A few comments from the pages of the Cherokee Journal



Not enough time to enjoy this great place. My husband and I have stayed in bed and breakfasts, inns, cabins, lodges, etc scattered all over the country and your place outshines them all ! .......
Sharon and Jimmy Wyatt
We were so excited to find our cabin in the woods. Absolutely beautiful view !  Four wonderful days of relaxing and exploring. .........
The Sparks
Grand Cane, LA
I'm 10 years old (almost 11) and I loved this trip. We went to the Lost Valley Trail. It was so cool ! I love the view. I am so glad that we are not looking at a wall or house. I'm looking forward to our next visit here.
Annie Clayton
Syracuse, NE
What a great place and peaceful, fun time..........Every convenience was here for us in the cabin including BBQ grill, washer and dryer, DVD player, computer and very comfortable beds.........
The Ingram's
Leander, TX
We had a wonderful time in the cabin. The kids loved swimming in the river every evening. The weather was great. One evening we saw a dozen deer right down the road.....
The Nixon's
Hammond, LA
Thank you very much for letting us stay in your amazing cabin, it truly is gorgeous. While staying here we were able to see many of the beautiful sites this area has to offer, including, the hike to the Buffalo River, Mystic Caverns, Twin Falls and many surrounding towns. ...........
The Whitfield's
Grandbury, TX
Awesome birthday weekend! No matter how old one gets we can never experience all the beauty Arkansas has to offer. The Ozark Bluff Dwellers is a perfect example of every changing beauty and experiences to be cherished and remembered. This is our home away from home. ......
Mark and Ellen
This place is amazing. My husband and I were hoping to go somewhere special for our 25th wedding anniversary and this place was perfect. I only wish that we could stay longer. We can't wait to bring our family in June.
The Brights
We never knew paradise was so close to Springfield. My wife and I expected to see beautiful country, but the views, hiking trails, and of course this wonderful cabin were so much more the we expected. Thank you for a wonderful week !  We can't wait to come back again and again.
Michael and Angie Homeyer
Springfield, MO
This place is absolutely heaven on earth. Coming here has exceeded all expectations.......We couldn't imagine a more beautiful honeymoon location. The cabin, setting and scenery are all breathtaking. We were able to see many elk and deer on our ventures and a bunch of squirrels, too. Thank you Edd and Ilonka for providing such a wonderful place and the exceptional hospitality. We will be back as soon as possible.
The Beards
Anacoco, LA
What a beautiful location for this magnificent cabin ! We have stayed in many cabins here and the Smoky Mountains. This is the only cabin that has the view that is advertised . It's awesome !  I'm sitting out on the deck as I write this watching the sunrise over the mountains. How peaceful and amazing. It is easy to see why we had to get our reservations in a year in advance to ensure these particular dates for our 36th wedding anniversary. Thank you and we will most definitely be back.
Doug and Nannie Hill
Alma, AR
Ahh, the Cherokee. This is our 4th year here and it just keep keeps getting better. Thank you Edd and Ilonka for this wonderful place. We come every year seeking rest and renewal and find it every year without fail. This beautiful cabin, the wondrous hikes and s'mores outside by the fire pit. Who could ask for more ?
The Fishers
Mom and Pop,
Thanks for the great Christmas gift. Tharen reminded me that we haven't stayed in the "cabins" since we have had kids. The boys have had a great time and so have we. Growing up around here, you take for granted what a great place this really is. Now that I have lived away from here so long, I really appreciate it now. After reading all the nice reviews, I truly realize what a special place this is. It's nice to be able to take my family to the place where I grew up. Thanks for the relaxing weekend. We will try to make it back more often.
Ian, Tharen, Blake and Nicholas
What a perfect place this is ! We love coming here and this makes our 6th time. We have the best time watching movies, reading, sleeping, trekking around outside and soaking in the Jacuzzi. I got really engrossed in the book "The Search For Halley" and even went to the Chamber of Commerce in Jasper to get my own copy.
Mike and Libby Seftar and Gracie
Cotter, AR




Paul and I had the wonderful experience of being the first occupants of this beautiful, wonderful, awesome cabin.  We stayed in the Choctaw last November and couldn’t imagine anything better but this cabin outshines all others.  We don’t want to leave.  This area feels like “home” to us.  We can’t seem to stay away very long.  We are so excited to have had the honor of being “first” to experience this beautiful cabin.


                                                                        Paul and Karlynn

                                                                        Bastrop, LA



What a wonderful way to spend our 34th wedding anniversary.  We were so excited to come here but once we opened the door to our cabin . . . . It was just awesome.  How much fun we had exploring the cabin and finding one more thing that was more exciting than the last.  We were like little kids on Christmas morning or watching the celebration on the 4th of July, there were so many oohs and ahs, it just took our breath away.  We are very thankful for our friends Rick and Karen who told us about this place.  Our thanks to Edd & Ilonka for being there if you needed them and also for giving us “a little bit of heaven”.  We truly loved it here and will be back for our 35th.


                                                                        David and Karen, IL



I don’t think words can do justice to such a beautiful place.  What a wonderful get-away!  I am sure this will be our vacation spot for many future trips –


                                                                        Stuart and Jamie        

St Joseph, MO



We arrived for a 3 day stay and ended up staying 4.  We really enjoyed it.  Our jobs are “all people” so we enjoyed the time of no people.  It has been therapeutic for us . . . so serene.  We loved the Cherokee!  Everything was as near perfect as possible.  The sunsets and sunrises were fantastic.  The local critters and deer were fantastic and enjoyable.  We may have seen a gray fox.  The elk herd at Ponca was incredible to view.  We’d hoped to see a black bear . . . maybe next time.  The hike to the Indian Shelter will be most memorable for the next few days.  The trail is rugged enough to be exciting, but manageable for most . . . a very nice experience.  We spotted the cave in the bluff below the cabin, to the west . . . we will be better prepared for a look next time.  See next October – a wonderful time to look forward to. 


