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

Sylva, NC, USA
  • Cabin1300 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

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

Spring Special!! Now Through May 24th: Book 2 Nights, Receive $50 Off. Book 3 Nights, Receive $75 Off. Book 4 Or More Nights, Receive $100 Off. Contact us for more information.

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

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


Bob Williams

Member Since 2004
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 12, 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


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 2 Bathrooms

          Location Type

            • Mountain View
              Bear Necessities offers long range views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Clingmans Dome filling the horizon.


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Bear Necessities has a large parking area suitable for trailers up to 20 feet long.
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      We provide all linens and towels. Our sheets are 400 thread count and towels are 17 pound bath sheets.
                    • Parking
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Bear Necessities has a wood burning fireplace in the living room. There's also an outdoor fire pit.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          We use fine cutlery and have an array of pots and pans to cook a four course meal.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is fully equipped for all your cooking needs. We include baking sheets, serving for 18, fine pots and pans by T-Fal and more.
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                          We have a stainless steel 27 cubic foot top-bottom with ice maker.


                            • Dining Area


                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  (2) We offer a Yamaha home theater system with Boston Acoustic speakers for your listening pleasure.
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • VCR


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Hot Tub
                                          The spacious spa is made by Hot Spring and seats 5 adults. It sits on the deck taking the view in by day and the stars by night.
                                        • jetted tub
                                          Bear Necessities has a fantastic ove-size Jacuzzi brand jetted tub. The tub is nice, but the view is exceptional from the tub.


                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • 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

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          7 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Wonderful Time

                                                          My family stayed at this cabin and had a WONDERFUL time! The cabin has spectacular views of the mountains and is well-maintained. Kitchen was very nice. Could have had more in the way of cooking stuff but was adequate. Cabin was clean, very private, was nicely kept and very comfortable. Will be back.

                                                          Almost perfect...

                                                          TerriMentor, OH

                                                          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%.

                                                          Did not disappoint!

                                                          Gerie F.Ocala, Florida

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

                                                          Pretty little cabin in the sky

                                                          well-deserved vacationMonroe,GA

                                                          This cabin was very comfortable, clean and a perfect weekend getaway.it 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!

                                                          Purple and Gold

                                                          Andrew b.

                                                          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.

                                                          Beautiful Cabin

                                                          A. MaloneTallahassee, FL

                                                          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.


                                                          Sylva, NC, USA

                                                          White Water Paddling, Snow Skiing

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                                                          - 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.

                                                          7 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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