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Historic Bear House 1890 (Stinson Suite) Perfect Location! Charming St Elmo!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 BR, 1 BA, Close to Everything, First Class Property

We invite you to come stay with us in our 1 BR daylight basement apt, the Stinson Suite, at The Bear House, our lovingly restored circa 1890 home, for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

We are located within 2 blocks of the St Elmo Business District, with the Lookout Mountain Railway Incline, 6 local restaurants, ice cream shop, coffee shop, coffee roaster, massage therapists, flower shops, grocery store and more. We are within 4 miles or less from all the tourist attractions downtown and on Lookout Mountain, including the Chattanooga Convention Center, Riverfront, Aquarium, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Point Park, Creative Discovery Museum, Hunter Museum of Art, North Chattanooga, Downtown, and Southside areas, and lots of great hiking, climbing and water activities.

Centrally located in Chattanooga and the trendy St Elmo Historic District, our beautiful historic home provides the perfect accommodations to create a truly memorable experience. Pampered with on-site attention you’ll feel taken care of from your first inquiry until the end of your stay, whether it is a single night or a few months. With over 24 years experience in the rental property business, we specialize in a broad spectrum of lodging needs, from quick getaways, to out of town family and friends, to corporate rentals and short term housing needs.

The Stinson Suite daylight basement apartment, with its own private entrance, offers historic charm with modern-day amenities. The individually appointed apartment boasts luxurious bedding and bath, hand picked furnishings and artwork, a fully equipped kitchen and hospitality center, sunny and comfortable living area, free high speed Wifi, Smart HDTV, and many other special touches to make your stay comfortable. Beverages, refreshments, fruit and chocolates are always available for your enjoyment.

Our spacious property offers many opportunities for gathering spaces outdoors. The large old-fashioned front porch, courtyard garden and gazebo are wonderful spots for morning coffee, a special evening meal, or a place to relax in a comfortable chair with a good book. The special garden areas, and larger outdoor seating areas provide additional space for your enjoyment. Be sure to explore the carved bears placed around the property and hear their story! In the spring and summer, help yourself to the blackberries and small vegetable garden. And don’t miss the scavenger hunt; over 40 sculptured animals roam the property for you to find.

The Stinson Suite includes:

**High quality, fully equipped kitchen with electric stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator. Small appliances include toaster, mixer, and crock pot. The hospitality center comes equipped with Keurig and a well stocked variety of coffee, teas and hot chocolate and related condiments. The basics are kept stocked for your convenience: paper towels, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, foils and plastic wrap, salt and pepper, spices, olive oil, canola oil, sugar and some breakfast items. (window in kitchen)

**Beautiful living room with ample seating, dining, games, high speed Wifi, large smart HDTV with Amazon Prime and Netflix - a wonderful gathering space for you to relax and enjoy your visit. (window in living room)

**Resource center in living room with office supplies, vacations guides, reading materials.

**Queen bed, luxury bedding and linens, iron and ironing board, full length mirror, luggage racks, water bottles, bedside radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports for charging your devices, high speed Wifi (window in bedroom) and (lower ceiling - 7'10")

**Full bed, luxury bedding and linens, full length mirror, luggage rack, water bottles, bedside radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports for charging your devices, high speed Wifi. (lower ceiling - 7'4")

**Spacious full size bathroom with bathtub/shower combination (rain head faucet), hair dryer, and specialty toiletries from nationally known local store Good Fortune (soaps, body wash, bath salts, lotion), luxury towels and numerous amenities.

**Separate laundry room with large capacity washer and dryer. (shared with one other space, the Sherfey Suite).

**Numerous shared outdoor gathering spaces for your relaxation and enjoyment.

More Details

Sharman Sherfey
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Sharman Sherfey

The Bear House is a beautifully restored 6,900 square foot house built in 1890. We have lived here for 25 years, raising our four children and enjoying this small community (St Elmo) within the city. Our long-term plan has been to share this special property as a B&B/Short Term Rental when we retired.

We opened as The Bear House in March of 2017. It has been a truly special year and brought great joy sharing The Bear House and meeting so many wonderful guests.

Steve and I live on the 1st floor of the house, which is completely separate from the 2nd story listings as well as the basement/lower level listing. In addition, we have the Carriage House with 2 listings. We are proud of The Bear House and think you will have a wonderful stay!

Sharman Sherfey purchased this apartment in 1992


St. Elmo Improvement League Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Historic Bear House 1890 (Stinson Suite) Perfect Location! Charming St Elmo!
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Fantastic experience! Very clean and had all that was needed and more!

  • 5 of 5



  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joel: Thank you so much for your review and staying with us here at The Bear House. We appreciate you noticing the kitchen. Our goal is to furnish the 4 (soon to be 5) spaces here at The Bear House with the same quality that we would want in our home. Thank you for noticing. Please come again anytime! Sincerely, Steve and Sharman
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Cape Elizabeth Maine


  • 5 of 5

The location was Fabulous. It was very clean and well decorated beds were comfortable. I would recommend this to any of my friends and family. All the finer details was exceptional including the chocolate.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Had everything you could think of to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Comfortable, Affordable & Convenient Location

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend the Stinson Suite. It was convenient to Lookout Mountain and the quaint town of St. Elmo. The owners are very thoughtful with all of the amenities that are provided. A fully equipped kitchen to cook dinner or even bake homemade cookies. Keurig with ample coffee and tea selections and even an assortment of coffee creamers. No details are left out! Towels are plush and beds are comfortable. Was nice to have a washer and dryer to use with soap provided. Would definitely stay again if in the area. Thank you for a great experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved everything about it!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous historical home in St. Elmo, within walking distance to some great restaurants. Well stocked kitchen, comfy beds, nice den with big TV for hubby’s enjoyment. Lovely gardens outside with seating areas. We loved sitting on the large front porch and watching the local traffic. Steve and Sharman are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. We came to visit family. We left feeling like we gained more family...Steve and Sharman. They were great!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our girls break. The Stinson suite was perfect for our needs. The basement apartment was well configured and had everything needed for a relaxing trip. The location is perfect. We could walk to St. Elmo restaurants and the Incline Railway. It is a short trip to Ruby Falls, Rock City Gardens, and downtown.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
CHA (Chattanooga)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
1885 Grill
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Mocassin Bend Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
1185 Grill, MojoBurrito, Purple Daisy, Thai, Pizza


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $40
Tax Rate 17.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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