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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 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.

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Stinson Suite daylight basement apartment, with its own private entrance, offers historic charm with modern-day amenities including:

**High quality, fully equipped kitchen with electric stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator. Small appliances include toaster, mixer, crock pot and electric teapot. 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.

**Beautiful living room with ample seating, dining, games, high speed Wifi, large smart HDTV with Cable, 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, water bottles, bedside radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports for charging your devices, high speed Wifi (lower ceiling - 7'10").

**Full bed, luxury bedding and linens, full length mirror, luggage rack, water bottles, bedside radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports for charging your devices, high speed Wifi. (lower ceiling - 7'4")

**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 housing needs.

More Details

Steve and Sharman Sherfey
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This 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:
19 August, 2018

About Steve and Sharman Sherfey

The Bear House is a beautifully restored 6,900 square foot house built in 1890. 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 year and brought great joy sharing The Bear House and meeting so many wonderful guests.

Steve and I live on the 1st floor of the 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 and think you will have a wonderful stay!

Steve and Sharman Sherfey purchased this apartment in 1992


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in St. Elmo Improvement League in Chattanooga

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Historic Bear House 1890 (Stinson Suite) Perfect Location! Charming St Elmo!
average rating of 5.0 based on 48 reviews

Fantastic experience! Very clean and had all that was needed and more!

  • 5 of 5



  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joel: Thank you so much for your review and staying with us here at The Bear House. We appreciate you noticing the kitchen. Our goal is to furnish the 4 (soon to be 5) spaces here at The Bear House with the same quality that we would want in our home. Thank you for noticing. Please come again anytime! Sincerely, Steve and Sharman
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Tampa, Florida

Beautiful building and rooms

  • 5 of 5

Steve was an excellent host and greeted us very warmly when we first arrived. The room was in immuculate condition and fully stocked with fresh fruit, candy and coffee! We only here a few days but really enjoyed our stay. We would rent this property again!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming accommodations

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend the Stinson suite and the historic bear house to any traveler. The hosts were gracious and the suite was full of special comfort features. The beds were comfortable , the linen fresh and crisp. I appreciated having coffee and tea supplied . The bathroom was also fully stocked,making it very convenient if one forgot to pack any personal products. I was also impressed that they included products from local businesses. The location was convenient to many attractions. Definitely a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The Stinson Suite was such a great find. The location was perfect and the property was beautiful. It was so nice having a kitchen with basic cooking necessities, as well as a fully stocked coffee bar! There was a beautiful courtyard and patio area to eat outside. It is clear that every detail has been paid attention and it was very clean, inside and out! I do want to add one thing, however, that this IS a basement apartment. (we knew that before booking) If you are fit with no health or respiratory issues, this is a fantastic place. However, we did find there to be a bit of a musty smell (especially if the air temp was above 68 degrees), which was a concern for us as our young son has respiratory issues. Again, it wasn't too bad, and if we ever travel back without the kids I would absolutely stay here again. I just wanted to add that note in case someone else has the same concerns. There are other above ground suites that I am sure would not have that smell and be perfect, as well!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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McKinney - outside of Dallas, TX

Fantastic place to stay!! The Best!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was absolutely perfect from the comfortable beds to chocolate treats. The place was extremely clean and the kitchen perfectly stocked. We walked to restaurants and the Incline Railway. Fantastic place to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northport, Alabama

By far the best rental I've ever stayed at!

  • 5 of 5

It would take me a day to write a book about how great this place is. The owners are great and very thoughtful. From giving us a little story about the background to the house, to leaving a stuffed bear on the doorknob for my daughter after checking in, to the chocolates all over the house, complimentary waters, fresh fruit, a few different items in the pantry to snack on like moon pies and popcorn. The bathroom was stocked with all kinds of things that one might need. My daughter and I really enjoyed our stay. We will definitely be back!!! Thank you! The only thing I didn't like was the smoke detector right by the stove. It didn't like when I cooked bacon :)

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
CHA (Chattanooga)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
1885 Grill
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Mocassin Bend Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
1185 Grill, MojoBurrito, Purple Daisy, Thai, Pizza


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in St. Elmo Improvement League, Tennessee

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £39.22

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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