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Tatonka Lodge, 2 master suites on a buffalo ranch!

Bedrooms 4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Looking to get away to the mountains with your family? Tatonka Lodge is the perfect choice for large families, or groups, traveling together!

Our custom log home sits on a private 65 acre buffalo ranch. Enjoy viewing our buffalo when you drive in or stop by in the morning at feeding time! The cabin was completed in early 2008 and is over 3500 square feet, plenty of room for everyone to spread out. So, whether you are looking to hit the slopes at Cataloochee Ski Resort in Maggie Valley (only 12 miles away) or visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville (only 30 minutes), there is plenty for everyone to do in The Great Smoky Mountains!

Tatonka Lodge, (Indian word for buffalo), is ideal for large families vacationing together because we have 2 master suites which each have private doors leading to the back deck with a fantastic mountain view.

Once inside, you will be in awe of the huge stone fireplace in the great room, surrounded by plenty of seating area for a large group. Also, rest assured the children will be well entertained downstairs in the game room where we have a life size chess set, pool table, air hockey, ping pong & foosball. Also enjoy an evening in our 8 person hot tub out back!

Children will love the hike through the woods to the brand new play area, The BC Corral! This custom designed area has everything from swings, zip line, slides, teeter totter, cargo nets, rock wall & even a horse shoe pit for the adults! The kids will love it here!

If you are looking for a quiet 'get away from it all' retreat, this is it! Enjoy long hikes on the property, fishing on the Pigeon River (within walking distance from the log cabin) or take a trip into town to do some shopping or antiquing.

We are pet friendly, size doesn't matter!

Our other cabins:

Timber Hollow,sleeps 10- VRBO # 581708

Bison Overlook Lodge, sleeps 8 - VRBO # 131294

Buffalo Bungalow, sleeps 2 - VRBO # 409851

Fun things to do: Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Biltmore Estate, Ghost Town, hiking at Chimney Rock, tubing at Deep Creek, Fun Factory, Indoor skydiving, visit the Elk in Cataloochee Park, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Casino in Cherokee, slide down the rocks at Sliding Rock in the Pisgah National Forest, downhill skiing, snowboarding & tubing at Cataloochee Ski Resort, golf at Waynesville Country Club, Maggie Valley Country Club or Ironduff Golf Course!

We hope many wonderful memories will be made while vacationing at Tatonka Lodge!

Please call Cheryl for more information about Tatonka Lodge. Also, more photos can be viewed of the property & large playground that was just built by visiting our website, be sure to look for the link below.

Keywords: Luxury Log Cabin

More Details

Cheryl Hillis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Cheryl Hillis

My brothers & my husband had shared a vision of expanding my fathers buffalo ranch when additional property became available to purchase. With all our knowledge & experiences combine we have built 3 log homes & have been renting them out since 2004. All the furniture in this cabin has been handmade by the wood on the property! Even the covered wagon bed, that was custom built my my father. Once my husband retires from the US Army in about 8 yrs our dream will be to build our log cabin on the property & be more hands on. God has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. We hope you love the mountains like we have all come to love being transplants from a very flat NY!

Cheryl Hillis purchased this cabin in 2008

What makes this cabin unique

While staying at Tatonka Lodge we feel you will really enjoy the peace & tranquility of being secluded on 65 acres. So many of our previous guest have wrote back & told us they had all these plans to sight see but then just loved hanging out in the cabin together enjoying the big game room & the children all love the uniquely designed playground as well as seeing the miniature horse, buffalo, goats & llamas.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cabin was a blast!! Thank you for having everything in it. We will be back!!
Jan 2010
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Tatonka Lodge, 2 master suites on a buffalo ranch!
average rating of 4.8715596 based on 141 reviews

great escape time

  • 5 of 5

very nice cabin in the middle of the wild, but close to the slopes and the fun. very comfortable and equipped with everything needed. We had a wonderful time visiting your cabin. It had everything we needed and wanted with an amazing view. We had young kids with us and they were entertained with all the games and toys you had available to us in the basement. The only downside was the basement bedroom with the double bed was near the water pump and there was a loud noise anytime someone used the water. Other than that it was a perfect place to stay!!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Felipe, So glad you all enjoyed your stay. We just heard about the noise & will be replacing the pump!! Thanks. Cheryl
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Awesome Cabin on a hill

  • 5 of 5

We all enjoyed the Great Buffalo Creek vacation

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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we all agree that we would like to make a trip to Tatonka Lodge a family tradition

