|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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EXCITING renovations in 2015 make the Emory House the perfect place for your large gatherings and family/friend vacations and reunions. We added 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a den, 2 large screened porches, a hot tub, a wheelchair-accessible 25-foot long 5 1/2 foot deep balcony that extends along the BACK of the house, a Weber kettle charcoal grill on the stone patio right outside the kitchen and the screened porch, wheelchair accessibility to the main level and wheelchair accessibility to the lower level (but no elevator between floors), a covered front stoop, driveway paving from the street to the gravel parking lot, large landscape pots with flowers, stone accents to the foundation stucco walls, and a new metal roof. Our fenced-in kids playground (with rubber playground mulch) has an old-fashioned merry-go-round, jungle gym, and kids climb up their playground staircase (by holding on to their kid-height stair rail) so they can then walk down a short path thru the woods to get to their 10-foot long green slide into the playground. The Emory House is located in the heart of family-friendly Pigeon Forge, TN...less than 2 miles from Dollywood, the LeConte Convention Center, the Ripkin Experience Baseball Complex, the Old Mill, Gatlinburg Country Club golf course, the Island (an entertainment complex), and the Pigeon Forge PARKWAY...with all its great music shows, putt-putt, go carts, restaurants, neat shops, and outlet stores.
Emory House has 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms:
- Bedroom #1 (main level): King-sized bed with private bath.
- Bedroom #2 (main level): Queen-sized bed with private bath.
- Bedroom #3 (main level): 2 Bunk beds (each with a pull-out Trundle twin underneath) that sleeps 6 (all 6 are twin-sized mattresses)...with shared hall bath.
- Bedroom #4 (main level): King-sized bed with shared hall bath.
- Bedroom #5 (loft level): Two queen-sized beds and two twin-sized beds with private bath. Contains its own flat-screen television and its own heating/cooling window unit.
-Bedroom #6 (lower level): Queen-sized bed with its own flat-screen television with DISH connection, a motorized hospital twin bed, a private handicap-accessible bath, and its own wheelchair-accessible entry door from nearby parking space at the top of the lower driveway.
-Bedroom #7 (lower level): King-sized bed with its own flat-screen television with DISH connection and private bath.
-Bedroom #8 (lower level): King-sized bed with its own flat-screen television with DISH connection and private access to hall bath.
The Emory House`s MAIN level features a large family room/kitchen area equipped with all basic appliances and cookware, ceramic tile kitchen counter top, two (2) full-sized refrigerators, 12-cup Mr Coffee pot, a dishwasher, a clothes washer and dryer, 2 comfortable couches, a flat-screen television with DISH connection, Wi-Fi connectivity, and its own thermostat for the Emory House's one central heating and air system. The kitchen opens onto a 14 x 20 foot screened porch with a 5 foot wide porch swing, an old-fashioned innerspring chase lounge, rockers, and lots of freshly-painted old metal porch chairs. Near the ramp up to the screened porch is a stone patio with a Weber kettle charcoal grill. The large gravel main parking lot with a recently-paved street entrance...has space for several vehicles.
The Emory House`s LOWER level features a den, a flat-screen television with DISH connection, a small kitchenette with micro fridge, microwave, sink, dining table and chairs, Wi-Fi connectivity, and its own thermostat for the Emory House's one central heating and air system. The den opens onto a 14 x 20 foot screened porch with a 7-person hot tub and a wall-mounted flat screen TV...which opens to the fenced-in kids playground. The recently fully-paved lower driveway provides easy access to the lower floor and the handicap bedroom/bathroom...with a couple of extra parking spaces down at the bottom of the driveway.
As you might have guessed from the NAME of the road that the Emory House is on (Iron Mountain Road), we ARE nestled up in the hills a little bit...but NO WORRIES for all of our flat-lander friends. Reason is that the city recently repaved our road and we have recently paved our 2 driveways so you'll have easy access to our 2 parking areas. While it's true that the Emory House is a house and NOT a cabin, we believe that our central location (which is fairly quiet and secluded) together with all the improvements we completed in early 2015...will provide you all the comforts of home and make the Emory House the perfect place for your large vacation gatherings and reunions.
