Cloud Nine Log Cabin Ready for Guests
This majestic mountaintop home was built after the devastating Gatlinburg fires of 2017 destroyed the original mountaintop cabin.
Guests at Danny and Tia Suiter’s new Gatlinburg cabin, Mountain Majesty, can relax, unwind and enjoy a peaceful getaway in solitude or with family and friends.
The couple offers for rental the 5,000-square-foot log cabin that was designed and manufactured by Honest Abe Log Homes.
The Suiters’ Story
by Tia Suiter
Can we get something back that we long for? Can we relive the past? There are things in life we treasure and hold close to our hearts. Family memories during childhood years are definitely among them. When our family would gather together in The Great Smoky Mountains, our cabin had warm wood colors that gave great peace and comfort as soon as you entered.
My husband and I played together as children deep in the woods enjoying nature. We became the proud parents of four children along with our beautiful grandchildren. We still act like children at times and still love the great outdoors.
In 2016 we purchased a repossessed cabin in Gatlinburg Tennessee. The house was custom built by a developer out of Georgia, who purchased the property site unseen from a topographic map.
It was a flat lot on the mountain top that overlooks Ski Mountain, Ober Gatlinburg, Clingman’s Dome and Mt. LeConte along with a view of the tram. Known as Cloud 9, the house was built with some of America’s last virgin longleaf pine. The Southern Norfolk Railroad Terminal in Atlanta, Georgia, was disassembled and hauled to Tennessee up the mountain for flooring and ceiling along with more than 150 beautiful beams inside the cabin. We were informed more than 300 additional beams just burned because no one wanted them.
The Cloud 9 cabin accommodated large family gatherings, church groups and organizations. On Thanksgiving Day in 2013 the septic tank backed up with 30 people staying for the holiday. The cabin sat for more than three years after the incident until we purchased it.
A Major Commitment
It was a long and very hard year of remodeling. Ten months after completion the devastating fires swept through The Great Smoky Mountains! Cloud 9 was destroyed.
Lots of people who had gotten married at Cloud 9, shared gatherings there, made memories there questioned the city and the prior rental companies about survival of The Cloud 9 cabin. It seemed overwhelming to so many to lose the warm colors and the rich presence of beautiful wood that was felt by all. It was something that could not be replaced. Or could it?
The Mission to Rebuild
This is where our search begins for the perfect rebuild of the home. There is so much competition in the world of building. There are great people at marketing, but the product they sell is not so great. It’s difficult to be sure you’re making the right choice. Quality is a must, longevity is a must and honesty is a must when something has personal value to you in life.
Our search ended when we found Honest Abe Log Homes. Their reputation separates all others.
Our design was to remain true to the original floor plan of the home. We had no blueprints, and the foundation made the job difficult to benchmark mark off of. But Honest Abe remained faithful and worked diligently with us in achieving this goal.
Out of the Ashes
There has been a lot of construction in The Great Smoky Mountains since the fires. But unfortunately there are a lot of sad stories due to it. We did not want to be one of them, like contractors not following through on jobs or materials delivered at job sites not protected and exposed to all the elements.
The fires reached across four communities. No one could be prepared for the amount of work it would take to rebuild. Workers came from all over. Hotels were purchased just to house workers. Individuals building homes had an extremely difficult time finding honest, reliable contractors and workers.
The home was constructed of massive 6×12 D-logs. As soon as construction started it was the talk of the mountain.
Mountain Majesty Emerges from the Ashes
Honest Abe sales representative Wayne Brady worked with us building our home, but by the end had become a true friend. The team assembling our home was amazing. We all worked so well together on issues and concerns. It gave us a lot of peace knowing we made the right decision.
There were many things lost in the fire, including family heirlooms of parents and grandparents – things that cannot ever be replaced. But one thing we did manage to hold on to against all odds was the warm feeling one has upon entering into the cabin. Many people who had the privilege of visiting the cabin before the fire expressed how shocking it was to do the impossible.
It feels warm, the wood throughout is beautiful, it brings a great feeling of peace and overall it is stunning due to the experience of Honest Abe Log Homes. Praise to Honest Abe Log Homes for tradition that will live throughout generations.
A Visitor’s Dream
Guests at Danny and Tia Suiter’s Gatlinburg cabin, Mountain Majesty, can relax, unwind and enjoy a peaceful getaway in solitude or with family and friends. The couple offers for rental the 5,000-square-foot log cabin that was designed and manufactured by Honest Abe Log Homes.
This cabin sleeps 18 with eight king size beds and seven full bathrooms. As each bedroom has its own private deck or patio, begin each day watching the mountains come to life as the sun rises or end each day as darkness descends and another great day comes to an end at Mountain Majesty.
The cabin’s interior invites you in with its warm rich wooden features from floor to ceiling, expansive windows and vaulted ceilings fill the home with natural light and showcase the sweeping mountain views. Leather furniture, stone fireplaces, and custom touches throughout have created an ambiance of true mountain comfort.
Prepare a delicious meal or snack in the gourmet kitchen with beautiful wood cabinetry, granite countertops, three ovens and two stoves – one gas and one electric, the latest stainless steel appliances, a wine cooler and cabinets packed with cooking utensils, dinnerware and more. There’s also a grill located outside to make it easy to add a few barbecued treats to the menu.
Guests may enjoy meals at the dining room table that seats 12 with four additional seats at the bar or take their meals outside. In addition to the interior amenities, there are several comfortable outdoor living spaces including a furnished covered patio with a TV and wood-burning fireplace.
Mountain Majesty’s impressive game room has a theater area with plush, tiered theater seating and a large flat screen TV. Feeling competitive? Move on over to the pool table and see who is the king or queen of 8 Ball. The game room also features a beautiful bar with a full-size side by side refrigerator for keeping favorite beverages cold, a den area with pub tables and chairs, leather seating and a gas fireplace.
After a day of hiking, shopping or just exploring Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain region enjoy a 6 to 8 person hot tub to soak away any sore muscles or just simply to relax, unwind and plan tomorrow’s adventure.
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A note about Danny & Tia Suiter…
By Wayne Brady, Honest Abe Sales Representative, Crossville Model Home & Sales Center
When Danny & Tia first walked into my office they were heartbroken by the destructive fires in Gatlinburg, the lives that were affected in the families they knew and loved and the beautiful Smoky Mountains that had been changed forever.
The story of their home began with the description of a home that they loved dearly and wanted to re-create right down to the finer points like beam placement and furniture locations. With Danny’s tremendous knowledge of construction and Tia’s eye for detail, we slowly started laying out the basics of the home then moving on to the more detailed areas of the design. Over several months we discussed floor layout, plumbing, electrical locations, windows and doors, etc. Every minute detail was discussed until we had enough information to turn in to the Honest Abe design department.
With help from Danny & Tia, we were able to go from stories and descriptions to a beautifully finished home in just a few short months. During that time, and since then, a tremendous friendship has developed. The Suiters are one of those special families that everyone holds close to their heart. They are always ready to say a prayer, lend a hand or offer words of encouragement to those around them. Their eye for detail, love for the community and caring personalities are reflected in the beautiful home they have built.