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Bedrooms 5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Custom log home, 5 bdrm 5 bath, loft, game room w/ beds , mtn view, sleeps 16,


Papa Bear's Den is a magnificent secluded mountain luxury log home that sleeps 16 and is ideal for large groups or families. Built as a private custom home, the exceptional craftsmanship is displayed throughout. Papa Bear's Den has 6,000 square feet of indoor living space. (No other listed 5 or 6 bedroom property has more than 4000 square feet). The home's interior was decorated by a team of professionals and boasts the highest quality lodge and chalet furnishings. It is elegantly appointed with custom window treatments, flooring, chandeliers, blinds, designer fabrics, and leather. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, and pottery by local artisans depicting the natural beauty of the mountains are visible throughout. Because Papa Bear is often the destination for special holidays and events, it is seasonally decorated four times a year: Fall, Christmas, Winter, Spring & Summer. A 12 foot realistic fir tree located in the dining area is also decorated for guests' enjoyment.


Perhaps the most unique feature of Papa Bear's Den is its location. Sitting on one acre adjacent to the border of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the home offers breathtaking vistas from every angle. Spread across three levels, with three separate decks and a patio, panoramic views abound that capture the expansive grandeur of the Park. Guests can actually walk out the back door of the property into the biggest backyard in the Smokies, the 500,000 acres that comprise the most visited National Park in the United States. It is not uncommon to see a bear, deer, or wild turkey while visiting Papa Bear.


This one of a kind home sleeps 16 in spacious comfort. Papa Bear features 5 large full bathrooms and 5 huge bedrooms with additional sleeping in the Rec Room and Loft. The 5 oversize bedrooms (all approximately 14 ft by 18 ft) offer 3 queen and 2 king beds. Each bedroom is named to reflect the theme of its decor. Choose from Moccasin Magic, Dear Dreams, Bare Bottoms, Pollywog Pad, and Cozy Cove. Cozy Cove master suite with new memory foam mattress, French doors to the back deck, and Jacuzzi tub/separate shower in the master bath is indeed a special place.

The huge Fishin' Fever Rec Room (21 ft by 16 ft) provides a 6th designated sleeping area with bunk beds and murphy bed. Lookout Loft offers a daybed for yet another traveler to sleep.

All total, beds include 2 kings, 3 queens, 2 full, and 2 twins. Much time and attention was given to decorating each sleeping area. Expect to find new mattresses, the finest towels and linens, and all bedcovers designed by Donna Sharp. When settling in, select the bedroom theme that best suits your mood and taste. You will want to stay in each of them.


Papa Bear features five distinctive indoor areas to play, rest, and relax. The gorgeous glass encased Great Room on the main level offers majestic views from every angle. Solid log post and beam construction, soaring vaulted ceilings, and gleaming hardwood floors define the Great Room. A massive 20 ft floor to ceiling stacked stone gas fireplace creates the room's focal point. Plenty of seating allows family and friends to gather around the new 60” HD flat screen television.

The glassed in Sunroom is also located on the main level. The Sunroom’s more intimate setting offers a spectacular view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Lookout Loft is located on the home’s upper level. The Loft opens onto a balcony overlooking Roundtop Mountain and the mountain valley.

Those looking for entertainment will hightail it to the home's terrace level. There you will find both Fishin' Fever Rec Room and the separate Gathering Grounds Game Room.

Fishin' Fever Rec Room sports a fisherman theme with touches of Orvis and is anchored by a second massive stone fireplace. The Rec Room offers a full size pool table, foosball table, mini bar, and new large HD flat screen TV. French doors from the Rec Room open onto a 30 foot patio which meets the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Gathering Grounds Game Room is also located on the terrace level. It features a poker/bumper pool table as well as a new HD flat screen TV. Old timey games and posters displayed in the Game Room contribute to an atmosphere that invites both adults and children to come play. Select from a wide assortment of card and board games for you and your guests to enjoy. Yes indeed, the terrace level is where the "action" is!


Enjoy interactive cooking in the spacious sophisticated gourmet kitchen. The kitchen features a wall oven, microwave, separate convection oven, Subzero refrigerator, 10 foot bar with stools, and granite countertops. The kitchen is equipped with an abundance of pots, pans, cutlery, and numerous small appliances including a crockpot, hand mixer, blender, Mr. Coffee, Keurig, and toaster. Place settings of flatware, stemware, and stoneware for 24 are provided. There is a separate full sized laundry area with high capacity washer, dryer, and an extra refrigerator. The dining area, adjacent to the kitchen, boasts two new seven foot matching dining tables with seating for 16 people. The floor to ceiling windows in the dining area offer commanding views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.


