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Custom River Bear Log Cabin Overlooking Little Tennessee River

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms (sleeps 6)+ Convertible sleeper sofa (sleeps 2), 2.5 Baths

Custom 3 BR 2.5 bath log home overlooking the Little Tennessee River with access to river amenities on the common area. Cherokee Landing is a 63 acre community with hiking gravel roads and wildlife. Relax on the deck with your drink and your loved one while watching the sun set behind the mountains. Fully furnished with antiques and linens, the master bedroom on the main floor has a private bath. Half bath on the main floor for your visitors. The living/dining area has soaring 28' ceilings. Two bedrooms upstairs feature 18' ceilings and share a full bath featuring a 1920 claw foot tub for relaxation. One bedroom features two twin beds, the other bedroom offers a queen size bed. Both bedrooms have private balconies.

Keywords: Log cabin, Log home, River view with access, Western Carolina, deep woods, mountains, easy access on well established gravel roads, big deck, two covered porches, plentiful parking

More Details

Victoria Gowan
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Victoria Gowan

My husband and I are retired and enjoy traveling to this, our second home. We hope you enjoy it as well.

Victoria Gowan purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Victoria Gowan chose Franklin

We designed and built this home in Cherokee Landing because of its unique beauty and location. It's only 1.25 hours from the Ashville airport, 30-45 minutes from Highlands/Cashiers, 45 minutes from Cherokee and Harrah's Casino, 25 minutes from Nantahala White Water Rafting Center, 15 minutes to the town of Franklin, NC and all of the antique malls, gem mining opportunities, shopping, and restaurants.

What makes this cabin unique

Fishing from the river bank, or fly fishing from the rocks in the river, while watching the grandchildren tubing down the river make this a unique location. This is a family friendly ATV loving neighborhood. PS. Free long distance and WiFi provided at our log home!

Guestbook comments from the owner

I am Victoria, the owner of River Bear Cabin, and just arrived at my custom log home and read some review in our guest book. Here is a terrific one:

"It's early sunday morning, cool with a light fog. In a few hours we will be on our way. We spent a week here with our 92 year old mother and good friends. It's hard not to write and not be sentimental. So many first time memories and experiences happened here....

Granda Betty, "mom" is what she's called, was awestuck with your home. She loved your high ceilings and home decor, often refering to it as a "castle". Betty went gem mining and cleaned two buckets at Rose Creek Gem Mine - loved it! Our friends took Betty tubing on your river! The more rough and quick the water, the more she squealed and laughed. She even said she would go again! Betty also took a motorcycle ride down to the river, where we enjoyed fishing, picnic dinner, and a lovely fire while we enjoyed good conversation and the soothing sounds of the Little Tennessee river.

We enjoyed going through the Franklin Gem Museum with over 6,000 specimens. We regularly went to the fresh fruit & vegetable stand on Rte 28 in Cowee - couldn't believe it - boiled peanuts!

Our friends were able to celebrate their 9th wedding anniversary this week - Magical! The went sight-seeing by motorcycle and were able to make memories to cherish. We took a 4 plus hour train ride in Bryson City. Well worth doing, beautiful views of the Nantahala river, the mountains, waterfaulls, banjo music and story telling. We also enjoyed a free concert, "Pickin" music in downtown Franklin at the Gazebo. Everywhere we went we were met with friendly and knowledgeable staff and local people.

Thanks you so very much for sharing your beautiful and comfortable home with us. We felt pampered and although there was six of us, we all could find quiet time when we wanted it. You gifted us with precious memories that we'll hold dear for a lifetime....Thank You!
Jul 2015
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Franklin Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Full bathroom in Master bedroom. Half guest bathroom on main floor. The two bedrooms upstairs share a full bath with antique footed tube & "telephone" shower head.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom Master - 1 queen
    Birdhouse Bedroom - 1 queen
    Fish Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen bed & walkin closet are provided in the Master bedroom and a queen bed is provided in the upstairs 'birdhouse' room. Two twin beds are provided in the upstairs 'fish' room. In the family room, the sofa opens up with a deluxe queen foldout bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Signal booster for cellphone and satellite internet use; High speed Hughes Net; river access in common area with bathhouse, gazebo, fire pit, large picnic dock, playground for young children; game table with many board games; books and DVDs;


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Custom River Bear Log Cabin Overlooking Little Tennessee River
average rating of 4.866667 based on 19 reviews
Palm Beach, USA

