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Ericka York

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Bears Den: Private, Comfortable, Well Kept Cottage w Hot Tub overlooking River.

76 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

Bears Den cottage is located on a dead end mountain road backing up to the Pisgah Natl Forest, just N. of Asheville. It is just minutes from Navitat, WNC's only zipline!! The home is decorated to match the mountains, easy going and peaceful. Sit by the creek on the property or listen to the roar of the river below. There is hiking at Douglas Falls down the road. The lawn is beautifully landscaped with different varieties of flowers all season long. When in season, pick fresh blackberries and raspberries in the front yard. Enjoy a book or glass of wine on the wrap around porch or soak in the 6 person hot tub that sits up on a deck. The property is very secluded and quiet, yet close to many fun things to do...including whitewater rafting, gem mining, shopping, restaurants and the Biltmore Estate. It is the perfect vacation spot, we love it and know you will too. Behaved Pets welcome.

Our Mission: It is our goal to provide you with everything that you will need to make Bear's Den your home away from home. If you have special requests prior to arrival, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. All you will need is your toiletries and food.

Our Story: We operate Bears Den Cottage ourselves. We both have a background in hospitality including working at a 4 star AAA rated bed and breakfast in Colorado. We fell in love with Bears Den the first time we saw it. We have an excellent team of care takers that make sure it is just how we would have it.

Bears Den has a magical feel to can almost see the fairies dancing in the flower gardens. :) We sit on the porch for hours watching the birds, butterflies and humming birds and listening to the river below. The house is open and airy with a big picture window looking out into the forest. The cottage is decorated appropriately with bears, flowers and inspirational signs to make your trip the mountains relaxing and enjoyable. There is a good chance of seeing wild life at this property. We guarantee you will have an excellent time.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Ericka York (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Ericka York

I worked in a 21 room country inn/bed and breakfast in Colorado in 2000 which I really enjoyed. After moving to Asheville in 2001, I wanted to pursue owing a vacation rental and we found Bears Den in 2006. I find hospitality is my gift. We owned other cottages but are back to having just this one, it's our favorite and our 'baby' you could say. We hope to one day own a bed and breakfast. We love having this cottage and want to make you feel like you are home away from home.

Ericka York purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Ericka York chose Asheville Area

I was in the mortgage business and was constantly being told about cabins and cottages from Realtors I was working with as we were looking. We knew right away Bears Den was the one. I cannot describe the magic and charm you feel. It may look rustic on the outside but it's very well kept inside and the grounds are beautiful and display everything the Western North Carolina Mountains hold.

What makes this cabin unique

Renters love listening to the river below while on the porch with either a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. The hot tub is also a favorite because it sits up on a deck so it offers better views and is like it's own destination. Several renters have seen deer and turkeys in the yard. It's very quiet yet close to everything.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Note left from renters: Thank you so much for the use of your cottage. We saw a beautiful doe out side the bedroom window. Your gardens are wonderful with so many butterflies. The sound of the stream is so soothing. We enjoyed your porch often. Thanks again!!!
Aug 2007
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Bears Den: Private, Comfortable, Well Kept Cottage w Hot Tub overlooking River.
average rating of 4.7236843 based on 80 reviews
Hexham, Northumberland, UK

True Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have just spent four nights at this delightful hideaway. The setting is indeed idyllic, with a huge variety of flowers in the garden, which is surrounded by enormous trees and attracts all manner of wildlife - huge butterflies, wild turkeys wandering past, hummingbirds, etc., etc. The cottage has everything you need for a relaxing stay, including a luxurious hot tub. A car is essential, and it is true to say that a fair bit of driving is required to visit the many local attractions (The Biltmore Estate at Asheville is a must!), but it is worth it. Owners are great to deal with and were very helpful in making the arrangements for our stay. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone visiting the area who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work very hard to make Bears Den the perfect vacation spot for you and your family. Come enjoy the beauty of the mountains.
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Very cute rustic cabin

  • 4 of 5

Had a great trip! This cabin is about 20 min away from Asheville and we were able to get everywhere we needed to go. We tried out Zen Tubing which was a great experience. The hill to the cabin was difficult but we managed. The water through the tap/shower smelled a little funny. All in all we would stay there again! I think it would be simply beautiful in the winter with 4 wheel drive! :) Thank you for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mount Sidney, Va

Awesome cozy cabin

  • 4 of 5

This little cabin had everything you would want to have a nice getaway. The hot tub was extra nice to have.

It is a steep driveway to get up there, but totally worth it. The kitchen area and tv room was great to relax in. The beds were so nice and comfy to sleep in.

Easy to find with the directions given by the owner.

I would recommend this property to anyone going to the Asheville area. It worked out wonderful for our family of four.

