June 30, 2015
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
In the Great Smokies: Just a few miles from noisy Gatlinburg, but truly a world away. We first visited this classic inn several years ago & looked forward to our return. Wonderful view from the room. Comfortable room; small bathroom , which goes along with age of inn; worth the trade off. Lovely furnishings. Interesting artwork all around. The extensive grounds are walkable & lovely. Wonderful to just walk downstairs for dinner, though I’m sad to say that our dinner experience on this visit (unlike the past) was disappointing. (See separate restaurant review. This “5 star” review relates to the inn itself. I debated dropping the overall rating, but I just couldn’t do it: I love the Buckhorn Inn! So I review the restaurant separately.)
Note to visitors who dislike the shared tables of B & B’s: You are seated at your own table for breakfast as well as dinner. The breakfast menu has a variety of good choices.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The Buckhorn is in a quiet location away from the noise of Gatlinburg. Our room was a “premium” one and we found it clean, very comfortable, with many amenities. More like staying at a friend’s home. The staff was all so friendly, among them we found “Libby” to always be most cheerful and helpful. We had dinner there on Sunday evening and the meal, presentation, quality of food and service were all outstanding. Breakfast is also outstanding, the choices were wonderful, the fruit to begin the meal was always ripe and again service is delightful.
Reviewed 1 week ago
This is the second time we have stayed at the Buckhorn; we have lovingly reminisced about it many times since we first stayed a decade ago. There’s not much I can add to the reviews below, other than to note that our hearts have grown even fonder. I am not normally at a loss for words, but it is hard to convey with precision how genteel and refined this Inn and its keepers are, while at the same time being warm, welcoming and down to earth. We stayed in a suite that must have been the old innkeeper’s quarters, as we had an expansive living room with fireplace, a dining area, a large fully-outfitted kitchen with laundry room, a smaller sitting room with a library, a master bedroom, two bathrooms, a linen closet, and two balconies, all decorated to a high standard of beauty and tastefulness. The kids spent a lot of time playing in the “secret closet”, and I spent a lot of time on the balcony, listening to the most enchanting birds and spring peepers weaving together their mountains-in-the-twilight songs, as the sunset flared off of Mt. LeConte. Our three breakfasts were fabulous, from Pina Colada French Toast to grilled salmon and hashbrowns. Our children had some questions about the chef one day, and they were invited into the kitchen to watch Chef Frank at work. It was so special and thoughtful, the kindness and consideration shown not just to us, but to the little ones who can sometimes be regarded with scorn at fancier places. It is also very affordable for the quality and value of what you get. The grounds are filled with beautiful springtime Lenten roses and the inn is filled with a very nice art collection. But most important of all is the feeling of joy, beauty, and peacefulness that stays with you long after you have left the Smokies. We hope to return again soon!
Reviewed 1 week ago
This is the second time we have stayed at the Buckhorn; we have lovingly reminisced about it many times since we first stayed a decade ago. There’s not much I can add to the reviews below, other than to note that our hearts have grown even fonder. I am not normally at a loss for words, but it is hard to convey with precision how genteel and refined…
Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW
We missed our annual visit last year to the Buckhorn Inn We keep returning so it must be good huh? It’s better than good it is great! We always feel welcome and are treated
wonderfully. They are gracious hosts in a beautiful location. We recommend it as a quiet, restful, relaxing place. Can’t wait till next year.
Room Tip: All are good
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Stayed June 2015, traveled as a couple
June 5, 2015
I am very sad to report that both Teller and his mate Pentrey have died and their cygnet eggs were taken by a predator. Teller died from his wounds on Monday evening which were a result of his brave and noble effort to protect Pentrey and the cygnet eggs. Pentrey passed away today which we think may have been a result of grief and shock. We are all grieving for their loss and I know many of our guests and neighbors will as well. They gave us so much beauty and pleasure over the years. We do not intend to have swans on Buckhorn Pond in the future, but we hope to erect a memorial in their honor.
via Buckhorn Inn.
May 28, 2015
Buckhorn Inn – A tranquil, well appointed surprise in the Smokies – Review of Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg, TN – TripAdvisor
“Buckhorn Inn – A tranquil, well appointed surprise in the Smokies”Reviewed 2 days ago NEWA well needed respite in a gorgeous setting, this mountain retreat in the heart of the Smokies met and exceeded our expectations in every way. A friendlier staff simply can’t be found & everyone from the owner to the office manager to the wait staff and the chef himself always engaged us and warmly treated us like old friends. The dinners, served at tables with linens, were set in a relaxing & quiet atmosphere with much thought out menus that will please even the most finicky diner and breakfast was always delish! At center stage of the dining room is a large stone fireplace with walls decorated with canvas prints of local birds and wildlife from a local photographer. Afternoon snacks were a much appreciated carry thru. The grounds are as lovely and lush as depicted on their website and I personally found the labyrinth a soothing and meditative break that was really needed. With it being mating season we didn’t get too close to the swans as they become aggressive if approached but they were a visual feast to adore their beauty from afar. The room was huge and spacious giving each of us our own personal space. Well appointed with every convenience we expected & a fireplace that was the focal point of the room. The deck overlooking the grounds and a picture perfect view of the Smokey Mountains were an added bonus. How lovely to wake up to this gorgeous view that so few get to enjoy! A timeless library with fireplace is a great hideaway if you need it and throughout the property are trails some of which are cleared & mulched. We’ll be sure to return and if you’re on the fence about making this destination a reality, let this be the review that pushes you off to reserve yourself a room as close to heaven as you can get here on earth.
May 25, 2015
“A Beautiful Mountain Retreat”
The Buckhorn Inn is superb either as a B&B or as a gourmet restaurant. One reason for this is that the owners are actively involved in the day to day operation. The owner’s wife helped us climb stairs with our luggage! The owner of the inn greeted us at breakfast and made us feel welcome. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The meals are equivalent to an elegant restaurant, yet served in a casual atmosphere suited to this resort community. The views from the inn are scenic and relaxing. An ideal place to relax and enjoy life!
“Lovely setting, lovely Inn”
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
On a recent road trip through the southeast, my husband and I spent 3 nights at this lovely Inn nestled in the hills outside of Gatlinburg. As we drove through town coming out of the park, I was suspect of our stay in Gatlinburg, with all the “plastic” of the main drag through town. We left town and headed out into the hills and located on the artist’s…
Room Tip: Choose a superior room for a great view of the mountains
“Haven for Escape into Smoky Mountains”
My husband and I were at Buckhorn 25 years ago for our honeymoon, and decided to return. It was as lovely as ever, and in fact improved. A true haven/escape, a far cry from the commercial horror of Gatlinburg. It felt like stepping back in time with the dining room reminiscent of 1950’s and lovely verandah looking at the fabulous Smokies. Only minutes…
Room Tip: We had a suite which was enormous, full kitchen, lovely verandah.