About the property
- Cabin1500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths, remodeled kitchen (Sleeps up to six)
Big Bear Lodge and Resort is minutes from the Parkway but built on a quiet peaceful bluff overlooking Pigeon Forge. Our 1,500 square foot duplex cabin is a great Smoky Mountain getaway not far from a variety of attractions including: the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Dollywood Theme Park, the Titanic exhibit and the new Carl Ripkin Experince . Also choose activities from white water rafting to a Zipline adventure. Step out nearby to a large selection of restaurants, outlet shopping malls including “5 Oaks”; a huge mall with 100’s of stores only minutes from the cabin. We are also just a half mile from the Wear Farm City Park. At the park with be baseball/softball fields, playground and walkway. Many softball tournaments are schedule for the park. You can walk from the cabin to the park if you desire. We are also minutes from the Island in Pigeon Forges. One of the newest attractions with great restaurants and activities for all ages.
In January 2016, we completed major improvements to Bears’ Retreat. This included: new leather sleeper sofa and side chair in the living room and as well as a leather love seat in the loft. In addition the kitchen was updated with granite counter tops and a new sink, faucet and disposal. New bedding was added to both beds and sleeper sofas and an elegant duvet was added in the master bedroom. We also switched cleaning companies and now work with one person who only cleans a few highly rated cabins in Pigeon Forge.
Inside the cabin, you’ll find three levels that are more like home than anyplace you’ve ever stayed: the main level, the second floor and the lower level walkout apartment or Studio Suite. On each level, we’ve added decorating touches throughout that you rarely find in any other vacation property. As an example, we’ve included classic fine art prints and local artist renditions of this beautiful location. We’ve also added lots of pillows, stuffed bears, and cozy throws. This cabin also features hardwood floors and leather furniture. Parking is available on both the main and lower levels of the cabin.
On the main level, relax near the huge stone fireplace with its nearby large flat screen TV housed in an armoire. For larger groups, the leather couch makes into a queen size bed. In the full kitchen, you’ll find everything you need to prepare a delicious home cooked meal, or you may opt to grill something on the large lower-level Studio Suite deck. Either way, you’ll be able to recharge your energies and enjoy being in the uniquely beautiful area of East Tennessee.
Just off the kitchen, you can enjoy a four person hot tub set in a large screened in porch. Enjoy the night air wafting through the screens while relaxing in the hot soothing water. A large half bathroom, along with a full size washer and dryer, is also located on this level.
On the second level, at the top of the stairs you will find a loft sitting area just outside the private master bedroom suite. This vaulted space overlooks the main floor and includes a love seat. You’ll also find a large computer desk, books, reference materials, excellent lighting and a CD player.
Pass through the loft and you’ll be amazed at the size of the master bedroom suite with full bathroom and balcony. Each day you can view the beautiful Smoky Mountains from this suite. This balcony is perfect location for your morning coffee. The king size bed has multiple pillows, a coverlet and many throws should you need them. Relax with your own media choices by taking advantage of your own TV/DVD in this suite. Large chests of drawers are available for all your belongings.
The lower level Studio Suite is a separate apartment that is ideal when a larger group of travelers chooses Bears Retreat. This living space is perfect for another couple or children and comes equipped with a kitchenette that includes a microwave, coffee maker, sink and mini refrigerator. A recently added Foosball table means fun for all! This level is accessed by a convenient stairway to the main living area and, if desired, a private outdoor entrance. This Studio Suite also opens to a large deck with gas grill and hi-top seating for four. You and your family or friends will love the extra space and tasteful décor of this Studio Suite that includes pictures and paintings of Smoky Mountain areas such as Cades Cove.
In this second living area, you’ll find another large stone gas fireplace. You can relax with a flat screen TV above the mantel. The burgundy leather couch opens into a queen size bed. Amenities include a full-size bathroom with shower and a soaking tub! The private bedroom in this suite includes a TV and CD player.