Only complaint would be the dryer was taking forever to dry the towels.

Thanks for keeping the place so awesome.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, secluded spot, but recommend 4-wheel drive

  • 4 of 5

The property was built in the 1920s, but the inside is very up to date. The bed was comfortable (we only used one of the beds), and all appliances worked fine (though we didn't use the oven, so I can't comment on that). This is truly secluded, with many beautiful flowers, trees, and a stream further down the hill, that was wonderful to listen to while sitting on the porch. The hot tub was wonderful after a long day hiking. I do recommend 4 wheel drive, as the driveway is quite steep. We had it, and while we could have gotten up the drive without it, it helped a lot. I'm not sure you could get up the drive without it if it was rainy. Also, the living room furniture was not very comfortable, but we didn't spend much time in the living room, so it didn't bother us much. I would definitely stay here again, were I to come this way.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bucolic Setting, Comfy Cottage, Not for small kids

  • 3 of 5

The property was lovely - the amount of butterflies were surreal. Sitting in the chairs (one was broken) on the lawn listening to the river was equally lush and enjoyable. And the jacuzzi, which was up some stairs surrounded by trees felt like magic. Those were the highlights by far. The beds were comfy, the house was clean. The only bummer was it wasn't as child friendly as I had hoped. The porch is NOT safe for a crawler or new walker. The high chair is really old. There is no longer a sandbox to play in. The box of toys is really mostly books and a limited number of small random items. And the baseboard heaters (and fireplace, but that can be saved for when the kids are asleep) are also dangerous for small kiddos who are curious and will touch things.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your review so much! We did not know some of the toys have, most likely, been taken and we will work on replacing those when we are there. We also strive to keep the sandbox clean and with plenty of sand so I will mention that to our housekeeper. You can see in the pictures and in the description the house was built in 1928 and is a very open floor plan. We have twins and have stayed there many times when they were between 18 mo and 2 1/2 years old with no injuries. We just had to keep an eye on them while we were hanging out on the porch. Inside is fairly baby proofed as we do not have glass collectibles and the fireplace has a screen in front of it. The high chair is solid wood and yes, an antique, but fully functional. Again, we appreciate the review and we'll do what we can to make it more kid friendly based on this.
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Great place in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Bear's Den. It's in a beautiful, quiet area with nature all around. We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Asheville Regional Airport
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Reems Creek Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
19/23 N Future 26
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
Weaverville, NC
Nearest Ski
26 Miles
Wolf Laurel Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
298 Miles
Folly Beach, SC (wonderful, small town beach)
Car: necessary

The cottage is located NORTH of Asheville, home of the Biltmore Estate, fine dining, antiquing, shopping and live music. It is also convenient to Wolf Laurel Skiing, Hot Springs Spa, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are many outdoor and indoor activities nearby including biking, white water rafting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, a nature center, museums and children's play places. Come enjoy the large Belle Chere festival that takes place the last weekend of July with lots of crafts & arts & live music. Asheville now hosts the MoogFest over Halloween weekend with tons and tons of music!!

Other Activities: Just min to Reems Creek Golf Course, Blue Ridge Parkway, white water rafting, hiking, Navitat zip line, antiquing, river boarding, kayaking, and much, much more!

Golf: Reems Creek Golf Club was labeled our nicest public course by Golf Digest. It is conveniently located 15 min South of Bears Den.

Ski: Wolf Laurel Ski Resort is about 35 min North of the cottage.


Rates & Availability

Barnardsville Cabin Rental Rates

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Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
November, December
Nov 1 - Dec 31
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $75
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. We do also accept Pay Pal and checks. Please inquire with any questions. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Barnardsville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • We supply plenty of towels, washcloths and hot tub towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , luxury mattress
    Bedroom - 1 queen , luxury mattress
    Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom - 1 baby crib , We have a pack n play in the cottage, not a full size crib.
  • The beds have pillow top mattresses and high quality linens. The futon sofa sleeper has a coiled spring mattress for extra support and comfort. We also have a pack and play.There are 4 pillows per bed plus a complete set of sheets, comforter & pillows for the futon. There are extra blankets all around the house.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Sand Box
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Kitchen and living space have open floor plan for comfortable living. There are games, books, movies, CD's and an IPOD docking station for you to begin your great time at Bears Den. Outdoor games include horseshoes, bocci ball & croquet. There are chairs on the deck for enjoying your company or reading a good book while listening to the sound of the river. The gas grill is located on the wrap around porch. There are many different kinds of wildlife at Bears Den to enjoy; deer, wild turkeys, lots of birds that we feed and once in a while you will spot a bear. Not to worry though, they haven't done anything but eat the berries out of the yard. We will inform you if the bears are active during your stay.

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