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Rippling Waters Retreat | Riverfront Rustic Cabin

Entire cabin hosted by Mike
12 guests3 bedrooms6 beds2 baths
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This cozy, rustic cabin is nestled on the bank of the scenic Little River in quaint Townsend, TN. Just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove, and other attractions, this cabin combines the feeling of solemn remoteness with the convenience of local walking-distance amenities, including a grocery store, gas station, and restaurants. We are family friendly and welcome you to make a tradition out of bringing your family to Townsend each year, just like our family did when we were children!

Guest access
Within 5 business days of your stay, we'll email you a code to access the property along with instructions for using the code.

Places for sleeping

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.81 out of 5 stars from 154 reviews


Where you’ll be

Townsend, Tennessee, United States

Rippling Waters Retreat is situated directly on the Little River in Townsend, TN right in the heart of Townsend. The cabin has a secluded feel, though it is less than a mile from restaurants, attractions, a gas station, convenient store, supermarket, and more. The cabin shares many acres of land and river frontage with other cabins.

Hosted by Mike

Joined in November 2015
  • 154 Reviews
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My name is Mike Chandler. My family began vacationing to the Smoky Mountains when I was a child. Every year we stayed somewhere new, that is, until we discovered Townsend. One year, while driving from Chattanooga to Pigeon Forge, we drove through Townsend, and fell in love with the quaintness combined with how much there was to do in one little area. Townsend seemed close to everything, and yet far enough to feel like we were really “getting away” on our vacations. That was the year we first saw our cabin. We discovered the cabin and others nearby, then owned by the same owner, which offered just what we wanted: A rustic and remote feel, riverfront property, plenty of space, and nearby restaurants, things to do, and essentials. Townsend had it all, and the cabins were like heaven to us! So we began coming back every single year, and as our family grew, more people came with us. My sister’s family grew to three children, and each year they brought their five. I eventually married Melanie and she began coming with us. We made the cabin a yearly Summer tradition until September 2007 when my mother passed away after a three-year fight with cancer. Before she passed away we had one more vacation in June, and we will forever cherish that last vacation with mom at the cabin. Her passing made returning to the cabin too painful, however, and we didn’t return for nine years… By 2015, Melanie and I had grown our family to three boys—Caleb who was 5, Logan who was 3, and Timmy who was 1. When faced with the decision of where to vacation that Summer, Melanie suggested we return to that cabin. At first I was hesitant, but looking back I’m so glad she encouraged us to go back. That Summer we returned to the cabin and it was amazing to introduce my sons to the place I loved so much. That Summer Caleb caught his first fish, as did Logan with my help. We went to Dollywood, we ate at all our favorite restaurants, explored Cades Cove, and made some amazing memories. When we arrived that year we noticed an ominous ‘For Sale’ sign posted in front of the cabin. It wasn’t until the end of our stay that it sank in what the sale of the cabin might mean. What if the new owner didn’t rent out the cabin? What if this would be the only opportunity I would ever have to share the cabin with my children? What if my grandchildren never got to go to the cabin?! As this reality sank in, I realized just how many other people enjoyed the cabin other than us, and just how much was at stake if the cabin were to sell. We wrote down the phone number on the ‘For Sale’ sign, called the owner, and the rest is history. Today, Rippling Waters Retreat (formerly Smoky Mountain Log Cabins, Cabin #8) is available for rent, like it always has been. We desire to make the cabin available for families and future generations to experience the beauty of the “cabin experience” which we have come to cherish and adore. We invite you and yours to come make a tradition of experiencing the beauty of the Little River’s rippling water in beautiful Townsend, Tennessee.
My name is Mike Chandler. My family began vacationing to the Smoky Mountains when I was a child. Every year we stayed somewhere new, that is, until we discovered Townsend. One year…
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Mike is a Superhost
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $350
Cancellation policy