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Blue Shutter Cottage at Bear Paw - Great Mountain Getaway!

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage in quiet community near Hiwassee Lake (Sleeps 2-4)

The BLUE SHUTTER COTTAGE is in the residential community of Bear Paw, a private gated community in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of southwestern North Carolina. The guard station at the only entrance is staffed 24/7, making this remote location quite welcoming and safe! Bear Paw is the only community located on HIWASSEE LAKE with a full-service MARINA. The lake is almost completely surrounded by protected PUBLIC LAND with great boating, fishing & hiking opportunities. At Bear Paw you get the best of both worlds: a quiet, beautiful, remote mountain setting with a family-friendly, community atmosphere!

The Blue Shutter Cottage is a cozy one bedroom, one bath cottage. It's just two cottages away from the pool and clubhouse...yet it is tucked back against the mountain to insure privacy. Even though it's a charming early 20th century structure that was part of the original Hiwassee Dam village, it's been completed modernized with all the 21st century conveniences. Although the cottage doesn't currently have internet service, free secure WiFi is available 24/7 at the clubhouse that is within sight of the house. A land line telephone with free long distance in the continental U.S. is provided in the cottage!

The LIVING/DINING ROOM ... has a sleeper sofa, flat screen TV with ample satellite service and a DVD player, along with a dining table and chairs.

The KITCHEN ... has everything you need to prepare that special meal, including a refrigerator, stove & oven, crock pot, microwave, DISHWASHER, coffee maker, kitchen utensils, dishes, and pots & pans. A small washer & dryer are also provided for your convenience.

The large BEDROOM... has a KING SIZE BED... linens are provided, pillows, dresser and a spacious closet. The BATHROOM... includes a hair dryer & fluffy towels.

The SCREENED PORCH has rocking chairs to enjoy your morning coffee or tea, and the open DECK has a gas grill, along with a table and chairs to enjoy your meals and a view of the wooded hillside.

There is lots of room for parking, so bring your boat or rent one from the marina. Come... enjoy the fresh mountain air. You will make memories that are priceless. We've tried to anticipate your every vacation need!

Keywords: Vacation Home, cabin, cottage, rental, mountain getaway, Bear Paw

More Details

Callie Moore
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Callie Moore

Philip & I first rented Blue Shutter Cottage as newlyweds in 2006. He had visited Bear Paw with his family as a child and I surprised him with a weekend getaway there! His mother lived at Bear Paw until she was in the 7th grade, as her father worked for TVA helping to build Hiwassee Dam. The village at Bear Paw was originally constructed as housing for the workers and their families because the area was not really settled back in the 1930s.

Philip is a Clay County, NC native, born and raised on a small working farm. I'm originally from Nashville, Tennessee. We both are employed by nonprofit conservation organizations that, in different ways, work to preserve quality of life for mountain residents. We are also avid hikers and general outdoor enthusiasts and would be happy to help point you toward trails in the area suited to your taste and ability!

Callie Moore purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Callie Moore chose Murphy

We bought Blue Shutter because of its proximity to the lake (it's only 0.6 miles to Mountain View Marina), the availability of trails and outdoor activities nearby in both Cherokee (TN) and Nantahala (NC) National Forests, and the amenities at Bear Paw. It feels remote, but it's also a little community. We also like the historical aspect of it being the original Hiwassee Dam workers' village. Our cottage has been completely modernized, but it's still the charming original structure.

What makes this cottage unique

It's quiet, but yet there is the wonderful pool, clubhouse with free wireless internet access, tennis court, basketball goals, and a playground for younger children all within easy walking distance of the cottage. The cottage is about 25 minutes of driving from Murphy, NC, and Copperhill, TN and within an hour of Blue Ridge and Blairsville, GA, Tellico Plains, TN, and Brasstown and Hayesville, NC. It's a great getaway spot in an area that is largely overlooked as a vacation destination!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us share your wonderful Blue Shutter Cottage. Loved the ladybug game. Fireplace was perfect! The cottage is so cute and so clean. If we decide to come back to this area we will be sure to call you.
Sep 2010
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Murphy Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa converts to a double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Blue Shutter Cottage at Bear Paw - Great Mountain Getaway!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 46 reviews

Very nice cottage, so relaxing I rate it a 5

  • 5 of 5

A very relaxing and cozy cottage. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful vacation

  • 5 of 5

I enjoy my week in this cottage beutiful peaceful and safely thank you for that incredible experience

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Wonderful Stay at Blue Shutter Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Blue Shutter Cottage was the perfect spot for our Thanksgiving Holiday. The cottage was well stocked and had all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Callie provided great communication and consideration. We were able to visit Murphy, as well as other local towns and nature sites. With its proximity to the pool and clubhouse, I imagine the Blue Shutter Cottage would be great fun and convenient during summer months as well. Thank you for making our stay in Bear Paw possible.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Macon Ga

It was the perfect weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience. The cottage was exactly as described, very comfortable, well equipped and well maintained. We will definitely call on them again as we did not have enough time, during our stay, to visit all the nearby points of interest. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy little cottage

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was perfect for our needs, small but quaint. It had a nice size enclosed porch and outdoor sitting area. I liked that it was in a gated community, I felt safe and the guards were all very friendly. I really enjoyed the Ladybug game, I found the last one about 10 minutes before we left.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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our family reunion stay at bear paw

  • 5 of 5

Love the blue shutter cottage @ .Bear Paw community very well kept. Quiet. Peaceful. Everyone friendly & helpful.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Shoe Booties Cafe
Mercier Orchards
Butternut Creek Golf Course
Brasstown Bald Visitors Center
Hiwassee Dam
Located just outside the entrance to Bear Paw, Hiwassee Dam has a height of 307 feet; spans ...
Ocoee Whitewater Center
Rolling Thunder River Company Ocoee River Rafting Center
Tubing and whitewater rafting
El Rio
Mary's Southern Grill
Breakfast and lunch only!
Daily Grind and Wine
Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant -- CLOSED
Use a lot of local food. Great atmosphere too!
Crane Creek Vineyards
Calaboose Cellars
Also Andrews Brewing Company!
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
John C. Campbell Folk School
Herb's Pit Bar-B-Que
Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center
Tellico Grains
Fabulous bread!
Murphy River Walk
Cherokee Hills Golf Club
Buck Bald
Ducktown Basin Museum
Doesn't look like much from the outside, but packed with great displays about Copper Basin m...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $100

VRBO/Homeaway incorrectly calculates the price for stays of 8-13 nights in their auto-generated quotes. Please contact us directly for a quote if you are planning a stay of more than 7 nights!

Although we are happy to try to accommodate last minute travel plans, we are much more likely to give a discount on dates booked more than 30 days in advance. We both have other full-time jobs, making it sometimes difficult to make preparations with only a few days notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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