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Bears Hearth - The Gathering Place for Your Family

Bedrooms 6
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Chalet, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

Our family has enjoyed gathering at this mountain chalet since we first purchased it in July 2001. The main floor has a large common area where you will find 2 sofas with the entertainment center; 2 overstuffed chairs in a sitting/reading area in front of the stone hearth fireplace; and two dining tables with adequate seating for 14. In the midst of the common area, behind the fireplace is where you will find a fully stocked kitchen (cook not provided!)

Also on the main floor are 4 of the bedrooms - 3 with King Size beds and 1 full size. There are two full bathrooms on this level. As you go downstairs in the back of the chalet, you will enter the game room where you will find a pool table and a sleeper sofa with a cable TV and DVD player. There are two bedrooms on this level - 1 King and 1 Full. The downstairs level also has a bathroom as well as a laundry room with a washer and dryer.

As you exit the game room, you will see the large hot tub located on the lower deck. This octagon-shaped chalet has a large deck that wraps around 5 sides on the main level. Here is where you will locate a charcoal grill, a picnic table and some various deck furniture for your enjoyment.

We frequently see bears especially in summer and fall months. We have been visited by a mother bear and her 3 cubs on more than one occasion! Our hope for you is that your 'family' will enjoy the time you share in our home as much as we do - play games together, gaze at a starry sky from the hot tub, talk about your dreams, make memories, enjoy!

Keywords: Chalet in the Mountains

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About The Owner

Bears Hearth is owned by 3 couples from Taylorsville, Kentucky: Dwayne and Mary Lynn Martin, Dwight and Carla Martin, and Tony and Janie Mathre. Dwight is a retired firefighter from the City of Louisville Fire Department. He and Carla own a heating and air conditioning company as well as a screen-print and sign shop. Dwayne is a firefighter for the City of Louisville and Mary Lynn is a high school administrator. Tony works for the Ford Motor Company and Janie is a social worker for the Department of Families and Children. Among us we have 12 children (counting in-laws) and 10 grandchildren.

The Owner purchased this chalet in 2001

Why The Owner chose Gatlinburg

Our family has had many vacation adventures together (Disney World; Washington, DC; Watertown, NY; New York City; to name a few). One of our favorite places on earth is this Chalet in Gatlinburg! We can stay in and watch for bears strolling down the driveway, play games, or soak up the mountain sounds from the hot tub. There are so many fun and interesting things to do in the area. Dwight and I like to go into the park and hike. Dwayne and Mary Lynn enjoy antiquing, mini-golf and go-carts. Tony and Janie like to visit the unique shops in Gatlinburg. We all like to eat!

What makes this chalet unique

One of the advantages of staying with us is that we are members of the Chalet Village Owners clubs which offer 3 locations for your convenience. There are pools at each location as well as various other amenities such as tennis courts, ping pong tables, foosball, pool tables and playground.


Chalet Village Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
  • King size beds (4), Double Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Bears Hearth - The Gathering Place for Your Family
average rating of 4.3157897 based on 19 reviews

As advertised. Very comfortable and accommodating.

  • 4 of 5

Outside of a faint cigarette smell that everyone experienced up and downstairs, the chalet was comfortable, spacious and convenient to Gatlinburg. We would reserve and stay here again without hesitation. The chalet also lived up to it's name when on the 2nd night at approximately 1220am, 5 bears paid us a visit at the back lower doors. So if you hear scratching and bumps at the doors late at night, don't open them!! :)

We had a great stay and time. Thank you Carla!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Space and Clean

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at this spacious Chalet. Members of the trip werent cramped and the wrap around deck was enjoyable during the chilly nights. Had a bear visit us, but he went about his business only stoping by for 5 minutes as we watched from inside. Great Time! Very convenient going to and from Gatlinburg!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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USMC Reunion

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Bears Hearth. We had 12 people on average staying there. There was plenty of room for everyone inside and out. The kitchen was narrow but open on both ends which did help in getting around one another. It was well equipped other than more dishcloths and towels would have been nice. A paper towel holder too as we were always looking for where the roll went. We didn't find a griddle either and with that many people it would have been put to good use. We had plenty of hot water which is always a plus! I didn't use the pool table, which was ripped, or foosball but heard they should be used for firewood. A fire ring or pit would be a nice addition. I enjoyed using the hot tub although I would not call it large. We knew we were going to be in the mountains, but not really expecting the roads to be quite that steep and windy! Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition and has good brakes. It is a quick drive to town but not one you want to make more than necessary. We were not disappointed in bear sightings! We loved seeing them and they didn't seem to mind seeing us and did keep on going. Thank you for giving us a great place to get together for our USMC reunion!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and roomy.

  • 3 of 5

Cabin could use some updating in some areas. Pool table was in very bad condition. Very nice charcoal grill though.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantasic Stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location, great house. Will definitely consider staying here again. When they say watch out for bears, you need to take that to heart. It was very cool to see the bears.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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McGary - Ms.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our visit to Bear Hearth. It is named correctly we say a bear (not the same one) every afternoon. One actually got in my sisters car. We should have read the rules about locking your car. We had a total of 12 people and had plenty of room. The teenagers enjoyed the pool table and hot tub. The old movies in your library were also a great hit with them. We never ran out of hot water which was really a plus if you were last in line for a bath. I would recommend this to any family that needs lots of space, yet wants to be together. The only complaint we had was the dryer does not dry very good. Thanks for letting us use your cabin.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Ober Gatlinburg

Access to Chalet Village Owners Clubs (3) with ping pong, tennis courts, foosball, swimming pools, playground and much more!


Rates & Availability

Chalet Village Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Indepenence Day
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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