Last summer our trip to Greece was cancelled due to Covid and we scrambled to find another destination for family’s summer vacation. I discovered Bear Lake Heaven online and thought is sounded perfect but was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough there to entertain the kids for the entire stay. I couldn’t have been more wrong!!!
From the moment we arrived, we were blown away! The pictures online could never adequately capture just how stunning and immense this property is. It felt like we’d literally slipped into our own peace of heaven! The crystal-clear water and mountain peaks on all sides was just stunning.
The kids were up and out the door every morning – swimming, fishing, tubing, hiking, tennis, volleyball, jet skiing, boating, sunbathing, paddle boarding, kayaking, soccer, sandcastles, corn hole… there was literally never a dull moment!
I had looked into side excursions when planning the trip, but we never left the grounds the entire week! No one wanted to leave the sanctity of our lake front sanctuary. It felt as if we had a 5-star resort to ourselves… the house was stocked with everything and anything you could think of!
The incredible house manager, Amy, brought us everything we needed regarding food requests and additional supplies throughout our stay – and handled any other requests like arranging daily massages and a personal chef. The housekeeping staff kept everything spotless, and the maintenance crew kept the grounds meticulous.
I was pleasantly surprised when Keith, the owner, personally called us during our stay to make sure we had everything we needed and to make sure we checked out the nearby waterfall. He sent over an additional tube for the kids, when I mentioned how much fun they were having on the water!
I truly can’t say enough about how special our week at Bear Lake Heaven was… literally one of the best vacations we’ve ever had! We can’t wait to go back!
literally one of the best vacations we’ve ever had
There are not enough words to describe how pleased and grateful we are for our wedding at Bear Lake Heaven. It is the ideal place for an intimate wedding with family and friends where you can enjoy the privacy of the 80-acre property and relax in one of the most beautiful and pristine places you’ll ever visit.
Not only do you get to enjoy the properties private beaches, hiking trails, and boating as you get ready for your big day, but you also have access to the Bear Lake Resort where you can take advantage of everything the club has to offer including the amazing golf course, restaurant, pool, gym and tennis/pickleball. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore the area more, you can take a 20 min drive to Sylva where there are restaurants, shops, and breweries such as Lazy Hiker, Innovation and Nantahala. One day some of our guests played 9 holes of golf, headed to a brewery in Sylva for lunch and back to Bear Lake Heaven in the afternoon for a dip in the lake before a BBQ dinner on the lakeside patio. Other guests preferred to take it easy and enjoyed reading, laying out or grabbing a quick nap by the beach. It’s literally the best of both worlds!
The resort and vendors (ones listed on the site we used) in the area can provide the service and quality to put on a high-end wedding on the estate.
Chef Johannes Klapdohr of the Library Kitchen in Sapphire treated our guests to an amazing farm to table meal with seasonal vegetables and locally sourced meats. He worked closely with us to customize a menu that fit the dietary needs and preferences of all our guests. It was truly one of the best meals we’ve ever had.
With Asheville (which is known for its growing music scene) being so close you have a variety of top-level bands/musicians to choose from. We were extremely pleased to book the Knotty G’s an incredible husband-and-wife acoustic duo (they do have a full band as well) who play a wide variety of genres. They were perfect not only for playing appropriate music during the cocktail reception/dinner but also ramping it up for dancing at the after the party.
Ingrid Molliner (Molliner Photography) and her team were rock stars for us and really went above and beyond just the photography. Ingrid is very detailed and cares deeply about the overall experience of the wedding (she was basically our wedding planner) She helped us come up with the ideal run of show for the wedding which would provide the best opportunities to take advantage of the beautiful natural setting for our photos (see photos in gallery).
One of our major concerns was providing transportation for our guests to Bear Lake Heaven from their accommodations around Bear Lake Reserve. We were lucky to work with Grandy Co Transportation who has provided transportation services to guests at Bear Lake Heaven for years. Their drivers know the property and are very experienced navigating the winding roads of the reserve.
The Bear Lake Reserve/Castle Ladyhawke staff are also very happy to provide recommendations and connect you to vendors in the area.
We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have our special day at Bear Lake Heaven and work with so many talented staff/vendors who gave us a wedding beyond our wildest dreams.
the ideal place for an intimate wedding with family and friends where you can enjoy the privacy of the 80-acre property
Kelly & Jon Goldberg
The word "nice" means different things to different people. When a person says they were at a "nice" hotel, they may mean a Comfort Inn, or a Westin, or a Ritz Carlton, or the St. Regis in Bora Bora. When the word "nice" is used to describe this house, it is in at least the Ritz Carlton sense, and if you are looking for a mountain lake vacation I'd say it is in the St. Regis at Bora Bora sense.
The interior is every bit as nice as it looks in the pictures. The things you can't see in the pictures are equally nice. The cookware is All Clad; the kitchen knives are high quality and sharp. The beds and bed linens are excellent. There is radiant heat in the bathrooms and the shower in the master bath is heavenly. Everything is very clean. The house is, certainly by the standards of vacation homes, very, very well stocked.
As good as the interior is, I would say that the exterior is better. The lake is gorgeous. The house comes with paddleboards, kayaks, etc. We were there between Xmas and New Years and, with wetsuits, were able to enjoy the lake. Outside of the lake, the landscaping here is amazing. It has a bunch of white sand beaches and private trails: several miles of nicely maintained and marked paths right on the property. It is like someone put a metropark into their (huge) backyard.
If you have people in your group who are less mobile but want to do a mountain lake vacation, this is a very good choice. The house is only about 10 feet above the lake level, and the lake is easy to get to (most other mountain lake homes in this area seem to have a long staircase to descend to get to the lake). The paths are well groomed and easy to get to. And if you have people in your party who are training for an ironman, the swimming in the lake is great, and there is no shortage of hilly runs.
Beyond the property - the property manager/concierge and owner were both a pleasure to interact with.
this is the best vacation home I have ever stayed in
a pure piece
This is no better way to describe my vacation at Bear Lake Heaven than a pure piece of Heaven! It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever stayed.
If you are looking for somewhere that makes everything else float away and keeps you in the moment go to this property.
the most stunning and breathtaking oasis in North America
The Bear Lake Heaven property is the most stunning and breathtaking oasis in North America. Surrounded by lush forestry and nature, here you will see what Bear Lake Heaven has to offer. From paddle boarding, boating to hiking, you will have an influx of activities at your fingertips. After a long day of seeing what Mother Nature can provide, enjoy some wind down time in the fabulous accommodations of the villa!
endless options for fun activities
Bear lake heaven is 12/10!!!! I have been going to Bear Lake for the past 8 years... SPEECHLESS! BLH is the perfect spot to go with your significant other, family, friends, or even alone! There are endless options for fun activities to do such as hiking on property, water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, beach volleyball, jet skiing and SO much more! The property is stunning.. I HIGHLY recommend taking a visit to Bear Lake you will not regret it.
it was a new adventure everyday
I don’t have enough good words to say about this beautiful mountain house Bear Lake Heaven. Everything was perfect from the homey atmosphere, to the space for all of the guests, to the trails within the property, and paddle boarding on the lake. It was a new adventure everyday and somewhere I would love to revisit.
the perfect place to escape reality
If you are looking for a relaxing yet eventful change of scenery, look no further than to Bear Lake Heaven’s beautiful villa. From spending your day on the beautiful waters of Bear Lake, to exploring the gorgeous grounds of the property, this place is the perfect place to escape reality.