Our cabin, Bear’s Retreat, is part of Big Bear Lodge and Resort. The Following amenities are available at Big Bear Lodge and Resort:
* Onsite community outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
* Onsite community indoor swimming pool and hot tub
* On-site community game room
* On-site community fitness room
* On-site community meeting facility
Welcome! We feel blessed to have you as our guests. Whatever your vacation plans while visiting the Smoky Mountain area, you’ll develop great memories at Big Bear lodge and Resort and our unique Bear’s Retreat.
You’ll never want to leave; our guests often return year after year!
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Robert Thelen
We (Jan and Bob Thelen) are from Lansing Michigan have been visiting the Smoky Mountains the past 30+ years.
Robert Thelen purchased this Cabin in 2002
Why Robert Thelen chose Pigeon Forge
After visiting the area on many occasions we had an opportunity to purchase our duplex cabin. After looking at many cabins we felt Big Bear Lodge had the amenities we desired—close to all activities but still quite and peaceful. We purchased in 2002 when the resort was being developed. For eight years we worked with various rental management companies and were never satisfied with the services they provided. In February, 2012 we decided to rent through VRBO and HomeAway so we could have more control over the rental process and provide a better experience for our guest.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This cabin is home away from home. My family and I brought my son and his friends to celebrate his 15th birthday. The cabin was equipped with everything we needed and more. Full kitchen appliances a grill and bar set up on lower deck a hot tub on main floor with its own privacy deck. Down stairs suite was perfect for the teenagers to watch tv play foosball hangout and have privacy. The furniture and decor was absolutely beautiful. We plan to return in September just to get away. We had so much fun at this cabin. The owners were very nice and quick to respond. They give you any information you need and put together a guide of the cabin for your stay.they make you feel more like family.Thank you so much we felt like home!!
Nicest VRBO stay yet!
The cabin and amenities were both nice and well organized. Open concept with lots of natural light. We went as two couples with a bed on the bottom floor and another on the top floor with living space in the middle. No concerns with disturbing the other couple. Thank you!
Love the area
The cabin was clean and in a great location! Loved the hot tub and the set up in the cabin- the only issue I had is that no one told us the pool was closed so that was disappointing cause we actually came a day early just to hang out at the pool. The gym was small and there were no fan or windows so it was to hot to work out in.
Pleased you enjoy your time at the cabin and the hot tub--folks love to hang out around the hot tub.
Sorry about the pool--I wish you had asked I would have told you the outdoor pool was not opening until May 21. Of course the indoor pool is open year around. Sorry about the hear in the gym!
Hope to see you back at Big bear Lodge and Resort!
This was our first time in Pigeon Forge, and we couldn't have been happier. The cabin is beautiful and has everything you would want and need. The owner Bob answered all of our questions right away and made us feel so welcome. The location of the cabin is great as well. It's just a short drive to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and you have Kroger and Publix nearby. So convenient! I highly recommend this cabin, you will not regret it! Thank you, Bob, for a great vacation.
loved it and owner was cool
Clean, well stocked, loved screened porch with hot tub. Very comfy beds.
Thanks for your review. Guest love the hot tub--even in February! Good cleaning person ensures our cabin is always clean and ready for our guests.
Great Floor plan for Grandparents!!
We really enjoyed our stay. The floor plan was great for our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandkids (boys). They really enjoyed the indoor pool, game room and the hot tub in the condo building. We were close to all the attractions, grocery stores and restaurants. The interior decor was adorable and clean. We would definately stay here again. The boys didn't want to leave. We (grandparents) really enjoyed our privacy in the upstairs suite.
Thanks for the great review--not much to add. You covered all of the reasons guests love the cabin.
Hope to see you back at "Bears Retreat".
Bob & JanThelen
Please read our guest book and you will become aware of why guest love “Bear's Retreat” at Big Bear Lodge Resort. Within one mile there are great restaurants and shopping. Within three-five miles children ( adults) will find Dollywood with its wonderful rides, castles, musical reviews and the newest attraction, Dollywood Water Park. Nearby you will also find skiing, golf, river rafting, and not to be gotten, the historic and well known Smoky Mountains. Also, enjoy one of the newest attractions in Pigeon Forge; the Titanic Museum. There are more then enough activities to keep you busy a week!