The 4 Porter brothers and sisters in the picture are proud to tell you that it is our Grandaddy Emory and Granny Emory from whom the 'Emory House' gets its name. In the early-to-mid-1900s, they raised their 2 daughters in this house, got them through college, and then saw them move away to neighboring states to raise their own families and begin their teaching careers. The Porter brothers and sisters are the 4 children of one of those Emory sisters, and that sister's eldest son Joe kicked off OUR generation's involvement with the Emory House when in 1991 he had it moved and refurbished at its present location. Several years passed, all of our families grew by leaps and bounds, so sister Mary Frances and her spouse Eugene had the main floor of the house upgraded...with new flooring, finishes, counter tops, and conveniences. Then in 2015 sister Nancy designed and oversaw the renovation of the remainder of the house that brother John and his spouse Abby arranged financing for. Sister Nancy locally MANAGES the Emory House property, and she serves as your contact through VRBO (HomeAway). We want you to know that all of the Porter brothers, sisters, and spouses are pleased when we read a REVIEW by a visitor who, like us, felt that the Emory House was a special place where fond memories were made...where everyone was able to relax, reconnect, enjoy each other, and feel at home.
Nancy purchased this house in 1991
Just as it was with our grandparents the Emorys, for the Porters, it is all about FAMILY. In 1991, Joe had the vision to SAVE the Emory House...even though that meant that the house had to be cut into 3 pieces and moved about a mile away to its current location, re-assembled, and then fully renovated. The reason Joe did that in 1991 was that it was immensely important to him that current and future generations of the Porter family could CONTINUE to vacation at the Emory House. The connection that the Porter brothers and sisters have with the Emory House...is that, every summer since the 4 of us were kids, our parents took us on the long journey to Pigeon Forge for their 2-week summer vacations. What was so special about all those 2-week summer vacations was that the OTHER Emory daughter made an equally long trip to bring HER large family to the Emory House as well. So, there were a total of 11 of us first cousins there, and we had a blast! Whichever one of us who got to be Grandaddy Emory's playing partner in Rook got to see him bust out laughing every time he'd gently kick his partner under the table to 'request' a 10. We got to see Granny Emory enjoy just BEING with her 2 daughters as they would ALL 3 tackle snapping a mountain of half-runner green beans and make those delicious apple pies to feed us hungry kids. Every hot day, our Daddy and our cousins` Daddy would round us all up and take us up to the swimming hole near the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where we'd swim down the cold current and build a dam across the stream. Those were the times of our lives. The Porter brothers, sisters, and spouses decided to offer the the Emory House to others through VRBO starting in 2014 because we want the Emory House to be part of YOUR family's fond memories.
Location, location, location. Hands down, the Emory House's CLOSENESS to Dollywood, the LeConte Convention Center, the Ripkin Experience Baseball Complex, the shops and restaurants near the Old Mill, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park make THIS property a real winner. The 4 Porter brothers and sisters (all baby boomers) had the good fortune ever since the fifties and sixties of, FIRSTHAND, seeing the City of Pigeon Forge blossom from being just corn fields between Gatlinburg and Sevierville...to the amazing vacation destination it is today. From our family`s perspective, the City of PF has anticipated its visitors`needs and wisely implemented 1st-class solutions to those needs. Attractive 4-lane connecting road corridors make it easy for Emory House visitors to get to wherever they want to go. Patriot Park (located right beside the Old Mill) is a spacious venue for the big 4th of July family celebration with impressive live music performances and a grand finale evening fireworks display. Our observation year-by-year of that steady hand in guiding HOW the area`s development could best be supported...has built our family's confidence that our special house in THIS CONVENIENT LOCATION is worthy of our family`s long-term comittment. Speaking of LOCATION, you might be interested in the side story behind that BIG OL` ROUNDED WHITE RIVER ROCK down at the base of the main driveway to the Emory House (shown in our 2nd photo). Granddaddy Emory had that rock (weighing hundreds of pounds) positioned at the base of HIS and Granny`s driveway when the Emory House was over on River Road directly across the street from the Old Mill. Back in 1991 when Joe had the Emory House moved from there to its present location, he was determined that that old rock would make it to the new home place too. To us, it's a symbol of our grandparents legacy, AND it welcomes YOU to the Emory House.
