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Amazing Views, Hot Tub, King Bed, and free Wi-Fi. 5 Star Reviews!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Mountain Bear Cabins Presents.....Bear Necessities.....


We installed new granite counter tops in 2016, new living room furniture and a new outdoor fire pit area too in 2017 .

Location, Location, Location

Bear Necessities is custom 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom arts-n-craft Smoky Mountain vacation home located on a ridge between Whittier and Dillsboro at an elevation of approximately 2,800 feet. Bear Necessities is within 15 minutes to Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the casino. Dillsboro is within 10 minutes and great winter skiing in Cataloochee is about 30 minutes away in Maggie Valley.


Bear Necessities features an amazing 30 plus mile long range views of the Great Smoky Mountains. We offer a Hot Springs Hot tub on the deck, an outdoor fire pit area with seating, gas grill and more! Inside the home has a spacious kitchen with granite counter tops, full size range and an 46 inch LCD TV with dish network. The kitchen was remodeled in 2016. The Master Suite has a king bed and its own LCD TV. We offer free wi-fi as well. The living room furniture was updated in 2016. Bear Necessities is a wonderful cabin and is very private at the end of the road nestled on a ridge with outstanding views and yet is nestled in the trees.

June 16th, 2018 to August 17th, 2018 there is a 7 Night Minimum - Saturday to Saturday Only

Thanksgiving and Christmas Have a 4 Night Minimum

This cabin will consider 1 small dog on a case to case basis. Pets must be pre-approved and tenant is required to sign the Pet Policies Addendum of our Vacation Rental Agreement. Additional pet fee will apply.

Access: Last mile is a well maintained gravel road with moderate incline. Would be difficult in Snow or Ice

Fully Equipped Kitchen


Propane Grill

Wood Fireplace - firewood not supplied

Outdoor Fire Pit

Central Heat and Air

46' TV with Satellite with High Definition, and DVD in Living Room

Wireless Internet

Home Theater System

Hot Tub

Maximum Parking Spaces: 2

Maximum Guests: 6

BR 1 - King

BR 2 - Full

SS - Queen

More Details

Bob Williams
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Bob Williams

We are dedicated in providing exceptional small lodging and guest service at all of our homes. We are married, have 3 kids with 1 child having special needs. We also own the Dillsboro Chocolate Factory in Dillsboro just outside of Sylva and perhaps 10 minutes or so from Cherokee. We live within minutes of our homes and are here to serve our guests as they need or want. You may and likely will find other very nice homes in the Smokies, but you are not likely going to find an owner who will go the extra mile as we do with our 3 properties.

Bob Williams purchased this cabin in 2002

Guestbook comments from the owner

We love this place! The cabin was perfect. Loved the hot tub, fire place, view, pillow top bed and the entertainment system. Had a small problem with the T-stat, but Bob (the owner) was here in no time to get it fixed. While he was here he made a fire, started the hot tub and gave us the scoop on the local mouuntain bike trails. Look forward to next year.
Nov 2008
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Sylva Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upper Level
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Full Size Bed - Upper Level
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room
  • Master bedroom features a King bed. Bedroom #2 has a double bed. The sleeper sofa located in the living room is a Flexsteel with air bed pillow top mattress.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
Yamaha & Boston Acoustics audio, DVD-CD Player, Coffee maker, Hot Springs Brand Tiger River Bengal Spa-seats 5 adults comfortably, Brinkman barrel style BBQ grill with side fire box for grilling or smoking your dinner


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Amazing Views, Hot Tub, King Bed, and free Wi-Fi. 5 Star Reviews!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
Mentor, OH

Almost perfect...

  • 4 of 5

We loved nearly everything about this beautiful cabin. Outside, the architecture is a unique style that we were not familiar with, but now love. Love the paint color as well. The deck and surrounding grounds are a perfect spot to take in the stunning and constantly changing views of the mountains. There's a hot tub. We didn't use it, but it looked very inviting. Loved the drive to the top of the mountain...not too long or steep, but it lets you know you are climbing a mountain. We loved the proximity to several entrances into Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. It's also very close to the Harrah's Casino in Cherokee, and shopping for antiques and local artisan wares in Dillsboro and Sylva.

