We found Country Manor Acres in Townsend, Tennessee ("The Peaceful Part of the Smokeys") to be both peaceful and a piece of heaven on earth. In fact, the beautiful guest house on 60 pristine, pastoral acres is such a find that we are almost reluctant to share it.
The website shows the home and the property, but seriously undersells what the place offers. There are two suites in this beautiful home. We stayed in one, the couple we traveled with stayed in the other, and we were both delighted with the old-fashioned charm and the very modern amenities. The second floor suite has two bedrooms, a sitting- room, a kitchenette (supplied with all the necessities) a large bathroom (with a Jacuzzi) and a balcony with a panoramic view of the mountains. The first floor suite, called the Octagon for its eight windows, each of which faces the well-groomed fields on which horses graze and a backdrop of mountains, has a full kitchen and a living area. The best part, however, is the wrap around porch. Sitting on one of its rocking chairs, swings or in its hot tub and being surrounded by beautiful mountains was the highlight of our Smokey Mountain experience.
For large families, Country Manor Acres has another house lower on the hill. There are at least four bedrooms and large kitchen. What really got the men in our group was the huge family room, which was fully equipped with a pool table and flat screen television.
Country Manor Acre’s location can’t be beat. It is a short ride from one of the National Park entrances. In fact, we rented bikes and were able to make it along the well-maintained path to the park in half an hour. Going uphill in the park was another story.
The owners, April and Reid, were as warm and welcoming as the home they built, and we look forward to many more vacations at their place. Perhaps we should have kept it our secret after all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 50 acres to explore with hiking trails, wildlife, fishing pond with small boats, exceptional mountain views, party barn to rent for parties, weddings, reunions or receptions, lots of parking, privacy, romantic guest suites at the Manor House for two to six, plus the Hay Loft Sky Cabin for families up to 12. Horse facilities. ... more less