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“Pioneer Cabins - Perfect Smokey Mountain Cabin Retreat - Clean & Affordable”

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Pioneer Cabins & Guest Farm
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“Pioneer Cabins - Perfect Smokey Mountain Cabin Retreat - Clean & Affordable”
Reviewed 1 October 2010

We just completed our second anniversary vacation to The Pioneer Cabins in Townsend, Tennessee. Again, the cabin was completely furnished, very clean, and the Owners, Diane & Roger were wonderful in their attention to detail and interest in providing first class service while ensuring their guest's privacy. Pioneer Cabins also has farm animals, a petting zoo, and Diane is constantly working on her organic gardens, from which she provides fresh organic vegetables for her guests daily.
We spent the week sleeping in, hiking, biking, golfing, and just sitting on the front porch of our cabin looking out over the beautiful mountain valley.
My wife and I travel often, but the Pioneer Cabins is the one place we go back to every year. I highly recommend Pioneer Cabins for couples or families looking for an option to the neon overload of Gatlinburg.
For golfers, one of the best kept secrets is Lambert Acres Golf Course located between Maryville and Townsend, TN. Lambert Acres has 27 holes of golf in a mountain setting that is second to none. The course is is fantastic condition and the walking twilight rate is $10 or $ 20 with a cart. As a golf teaching professional, I can tell you there are no better golfing values to be found in this area.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2010

Set in a wonderful location right in the Appalachian mountains - this was a romantic getaway after having visited New York, Nashville and Cookeville. We were staying at The Roosters Perch and Diane, the owner couldn't have been nicer. She explained how everything worked upon arrival and we just loved the cabin!!!Very comfortable with great views night and day, of the mountains. The hot tub and bbq was the cherry on top!
The king size bed was really comfortable, with a fan above if it got really hot. The air con. was great and we needed it as the weather was glorious.
When we were leaving I couldn't find my sunglasses and just left, thinking I had probably packed them, but 20mins later Diane tooted us down on the highway found them in the car park!! great service. Thanks Diane! We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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South Carolina
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Reviewed 16 September 2009

We stayed 3 nights at the Pioneer Cabins. We were in the Bunkhouse and our son and his bride were in Trails End.

The bunkhouse was spacious. There were three twin beds (in the living room) for children. Our bedroom was private with a door that closed, so that if we had children along we would have had privacy. King size bed was comfortable with lots of extra pillows and extra blankets. Two bathrooms in the Bunkhouse was very nice to have, even though there were just two of us staying.
Diane, the owner/host was VERY nice. She made us feel welcome, and was kind enough to give us a quick guided tour of our cabin upon arrival, showing us where various items in the cabin were located.

She was always available, but never intrusive.Once when we locked ourselves out of the cabin and had to call her, she cheerfully showed up with a key (within minutes of our call)-she was smiling and nice even though we surely inconvenienced her with locking ourselves out.

I loved the fact that they had a computer area/games/DVD's/ washer&dryer on site and open and available 24 hours a day.

They have a garden and put various vegetables from their garden in a basket in the computer area for any of the guests that would like to have them. That was nice when we wanted some veggies to go with our steaks on the grill.

There is also a petting area with goats, sheep, etc. Great for kids but also for adults.
Jacuzzi/hot tub on back deck was REALLY nice, especially after the long drive to the cabins (we drove from Illinois).

Our son got married at the cabins on another property NEXT DOOR to this property and that also was very nice as far as the wedding went. So if you are planning a wedding, the place next door to Pioneer cabins has a beautiful area for weddings especially for those who are into horses. You can find the link to this wedding area on the Pioneer Cabins website.

The only drawbacks I saw were that the cabins did not have central air, but instead, had window AC units. Also no ceiling fans in the bedroom which would most likely not be a big deal to anyone else, but we just are used to the fan running at night.

The cabin itself was very clean, nicely decorated with a "cowboy" or western theme.

I think if you are looking for a relaxing romantic get-away, any of the cabins at Pioneer Cabins would fit the bill. Also if you are a family with children the Bunkhouse Cabin we stayed at would be perfect-the petting area is just a few feet away, through a little trail in the woods. They offer horse riding for the kids every day, and I think this is free. Another advantage to the Bunkhouse is there are no stairs to climb, even getting up to the front door. It is a ramp. So it is good for elderly, or physically impaired folks too.

It is also a great place for a group of sisters/women to get together for a girls weekend.

Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Provo, Utah
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Reviewed 18 August 2008

We were looking for something quiet and out of the way near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We wanted a fun place to stay for a family of four.

Pioneer cabins definitely exceeded our expectations! The cabin was clean, tidy, and rustic in the woods, but with great views from the deck. The farm had a petting area and an organic garden to get vegetables from. The hosts were warm and welcoming. Roger even stayed up late to make sure we could get into our cabin without any problems. Diane spent some time telling us about the cabins and the area.

Our trips to Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge were all easy from this location!

We definitely plan to go back as soon as we can!

  • Liked — The cabins were wonderful and the area was peaceful, quiet, and beautiful. The dogs living on the farm adopted us and would visit us on the deck or near the grill.
  • Disliked — No phones or internet from the cabins, although our cell phones worked and you could get wireless Internet from the main office desk.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 19 September 2007

Terrific accomodations, a peaceful environment, and outstanding proprietors add up to a memorable visit to the Smokies. Our cabin was spacious, clean, and afforded us a delightful view of the serene countryside. We spent lots of time looking up at the stars from the comfortable hot tub, and enjoyed the quiet at night for sleep profound.

My highest recommendations for Pioneer Cabins--you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Oklahoma
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Reviewed 10 April 2007

We had a 3 night stay in the Trails End cabin. Had stayed in the same cabin 15 years ago for our 1st Anniversary. Just as peaceful and private as it was back then with the added bonus of a hot tub.
The kitchen has everything you might need for cooking a meal. Two decks. Rocking chairs in front, table and grill on back deck.
Lots of nice big towels. Very comfortable queen bed upstairs.
Great views. Quiet and peaceful.
Loved our stay!

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  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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KY
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Reviewed 8 January 2007

We had rented one of the cabins from the previous owner and had a really nice time. We came back to Townsend Oct. 06 and stayed at Pioneer Cabins again. We were so disappointed. The original owner had taken most of his acreage (60 acres?) and put up a fence around the cabins and new owners building. That left all of 13 acres to walk with the cabins throughout. We stayed in a 4 bedroom, 2 bath cabin and were sorely disappointed in the state of the cabin. There was so much mold in the sides of the tubs, I wouldn't let my kids even think about taking a bath. Never could get the hot tub to warm up and the owners used so many Bounce laundry sheets the bed was actually stinky. Mattresses were in bad condition. We will never stay here again.
Mom of 3

  • Liked — views
  • Disliked — dirty
  • Tips/Secrets — if you stay here, bring a bottle of bleach and your own sheets.
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Pioneer Cabins & Guest Farm
Address: 288 Boat Gunnel Rd, 288 Boat Gunnel Road, Townsend, TN 37882-3908
Region: United States > Tennessee > Townsend
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Townsend
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabins in a country/mountain setting located on an organic farm with fresh chicken eggs, garden vegetables, herbs, berries and fruits. A place for you to enjoy an active and healthy life style, play with funny farm animals, harvest fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers for your healthy gourmet meals. Enjoy hiking trails, outdoor fitness, and then relax in an outdoor hot tub to rejuvenate your body and mind. ... more   less 

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