  • 5 of 5

There's so much to say, I hope I can get it all in. We just returned yesterday from three days at Tatonka Lodge - it was incredible! Preparation for the trip and all of the information necessary to get there was very helpful; Cheryl was amazingly responsive to every call and email. We were there with our grown children and grandchildren ages 8 mo, 3, 6 and 8 and we had a blast! The weather was extraordinarily warm so we didn't get the chance to enjoy a fire but we will be back so will get to do that next time. We all enjoyed being outside - the workout/hiking trail to the tether ball area and the playground was alot of fun! The cabin is beautiful and we felt right at home from the minute we arrived. We loved the game room! The kids slept on the futons in the loft and loved it! The beds were comfortable and even with everyone there, we had plenty of space inside and out places for quiet moments. The view from and around the property is breathtaking. The kids enjoyed seeing the llama, buffalo, goats, rabbits, horses and ponies! We also enjoyed sitting out on the deck. The location of the hot tub is perfect for enjoying the view or enjoying a beautiful starry night! It was an amazing 3 days and everyone is in agreement that we would like to make this a family tradition. We met Stevie and Jacob (?) who were working hard on the farm I'm sure making more incredible spaces. They were so NICE and helpful and we were able to convince them to return for lunch to enjoy some homemade vegetable soup. We enjoyed their company. It was also nice to see pictures of the building process. Amazing work! Congratulations to all that contributed and continue to work so hard. Guess I'd better comment on the driveway. The lower section of the driveway had just been paved making that first hill much easier. I'm glad that I didn't have to drive but I'm a nervous driver :( No one else in our party had any trouble (we were driving a truck, and 3 SUVs). Just be prepared for a steep steady climb but once there, it is SO WORTH IT! You'll be in heaven on top of the mountain! Thank you Cheryl for your responsiveness. We will be back......... and can't wait!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kathy, I am so glad you all enjoyed your stay! Thank you for taking time to leave us a 5 star review! We GREATLTY appreciate it! Yes, we are thrilled we were able to pave the 1st 1/2 of the driveway!! :). WE would love to have you back as our guest, just a reminder, past guest never pay a deposit & they receive our past guest discount when they book directly through us :). See you next time! Cheryl (Jacob's sister :))
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Wonderful stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Tatonka Lodge with 6 children, 4 adults and a few dogs. There was plenty of space and activities for everyone. The property and owners were above what we expected. We would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carole, We appreciate you taking time to leave us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Tatonka Lodge. See ya next time..also, reminder, repeat guest that book directly through our website never pays the security deposit & you will receive our past guest discount! Thanks, Cheryl
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Loved It!!!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time staying in Tatonka lodge. The home is beautiful and has everything you need. We had 10 people ages 11- 70+ and everyone enjoyed it! There was plenty of space for everyone and the game room was especially nice and used by everyone! We enjoyed the hot tub daily and the fire pit one night to make s’mores (a nice added touch to have that as a welcome basket). We enjoyed the hiking the trails and the bison feedings several morning. Cheryl and her family are the nicest people and very helpful. The driveway was our only negative. The location of the house is perfect for daily outings to Asheville, Cherokee, Maggie Valley, Lake Junaluska, and Black Mountain. I would recommend staying at this house, just be ready for the driveway. If the driveway was paved all the way up it would be fine.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: SO glad to hear you all enjoyed your stay! We have plans on paving the bottom half the beginning of Sept! Thanks, Cheryl
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Exceeded my expectations!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we were in awe of Tatonka Lodge! It was breathtaking...we walked in & was happy to see the Smor'es basket since we forgot to pick up marshmallows!! The cabin was the best stocked cabin that we have ever stay in!! Plus all teh amenities as well as the animals...what more can you ask for! It was so cool to see the new bison calves that were only 3 weeks old! Everyone we met were so friendly, it was like they actually liked being there...we will definitely be back & will tell our friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chris, Thank you for taking time to leave us a review online! SO glad you all enjoyed your stay & that you got to see our new calves...they are adorable! Would love to have you back next time you come to visit the Smokies! Cheryl
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Cataloochee Ski Area


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Hot tub fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

$35 cancellation fee will be deducted for any cancelled reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Clyde Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , dual shower heads in custom shower, heated tile floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , dual shower heads in custom shower, heated tile floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double vanity, shower in seperate room, toilet in sep. room
  • Both master bathrooms have heated tile floors, jacuzzi tubs & dual headed showers!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , custom log bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , custom log bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , custom log bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , custom covered wagon bed & twin over full bunkbed
    Loft - 2 sleep sofa /futon , full sized futons
  • King size beds (1) 2 master suites, both are custom made log beds. Jacuzzi tubs in each master bath, doube vanities in each along with dual headed custom tiled showers. Both bathrooms also have heated tile floors., Queen size Beds (1) This is also a custom log bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) This is perfect for the kids, this bed is a custom built Covered Wagon bed!, Baby Cribs (1) Pack-n-play, Bunk Beds (1) Log bunk bed, also custom built with a twin over a full.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • tennis
Enjoy time relaxing or you can take a hike up the mountain & see magnificent views! Kids love the outdoor fire-pit w/ FREE firewood for roasting smores! Check out our other cabins: Timber Hollow (sleeps 10): #581708 Bison Overlook Lodge (sleeps 8): #131294 Bison Escape (sleeps 6):#725816 Buffalo Bungalow (sleeps 2): #409851

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