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Bears Den: Private, Comfortable, Well Kept Cottage W Hot Tub Overlooking River.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

Bears Den cottage is located on a dead end mountain road backing up to the Pisgah Natl Forest, just N. of Asheville. It is just minutes from Navitat, WNC's only zipline!! The home is decorated to match the mountains, easy going and peaceful. Sit by the creek on the property or listen to the roar of the river below. There is hiking at Douglas Falls down the road. The lawn is beautifully landscaped with different varieties of flowers all season long. When in season, pick fresh blackberries and raspberries in the front yard. Enjoy a book or glass of wine on the wrap around porch or soak in the 6 person hot tub that sits up on a deck. The property is very secluded and quiet, yet close to many fun things to do...including whitewater rafting, gem mining, shopping, restaurants and the Biltmore Estate. It is the perfect vacation spot, we love it and know you will too. Behaved Pets welcome.

Our Mission: It is our goal to provide you with everything that you will need to make Bear's Den your home away from home. If you have special requests prior to arrival, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. All you will need is your toiletries and food.

Our Story: We operate Bears Den Cottage ourselves. We both have a background in hospitality including working at a 4 star AAA rated bed and breakfast in Colorado. We fell in love with Bears Den the first time we saw it. We have an excellent team of care takers that make sure it is just how we would have it.
Bears Den has a magical feel to can almost see the fairies dancing in the flower gardens. :) We sit on the porch for hours watching the birds, butterflies and humming birds and listening to the river below. The house is open and airy with a big picture window looking out into the forest. The cottage is decorated appropriately with bears, flowers and inspirational signs to make your trip the mountains relaxing and enjoyable. There is a good chance of seeing wild life at this property. We guarantee you will have an excellent time.


Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    We provide an ashtray outside on the porch, please no smoking in the house....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We love pets! We have a small non refundable pet fee to accommodate the extra cleaning time....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

  • Bedroom: 1 queen

    luxury mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 queen

    luxury mattress...moreless

  • Sleeper Sofa: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom: 1 baby crib

    We have a pack n play in the cottage, not a full size crib....moreless

  • The beds have pillow top mattresses and high quality linens. The futon sofa sleeper has a coiled spring mattress for extra support and comfort. We also have a pack and play.There are 4 pillows per bed plus a complete set of sheets, comforter & pillows for the futon. There are extra blankets all around the house....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • We supply plenty of towels, washcloths and hot tub towels.

Other Amenities

  • Kitchen and living space have open floor plan for comfortable living. There are games, books, movies, CD's and an IPOD docking station for you to begin your great time at Bears Den. Outdoor games include horseshoes, bocci ball & croquet. There are chairs on the deck for enjoying your company or reading a good book while listening to the sound of the river. The gas grill is located on the wrap around porch. There are many different kinds of wildlife at Bears Den to enjoy; deer, wild turkeys, lots of birds that we feed and once in a while you will spot a bear. Not to worry though, they haven't done anything but eat the berries out of the yard. We will inform you if the bears are active during your stay....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Satellite / Cable:

    We have 100 channels and music channels....moreless

  • Television:

    32' flat screen TV, new in 2012...moreless

  • Toys:

    We have a basket of toys, suitable for toddlers along with some books....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We do have several DVD's on hand you can watch....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    We are in the bowl of the mountain so there are trees, some long range views, wildlife and splendor all around....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Bears Den is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains. It backs up to the Pisgah Natl Forest so is very quiet and beautiful!...moreless

  • River:

    There is a small stream on the property and a larger river at the base of the property that you can hear all year and see in the winter/spring months....moreless

  • Rural:

    The cottage is considered to be in the country but you are not isolated. It's private but easy to get to and only 13 miles to some very nice restaurants, grocery stores, etc. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    We have window units we keep in the house from Memorial Day to Labor Day....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    There is a gas fireplace in the living room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Along with the gas fireplace, each room has electric baseboard heaters....moreless

  • Internet:

    DSL Broadband Internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living room has a futon sofa sleeper and 2 chairs. There is a 32' flat screen tv, an Ipod docking station, DVD player, gas fireplace, lots of books and games....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    No long distance but there is a phone for family members to call you on or if you have an emergency and your cell phone doesn't work there....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    New in 2012...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen, dining and living room are one open space so no one feels left out while preparing meals....moreless

  • Lobster Pot


  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a wrap around porch that is lovely to sit on and listen to the river below....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There are lots of gardens around the house with flowers blooming all season. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill, new in 2011...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    The hot tub is outside and seats 6 people....moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub


Write a review 4.7
from 89 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
March, April, May '17
Mar 1 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$129 $139
Fri, Sat
June, July, August '17
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$139 $149
Fri, Sat
November, December
Nov 1 - Dec 31
2 night min stay
$125 $135
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $75
  • Cleaning Fee $85 + tax
  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We do also accept Pay Pal and checks. Please inquire with any questions. Thank you!