The home is surrounded by 3 separate decks plus a patio totaling 1500 square feet of outdoor living space with unparalleled views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Plenty of rockers and outdoor furniture allow guests to breathe the crisp mountain air, enjoy the abundant wildlife, and witness the beauty of the stunning sunsets, sunrises, and moonlit nights. A new gas grill and picnic table are located close to the kitchen on the back desk. Indulge in a new 6 person oversized hot tub that allows you out of this world views of the Smoky Mountains from every side. There is also an indoor Jacuzzi spa with windows on three sides that directly face the Smoky Mountains. Pool privileges are provided at no charge from May to October at Honeysuckle Meadows Pool located just 2 miles from Papa Bear's Den. Relax, relax, relax, and retreat from the world. That's what a real vacation is all about!

The paved driveway leads to a convenient parking area large enough for numerous vehicles. The home offers 2 main entrances. While one entrance has several steps another entrance has only 4 steps making access easy for elderly or handicapped guests, as well as loading and unloading cars.


This property's exceptional architectural features highlight the extensive use of wood, stone, glass, and granite throughout. These elements combine with the beauty of the setting to invite the natural world into this magnificent mountain getaway. Papa Bear's Den is located only 3 miles from Metcalf Bottoms, home of some of the best picnicking, rafting, and fishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Pigeon Forge strip with The Island, Dixie Stampede, and Dollywood is less than 10 miles. Honeysuckle Meadows Pool and Catch and Release Pond is just two miles from Papa Bear's front door. Additionally, the Little Greenbrier Trailhead is only a stone's throw away. The vacation of a lifetime awaits you in this amazing secluded retreat nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. Come see for yourself. You won't be disappointed!!


See below for rates and specific dates for each of the rate periods. A 25% deposit (of total including rent, cleaning/hot tub fee & tax) is required to book your stay and will be applied to the total cost of your rental. Remaining balance, including a refundable $500 damage deposit, is due at least 60 days prior to your arrival. For stays that include Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day, the balance, plus a $500 refundable damage deposit, are due 90 days prior to your arrival date. For complete details concerning payment, cancelation and rebooking policies please request a copy of the rental agreement from the manager. While we love to hear from potential guests, please understand that our rates are non-negotiable.

Key words: Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, cabin, custom, log, 5 bedroom, East Tennessee, Wears Valley, luxury, 5 bath, loft, game room, hot tub, gourmet kitchen, sleeps 16

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Rita Blair
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

Why Rita Blair chose Tennessee

Our family has vacationed in the Smokies for three generations. Twice annually for a week at a time, plus frequent three day weekends we hit the trails for picnicking, fishing, hiking, local attractions, and “yes” even shopping. Finally my husband and I were presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase an acre of land that borders the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This land was previously unavailable for sale, so when it became available we jumped at the chance. Then came the process of building our dream home. After a lengthy design process, which incorporated ideas from family and friends, came the 13 month construction period. The “result” is a spectacular, yet inviting and relaxing log home nestled between the Appalachian Mountains and the spruce and fir forest that covers them. Here nature converges with both the indoor and outdoor living spaces to heighten our senses of the beauty that surrounds us. Our memories are many……happy times spent with family and friends observing holidays and celebrating birthdays, graduations and a myriad of other special occasions. Sunrises and sunset against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful places on earth are enduring. We have also enjoyed learning about the history of East Tennessee, the people and their customs. As the circle of life evolves, we find that we spend less time in our mountain paradise. However, we want to offer you, your family and friends the opportunity to create your own memories in our mountain retreat. We hope you will find time to soak in the peace and tranquility that this most special and wondrous place offers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful long weekend with 10 of our best friends. It's obvious this cabin was designed and decorated as a family home. It is one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed and Rita was great to work with. The cabin was very clean and up-to-date. The kitchen and linens were stocked very well..there were even separate towels for the hot tub. The open floorplan allowed our party of 12 to gather in one area and socialize so easily. The labeling of the kitchen cabinets was such a nice touch but be ready for the light switches. They are labeled but not always where you would anticipate. It was somewhat of a scavenger hunt to find some of them but that added to the fun. We're keeping this one on our favorites list and hope to come back here soon.
Mar 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 4.991071 based on 113 reviews

Great home ! Great location !

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the stay with family !!! Great location and great home!!! Plenty of room to enjoy and owner and maintenance was awesome !!! Hoping to stay again !!!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Papa Bears Den 436201

  • 5 of 5

The most beautiful cabin we have ever stayed in. So much room for so many guest and everything you will ever need. The views were amazing from every window. Loved the open rooms kitchen,dining and den. We were all able to gather there for eating, games and conversation. The downstairs had anything one would want for entertainment pool table several other games and fireplace. This is the cabin for large gatherings! All bedrooms are really nice. You are up high almost in Heaven. We had ice and snow flurries a Winter Wonderland but down the mountain it was clear. Great place to rent!! We had a blast!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Another Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's third year at Papa Bear's Den. The house is always decorated for Christmas when we arrive and that makes our stay even more enjoyable. We love the roomy, clean, well stocked house and we love the location (hiking trails literally steps away). Our family doesn't visit the tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge so we especially enjoy this quiet, secluded home. But if the hustle and bustle of shops is your preference, it's an easy drive . The property manager is always very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Thank you Papa Bear's Den for another wonderful visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful time and plenty of room for all 13 of us!

