Morning Sun Retreat and Guesthouse - The Seclusion You Crave - Fire Pit and Internet - 20 Minutes from Rafting and the Train

Morning Sun Retreat Cabin and Guest House form a unique four bedroom, three bath property. Entertainment area, bath, sleeper sofa and pool table are in a separate building

  9 guests
  4 bedrooms
  3 bathrooms

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Property Features

Sleeping Arrangement

Bedroom 1
1 Queen
Bedroom 2
1 Bunk Bed
Bedroom 3
1 Queen
Bedroom 4
1 Sofa Bed
Common Space
1 Sofa Bed


From the covered front porch, you see the first rays of the sun rise slowly and fan out over the mountain tops. Then light hits the pristine woods surrounding you as you hear birds singing through the large yard. Later you can fire up the grill and have lunch on the open deck or roast marshmallows around the fire pit.
You’ll love Morning Sun Retreat! Savor the peace and quiet as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. See mountain peaks and ridges through the trees, nicely framed in wooded seclusion with a panoramic view of the Great Smokys. Let your spirit be restored.

Morning Sun Retreat is a delightfully designed log cabin. As you open the front door, you will find the soaring cathedral ceiling, huge clerestory windows, and glowing wood interior.

The open great room includes a living space with a flat panel HD 42 inch TV, a dining area with a large solid wood table for 6 (that can seat up to 12 with additional leaves), and a modern kitchen. The windows provide a panoramic view as you relax on the cozy sofa or in the lounge chair.

In the upstairs loft you’ll find a futon, desk, 13” TV and table air hockey. The upstairs bedroom adjacent to the loft has a queen-size bed, a book nook, and a spacious bathroom with jetted tub.

Downstairs you’ll find the second bedroom with an adjacent bathroom and the third bedroom with a twin bunk bed over a full.
Outside you can play ball or throw a Frisbee in the flat, grassy back yard, or toast marshmallows over the fire pit. Two large boulders, keepsakes from the original site, frame the green landscape.

For more space for entertaining and entertainment, the Guest House, is a large studio apartment over a spacious two-car garage. Enjoy life in one large room and spacious upper and lower decks.  Inside there’s seating for five on the dual-power-reclining console loveseat and the comfortable, matching queen-size sofa sleeper.  The 60” TV is wall-mounted for easy viewing from anywhere in the room.  

The Guest House has a full bath, full kitchen, and a dining table with four comfortable captain’s chairs and an optional game table top.  There’s also a small desk next to contemporary sockets with USB plugs. Outside you can watch the sun rise from the upper deck while seated on one of the four rockers or at the bistro or dining table.  Or you can enjoy privacy amid the trees on on the gliding loveseat or padded sofa and chairs on the covered lower deck.

Families with kids will especially love Morning Sun! The Cabin is equipped with board games, a high chair/booster chair, a stroller, and a portable crib as well as toys and children’s books.  And the large flat backyard is perfect for enjoying a game of tag or catch.

- Past Guests of Morning Sun Retreat share their Mountain Experiences:
"The property was perfect for our family of seven (4 girls ages 5-10, 1 boy age 2). The sleeping arrangement was perfect for us, and we could all fit comfortably around the dining table. We love the idea of coming back with extended family in the guest house. We all loved the porches -- especially on the afternoon that we had rain -- and the backyard was so nicely, naturally enclosed and weed-free that we could let the children play without any concern.  Loved the landscaping.  
We were apprehensive about choosing a rental cabin online. We were impressed with other customers' comments and satisfaction with the properties, and with the careful attention that the property managers gave to every comment from the customers. It was clear that the managers pay careful attention to their property and were very responsive and dependable. We liked the professionally managed linens.  TripAdvisor ratings were important to us. Very pleased with Great Smoky's Cabin Rentals and the property we stayed in." - Brent

- "We finally came back to celebrate our grandmothers 94th birthday. We are blessed everyday to have her with us. She loves the mountains. This here we decided to spend more time here at the cabin relaxing, reading, and watching movies. It was just what we needed. Another successful girls getaway to celebrate. See you next year." - Denise

For more guest reviews, please click on the Reviews Tab.


