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5 Bdrm, Private Dock, Year Round Fishing on Cherokee Lake. Rutledge TN

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 12-16)

Year round access to Cherokee Lake. Make this a wonderful place to relax with nature. A get away for large groups with 5 bedrooms, 3 bath on peaceful Cherokee Lake. Across the lake from the Panther Creek State Park, this 4,000 square foot home offers beautiful views. A large back yard with access to a private dock, our house is a dream for families and couples alike. There is a wrap-around deck upstairs with access to the open floor plan for entertaining groups. The master suite provides its own private lake view. Two of the other bedrooms have super comfortable queen beds also with a lake view. The fourth room has two full beds and the fifth bedroom has two bunk beds for the kids. There is an additional sleeper sofa in the recreation room. The backyard fire pit and private launch ramp make for easy day and evening fun.

Just an hour from Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Bristol Motor Speedway. Take a short day trip to Gatlinburg, Dollywood, Knoxville or the Biltmore Estates. Famous for Grainger County tomatoes. Cherokee Lake is one of several Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Lakes with year round fishing and water recreation.

Retreats are fun at Bear Den South!

Are you tired of running around after kids? Is work stressing you out? Do you need a break and love to scrapbook, quilt or relax with friends. Come join us for Mama Bear’s Retreat at Bear Den South or host your own retreat with friends!

You can lay out on the deck and read, scrap or quilt in the large recreation room, drift on the lake in the kayak, or sit in the relaxation station. Join us for one of Mama Bear's Retreats and be served home cooked meals, hot chocolate chip cookies at night or smores by the fire pit. Enjoy 48+ hours to craft to your hearts content. You can also plan your own retreat bring your own food or we can put dishes in the refrigerator for your group to cook when you are ready to eat.

Craft room has task lighting, six foot tables, comfy chairs, a kitchenette for treats, fire place, and it's own beautiful view of the lake and mountains.

If you are interested in a mountain view check out our other listing between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge VRBO#387618.

Keywords: Relaxing, Lake Access, 5 Bedroom House, 16, Beautiful Lake and Mountain views

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About The Owner

Bear Den South is owned by Paul and Liz Johnson from Cincinnati, OH. We love our Tennessee home and neighbors. We are both business owners in Cincinnati and love to get away. We love to spend time with our large family, ride our motorcycles, boating and travel.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Tennessee

Once you see the great view of Cherokee Lake you will fall in love with the lake and house like we did. We chose this location due to the beautiful views and easy access to miles of uncrowded water. It is a great location for short trip to the Great Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and Knoxville. A two hour trip to Ashville, N.C. and the Biltmore Estates all places we like to go either with the family or on the motorcycles. If you like to ride motorcycles there are several scenic routes from the house to the Great Smokey and Cherokee Mountains.

What makes this house unique

Our family loves to boat, jet ski, kayak and swim in the clear water. We love the ability to float in the relaxation station or play in the water. There is also year round fishing on Cherokee Lake. If you are a marathon walker or runner, we have hills to walk and all of the neighbor hoods are linked by streets. There is also access to the state wide bike scenic route.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a great time fishing,kayaking,and relaxing! The house is beautiful and the lake is amazing!

Thanks for a great time.
Jun 2012
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Morristown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sofa bed in the recreation room., Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Fire Pit, Private Dock, Boat access, Meeting space, AV equipment, Scrapbooking equipment, tables, chairs, and more...


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

5 Bdrm, Private Dock, Year Round Fishing on Cherokee Lake. Rutledge TN
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 36 reviews
Charlotte, NC