  • 5 of 5

So many things to do in the area from zip lining to moonshine tasting to horseback riding. Something for everyone.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Papa Bears Den

  • 5 of 5

Papa Bears Den is a beautiful cabin nestled in the mountains of Tennessee. The cabin is well maintained and fully equipped . 30 minutes from Gatlinburg and Pigion Forge great location with plenty to do. Spectacular views clean fresh mountain air. Our stay was wonderful we will probably return again.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful home. Gorgeous view!

  • 5 of 5

Everyone in our party was thrilled with the cabin and the spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains right from the deck. Would absolutely rent this cabin again. Can't say enough about it.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Eagles Landing, Gatlinburg & Bent Creek
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 321
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Very convenient
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Ober Gatlinburg
Car: necessary

Papa Bear's Den sits on the Great Smoky Mountain National park border and is 5 minutes from the Metcalf Bottoms entrance to the Smokies. Metcalf Bottoms is the site of great fly fishing, picnicking, rafting, swimming, and hiking. Papa Bear's Den is convenient to restaurants, entertainment, and family attractions. From Papa Bear it is an easy drive to the hub of Pigeon Forge/Sevierville/Gatlinburg. Select from the convenience of over 400 restaurants and countless live shows spotlighting music and comedy. Check out Dollywood, Tanger Outlet Mall, Splash Country, Dixie Stampede, Wonderworks, Titanic Museum, Ripley's Aquarium, Ober Gatlinburg, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Sugarland Visitor's Center, Space Needle, and Sky Lift. But don't forget that adventures such as horseback riding, golf, ziplines, scenic overlooks, fly fishing, rafting, and hiking trails are at your fingertips.

Just 10 minutes from Papa Bear's Den is Townsend, TN. Townsend is known as the gateway to the Smokies because of the proximity to Cades Cove. It is also home to the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Little River Railroad Company Museum and numerous outdoor attractions. Travel 45 miles from Papa Bear's Den through the Park on US Highway 441 and you will arrive in Cherokee, NC. There you will find the Cherokee Indian Museum, Unto These Hills outdoor drama and Oconaluftee Indian Village. For the casino enthusiasts, check out Harrah's entertainment complex in Cherokee.

Let Papa Bear's Den be your home away from home as you and your family experience the beauty, nature, adventure, culinary delights, shopping, and entertainment that await you in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.


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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Hot Tub Fee $299 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.75%

25% deposit (of total including rent, cleaning/hot tub fee plus tax) is required at time reservation is made. The balance, plus a $500 Damage Deposit, are due 60 days prior to your arrival date. For stays that include Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year's Day the balance, plus a $500 Damage Deposit, are due 90 days prior to your arrival date. The Rental Agreement with cancelation policy is available upon request from manager. Cleaning/Hot Tub Fee covers cleaning of all 6000 square feet of Papa Bear's Den, cleaning and sanitizing the hot tub, removing trash from receptacles located on property, cleaning the grill, and replenishing linens and towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Sevierville Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom for Bare Bottoms - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite on 2nd level with valley views, large vanity
    Bathroom for Cozy Cove - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Ensuite, oversized, double vanity, mountain views from tub
    Bathroom for Great Room and Moccasin Magic - toilet , shower , Adjacent to kitchen/great room on main level
    Bathroom for Dear Dreams - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite on 2nd level with valley views, large vanity
    Bathroom for Recreation Room and Pollywog Pad - toilet , combination tub/shower , Terrace level, adjacent to Rec Room
  • 5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Cozy Cove - 1 king , Huge master suite, main level, french doors to deck/hot tub
    Bare Bottoms - 1 king , Very large suite, 2nd level, bear theme, hand-hewn furniture
    Moccasin Magic - 1 queen , Spacious, main level, adjacent to sunroom, Indian motif
    Dear Dreams - 1 queen , Oversized suite, 2nd level, deer/hunting theme
    Lookout Loft - 1 twin/ single , Stunning space, opening to private balcony, mountain decor
    Pollywog Pad - 1 queen , Very large private room on terrace level, opening to patio
    Fishin' Fever Rec Room - 1 bunk bed , 1 murphy bed , 1 set of bunk beds plus murphy bed on terrace level
  • King size beds (2) King bed in master suite on main level; King bed in suite on 2nd level, Queen size beds (3) Queen bed ensuite on 2nd level; Queen bed in bedroom on main level; Queen bed in bedroom on terrace level, Twin or Single beds (1) Twin bed in loft, Bunk beds (1) Twin bed over Double and Murphy beds (1) double in Rec Room on terrace level. FLOOR PLANS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. PLEASE CONTACT MANAGER.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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