                                                                        Dean and Veva Henson

Arcola, IL



What a wonderful find!  A great cabin, couldn’t have been done any better, in a great location.  We only wish we could have stayed longer and look forward to returning soon.  Edd and Ilonka couldn’t have been easier to deal with and Mike added the color to a great experience.


                                                                        Lea and Vicki

Austin, TX



Wow what a wonderful surprise.  We had no idea how spectacular this cabin was going to be when we first saw it on your web site.  There are so many wonderful details to this cabin.  We loved finding something new each day.  The sunrises and especially the sunsets were outstanding.  It is so peaceful here (we’re from the city) you can’t help but want to stay.  Loved the bird watching – they were everywhere.  This has certainly been one of our best vacations and Look forward to returning.  Thank you so much for sharing this treasure with us. 


                                                                        Lance and Robin

Atlanta, GA



The Esteem Society of the Sisterhood of LaLa’s from Denham Springs, LA have had a wonderful, wonderful time here at the Cherokee cabin.  Four glorious days!  The Frenches have thought of everything to make a stay here complete.  But, most of all, not counting the fantastic cabin, a dream cottage, is the perfect view from the balcony of the valley.  To us flat country people it took our breath every time we looked at it.  We will never forget this place and the view of our God’s handwork!  We hope to return again to enjoy this fantastic and very comfortable place.


                                                                        Hope to make another entry in this book.

                                                                        Carolyn “Queen Mother”



Our time here was awesome.  I was so overwhelmed with the cabin.  I chose this place from the internet, so you never really know what to expect.  I was really happy to hear about the 3rd bedroom that was so neat; I thought it was part of another room.  The pond, the landscape, the scenery is so beautiful.  All the extras mean so much when you are away from home.  Hope to come back soon! Thanks!



                                                                        Delight, AR 





This is an outstanding piece of heaven on earth.  We even saw 4 deer grazing today!  The peace and quiet, the hiking trails, the beautiful cabin and our fun canoeing trip made this a memorable trip.  We will tell everyone at home about your mountain retreat.  Thanks for all the “little extras” in the cabin.



                                                                        Lafayette, LA



Everything about the cabin was perfect like everyone else has said before us.  There was no detail left out.  The view from the deck is awesome.  The deer in the morning when you look out the window.  The beautiful decorating.  We will never forget the memories that this cabin has given us.  We hope to come back again.  Thanks.


                                                                        Steve, Colleen, Richard and Brandon

                                                                        Peck, KS



We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the cabin and its surroundings.  It was really good to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful place.  We will definitely be back to stay much longer. 


                                                                        The Clinkscales and Schexrayders

                                                                        Slidell and New Orleans, LA



We never imagined anything could outshine the Osage cabin we experienced last July for our 15th anniversary. . . but this cabin has done just that!  The view here is just as awesome but the fish pond makes all the difference.  It is the perfect touch of tranquility when sitting on the deck enjoying God’s fingerprints.  You have thought of everything!  We even enjoyed roasting marshmallows (disappointed at having forgotten the coat hangers, then becoming overjoyed at having found the roasting sticks by the grill).  The attention to detail at every turn is greatly appreciated!  We have definitely been showered with blessing this weekend!


                                                                        Keith, Becky, Brian, and Justin

                                                                        Maumelle, AR  



 We were absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty of the cabin.  It is truly an experience we will never forget.  Every detail so perfect, for the setting.  This is something we have dreamed of doing for so long and your cabin has been a dream come true.  You should be very proud of your talent and ability to create such splendor.  I can’t wait until we get home and get our film developed so we can show all of our friends and family. 


                                                                        William and Shirley,

Winnfield, LA



This has been the best cabin we have ever stayed in. I really like the computer and satellite TV.  In most cabins it is boring but this one has been a lot of fun so far.  I also like the hiking trail even though I got lost on it.  I really like the way it looks.  It is really clean too.  To the person who reads this, I hope you have the same thoughts and feeling about the cabin. 


                                                                        Justin, 14 years old

                                                                        Dardanelle, AR  



We can’t begin to describe how wonderful our experience was in the Cherokee cabin.  It seems a disservice to merely call it a “cabin”.  It is truly a work of art set in such a picturesque location.  As I think back on discovering your web site, I remember the statement that said the properties are “not for sale”. Staying here, you can see why such words are necessary.  This place has such a physical and spiritual attraction.  We truly thank you for allowing us to relax and enjoy your wonderful part of the work in such magnificent fashion. 


                                                                        Ruthchelle, Mike and Buddy



This has been a wonderful experience!  You have created much more than just a cabin.  It was such a joyful experience to find little surprises as we looked around.  It is clear that your hearts and souls went into this artistic creation.  The Cherokee is obviously filled with your warm and creative energies.  The discovery of the geodes and crystals in the fireplace and the specially selected rocks in the hearth and around the cabin was an enormous and continuing treat.  Also, your thoughtfulness was evident at every turn . . . pots and pans . . . great appliances . . . cooking and eating utensils . . . comfortable furniture . . . meaningful artwork and other displays.  It all comes together to engender a strong feeling of belong and a desire to protect it. 


                                                                            Art and Trisha,

Little Rock, AR



We can’t thank you enough for helping make our vacation such a memorable experience.  The cabin is so beautiful and comfortable that it is hard to leave.  There was not a thing we needed, not a dish, a pot, an appliance or a product we wanted that was not provided.  You thought of everything and then some.  And I do think you picked the very best place to build with what I believe must surely be the most beautiful view.  I do hope we can come back again one day. 


                                                                        Carol, Cheri, Brad and Ryan