Morning Sun Retreat Cabin Amenities: Morning Sun Retreat Guest House Amenities:
• Table Top Air Hockey
• 42” flat panel HDTV and 13” TV
• Blu-Ray DVD Player with selection of DVDs
• Satellite TV and Wireless Internet for streaming media
• Telephone with 4 cordless handsets and Unlimited Long Distance to Continental US
• Electric Fireplace that can be used with or without heat for comfortable Year-Round Use
• Central Heat and Air
• 6 Ceiling Fans—one in every room
• Covered Porch with Four Rockers
• Open Deck with Dining Table for Four with Umbrella
• Board Games and Yard Toys
• high chair/booster chair, stroller, portable crib with sheets, children’s and adult books and travel guides; small desk for laptop or tablet in loft
• Gas Grill
• Hair Dryer
• Iron and Compact Ironing Board
• Fire Pit
• Washer and Dryer
• State-of-the-art pool table
• 60” wall-mounted flat panel HDTV
• Xbox 360 with Kinect with standard DVD video and Kinect games
• Satellite TV and Wireless Internet for streaming media
• Telephone with 2 cordless handsets and Unlimited Long Distance to Continental US on a separate line so you can call from the Cabin to the Guest House as well
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Central Heat and Air
• 1 Ceiling Fan in one big open room
• Open Upper Decks with Four Rockers, a Bistro Table for Two and Dining Table for Four with Umbrella
• Very Private Covered Lower Deck with seating for 8 on a glider loveseat, couch and four comfortable chairs.
• Board Games
• Small desk
• Step-less entry via ramp onto open deck
• Hair Dryer
• Spacious two-Car Garage

Imagine the convenience and expanded options of two full kitchens! Morning Sun Retreat’s Cabin and Guest House each have a Fully Equipped Kitchen.
The Main House has:
• Refrigerator with Ice Maker
• Electric Range & Oven
• Microwave
• Mr. Coffee (basket filter) & Keurig
• Toaster Oven
• Dishwasher
• Tea Kettle
• Rolling Pin
• Blender

The Guesthouse has:
• Refrigerator with Ice Maker
• Electric Range & Oven
• Microwave
• Double stainless Steel Kitchen Sink with Spray Attachment
• Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker (basket filter)
• Toaster Oven
• Dishwasher
• Colander 

♦ Morning Sun Retreat features 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths. The private suite bedroom upstairs has a queen-size bed, a book nook and a private bath with jetted tub. The upstairs open loft area has a futon, desk and TV. The second bedroom on the main floor has a queen-size bed. The third bedroom has a bunk bed of a twin bed over a full. The main floor has a full bathroom.

♦ The Guesthouse features the game room with the pool table, a full kitchen, a living room with a deluxe queen sleeper sofa, and a full bath. 

• Not Pet Friendly
• Not Motorcycle Accessible
• Yes - Internet
• Smoke Free Facility - Owner requests no smoking indoors or outdoors on premise due to drought and the 2016 fires in our area. Should you wish to smoke outdoors, please contact us and we will help you find an alternative cabin.

Maximum capacity of up to 7 for the Cabin and up to 9 for the Cabin plus Guesthouse is based on county guidelines.


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* Rates are subject to change without notice. Pricing excludes taxes, additional options and fees.
Vacation Rental Standard Pricing Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Weekly   Min Nights
Low Season $140 $140 $140 $140 $140 $155 $155 $840   2
Mid Season $160 $160 $160 $160 $160 $175 $175 $960   2
Peak Season $180 $180 $180 $180 $180 $195 $195 $1,080   2
Holiday Season $190 $190 $190 $190 $190 $205 $205 $1,140   2


