The SpaceThe Cozy Wren's Nest is a 1,000-square foot cabin located in the Cherokee National Forest, about 10 minutes outside of Newport, TN, and 20 minutes from The Great Smoky Mountains. The cabin is equipped with all the comforts of home. It sleeps 4 with the comfortable trundle bed in the music room.
The owners live in the property next door, but are basically invisible, you won't see (or hear) them unless you need something. Then, they are more than happy to assist you! The living room has large windows facing the deck, which is usually populated with birds or squirrels. The owners will provide you the bird seed to feed and enjoy all the different species all day long, or if you wish, they can feed the birds for you. Usually around dusk, the raccoons will come by to finish off the bird seeds. They're cute and fun to watch, but please don't try to interact or pet them as they ARE wild animals! The deck runs along the face of the house, and on one end there's a kick-out that features an electric barbecue, and table and chairs for four with a shady umbrella. The view is at mid-tree level of the hills near and far. We're surrounded by pine, cedar, oak, gum, maple, and sycamore trees. The twinkling small town lights are pretty to look at when it gets dark. However, the stars fill the night sky and will put on quite a show for any star gazers delight! So, what are you waiting for? C'mon down (or up if you're from Florida)!
You may hear a clicking sound... coming from your phone or laptop. We have WiFi access, and we're told that the internet comes in "fine" and both Verizon and AT&T cellphones have great reception. Truth be told, the internet service we have isn't the fastest in the country, but you can keep in touch with the outside world just fine. Guest AccessThe circular driveway brings you right to your own parking spot right outside your door. During the early summer/early fall, hummingbirds will welcome you on the way into the cabin. There's also a ramp leading around the other side of the house to the front deck and door. Interaction with GuestsWe'll be here to greet you and see that you get settled in. Usually, you'll be greeted with a fresh baked batch of cinnamon rolls! We will provide you with a complimentary bottle of cider, or red or white wine to help you unwind from your trip. Also, there is a Keurig coffee pot, tea bags, hot chocolate, and Southern Sweet Tea mix. Fresh, super clear, reverse osmosis filtered drinking water is provided in the kitchen. The pantry will have some snacks if you're a little hungry: crackers, popcorn, and chips. Beyond that, if you want information about places to go out to dinner, or grocery shopping, let us know. Otherwise, we'll basically stay out of your way. We're kind of knowledgeable about the birds and other animals around here, so don't be afraid to ask! We have several brochures for the adventures around here, from aquariums to zip lines, plus menus from the various restaurants in town. We can also tell you how to get to Walmart— or Food City, the main places to shop in Newport. For more information on things to do around Newport, just give us a call and we'll help you plan all your fun in advance. To name a few: there’s rafting trips in Hartford, Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville, ziplining with Pigeon River Canopy Tours over the Pigeon River for the adventurous, Climb Works, Ripleys Aquarium in Gatlinburg, also great snow skiing in the winter, and shop till you drop stores, craft fairs, and the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park for photographers and hikers. Dollywood is in Pigeon Forge, the Titanic Museum, theaters, shows, great music at the Smoky Mountain Opry are in Pigeon Forge. A journey through the music of your life, from high-energy country to rock 'n roll, big band, gospel and movie greats. All this is about 35-40-60 minutes away tops, and so much more! And the best part is, when you’ve had enough traffic and people congestion, noise, confusion, and yes - - exciting fun, it’s so, so nice to have a short drive home to peaceful relaxation! The night before you check out, there's a batch of cookies waiting for you to munch on while you travel home. The NeighborhoodThe neighborhood around The Cozy Wren's Nest is rural. Neighbors are watchful for unusual vehicles and behaviors in area. On the way out of town, you'll pass farms with horses and cows, large log homes, medium sized homes, and trailer homes. Building codes are fairly relaxed, so the variety of homes is endless. Try not to be frightened, it gets better! The cabin is nestled at the foot of a hill, facing a 10-acre field. A Black Angus farmer has about 14 well manicured acres next to us, and about a dozen cows and a few baby calfs (ahh!) that are mostly pets to them. Other than a occasional "moo" you don't even know they're there. But they are sure pretty to look at! To the other side of the house on the drive-way side, is a seasonal creek down in the gully and too steep to hike to. In back of the cabin is 5 acres of steep hillside which provides a home to all our mountain critters. This is Tennessee ... hills, hollers, and more hills. There's rarely any sound coming from the neighbors, because there's only the cows! It's extremely quiet, with only the sounds of nature (other than lawn mowers now and then). No planes, no buses, no sirens, no freeway. Just nature. It's the perfect place to just kick back, meditate your troubles away, and rewind. Getting AroundThe cabin is about five miles from the minor HWY 25/70, and seven from interstate 40. There's two ways to get to I-40; one is very scenic when the kudzu is growing during the summer, it looks like a magic forest! The other route takes you through farms and small neighborhoods. Both will get you into town. There are no buses, and only one taxi company. The nearest airport is in Knoxville (McGee-Tyson TYS), about 70 miles away. Knoxville is a great little town, and the trip there on I-40 West is all smooth freeway. There are malls and restaurants galore. We're only about 10 miles from the Tennessee-North Carolina border, so heading east on I-40, you'll end up in Asheville, NC. There are a lot of good restaurants, and shopping! The road there is all freeway, but it's going downhill through curve after curve for 65 miles. Make sure you do the speed limit! There are several sights to take in there, and festivals all year 'round. About half-way to Asheville, you'll see turnoffs for the Harrah's Cherokee casino, if gambling is what you'd like to do. We'll point you in the right direction for whatever you want to do! One of our very favorite towns is Waynesville, NC! There's so much shopping for people who love hand-made quality items, and the people are very friendly! For a special ice-cream treet, go to Jack The Dipper for freshly made warm waffle cones. Oh! So delicious!!! Tell them that Yvonne sent you! Other Things to NoteOur county is partially "dry." You'll be asked for your ID when you order liquor in restaurants. Even Dad, at age 90 had to show his I.D. Seriously! You can't buy beer, wine, moonshine (legal), or hard liquor on Sundays or holidays. Weekdays, beer and wine are available in the grocery stores, the hard stuff is sold in three different liquor stores. If you're curious about moonshine, there are two distilleries in town; one from the famous Popcorn Sutton, sort of the grandfather of 'shine.
However, the main drink sold in the area is Sweet Tea.
*Please notify us immediately of any accidental spills so we can take care of it right away.
*Price does not reflect Airbnb fee. Responsible adult over the age of 21 must be present during duration of rental dates.
*Please leave cabin as you found it. Kitchen clean, dishes in dishwasher or put away etc.
*All trash to be gathered by guests upon leaving cabin and left by the door.