About this listing
Fern Gully is Quiet & serene yet just 12 miles to Gatlinburg, 5 to the most hiking trails in whole area. Deck over stream, private access. 5 miles to best swimmin' hole around! Filled with artifacts from Elkmont & the creation of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park! LGBT friendly.
The White Tail Room features a king sized Tempur-Pedic Bed, perfect for sore muscles in the evening. So far I've received rave reviews.
Welcome to the quiet side! Fern Gully is eco/friendly, creek-side & your quiet sanctuary away from the crowds & heat. Yet she's still just 12 miles from the action of Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge. Rates deeply discounted while I do outside work. Special offers during larger projects! Just ask!
Fern Gully has amenities not available to list on site so I'll mention them here
-HUGE screened deck overlooking stream spanning nearly entire length of cabin. One rental off to my end on other side of creek but view to your end is wild forest! Rocking chairs, picnic table for 6. Lights illuminate water at night.
-Propane/Infrared hybrid grill for greener & faster grilling
-King sized genuine Tempur Pedic bed in main guest room, one conventional double & single in second guest room (also the laundry room). Eco friendly detergent provided.
-Great room w/ vaulted ceiling, full kitchen, fireplace (wood not included), double reclining leather sofa & 52" flat-screen HiDef TV w/ Roku, cable & Pay per view (rates apply).
-Privacy curtain between you & my seperate entrance
-Steps leading down to your private access to the stream
-Shower with wand head & 2 seats
-Our side of the Park is a hiker's paradise w/ more trails than anywhere else. No need to go through G'burg!
FERN GULLY'S UNIQUE FEATURES:
Rates always below Airbnb's suggested rate considering unique amenities. Deeper discounted while I work on outside projects.I'm booking fast, so act now!
My room's a studio apt w/ sound insulated walls & separate entrance behind curtains. EVERYTHING PICTURED IS YOURS! We share just the front yard & only hear each other through a few floor creaks. Unless we just bump into one another you'll only see me if you so choose. I don't do laundry while you're out. My dog Zoinks loves guests!
*Historic, one-of-a-kind furnishings!*
Fern Gully is rich with artifacts & memorabilia from my family's history behind the creation of the Park. My Great Grandfather lobbied Roosevelt to create The Park & single-handedly rescued the rivers' trout population decimated by logging. The reward was to be one of the few families in the world to have cabins in Elkmont, last inhabited community in the Park & home of the world-famous synchronous firefly colony. Many of Fern Gully's furnishings are from our cabin.
- All floors are hardwood/bamboo.
- Oatmeal, local jams, ciders, coffee & tea provided along with the best sourdough bread you've ever tasted.
- Detailed House Manual on kitchen counter
- Small library, games, coloring books & puzzles for rainy days.
- Guidebook section on this Airbnb site full of itinerary suggestions and a map.
-More details in "other things to note" section.
- EVERYTHING PICTURED IS YOUR SPACE! Our only shared area is the front yard & laundry (which I only do when you're out). Should you go outside while my dog is out, she's extremely friendly. Like any neighbor, I always knock if I need to tell you something, or we can communicate by email or Airbnb chat. I don't have a cellphone .
Interaction with Guests
- I won't intrude, both my dog & I are friendly, outgoing & love to help! I can't receive texts, but we can communicate through email & our Airbnb conversation.
-House Manual has the info you need w/out assistance
-My hours of availability are 11am-7pm
-Lyme disease treatment has destroyed my immune system, so during cold/flu season I avoid direct contact unless absolutely necessary. You can always email or msg me through Airbnb, however.
Very quiet. Most other cabins are rentals. I've been here many years without problems. Though close to action of Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, it's still quiet & secluded.
- Free outdoor parking for up to 4 cars (depending on size) onsite.
- Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge have cheap trolley system so you can save a bundle on parking fees & the hassle of heavy traffic.
- When in Gatlinburg or Newport be conscious of speed limits. They *mean* it!
- Should you decided to hike a trail that is not a loop to get to your car, my friends shuttles provided by A Walk in the Woods.
Other Things to Note
- Dont trust GPS! Print & follow my directions. Best routes change seasonally, daily & hourly.
** PLEASE READ QUIRKS/RULES OF MANUAL IN KITCHEN! Some seem strict or weird but this is why:
Cabin + Rainforest + Stream + Wildlife = weird stuff
THINGS TO DO:
1) Have fun w/out even leaving FG! Splash in the water, play board games, read a book by the fire, watch Hi-def TV, dine by candlelight or just hang out & listen to the sounds of nature.
2) Neighborhood has partially forested loop exactly 1 mile from gate to gate. Great for walkers keeping track of distance.
3) I offer personal tours of Elkmont. $40 for entire group, tips greatly appreciated.
