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Buckhorn Inn

2140 Tudor Mountain Rd , Gatlinburg, TN 37738-6014 USA (Show map)
45 Reviews
$140 - $220
per night

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Professionally Inspected & Certified


East Tennessee's premier inn since 1938, Buckhorn Inn has 30 acres of woodlands and meadows sown with native wildflowers and grasses. There are inspiring mountain views (including Tennessee's most famous peak, Mt. LeConte), a spring-fed lake with beautiful swans, nature trail, meditation labyrinth and fitness center. Accommodation options include traditional inn rooms, premier rooms, cottages and guesthouses. Fireplaces, in-room jacuzzis, coffeemakers, microwaves and private porches and terraces are among the many amenities. A hearty a la carte breakfast is included in the rate. Buckhorn Inn is the only inn in the Smoky Mountains to serve dinner each evening. Situated one mile from the north entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Buckhorn Inn is conveniently located for all area activities. English, French and Spanish spoken.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.9

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retirement getaway

4.0 on June 12, 2014

we stayed there this spring, 2014 - everything about it was wonderful - food outstanding - location great - easy to get to town - very clean and felt really special there. expensive for us, but we would definitely do it again

Our favorite get-away

5 on February 10, 2014

We have stayed at this wonderful inn many times. It is the place we retreat to whenever we need to relax. The hosts are gracious,attentive and well traveled. The rooms are beautiful (and we have stayed in all of them, including the cottages, the tower room, and the Bebb House). The views are phenomenal and the meals are delicious! It is one of the few places in Gatlinburg that feels unspoiled by crowds. We enjoy visiting the various artists' studios nearby or taking a rigorous hike into the mountains (followed by sipping a glass of wine on the porch overlooking the mountains before indulging in a scrumptious meal). Some of the most relaxing experiences at the inn are reading a good book in front of a roaring fire while nibbling homemade chocolate chip cookies, enjoying an in-room massage, or lingering over a chef-prepared meal. There is only one meal seating, so it never feels rushed. I hope the inn never changes; it is such a jewel.

Birthday/Vacation retreat

5 on October 23, 2013

My partner and I came to the Buckhorn to celebrate my 38th birthday (late October) and have a nice vacation. We stayed in "The Bebb House". The views were phenomenal and I snot think I have ever enjoyed that level of peace and quiet. We loved the grounds and had dinner one night that was beyond delicious. The owners and servers were lovely. Highly recommended!!!!!

Nice cozy, friendly place.......BUT!

4.2 on October 18, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for the first time. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. The Inn was decorated beautiful and had a wonderful view! It was very cozy, clean and food was pretty good! But....for the actual rooms, the Inn controls the heat/ac so if you like a room where you want your own temp stay in the little cabins because the upstairs rooms will be freezing one time and burning up the rest! Lastly, the upstairs rooms at the Inn have very small bathrooms and our room had shower only...if someone in the Inn Also, if someone brushes their teeth or flushes the toilet your going to get scalded or froze! Dont let this keep you from staying with them just pick main floor rooms, downstairs or cabins! They were very friendly! Oh, lastly there are black bears so beware!

A night in the Smokies

5 on September 12, 2012

We were passing through Gatlinburg on our way to Cincinnati and wanted to try another B&B as we often do. The Buckhorn is fabulous. We stayed in the tower room. It is the best as far as we are concerned. It is a very private section of the Inn. It has three levels, so it may not be suitable for everyone, but we loved it. Very clean and a beautiful view from any part of the Inn. Lush gardens and trails to explore. The food was outstanding along with the service. You can just sit on the rocking chairs of the back porch for hours and enjoy the spectacular view while having tea or coffee, or enjoy the side deck amidst all the lush foliage. They have thought of everything to make you comfortable including a hammock. This Inn would be great any time of the year. Winter would be just as cozy and appealing as the Spring. Large fireplaces and books galore. You will not be disappointed.

Charming B&B in the perfect location

4.8 on April 26, 2012

My husband and I have stayed here three times and love it. The breakfast is amazing. The rooms are cozy and clean, and the staff is so friendly. Every time we are in the smokies, we stop by for dinner even if we are not staying over. The food is so unique and fresh, which is a rare find for the area. The inn is located 10 mins from downtown Gatlinburg, but is secluded so that you do not feel like you are in the middle of town. We highly recommend it for anyone!


4.6 on June 20, 2011

My wife and I chose the Buckhorn Inn to celebrate our wedding anniversary (48 yrs). We did not know what to expect since this would be our first visit and we knew no one to ask for a reference. To say that we were pleased would be an understatement. The Inn is fabulous. I know of no other to describe our visit. Our first visit will not be our last. Be sure and have dinner.

