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Guest Reviews

Jay, Atlanta
My wife and three boys stayed in the Bears Den yurt for 2 nights and enjoyed a truly unique family get away. We love to camp and this was indeed "glamping" as our wonderful host Brandi referred to it (glamour + camping) The Yurt itself was very comfortable and well appointed and had plenty of room. Nice deck overlooking the lake and wonderful chairs for star gazing at night. The pavillion area was awesome! Satelite tv for watching the ball games - go braves- well stocked and kitchen, very nice baths, Big Green Egg and gas grills for cooking, and a wonderful stone fireplace. We had a great time just hanging out playing cards in front of the fireplace. It really was like camping but with all the conveniences of home. Location on Bear Lake was convenient to great sightseeing along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Met some great guests at the pavillion area as well. The smaller yurt would be a great a nice romantic trip or couples could rent both yurts for a nice retreat. Wonderful service from SunDog staff - Caleb, Brandi and Sarah made sure we had everything we needed! Highly recommend SunDog Places and the Yurts for a unique and memorable trip

Jim, Columbia, South Carolina
My wife, our Jack Russell and I enjoyed 2 very relaxing days in the smaller yurt during the July 4th weekend. The path to the nearby lake beaches were a bit steep, but clean and manageable. Morning temps were crisp, and the climate controls in the yurt were perfect. We found the pavillion, kitchen, and bathroom to be very comfortable and convenient. This is the most comfortable way to camp!

Anonymous, Sylva, NC
If you are looking for the ultimate vacation get away DO NOT HESITATE to book your dream vacation! This is the most peaceful, relaxing place on the planet. I cannot recommend the yurts enough! The bed was amazing - the height of luxury! The furnishings are fit for a king! The views are incredible! DON'T FORGET TO RENT THE BOAT FOR THE DAY! The views around Bear Lake were WELL worth the cost! Everything was PERFECT, exceptionally clean & welcoming in every way! The owners have thought of everything to make your stay a one of a kind experience! I've already re-booked for more summer fun! This is perfect for the family vacation or better yet, a special get away with that special someone in your life! I WILL be back, again & again! THANK YOU LAUGHING TROUT CAMP for a once in a lifetime experience! 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!

Suzanne and Tim, Charlotte
We spent 5 nights at the Twin Cottage. The accommodations were fabulous! The kitchen was well appointed for us to pack and carry or cook just about every meal we were there. Laughing Trout Camp on Bear Creek Lake was a great time. It was great to have everything a family may need to camp out for the day. We took a canoe ride in the lake. That was a vacation highlight! This was a great family vacation getaway!!

Randy & Marcia , Asheville
My wife and I spent a long weekend at Rabbit Hill Cottage. We absolutely loved the cottage and the "Reserve". We loved the pond and the greeting center. We visited the Laughing Trout Pavilion. It was very nice. We did not have time to do everything that was available so maybe we can come back again. The best thing about the whole place was the quietness. We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves. We highly recommend this place.

Rusty, Dallas, TX
My wife and 3 small kids (under 5) stayed in June 2010 and Loved the resort. Rabbit Hill had everything we needed. The Bear Lake property is beautiful and we enjoyed driving thruout the resort. We used the Clubhouse/Pool each day. Both pools were great for kids and offered great views of the lake. We drove to the golfcourse but did not it looks incredible. BLC gave us easy access to visit Highlands for day trips. We will definately be back. Sundog rentals made our visit and payment thru VRBO super easy.

George and Peg, Huntsville, AL
Rabbit Hill Cottage was the perfect place to relax after a day working on our tree farm just a few miles away. We appreciated the convenient location to the Bear Lake Reserve entrance and to the Meadows Trail where we hiked one morning. Beautiful furnishings, accessories and artwork, well equipped kitchen, luxurious towels, comfortable bed, azalea blooming right outside, and all the comforts of home made it a perfect stay.

