We recently stayed at Auntie Belham’s and were given as complimentary stay as well in Country Charm. As you all know by now, my family and I LOVE traveling to the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. It is our favorite place to go as a family. It is my favorite place on this entire Earth. It is a place where we can come together as a family and just relax and regroup when things are hectic. And we try to get there as often as we can. We’d been for every season but summer so Clay and I decided to surprise the kids last week with an impromptu trip to Gatlinburg!
We always rent a cabin and when looking for last minute deals, this time we went with Auntie Belham’s. I browsed through several of my favorite sites and kept going back to Auntie Belham’s. We actually rented one cabin called “Winter Haven” for 3 nights and then received our review stay in “Country Charm cabin” afterwards and OH-EM-GEE I fell in love!!!
We stayed with Auntie Belham’s back in Feb/March so this was our second time staying with them and we already new that we loved the company, the service and their cabins. I just didn’t realize how much I love them. They have the nicest staff I have ever met. Everyone there is down to Earth and super helpful and friendly. I met the owner and he was just as friendly as his staff. He came out and introduced himself and shook my hand. THAT is good customer service and even though I love the other cabins we have stayed in and do recommend them as well, I will recommend Auntie Belham’s above and beyond any place I’ve stayed so far in terms of customer service. That is my personal opinion from my own personal experiences.
Because we are a large family, we like to rent a cabin so that we can take our own food and prepare meals at home. This saves so much money when traveling. And we like to be able to lay down when we want, watch tv, karaoke, play pool, get in the hot tub, spread out in different directions, have noisy kids and all the other things you can’t comfortably do in a hotel room. Cabins and houses just work better for large families. And they’re cheaper in the long run when you are a large group.
The cabins are all very clean and well stocked with pots and pans, cooking utensils, etc. Most, if not all, have a dishwasher. You receive a starter supply of toilet tissue, paper towels, garbage bags and dish washing liquid/dishwasher detergent. If you are going for more than a night or two, you’ll want to take your own as well. There are plenty of towels and the cabins we’ve stayed in all had a washer and dryer but it is a good idea to take your own beach towels if there are several of you and you plan on getting in the hot tub each night. Then just toss them in the dryer with your swim suits when you get out and you’re ready for the next night.
So, for the second part of our trip, we stayed in “Country Charm” with Auntie Belham’s. This cabin is so beautiful! It looks a bit small from the outside but it’s really not.
“Country Charm” features 3 bedrooms, sleeping up to 8 people and 2 bathrooms. One of the queen bedrooms and a bathroom are in the basement level. The game room is also in that level and is in its own room and there is a TV/entertainment center in there. So if you are planning on staying up late, or don’t mind people coming in and out of your room while you sleep (if you turn in early) then I recommend that room. In the area with the TV there is also a pull-out couch. Clay and I took the basement bedroom and our girls slept on the pull-out.
The game room has a pool table, an electronic dart board and a stereo and it decorated in NASCAR. Dad-in-law loves NASCAR so that was right up his alley.
Our son slept in the top level room and Clay’s parents took the main floor bedroom. It has a king sized bed!
The outside of the cabin is landscaped so beautifully. There are rose bushes, mums and other flowers. There is a perfect little yard for the kids to play in. Being in the top of a mountain, you don’t usually get a yard. So this is a huge plus! And the stepping stones look like log. They are so pretty. I want some of those for my own house!
We all LOVED sitting outside on the porch swings. There are two. One on the front porch and one on the lower level deck. There are also plenty of deck chairs and a table so you can sit out there in the mornings and evenings and enjoy the gorgeous mountain view. It’s pretty in the summer but I’ve been to the Sky Harbor area in the fall as well and it is GORGEOUS so you can just imagine how pretty the view is then. You can see the summer view below.
The inside of “Country Charm” is just as beautiful as the outside too. The decor is so warm and homey. I took pictures of every nook and cranny. I can’t upload all of them or the post will never load but I did make a slideshow (below) and included as many as I could there and in this post. I hope they show you just how beautiful this cabin is. The homeowners and Auntie Belham’s have done a wonderful job! And their cleaning crew is top notch. Housekeeping is awesome at Auntie Belham’s as is maintenance. Our 3 year old accidentally locked the upstairs bedroom and the maintenance guy was there the next morning to get it unlocked. He would have come that night but it was late and wasn’t an emergency so we could wait. No big deal. He was just as friendly as everyone else too.
Ok, back to the decor!
I want to live in this cabin! If it is ever for sale, I’m buying it if at all possible, decor and all! No joke. I really, really, really loved this cabin! We loved our stay so much and all of us can’t wait to stay there again.
Country Charm Slideshow
“Country Charm” Amenities:
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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