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Charming Bear Paw Cabin with Spectacular View of Lake Hiwassee

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

This was the dam superintendent's home where such guests as President Roosevelt stayed when he visited the Hiwassee Dam. Years later Navy Seals stayed in the house when they were training in the area.

We bought and Hilltop because of its outstanding view of the lake and the mountains. We added a bedroom and 2 new bathrooms to make it our fit our family. Now it has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms! It is located on a mountain top in the gated community of Bear Paw on Lake Hiwassee. It is in walking distance of the tennis courts, pool, basketball court, children's playground and fishing pond. The nearby marina has boats available for rent.

The delightful cabin has all you need for a peaceful vacation. The kitchen with its granite countertops is ready for cooking. You will find everything you need for preparing and serving meals except the food. There are four bedrooms with 2 doubles, 2 queens and two twin beds. The cabin has wireless internet, so it makes it easy to check your email. The large screen porch provides an ideal spot to drink your morning coffee or watch the sunset over the lake. On the porch you will find a wonderful farm table for great meals and enjoyment. This is a family friendly house with books to read and games to play. We welcome you to sample our “little bit of heaven”.

Keywords: Cabin

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 March, 2018

Why Ellen chose Murphy

My husband decided to purchase this property while I was at the grocery store because of the remarkable view of the lake and the mountains!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Murphy in Shoal Creek

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • House is to be kept in neat & tidy condition. All trash must be taken to dumpster before leaving. Do not remove any furnishings from the property for
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming Bear Paw Cabin with Spectacular View of Lake Hiwassee
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Lovely cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin and lovely view! We really enjoyed spending Thanksgiving week with our family! Everything was perfect! So thankful to the owners for sharing their beautiful place!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are blessed to have such a wonderful family at our cabin. We thank them for staying there over the holidays. Ellen
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Clean and well equipped

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time with our family during our stay in this cabin. Cabin was spotless! Kitchen well equipped for cooking for 10. Beds were better than ours at home. Only issue was because it was cold (5 degrees on morning) we had to spend most time indoors. The living room was small for 8 adults and 2 children. It would have been nice to have been able to use the porch. Then space would not have been an issue at all.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family cabin with spectacular view!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was clean and the owners made sure lights were on for our late arrival. We ate most meals on the large screened in porch with a great view of the lake and mountains. The location was an easy drive for apple picking at Mercer Orchards and Murphy. We will certainly look to stay here again in the future. The cabin is well stocked with most anything you'd need for lots of cooking and family time. The owners were very helpful and responsive to any questions we had.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, peaceful refuge

  • 5 of 5

We evacuated from Florida for Hurricane Irma and found Charming Bear Paw Cabin to be a safe, peaceful, charming home on the very top of a mountain overlooking Lake Hiwassee far below. The home is very clean, tastefully decorated, inviting, peaceful and well maintained. The kitchen has every imaginable amenity and is better stocked with appliances, pots, pans, dishes and utensils than my own kitchen! There are tables and chairs to seat more than a dozen people. The beds are comfortable and it was such a pleasant surprise to find 3 full bathrooms! The home has an extra large screened porch that spans the front of the home with a half dozen rocking chairs, large dining table, benches, telescope, outdoor heater and extra seating. We spent several hours in the rocking chairsf on the porch listening to the birds and enjoying the scenery. There is a 24 hour guard house at the entrance as well as a nice playground and community pool which was clean and well maintained. We rented a pontoon boat at the marina less than a mile from the cabin and spent a wonderful afternoon on the lake. The Hiwassee Dam is also within a mile of the cabin and has a very pretty park and overlook of the lake. My grandson fished in the river below the dam and in the lake above the dam. The owners are gracious and attentive and easy to contact. I'm so glad we stumbled on this little gem and look forward to returning!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have your family. We were thankful you didn't have any damage and were able to enjoy Bear Paw!
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Alovely relaxing week with a beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Everything was so nice, the house is huge with multiple bedrooms, baths, etc. The owners have everything you could possibly need by way of dishes, pans, etc. and the porch overlooking the lake is a perfect way to have coffee in the morning and a cocktail at night! Really impressed....

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to go back for another visit!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at Hilltop cabin/cottage! It is charming, very clean, spacious and comfortable with everything we needed to feel relaxed and enjoy our stay. Very well equipped kitchen, soft sheets and towels, comfy beds and den furniture. The wood panelling, stained glass and several pottery pieces added to the charm and character. We all agreed our favorite place was the awesome screened porch lined with blooming hydrangeas along the front. With the ceiling fans and plenty of rockers, it was awesome to sit and enjoy the view of the lake and mountains especially at sunset and the large farm table was great to enjoy breakfasts, dinners, and nightly games. Ellen, the owner, is great to work with and responds quickly. We so enjoyed the beauty and peacefulness of Lake Hiawassee. Was great to explore by boat as well as water ski, tube and swim. Mountain View Marina is just down the street from the cabin: nice facility, very friendly owners, great customer service. If you have AT&T like we do, there is only a Verizon tower in the area so AT&T cell service is not good for most of the surrounding area. Thankfully we did get a couple of bars in the driveway of the cabin and the kitchen area probably because it sits up on top of a mountain. The cabin wifi worked great for internet service.

This was a last minute opportunity for our family of 4 to getaway this year and it turned out to be such a blessing! It couldn't have been any better. Fall would be spectacular with leaves changing colors and the cool, crisp mountain air. I highly recommend Hilltop Cabin/Cottage. Can't wait to go back for another visit! Thank you Ellen!!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the cabin and Bear Paw. It was our pleasure to share it with your family. We hope you can return. Ellen Banks
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £101.09
Pet Fee £72.21
Damage Deposit £144.42

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.