This house is perfect for large groups. We had three generations and everybody had their privacy, plus we had two living areas and porches where we could visit and enjoy each other. The Emory House is very clean, comfortable, mostly remodeled and modern enough. We had no problems at all, and it's close to all the attractions. Our trip was really great, such a special time spent with family and friends in a special place. I hope we can make this trip again and I look forward to staying at The Emory House again.
We have a wonderful fall break living in the house. The condition in this house is excellent and everyone lived comfortable in the house. The place is also good. Close to the store and also the great smoky mountain. Thank you!
We had a very nice stay...very clean, relaxing environment. Thank you!
I'm the oldest of 5, and my father wanted to try get all of us and his grandchildren together. We're scattered across the US, and this was a daunting feat. In searching for a place to house us that would be fun and not empty our pocket book, we found Emory House. It's an older home that has character, but is up to date. We had the best time while we were there. Nancy was very helpful and always returned my calls. The rooms were nice and spacious. The deck was wonderful to sit on to sip coffee or eat a late night snack. Eight of us played a card game sitting on the deck (using the table and chairs that were available). My deposit was refunded before I got back home! We did have to provide sheets and towels for our personal use, but everything else was there. Plenty of plates, glasses, coffee cups, etc. There was a hand mixer, can opener, and just about everything we needed. We're not a family that eats out, and we wanted to spend as much time together as possible, so we cooked and baked and grilled there onsite. The playground was thoroughly enjoyed by our younger ones. And our teens had space to play manhunt. It was a weekend of VERY good memories. Thank you, Nancy.
Fabulous experience at The Emory House! Highly recommend to families and groups that want to spend memorable time together.
We were all extremely happy with the location and amount of space that we had in Nancy's rental property. There were 15 people in our group, including myself, my wife, 4 daughters, 2 son in laws and 7 grandchildren (ages 3 to 17). This was our first trip to Pigeon Forge. The location was perfect, minutes from Dollywood and the Island (shops, rides, arcades, restaurants) as well as a short drive to Gatlinburg. There are numerous places to eat and to find entertainment in the area. Some are pricey so some advanced preparation is recommended. There is also a Wal-Mart a few lights down the road from our location. The 8 bedrooms were 2 more than we needed due to how everyone chose to sleep but we used every one of the 7 bathrooms at one point or another during our stay. The screened in porches were great. My grandchildren enjoyed the swing on the upstairs porch as well as the playground while my daughters/son in laws enjoyed the hot tub on the lower porch. There are no televisions in the 3 bedrooms on the main floor so prepare in advance. The shower in bedroom 1 is a little small for anyone 6' or taller but there are plenty of others (including a shared one on the main floor) which can be used. The water pressure in the bathrooms was fine and there was plenty of hot water. There is a charcoal grill in the back - if you decide to use it, I would recommend defrosting your meats first as they don't cook very well otherwise. I will admit that it has been a long time since any of us used a charcoal grill so perhaps we're out of practice. It would be nice if there was a small gas grill in the future. :-) The 3 bedrooms on the lower level were great. One even has a hospital type bed if you have someone in need of such a bed (in addition to a queen bed as well). The loft has 2 queen beds and 2 twin beds plus a bathroom - great for the grandkids!! The house is much larger on the inside than what one would ascertain from an outside view. The bedrooms, including those with king beds, had more than enough room to move around without feeling cramped. The 2 fridges came in very handy. We would highly recommend this property for large groups. It could have easily accommodated another 10 people assuming that some would use the 2 sets of bunk beds in one of the first floor bedrooms. All in all, we had a great time on our trip. We would highly, highly, highly recommend that you stay at Nancy's property if you visit the area.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
PRIME (Summer of 2017)
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Please make sure the following 3 tasks are done before you leave: (1) make the beds like they were when you first arrived; (2) leave the refrigerators, microwave, and dishwasher completely empty and clean; and (3) place the city trash containers at the road. If those 3 tasks are done and the Property Manager determines that there was no property damage during your stay, then your $200 damage deposit LESS a $5.80 credit card fee (i.e., 2.9% times the $200 = $5.80) or $194.20 will be credited back to the same credit card that was used to book your stay with VRBO (HomeAway).