After reading a review of the Brother's Cove cabins a few years back in Southern Living, I had it saved in my bookmarks. So this summer when we planned a Tennessee vacation, our stay was going to be at Brother's Cove. Let me preface this whole review by stating that we are flatlanders...not used to a lot of mountain driving. We rented Buck's Lookout, which was one of the higher elevation cabins. When we arrived there we were more than pleased. The pictures shown on the website didn't do justice to what a neat cabin it was and the incredible views. We felt the cabin experience was even better than expected. Our cost was around $240 per night in the height of vacation season. An incredible value for a place like this. I would easily pay twice that now that I've visited and stayed there. We stayed with another couple and the cabin was plenty big enough for all of us. The high ceilings and magnificent vistas made it feel like the place was much bigger than the actual square footage. We found all the accommodations to be quite adequate for our five night stay. The view off our back deck was so impressive that we spent every evening in the nice reclining chairs out there, enjoying the view and the mountain air. Mornings were amazing...we took hundreds of photos of gorgeous sunrises and smoky vistas. I cannot say enough good things about the cabin we rented. It had televisions and DirecTV, but we never turned on any of them. I did hook my MP3 player up to the stereo there a few nights to provide some music while we were grilling (bring your own charcoal) burgers and steaks. I should also note that this cabin had no Wi-Fi or internet service, but we did fine with our smartphones. Verizon for sure had good service where we were. Now I'm going to address the only two slightly negative items, and please don't let these turn you off on the place. These are just things that made me a little uncomfortable. First, the second story bedroom in our cabin was about five degrees warmer than the temperature on the lower floor. We had some hot days where we needed the AC. When it was 72 downstairs, it would be about 77 upstairs. However, there were two electric fans stowed away upstairs, and each night we used those in our bedroom. We slept quite comfortably with these. But had we not had these, I think I would have been downstairs sleeping on the fold-out couch. As it cooled off overnight, this was not as big a problem. And I'm sure it's only a problem just in the very warmest months (we were there in early July). The other item I need to address (and noted it in the title of this review) is that the drive up to our cabin (and again, ours was WAY up the mountain) involved quite a bit of uphill driving on switchback roads. There was one spot near the Cement Pond (community swimming pool) with a sheer dropoff on one side that made me feel uncomfortable. Our friend who drove had no trouble at all, so maybe my comments should be heeded only by the acrophobic. Once we got up to our cabin, the short drive up the cabin's driveway seemed to be at a 45 degree angle. Each time our driver pulled into the driveway, he admitted he was a little uncomfortable with getting to our parking place. Let me also note that most of these roads are one-way roads, so it's not like you have to worry about oncoming traffic. If you can handle mountain driving and don't have any fear of heights, you'll do fine even at the highest cabins (after all, that's where the best views are). If you are like me and would have to drive to your cabin yourself, you might want to get one lower on the mountain. Again, please don't let my comments on the AC and the drive up turn you off on this place. It is really, really a great experience and I will definitely go again. It was only maybe 15 minutes from our cabin into Pigeon Forge, so town wasn't far away. It was about 30 minutes down to Cade's Cove, so that wasn't far either. These cabins are perfectly situated for a lot of day trips (we even drove over to the Biltmore one day). I heartily recommend these cabins and think they are a tremendous value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the idyllic Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, our Great Smoky Mountains retreats give vacationers an opportunity to experience some of America's most picturesque, natural beauty. Gorgeous handpicked homes, cabins, and chalets in Brother's Cove and the spirited towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, offer vacationers a once in a lifetime experience, marrying the great outdoors with vibrant culture. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Brother s Cove Log Cabin Hotel Sevierville