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Great location in Bear Lake - taking reservations now!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

All Club Fees included in the nightly rental amount.

This almost new mountain cottage has a master suite with king sized bed, a door leading to the covered front porch and a large master bathroom. On the other side of the house are 2 guest rooms with a shared bath. One guest room has a king bed and the other has 2 sets of bunk beds with adult comfortable mattresses.

The living/dining areas have cathedral ceilings, wood floors and are open to the kitchen. The well furnished screened porch, located through french doors from the living/dining area, offers an outdoor living area with TV and fireplace. There are two stone, wood burning fireplaces with gas starters - one in the living room and the other on the screened in porch. Easy to light and to enjoy!

The cottage sits between two streams which provides a perfect backdrop of flowing water. Across the street is the Millpond Pavilion which features an indoor living area with full kitchen, a large covered area with massive fireplace and 2 stocked, catch and release trout ponds-perfect for the kids! A great place for evening cocktails and a fire too.

You can enjoy winter activities within 1 hour of Bear Lake - Skiing at Cataloochee (toward Waynesville) or Sapphire Valley (toward Cashiers) and snow tubing and ice skating near Highlands at Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center.

Pets will be considered with a $100 pet fee.

More Details

Margie Ashburn
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About Margie Ashburn

We live in nearby Highlands, NC (another beautiful place) and built this cottage as a weekend getaway to enjoy the lake, golf course and great clubhouse! Our family is from Savannah, GA and moved up to the mountains to raise our family of 5 girls in 1985. We enjoy renting and house swapping all over - Mexico, California and the southeast.

Margie Ashburn purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Margie Ashburn chose Tuckasegee

Bear Lake Reserve is very unique. While we are 'in the middle of nowhere' you have every amenity at your fingertips without the crowds. You can visit many places during your stay at Bear Lake - Sylva - 20 minutes; Western Carolina University - 15 minutes; Cashiers - 30 minutes; Highlands - 45 minutes; Cherokee - 40 minutes; Asheville - 1 hour. Explore the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains from this spot and return to a very special place.

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage is situated close to the Greeter's Cottage (entrance) and just down the road (a few minute walk) from the Mill Pond with stocked trout ponds, streams, hiking trails, large covered pavilion with a huge fireplace (wood provided), bathrooms and a nice living room with fully equipped kitchen. A great gathering place for meals or just drinks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday on Bear Lake Reserve! What a wonderful gem that we have discovered and I know we will come back year after year. The Mill Pond House, where we stayed, was very cozy and had all the amenities of home and more! We loved sitting by the porch fireplace drinking wine, playing board games and listening to music ( wonderful Bose speaker provided) while in your home! I can't even begin to tell you how much fun we had exploring the Bear Lake grounds! We hiked, fished, kayaked and packed picnics that we enjoyed daily by one of the many outdoor fire pits along the way. I can't say enough about how much we loved this beautiful part of the world! This was definitely the most fun and relaxing Thanksgiving we have all had in a long time! Can't wait to come visit this summer and enjoy the many water activities and that POOL! Thank you for opening your vacation home to us! We will be back soon!
Nov 2012
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Bear Lake Reserve Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathrooms are tiled with granite counter tops. Master has a large shower and other bath has a tub/shower unit.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 2 sets of bunks
  • All linens, towels and pillows are furnished.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • waterfalls
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
1. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent at the Lake Club 2. Pontoon boats and jet skis also for rent at the Lake Club hourly, half-day, and full-day. 3. Movie theater available at clubhouse. Bring your own with some popcorn or a beverage! 4. Two Gas Fireplaces - one in family room, one on rear screened-in deck/patio. 5. Free internet (High Speed DSL)and long distance within U.S. 6. Propane gas grill on rear porch included. 7. Two tennis courts are located at the golf course. 8. Children's playroom in clubhouse. 9. Full restaurant available in clubhouse (lunch and dinner) Call for hours 10. Fully equipped fitness room in clubhouse. 11. Library area in clubhouse with wireless. 12. Fully equipped and furnished kitchen. 13.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Great location in Bear Lake - taking reservations now!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Charleston, SC


  • 5 of 5

Perfect summer vacation. House was clean, kitchen had everything we needed to cook family meals, and location in Bear Lake was perfect. Easy walk to the mill pond to fish and the pavilion for Friday night's show. Beautiful place. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our long Fall weekend in this beautiful house. It was convenient to be near the entrance of Bear Lake! The fireplace on the screened porch was a family favorite. The kitchen had every item I could possibly think of needing and the beds were very comfortable. We will definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bear Lake family reunion/birthday celebration!

