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Spring is around the Corner! Spend it at BBR. Ask for March Specials.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 master bedrooms +'computer room and play room, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Don't get stuck with just a cabin in the woods! Expect more from Black Bear Retreat. This home has it all. Enjoy state of the art surround sound, luxury furnishings, two covered decks and wonderful sun room with large casement windows overlooking forest and mountains. Excellent spot to read/write at ease while you feel as though you are nestled in the woods. Home is very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Spacious bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Kitchen has top of the line appliances. Kenmore Elite washer/dryer. Multiple playback devices will keep the whole family entertained. Bring your blue ray discs, connect your iPods, stream movies on Netflix or surf you tube. NEW 60 inch large screen LED 1080P HD Streaming Wifi TV in living room two other HD TV's in bedrooms. The double master bedroom with baths one upstairs and one on the main level is perfect for 2 couples or a family of four. A bonus computer room can be used for work or play or as an extra place to sleep. Very comfortable queen size inflatable mattress is available. You will feel so comfortable in this mountain retreat that you'll never want to leave. The scenery is breathtaking. Unlike many mountain cabin homes in the area which are beautiful but remote and rugged, Black Bear combines privacy with easy access to the home and to all the town of Black Mountain and the Blue Ridge has to offer. The home is within town limits and has paved all weather access roads. The Sun room is light and bright. The best place enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding woods, mountains, and wild life. Two Skylights with motorized shades let the sunshine in and keep things warm and bright in the fall and winter months. Two large covered decks on two floors allow you to enjoy the natural beauty or sit in a rocking chair sipping a bottle of wine and watching the sun go down over the mountain horizon.

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Ed and Damaris De Varona
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Ed and Damaris De Varona

I work as an attorney in Miami. I am 50 years old. My wife and I have been married 17 years. I am self employed and enjoy considerable scheduling flexibility. We like to get away on long weekends. Because of the kids, school the longer trips have to wait until summer. There is also some time for us on spring break in March or Winter break in December to travel. We enjoy traveling to new places in our small RV. We have two beautiful daughters ages,16 and 15. The girls are very friendly and enjoy exploring new surroundings. We enjoy the great outdoors but also enjoy museums and touring new cities. This home is available on short notice.

Ed and Damaris De Varona purchased this house in 2007

Why Ed and Damaris De Varona chose Black Mountain

I was looking for a total getaway home that did not compromise privacy for convenience or space for amenities or views for location. Black Bear delivers more than your typical cabin in the woods. I can walk or bike into downtown Black Mountain for groceries or other provisions. I can park my RV out front or my cars in the two car garage. I can walk with the kids to the lake and the community pool. I can start hikes into the surrounding mountains within minutes from my home. I was looking for a place to relax and unwind to enjoy mountain sunsets from my decks and hear the sounds of nature and not the sounds of traffic or neighbors. Bird watch from my backyard decks. Eat your meals "al fresco" every night as you watch the sunset. I wanted to have a modern home with all the modern high tech conveniences. I did not want to settle for a 'Spartan' mountain cabin with limited or unpaved road access, internet access or spotty phone service. I wanted to have plenty of room for guests. I wanted a place to start my day trips into the Blue Ridge without having to worry about paved access, long winding gravel roads or adverse weather conditions. I wanted a home where AC in the Summer is strictly optional but four seasons can be enjoyed. Fall season at Black Bear is stunning and Winter season is mostly mild with some post card perfect snow showers.

I wanted a place within a day trip of all the Nature activities Western NC has to offer. Black Bear has delivered for me I know it will for you as well.

What makes this house unique

You are able to walk or bike to downtown or take your golf clubs cross the street and play golf at the stunning Black Mountain public golf course. A full service gym (Chesire) is a 5 minute drive or 15 min bike ride away. A picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway one of America's most scenic highways is only a 10 minute drive away. Bring your fishing rod as lake Tomahawk is less than a 15 minute walk from the retreat. Go to Montreat and climb lookout mountain. You can take a casual stroll downtown to eat lunch at many fine restaurants or shop in the antique shops. Go to one of the many local festivals. Rent bikes at Epic Cycle downtown and do a mountain bike tour of Black Mountain start from your front door and take North fork road all the way around to old hwy 70 and Lake Tomahawk. Follow the golf courses back to Black Bear. If you crave more, the City of Asheville is considered one of the most livable cities in the US is at your doorstep. ( About 15 minute drive West on I-40 or US 70) Enjoy the incredible art and music scene in Downtown Asheville. Eat at the open air restaurants or spend the day at the Biltmore House. The largest private home in America. Tour the second largest art deco district in the US. Other nearby attractions include skiing less than 40 minutes away. White water rafting at the Nantahala River. KOA camping. Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure is only 20 miles away. Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell tallest mountain east of the Mississippi are less than 1 hour away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

what a great weekend we had! The house is great!...We will definitely be back!
May 2010
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Black Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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(54 traveler reviews)

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Spring is around the Corner! Spend it at BBR. Ask for March Specials.
average rating of 4.4814816 based on 58 reviews

Top Notch Accomodations!

