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Smokey View Home - Bear Paw on Lake Hiwassee - $ Million View

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

Our executive-style mountain home features four bedrooms, with queen beds, and three bathrooms, each with double vanities and tub/shower combinations. The lake and mountain range views from the master bedroom and both decks are truly unbelievable, some of the best that Bear Paw offers.

The main floor level has solid oak hardwood floors, and soaring tongue and groove pine ceilings. This level features an open great room, a dining room, a stacked rock gas fireplace, a 32 inch LCD flat panel television with surround sound, a VCR/DVD combo, a fully-equipped kitchen with solid surface countertops and sink, raised panel oak kitchen cabinets, two bedrooms, and a full bath. This floor leads to two decks, one covered with a 6 foot cedar swing and one open. The view of the lake and mountains from both of these decks is fantastic!!

The upper level has a master suite with solid oak hardwood floors, a television, a DVD player and a separate sitting area that overlooks the great room below and the fantastic view of the lake and mountains through the wall of windows. This master bedroom also has a full bath.

The lower level has a bedroom, a living room with a television, a DVD player, a full bathroom, a full-size washer and dryer, and a deck, with a 5 foot swing. It offers views of the lake and mountains.

Our home is located in Bear Paw, which is the only development on gorgeous Lake Hiwassee in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina. Lake Hiwassee is only five to ten minutes walking distance from our home. Lake Hiwassee is an 18-mile long mountain lake that offers casual fishing, boating, and swimming. There is also a shared swimming pool (open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, a marina that rents boats, a tennis court, a basketball court, a child's playground, and a child's fishing pond. A secured entrance gate adds to the feeling of peace and serenity pervading Bear Paw.



Keywords: Mountain Home

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Carlos Gaskin
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2018

About Carlos Gaskin

We are residents of Tallahassee, Florida, and are retired high-school teachers. 2016 marks our 47th wedding anniversary! We have two children who also live in Tallahassee and four grandchildren, two of whom live close to us. We enjoy visiting our rentals in Boston, MA , Nashville, TN, and in Bear Paw near Murphy, NC, but we also enjoy sharing the fun with you. We have many repeat renters who have become friends to us. We keep our rentals clean, well-furnished and updated for your enjoyment.

Carlos Gaskin purchased this house in 2000

Why Carlos Gaskin chose Murphy

We had vacationed in Bear Paw several times and enjoyed the area a great deal. It is in a gated community near Murphy, and has beautiful views. We liked the fact that there is an olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis court and basketball courts to provide entertainment. Our children, who are grown now but were young at the time we built our first house in Bear Paw, absolutely loved to go there. Since the area has rentals and permanent homes, we did not feel like we were tourists; we felt at home.

What makes this house unique

We like swimming and fishing on the lake as well as boating. The swimming pool and playground are nice for the little ones. It is such a peaceful place. If you want activities, there are plenty around, but if you want peace and quiet, Bear Paw is hard to beat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at your home in the mountains. We found your home to be as beautiful as the view. Thank you for allowing us to use your home and thank you for checking with us to be sure everything was satisfactory on our arrival. We had an awesome time at your home and the surrounding area. Helen Ga. was awesome being German it was especially nice to see such an awesome replica of an authenic Alpine Village. Even though we were a few weeks early for the fall colors everything else was great and we were not disappointed. Thank you again and we will probably be calling you again for more time there. We will certainly recommend your place to the doctors and nurses we work with.
Oct 2005
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Murphy House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • All bathrooms have shower/tub combinations, double sink vanities
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (4), (1) Portable playpen can be used for babies.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Satellite TV'S(3), VCR'S(2), DVD/VCR Combo, Pool, Gas BBQ, NO SMOKING INSIDE HOME!


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Smokey View Home - Bear Paw on Lake Hiwassee - $ Million View
average rating of 5.0 based on 92 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I am writing to say how grateful we all were to have had the good fortune to have stayed at the mountain retreat in Bear Paw. After our grueling 20+ hour drive evacuating Florida, walking out on the deck felt as if we had indeed found a piece of heaven. The view was restorative and the warmth of the chalet was unbelievable.

