Snow in Alabama Side View from Drive

Rear Decks and Adjacent Dining Deck in Wooded Copse

Dining Area and Seating in front of Patio Doors to Deck

Seating Area in front of Patio doors

View from the deck

Master Bedroom - Ground Floor

Kitchen Diner Area

Bear's Den Unit 1

Bears Den,  a boutique development of stylish vacation homes, centrally located on the crystal waters of Smith Lake,  northern Alabama.  With a private on-site  boat launch exclusive to our renters;  slips for boats with an integral swim platform;  communal party deck cantilevered over the water;  BBQ stations at each house Bearsden is a truly relaxing place to spend a vacation. Bearsden  sits in a slew with year-round deep water but has very limited water traffic. Privacy and a quiet life.

Six Vacation Homes
Six homes are available either as individual units or in multiple rentals.  Reunions of classmates;  family; weddings; church gatherings can all be easily be accommodated.

Boat Rentals

Boat rentals are available on-site.  We have six boats available to our renters.  Ski boats; deckboats; fishing boats [not bass].  These all allow a;; current water sport activities.  An on-site mechanic is also available for any maintenance work that may be required.

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Amenities & Accommodations

Inside, you will find all the comforts of home, including 2.5 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms.BearsDen  Lodge can comfortably accommodate 8 guests (if more sleeping space is needed, then there are two queen size inflatable mattresses available). Amenities include fully equipped kitchen, central heat and air, covered deck, charcoal grill, and a boat slip with power and swim pier, firepit and outdoor shower, Optional Satellite [bring your own receiver]. DVD player.

The downstairs is a Kitchen/Diner open plan with casual seating and a breakfast bar.  Large, powerful microwave.  Master en-suite with King Size Bed/jacuzzi tub is on the ground floor.  Half bath for general use and integrated washer/dryer.

Upstairs are two large bedrooms;  shared bath with jetted tub;  family/games room with large screen TV [flat panel]. Multiple board games available.

Amenities List

Satellite TV inclued in this rental home Satellite TV
Entertainment Center inclued in this rental home Entertainment Center
Deck inclued in this rental home Deck
Air Conditioning inclued in this rental home Air Conditioning
Central Heating inclued in this rental home Central Heating
Full Kitchen inclued in this rental home Full Kitchen
Microwave inclued in this rental home Microwave
Washer/Dryer Unit inclued in this rental home Washer/Dryer Unit
BBQ inclued in this rental home BBQ
Free Parking inclued in this rental home Free Parking


Standard Rental Rates

Discount for:

Multiple House Occupancy 


Family Gatherings

Church Groups and Retreats

Servicemen;  Police and Firemen

Boat and House Reservation

Standard Winter Rates
November 1 - March 31
Weekly $900.00
Mon $150.00
Tue $150.00
Wed $150.00
Thu $150.00
Fri $150.00
Sat $150.00
Sun $150.00
Standard Summer Rates
April 1 - October 31
Weekly $1,850.00
Mon $285.00
Tue $285.00
Wed $285.00
Thu $285.00
Fri $285.00
Sat $285.00
Sun $285.00

Monthly Rates
January $1,500.00
February $1,500.00
March $1,500.00
April $4,000.00
May $4,000.00
June $4,000.00
July $5,000.00
August $5,000.00
September $4,000.00
October $1,500.00
November $1,500.00
December $1,500.00

Rental Policies and Conditions

Payments Accepted

Credit Cards, Personal Checks, Certified Checks/Money Orders

Minimum Stay

A minimum stay of 2 nights required during standard rental dates. Different minimum stays may apply to special rental periods--please see the Special Rental Rates table above for details.

All currencies are shown in USD.

This is a pet-friendly, non-smoking home. To keep our home beautiful for your enjoyment, a cleaning fee of $185.00 is charged per reservation.   All reservations require a $250.00 damage deposit that will be charged to your credit card 3 days prior to check-in.

We have a 3 night minimum during peak season. No Sat to Sat rental during the peak season of May thru September. There is a five night minimum across July 4th week.

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Location & Travel Information

Coming from I65

 Leave at Junction 308 of I65.  This is the second of 3 Cullman

exits.  Take a right at the junction CR 278 HEADING TOWARDS Arley and

  After exactly 16 miles turn Left on to CR77.  Follow this road
towards Arley.                               After approximately 14
miles turn LEFT on to CR12 [Wilson bend road].  This turning can be
identified by 'Old Nathans' Gas station on the right -  a grey, drab
single story set of buildings.

  Follow this road carefully.  There's a 'Y' junction with a lot
of realtor signs after 6 miles approx and a fire station on the left
where you turn right.  Take the right hand road – this is still CR 12.

  After this junction CR 207 can be found on the RIGHT after 3.7
miles approx.  Turn on CR 207  and again almost immediately on the
RIGHT at CR 3941.  Follow CR 3941 for 200 yds.  Bears Den is on the
RIGHT HAND SIDE and can be identified by a Bears Den Sign.

 My contact info:  Cell 205 222 6298.  The cell functions sporadically
in this area as well as my home number:  205 387 0284.

So the address is:  Bears Den; 200 CR 3941;  Arley Al 35503

Guest Reviews

Bear's Den Just opened

Traveling up from New Orleans with 2 adults and three teenagers after a long year of work we looked forward to our spell on Smith Lake and the fresh water and even fresher surroundings of the newly opened Bear's Den Vacation Resort. It started off badly. An error in the booking and the lack of furniture delivered to one of the new properties on the site [there's six] meant that we had an initial night of sleeping rough in the house. All was well the next day and the owners, John and Tracey, made us feel welcome in their own house cooking dinner and supplying whatever we needed. The house is lovely inside with all the implements, crockery, cutlery and etc you may need. plenty of pics on the site and they are accurate. The kids had a blast on the very large deck and we used one of their boats. Tubing skiing and sight seeing most days. Yes, we had a great time and enjoyed the general atmosphere of the location. Private, secure and friendly. They have work to do on the site to bring it up to completion. John is on that in the winter I guess. Well hopefully we will see it all next year. We were asked to do this review recently so date wrong.... we were there in the summer.

Temple C. of abita, springs US
Stayed Jul 2014