Get away from it all and breathe in some fresh mountain air at the "8th Hole Retreat.” Our newly renovated villa is an ideal choice for your stay in the Smoky Mountains as it offers you with so many choices. You can relax in the rocking chairs on the screened-in porch, watch the golfers against the beautiful mountain backdrop, stop by the Pro Shop for a tee time, or take day trips to attractions like the Biltmore House in Asheville, the Cherokee Reservation and Casino, and downtown Highlands.
Our villa is located in the private, gated, community of The Golf Club at Mill Creek Country Club: a wildlife sanctuary where rolling hills, bubbling creeks, small bridges, and a gazebo on Mint Lake add to the peaceful atmosphere of the cool mountains. Downtown Franklin is a short 10-minute drive away where you can browse through quaint shops and antique stores, grab a cup of coffee and listen to local musicians, dine at numerous restaurants, taste the latest brew at our local brewery, or attend one of the many festivals and events that Franklin has to offer. In addition, The Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts hosts national touring concerts, speaking engagements, and musicals on a monthly basis. Every Saturday night in downtown Franklin, the town features heritage mountain music and clogging to visitors at no charge. Just take the lawn chairs from the villa, wear your casual clothes, and sit back and relax in the heritage atmosphere of the mountains.
The 8th Hole Retreat is a tastefully decorated and completely furnished one bedroom villa that can accommodate up to 4 adults. The living room boasts a wood-burning fireplace, flat screen TV, queen-size LazyBoy sofa bed, and a comfortable recliner. The dining area seats four and the kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, toaster, and all utensils. The bedroom includes a queen-size bed, TV, adjoining dressing room, and full bath accessible from the living room. Beyond the living room is the screened-in porch with rocking chairs – the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Linens, towels, toiletries, and a washer and dryer with detergent are all provided for your comfort and convenience. We are proud that we can tell our guests "just bring your clothes and groceries" and leave the rest behind.
If you enjoy dining at a variety of restaurants, we invite you to make reservations at some of the best restaurants in the mountain region. Franklin has everything from country cooking to the finest of cuisines. We will leave a folder of local favorites and menus for you to review as you make your dining plans.
Because of Franklin's strategic location on the 441 corridor into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and its location to so many other area attractions, it makes taking day trips one of the favorite pastimes for our visitors. Whitewater rafting, trout fishing, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, visiting theme parks such as Dollywood and Santa’s Land, taking a ride on The Smoky Mountain Railroad, playing a few games or taking in a concert at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, and visiting Dry Falls, Cullasaja Gorge, Bridal Veil Falls, and Highlands are just a few of the trips you may want to take.
Please let us know what you’re interested in doing while in town and if you are celebrating any special occasions so that we can customize your stay and experience. Our wish is that our guests have a memorable and relaxing stay at the 8th Hole Villa and will become one of our many "return guests.” The mountains are calling – come stay with us soon!