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Pinhook Plantation House

692 Pinhook Rd , Calhoun, TN 37309 USA (Show map)

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Sit around the the fireplace in your suite or in the Gathering Room and the warm hospitality at the Pinhook Plantation House Bed & Breakfast. This 200 year old B & B is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Hiwassee River and Cherokee National Forest. Lots of specialty shops nearby as well as local wineries. Enjoy the Historic train ride along the Hiwassee.... Guest comments include "Our first B&B experience and boy, did we choose right." A country living and Southern Living gem." Check availability on our website. Quaint villages for antiquing or nearby Chattanooga or Knoxville attractions will give you a lots to do during your stay with us. Whitewater rafting at the 1996 Olympic Site is a great place to spend an afternoon or just enjoy the hammock between the majestic magnolia trees or our rocking chair porches and balcony and view the changing leaves of Fall, the distant snowy mountain caps in Winter, the freshness of a Spring breeze and all the colors of Summer. Come and relax in our spacious Suites, with private baths. The original heart pine floors have been restored as they were so long ago and the hand-made brick fireplaces have gas-logs for those chilly, romantic evenings. Each suite has fine linens and toiletries. Secluded, but close to all area attractions, it's also ideal for intimate weddings and elopements.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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Ghost Hunting At Pinhook

5 on October 24, 2014

I had the pleasure of staying at the Pinhook Plantation in Oct, 2014, with my sister in law and boyfriend and we loved our visit. The house is beautiful and makes you feel as if you have stepped back in to another time period. I stayed in the Alicia Suite which was very clean, warm and cozy. I love to ghost hunt and I had some great experiences. When I was taking pictures in the Helen Suite and as I was looking through the camera there were energy in the room falling like snow, which could not be seen with the naked eye. I called out to my sister in law, boyfriend and Helen (Owner) and showed them what I was seeing in the camera and Helen stated she had never experienced that before and it was giving her cold chills. Later that night, I was taking pictures down the stairway and thought I saw a spirit close to The Jannine Suite and snapped a picture and captured two well defined orbs. The second night as I was ghost hunting I was taking pictures coming down the stairway and I started seeing energy again falling like snow through the camera like in The Helen Suite. If you like to ghost hunt visit the Pinhook Plantation. Our overall visit was excellent! The food was delicious and Ellen is a delightful hostess. Ellen went out of her way to make sure we had firewood for the front porch so we could enjoy the beauty of Pinhook at night with the beautiful moon piercing down on the amazing front porch. I want to thank Don, Helen’s friend for getting the fire pit started on the front porch making it nice and warm. Ever since I came home Pinhook has been calling my name to return and embrace her history and beauty.

What a B&B experience SHOULD be.

5 on September 12, 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending some time at Pinhook Plantaion this summer. The house and surroundings are beautiful. The room was immaculate and the furnishings were lovely. Breakfast was a treat to both the eyes and the palette. We left feeling that the proprietor, Miss Ellen, had become a new friend. An altogether wonderful experience, right on the Hiawassee River!

Great house

5 on May 27, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our stay there. The owners were nice and friendly. Also their supper recommendation was excellent.

Innkeeper Response
We love our guests and do our best to make them comfortable. Lots to do and see. Thanks for your review. Ellen

Off the beaten path

4.4 on November 12, 2013

Pinhook is out in the boonies, but it's worth the time and effort to get there. I cannot think of another B&B that has more homey charm and real country friendliness. Those ladies are the best. We got our money's worth and more.

Mom's Birthday Get Away

3.2 on August 31, 2013

Everything about our stay was wonderful, except for the breakfast. Our reservation was during the transitional period between the previous and new owner. The new owner was very attentive, but the previouv owner came back to make our breakfast. She seemed to be in a very big hurry to leave. We were fed soggy croissants with store bought strawberry cream cheese and jelly, canned peaches with oatmeal brown sugar sprinkles, five quarter-sized sausage patties, and five pieces of bacon. The croissants made my sister gag they were so soggy. We had been told at the time of our reservation the previous owner would bake my 82 year old mother a small cake for her birthday. A store-bought cake was provided right after breakfast. We were not accustomed to having cake for breakfast. Quite peculiar for us. The new owner provided us with coffee, tea, juice, and fresh fruit. That part was very nice. We intend to return for my mother's 83 birthday and are looking forward to seeing the new owner again, and having her breakfast. We really enjoyed our new hostess, Debbie. Thanks Debbie for a delightful time with you. Thanks for the warm reception, the special thoughtfulness you besotted upon us. See you next year.

Loved it

5 on June 13, 2013

Wife and I stayed back in March 2013, we have not had a vacation together in the 17 years of our marriage so this was a first for us. found the deal on Groupon LOVED the stay, cats were the!! Great place great atmosphere..

Was married at the pinhook at the fountain and had reception and dancing there too. Honeymoon night also.

4.4 on April 30, 2013

I was married at the pinhook July 8th 2006. We planned a big wedding, reception and honeymoon night there. It was great! The only thing I did not like is that a couple came up to stay just as my wedding was winding down. I was hoping for more privacy with all the money I put in. But it still was beautiful and really enjoyed.

Fabulous Weekend Getaway!!!

4.8 on September 09, 2012

This was a very enjoyable stay and can't wait to go back again. Ellen was a pleasure to get to know and a great cook. The location is remote and well worth the trip. Beautiful scenery and the accomodations are so nice. Love the period antiques and detailed decor.

One of the best places I've ever stayed!