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Reviewed: May 12, 2017
If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, this cabin would be an excellent choice. It's set high up in the mountains. But it is beautiful up there, and the air is fresh and the water is cold. Sitting on the front porch and listening to the birds and enjoying smores by the fire pit in the back were so relaxing for our family. Our family of six along with my parents stayed there comfortably. But it is a well-maintained cabin, and the staff are friendly and helpful with prompt responses to all questions and issues. We also took a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. We had a great family vacation!
Reviewed: Mar 26, 2017
Thank you for a wonderful time.
Reviewed: Feb 28, 2017
Property Manager
friendly and attentive and prompt responses
Reviewed: Jan 1, 2017
THank you for the relaxing time with the kids. This place was great. THe view the cabin and the guesthouse, my sister is such a wonderful person to share this with me and my husband on our anniversary. Going on 16 years and counting. Thank you we loved this cabin.
Reviewed: Dec 30, 2016
Thank you for this great cabin we have had a much needed family vacation. This was our first Christmas that wasn't at home. I think that it will become a tradition. Having the extra house was just perfect. We hope to be back soon.
Reviewed: Dec 26, 2016
Thank you for this great cabin. We have had a much needed family vacation. This was our first Christmas that wasn't at home. I think it will become a tradition. Having the extra guesthouse was just perfect. We hope to be back soon.
Reviewed: Dec 11, 2016
Great Time - great cabin! Beautiful view and well kept cabin. We came into town for the Polar Express experience. We enjoyed the small town shops. We had lunch at Anthony's - tasty and not too expensive. Everyone was so nice in town and smiling. Can't wait to come back.
Spruce Pine, US
Reviewed: Dec 7, 2016
Property Manager
Everyone at GSMCR did everything and thought ahead, in order to help us provide the GREATEST vacation for our family. All our questions were immediately answered and any requests were promptly attended to. Our family of 10, including 4 grandchildren loved our stay. It was magical!
Reviewed: Nov 19, 2016
We loved the cabin, the location, the view, the amenities and everything was great. We can't wait to come back.
Broadway, US
Reviewed: Nov 9, 2016
Property Manager
Rincon, US
Reviewed: Nov 7, 2016
Property Manager
Our entire stay was great. the cabin was clean and roomy. It definitely met our expectations. We would stay again.
Reviewed: Oct 26, 2016
We loved the cabin, the view, the location and everything about the cabin. Loved the feel of seclusion while still being close to town. The cabin was perfect in everyway.
Overland Park, US
Reviewed: Sep 9, 2016
Property Manager
mebane, US
Reviewed: Aug 16, 2016
Property Manager
Very Polite and Professional.All my questions were answered
Mocksville, US
Reviewed: Jul 28, 2016
Property Manager
Everyone was helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable.
Reviewed: Jul 27, 2016
We stayed here for a family vacation and it was lovely. Perfect blend of mountain cabin and modern amenities. The rooms were cozy and well furnished. We added the guest house and it made a perfect hang out for the kids while allowing the main cabin to stay a bit more relaxing for the adults. It was only about ten minutes from town (Bryson City) which is a picturesque little town with cute shops and a train depot. Overall we had a great vacation and the friendly staff at GSMCR made it that much better!! Highly recommend for a delightful mountain stay.
Port St. Lucie, US
Reviewed: Jul 20, 2016
Property Manager
Orlando, US
Reviewed: Jul 3, 2016
Property Manager
Staff was very friendly and helpful with directions and overall advice.
Decatur, US
Reviewed: Jun 22, 2016
Property Manager
With every interaction with the staff, I found them to be friendly, professional, helpful and responsive. All very positive!
Nashville, US
Reviewed: Jun 9, 2016
Property Manager
Statesville, US
Reviewed: May 11, 2016
Property Manager
Savannah , US
Reviewed: Apr 6, 2016
Property Manager
Very helpful and informative.
Colbert, US
Reviewed: Mar 2, 2016
Property Manager
Kelley was the best agent I've ever dealt with when renting a place to stay. Extra helpful and was there when I called with questions.
Reviewed: Dec 21, 2015
Myself and my husband come with our 2 boys along with my parents. We came to stay for the weekend and ride the Polar Express. We absolutely loved the cabin and the view! It has such a warm and cozy feeling as if you are at home. My son's loved playing outside and exploring in the beautiful weather. We are already planning another trip back.
Broken Arrow, US
Reviewed: Dec 16, 2015
Property Manager


Morning Sun Retreat is in the middle of it all!  Here are drive times and mileage to the best loved things to do in the mountains:
• Harrahs Cherokee Casino is a 25 minute drive, or 20 miles
• The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a 20 minute drive, or 7 miles
• The NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) is a 24 minute drive, or 13 miles
• White Water Rafting is  a 20 minute drive, or 10 miles
• Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 20 minute drive, or 9 miles
• The Visitors Center (Oconaluftee) for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a 35 minute drive, or 20 miles
• The Biltmore Estate is an hour and 20 minute drive, or 70 miles
• Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg, TN 1 hour 43 Min or 52.7 Miles
• Alarka Boat Dock 29 Min or 9.2 Miles
• Almond Boat Dock 25 Min or 811.3 Miles
• Cataloochee Ski Area 1 Hour or 35.6 miles
• Tsali Trail Head 30 Min or 14.9Miles
• Western Carolina University 53 min or 31.0 Miles
• Ingles Grocery Store - 20 Min or 7.2 miles


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