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A Million Dollar View! Smoky Mountains - Sarahs Bear Heaven

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bd/ 2 Bath Sleeps 6

'Sarah's Bear Heaven' is a vaulted ceiling 'A' Frame ski Chalet minutes from the Ober Gatlinburg ski area and just a 5 min drive down ski mountain road to downtown Gatlinburg or the National Park entrance. Check out our video (third picture spot) and see more incredible views from the deck, the aerial tram to Ober Gatlinburg passing by, amazing close up guest video of a comical little wild bear family just 2 blocks from the chalet on the way down the mountain, and our favorite ending driving by wild turkeys at Cades Cove. The view from the front deck of the mountains and sunrises is incredible, watch the Tram from the front deck as it climbs up to the Ober Ski Lodge. The Chalet has two levels with a king bedroom on each equipped with beautiful wall mounted electric fireplaces. There is trundle bed in the loft that can convert to two twins, and a pull out queen sleeper sofa on the main floor. Amenities include a full kitchen, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, central heat A/C, wood burning natural stone fireplace (we supply some easy to use and clean burning duralogs), pool table room with electric fireplace and arcade game, board games, card table, and hot tub. New convenient 2 burner propane grill. Featured on HGTV's House Hunters episode #65 01! Come and experience what guests from our 63 first year bookings enjoyed as we continue to decorate the chalet with local artisan works and classic Gatlinburg bear and ski prints. Enjoy all the entertainment and action in downtown Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge including Ripley's Aquarium and Dollywood Amusement park, then escape up ski mountain road to the privacy of your own chalet. Take scenic drives to nearby Clingman's dome observation tower, follow a beautiful rushing river road off the Gatliburg bypass to Cades Cove, or take the roaring forks auto tour right out of Gatlinburg. The area has something for everyone from free Moonshine & wine tastings to the Arts and Craft Pittman center along Glades Rd with glass blowers, potters, and chainsaw carvers. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away in a real 'A' frame ski chalet or an unforgettable family vacation we welcome you to try a stay at Sarah's Bear Heaven Chalet.

You won't forget the view. Access to all three Chalet Village owners club areas and swimming pools from Memorial day through Labor day. Check out our links sections.

Enjoy several restaurant and attraction discount offers with the Owners Club guest pass.

You are just minutes from the Ober Gatlinburg ski area open year round, or try a mountain coaster ride.

Check out our review section, everyone has been very impressed with the view and our attempts to keep a rustic ski cabin feel to the tastefully decorated chalet.

***Our No Surprises Section- Stairs-Bears- 4wd in the winter***

1 -Do note the stairs to the chalet in picture #2 ( our stairway to heaven LOL) three flights , but well worth it when you see the view from our deck without that scary feel like you are falling off the edge of the mountain.

2- Bears can randomly wander through or if you are very lucky stop and eat berries, nuts, and wild plums in the trees at any cabin in the area especially in the late summer and fall as they get ready to hibernate. Do not leave food in your car or any trash outside. Never feed wild bears. They are special and amazing to see- ( cubs high in our plum tree is something we will never forget) but we do not need any more bear families killed for human mistakes please.

3- Gatlinburg does a great job with the roads in winter, but 4wd/ Awd is recommended in the winter. The roads to our Chalet village cabin are all paved but that awesome view comes from being in the mountains on the Gatlinburg skyline not far from the Ober Gatlinburg ski area.

Enjoy and check out our review section. Our over 100 guests have left great tips and advise.

More Details

Dan and Cathy Griffiths
Member since: 2014
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Dan and Cathy Griffiths

We are currently local's living on Douglas lake in nearby Dandridge, relocating from several other beautiful areas including Vancouver BC by the Rocky Mountains, Columbus Ohio, and Ontario Canada near Niagara Falls. We have been using vrbo to book our own vacations for several years now and prefer the flexibility of fully functional and private vacation homes over hotel rooms .

Dan and Cathy Griffiths purchased this chalet in 2014

Why Dan and Cathy Griffiths chose Gatlinburg

We love our house on the lake but always seem to be bringing guests to Gatlinburg. We missed the rocky mountain views of Vancouver, and one view from the deck sold us on this chalet. It's a view that needs to be shared. Close to the action and fun in Gatlinburg (plenty of live music on the weekends), but just a short drive up ski mountain road for plenty of relaxation, privacy, and scenic views at the chalet. We were used to mountain roads but found this was one we were more comfortable driving to (and we found the Gatlinburg bypass is a nice alt route if we want to avoid the city traffic and enter on the south side of town where the first light is ski mountain road). The front of the property is terraced with some stairs to climb, but you get to enjoy great mountain views without a scary 40ft drop off the edge of deck like other mountain side properties we have stayed at. You will see the town of Gatlinburg from our front deck and a great view of Mt Leconte.

