Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi

Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi


Property Details

Updated: Sep 11, 2014
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths (Sleeps 4-8)

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, and the new Titanic exhibit. 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 new 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.

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 a unique 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 bath, along with a 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. It includes a love seat, which may be converted into a twin bed. 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 WHIRLPOOL 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!

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We (Jan and Bob Thelen) are from Lansing Michigan have been visiting the Smoky Mountains the past 30+ years.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Bob & Jan;

Thank you so much for letting us stays in your home. We love Tennessee so much. This is the first time we stayed in your cabin and we really enjoyed it so much.

God Bless you and your family.

June 28, 2011
Jun 2011
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Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Beautiful cabin!

  • 5 of 5
We were very impressed with the cabin. It was so clean, beautiful and so very roomy. I loved the hottub on the back screened in deck. My daughter had her very own space in the studio apartment on the lower deck. We also enjoyed using the indoor pool. This is a place that we will definitely be wanting to stay at again! I appreciate how kind Bob was in getting our reservation squared away so quickly. This was the best cabin we have ever rented!
  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. I was pleased we were able to arrange your reservation quickly so you and your family could plan a last minute weekend getaway.

I knew your daughter would love the lower level studio apartment!

Bob Thelen
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Excellent cabin in a great location

  • 5 of 5
7 of us, 6 adults and 1 child, stayed at this cabin for 4 mights. The cabin is in great condition and is spacious. The owners are nice. There's a good view of the Smokies from the top floor. Grocery store, gas station etc. are within walking distance. Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountain National Park are a few minutes away by car. The hot tub is a great way to relax after a long day of hiking. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. I think you hit on what I hear most often from guests--the cabin is spacious and clean, close to shopping, the Parkway, Dollywood and the National Park! Yes that Hot tub is nice after a long day hiking. Guests also like the internet service in the cabin if they need to stay connected!

Bob Thelen
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Radford, VA

Beautiful cabin, great location

  • 4 of 5
Our family of 7 really enjoyed staying in this beautiful cabin. My husband and I used the lower apartment and let the adult children and teenagers use the upstairs. They loved both the indoor and outdoor pools! It is also very convenient to all the activities and a grocery store. This made getting around very convenient. I would have given 5 stars but we didn't have enough sheets and towels when we arrived and when I called to get more I still did not receive complete sheet sets. I don't like to complain and this was a minor inconvenience. We made do and loved our time at this cabin. We hope to rent this cabin again in the future. I will add the communication with the owner is wonderful and he is very kind and friendly. A great person to work with.
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: I'm pleased you loved the cabin, the amenities of the resort and the convenient location. Sorry about the sheets, I have worked with this cleaning company for three years and have never had a problem with the supply of sheets.. I have reminded the cleaning company of the importance of ensuring that all supplies were in the cabin.
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Kathy J.

  • 5 of 5
This is by far the best cabin we have stayed in, everything was just as pictured and neat and clean. We loved the separate unit downstairs, perfect for us as we had our daughters boyfriend with us. We plan on staying again soon. Bob was wonderful to work with and very helpful.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Kathy, thanks for you nice comments. Guests love the location as well as the lower efficiency unit. It gives you the feel of two separate cabins. Great for two couples, teenagers or in your case, your daughters boyfriend. Hope you return to Bears Retreat!

Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

A BEAUTIFUL cabin in a PERFECT Location!!

  • 5 of 5
Thank you so much for allowing my family and me spend time in your cabin. It was very spacious, clean and exactly what was shown in the pictures. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it was in the perfect location to all of the areas that we wanted to visit. We are looking forward to another visit.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Yes, it is a great location as it is close to all major activities in the Pigeon Forge area. We appreciate our cleaning company as they take good care of our cabin and our available if guest have any needs.
Luxury Cabin with All the Amenities, Pools, Wi-Fi
+1 517 321-4630
Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Beautiful cabin!

  • 5 of 5
Thank You! Perfect place for our family of 5! When we departed somehow my husband forgot to grab his wallet. We called Mr. Thelon's house keeper, she was able to locate the wallet. He had it back in just a few days! The deposit for the cabin was also returned very quickly. Located just a couple of minutes off stop light #3! It's exactly like the pictures!
  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you got the wallet back. We appreciate our housekeeper taking good care of you. This reminded me of last summer when we were staying in a cabin in Ohio and I left a charger for my phone. The cabin company found the charge but wanted $35.00 to send it back to me. Naturally I will never stay in this cabin again!

Bob Thelen


From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

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!


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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer
Aug 18 2014 - Sep 18 2014
2 night minimum stay
Sep 19 2014 - Nov 3 2014
2 night minimum stay
late Fall
Nov 4 2014 - Nov 20 2014
2 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2014 - Dec 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2015 - Mar 12 2015
2 night minimum stay
Mar 13 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day/ Early summer
May 22 2015 - Jun 25 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $50
  • cleaning fee $65 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 12.25%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


Property Type

  • cabin


  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Budget


  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...


  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Heated Pool
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Mountain


  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • shopping
  • scenic drives
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • swimming
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • whitewater rafting
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Half 1 - toilet
  • Full 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen


  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...


  • Guests provide their own meals
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