in Dry Valley which lies at the base of the Rich Mountain range. Dry Valley is a lovely, peaceful area with farms and country residences. The Great Smoky Mtn. National Park is just minutes from the cabin. In fact, the primitive one-way Rich Mountain Road which comes out of Cades Cove is only about 3 miles away. The small town of Townsend, which is one of the entrances to the Natl. Park, is also just 3 miles away. Townsend offers a number of restaurants, gas stations, two grocery stores plus several smaller markets, and an automobile repair shop. It also has the Little River Railroad Museum, Heritage Center, craft shops, Horseback Riding Stables, Little River Heartland Wedding Chapel, Lily Barn (with acres of Day Lilies and flower walkways) and the Tuckaleechee Caverns. Townsend is also reknowned for its walking/biking trail which runs on both sides of the road for 4 miles toward the Park entrance. There are tunnels to go from one side to the other and the spectacular mountain and river views make using it a memorable experience. It is a fun and safe activity for families. There are also excellent concerts at the Heritage Center Amphitheater and Wood 'N Strings Dulcimer shop. Within 20 to 25 miles from the cabin are the towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You can enjoy the famous Dollywood theme park, bumper boats, water parks, race cars, indoor sky-diving, mini-golf and a variety of gift and craft shops there. But the main attraction is the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. There are miles of hiking trails and also auto tours where you can enjoy the pristine forests, mountain streams and waterfalls. The ever popular Cades Cove is just on the other side of the mountain behind the cabin (Rich Mountain). It has an 11 mile loop road that takes you past original log cabins, churches, barns and a water powered mill. It is a drive into the past, giving you a sense of what life was like in the mountains over 100 years ago. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States and once you've been here you will understand why!
The "base price" per night for two people is $105.00. Each additional person 13 yrs. old and up is $10.00 extra, children 4 through 12 are $5.00 extra per night and children under 4 are free. The sales tax of 14.75% is added to the cost of the cabin. Specials are offered during the off season and a monthly rental would be considered for Jan., Feb. or March. Contact owner for cost.