Off street parking can handle up to 3 cars.

What makes this chalet unique

Watch the tram climb to the ski area. Most of the year when the tram windows are open you can hear the excitement as they gently swing over one of the main towers right ion front of the chalet. See the beautiful fall mountain leaves change color, and on the right day see why they call them the Smokies.

Most guests have commented on the incredible morning sunrises as they enjoyed coffee on the front deck, can be very colorful on the right day when there is a little breaking cloud cover.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Gatlinburg in United States

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please do not sit on the hot tub cover
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upper - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    lower - Toilet , Bath with Shower , convenient washer dryer, iron and hair dryer
  • It has two roomy bathrooms, one on each level. Washer/Dryer in lower .
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , queen sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Trundle bed in loft that can convert two seperate twins
  • This Chalet has two levels with a king size bed on each level with beautiful electric fireplaces, trundle bed in the loft can turn into two twins, and a queen leather pull out sofa in the main living area.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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A Million Dollar View! Smoky Mountains - Sarahs Bear Heaven
average rating of 4.775641 based on 156 reviews

The view, the view, the view

  • 5 of 5

Sarah's bear haven was amazing. If you can't tell from my review title, the view was incredible. My wife and I loved going out on the front deck in the morning with some coffee to take in the scenery. The chalet was great too. Everything was clean and well accommodated and had the type of cabin vibes my wife and I were looking for. We would definitely recommend staying here to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great, glad you enjoyed.
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Wonderful place and the view was a million dollar view! Dan and Cathy were great to work with!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great trip and the chalet was wonderful. The view was incredible to wake up to every day, it was very clean, bigger then expected, and the kids, and us, loved all the amenities that came with the place. We had the best trip and cant wait to go back! Thanks for a wonder chalet Dan and Cathy, we will definitely be coming back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot close to town that had all you need

  • 4 of 5

We had a great 4 night stay here. Stayed with our two young boys and had all that we needed. The great thing about this place is that it is close to town and you won’t spend forever on the mountain getting there, but still has great views. We got in the hot tub a few times, and relaxed on the porch and living areas. Very relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely view, easy driving distance to everything ! Clean and cozy ! Enjoyed our time there !

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing view and a bear too!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent 4 fabulous days at this cabin with our 4 boys (ages 4-11). We all loved it! It was exactly what we expected based on previous reviews. Three full flights of stairs leading up to the porch, but well worth it when you see the view. Plenty of things to keep the kids entertained with a pool table, arcade game, board games and more. We had a visit from the bear only an hour after we arrived. He surprised us by walking past the front door. After that I think our boys were loud enough to keep him away, but we did see a bear walking along the road twice right down the street. We had a great time at this cabin and found it to be clean and comfortable and close to Gatlinburg. Fantastic vacation spot!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning views and lots of bears!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, and my two children and their spouses recently stayed a week at Sarah’s Bear Heaven. Everything was exactly as described on the internet and the view was amazing!! We enjoyed the hot tub several evenings, the kitchen was well stocked with everything needed for cooking, and there was always lots of water pressure and hot water - even after several showers . And.... if you choose to stay here because you want to see bears , you will not be disappointed!!! We had three different Bear encounters and it was one of the best parts of over trip! We are already planning a return trip!!! Oh, one more thing. We left some clothes in the dryer and the owners mailed them back to us at their expense - they were wonderful to work with and punctual in responding . We got our deposit refunded the day after we returned home!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
McGhee Tyson Knoxville Tn
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Texas Road House, Calhoun's (BBQ), TGI Friday's
Nearest Ski
1.4 Miles
Ober Gatliburg
Car: necessary

1/2 mile to Ober Gatlinburg ski area, Gatlinburg (3.8 mi), and Pigeon Forge Tourist Attractions including Dollywood theme park (13 mi). Great views of the Smoky mountain's changing seasons, and short scenic drives to Clingman's Dome, Cades Cove, Pitman Center Arts and Craft community


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £54.08
Refundable Damage Deposit £77.25

Holidays and special events...................................$190.00/night
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
*** 100% Refund if canceled within 30 days**

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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