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Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, pools, WI-FI and close to everything!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths, remodeled kitchen (Sleeps up to six)

Big Bear Lodge and Resort is minutes from the Parkway but built on a quiet peaceful bluff overlooking Pigeon Forge. Our 1,500 square foot duplex cabin is a great Smoky Mountain getaway not far from a variety of attractions including: the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Dollywood Theme Park, the Titanic exhibit and the new Carl Ripkin Experince . Also choose activities from white water rafting to a Zipline adventure. Step out nearby to a large selection of restaurants, outlet shopping malls including “5 Oaks”; a huge mall with 100’s of stores only minutes from the cabin. We are also just a half mile from the Wear Farm City Park. At the park with be baseball/softball fields, playground and walkway. Many softball tournaments are schedule for the park. You can walk from the cabin to the park if you desire.

In January 2016, we completed major improvements to Bears’ Retreat. This included: new leather sleeper sofa and side chair in the living room and as well as a leather love seat in the loft. In addition the kitchen was updated with granite counter tops and a new sink, faucet and disposal. New bedding was added to both beds and sleeper sofas and an elegant duvet was added in the master bedroom. We also switched cleaning companies and now work with one person who only cleans a few highly rated cabins in Pigeon Forge.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find three levels that are more like home than anyplace you’ve ever stayed: the main level, the second floor and the lower level walkout apartment or Studio Suite. On each level, we’ve added decorating touches throughout that you rarely find in any other vacation property. As an example, we’ve included classic fine art prints and local artist renditions of this beautiful location. We’ve also added lots of pillows, stuffed bears, and cozy throws. This cabin also features hardwood floors and leather furniture. Parking is available on both the main and lower levels of the cabin.

On the main level, relax near the huge stone fireplace with its nearby large flat screen TV housed in an armoire. For larger groups, the leather couch makes into a queen size bed. In the full kitchen, you’ll find everything you need to prepare a delicious home cooked meal, or you may opt to grill something on the large lower-level Studio Suite deck. Either way, you’ll be able to recharge your energies and enjoy being in the uniquely beautiful area of East Tennessee.

Just off the kitchen, you can enjoy a four person hot tub set in a large screened in porch. Enjoy the night air wafting through the screens while relaxing in the hot soothing water. A large half bathroom, along with a full size washer and dryer, is also located on this level.

On the second level, at the top of the stairs you will find a loft sitting area just outside the private master bedroom suite. This vaulted space overlooks the main floor and includes a love seat. You’ll also find a large computer desk, books, reference materials, excellent lighting and a CD player.

Pass through the loft and you’ll be amazed at the size of the master bedroom suite with full bathroom and balcony. Each day you can view the beautiful Smoky Mountains from this suite. This balcony is perfect location for your morning coffee. The king size bed has multiple pillows, a coverlet and many throws should you need them. Relax with your own media choices by taking advantage of your own TV/DVD in this suite. Large chests of drawers are available for all your belongings.

The lower level Studio Suite is a separate apartment that is ideal when a larger group of travelers chooses Bears Retreat. This living space is perfect for another couple or children and comes equipped with a kitchenette that includes a microwave, coffee maker, sink and mini refrigerator. A recently added Foosball table means fun for all! This level is accessed by a convenient stairway to the main living area and, if desired, a private outdoor entrance. This Studio Suite also opens to a large deck with gas grill and hi-top seating for four. You and your family or friends will love the extra space and tasteful décor of this Studio Suite that includes pictures and paintings of Smoky Mountain areas such as Cades Cove.

In this second living area, you’ll find another large stone gas fireplace. You can relax with a flat screen TV above the mantel. The burgundy leather couch opens into a queen size bed. Amenities include a full-size bathroom with shower and a soaking tub! The private bedroom in this suite includes a TV and CD player.

Our cabin, Bear’s Retreat, is part of Big Bear Lodge and Resort. The Following amenities are available at Big Bear Lodge and Resort:

* Onsite community outdoor swimming pool and hot tub

* Onsite community indoor swimming pool and hot tub

* On-site community game room

* On-site community fitness room

* On-site community meeting facility

Welcome! We feel blessed to have you as our guests. Whatever your vacation plans while visiting the Smoky Mountain area, you’ll develop great memories at Big Bear lodge and Resort and our unique Bear’s Retreat.