Great home for family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 12 from Kentucky and North Carolina met half way in Rutledge, TN at Bear Den South. We spent 4 nights over the Thanksgiving holiday. This property met all of our needs for the weekend. The kitchen was extremely well stocked with utensils, dishes, and appliances. We cooked several large meals without difficulty. The dining table was wonderful because it easily seated all 12 of us for a meal. The family room views are just breathtaking, and of course the views from the deck are as well. The wood burning fireplace was in working order and we enjoyed having a fire two nights. We did not use the fire pit due to a burn ban in the area. The property was one of the cleanest properties I have ever rented. Though the decorating in some areas is very dated, everything is in tip top shape. Clean, recently painted, etc. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean, which always makes a traveler happy! There were plenty of clean linens (sheets, towels, etc) but I would recommend that if you don't want to be delayed in your departure, to take your own, since you are required to wash and dry everything you use before you leave the property. The lake level was quite low due to the winter level established by the Tennessee Valley Authority but it made it easy to take long walks around the lake. We were even befriended by a deer who walked out of the woods and followed us for two hours, allowing us to stroke his head at one point! WiFi was available, but if everyone is using devices it is not strong enough to support. We drove to Panther Creek State Park, about 30 minutes away and did hiking trails. One group drove to Pigeon Forge (about 1 hour) on Black Friday and spent the day shopping. The house is easy to find. Most of our group drove in after dark, and we were able to navigate without a problem. We would definitely consider renting this property again! The owner was easy to work with and always returned emails in a timely manner. This is obviously a well maintained family get-away home that others will cherish as well!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Gathering in Grainger County

  • 5 of 5

We are two brothers and three sisters along with our spouses that make a point to spend a long weekend together twice a year. We've stayed in many VRBO rentals as well as others and with us the Bears Den rates right at the top. The five bedrooms and three bathrooms worked out just perfect for our large family. The view from the upstairs sitting area and from the upper deck is wonderful and afforded a perfect place to gather and relax.

Everything we needed to enjoy the deck; chairs, cushions, shade, was all provided. We even used the kayak and dock for a few relaxing hours. The dining table is one of the few where we could all ten sit comfortably and there was even spaces left over. Kitchen had every utensil and cooking appliance we needed to enjoy our pancakes and sausage along with any other meal we wished to prepare.

We have ancestors from Grainger County so we knew what one day of our activities would be. We drove over the county looking at old homesteads and cemeteries. The countryside is just lovely. On the second day we thought we might drive over to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg but the Bears Den was so comfortable we just laid around enjoying the facilities provided and watched our favorite football games. One of our best gatherings.

It is a beautiful, spacious, place for a large family group.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time on this vacation. House was big, nice and had anything you needed available to you. We would absolutely come back here and highly recommend for a family looking for a great time with each other.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fun. Fun!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a blast again... Thanks and we will see you again next year...

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Middletown, IN

Great Family Memories

  • 5 of 5

We were all very pleased with our stay at Bear Den South. The pictures do not do it justice as they can't show how spacious the home is. There were nine people in our party and we had plenty of room. We had great views of the Smokey mountains and beautiful Cherokee Lake. The kitchen is well equipped and I had fun using the variety of dishes. There were also supplies on hand which was very nice. Little things mean a lot like plenty of trash bags, toilet paper, towels, blankets, pillows, cooking items, lots of movies to watch, and kitchen essentials (salt, pepper, baking powder, etc.) All the beds were very comfortable. Also, the kids had plenty of rafts to play on, plus life jackets galore which they used all week. The water is deep and clean and not weedy. We rented a pontoon boat for a day from Cardinal Cove which was close to the house and convenient. Other side trips were a day in Gatlinburg and an afternoon at Panther Creek State Park (welcome center is closed on Wednesday). We also found a vegetable stand nearby with some good Grainger tomatoes. It was just a wonderful time for our family and at the end I had a big hug from my youngest grandchild who said "thanks for bringing me to Tennessee and also for our great home!" I can say anyone who stays here will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful lakefront home

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home and location for our family getaway. It was a private setting with trees all around the property. The kids loved roasting marshmallows over the firepit in the evenings. The property is located in a calm cove while still providing a panoramic view of Cherokee Lake. The property had everything you needed and more than enough space for everyone. We had guests coming in from different states and the property owners were extremely accommodating when we were working to pin down everyone's arrival dates! Thank you for a wonderful family vacation. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
Bear Den South
Nearest Point of Interest
Gilmore Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Hopper Bluff Estates Boat Ramp
Nearest Point of Interest
Garbage Drop Off
Nearest Point of Interest
Ritter Farm
Car: necessary

Cherokee Lake Dam has a great park and swimming beach (pebbles) about 15 min. away. Gilmore dock is around to the next large cove for fuel and fishing supplies. Boat rental is available on the lake.


Rates & Availability

Morristown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 6 2017 - May 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
May 24 2017 - May 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Laborday Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.75%

We require a short term agreement with the deposit at signing. Balance due 30 days prior to rental. Welcome letter with information on how to enter the property will be e-mailed. Monday prior to arrival. No Pets and Non Smoking property.

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