We took a trip to the Smoky Mountains (early April 2007) and were SO happy to find this spacious cabin run by a nice Christian couple (Top of Townsend - see their website). If you want to avoid all the tourism and busyness of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, and prefer a quiet woodsy setting, try one of these cabins. We stayed in their smallest one, White Pines. It was big enough to sleep 6, so with only 3 of us there was plenty of room. Note that this would also be a good place for a romantic weekend for 2. There were a few other cabins and homes nearby, but because of the layout on the side of the mountain and the woods, you really had a lot of privacy and it was practically like being there alone - very quiet. The website will show you accurate photos. It seemed quite clean and the decor was homey and cute, plus there was even a jar of homemade jam waiting for us there. There is a fireplace and they provide the wood for you. The kitchen has quite a few supplies, even dishwashing liquid, so we really didn't need to bring much of anything beyond our own food. There was a heating unit, and also a couple space heaters in case we needed them (we didn't). Can't speak for the A/C, we didn't use it. When I first located the cabin on line and saw it was only $95 a night, my husband said, "What's wrong with it?" Answer - nothing was wrong with it. But knowing it is in a tourist area, we had expected we would have to pay more than we did.
Cabin downsides? Could have used a little more room to hang or store clothing (bring your own hangers). Also, if you are a light sleeper you'd need to sleep in the bedroom (with a door you can shut), and not sleep in the open loft bedroom, as sound carries quite a bit up there from downstairs and from the wall heating unit. The bathroom doors were a bit off-kilter and made noise, and the back door needed work also. Still, we really liked the cabin.
Location-wise, if you stay here you will be very close to the Park and to Cades Cove. Townsend is a bit on the more rural and quiet side. Weatherwise, I'd suggest not going in early April. Being more in the south, we had hoped it would be less chilly and that the trees would be leafed out more than they were, but it was not to be. Tourist-wise, we did not run into any crowds or traffic jams, although the Sugarlands Center was quite busy even mid-week at this time of year, and we almost didn't get a parking spot at the trail head to Laurel Falls. I'd hate to think what it's like in the summer!
Hope this review is of help.