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$75* per nite Text/call Karen @ 985-515-6008 no answer? see contact note below

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

'Lil Apple Bear Cottage--FYI: I'm excited to communicate with you and hope to have you as our guest in the Great Smokey Mountains in one of our nightly rentals. The best mode of contact for me: (1) text 985-515-6008,

(2)call 985-515-6008 and if no answer, plz leave message and I will call or text you back. I teach school and cannot answer my phone most times to speak, but if you leave a voice message, I will surely contact you back asap. My response is quicker if you send a quick text, but either way, this is the info I need to know to accommodate you:

(1)Name, (2)Number in group OR the rental you are calling about (1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 6 bedroom),

(3)Arrival date, (4)Departure date.

My contact #: 985-515-6008 and you can always send me an In-Box message through FB; Karen Hunt Varnado; Franklinton, LA Thank you and I hope you have a great time in the Smokey Mountains!

*higher rates during holiday seasons

'Lil Apple Bear Cottage is a quaint little cottage not a camper or a mobile home, and is centrally located in Wears Valley making it easily accessible to Cades Cove to view wildlife, 8.8 miles from the house to Pigeon Forge Parkway (441) for Dollywood, Splash Country, dinner shows, etc., 1.5 miles to Wears Valley convenient stores, antique shops, souvenir shops, candy making shops, bank, etc. Or, if you are honeymooning, you may prefer just to kick your shoes off, throw a steak on the charcoal grill, and dine under the stars on the patio overlooking the majestic mountains before retreating to the jetted whirlpool tub built for two!

Lil'Apple Bear Cottage features a spacious king-size bedroom with the lodge-look metal bed. For a touch of romance, this room includes the jetted whirlpool tub and an electric black marble fireplace with flickering flames useable with or without the heat. For your recreation, it also includes a 19 inch flat screen TV with DVD/VCR.

If bringing along an extra person, the living room includes a plush sofa with fresh linens provided. This room is also equipped with an electric black marble fireplace with flickering flames useable with or without the heat.

The kitchenette is fully equipped with dishes, pots, pans, silverware, and appliances. The enclosed front balcony is easily accessible and provides an awesome view of the morning dawn on the mountain drapery as you enjoy that first morning cup of coffee in one of the four chairs already there for you.

And, Oh, by the way, if you haven't noticed, we kept you totally in mind while designing 'Lil Apple Bear Cottage! We just want to spoil you a little bit while you are in the Smokies! Call Karen today to make your reservation. Damage/reservation deposit required.


More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Karen

I'm Karen & worked as a LA teacher before coming on board as an educational diagnostician (assessing children for special needs). I resigned my LA position June 2012, and as of August 2012, I am now teaching a special needs class in nearby MS. My husband, Donald, is a retired security officer from a LA state inmate facility. He and I have owned rental property for the past 25 years and we renovate our own properties. We renovated a house in MS a couple blocks from the Gulf which Katrina claimed in 2005. We looked on the bright side and bought a house in Pigeon Forge 2006: Bear Creek Lodge. We are building back on our lot in Bay St. Louis, MS, so remember us if you are planning a trip to the mountains or to the beach. We are blessed to live on LA/MS line where we can go back & forth for important things: LA: grandchildren and church; MS: beach and school children. The most important things in our lives are God, our children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Karen purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Karen chose Sevierville

I feel the presence of God daily, but when I take a scenic ride through Smokey Mt. National Park or Cades Cove, I think of how great my God must be that He spoke this existence into place. I've vacationed here for many years and owning a piece of property here was a far-away dream, but God made it a reality in 2006 when we purchased Bear Creek Lodge in Pigeon Forge. God blessed us with guests like you to rent it; however, being an educator, it was always rented during summer and holidays when I could visit. A year later, in 2007, while looking for a piece of property to park our camper, we stumbled upon this awesome place in Wears Valley. After renovations, we not only had a piece of the mountain to park our camper on, but two more additional nightly rentals. He gave us more than one piece of the mountain. We invite you, our family and friends, to visit and enjoy a piece of the treasure with us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a wonderful time. The cabin is very comfortable and homey. Thanks for the opportunity to visit here. Thanks!
Dec 2008
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Sevierville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub shower combo
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
Bath has tub/shower combo and large Jacuzzi tub is romantically situated in bedroom; good cell phone reception as tower is across the road.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

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$75* per nite Text/call Karen @ 985-515-6008 no answer? see contact note below
average rating of 4.5263157 based on 22 reviews

Everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying in this cottage. It is also the only place we have stayed at twice while vacations in the area. The location is awesome. We love the Wears Valley area. You are close enough to PF and Gatlinburg but far enough away to relax. The cottage has practically everything you need. There isn’t a stove but there is a very nice charcoal grill, hot plate, and microwave if you need to cook something. The bed is comfy. There’s plenty of room for 2 or possibly 4 if you have small children.we didn’t use the tub this time. Karen is very easy to book through and answers your questions quickly. Overall we enjoy staying in this cottage and will stay again

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice property. A great value for the money

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this cabin could not have been better. Everything was exactly as described. We have spent a lot more money for cabins in the past, but as my wife and I went without out children this time, this cabin was perfect for our needs. It was situated a little further out from Pigeon Forge than we were used to, but that was part of the charm. We will definitely look at renting this cabin again in the future.

Tim D.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay!

  • 4 of 5

L'il Bear Apple Cottage was cozy and cute with a beautiful view! My husband and I stayed there for our 33rd wedding anniversary and it was so relaxing and fit into our budget at only $75.00 a night! It was close to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. The king size bed was very comfortable and we slept so well! We used the indoor jacuzzi tub was nice but the jets were not very forceful and didn't really produce bubbles. We were a bit disappointed in the tv setup as we didn't get very many channels at all. We also wish the tv in the bedroom had a dvd player like the one in the living room. But these are just small complaints....overall we were very pleased with the accomidations!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rochester, NY

House shopping

  • 5 of 5

Wife and I used this cabin as our home base while shopping for a house in the general area. Loved our stay and would definitely rent it again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!!!

