Unaka Cabin is a historic log cabin constructed in the mid 1800's from logs cut on the property. It has been renovated with all customary comforts but with a style that preserves its historic charm and character. It offers privacy while being only 1 mile from the town of Monteagle, police and fire. Unaka Cabin is located on the property formerly known as Camp Unaka, a girls camp which ran from 1911 until 1936. Unaka means 'falling waters' in Cherokee and undoubtedly refers to the two large waterfalls that are clearly visible from the rear of the cabin in the fall and spring but lulls you to sleep all year long. Unaka Cabin was for years the summer home of the noted Methodist Bishop of Tennessee, Vanderbilt Trustee and friend of President Teddy Roosevelt, E.E. Hoss.
The large log living room with vaulted ceiling boasts hard wood floors, hand crafted glass windows with transoms above. It has a original wood burning stone fireplace, a bear skin rug on one wall and a beautiful trophy deer on the other. Both bedrooms have private baths and are air-conditioned but rarely needed even on the hottest summer days due to the ever-present cool mountain breezes. The master bedroom has a fabulous valley view from two sides of the king-size bed and has glass doors leading to a large screened porch with bluff views on three sides. The entire log living room is fronted by a large covered front porch with a panoramic view of beautiful sunsets and the valley below all famed by mountains on three sides. The view is considered the finest on the mountain and is almost as spectacular at night as the farms in the valley light up. Unaka Cabin is free from highway noise and the rustling of waterfalls, rushing streams, gentle breeze and frequent song birds are all you hear.
There are wonderful paths down the mountain when your looking for a bit of adventure and it is a short easy walk to the Assembly and all the summer activities for every age. Sewannee, the home of the University of the South is just 6 miles from Monteagle and offers a vast array of activities including uniques eateries, antique and quaint shops filled with works by local artists, the recreational and intellectual offerings of the university and a small stone movie theatre with first run movies for $3.00. Monteagle is close to interesting areas such as Bersheba Springs, Coike Ovens of Tracy City, Jack Daniels Brewery and the many attractions of Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta.
I am from New Orleans and met my wife in Memphis where we were both teaching. We have two wonderful grown sons and I have been an independent school President and Headmaster for the last 32 years. We have been blessed abundantly by God and are living our dream in Monteagle. I now travel the nation helping schools protect their students from illegal drugs with hair testing. We loved designing and building our new home on the bluff. We enjoy collecting antiques, Broadway theatre, tennis and taking naps and reading on the porches over looking the bluff.
The Owner purchased this cabin in 1988
I have not missed a summer in the Assembly in Monteagle in 60 years and it has been a life long dream to have a log cabin on the bluff close by. As a child, I played in this old log cabin on the bluff and my wife and two sons and I have now enjoyed 27 years of 'heaven on earth'. Combine the wonderful activities of the Assembly (one of the last true Chataquas in America) with the privacy and majesty of the cabin on the bluff and it just doesn't get any better than this. We have built a permanent home on the bluff and now are happy to share our 'heaven on earth' with some new friends.
Unbelievably beautiful view and log cabin was charming andcomfortable! My family didn't want to leave and we considered staying. I napped on the back porch and loved listening to the birds and the waterfalls. We will be back!
Wonderful cabin with amazing views. The cabin was charmingly rustic, very clean, and so comfortable with everything we needed. The side screened porch, swing at the bluff, and front porch rocking chairs were each perfect places to relax and enjoy the view. Several areas with amazing hiking and waterfalls are nearby. The hosts were so gracious and helpful. We wish we could come once a month to unwind.
We enjoyed our second visit to Unaka Cabin and added hiking to our list of activities. We never turned on the A/C and didn't need to. On our last evening, we actually had to use blankets on the porch--in August! Divine. We can't wait to get back and are planning to do so this fall!
Our family of five (three adult/college age children) spent three wonderful nights in this enchanting cabin on the bluff. We read, napped, played cards, worked puzzles and visited with each other --TV turned off, cell phones turned off, no computers, just the incredible view.
We started in the morning with coffee on the front porch and through the day migrated to the hammock, the swing on the bluff, the bench on the point and finally to the screened porch. We walked a little but didn't venture too far as we didn't want to leave the cabin. We watched a storm roll across the valley and dozed while the rain rolled off the roof.
Inside, the cabin is charming. The two bedrooms (and two baths) are perfect for two couples or a family and the daybeds in the main room are perfect for accommodating more. The ceiling fans and mountain breezes kept us plenty cool (in August!) and the kitchen was outfitted with everything we needed, even a dishwasher.
The owners were so lovely and gracious, seeing to it that we had everything we needed and more. We can't wait to go back and are already planning a return trip next year, if not before! It was very,very difficult to leave that screened porch and that magnificent view...
The view is absolutely spectacular! My family and I were at the cabin the week of July 4th and we can't wait to go back. The birds and crickets will lull you to sleep. Although air coinditioned (which we never turned on), the ceiling fans throughout the cabin kept it delightfully cool. At night, we used blankets to stay warm while we slept. The nearby hiking trails, restaurants, and The University of the South provided plenty of options for entertainment away from the cabin. The owners were delightful and saw to it that we had everything that we needed for a comforable week's stay.