Cabin is nice and clean and worked well for our group of four families. We had 13 people that included 4 children and a
baby. Home included high chair and pack n play. We enjoyed the decks and the mountain view. The outside ceiling fans made the deck pleasant even on warmer days. The kids and adults enjoyed the hot tub. We saw a fox walk along the edge of the woods a few times.
The Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the nearest locations to access mountain hiking trails and is less than 30 minutes away up Cove Creek Road. Some of the other places we visited included Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Bryson City, Asheville, and Clingman's Dome. Big Bear Rafting (highly recommended) is just up I-40 in Tennessee.
The Walmart in Waynesville is not very far away for the essentials (such as hand soap) and it is worth the drive to eat at Bogart's Restaurant and Tavern.
The kitchen itself is very nice with a five-burner gas cook top and two ovens. The cooking pots are in good shape.
Unfortunately the kitchen also had a few downsides. Prior to booking I wrote to the owner and asked:
"We plan to do a lot of cooking. Is the kitchen cookware in good working order? (We had a previous rental experience where there were plenty of pots and pans but they were rusty or flaking teflon and basically non-usable)."
The owner wrote "The kitchen cookwear will exceed your expectations."
The kitchen had two fry pans. One of them was stainless steel and had black gunk encrusted around the edge of the cooking surface. The other pan had flaking non-stick surface. I could not find a spatula or coffee grinder. I contacted the owner who responded:
"I assume that someone took the spatula and has damaged the frying pan as well. We don't offer a coffee grinder. Just
regular coffee pot and a Keurig. There is an electric frying pan that you can use that is new. Would you like me to have
someone bring you a spatula?"
The cookware did not meet our expectations. Using an electric skillet in an otherwise gourmet kitchen was not what I had in mind. I ended up buying a couple fry pans at Walmart. I suggest asking about this prior to booking if you intend to cook during your stay.
Don't have space here to write much else (including more of the great things!), but I do want to mention that the bunk beds
were squeaky and made it hard for some of the kids to fall asleep.
Overall we loved the cabin and had a great week!