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“Beautiful location, nice rustic cabins” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Top of Townsend

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Top of Townsend
OH
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20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, nice rustic cabins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

We've been here four or five times over the past six years, and we always enjoy our stay. The location is very pretty and forested--the cabins aren't too close to each other, so they have a nice private feel. There is a narrow, steep drive to get up to the office and cabins, but keep in mind you ARE on a mountain! We've stayed in most of the cabins, and liked them all; this time, we were in the White Pines cabin, which is one of my favorites. Very reasonably priced for how much space you have, and the full kitchen, with full-sized appliances, is really convenient. The cabin has a nice wraparound deck with plenty of seating, a grill (charcoal), and the hot tub. I suppose the cabins are showing their age somewhat--in this one, the lights on the hot tub didn't work and one of the stove burners didn't work. Note, though, that these things seemed pretty minor, so we didn't bother talking to the owners, who we've always found to be very friendly, to try to get them fixed. The furniture is rather old, but it's not bad. My husband and I both slept pretty well. I loved being able to keep a fire going in the fireplace--it didn't smoke, and relaxing by the fire in the evenings was great. There was plenty of free firewood provided. Even in this "small" cabin, you get a bath and a half, so no jockeying for bathroom space, and we didn't have any problem with hot water or water pressure in the shower.

I really enjoy staying in Townsend--it's a quick trip into the park, and the Cades Cove loop road (very busy in the fall) is easy to get to. If you want to go into Pigeon Forge (we always stop at the Old Mill restaurant and store) and/or Gatlinburg, they're only about half an hour away. You can also get into the two towns via the park road, although that way takes a bit longer. There's a decent-sized grocery store in town, plus plenty of cute shops and some decent restaurants. If you're into tubing (we haven't tried it ourselves), there are several places in town catering to that as well.

Overall, I'd recommend Top of Townsend--we'll definitely continue to go there!

Room Tip: Take your own pillows! (But I pretty much do that anytime I travel.)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Goodlettsville, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed with Top of Townsend Oct. 10-14, 2012. The first thing that hit us upon entering was the stale smell of old cigarette smoke. (You could see it in the yellowing walls as well.) The carpets were dirty and stained as well as the sofa and chairs in the living room. We were afraid to hang our clothing in the closets in case they absorbed the smell. We bought (and used) an ENTIRE bottle of Febreeze fabric refresher on the carpets, bedding and couches. We also bought 2 Febreeze plug-in air fresheners and a Febreeze candle that we left burning the entire time we were inside the cabin. We did have clean sheets and linens, but the comforters were very old and torn in places. The pillows were flat as pancakes (thankfully we brought ours from home). The hot tub jets didn't work properly (some didn't work at all) and the light in the hot tub didn't work. Getting the cover back on the hot tub was difficult, as you also had to put a 2X4 board underneath it to hold it up (it took 2 people). Then, to top it all off, the so-called "Christian" owners called us thieves for not telling them that we brought 2 teenage girls with us, thinking that we were trying not to pay an extra $20 rather than thinking maybe we just didn't think about it?!?! I will not support someone who openly claims to be a Christian yet deals with others the way the owner dealt with me.

Room Tip: Do not stay here
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Huntsville, Tennessee
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21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

we had such a great weekend my grandaughter loved the loaft and hot tub our 1st stay at top of towsend was in 2005 at teg tt and this time at back in the hallow ed and virginia are so special right down to the gift of the jar of jelly to die for we will be back soon

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Germantown, Tennessee
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

Two of us went with another couple to stay in the Smokey Mountains for three nights before going to Knoxville to attend a UT football game. I found these cabins through an internet search and was impressed by the photographs. We were NOT disappointed. Our cabin was perfect. It was secluded in the woods (beautiful fall colors everywhere) with a fireplace (wood already provided) and a hot tub! There was a wrap around porch, a metal roof ( wonderful when it rained) and it was stocked with everything we needed for two nights of cooking. It was clean and cozy! The owners, Ed (we never met him) and Virginia ( very pleasant, helpful person) have about 10 cabins they rent. Each have different names. Ours was called BACK in the HOLLOW. Go there, relax and enjoy!

Room Tip: Go on line and look at the pictures of the different cabins they rent! www.topoftownsend.com I be...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

A scary drive to paradise. We stayed in Bears Paw and it delivers! Very clean, it basically passed the white sock test and the hottub was a much enjoyed ammenity. Great value for so much space, a clean home and private escape. Townsend was one surprise after another...all good!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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asheville
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70 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2011

Top of Townsend has several cabins on a steep gravel road above their home. We stayed at "Way Up Yonder" for two nights. The wooded setting was pleasant, and the views were great, just as described on the website. The gravel drive was steep, and it's hard to imagine how folks would make it up there following a snowfall. The owners/host couple provide a nice gift of raspberry jam, and the cabin was clean and neat. The hot tub comfortably accomodates four adults and was a nice treat.

There isn't a washer/dryer in the cabin (although it's available in a different building), and there's no wi-fi. The TV is small - very small. The bedrooms have a bed but no furniture - the night tables and dressers are plywood pieces that fold up to the wall or out for storage. The kitchen cabinets and interior walls (above the first level, made of logs) are unfinished plywood. Although the cabin accomodates 8-10 people, plan to stagger showers as the hot water is exhausted after about twenty minutes.

The accomodation works well if your group doesn't have much interest in TV, can leave the internet acess behind, and doesn't mind taking the dirty laundry home.

There was a pleasant fireplace and plenty of wood was provided. The owners were responsive to minor inconveniences we contacted them about. The isolation (at the end of a dead-end road between Townsend and Cades Cove) and cozy fireplace were the parts we especially enjoyed.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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madisonville Ky
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2008

The main reason for our trip was to attend the Ky.- Tenn. fotball game a couple of days after thanksgiving. When we first decided to go to the Knoxville area, I started to look for a place to stay. I began looking at cabins, which were numerous and most were fairly expensive. I remembered that we had stayed at Top of Townsend in 2000 and that we had enjoyed ourselves. When I looked at their website I was amazed that they had not changed much, and even more suprised that the price was still the same as in 2000. We stayed in Bear's paw the price was $120 per night. This price was very reasonable for a 2 bedroom cabin. The cabin was very clean and well kept . They even had the fire place set up with wood and ready to light. Firewood had been stacked outside the cabin for us to use. If you really want a quiet Smoky Mountain experience away from the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but still close to the park you cannnot find a better place. I highly reccommend the Top of Townsend , and plan to stay there again.

  • Liked — Quiet mountainside location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tashbydale
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Property: Top of Townsend
Address: 460 Boat Gunnel Rd, Townsend, TN 37882-3910
Location: United States > Tennessee > Townsend
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Ranked #17 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Townsend
Number of rooms: 9

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