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The Cove - Another Nature Lover's Paradise

73 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cabin in Townsend - The Cove

Private Wooded Retreat In A Hidden Limestone Cove

Like its sister cabin, 'Smoke Rise', 'The Cove' is located in the Sequoyah Village area of Laurel Valley in Townsend.

From the time you enter the drive, surrounded by huge, moss covered limestone boulders, you will know you've arrived at a very special place. Never before have we seen a setting so perfectly designed by Nature to embrace a small cabin.

You'll find high quality decor, linens, towels, and everything you could want to make 'The Cove' your perfect home away from home in the Great Smoky Mountains.

It is our goal to create a tranquil and serene setting that will help our guests to unplug and to enjoy the spirit of the mountains and the wildlife that lives here. Don't worry, we've provided TV, Wi-Fi and Phone, just in case you can't give up the gadgets totally.

'The Cove' is decorated in a primitive theme to match the beautiful interior of hand-hewn logs. Nothing says 'mountain cabin' like a warm evening by a crackling fire; so, during the season, enjoy the warmth and sounds of the real, wood-burning stacked-stone fireplace.

The kitchen has all the comforts of home, with everything you might need to cook full meals - or to nuke a burger.

If you love to grill out, we have furnished you with a gas grill for those steaks you get at the local IGA.

The huge indoor jetted tub will pamper you before you slip into the king-sized bed for a great night's sleep. Luxury linens, towels, pillows and blankets are all supplied. There's a walk-in closet to store the extra 'stuff' you brought along.

'The Cove' offers a park-like setting, surrounded by moss-covered limestone boulder outcroppings like those along the Little River in the Park. Catch a glimpse of 'Woody' woodpecker, or a red-tailed hawk as it navigates through the hardwood trees surrounding the cabin. Be on the lookout for the occasional black bear that wanders through the property.

'The Cove' is VERY motorcycle friendly! The access is easy and paved. Plenty of flat driveway parking. If you're a rider, you'll find Townsend to be a paradise. Every year, thousands visit the area to take advantage of these mountains and the day trips they offer and 'The Cove' offers a terrific home base for these trips. From 'The Cove', you're only a few short miles from the Cades Cove entrance to the National Park. While staying here, the Park is your playground. No matter what you like to do during the day, we hope you'll enjoy retreating to peace and warmth of 'The Cove' at day's end.

It is our hope that you will come to consider 'The Cove' YOUR home in the Great Smoky Mountains. We hope to see you soon.

If The Cove is not available for the dates you are looking for, see also Smoke Rise VRBO or Wildwood, our newest cabin addition just added October 2015.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Cyndie Cornelius
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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About Cyndie Cornelius

We arrived in the Smokies over six years ago. Our first trip was a fly fishing adventure. Until then, my only Smokies adventure had been Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Townsend proved to be an oasis in the mountains. The setting is serene and peaceful, and without the trappings of the more recognized areas. Trout weren't the only things hooked that weekend --- we were, as well.

Just one year later, we arrived in Townsend. It took a year to make it happen; but we were determined to make the Smokies our home. We surely cannot imagine living anywhere else. Waking every morning to the sunrise over the mountains and the sights and sounds of the birds and other wildlife is an unbelievable experience. We have, in the years after our arrival, started a real estate firm. It has been our goal to educate others about the wonders of living in this beautiful place and, if the fit is right, to help them with their goal to move here permanently or to find the perfect getaway home in the Smokies.

Cyndie Cornelius purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Cyndie Cornelius chose Tennessee

We had purchased 'Smoke Rise' in 2013 and had a ball redecorating, painting, furnishing and finding just the right things to make it the warmest and most inviting cabin anywhere around. We apparently accomplished our goal, as 'Smoke Rise' became incredibly successful. We really didn't want another cabin. We thought one was enough.

