Your choice of either a full-size antique brass bed and art deco chifferobe, or two twin-size 1940s beds, desk and chest of drawers. Both are private rooms with the bath in the hallway.
The available bedrooms and bath are upstairs in a two-story, 2400 sq ft house. The house has mahogany siding, big front porch with porch swing and sitting area, and a large back deck with hot tub with hydrotherapy jets. Beautiful views, lots of windows, hardwood floors with wool rugs, tiled bath, antiques and vintage furniture, art, plants, and comfortable beds. From the hot tub on the back deck there is a view of the Cumberland Mountains. Fresh herbs and raspberries available in the summer months.
In addition to your private bedroom and bath, guests have a dedicated mini fridge in the pantry, and use of the kitchen, cookware and all appliances, washer and dyer, dining area, living room and porches. Kitchen, dining area and living room are one big room, and this is the common area. There is a TV in the living room with local channels. Off-street parking in the driveway.
Interaction with Guests
I am a self-employed craft artist, so I work primarily from home. I am generally available for conversation and helpful hints about the area, if asked. You are invited to visit me in my studio while you are here (I will be glad to talk about my work!). Otherwise you can be on your own as much as you like. My dog BeBe loves people and loves to interact, and often has more free time to do so than I.
My house is located in a quiet neighborhood at the end of a dead-end street, on top of a ridge with views of the Cumberland Mountains. It is located in Anderson County, conveniently between the city of Oak Ridge (historic Secret City of the Manhattan Project and the development of the atom bomb) and the town of Clinton (historic town on the Clinch River boasting a thriving antique marketplace). Downtown Knoxville is a mere 20 miles southeast, as well as the Univeristy of Tennessee. World class rowing is only five miles away, at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge, and down the river a ways there is Haw Ridge Park with over 300 acres of trails, excellent for mountain biking, walking and hiking. Within 20 miles in any direction there is a multitude of activities including shopping, hiking, boating, fishing, mountian biking, live music, theater and restaurants, and great motorcylcle roads (my house is biker-friendly!). The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Dollywood, Big South Fork National Recreation Area, Frozen Head State Park, Cumberland Gap National Historic Area and the historic town of Rugby are all within a 60 mile radius and are easy day trips from my home. Norris Dam State Park, the town of Norris, the Museum of Appalachia and I-75 are all just 10 miles up the road.
Knoxville (20 miles away) has a city bus system, but you'll need your own vehicle to get around here in Anderson County and the environs!
Other Things to Note
*** Tennessee sales tax (9.75%) is payable on arrival to host and is not included in the nightly fee.
Coffee and Tea are provided! Light breakfast fare is sometimes available. Guests are are on their own for meals, and have a dedicated fridge and use of the kitchen and all cookware and (website hidden) and DVD player upon request.
The rules are few, and simple. If you use the kitchen, please clean up after yourself. You may bring your well-behaved dog, but I cannot be responsible for pet sitting, and I ask that you clean up after your pet, as well. Please ask before using an appliance that you are not familiar with. Smoking is permitted outside only (porches are smoker-friendly). The most important rule is that you enjoy your stay!
A beautiful house with great views of the Cumberlands; a delightful dog named BeBe who will adore anyone who pets her and takes her on long walks; delightful living conditions with private bath and refrigerator, plus the usual WiFi, TV, etc.--it's all there to be used by the guest; and the hostess, Anne Freels, is incredibly kind and attentive, has a great knowledge of the area from dining places to running/hiking venues.
In other words, I had a great time and highly recommend staying with Anne!
This has been my 2nd stay with Anne. I enjoyed her wonderful and kind hospitality once again. I was actually stranded at her house for 3 days due to an ice and snow storm, so I enjoyed full room and board, which goes way beyond what is expected of an airbnb host. Anne graciously accepted me and served delicious food throughout my stay.
Naturally I would highly recommend staying with Anne, and hope do to do so on my next visit to the Knoxville/Oak Ridge area.
Roland, Feb. 2015
This was my second stay with Anne- what more can I say than: absolutely the best! Thanks Anne for the great hospitality. I'll make it a point to come back on my next visit to Oak Ridge Lab.
Roland Hellman, Nov 2014
I had a superb stay with Anne. She is a very kind and attentive host, who went out of her way to make me feel at home. Her house is really wonderful and cozy, with everything one could ask for (including a fireplace for those cold months in the winter). The location is very convenient for exploring both Knoxville and the Smokies. Moreover, for people like myself working at Oak Ridge Natl. Lab, it is very conveniently located, being only 15 minutes distant.
I would therefore highly recommend staying here, and I look forward to another stay in the future.
R Hellmann, Nov 2014
We felt very welcomed to Anne's home.
BeBe her dog was also a great host greating us when ever we arrived home.
Ann's home is artistically decorated. I enjoyed the decor and the beautiful views of her property. When arriving back after a day out, it felt like home. We enjoyed our morning conversations with Anne.
Our room was very comfortable aith adjoining bath and large closet.
When we return to the area we would not hesitate staying at this lovely home with this charming lady.
This was a lovely place to stay and broke up our trip back to Georgia from Ohio. Anne was a wonderful host. She had just made muffins, when we arrived, that tasted wonderful. The house was just as she described it in her posting. We would highly recommend a stay with Anne Freels house.
Anne proved to be a most gratious and welcoming host. Her house is an eclectic yet delightful unic refuge located in a gorgeous spot. We only have high praise for her place and her warm and welcoming style.
I am a native East Tennessean who enjoys this type of traveling; in homes. I have hosted interns and grad students working at the Oak Ridge National Lab for the last three years, and feel well-equipped to host other vistors as well. I work at home, and in addition to the two extra bedrooms, I have both a studio and an office space. I have lived in this house, which I now share with a very friendly dog named BeBe, for over 20 years. My home is an eclectic mix of furnishings of primitive antiques to mid-century modern, with new appliances and comfortable bedding thrown in. I like to stay active and hike, camp, garden, practice meditation and yoga, and am a frequent visitor to downtown Knoxville where I attend art events and live music events. In the winter months there is always a fire in the fireplace and sometimes a bonfire in the fire circle in the back yard.