Amazing Cabin, Photos Do Not Do It Justice

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked in the view was breathtaking, mountains and river all in one. The Deck and balconies provide excellent view points for all of the surrounding area. Homeowner (Victoria) provided me all the information needed way before our arrival date which made the check in process flawless, especially after driving for 11 hours. Everything in the cabin was well up-kept, clean and tidy. The kitchen has everything you need to make home cooked meals (including spices, even though we brought our own). There was enough toiletries/linens to last us through our 4 night stay. Just in case, there is a Walmart near by to pick up anything else you need. The short walk down to the river led us to a nice picnic area and children's playground set that my daughter loved. I must admit, I was skeptical of the internet service as I had stayed in cabins before that falsely advertised "high speed" but we were able to connect and stream movies which was a must for my toddler. The cell booster did help when making phone calls but overall we just used WiFi. The drive to Bryson City was a bit longer than expected (about 35 minutes) due to the extensive winding road. If you're looking for places to eat, I recommend going into Main Street, Franklin.

Overall, we absolutely loved everything about this cabin, ample room and very comfy. We even met one of the neighbors while doing a bit of fishing on the river, very welcoming and friendly.

Note* The place to drop off the garbage, unfortunately for us, was closed on Jan 1st our departure date so do adhere to the recommendation and make trips as often as you can.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This property is amazing and very cozy. We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This was our very first family vacation and it was very memorable! Although we arrived late due to the road closure, when we opened the door, all I can say is the drive was worth it. Dave and Vicki were very helpful with finding the alternate route and kept in touch the whole way. The cabin was a little farther than we were expecting from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge so we did spend a lot of time driving back and forth (4 teenage girls all just wanted to shop!) and we didn’t get to explore the property as much as we wanted, but the time we did spend there was very peaceful. We will definitely have to make another trip (just us adults) so we can actually enjoy the quiet and scenery.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that Melissa and her family found the cabin to be a great place in the mountains. This was the first time in over ten years that a renter had difficulty getting to my custom log home due to icy roads in Gatlenburg. The home is in a 63 acre community 11 miles north of Franklin, N.C. and takes about 20 minutes to town. There is a good deal of things to do in town, which is listed on our VRBO site. We hope that the family comes again!
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Good clean property. Laid out perfectly for our small family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the sun set behind the mountains while enjoying a cold beverage. Loved the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Everyone that rents River Bear Cabin talk about our huge deck and the beautiful sunsets over the distant mountains. In addition, October is a wonderful time to book our custom log home because of the gorgeous leaves changing into brilliant fall colors. To add to the experience, we have the Little Tennessee River less than a two minute walk down the gravel road. River Bear Cabin is overlooking one of the widest portions of the river, at approx. 100 yards wide! Usually, it is slow moving and not very deep. Our river is excellent for children & adults alike to wade no more that waist deep on the entire portion of our riverfront. And the fishing is awesome, as well! Thanks for the positive comments, LaDonna, and come back again..... Victoria
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We had a wonderful experience and made many great memories.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home and property

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Memories

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time in the mountains and what a beautiful home to spend it in!

Every thing we needed was there , minus the food, and was neat as a pin.

We went zip lining and gem mining and the kids really enjoyed the river front. cant wait to come back, didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Heather! My husband Dave, and I built River Bear Cabin with our comfort & enjoyment in mind. When we decided to offer our custom log home to others, we wanted to provide everything we possibly could think of to make a vacation a very special event. Many times, our guests ask about towels, or dishes, or coffee maker, or toilet paper because they are just not sure it will be provided; however, it is all there! We visit there several times a year, and we always check to make sure the necessary supplies are there for our vacationers. We are happy to hear that the Yoder family enjoyed some of the area's activities. There are white water trips, lake boat rentals, Harrah"s Casino, Ashville's Biltmore Estates, trout fishing, horseback riding, antiquing and so much more. And, of course, our Little Tennessee River is only two minutes down the gravel road from River Bear Cabin. Heather & family, come back again!
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Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is great! There is everything you need! Loved that it was close to river and that it a great porch. We fished, went on a hike and relaxed. Loved the fireplace. The only thing missing that we would like is a fire pit right outside the house but we had fun without it! We did use fire pit at the common grounds one day and loved it! The owners are nice and helpful and answer email very quickly. We would love to be back in summertime!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $325

There is an $80 cleaning fee per stay and the owner requires a security deposit of $325 by separate check. The deposit is returned within two weeks of departure. In ten plus years of renting, the owner has never had to use any part of anyone's deposit. If guests cancels before 30 days, a full refund is offered; if cancellation within 29 days out to two weeks before arrival, a one-half refund is offered; if no show on arrival date or refusal to occupy occurs, then no refund forthcoming.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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