But there was one other in the area that we thought that if it ever came on the market, we would consider buying it because of its uniquely beautiful setting. The huge moss-covered limestone rock outcroppings were so unusual and the acre and a half lot provided privacy and room to roam. And 'Smoke Rise' was renting so well that we were having to turn people away. Unbelievably, it did come up for sale and we couldn't resist. Structurally, they are identical, and we have done 'The Cove' very similarly to 'Smoke Rise'. We go back and forth as to which is our favorite. They are similar; but each has its own distinct personality.

Stay in both and let us know which you like best.

What makes this cabin unique

It is our mission to maintain our cabins in a manner that will never disappoint. We are VERY local owners and we keep a watchful eye over our retreats. We have stayed in them ourselves, just to be sure that we've not overlooked anything guests may need to make their stay perfect.

We want you to consider 'Smoke Rise' , 'The Cove' and Wildwood your home away from home in the Great Smoky Mountains.


based on 73 holidaymaker reviews

The Cove - Another Nature Lover's Paradise
average rating of 4.9589043 based on 73 reviews

Great location....but could possibly need a new cleaning service?!

  • 3 of 5

We absolutely loved the location of the cabin in Townsend. It was secluded and private, yet close enough to attractions to drive there in a short while. The cabin was comfortable and decorated very cute. It was surface clean, but definitely needed a deep cleaning as there were alot of cobwebs and dust. There was also an odor that just hit you as soon as you opened the door. If it had been cooler outside, we would've had the windows opened.

It was advertised as having an iron and ironing board, but there was no board. Also, we had to run to town for soap as they only provided one tiny bar for two people to use for 5 days. No shampoo, conditioner, lotion or kleenex. Those little touches would have been appreciated.

All in all, our vacation was great. The local Harvest Fest was great, and Cade's Cove was our absolute favorite. We visited 3 or 4 of the wineries, and one of the best was right there in Townsend. Everything was provided to cook in the cabin, but we chose to eat out. The local dining was really good!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The smell you objected to was from a recent hickory smoke fire in the fireplace. This is a "cabin smell" that most guests are pleased to find. The Cove has a woodburning fireplace and it is well used this time of year. It is not a smell everyone likes, and it may have offended you, but most guests are pleased to have that. In fact, many guests are drawn to cabins that offer a real fireplace and prefer it to gas logs. The VRBO site clearly states the items that are offered to guests as a courtesy. These items are listed and include a generous supply of linens, sheets, towels, washcloths, kitchen linens, makeup removal wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, dish liquid, and dishwasher liquid. They include a starter supply of coffee, coffee filters, tea bags, sugar, coffee cream, salt pepper, fire starters, firewood in season, even laundry detergent. These items are far beyond what is normally offered in a cabin at this nightly rate. We do not supply personal toiletries of any sort, and there was no representation that we would. The bar of soap provided is there in case you have forgotten your own. These starter supplies are provided to get you through the night of your arrival. The cabin is in the woods and in the mountains. From time to time, especially as the cooler weather approaches, there is a chance of a cobweb forming in the cabin. It is curious to me that our reviews for this cabin has always included comments about how clean the cabin is. Our 71 five star reviews are reflective of the cabins condition and cleanliness and reputation. We have dozens of guests that are repeat guests and have made recommendations of our cabins to friends. The Cove is the favorite. The guests before and after you indicated cleanliness as a plus in their comments in our guest book. While we wish that we could make all our guests ecstatic with their stay, I suppose that would be too much to hope for.
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Couple from Crestwood, IL

  • 5 of 5

I don't know where to begin to explain the wonderful time we had. We so enjoyed the Cove! The pictures online do not do it justice. It was immaculate, had everything you would need for a wonderful stay. Location is quiet yet a short drive to attractions. We trailered our motorcycle and the area was great for riding. When we made a mistake with out check out date, Cyndi was understanding AND she found us another cabin to move to for our last night!. I couldn't believe she did that as WE made the mistake. But that is the type of people who you are dealing with, class act people!! I would highly recommend working with Cyndi!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well maintained. Great location.