My trip was excellent and Sundog was very personable. I was contacted the day of my arrival en route to determine if I had everything I needed for a late arrival. I was also given a cell phone number from a Sundog employee to use if needed. They were able to arrange for the final bill to be run on my credit card of record and delivered it to the cabin for me to sign. They also arranged to have wood delivered and stacked on the porch with little notice from me. I will definitely use Sundog again for vacation rentals

Erik, Smyrna, GA
The house was in excellent condition! The 4th of July festivities were awesome, especially the nearness and duration of the fireworks! The lake club was fabulous! My family and I can't say enough about the property and we're considering returning next year as well. The only thing I would complain about...which is very minor... is that the gas grill ran out of gas during our stay as we were cooking one of our meals. In the future, just make sure that the gas tanks are checked prior to renting the unit or provide a spare tank just in case. Other than that, AWESOME!!!

Lisa, Florida
I have stayed at Bear Lake Reserve on 4 different dates. We continue to come back every year. In fact, I brought with me my adult daughter and her fiance one time and they loved it so much they decided to have their wedding here. We love the roomy cottages, views, clubhouse with pools and all the amendities. We enjoy the property with all the hiking trails, outdoor fireplaces, lake, boats, kids fishing pond and so much more. The 2,100 acre property was well taken care of and the staff were friendly. I rented through Sundog Vacation Rentals and the staff were very accomadating, lending their assistance and expertise when needed. We plan on coming back next summer.

Bern, Atlanta, GA
We had a great time in this beautiful home! It rained most of the weekend, so we didn't get to enjoy the outdoors as we had hoped. The home was comfortable and beautifully decorated. The setting is breath-taking! We would love to return!

Gorgeous little house in the perfect spot to enjoy Bear Lake Reserve. A short walk to the water or the Greeter's cottage, makes it super convenient. We arrived late at night and my friend wasn't sure what to expect. She loved the house instantly but the rest of Bear Lake was covered in darkness. Having breakfast on the screened in porch, we soaked in the serene beauty an she was overwhelmed by this hidden paradise! Caleb and team at Sundog are always super-friendly and helpful! My wedding is over a year away and I've let the family know to rent their homes from Sundog first. My best friend and Maid of Honor has already picked Rabbit Hill for the week of the wedding!

We enjoyed our stay here as we have 4 kids and they were able to play in the meadow beneath this cabin. Management was very responsive to any requests we made. We will stay here again.

Tammy Jones
I would definitely give Bear Lake Reserve and Sundog Vacation a 5. (Scale 1-5) We were able to stay 3 nights and didn't really get to enjoy all that Bear Lake had to offer. The rehearsal dinner was at the lodge and it was phenomenal. My husband was pleasantly surprised and my whole family wants to visit again for a vacation. The house was beautiful and was very comfortable for 8 people. It was very conveniently located near Castle Lady Hawke, where the wedding took place. This provided the family members who came a close place to stay so they didn't have to drive far on the winding roads of the mountain.

I would rate the service a 5 (on a scale from 1-5 with 5 being best). The Sundog team was very helpful and made setting up our trip to Bear Lake very easy. Will use their service again.

Mr. and Ms. Kramer
I'd rate Sundog and my experience a definite 5! The online booking was easy/efficient and the check-in process was flawless. We returned to Bear Lake to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary (we were married at Bear Lake)- but our celebration was a few weeks late due to the birth of our 1st child (he was born...on our anniversary). So, we were lucky enough to introduce our 7 week old to our favorite place. We stayed in the same condo (Lake Side) that we had for our wedding week, and it was surreal to walk around and have deja vu moments at the Mill Pond, Golf Course, the lake club, and obviously the lake. We always take a hike up the Bear Creek campground trail...we love the moss covered bridges and rocks in the bubbling creek- and it was the perfect length and difficulty of hike to keep our little Ryder's eye open checking out the view. It was an ideal "baptism" in the church of nature. The lake club staff treated us great-the menu and food were both excellent-and the pontoon rental made the trip complete with a trip around the lake to see if anything had changed in the last 13 months. Thankfully, not much at all :) We stopped to check out the Sundog retreat on the other side of the lake- and talked about staying in a Yurt when Ryder gets a bit older.

