Buckhorn Inn

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

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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 room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Worth it!

4.4 on March 24, 2017

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was AMAZING! We are already planning our next trip!

Highly recommend this charming & wonderful inn!

5 on July 04, 2016

It was our first visit to Gatlinburg, TN. Good friends brought us here...they recently moved from Los Angeles & we decided our summer vacation would be to visit them & also explore Nashville. When I started my search, I found the Buckhorn Inn via BedandBreakfast.com (thank you!) Great reviews led me to other sites saying the same, so I booked it. How fortunate we were! Not only was Buckhorn Inn very close to where our friends live, but it was a fantastic place to stay! The service was 100%, the rooms are lovely and the beds are so comfortable. I have a bad back, so that says a lot. Slept like a log! The prix fix dinners offered were amazing, let alone the delicious breakfasts which are included with your stay. The surroundings and nature walk are wonderful and having access to the inn's many wonderful rooms (library, living area downstairs,...) only enhances your stay. I can't say enough about Buckhorn Inn. I only wish I didn't live so far away (California) so I could plan another visit soon. Instead, will share the wealth and tell family & friends on the east coast that they much visit!


5 on January 28, 2016

The Buckhorn is open year round and provides many choices of accommodations depending on party size. Most rooms have a spectacular view of LeConte in the near distance. The grounds include a pond, gardens, and wooded areas reflecting the care of the owners. This is our home away from home and we have visited 2-3 times a year for 20 years. Why? Warmth of reception, fine cuisine, excellent service in a rural setting.

Friendly and Warm Hospitality

4.0 on January 24, 2016

Buckhorn Inn and its staff consistently provide a welcoming atmosphere whether one is there for the first or thirty-first stay.

Exceptional experiences at the Buckhorn Inn

5 on January 24, 2016

We have visited and stayed at the Buckhorn Inn multiple times over the past 15 plus years. John and Lee Mellor and their staff have always provided us with a 5 star quality experience as far as Inn accommodations, hospitality, and wonderful breakfast and evening dining in the inn' s beautiful and romantic dining room. We have stayed at B&B's and Inns all over the country - The Buckhorn Inn is at the top of our list of favorites, and we look forward to our upcoming 3 night visit in less than 3 weeks. Eileen and Richard Sullivan

Home away from Home

5 on January 23, 2016

I have been a return visitor to Buckhorn Inn for at least 10 years. It is a quiet, peaceful, restful place to get away. There are trails to walk, gardens, places to sit and watch the birds. The food is very good. My favorite is breakfast. The staff and Inn keepers go out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. Kathy Smart

Home away from Home

4.8 on January 23, 2016

The Buckhorn Inn has become our favorite vacation destination, after discovering it in the early 90’s. Whether it is for a weekend or for the entire week, we always look forward to the friendly and caring attitude of the staff, which makes us feel welcome and a part of the family. The food is outstanding with gourmet breakfasts and dinners (dinners are not included in the price of the room, but are available each evening with reservations). Afternoon treats include teas and coffees accompanied by delectable brownies or cookies. The setting is restful and restoring. The proprietors, John and Lee, are delightful, greeting each guest by name at breakfast, and making each feel special and appreciated. Over the years, we have been able to visit the Inn in every month, enjoying the unique gifts each season offers. We have stayed in rooms in the Inn proper, as well as in the cottages and houses exterior to the Inn itself, and have found all to be beautifully appointed and well maintained. They are competitively priced with surrounding accommodations. The grounds are charmingly kept, allowing guests to commune with the outdoors either by exploring the Nature Trail walking the Labyrinth. We have brought numerous friends and family members over the years, and can think of no other place we would rather share with them. Our only regret is that as the Buckhorn Inn has grown in popularity, it requires greater planning on our part to insure a room is available when we wish to visit. Warren and Sarena, Hendersonville, TN

Our favorite place

5 on January 23, 2016

Long time guests. We have being coming to the Buckhorn for years and have never been disappointed in our room, food, or service.

Buckhorn is the Best

4.6 on January 23, 2016

My wife and I are regular visitors at the Buckhorn. You cannot beat the view, the warmth and kindness of Lee, John and the staff, and the proximity to the Smokies for hiking. The food is exceptional too. Truly a unique and historic inn. We recommend it totally.

Absolute Delight at The Buckhorn Inn

5 on January 23, 2016

My husband and I have had many visits to The Buckhorn Inn since we "discovered" it five years ago. It is absolutely wonderful in every way: comfort, beauty, service, ambiance, and the food is a gourmet delight. Everyone there, from the innkeepers to each and every staff member, makes each guest feel special and pampered. There aren't enough grand words to convey just how great it is; we look forward to every visit we have there and already have reservations for multiple times this year.

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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


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

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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

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Secretarial services, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , 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, 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.
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Lee and John Mellor

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

Resident Pets

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: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten-free


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