Quirkiest cabins in the Smokies: Our top 10 ranked

This "Tiny Cabin" is located in Newport, Tenn and sleeps up to three people (photo courtesy of VRBO)

This "Tiny Cabin" is located in Newport, Tenn and sleeps up to three people (photo courtesy of VRBO)

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If you’ve stayed in a cabin in the Smokies more than once, first of all, congratulations, you lucky person, you! Second of all, you may have noticed that most of them have similar features: Natural wood, black bear-themed decor, fireplaces and log furniture. And personally, I love it.

But if you’re someone who prefers going against the grain a bit, this list might just be for you.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that quirky doesn’t mean bad. In some cases, it means just plain awesome, unique, or insanely huge. In fact, we love quirky.

Read more: 6 tips to consider BEFORE you rent a cabin in The Smokies

So without further ado, we will now proudly present our 2020 list of top ten quirkiest “cabins” in the Smokies:

Each of these cabins are available for rent on VRBO.

10 quirkiest

10. The Grand Orchard Lodge: Huge luxury cabin that sleeps 104 adults

That’s no typo! This luxury lodge houses up to 104 adults. And at an average rate of $1,554, this place can actually be quite a bargain at about $15 per person per night!

This luxury getaway features massive windows, open gathering spaces and expansive ceilings. There are a total of 11 sofas surrounding the fireplace, eight indoor dining tables (with several more outside), a plethora of rocking chairs, two hot tubs and an indoor pool.

And in case any of those 100-something people are starting to get on your nerves, you’re only about 10 miles away from Pigeon Forge and one mile away from downtown Gatlinburg.

The unit has 14 parking spaces, so carpooling will be required. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find 103 friends.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $1554/avg per night
  • 20 bedrooms / sleeps 104
  • 20 bathrooms / 1 half bath

9. Summit Castle: Hot tub, theater and fire pit

Hear ye, hear ye, y’all!

This property is described as a one-of-a-kind luxury log castle, which finished construction recently in 2018. Resting on a 3.5 private acre lot, the castle boasts six stunning bedrooms with space to sleep 24 and an impressive list of amenities. As guests pull into the circle drive, park under the portico and walk into the double castle doors, they’ll be amazed at the magnificent views from the 3-story cabin. Each space in this rustic-style castle has been beautifully designed, from the stone turret and log exterior to the incredible open great room and dining area.

Guests will also enjoy a barn-style theater room with reclining theater seats, premium cable, a basketball arcade game, pool table, air hockey and arcade system. It’s also located just off of Wears Valley Road, so many of the area’s popular destinations are just a short drive away.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $1080/avg per night
  • 6 bedrooms / sleeps 24
  • 6 bathrooms / 1 half bath

8. Rolling in the Hay Red Barn: A unique ‘country’ aesthetic

If castles aren’t quite your style, don’t worry. We’ve covered the whole spectrum on this list.

But this little barn might just surprise you with its brand new furnishings, wrap around deck and steamy hot tub for two. Guests can enjoy the simple things in life such as roasting marshmallows in a private fire pit, sitting in a tractor seat at the breakfast bar or cooking on the gas grill. Just off the kitchen is a full bath with a stand up shower, and the living room features an arcade console game, flat screen TV and electric fireplace.

This barn is located just minutes from the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and makes for a great, memorable honeymoon suite.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $159/avg per night
  • 1 bedroom / sleeps 2
  • 2 bathrooms

7. Shiner’s Shack: A tiny cabin with private hot tub

Tiny houses have been increasing in popularity, and now you can try out your very own tiny mountain cabin.

Shiner’s Shack offers a rustic experience in a great location — located in Newport approximately 35 minutes from Gatlinburg and 45 minutes from Pigeon Forge.

This tiny cabin features less than 200 sq ft of space and offers a private, cozy and rustic experience with comfort at an affordable rental rate overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains. The cabin features all the basic amenities you need for a weekend getaway plus a fire pit, charcoal grill and small kitchenette.

Shiner’s Shack is fully equipped with a mini fridge/freezer, stove, oven, small table with seating for two and a full size bed.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $99/avg per night
  • 1 bedroom / sleeps 2
  • 1 bathroom

6. The Pillars: A mansion with pavilion and 16-person hot tub

This upscale mountain home has an extravagant look and feel with huge outdoor seating areas.