You’ll never want to leave; our guests often return year after year!

More Details

Robert Thelen
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Robert Thelen

We (Jan and Bob Thelen) are from Lansing Michigan have been visiting the Smoky Mountains the past 30+ years.

Robert Thelen purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Robert Thelen chose Pigeon Forge

After visiting the area on many occasions we had an opportunity to purchase our duplex cabin. After looking at many cabins we felt Big Bear Lodge had the amenities we desired—close to all activities but still quite and peaceful. We purchased in 2002 when the resort was being developed. For eight years we worked with various rental management companies and were never satisfied with the services they provided. In February, 2012 we decided to rent through VRBO and HomeAway so we could have more control over the rental process and provide a better experience for our guest.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our stay at your cabin. The Foosball table was a big hit and we loved coming back from our outings and relaxing in the hot tub. We would love to stay here on future trips to Tennessee as well.
Sep 2015
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Pigeon Forge Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half 1 - toilet
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, pools, WI-FI and close to everything!
average rating of 4.8 based on 121 reviews

Great Place To Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third stay at the cabin and we are planning on returning in a few months. It is a perfect place for families since the cabin has different levels and the kids have their own place to hang out and play foosball. The kids also love swimming in the pool and soaking in the hot tub. The cabin is convenient to everything Pigeon Forge has to offer. The owners and the local contact are friendly and also great to work with. I highly recommend staying at this wonderful cabin.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for you nice review. We always love having repeat guest! Everything you mentioned is why guest love "Bears Retreat"--great location, excellent local contact person, pool and the three different levels. Kids love staying in the lower level and having their own foosball. Hope to see you again at "Bears Retreat"! Bob and Jan Thelen
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loved it and owner was cool

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well stocked, loved screened porch with hot tub. Very comfy beds.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Guest love the hot tub--even in February! Good cleaning person ensures our cabin is always clean and ready for our guests.
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Great Floor plan for Grandparents!!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The floor plan was great for our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandkids (boys). They really enjoyed the indoor pool, game room and the hot tub in the condo building. We were close to all the attractions, grocery stores and restaurants. The interior decor was adorable and clean. We would definately stay here again. The boys didn't want to leave. We (grandparents) really enjoyed our privacy in the upstairs suite.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review--not much to add. You covered all of the reasons guests love the cabin. Hope to see you back at "Bears Retreat". Bob & JanThelen
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Clean, spacious, and a great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the layout of the cabin. It gave everyone their own little private space. The hot tub was great after a day of walking. Pigeon Forge has so many attractions to see and Gatlinburg offers many little shops and attractions too.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. First review of 2018! Sounds like you got out and enjoyed walking in the mountains. Guests do love the three levels in the cabin--great for families or couples traveling together. Enjoy the rest of 2018! Bob Thelen
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Paducah, Ky

Cozy cabin, close to town, exactly as promised

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! It was exactly as promised and had most everything we could ask for. It was close to town and all the attractions. We were excited about all the Christmas decor!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We always enjoy visiting the cabin the middle of November and decorating the cabin for Christmas--Pigeon Forge loves Christmas! Guest love the cabin and the resort because it is close to everything and all the activities in the area. Bob Thelen
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Great time!

  • 5 of 5

Loved having a mini reunion with girlfriends of 81. Thanks for sharing your place.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you all enjoyed your stay at Bears Retreat. Pigeon Forge is a great place for reunions and building new memories. Bob and Jan Thelen
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Clingmans Dome
Car: necessary

Please read our guest book and you will become aware of why guest love “Bear's Retreat” at Big Bear Lodge Resort. Within one mile there are great restaurants and shopping. Within three-five miles children ( adults) will find Dollywood with its wonderful rides, castles, musical reviews and the newest attraction, Dollywood Water Park. Nearby you will also find skiing, golf, river rafting, and not to be gotten, the historic and well known Smoky Mountains. Also, enjoy one of the newest attractions in Pigeon Forge; the Titanic Museum. There are more then enough activities to keep you busy a week!




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $70 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 12.25%

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.