  • 5 of 5

We really loved our stay at the cabin! The view was breathtaking! Pigeon Forge is a 15 minute drive and Gatlinburg is 30 minutes. We went to Cades Cove and Clingman' s Dome which is a beautiful drive and about an hour.

The cabin was perfect for my family of three. We did bring our air mattress for our daughter because she wanted to bring it. The king size bed was comfy! The fridge is small, which Karen told me it was, so I knew not to buy more food than we needed, the deep freeze in the shed was helpful. Karen was very helpful and answered any questions. It's very peaceful and quiet in the evenings, even with other families vacationing. Keep an eye out for deer while sitting on the front porch, we saw a buck and a doe one evening.

Thank you Karen for your hospitality and for answering my texts! We look forward to our next trip!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Morristown, TN

Nice, quiet and NOT well kept.

  • 2 of 5

The property is exactly as described except I found it dirty. When I called Karen, she acted like she didn't realize that I was the first guest of the season, but then, later in the conversation, said she had notified her housekeeper to check it out if she was in the vacinity. Then she went on to say that she personally had been there three weeks ago. The cobwebs all over the ceilings and walls and on the furniture seemed to be way more than would accumulate in three weeks. The couch was covered in lint and very uncomfortable to sit on. There is no other furniture except the kitchen chairs. There was no hot water because the water heater breaker was turned off. She had not mentioned that, but I found the breaker box and flipped the breaker. Both bath rugs were filthy. The back porch furniture was still upside down (table included) and I could not lift it. The front porch furniture was very dirty and part of it, as well as the floor, was coated in bird droppings, so unusable as well. There​ was a large pile of used roofing shingles at the front corner of the carport which made me worry that there were roofing nails in the driveway. I found one on the carport floor. The listing stated that there would be a starter amount of charcoal and lighter there, but there was not. The grill was too rusty to use anyway. There were NO kitchen linens in the house, and only one VERY small pot in the kitchen. And lastly, the side entrance door has no security lock, just the doorknob, and the main entrance door, which is on the back porch, has a security chain lock that is attached only to the door trim. It is worthless as far as "security" goes. There is no gutter, so you would have to walk through the water falling off of the carport to get in and out if it were​ raining. The location is mainly residential and generally quiet except for the gun range fire that was rather loud all day Saturday and the construction going on across the street, and literally in the back yard, on Monday. If you're interested in the tourist activities in Pigeon Forge, it's quite a ways out for multiple daily trips into town, and Covemont Ln is very narrow, hilly and winding.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To clarify some of these things,for instance, check-in is at 4:00 pm and you asked if you could check in early and I agreed, but I didn't realize it was going to be almost a day early. Yes, I was confused Saturday morning when my phone rang before 7:00 AM and you had already checked in and was calling regarding the cobwebs. I was confused because you woke me up while I was still sleeping. Once I got oriented, I did tell you I had been up the middle of March to get things going because I do close the rental down during the winter season. As I told you, it was very clean when I left March 24, 2017, but I understand it doesn't take long for cobwebs to gather. I told you I would be glad to have the cleaning lady to come by and freshen things up and you told me you could do that because your only concern was some cobwebs and a rug in front of the tub that you were more less letting me know in case I had a cleaning lady slacking on her job. I never heard another word from you so I assumed everything to be well with your stay. The hot water heater breaker, I'm sorry because I didn't realize it wasn't on. I could have called the cleaning lady or the maintenance man to come flip it for you. The porch furniture: I am a small person and I 've turned the table up many times by myself. I purposely left it down because the winds can be strong with March not over, I was afraid there may yet be strong winds and I never guessed anyone would have trouble setting the lightweight table and plastic chairs up-right. However, I realize there is a difference in traits of people so I do wish you would have given me a call so I could have sent someone to tend to this for you. The porch furniture:The cottage is not in a heavily populated area so that is the main reason I thought you would love it. You said you were traveling alone and wanted to be to yourself and away from the hustle/bustle. Well, away from it all for the little cottage means good wholesome country living: fresh air, well water, a few spiders, quite a few lady bugs, and some dust, too. As far as security, you are the first guest who has ever had a complaint about security.All the doors do lock, but the strength of the chains have never been tested as we have never had a break-in. Shingles:the shingles have been purposely placed in that area to keep the soil from eroding and works great! Sorry you didn't like it, but you know what they say, "different strokes for different folks." Thanks! Karen
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Car: necessary

Here in Wears Valley, we are centrally located, being only approximately 6 miles from Wears Valley's entrance into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, 15 miles from Cades Cove, 13 miles from Gatlinburg, 7 miles from Pigeon Forge (8.8 miles from house to Parkway (441); minutes from Dollywood and Dolly's Splash Mountain, Black Bear Jamboree, Dixie Stampede, Miracle Theatre,Dinner Shows, Waterfalls, Snow Skiing, Hiking, Camping, Hunting, Fishing, Golf, Ripley's, Aquarium, Antique Car Shows, Helicopter Rides, Flea Markets., etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$75--$100 rate range depending on season, etc. Email or call/text Karen (985-515-6008) for quote. 2-payment plan: ½ due when reserving; balance due within 3 weeks of arrival date. 1 payment only if arriving within 1 month of booking. Security deposit is charge card hold; same procedure as most standard hotels. 3 nights minimum required; however, 2 nights considered for higher rate depending on availability. Personal checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover accepted.
EMAIL, CALL, or text KAREN @ 985-515-6008

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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