  • 4 of 5

Great location in Black Mountain. House has a great layout and quiet neighborhood. All the amenities one needs and we especially liked that soaps and towela were fresh. Nice touch. We would recommend to couples or small families

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York City

Our fourth stay there, all have been great

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this property in December for four years in a row. It is a beautiful well-furnished house that is very comfortable. Best of all is the layout...the downstairs is perfect for socializing, but the upstairs master bedroom and bathroom can be completely private if someone wants to be alone. The appliances and entertainment center are top-notch. There are lots of windows and a very nice sunroom. And Black Mountain is a charming town, with lots of good restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway.

  • 5 of 5

There were 4 of us friends and we really enjoyed the area and the house. Black Mountain is a great town and conveniently located. Shopping and dining were great.

The house worked out perfectly. We enjoyed the deck for happy hour, cooked breakfast and one dinner, and had plenty of space.

We did the Christmas evening and also daytime tour of the Biltmore and loved it!

It was a really great week.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am really glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you back soon.
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Woodstock, GA

Very nice experience

  • 5 of 5

The house was great! So close to town but felt secluded. Sitting on the deck all you see is woods. It's really peaceful! House was roomy and super nice.. Upstairs master suite was great! We had an issue with the lockbox as our instructions that we accessed through HomeAway app gave us an incorrect code but the owner was quick to help when we called and it was cleared up quickly and easily. I would definitely consider staying here again. We really enjoyed the house and the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Venice, Florida

A luxorious

  • 5 of 5

A luxurious, clean, beautifully decorated home high in the trees. The master bedroom has lovely views an honestly looks and feels like being in a tree house. Comfortable bed and attractive and comfortable furniture throughout. Well equipped kitchen. Our favorite room is the sun room off the dining room that leads to the deck. Again, views and lots of light. My contact with the owner was pleasant. Definitely 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for Staying at BBR. It is definitely amazing being up high watching and hearing the wildlife around you and seeing the sunset over the mountain. I am glad you enjoyed hope you consider us again in your future Blue Ridge vacation plans.
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beautiful home, great location

  • 4 of 5

we have stayed in this house a few times now-Ed is easy to work with, usually responds quickly to questions. We love the sun room & the deck is a wonderful place to start the morning with coffee & devotions listening to the birds singing. The lighting could be better---quite a few bulbs are either missing or burned out. Black Mountain is a nice little town--Phils Barbecue pit is our favorite place to eat--delicious southern barbecue! The Dripolator is a great coffee shop. This home is close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and other great roads to ride our motorcycle (we put on 1625 miles this year!!) I think you would enjoy staying here--hopefully we will be back again!!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kate. Thanks for you feedback its great to have you back again. Hope you will see us again next year. I am curious. We are in the home now checking on things and doing necessary fixes and upgrades including new 60 inch big screen TV. Which bulbs did you find burnt out?. I am surprised that you found a lighting issue. BBR has the most lighting I have ever seen in a comparable home. I found a few bulbs that were not lighting but once I turned them they lit up. Please give me a call or send me an email with details if you recall which ones and I will try to rectify right away.
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Town of Black Mountain
The Dripolator Coffeehouse
Excellent Coffee Shop to relax downtown with great Coffee
My Father's Pizza
My Favorite Place In Black Mountain for a quick lunch. Love their Pizza and Subs.
Black Mountain Bistro
Excellent place to watch the sunset over the Mountains. Great Lasagna.
Louise's Kitchen
Best Breakfast in Western NC.
Veranda Cafe & Gifts
Great for Lunch with the Family,
Lake Tomahawk
Enjoy a jog or go fishing at the Lake! Don't miss the Thursday evenings Summer Concerts.
Black Mountain
Enjoy a short walk to Downtown Black Mountain. Stop by the Black Mountain Bistro or Grandfa...
Asheville Art Museum
Enjoy Asheville only a short 15 minute drive from Black Bear
Nearest Point of Interest
Black Bear Retreat
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Tomohawk
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Black Mountain
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $95
Refundable damage deposit $500

For Holidays High rate will apply. Additional insurance fee and or deposits may be required. Pet fee additional. Rates and minimum stay requirements are subject to change until confirmed. Call for monthly rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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