Hello and welcome to Buck Horn the first Cabin built after the opening of the National Park, Sugarland.
As usual I am excited about our Summer and Fall season that is upon us again. Let me start by apologizing to my regular guest and my new guest for being slow in returning inquiries. I have done extensive updates to the cabin after Spring Break. Everything from new Bath, new asphalt drive, updated kitchen, and a new AC system that is 5 tons of artic air conditioning and many others (to many to list). I just was not sure we would complete updates in time. The fire storm destroyed 2600 standing buildings. So you can imagine that help is in short supply. But our team did a amazing job and I intend to post some new photos . Many other updates that you will be tickled with as many where your suggestions.
As you may have heard we had a Fire Storm not long ago, Buck Horn was blessed to have missed it by a fire break called Highway 321. But we had high winds and our 15 acres had trees uprooted, So to make a long story short. We had inside and out side updates to do. So I am glad to report that we are booking reservations for the season now. I will also be accepting 5 night minimums this season but as usual I prefer 7 night stays. If you can not stay the minimum during the peak season try me anyway as I may have dates open. I have all ways work hard to get New and Returning Guest in at the cabin. Come stay and enjoy the Smokie Mountains and all it has to offer. Thank Y'all for all the well wishes and prayers sent our way during and after the Fire Storm. They really meant the world to us and our small staff, Thank You again and again.
The staff stands ready here at Buck Horn to meet your Lodging needs. And as usual point you in the right direction on the many adventures that are around every corner once you turn right or left out of our drive in the Heart of the Appalachians. Contact me soon as dates will go fast again this season.
If you are looking for something truly magical for your Holiday getaway, and are looking for a great view of the Appalachians,and you may be a J.R.R. Tolkien or a C.S. Lewis fan. AS the design and décor is liking to Riven Dale, down to running fountains on the cat walk on the upper level. Buck Horn is the Place for you and your family. Buck Horn, is the nick name the house was given by the locals. Buck Horn was one of the first homes built before the opening of the National Park and the 15 acres it sits on was chosen for its commanding view of Mount LeConte (the 3rd tallest mountain in the Appalachians by only 16 feet, elevation 6593 feet) and the mountain range that leads to the famous New Found Gap and now even has AC thru out.There is so much history that goes with this place, it's hard to put in a few short paragraphs.
There is also a Christmas tree farm near the house. The kids and adults alike enjoy making their own ornaments in front of the roaring fire with a steaming cup of coco at the ready. I can go on and on about this amazing place and will be glad too. I will give you all the details and give you a great rate for the Holiday. As rates tend to be much higher during this time of season. Do not worry about calling late as I will be up late. So if this wonderful place is what you are looking for do not wait to act as it will be gone quick. I just posted as available minutes ago. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and I hope it is with us here at Buck Horn Lodge.
Wow, where do I begin? The house was designed and built by Bruce McCarty in the late 40's, and completed in 1952. The house is of Frank Loyd Wright inspiration, as this was Bruce's influence while he attended Princeton and through out his career. The house began as a family retreat for all seasons. The site for the home was picked just after Tennessee was awarded the Site for the entrance into the Great Smoky Mountains.
Bruce wanted it to be special where the family could gather for all types of family events, and this being Bruce's first house he designed and built he was looking for just the right spot and boy did he find it. I consider it his master piece and we are talking about the fellow who designed the World's Fair in Knoxville (see wikipedia Bruce McCarty) I could be a little partial. The local newspaper wrote an article about Buck Horn upon it's completion in 1952 claiming such revolutions as complete with washer and dryer, sleeps 14, hot water heater, and full kitchen and bath. The construction is unique in that the whole lower floor is constructed of giant flag stones,polished wood inner wall's and ceiling's, and of 18 inches of solid granite that was recovered from the foot of Mount Le Cont (not one piece of sheet rock in the house).
The den area was designed to give you the feeling you are sitting under a shade tree situated as to have a picturesque view of Mount LeConte. With its massive fire place, polished hard wood ceilings, built in viewing couch, large flag stone floors that continue through the 18 foot soaring windows out onto the veranda over looking mighty Mount LeConte, you have the feeling of being outside, as this was the intent.The guest who have stayed at Buck Horn comment on how they loose sense of time and find it hard to leave, even with it being so much to do in the local and surrounding area.The view from the den is all inspiring no matter what the season it could be the fall with the changing of the leaves as you watch the colors change as they rise up the face of LeConte or when it snows and you are nestled by a roaring fire and you seem to be out side in it as it flutters on to the veranda, or the spring when the bloom begins and the colors abound every where you look.If you have read the Lord of the Rings it's like your own private Rivendell and when the Fire flies are in action you can almost hear the elf's singing. .
Also, on the lower level, there is a spacious fully equipped kitchen, half bath, laundry room, and a cozy home theater with 62' Pioneer Elite Plasma Monitor with Yamaha and Harmon Cardin surround system. The seating in the theater is a custom wrap around couch that is stuffed with the equivalent of 20 down blankets(too comfy). The upper floor is a cantilevering masterpiece constructed of 12' clear pine polished walls,vaulted ceilings, with floors that look as if they are from an old Chris Craft Boat.
Two of the three bed rooms have private balconies that seem to float magically a great place to start your morning with a cup of coffee or a place to catch up on that book you have been dying to read, and they are connected by a masterful cat walk that over looks the valley leading up to Mount LeConte. Just like the lower level, there are windows galore all with custom brass rolling screens. The upper level wraps up with a full bath, a third bedroom with an amazing view and plenty of closet space.
I would love to have you come and enjoy the wonders of Buck Horn and her great history. Buck Horn is designed to be used year round.