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Bear's Den Vacation Resort On Smith Lake - Where The Living Is Easy......

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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SIX Properties On The Lake, 160ft Dock, Swim Platform, On Private 4 Acre Setting

Bear's Den Vacation Home

One home of only six that are all available in a boutique development of new, stylish vacation homes. Centrally located on the crystal waters of Smith Lake, northern Alabama. With a private on-site boat launch exclusive to our renters; 160ft boat dock for boats with an integral swim platform; communal Fire Pitlocated over the water; BBQ stations at each house. Bear's Den is a truly relaxing place to spend a vacation. Bear's Den sits in a slew with year-round deep water but has very limited water traffic. Privacy and a quiet life.

Located in a Small Vacation Resort

The vacation property is one of only six situated right on the gentle slopes of Smith Lake. Reunions of classmates; family; weddings; church gatherings can all be easily be accommodated.

Boat & Kayak Rentals

Boat rentals are available on-site. We have six boats available to our renters. Ski boats; deckboats; fishing boats. These all allow all current water sport activities. An on-site mechanic is also available to assist with boat issues at a cost.

Amenities & Accommodations

Inside, you will find all the comforts of home, including 2.5 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. The home can comfortably accommodate 10 guests (if more sleeping space is needed, then there are two queen size inflatable mattresses available). Amenities include fully equipped kitchen, central heat and air, covered deck, charcoal grill, and a 160ft commercial boat dock with super large swim platform, firepit and outdoor shower. All homes have DISH Satellite with movie and local channels [SEC Football!!]. DVD player.

The downstairs is a Kitchen/Diner open plan with casual seating and a breakfast bar. Large, powerful microwave. Master en-suite with King Size Bed/jacuzzi tub is on the ground floor. Half bath for general use and integrated washer/dryer.

Upstairs are two large bedrooms; shared bath with jetted tub; family/games room with large screen TV [flat panel]. Multiple board games available.

Amenities List

Satellite TV included in this rental home

Entertainment Center included in this rental home

Deck upstairs and downstairs included in this rental home

Air Conditioning included in this rental home

Central Heating included in this rental home

Full Kitchen included in this rental home

Microwave included in this rental home

Washer/Dryer Unit included in this rental home

BBQ included in this rental home

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2016
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About John

Arriving from the Europe, we have invested in the beautiful state of Alabama and are now the proud owners of the Bear's Den Vacation Resort.

We have developed this site ourselves, building all the homes and now do all the groundwork and maintenance ourselves. We live and breath this wonderful location.

You need anything during your stay just ask, night or day, and if we possibly can we will deliver. We are present periodically but always in the background.

We feel that we have put a little of ourselves into the venture and are so proud and happy that you have chosen our resort for your vacation.

John purchased this house in 2014

Why John chose Lewis Smith Lake

Location, location location! On a deep, wide slew so far from the madding crowd of the main channel [actually three minutes] by boat; I can't say enough about the quality and amenities of the 160ft boat dock and swim platform; integral swim platform and no motorised traffic swimming area.

All properties are new to the public in 2014 with superb layout, facilities and furnishings.

What makes this house unique

Boat Launch; All new in 2014; 4 acres of private land; Commercial boat dock; Stunning Internals; very friendly and we welcome pets.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Bear's Den Vacation Resort On Smith Lake - Where The Living Is Easy......
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

We WILL be back!

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most amazing trips to the lake I have EVER had, I leave for Air Force BMT June 14th, 2016 and I had a little weekend get away before I left, John was an amazing guy who helped us in any way possible! He was a good guy all the way around! I would recommend this place to ANYONE!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect for high school fishing tournament

  • 5 of 5

This place was awesome for our fishing team for the local high school tournament on Smith Lake!!! We definitely will be staying here again. The houses had all the conveniences and the water access was terrific. John was so very helpful and full of knowledge that he shared with us about his travels.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Perfect for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I came with my family for Memorial Day weekend (3 nights) and we all had a blast. Our ages range from 60-10 and each one of us had an amazing time due to the variety of activities available. John is phenomenal and really goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is comfortable and has a wonderful stay! The cabin was beautifully decorated and accommodated all 8 of us very comfortably. The location on the lake is perfect for swimming, kayaking, and fishing because it is in a "no wake" zone. We cannot wait to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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This felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit, we had to come back. We have already booked for next summer.

The is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the lake. Everyone is friendly and helpful. This site is perfect for swimming and boating, peaceful and safe for swimming and canoeing, but close enough to the main lake for tubing and boating. John and Tracy make you feel like you are part of the family. Our dogs love it too!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Family Reunion- Several Houses

  • 4 of 5

Our large family rented 4 of the units for our reunion. We had the best time. John & Tracy are so wonderful to deal with. They really want everyone to have a great time. My sister fell and broke her hip near the end of the week. I looked for a hotel for other family members to stay with her while she had surgery, but John would not let me book a hotel. He let the 3 of them stay in the unit since it was not rented. They are the BEST! Loved the dock and the houses worked out great. John - You do need a few more cooking utensils- but it was nothing we couldn't deal with.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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We felt like friends.

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here and we had a wonderful time. John was super and went out of his way to make us feel at home. He even had a small garden planted for us to use while there. The cabin was super clean and well furnished. The cabins are on a beautiful spot that is very peaceful and quiet. We will definitely be back. Thanks for a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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This is a water-based vacation. World class fishing [stripe and bass]; fantastic skiing locations; safe tubing and fabulous coastline scenery. Almost 700 miles of coastline has to be enough for everyone to find their own little spot far from the madding crowd.

Bring your own beer!! This location is 'dry' in that you can't buy. Boats available at the site. Contact for more information. 6 boats now available.

Parties up to 60 can be accommodated. 6 houses in total on almost 4 acres with a boat launch on site. Lots of parking.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

There is a cleaning fee of 100 USD NOT during the summer. 150 USD during the remainder of the year.

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Arley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bedroom ONE is a Master En-Suite with High Ceilings
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Very large room with high ceilings
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Double Bunk Beds in large room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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