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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View Guide powered by:
30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Asheville Regional Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
Reems Creek Golf Club
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
19/23 N Future 26
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Weaverville, NC
26 Miles
Nearest Ski
Wolf Laurel Ski Resort
298 Miles
Nearest Beach
Folly Beach, SC (wonderful, small town beach)

Car: Necessary

The cottage is located NORTH of Asheville, home of the Biltmore Estate, fine dining, antiquing, shopping and live music. It is also convenient to Wolf Laurel Skiing, Hot Springs Spa, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are many outdoor and indoor activities nearby including biking, white water rafting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, a nature center, museums and children's play places. Come enjoy the large Belle Chere festival that takes place the last weekend of July with lots of crafts & arts & live music. Asheville now hosts the MoogFest over Halloween weekend with tons and tons of music!!

Other Activities: Just min to Reems Creek Golf Course, Blue Ridge Parkway, white water rafting, hiking, Navitat zip line, antiquing, river boarding, kayaking, and much, much more!

Golf: Reems Creek Golf Club was labeled our nicest public course by Golf Digest. It is conveniently located 15 min South of Bears Den.

Ski: Wolf Laurel Ski Resort is about 35 min North of the cottage.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: I worked in a 21 room country inn/bed and breakfast in Colorado in 2000 which I really enjoyed. After moving to Asheville in 2001, I wanted to pursue owing a vacation rental and we found Bears Den in 2006. I find hospitality is my gift. We owned other cottages but are back to having just this one, it's our favorite and our 'baby' you could say. We hope to one day own a bed and breakfast. We love having this cottage and want to make you feel like you are home away from home.

Why the Owner Chose Barnardsville, NC, USA:
I was in the mortgage business and was constantly being told about cabins and cottages from Realtors I was working with as we were looking. We knew right away Bears Den was the one. I cannot describe the magic and charm you feel. It may look rustic on the outside but it's very well kept inside and the grounds are beautiful and display everything the Western North Carolina Mountains hold.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Renters love listening to the river below while on the porch with either a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. The hot tub is also a favorite because it sits up on a deck so it offers better views and is like it's own destination. Several renters have seen deer and turkeys in the yard. It's very quiet yet close to everything.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Peaceful Bears Den

    Peaceful Bears Den

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Queen Bedroom

    Queen Bedroom

  • Trumpet Vine over porch

    Trumpet Vine over porch

  • Hot Tub on deck overlooking property, mountains

    Hot Tub on deck overlooking property, mountains

  • River below property

    River below property

  • This is the little stream on our property.

    This is the little stream on our property.

  • There are lots and lots of butterflies and hummingbirds in the summer.

    There are lots and lots of butterflies and hummingbirds in the summer.

  • Us, the owners!

    Us, the owners!

  • The Biltmore at Christmas time.

    The Biltmore at Christmas time.

  • Beautiful Asheville…come visit soon!

    Beautiful Asheville…come visit soon!

  • Eat In Kitchen

    Eat In Kitchen

  • Open floor plan

    Open floor plan

  • Queen size bed

    Queen size bed

  • We pride ourselves on cleanliness!

    We pride ourselves on cleanliness!

  • From behind the house on our walking trail.

    From behind the house on our walking trail.

  • Hot Tub, slight long range mountain views.

    Hot Tub, slight long range mountain views.

  • May at Bears Den

    May at Bears Den

  • Spring flowers galore!

    Spring flowers galore!

  • Winter Wonderland

    Winter Wonderland

  • Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lots of hiking, waterfalls, beauty!

    Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lots of hiking, waterfalls, beauty!

  • Weaverville is under 20 min with cute shops and great independent restaurants.

    Weaverville is under 20 min with cute shops and great independent restaurants.

  • Us! April 2016

    Us! April 2016

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