|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
This home was very nice & we had a most enjoyable time! The furnishings were beautiful & the kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need to prepare meals. The porch was lovely & we enjoyed sitting out there listening to the babbling stream. Great vacation spot!
Our family recently visited BLR and stayed at the Ashburn Cottage. We were very pleased with the cottage. It was clean, nicely decorated and had a very cozy feel. The kitchen was well stock with everything we needed and more. Being close to the amphitheater and mill pond was very entertaining for our kids. Also, Margie was extremely helpful with booking and making further arrangements with the cottage. Overall, a fantastic stay and our best experience at BLR so far!
Margie, my family and I loved our stay at your home at Bear Lake Reserve this summer. The home was very clean, comfortable, had everything we needed, and was exactly as promised. The setting was wonderful! We enjoyed canoeing on the lake, swimming in the pool, and having lunch at the lodge. We also enjoyed a day in Asheville (including a visit to the Biltmore Estate), visiting a beautiful waterfall (Glen Falls), and visiting the Harrah's casino (all within a reasonable drive). The Mill Pond was a little paradise and the running stream provided calming background music as we enjoyed the screened in back porch. We will definitely recommend your home and Bear Lake Reserve to friends and family - and we look forward to a return visit!
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
|Refundable damage deposit||$350|
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. In addition to the payment of the Club Use Fee, there are fees for the following - golf, dining & boat rentals.
CLUB USE FEE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THIS INVOICE
E CHECKS PREFERRED. 2.5% FEE FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.