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay at The Cove

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed The Cove very much. We found it to be very charming and pleasant. It was clean and cozy and well suppplied. It is located close to most attractions and many local places to eat. My husband and I would love to return. Thank you for this opportunity. We felt the cost of our stay was a bargain for all the benefits.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice cabin

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, nice cabin. We were trying to find a place last minute and the owner was very prompt and helpful. Enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing experience to be treasured!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at The Cove as we stayed last year for four days and my wife and I loved it so much we decided to stay a longer period this time! We again were not disappointed! We love the solitude when we want to get away from the world yet convenience when we want to pop out for something to eat or needing supplies! During the day it was go...go..go...but at night when we would round the bend into the driveway it was like our own home welcoming us back for peace and comfort! I can't say enough about how beautiful this place is and how well thought out the entire cabin was arranged! Cyndie and Warren did indeed think of everything and have worked hard to make their cabin feel like your home, and have accomplished just that! Can't wait to book another stay but this time longer....which means we might need a monthly rate....or if it ever comes up for sale we are putting an offer in with the 1000 other people that have fallen in love with it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
McGhee Tyson Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Laurel Valley Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Steak and Egg
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Ober Gatlinburg
Car: necessary

Townsend, Tennessee is a gateway community to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors to Townsend enjoy the Peaceful Side of the Smokies. Townsend is rich in wild life - most visitors come with hope of seeing the ever popular Black Bear that inhabit the Park and surrounding areas. 'The Cove' is nestled into the woods and is extremely private. Surrounded by huge, moss-covered boulders, this is a setting like no other. You'll feel you have stepped into the Park and you can anticipate the possibility of a critter sighting. There is an abundance of wildlife, including bear, deer, wild turkey, hawks and owls - just to name a few. You can spend your days watching critters at the cabin, or in Cades Cove. You can hike the trails, ride your bike, take photographs, fly fish or tube down the Little River. There are several tubing providers on the river. Most outfitters will hook you up with a tube and river access. You can float down the river for an hour of so. They will pick you up and bus you back to the starting point, only to do it all again. What a way to cool off on hot summer days!

If you ride a motorcycle, Townsend is the BOMB! There are dozens of day-rides from Townsend. One of our favorites is to leave Townsend and travel through the Park to Gatlinburg. Take a right at Sugarlands Visitors Center and you can ride to Cherokee, North Carolina in just an hour or so. Enjoy lunch and head back...time to burn. Don't forget to stop at Newfound Gap and Clingman's Dome. DON'T leave without your camera!

The Foothills Parkway is closer to home. Only a couple of miles from Townsend, this ride takes you across the ridge of the mountain with spectacular overlooks, to Chilhowee Lake. At the end of the Parkway, take a left and you're on the Tail of the Dragon --- 318 curves in 11 miles --- not for the faint of heart. If you're not up to that, take a right and visit the Highway 129 Harley shop. A longer ride will take you to Tellico Plains for lunch at the Tellico Plains Bakery, a great place to enjoy a meal before heading back to Townsend or across the Cherohala Skyway. I could spend hours talking about this; so just ask when you call. We may go with you.

'The Cove' is motorcycle friendly, with easy access and paved all the way.

A short, 30-minute ride from Townsend will land you in Pigeon Forge. A great place to visit but NOT the quiet side by any stretch of imagination. It's the center for entertainment and shopping in the Smokies. Home to the Tanger Outlets, countless restaurants and entertainment spots and the ever popular Dollywood.

Come join us in Townsend! On the Peaceful Side of the Smokies. We look forward to hearing from you.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Townsend, Tennessee

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £164
Cleaning Fee £53 + Tax
Tax Rate 17.65%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Townsend, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
  • Enjoy a soak in the indoor jetted tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • King Size Bed
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Barbecue
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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