Sensational View is reopening August 8, 2018! After losing the original cabin in the November 28, 2016 fire, we worked with a Knoxville architect to design the best home we could put on this lot. The custom design lets you tower over everything while being immersed in the panoramic mountain and city view. Check out our pictures and video (from March - new video coming after we open) to see the spectacular views.
Contractors who have worked on the house have been building in Gatlinburg for decades, and they say this view beats them all. Day views of the mountains, night views of the city lights. High, wide and unobstructed. And just minutes from the strip! Lots of level off-street parking too, and that's hard to find around Gatlinburg.
ANNOUNCING EMBRACING VIEW!!! We purchased a second cabin in the Smokies in Aug 2017 because it has the best panoramic mountain views imaginable. Guests have already given it 32 consecutive 5-star reviews, making it #1 in its peer group of 51 homes on VRBO! Embracing View is the country counterpart to Sensational View. It is one of the rare places where you can see mountain sunrises and sunsets from opposite sides of the cabin. With beauty and blissful solitude, guests say they want to stay forever. Check it out here: https://www.vrbo.com/1145993
Current status: Over 70% of our 2018 nights have already booked! Thank you, everyone! The house is nearly finished right now. We are down to just final trim work, furnishing, and landscaping in the final few weeks.
The NEW Sensational View is 3,061 square feet, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and sleeps up to 23, with 19 guests in bedrooms and two sofa beds in the common areas.
The first floor and specifically bedroom two are designed to be very accessible. Many of our past guests have been interested in easy access for elderly family members (we have elderly family members too). This is important to us! Entering the cabin requires going up one step. Then the whole first floor (inside and deck) is flat. Bedroom 2 has a shower with a bench and three grab rails, plus a shower head you can mount or hold in hand. There are also grab bars next to the toilet. (All toilets will be chair height.)
The first floor has a great room including the kitchen, dining room, and family room. Our housekeepers already crafted another beautiful 12 foot dining table just like we had in the last house. The whole room has views toward Gatlinburg and the mountains with a wall of windows. This room will have a 70" TV.
All five bedrooms have attached bathrooms. The master suite on the first floor has a large bathroom with marble shower and separate tub. It has great views and direct access to the deck and hot tub. This and all bedrooms will have 49" TVs.
We bought a gorgeous Marquis Euphoria hot tub, which beats any hot tub we've ever seen at a rental. A view this good deserves a premium spa. We are also using bronze colored metal railing on the deck so the view is as unobstructed as possible.
The second floor has a large game room, designed as a balcony overlooking the great room and the view. It features a pool table, foosball table, cocktail arcade, and 65" TV. Bedrooms 3 (four guests and big views) and 4 (seven guests) are on opposite sides of the game room. A wraparound deck connects the bedrooms outside and offers not only amazing views of the city and mountains but also a neat perspective looking back into the house. (Thanks to our architect for convincing us this was a good idea. We were skeptical but the first time up there blew us away. it's awesome!)
Bedroom five is the penthouse - a bedroom/bathroom suite with a king bed and sleep sofa, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, and seating area perched high above everything. It has a wall of windows 16 ft wide for the best panoramic view of Gatlinburg and the Smokies anywhere. If there is a better suite in town, we would seriously like to see it! There will be a 65" TV over the wet bar, but you may never notice it because of the view. :)
Here are the new sleeping arrangements:
Master Bedroom: King (sleeps 2)
Bedroom 2: Queen (sleeps 2) - note that the shower has a bench, three grab bars, and a shower head that can be mounted or handheld; the chair height toilet has two grab bars
Great room: Queen sleep sofa (sleeps 2)
Bedroom 3: Two queens (sleeps 4)
Bedroom 4: Full over full bunk and triple bunk (sleeps up to 7 or separate beds for up to 5)
Game room: Queen sleep sofa (sleeps 2)
Penthouse: King and queen sleep sofa (sleeps 4)
The old Sensational View cabin that we lost in the fire had 42 five star reviews. Though it was an older cabin that didn't really take advantage of the view, the location and view are so amazing that guests still loved it. In comparison, the new home is spectacular - much more spacious and with decks, windows, and patio doors designed to bring the views to you inside and out.
What should you expect? Here are a few reviews from guests at the old cabin.
"This property had it all. You couldn't ask for a better central location and the view is in the name, Sensational! ... You can tell that the owners take pride in their mountain getaway and it shows throughout the entire guest experience. I would highly recommend this property and we will definitely stay here again!" - Nov 2016
"The cabin is very comfortable and quiet. It feels like it is a million miles away with the privacy and that gorgeous view but you are so close to town and everything you need. ... This cabin truly met every need and want we had. We didn't have to drive forever through winding roads to get to it yet we had the privacy and view we love. No one wanted to leave!! We will definitely be coming back again very soon!!" - Oct 2016
"The location is so spot on. It is secluded, yet Gatlinburg is 5 minutes OR LESS, Pigeon Forge is less 15 minutes or less. The view is awesome and you can see the city lights, yet still get that nice "away from everything" feeling." - Sep 2016
"This was our first trip to the Smoky Mountains and I can't imagine a better place to stay. It was awesome. The owners were easy to contact and everything was ready to go upon arrival. The view was Sensational. It was hard to leave the deck, especially at night. And the location is perfect, in my opinion. It feels like you are secluded, but Gatlinburg is just minutes away." - Jul 2016
"The Sensational View Cabin is everything the owners claim it to be and provides a perfect setting for priceless memories." - Jul 2016
"We got here at night and walked over to the big windows and were breathless by the view. It was the lights of the city of Gatlinburg. It is worth staying here for just the view." - Nov 2015
“What a great view!!!!! We were told about the view but, until you experience the view breathtaking!!!!” ---Feb 2015