5 on June 21, 2012

This review comes a little late, since I stayed at Pinhook Plantation in November last year but I wanted to add a glowing review...even if it is 6 months later! I stayed here enroute to Gatlinburg on the most magnificant drive through the Great Smokies. We arrived late at night after a long day driving, but nothing was too much trouble. Our ground floor room was undeniably perfect, beautifully laid out, clean and the homemade cookie went down a treat! Breakfast was superb and the host was incredibly welcoming. Too tired to make a trip to the nearest shop on the night we arrived, we were even given a bottle of wine 'on the house' which made for a lovely couple of hours on the porch looking at the stars! (It was below freezing but we were wrapped up and it didnt matter!) On waking we were blessed with the most magnificant views, with the Smokies in the distance. I've never seen anything so beautiful in all my life. Visiting at Christmas time, the house felt so cosy and warm with a beautifully dressed christmas tree and roaring open fire in the living room. I cannot recommend this place enough!

5th Anniversary Get Away

5 on May 29, 2012

Ellen is a gracious host and a marvelous cook. We were greeted with a very basket and bottle of wine which my wife enjoyed immensely. This was our first experience in a bed and breakfast and we will definitely be returning!

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Rooms & Rates

The Alicia Suite

Beautifully decorated in blue and burgundy gingham and custom draperies with lace curtains. King Sized bed with luxurious linens. Turn down service is available. Gas log fireplace and heart pine floors are original. Five windows to see the sunset and scenery of the river and mountains. A vanity/desk and wicker chairs complete this spacious suite. Mini-fridge with beverages. Coffee can be served at your door for those early risers. Your private bath with a two person cast iron tub with shower with specialty bath toiletries and fluffy robes. Light dinner included in winter months.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $110 - $140

Nightly Rate: $110 - $140

Helen Suite

Spacious Suite with gas-log original fireplace, private bath in room with antique dresser vanity, heart pine floors restored. Large kingsize bed with luxurious linens, quilts and duvetand fluffy robes. Rolltop desk with internet hookup. Loveseat near fireplace, and ensuite dining area for breakfast if you'd like. TV with satellite, antiques,mini fridge and coffee pot. The balcony is off foyer with views of the mountains and river. A three course breakfast included. Turndown service. Light dinner included in winter months.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $110 - $140

Nightly Rate: $110 - $140

The Jannine Suite

On the main floor, this spacious king bed suite has 200 year old fireplace and heart-pine floors. A private bath with shower is ensuite. The decor is light and airy, with yellow, aqua and white accents. A TV, vcr, dvd and mini fridge are ensuite for your convenience.

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

Nightly Rate: $89 - $140

Nightly Rate: $89 - $140

Plantation House Rental

The whole house is available for family or friend gropes

  • Maximum Capacity: 9
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 3 King , 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $225

Nightly Rate: $0 - $225

Cleveland Harle Cottage

Cottage rental with 2 bedrooms 2 baths dining room and 2 sitting rooms. Great rocking chair front porch and fun pitch swing. Near Lee University and Cleveland State for parent visits.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

$0 - $150


Location Type

River view, Airport, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Chattanooga, TN (CHA-Lovell Field) 40 miles

Directions to property:

I-75 to Exit 36 east on SR163 2-3 miles right on Hwy 11, left on SR163, 6.6 miles right on SR750 (Athens Rd) 3.5 miles, right on Pinhook Rd 1.5 miles B&B on the hill on the right. We are convenient located minutes from Chattanooga and Knoxville TN. Day trip to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and 2.5 hours from Atlanta GA. From Whitewater Rafting, Hwy411 to Benton, turn west at light in town follow road to Patty Rd make right at stop sign, turn left on Dentville Rd 2.3 miles turn left on Athens Rd 2.3 miles, turn left on Pinhook Rd. B&B is 1.5 miles on right on the hill. From 411 south (Etowah and Madisonville) make right on SR163, left on SR750 Athens Rd.3.5 miles, right on Pinhook Rd. 1.5 miles, Pinhook Plantation House is on right on the hill.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, 1996 Olympic Kyaking Site on Ocoee River, 4 Local Wineries for wine tasting tour, Lost Sea, Historic Hiwassee River train Ride, Chattanooga Aquarium, Civil War / Trail of Tears, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, CD player, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Full kitchen in Guesthouse, separate king bedroom

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Railroad rides in the Mountains, Quilt Shows, Lost Sea Caving, 4th of July celebrations., Whitewater rafting or kyaking, Star Gazing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 5-7 pm
  • Check Out:: 10:30 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only porches and balcony off 2nd floor foyer
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Small dogs and cats...please, we have animals, too.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Cash or check please on arrival, however your credit card is required to reserve your suite, but will not be processed.
  • Cancellations: Because of our small size, cancellations affect us significantly. A ten day cancellation notice is required. If 10 day or less notice, a refund will be issued only if we are able to book the Suite. A small refund fee may be added. NO check-ins after 9:30PM



Ellen Smith

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Decorating, sewing, art, birdwatching, hunting, fishing

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  • Time Served: 9-9:30 am or as needed
  • Serving Location: Porch overlooking hills and ponds, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Wine basket $25, Wine/dinner $15

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast
French bread stuffed with cream cheese and pineapple filling. Maple or strawberry syrup. Served with breakfast ham, or ham sausage. Pineapple-orange juice. Coffee-- regular or decaf specialty teas.



692 Pinhook Rd , Calhoun, TN 37309 USA (Show map)

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