The "ANIMAL HOUSE CABIN" is in the LAUREL VALLEY gated community adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tennessee. It is on a wooded hillside with a treetop front deck overlooking the valley below.
We have a two bedroom (one enclosed and loft), two bath rustic log cabin for rent in Townsend, TN. Townsend is located at the west entrance of the Great Smoky Mt. National Park in TN. It is approximately 20 miles from Pigeon Forge and about 25 miles from Gatlinburg. Little River exits the Park and runs through Townsend and is known for fishing, biking and for tubing. There is a paved greenway the length of Townsend for walking or biking. Townsend also has several restaurants and some unique shops. In summer several vendors offer tube rentals and day long shuttle service to tubing launch spots and pick up points. .
The cabin is located in a beautiful, gated community called Laurel Valley adjoining the National park. Laurel Valley has a public access golf course and club house.
The cabin has an open living room and kitchen and loft with large windows overlooking the valley in front. It has internet /WIFI, TV served by antenna (no cable), a DVD/VCR, electric central air and heat, a wood burning fireplace, pool table, and foosball table. There is a bedroom with king-size bed and a full bath on this level also. The loft has two beds, (one full bed and one queen bed) and a bathroom. There is a pool table in the basement. The cabin has two large decks overlooking the surrounding trees and the valley in front and feels very secluded although there are other cabins nearby. Parking is limited to 2-3 cars with a steep curved driveway and there are three flights of stairs to get to the front door. This cabin is not a good choice if you are adverse to climbing stairs. But, after climbing the stairs to the top deck you gain a feeling of being in a tree house. I love to sit on the deck and be amongst the tops of the trees.
There is a pet door to accommodate a small dog. The stairs can be blocked to keep a dog on the main level when people go off and want to leave the dog. Most National Park hiking trails do not allow dogs.
The cabin is on well water which has iron and may cause a slight brown tint to the tub and sink. There is no issue for using the water other than washing white clothes. While I drink the well water, Pat likes to use store bought drinking water since she doesn’t like the iron taste. There may or may not be drinking water left in the cabin so you may want to bring your own.
Zugang für Gäste
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is about a mile distant by crow flight or nine miles distant by car. It is voted the most popular National Park in the US. Acess is free, unlike the ~$20 entrance fee for most US National Parks.
Interaktion mit Gästen
As this is our 2nd home and about a four hour drive from our main home in Huntsville, Alabama, we will probably not get to meet most guests in person. Close to the time of rental, we will provide the code to the key lock box next to the front door. There is also a combination deadbolt on the front door. The same combination code works on both locks. The front door is locked with either the key or entering the same code into the deadbolt.
I am happy to answer whatever questions renters or potential renters may have about the cabin or area.
Extensive current information relating to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is available on the National Park website.
Weitere wichtige Infos
The names of the primary renter and other visiting driver's names will need to be provided to me -- so I can notify the Laurel Valley Gate Guard of who will be visiting the cabin and the duration of visit. No vehicle information is needed.
1. Check is at 3:PM; Check out by 11:00 AM-- however, can be flexible depending on circumstance of adjoining visits. Please comply to these times until prior arrangements are made. The housekeeper is on a schedule.
2. Must rent for at least three nights.
3. No more than one small house trained/friendly dog.
4. We will need prior identification of names of drivers of all cars for the Laurel Valley Guard Gate to provide a gate pass for duration of visit.
5. Absolutely no smoking inside the cabin.
6. Items found in the refrigerator/ shelves can be used as desired. Please do not leave immediate perishables in the refrigerator to spoil.
7. Please load and turn dishwasher on before you leave. Do not leave dirty dishes except in the dishwasher.
8. Strip used sheets (only sheets) from beds and leave on floor. Leave used towels on the tub/ bathroom floor. Please do not leave wet towels on beds or carpet.
9. When leaving please raise thermostat setting to 80 degrees in summer and lower to 60 degrees in winter.
10. If used - Leave door key in Lock Box by front door.
11. Due to prevalence of raccoons and bears in Laurel Valley, upon leaving please take your garbage to the Laurel Valley trash compactor (turn right on Laurel Road and go about a mile to find Compactor on right.) Leaving the compactor go back on Laurel Road to first right turn which will go by golf course and straight out the Guard Gate.
12. By booking you agree that the cabin owners are not held responsible for renter's personal injury, damage to renter's property or injury to renter's guests or damage to renter's guest's personal property.
13. The person booking the reservation agrees they are at least 25 years old.
13. Cabin is rented on as "as is" basis. We will do our best to make sure all amenities are available (wifi, TV, etc.). Please let us know if something is not working.
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I am a retired engineer who loves outdoor activities. Pat and I own a cabin in Townsend TN as a second home and would like to share it when available to like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. The cabin is located in Laurel Valley, which is a gated community with a beautiful golf course located close to the entrance of the Smoky Mountain National Park. The cabin is nestled in the trees giving it a secluded feeling.
I hope you will enjoy visiting my cabin and enjoying the Smokies as much as I have.