  • 5 of 5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at Bear Lake and the Ashburn Cottage. It had everything we needed, it was in an easy to reach area of Bear Lake and was very quiet and cozy. We would very much recommend it to others. The owner was very helpful in providing additional information to help us maneuver around the area since we were unfamiliar with it.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cozy cabin!!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is located in the front of the Reserve shortly after you pass the front security office. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here. The place is nice and clean and the kitchen was stocked with all of the essentials and plenty of glasses, utensils and cookware. We sat on the back porch with fires every night and had coffee in the mornings with more fires either inside or outside. We had 2 couples and 3 kids and it was perfect! There is plenty of room to spread out as well with optimum seating. The drive to the Clubhouse is beautiful and the whole reserve itself is truly amazing. We have a meeting to discuss buying a cabin here....that's how much we loved it!!! Thank you Margie for letting us rent your beautiful cozy cabin!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All the amenities of home but in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

This was probably the most well furnished, comfortable, and tastefully decorated mountain house rental our family has ever visited. House was clean upon arrival, beds were super comfortable, and appliances (kitchen particularly) were either new or in almost new condition. We cooked all our meals at the house so am unable to comment on restaurants in the area, although the club house looked like it was serving up great food.

Margie was super helpful throughout the whole process and is very attentive and communicates well.

The only drawback was that the cable TV was missing NBC. It should've been there but for some reason there was no signal on the channel. Ok, normally, I would never watch TV in the mountains but the Olympics were on... I did not contact Margie regarding this as we were only there for 2 nights and we were DVRing the Olympics back at home. As we couldn't watch TV my wife enjoyed the transition from evening to night on the screen porch with a good bottle of Cab. Not a bad way to spend the evening.

I would certainly recommend this property to others, and plan on renting again next year for the Lake Logan triathlon weekend.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful mountain vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to Bear Lake and we thoroughly enjoyed it again! This unique community has a wealth of outdoor activities for the whole family. We spent time at the pool, paddle-boarding, rented jet ski's and tubed from a pontoon boat. Then we would return to the Ashburn's lovely home that was quite comfortable for our party of 7 (4 adults, 3 kids). The house had everything we needed (kitchen supplies, movies, etc) and the back porch was definitely a highlight. Margie was very responsive and accommodating. We look forward to our next trip to Bear Lake!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
66 Miles
Asheville, NC
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Within the resort
Nearest Motorway
38 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Within the resort
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Cataloochee Mountain, Maggie Valley

Bear Lake Reserve is located just 18 miles from Cashiers, NC and is located in the Tuckasegee Valley. We are also located 10 miles from Western Carolina University and the Sylva area.

You may use the amenities of Bear Lake for a fee of $30 per day. Our full service resort offers a 9 hole, Jack Nicklaus Design, mountaintop golf course; Lake Clubhouse with restaurant, bar, fitness center, pools, hot tubs, theater room and marina; boat rentals; tennis courts, 17 miles of hiking trails; amphitheater and covered pavilions with outdoor fireplaces.

Take advantage of many wonderful day trips - Cashiers, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Cherokee, The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, The Nantahala Ourdoor Center in Bryson City. All of these locations within an hour from Bear Lake Reserve.

Many people never leave the resort! In addition to golf, tennis, swimming, hiking and dining, the lake offers a multitude of activities. Pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks and canoes are available for rent to enjoy fishing, water skiing, hiking up the waterfall or just picnicking and sightseeing.


Rates & Availability

Bear Lake Reserve Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59

CLUB USE FEE (May-Nov) - This fee entitles you use of all of the resort amenities - pools, restaurant, golf, tennis, marina, fitness center, hiking trails and outdoor pavilions. There are fees for the following - golf, dining & boat rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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