We found the house immaculate and the layout perfect for our situation. They had thought of everything, from the kitchen to the bathrooms, to the game room. But we mostly gathered in the hearth room and kitchen (isn’t it funny that most gatherings wind up in one or both of those places) and played board games, watched movies together and had perfect family meals – we felt very much at home.

The individuals at the gate to Bear Paw were very polite and a neighbor, seeing that we were a little perplexed as to the turns on our arrival guided us right to the property. The family now considers Bear Paw a perfect vacation destination and we hope to enjoy the many amenities under better circumstances. The town of Murphy is nearby and the people were gracious and friendly-we were among many Floridian evacuees there. We took so many photographs we could fill two albums. To say the area is picturesque doesn’t do it justice. It must be magnificent as the foliage changes in fall and as snow falls in winter. We could not have been happier and we cannot thank you enough for your gracious hospitality and generosity.

with our best regards,

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Happy we could provide you a safe place during the storm.
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  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful, clean, and well equipped with paper towels, kitchen utensils, and even body soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo, located in the game closet which in on you’re left when you walk in the door. It is on the top shelf. The owners are the best people I’ve come in contact with while renting. They are very kind and caring about the clients who rent their home. The location is beautiful and there is kayak and paddle board rental place located in the neighborhood for a fairly cheap price. Overall this place is simply amazing and the owners are so kind.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a good time in Bear Paw. Thank you for taking such good care of the place. It was a pleasure to have you stay at our place and hope you can return again soon!
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Amazing Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This home is a great place to relax and unwind. It has beautiful views and very quiet.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect space for a relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed out stay and the views made it even better. This home has plenty of space for the entire family to spread out. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook our meals. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rutledge, GA

Stop looking!! This is the place!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our vacation to Murphy staying in this rental. It had everything we needed, was clean and comfortable. I am that weirdo that cleans the place my family is going to stay in before we unload and that was unnecessary, it was very clean! We had seven ppl and the size and spread of the home allowed for gathering time and private time. Also, we enjoyed the pool inside this gated community. It was clean and large, with a playground nearby. There’s basketball courts and tennis courts close to the pool as well. The view off the back porch is stunning and the large bird feeder hanging off the porch brought so much bird-watching joy!! If we ever return to Murphy this is the house we would return to. The owner was thoughtful and clear and did everything he said he would. Thank you both for putting so much time into making a great vacation spot available :)

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in our place and hope you get to return soon. It is fun to realize that other families enjoy our home as much as we do! (It is refreshing to find someone who values “clean” as much as I do!)
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NOT our last trip to this fabulous home!

  • 5 of 5

Listen, we've rented all over the US in various areas but this home was far and away our favorite. Not only was it truly comfortable with amazing views -- ..sigh, there are no words -- but this house had everything.

The owners were so kind and responsive. From our first email of interest until the day we checked in, they were professional and simply lovely to speak with.

We played everything from Ping Pong to every card game and board game in the place! It was so much fun!! We spent our Thanksgiving weekend here with family and the memories we made will never be forgotten. We cooked, we ate, and although we loved spending time in nearby Murphy and the surrounding area...we couldn't wait to get back "home".

It was just vacation made easy. If you forgot something, it's there. If you needed something, it was there. When you put away dishes, there were pics on the inside of the cabinets so you could get it right!!! How awesome is that?? Call me OCD, but there's nothing worse than staying in a vacation home where people have put bowls, cups silverware anywhere they could find. And guess what, if you need it, you can't find it. I'm telling you, it was just the little details that made this place perfect.

Overall, I can't say enough. I loved. it. My family loved it. My 3 year old son and I fed the birds.. of course, with the bird seed (labeled with simple instructions) and lovely feeders they've placed on the front deck. Then we sat every morning and watched them come by the dozens through the beautiful open windows overlooking the mountains. It was unforgettable.

Wanna go the mountains and have a relaxing vacation in a home that someone has put some love into? Stay here.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you had a good time in the mountains. That makes us happy! Hope you get a chance to return soon. Spring with the dogwood trees blooming is totally Heavenly. (I like to say I am borderline OCD. Actually, might be a little over that border. It is the school teacher coming out in me!) We love to have others enjoy our home.
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Car: recommended

Flea Markets, Whitewater Rafting, Gold Panning, Ping Pong Table.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.