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Bears Den: Private, Comfortable, Well Kept Cottage w Hot Tub overlooking River.

Barnardsville, NC, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 nights

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 it...you 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.


Dana Wingate: Property Manager

Member Since 2005
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 10, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom
        1 queen, luxury mattress
      • Bedroom
        1 queen, luxury mattress
      • Sleeper Sofa
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Bedroom
        1 baby crib, We have a pack n play in the cottage, not a full size crib.
      • 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.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • We supply plenty of towels, washcloths and hot tub towels.

      Location Type

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


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                      We have window units we keep in the house from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                      There is a gas fireplace in the living room.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Along with the gas fireplace, each room has electric baseboard heaters.
                    • Internet
                      DSL Broadband Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • 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.
                    • 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.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen, dining and living room are one open space so no one feels left out while preparing meals.
                        • Blender
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          New in 2012
                        • Freezer
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                          New in 2012
                        • Oven
                          Self cleaning
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Glass top stove, new in 2013.
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  We have 100 channels and music channels.
                                • Television
                                  32' flat screen TV, new in 2012
                                • Toys
                                  We have a basket of toys, suitable for toddlers along with some books.
                                • Video Library
                                  We do have several DVD's on hand you can watch.


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There is a wrap around porch that is lovely to sit on and listen to the river below.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      There are lots of gardens around the house with flowers blooming all season.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill, new in 2011
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch Furniture
                                    • Sand Box
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              The hot tub is outside and seats 6 people.
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • live theater
                                                    • arboretum
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • forests
                                                    • library
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • waterfalls
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • massage therapist

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • hunting
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water tubing


                                                                    • 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.

                                                                      107 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Adorable cottage!

                                                                      Audrey M.

                                                                      We loved Bears Den! Two couples enjoying some relaxation for a long weekend. Convenient to Asheville for some dining/exploring, and really enjoyed the hot tub after hiking. The home is clean, updated, beds are comfortable, plenty of towels, BEAUTIFUL property, and the kitchen had all we needed for the weekend. We would love to come back in the future!

                                                                      The pictures don’t do it justice! This place is a charming relaxing haven :) definitely coming back!

                                                                      Lauren G.

                                                                      Relaxing and charming!

                                                                      Very relaxing and peaceful.

                                                                      Aisha F.

                                                                      Amazing view!!!

                                                                      Quiet and serene environment

                                                                      Rosario S.

                                                                      The cabin itself was cozy and the property is private and beautiful. This was a working weekend for me as I was coordinating a seminar in Asheville.......the internet was out the entire time we were there so this was a major inconvenience. Telephone - land AND cell were also inaccessible.......had to drive into town to get my work done........and the kitchen did not have the basics that we have found at other cabins......like salt and pepper or cooking oil.......it was a rather primitive weekend......

                                                                      Super cute and cozy

                                                                      Kimberly W.

                                                                      The cabin is even cuter than the pictures. We stayed Thanksgiving weekend but I'll bet it's even better in the summer when everything is leafy. It was quiet but no too far from things to do and places to shop or eat out.

                                                                      The beds were very comfortable! Lots of towels for the hot tub and such. The high chair and pack & play were convenient for our infant traveler. The kitchen was adequately stocked with cookware and tableware so eating in was simple and economical.

                                                                      It is located on a quiet country lane which is perfect for an evening walk to enjoy the woods and the river. We hope to go again!

                                                                      Great little cabin

                                                                      giovanny a.Virginia Beach

                                                                      Great location and quiet.


                                                                      Barnardsville, NC, USA

                                                                      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.

                                                                      107 Reviews

                                                                      Excellent 4.7/5

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