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

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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!


Townsend Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pets must be crated when alone in Cabin
  • Pets must be on Flea medication
  • Pets cannot sleep in bed
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
  • 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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Family & Pet Friendly One Level Cabin With Lovely Yard & Awesome Mountain View!
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
Stanchfield MN

Nice stay

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for 5 nights and it really suited our needs. My wife and two adult children had enough room to move around. The futon was a bonus to help accommodate our sleeping arrangement. A very quiet and safe property. The house was nicely decorated fro Christmas, which was nice to see. The house was in good proximity to the various events we had planned in the area. We would rent this house again with no hesitation.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your nice review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay in my Rancher cabin and that it met your vacation needs. I appreciate you mentioning my Christmas decorations, the futon being a plus, and also the location working out well with your planned activities. I sincerely appreciate your choosing my cabin and hope that you will be able to come for another visit sometime. Have a blessed New Year! Melody
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A little dated but well maintained and clean

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was very clean and the owner was very nice and accommodating. It could use some updates, but other than that wonderful!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I appreciate your comments about the cabin being clean and well maintained. I and my daughter do all the cleaning and try to have the cabin as we'd want it to be if we were guests. I'm gradually doing updates as I am able to. I bought new futons in December and picked up some new chairs and a lamp recently. Next on my list will be a new TV and DVD player! I am also having some renovating done this winter, such as new carpeting, painting, bathroom vanity & fixtures etc. You will have to come again and see the upgrades! Thank you so much for staying in the Rancher. I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Best Wishes, Melody
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Cozy, clean, and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Melody, Thank you for your warm hospitality! We felt right at home the moment we walked in. I feel so fortunate to have found such a gem in the Smokies. We loved our whole stay. We were sad to leave such a beautiful place, but will cherish some wonderful memories! We'll be sure to tell our friends about your lovely Rancher cabin!


Wayne, Kathryn, and family

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your kind words! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your visit and also my cabin. I appreciate you referring my Rancher cabin to your friends and hope to see you again at a future date! Best Regards, Melody
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Secluded and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Melody was very prompt responding to our emails. We evacuated due to the hurricane Irma. So, this was a last minute reservation. The cabin is wonderful and has everything you could possibly need. It is very well maintained and clean. One of the bedrooms has a Jacuzzi...very relaxing! Great mountain views! Our 2 dogs traveled with us and really enjoyed exploring the grounds. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, this is the perfect escape! We will recommend the cabin to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry that you had to evacuate because of the Hurricane, but I appreciate your choosing my cabin. It was a pleasure meeting both of you and your pet family! I'm happy that you all enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for the great review and recommending my cabin to others. I hope to see you again, but not due to a hurricane! Take care, Melody
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Townsend, TN

Lovely country setting. Awesome mountain views!

  • 5 of 5

A great vacation! The cabin had everything we needed - very clean and comfortable. The porch swing was a favorite spot for relaxing and enjoying nature and the Smokies!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cabin and very friendly and helpful owner!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin had everything that we needed for a great vacation. Loved the location with mountain views and a pretty yard. Thank you Melody for making our stay in Townsend all that we were hoping for! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're most welcome! I appreciate your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again sometime!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 14.75%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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