5) A Walk in the Woods has something for all interests & fitness levels. Featured on Travel Channel, voted Top Guide by REI, listed as one of the top experiences in the area. 5 ☆s on Trip Advisor. Call for reservations or to tag along on another trip if available.
6) Mountain picnics, local crafts & pioneer celebrations year-round.
7) Climbworks, #1 zipline in the country & just a 5 minute walk from FG. A 2 HR guided tour over the treetops. See the forest from a whole new perspective. They also have a mtn bike roller coaster!
8) Greenbriar in the Park just 5 minutes away. So lovely it's a top wedding spot. Picnic, swim, stroll or hike. Breathtaking views!
9) Cosby Campground only 10 minutes away has the most trail-heads in Park.
9) Countless things to do year-round in the Park! Hikes for all fitness levels, beautiful vistas to see by car & many programs. Celebrate pioneer heritage w/ food, music & demonstrations. The Wildflower Pilgrimage in April proves why we're called "The Wildflower National Park." In Summer, see one of the rarest occurrences in nature; synchronous fireflies. Colonies exist only in Elkmont & Malaysia. There's swimming, picnics, wildlife, horseback riding, hikes, the pioneer settlement Cades Cove, fishing & more! Fall's display of colors defies description & the Harvest Celebration is fun for all ages! Winter has some of the most beautiful views of mountain ice & snow in the country. I haven't even begun to cover it all!
As for the rest of these attractions, they may not be in the park but they're still blast! Use Trolley system whenever possible.
1) See masterpieces of pottery, glass work, leather work etc, created by local folks in the Artist Colony! Visit the beautiful & historic Buckhorn Inn w/ an unparalleled view of Mt. LeConte, a world renowned labyrinth & a peaceful pond complete w/ swans.
2) Ripley's Aquarium is #1 in the country w/ good reason. It's awesome!
3) Dollywood is one of America's top rated theme parks & it's right here! Ride The Wild Eagle, first & only winged roller coaster! The Mystery Mine is steepest in the country. A must-go for brave (or crazy) roller coast fans! Demonstrations of old-time Appalachian arts. Escape summer heat at Dolly's Splash Country!
4) About an hour & a half away (w/ beautiful mtn views), visit the largest home in the country, Biltmore House & Gardens in Asheville. Spring grounds are breathtaking & holiday decorations are not to be missed! The city is a filled w/ art, music & dining.
Here are a few dining ideas for you:
- After your day at Dollywood, have a wacky, funny & kitsch dinner at Dixie Stampede. I still can't figure out how that guy stands on the backs of two galloping horses while they jump through fire. Holy moly!
- Barely 3 minutes away is Cobbly Nob Pizza Cafe, which delivers during Summer - including uncooked steak dinners for grilling out! Be warned: the pizza is horrible! Still, they've got GREAT burgers & fries!
- Carver's Applehouse has a market w/ apples, jams, ciders local produce & a restaurant w/ *gorgeous* view of orchard & horses. Almost every Spring there are foals flitting. The specialty is complimentary apple fritters w/apple butter.
- The Mountain Lodge is just this side of Gatlinburg. Their biscuits w/ sausage & gravy is highly addictive!
- For something more upscale, the Buckhorn Inn has a great breakfast along w/ that LeConte view along w/ nice porch w/ rocking chairs to rock that "I'm so stuffed" feeling away. Dinner is said to be great. Reservation required.
- If you don't mind waiting in line a bit, The Pancake Pantry in G'burg is one of the 1st eateries in town. It's world famous for breakfast & it deserves its reputation.
Hopefully I've given you at least an idea of all the wonders & thrills we have here & your wanderlust is calling you! If it is, I hope you'll visit me & Zoinks at Fern Gully!
- PLEASE read *before booking* Details in kitchen manual but this gives you the info for first coming in.
- No pets, no exceptions. Please no service animals (allergies).
- Earliest check in is 3 pm, but come late as you want. Checkout by 11 am.
-Airbnb requires full head counts for insurance purposes. For example, if it's you & 1 friend, reserve as TWO guests.
- Unless you have diabetes or balance issues, this is a "no shoes inside" house. Bring comfy house shoes or extra shoes to wear while inside. Don't drag luggage across floors.
- Cabin not child proofed. No kids under 12. Infants not walking accepted.
- Call ETA before arrival AND exiting interstate (cells lose signals in mtns) so I'll have Zoinks (dog) inside. DON'T OPEN GATE IF SHE'S IN YD! Stay in car, honk your horn & I'll come get her. Remember, I don't get texts and nearly all cell phones do not have signals up here.
- I change sheets upon checkout. Don't make beds. It's a big help to strip sheets.
-Cook top & counters are *very* easily scratched. EZ instructions on their care in manual in kitchen.
