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Historic Bear House 1890 (Sherfey Suite) Perfect Location! Charming St Elmo!

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 BR, 1 BA, Close To Everything, First Class Property

The best of everything! Refined luxury, detailed amenities, large beautiful property. Walk to local restaurants, shops, grocery store, hiking and biking trails, tourist attractions. Less than 4 miles from Aquarium, all downtown, mountain and waterfront activities.

Sherfey Suite (Carriage house), with its own private 1st floor entrance, offers historic charm with modern-day amenities, including:

**High quality, fully equipped small kitchen with electric stove, microwave, refrigerator. Small appliances include toaster, mixer, and crock pot. The hospitality center comes equipped with Keurig and a well stocked variety of coffee, teas and hot chocolate and related condiments. The basics are kept stocked for your convenience: paper towels, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, foils and plastic wrap, salt and pepper, spices, olive oil, canola oil, sugar and some breakfast items. Chocolates and fresh fruit are always included!

**Beautiful living room with ample seating, dining, games, high speed Wifi, large smart HDTV with Amazon Prime and Netflix - a wonderful gathering space for you to relax and enjoy your visit.

**Resource center in living room with office supplies, vacations guides, reading materials.

**Queen bed, luxury bedding and linens, iron and ironing board, full length mirror, luggage racks, bedside radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports for charging your devices, Smart TV with Amazon Prime and Netflix.

**Spacious full size bathroom with bathtub/shower combination (rain head faucet), hair dryer, and specialty toiletries from nationally known local store Good Fortune (soaps, body wash, bath salts, lotion), luxury towels and numerous amenities.

**Separate laundry room with large capacity washer and dryer.

Our spacious property offers many opportunities for gathering spaces outdoors. The large old-fashioned front porch, courtyard garden and gazebo are wonderful spots for morning coffee, a special evening meal, or a place to relax in a comfortable chair with a good book. The special garden areas, and larger outdoor seating areas provide additional space for your enjoyment. Be sure to explore the carved bears placed around the property and hear their story! In the spring and summer, help yourself to the blackberries and small vegetable garden. And don’t miss the scavenger hunt; over 40 sculptured animals roam the property for you to find.

Centrally located in Chattanooga and the trendy St Elmo Historic District, our beautiful historic home provides the perfect accommodations to create a truly memorable experience. Pampered with on-site attention you’ll feel taken care of from your first inquiry until the end of your stay, whether it is a short trip or a few months. With over 25 years experience in the rental property business, we specialize in a broad spectrum of lodging needs, from quick getaways, to out of town family and friends, to corporate rentals and short term rentals.

More Details

Steve and Sharman Sherfey
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2018

About Steve and Sharman Sherfey

The Bear House is a beautifully restored property with the 6,500 sq ft main house and 2,000 sq ft Carriage house. We have lived here for 25 years, raising our four children and enjoying this small community (St Elmo) within the city. Our long-term plan has been to share this special property as a B&B/Short Term Rental when we retired.

We opened as The Bear House in March of 2017. It has been a truly special adventure and brought great joy sharing The Bear House and meeting so many wonderful guests.

Steve and I live on the 1st floor of the main house, which is completely separate from the 2nd story listings as well as the basement/lower level listing. In addition, we have the Carriage House with 2 listings. We are proud of The Bear House 1890 property and think you will have a wonderful stay!

Steve and Sharman Sherfey purchased this apartment in 1992


St. Elmo Improvement League Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The spacious bathroom is renovated with high end fixtures and stocked with amenities. There are 2 mirrored areas for 2 people to get ready at the same time..Private toilet closet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom has a large Smart HDTV with Amazon Prime and Netflix, reading nook, high end furnishings, luxury bedding and linens, radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Historic Bear House 1890 (Sherfey Suite) Perfect Location! Charming St Elmo!
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Perfect weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this little apartment and the Bear House. The area is quiet and very close to everything! There is a coffee shop and eateries within walking distance and a short drive to local attractions and downtown Chattanooga. Easy to find and access from every location we visited. The grounds are kept in very good order with little gardens and cozy places to sit outside and relax. The accommodations were exceptionally clean and inviting. We loved the little extra touches. There was a wonderful selection of coffee and creamer, and also some chamomile tea for relaxing. Loved the bath and body products from a local supplier! The hosts were extra friendly and courteous! We enjoyed visiting and talking with them! Thanks so much for your hospitality! We will definitely be staying with them again when visiting Chattanooga!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very quaint place with all kinds of personal touches!!

  • 5 of 5

Location was ideal! Quiet street, but close to Rock City, Incline Railroad and Ruby Falls. Excellent restaurants within walking distance! Also mins from downtown Chattanooga! Kitchen was well stocked with lots of extras! Bed was super comfy and bath linens were luxurious! We will definitely recommend to family and friends!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pensacola, FL

Upscale Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed four nights in the Sherfey Suite. We couldn’t have been happier and will definitely stay there if we return to the area. The apartment was very clean and the most well-stocked place I have stayed. The linens were of the best quality. The towels thick, soft, and absorbent and the sheets were the softest I have ever slept on. The best place I have stayed. The Sherfeys are quick to respond and are very friendly. Thank you Steve and Sharman!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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very nice property, the yard and carriage house was beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Most well stocked place we every stayed!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great people and amazing suit

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved everything about this place!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True Southern charm

  • 5 of 5

From the convenient location and the well-appointed rooms, to the graciousness of the hosts and the beauty of the grounds, the Historic Bear House 1890 is a place I hope to return to, and will recommend to friends and family visiting the Chattanooga area.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
CHA (Chattanooga)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
1885 Grill, The Tap House
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Moccasin Bend Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
1885 Grill, Mojo Burrito, Purple Daisy, Mr T's,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.