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Family & Pet Friendly One Level Cabin With Lovely Yard & Awesome Mountain View!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin



About the property

NO STEPS or one step entrances, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, covered carport, on one acre.

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 and VCR 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.

Melody Gilbertson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

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 East

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!


5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

Family & Pet Friendly One Level Cabin With Lovely Yard & Awesome Mountain View!
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Completely Satisfied

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon. Miss Melody is a joy to work and chat with, and her cabin is very clean and comfortable. We spent most of our time on the front porch, enjoying the tranquility and millions of stars, the bunnies and horses and the pileated woodpecker on the roof. See the superb review by Station Wagon Vacation for more fine reasons to choose this cabin. Thank you again, Miss Melody, for being so gracious!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Pat! It was a pleasure meeting and visiting with you and Jack. I appreciate your kind words and I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. I hope you can come for another visit sometime! Miss Melody
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay with Miss Melody. Originally, we rented from Melody because she lives on site and it was our first VRBO experience.

We return because Miss Melody's cabins are:

1. Clean and Simple. This cabin has a larger kitchen and bath than the Tree House.

2. Have great mountain views

3. 5 minutes to the center of Townsend

4. In Dry Valley there are no tshirt shops, no fudge and no salt water taffy.

5. In Dry Valley everyone waves when you drive past and there are pretty lanes dotted with cabins and farms.

6. Spice. Spice is Miss Melody's horse and our daughters love to look out the window and see her in the pasture and to have her in the pasture near them when they play outside. On this trip another guest had three horses in the pasture.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I sincerely appreciate it! It's always such a pleasure to see you. I enjoy visiting with all of you and Spice enjoys the attention from the girls. She loves children and of course the treats too! I hope you will be able to come again! Miss Melody
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, TN
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
Maryville, TN
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Laurel Valley Golf Course & Country Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Knoxville, TN
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy. 321
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Black Bear Cafe, Townsend, TN
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Gatlinburg, TN (Ober Gatlinburg)
Car: necessary

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!


Rates & Availability

Townsend Cabin Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.25%

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 13.25% 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.

There is a deposit required at the time of booking. The amount depends on the number of days reserved. It can be made by check, money order or charge card (Visa, MC or Discover). The balance is due upon arrival. The balance can be paid by check, money order, charge card or cash.

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Townsend Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sink with vanity
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Also has chest of drawers and closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Also has chest of drawers and closet
  • One bedroom has a jacuzzi in it - not a hot tub with chemicals and a heater in it, but the kind where you fill it with fresh water and turn on the jets to various speeds.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • water tubing
One big plus to the Rancher cabin is that it doesn't have a steep driveway. You've got the mountains surrounding you but the drive to the cabin from Hwy. 321 (not quite 3 miles) is paved and has no steep grades. The driveway is gravel but is straight and there is easy accessibility to the cabin. There is just a slight uphill grade as you get closer to it. Guests always comment on how quiet and peaceful it is and how they love the country setting. Another feature inside the cabin is that there are two futons that make into full size beds in the living room.

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