Inside, the kitchen is nicely equipped. We brought most of our food, but grocery shopping is not too far away. The furniture is a nice eclectic mix...some antiques, some artisan-made, some upcycled...but all of it is comfortable. Very nice quilts on the beds. Huge windows in every room, so the beautiful mountain views are always present. Lovely wood floors downstairs.

Property managers responded quickly to messages sent through HomeAway. We didn't need anything, but they seemed very nice, and I'm confident that, had we needed something, they would have seen to it that we got it.

There are just a few things about this cabin that kept it from being 5 stars for us, and most of them are not deal-breakers. If you're a cook, bring your favorite knife and your cutting board. No big deal. If you like to sleep late, be aware that there are no window coverings on any of the huge windows, and it is very light by 6:00 a.m. If you like black bear decor, you will love this cabin. For us, being older travelers, we found it excessive, and maybe a little juvenile...still cute, just maybe too much. Also, there's older carpet in the bedrooms. The only thing though, that will keep us from returning to this cabin is traffic noise. We drove a long way to vacation in the mountains and "get away from it all." But, there is constant heavy traffic on the main road at the bottom of the mountain, and lots of that traffic is trucks. Unfortunately, the noise took away a little bit from those stunning views. If noise is not an issue, I would still recommend this cabin 100%.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ocala, Florida

Did not disappoint!

  • 5 of 5

Smooth rental process. Beautiful house and view. Loved our time here!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Pretty little cabin in the sky

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was very comfortable, clean and a perfect weekend had everything we needed.I would definitely arrive before dark;the first time you travel up the road to the cabin can be a little hair-raising. We did not use the hot-tub because it was 20 degrees out;instead we spent our evenings in front of a toasty fire in the fireplace. The king size bed was very comfortable, and the nearby towns of Dillsboro and Sylva were fun to explore. Asheville is only about an hour away too, so it's a good central home base. And the views are beautiful from all the windows. If the weather had been warmer, I'm sure we would have enjoyed sitting out on the back deck. A lovely little cabin worth staying at;we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Purple and Gold

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bare Necessities the weekend of our son's graduation from Western Carolina University. The purple and gold colors of WCU were on display on campus and at sunset from the deck of Bare Necessities. You cannot capture the long-range views in a photo. We could still see the snow atop Clingman's Dome over 30 miles away.

The hot tub was a welcome retreat after a couple of busy days packing up a moving van and attending the graduation festivities. The cabin comfortably slept 5 adults with an air mattress we took with us. The upstairs shower had a tough time keeping water pressure when someone was in the shower downstairs but we just staggered our bathroom visits to accommodate.

There are so many outdoor activities in the surrounding area but my favorite was driving up Barker's Creek Rd, turning onto Beech Tree Rd and driving until it turns into a National Forestry dirt road. This drive is quintessential Western Carolina with family farms, mountain views and beautiful creeks. We fished for native trout in the middle fork of Barker's Creek and hardly noticed the hour that waned away in the middle of a hectic weekend.

We can't wait to return in the fall.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tallahassee, FL

Beautiful Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We love this cabin! It was our first time staying here and fell hard for it. The pictures of the view don't do it justice. The cabin had everything inside that we could possibly need. The main purpose of our trip was to see a football game at Western Carolina University and we were surprised at how close this cabin was to campus and the other activities in the area that we did. It seemed to be right in the middle of everything. My kids loved the hot tub and the wireless internet. Thank you for an awesome trip.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jamestown, NC

Great Time!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in the dark (not recommended!) and were so pleased at the quality of the lodging! My wife is very much a 5 star girl and she was not disappointed. In the morning we were blown away by the view! Wifi was great for the kids to access and we had no trouble with getting service for our mobile phone.

Had a small problem with the Hot Tub, and Bob (the owner) was on the spot to get it fixed. We plan on returning in the Summer.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2012
  • Stayed: January 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Ferry
380 Miles
Pamlico Sound
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Smoky Mountain Railroad
Nearest Beach
291 Miles
Folly Beach

White Water Paddling, Snow Skiing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Booking Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

- Stay 6 nights, receive the 7th night free! Contact us directly to receive this deal
- June 16th, 2018 - August 17th, 2018, 7 night minimum. Saturday to Saturday stays ONLY!
- Thanksgiving and Christmas have 4 night minimums.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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