Hey Keith, you have taken on a big task. so many cabins rentals to choose from in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area. I only live about 40 miles from that area. What I would suggest is to go to Pigeonforge.com and type in Cabin rental special. there is always deal on the website trying to attract tourists. Alpine Mtn in Gatlinburg has some nice cabins overlooking the city and great view of Mtns.
Moonshine cabin rental in Pigeon Forge are super nice,I had friends stay there. But this is your choice and Mama's !!
I don't know exactly when you're planning on visiting, but Winterfest starts the week of Thanksgiving and goes thru New Year's , that is when all three cities ,Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg light up there cities with an enormous amount of beautiful lights and decorations.
Do your due diligence on checking these properties thoroughly,
Have fun my Buick friend, on your trip to East TN.