- Help keep Fern Gully eco friendly by turning off lights when not in use. Especially the front and back floods; they shine in the neighbors' bedrooms.
- In a nutshell, treat FG & Zoinks like they're all you have in the world, bcz it's true for me. :)
Amazing - sitting on the back porch by the river is just the best! Everything was just as described - it really is awesome all around!
Our host welcomed us and had treats waiting in the fridge- delicious locally made juices and jams and a loaf of fresh bread from the bakery.
The place was immaculate and my favorite part was the porch overlooking the creek. There were interesting and attractive, locally made crafts and art around the house and it had a very cozy authentic,homey feeling. Claire was unobtrusive, and we were gone from morning til night so we didn't get a chance to get to know each other, but She seems like a wonderful person.
Beautiful location, as described. Love the creek! Very hospitable. All was as described and more!
My friends and I had a wonderful time at Fern Gully! Claire was non-intrusive, but at the same time very helpful. We had a lot of fun using the kitchen, which has just about everything you could need to cook whatever your heart desires. We also made full use of the TV, and were not disappointed. The great room is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and watch a movie. Fern Gully is the kind of place where you could spend as much or as little time as you wanted. You could spend whole days in the cabin without getting bored, but it is close enough to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other attractions that you may not need to spend a single minute in the cabin except to sleep and get dressed.
FernGully Lodge is a place I won't soon forget. The cabin is amazing. The creek is very relaxing. Beds are comfortable. Claire even makes her own ice cream! I plan to return in the fall or winter if possible. Claire and Zoinks are amazing hostesses with great stories. Please take the House Manual seriously. There are lots of irreplaceable things in the cabin. And be mindful of cleaning up after yourself!
Thanks so much for staying with us at Fern Gully & come back when the Black Bear Suite is all dolled up! I'm very excited about it. Thanks so much for understanding about the House Manual's oddities concerning life in "the wild" with so many critters roaming about & the Elkmont artifacts so dear to both my family's & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! So special! Also very sweet of you in cleaning up, making life as a broken-down disabled gal very much easier! :)
Creekside Cabin is great. The porch is amazing! My husband and I loved sitting in the porch drinking a cocktail while listening to the water. The living room has a very comfortable leather sofa and having Netflix gave us a lot of options for TV watching. The bed is comfortable, the kitchen spacious and the shower is a good size. The location is great because it's not near the craziness of downtown Gatlinburg, but close enough (about 10 minute) drive. At first, we were a little scared of all the rules that Claire has, but they are all pretty easy. Claire is actually very laid back so don't let the rule book turn you off because it's really a book of common sense information.
We had a great time staying in Claire's beautiful cabin. It is spacious and private and just the perfect way to experience life in the Smoky Mountains. Claire is very helpful with her time and knows pretty much everything about the area. And if she's made ice cream when you visit, make sure you have some!
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About the Host, Claire
I was raised in Elkmont, the last inhabited community within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My parents also had a home in Knoxville where we spent the most of the year, but I still believe I grew up in Elkmont. It shaped me into who I am. In fact, it wasn't until years after we were evicted that I learned fireflies (we call them lightnin' bugs) were not all synchronous. I thought that was the norm! I was surprised when I found out there are only two of these populations in the world. One right here in Elkmont, and the other in Malaysia.
Growing up I was an enthusiastic horse lover, and rode professionally as a backcountry guide and horsemanship instructor in Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Montana. It was Montana that caused a major shift in my plans.
Before I worked in Montana, I attended FSU as a theatre major. I was positive I would live in "the big city," preferably New York. But after my experience in Montana I realized the mountains still called to me. I returned to East Tennessee, graduating in Wildlife Biology. I then became a zookeeper at the Knoxville Zoological Gardens. But all that changed when I was diagnosed with Late Stage Lyme Disease, a nasty debilitating version of what most people are familiar with. Once I became disabled it was clear I had to be more creative in ways to support myself, and Airbnb was a life saver! My favorite thing about hosting is having the pleasure of meeting new people from all places and all walks of life.
I was blessed with this wonderful cabin by the river left to me by my parents, who purchased it when it became clear the NPS was kicking us out of Elkmont for good. They knew none of us could survive without the mountains and they were right! I live here with my dog and when I sip my coffee looking over Webb Creek I can't imagine living anywhere else. I hope you experience at least a taste of this when you visit Fern Gully.
There is one thing I request from all of my guests. No matter how insignificant or large it is, please do not hesitate to offer suggestions and constructive criticisms at any time! Don't be shy. You can let it all out with me! It is extremely important to me to be the best host possible, for you to get the most value for your hard-earned money and most of all, that you have the most fun and relaxation possible!
At Fern Gully, *everyone* is welcome, regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. This is where you can truly be yourself, regardless of what that means! Be relaxed, refreshed, revived and rejuvenated in your own little cabin in the woods!