Complete Relaxation

5 on June 16, 2011

The Inn is in a beautiful setting with great views of Mt. LeConte. The grounds are well maintained. Staff is friendly and very accommodating. Rooms were very clean and have all amenities to make your stay comfortable. Food was fabulous. An afternoon rain storm made us happy we had made plans for dinner at the Inn. Very relaxing atmosphere. We have been several times and look forward to the next visit. Every season is great at the Buckhorn.

Thank you for a wonderful experience.

4.6 on June 16, 2011

My husband and I spent a couple of nights in one of the Buckhorn cottages as part of our honeymoon and we were very impressed. Everything about the place is classy, yet comfortable. The cottage was just the perfect size for two and the bathroom was really nice (punctuated by the fact that we'd stayed at a Motel 6 and a Days Inn the two preceding nights). The free breakfasts were so amazing that we decided to make dinner reservations for one night of our stay and the meal was wonderful--very elegant and appetizing. We also appreciated the little elements of hospitality here and there, like the complimentary drinks and snacks in the downstairs reading room, movies and books we could borrow and the cozy robes in the cottage. The staff was friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome. We truly felt like guests, rather than just customers. We definitely plan to go back.

Old Time Service and feel

5 on June 09, 2011

My wife and I just celebrated out 1yr anniversary and I chose the Buckhorn Inn for her surprise getaway. From the time we arrived we were treated with the upmost respect and service. We stayed in the Towere room because of it's exclusivity and it was great. The whole place has a quaint, very 1930's-1940's feel. The service is beyond excellent with a staff to match. Thank you Buckhorn for an unbelievable anniversary. We will be back.

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Rooms & Rates

Traditional Inn Room

Charmingly decorated room with mountain view, king bed, private bath, cable televison, sitting area and antique furnishings. Check in time is 3 pm and Check out time is 11 am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $130 - $0

Nightly Rate: $130 - $0


Cottage with living room with wood-burning fireplace, bedroom with king bed, bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, and kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, and referator. All have either screened-in porches, verandas, or decks. Other amenities include clock radio and cable television and DVD players. Check in time is 3 pm and Check out time is 11 am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

Premier Room

Handsomely furnished room with king bed, sitting area, fireplace, deck, spacious bath, jacuzzi, referator, coffeemaker, writing desk, and cable television and DVD players. Check in time is 3 pm and Check out time is 11 am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

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Location Type



Knoxville, TN (TYS-McGhee-Tyson)

Directions to property:

From Interstate 40, take exit 407 to Highway 66 to Sevierville. Take 441 South through Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg. Turn left onto Highway 321 North. Travel approximately 6 miles and turn left on Buckhorn Road. Go one mile: Buckhorn Inn is on the right. (Alternative: Ask us to fax or mail our excellent Back Roads Map.)

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Musical Theaters, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Country Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Conference Rooms, Copier, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Piano, Secretarial services, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Fitness Center on site

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Meditation Labyrinth, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only on porches only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited The cottages and guesthouses are suitable for children
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night
  • Cancellations: Full refund with 10 day advance notice.



Lee and John Mellor

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Lee and John Mellor became have owned Buckhorn Inn since 1999. Formerly, John had a long career in business as a chief executive and director of several companies before becoming a professor of management. Lee worked in university development and public affairs. For several years Lee and John worked for U.S. government-sponsored agencies assisting businesses in Eastern Europe and Africa.

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  • Time Served: 8 am to 9:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Hot Deal

29% Savings on Midweek Reservations

Regular Rate: $255 now $192.50 (25% Savings:)

Take advantage of the terrific value offered by our January-March Mid-Week Discount and a free cooking demonstration. This special rate for two people includes accommodation for two nights, breakfast for two on two mornings, and dinner for two on two evenings. The rate for two people in a traditional inn room for this inclusive package is $320 and $385 for a premier room or cottage. Email info@buckhorninn or telephone 865 436 4668.

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Special Package

Meditation Retreat

This annual retreat will be conducted on the weekend of February 21-23 in 2014. Through the path of mindfulness, present moment, non-judgmental awareness, participants will experience the formal practices of sitting, walking and eating meditation and the body scan as well as informal meditation practices such as yoga and Tai Ji Qigong. This is an intense, focused retreat which will be in silence for the most part, although there will be periods for group discussion and teacher-led interviews. An introductory mindfulness meditation retreat day for those with little or no previous meditation experience will begin on Thursday evening. Package Price: The per person cost (sharing) of $220 includes the retreat, two nights’ accommodation, two breakfasts, two dinners, and one lunch. Participants with little or no meditation experience attend for three nights, beginning on Thursday. There is an additional fee of $120 for these participants which includes the additional night’s accommodation, breakfast, dinner and lunch. It is best to call the inn to make reservations: 865 436 4668. We do block out space for the retreat, so accommodation which may looked unavailable actually is.

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2140 Tudor Mountain Rd , Gatlinburg, TN 37738-6014 USA (Show map)

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