This rental was custom remodeled to include the perfect mix of amenities. Guests can prepare meals in the large kitchen with ample counter space and all the appliances a person could need.

Conveniently located in Pigeon Forge, guests are just minutes away from all the attractions. But there’s so much to do at the home that you may not want to leave! Try a game of pool in the game room, play on a classic stand-up arcade game or play in the private outdoor splash pad. If that’s not enough, relax in the 16-person hot tub and finish out the evening with a movie in the covered outdoor living area.

This cabin is within walking distance to The Old Mill.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $1809/avg per night
  • 9 bedrooms / sleeps 30
  • 7 bathrooms / 1 half bath

5. King of the Mountain: Sleeps up to 84 people

With 18 bedrooms, 18 bathrooms, a theater room, indoor swimming pool and two hot tubs, King of the Mountain definitely lives up to its name.

This home is divided into four floors, making it perfect for a large family, church group or anyone who has a whole lot of friends.

The eating areas look like dining halls with ample seating. The theater area and game room can keep guests so entertained that they’ll forget Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only a short drive away.

There’s also ample parking, providing easy access for buses or vans.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $3369/avg per night
  • 18 bedrooms / sleeps 84
  • 18 bathrooms / 1 half bath

4. Whispering Waters: An A-frame purple palace chalet

This chalet makes it to number 4 because of its unique design. The interior is less like most cabins you’ll see around the Smokies, and a lot more … purple.

Whispering Waters is an upscale designed A-Frame chalet with a lofted bedroom and two bathrooms located in a secluded wooded setting near a stream. It’s close to downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The upper deck offers a hot tub and seating, the lower deck has a patio set for two and a charcoal grill. The cabin is accented with a fireplace, furnished kitchen, soaking tub and hot tub. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway.

Guests also have access to the three club houses with swimming pools and tennis court.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $200/avg per night
  • 1 bedroom / sleeps 2
  • 2 bathrooms

3. An Incredible Mansion with private pool, theater room

This mansion will make you and your group feel as if you have an entire resort to yourselves. Guests can take in the mountain views while enjoying the location, which is within the Arts and Crafts Community. Guests will also enjoy their own private pool room with theater screen. This mansion also has covered decks, patios, fireplaces, a pool table, a large grill and full kitchen. The photos say it all!

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $1607/avg per night
  • 6 bedrooms / sleeps 18
  • 7 bathrooms

2. Lil’ Red Caboose: A train caboose turned rental cabin in Bryson City

This is one of only a handful of known Caboose Campers in existence, and it’s a must-do for train lovers. Or anyone who loves a new experience.

Some items in this caboose were left to feel like the original experience of what it was like staying in one of these in the early 70s, while many other amenities were updated to make the stay more comfortable.

The bedroom has a queen bed, and the dinette table is able to convert into a large twin. The kitchen is equipped with a toaster, microwave, mini fridge and coffee maker. The bathroom is small, but it does have a full shower and hooked up toilet. The caboose is just steps away from a creek and has a covered porch and rocking chairs.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $85/avg per night
  • 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4
  • 1 bathroom

1. Cabin on the Water: Accessible only by boat, canoe or kayak

No cable, no wifi, no phone, no AC — no problem! And yes, guests WILL have to own a boat, kayak or canoe and paddle for about 30-45 minutes to reach this off-the-grid retreat.

This boathouse still has everything you could need with a kitchen area, fridge, two-burner cooktop, basic kitchen supplies and a water filtration system. The bedroom area has two full beds. There’s even a real bathroom with a marine toilet with marine toilet paper provided.

A double kayak is also included with the rental. This place takes unplugging to a whole new level.

Learn more or reserve now on VRBO.

  • $108/avg per night
  • 1 bedroom / sleeps 4
  • 1 bathroom

We hope you enjoyed our list! Let us know your favorites in the comments. And enjoy your trip to The Smokies!

Disclaimer: These cabins are hand selected by the staff at TheSmokies.com from a collection of top-rated cabins on VRBO and HomeAway. Reviews, availability, photo quality beautiful aesthetics and availability all play a role in our selection process. To nominate a cabin for a future list, please email info@thesmokies.com. We do collect affiliate income on rentals through our affiliation with VRBO. Contact us at info@thesmokies.com for questions or comments.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at info@thesmokies.com for questions or comments.

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