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Big Bear Pen Mountain Wooded Retreat *Walk to Town 2 and 3 night pricing.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

'Walden Woods' is a totally renovated 'Old Highlands House' and is located in Big Bear Pen, one of the oldest established neighborhoods in the town of Highlands. Cable and Wifi.


Two night minimum is $285 per night

Three or more nights $225

$1200 per week.

$3600 per month.

$125 cleaning fee.

$60 pet fee


Thanksgiving. Four night minimum

July 4. Four night minimum

Christmas. Four night minimum or in conjunction with New Year’s

Our cancellation policy is not iron clad but it is very difficult for us to get a late booking since most people book well in advance and this is the only property that we manage. We can make a refund if we rebook the property but we can also apply your deposit towards a future stay.

The VRBO website does not calculate the options properly so we have to email each other but I also welcome your call.


Bart Carey


The new private master suite features a native stone fireplace and private bath. It opens onto a covered porch with a metal roof that lets the falling rain take your nap to another level. Cool summer evenings call for a fire in the open firebox of the woodstove in the great room. Morning coffee on the vaulted front porch brings visits from hummingbirds, juncos and chickadees. Upper lake is a stones throw away or drive to one of many area lakes for fishing, swimming or picnicking. Many waterfalls and day hikes just minutes away.

Room descriptions:

Great room with TV/entertainment center opens to kitchen and dining room. Well appointed kitchen features gas range, microwave and dishwasher. Washer and dryer are out of sight in the pantry. Covered back porch has outdoor eating area and charcoal grill. Vaulted front porch is surrounded by lush landscaping. Master bedroom with queen is on opposite side of the house from the other 2 bedrooms. Second bedroom has queen and shares a full bath with third bedroom with full sized bed. High quality linens and Serta hotel grade bedding in all bedrooms. Full size sleeper sofa in great room.

Keywords: Mountain , Cabin, Cottage, House Retreat

More Details

Bart Carey
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Bart Carey

My wife and i have 3 children who have all grown up enjoying the cool summers on the highlands/cashiers plateau. My wife enjoys horseback riding and hiking in the Smokys. I am a residential builder and designer and also enjoy hiking and boating. When not in Highlands we are at home in Knoxville Tn.

Bart Carey purchased this house in 2003

Why Bart Carey chose Highlands

Our family fell in love with the Highlands/Cahsiers plateau when we started bringing our daughters to Camp Merrie Woode about 20 years ago. We rented numerous houses and stayed in various inns and resorts until we took the plunge and bought the house you see here. It was in need of much love and as a builder/designer I spent the winter/spring of 2003 in highlands rebuilding this house. We have taken on another building project and have decided to rent this house to friends and folks like you. We are in Highlands for most of the season and would be happy to show you around the area or recommend a great hike, a refreshing swimming hole or one

of the many great restaurants in the area.

What makes this house unique

We have spent countless days and weeks at Walden Woods and being able to walk to town or take one of the many day hikes or waterfall walks is a real pleasure.


Highlands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Big Bear Pen Mountain Wooded Retreat *Walk to Town 2 and 3 night pricing.
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews
Oakwood, GA

Disappointing for the price

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our weekend in Highlands, but several features of the cabin disappointed us: the living room felt too small for six people, there were missing light bulbs and others did not work, the outside steps were difficult/dangerous to manage, and although, the cabin was technically "within walking distance to town", we would not have been comfortable walking the roads.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very convenient location, great accommodations, cozy home. We enjoyed our stay very much! I definitely recommend staying at this property.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Cabin in Wooded Community

  • 4 of 5

This was a very nice modest sized cabin in a wooded community. It was VERY quiet while we were there and we even got to see some wildlife. The home has all of the basics needed. I would recommend this home and owner as he was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, attractive and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Big Bear Pen. Bart was very helpful with questions and recommendations. The mountain house was cozy, well-equipped, clean, and just as described. It was truly a lovely and cozy place to stay. I would definitely consider staying here again and I would recommend it to others. One recommendation...the woodstove in the main room is great, but the usual wood (for fireplaces) doesn't quite fit in there. It would be good to either provide an axe to chop the wood shorter (My husband collected some wood outside, but the firewood one buys at the store is too long and needs to be chopped in half.), or to bring one. Other than this, it was a wonderful place to stay and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lewisville, NC

What a Wonderful Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were attending a wedding in Highlands and did some research and found Big Bear Pen. It was everything we were looking for and we were able to bring our border collie with us. The home is well equipped and nicely decorated, very comfortable! I especially enjoyed sitting on the front porch sipping red wine while my husband played his Dobro. I would recommend the walk to and from town if you are looking for a way to exercise during your stay. The home is located near the Botanical Garden which was a beautiful walk to take from the home. The Carey's were very helpful in recommending hikes as well as restaurants. They even found an earring we had lost and sent it to us upon our arrival home. We would definitely book this home again on our next visit to Highlands.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FL

Big Bear Pen home

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time using VRBO, and found the experience to be terrific. This house was perfect for my wife, daughter and I (with room to spare). It's located on the mountain, but maintains a "neighborhood" feel. The recent remodling looks good (especially in the master bedroom). Our favorite part of the house was the front porch, where we were able to sit and watch hummingbirds (and other varieties of birds) come to the feeders over our morning coffee. The owner was also very receptive and readily available to answer any questions about the house.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125
Pet Fee $60

Apr-Dec $285/night on 2 nights, $225/night on 3 nights $1200/week .. $3900/month
Jan-Mar $225/night on 2 nights, $200/night on 3 nights $900/week .. $2700/month
4 night minimum for July 4th, Thanksgiving & Christmas *3 night minimum New Years
Deposit Half down upon reservation- balance one week before check-in

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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