Our group had a fabulous time at your cottage and thought it was a first class operation. The cottages were clean, cozy, and top-shelf. Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of the wedding weekend for my buddy...we didn't get to spend as much R&R time as we would have liked at the cottage. Regardless, we enjoyed every minute of it and would love to return the mountains again there. Thanks again Sundog for the wonderful hospitality and we look forward to vacationing with Sundog in the future.

My friends and I rented a cabin for my friends wedding weekend. We loved our experience with Sundog. There were a few hicups that Sundog promptly took care of. One was a cabin switch. Sundog needed our cabin, but found us a replacement cabin that was awesome. We also didn't have long distance phone service in our new cottage, which was initially panicy for 3 sets of parents with small children our of state, but Sundog brought over calling cards for us the same day. Planning our first time away from our kids was so easy and the cabin and Bear Lake were amazing. Thank you for your attention to detail and overall excellent customer service.

Ken Hagan
The mountain resort was so remote that me and wife had plenty of time to decompress from our everyday lives. Bear Lake was totally unexpected. The pictures on the internet in no way do it justice. The lake and resort were beautiful, the kids loved playing on the canoes and swimming. We didn't have time to enjoy Sundog's lake area due to our short stay. We are seriously deciding to take our week long vacation here next year.

We cannot say enough about our experience with Sundog Vacation Rentals. We rented a cabin this summer (July 2012) at Bear Lake Reserve through Sundog. Every step of the rental process went so smoothly. It was one of the best vacations we have taken as a family. The staff at Sundog was great, they were always willing to answer our questions about the area and the property. The directions to the property, check in, and check out process were seamless thank to Sundog. The property was well maintained and exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend Sundog to our friends and family and would them a 5/5 rating. We can't wait to return to the North Carolina area again and will only use Sundog for our vacation rental needs.

Kimberly and Joel Vazquez
My family and I would definitely rate Sundog Rentals a 5 stars for a scale 1-5. Booking through Sundog was effortless. Any changes that needed to be made, Sundog staff were friendly and very accommodating. Sundog gave us all the information we needed to go directly to Panthers Cove without checking in at Sundog first, what an added bonus. We stopped at Sundog a few days after our arrival just to make sure there was nothing we needed to take care of. The employees were so friendly and welcoming. They gave me and my husband plenty of suggestions on activities and places of interest that would keep our five teenagers active and happy. We loved Panthers Cove. The cottage was extremely clean, spacious for a family traveling with five teenagers and had a very well stocked kitchen...the cottage had everything we needed for a most comfortable stay. The serenity of the cottage and the location of Bear Lake Reserve was just breathtaking. We all loved the Clubhouse, the pool and especially the view overlooking the lake. The canoes at Bear Lake were an added treat. We explored the lake many times in the canoes and out children loved jumping from the swing rope. Panthers Cove had a full manual prepared that had everything you needed to know about the cottage, surrounding areas, places of interest and especially restaurants. This was the most relaxing and worry-free vacation that we have ever experienced. Thank you Sundog for making our vacation wonderful and exactly what we needed.

Jules Farthing
Our family reserved Primrose condo for our daughter's graduation. Mark at Sundog rentals went above and beyond expectations by allowing us to use the fabulous pool/clubhouse facilities for her post graduation together. Primrose was such a beautiful and large condo. Fabulous kitchen for those who love to cook. Very ample family areas, including that wonderful with their spa showers, cozy towels, and robes, you may not want to ever leave! I loved the lodge decor. Everything about Primrose was just perfect. But gets better! The outdoor/indoor clubhouse and pool more than met our needs for entertaining. The outdoor deck with fireplace and seating, along with the air conditioned clubhouse complete with kitchen and tv, was an added plus. The pool was beautiful, and the scenery, breathtaking. The rental was very close to WCU campus, but you also felt like you were at a mountain retreat! Very safe, private, and accommodating. I highly recommend Sundog Vacation Rentals!

The Hensley's
We stayed at your wonderful home (Angler's Cove). We were in town for a wedding and staying there made it very memorable. We had a great time! Thank you sharing your home. We hope to return for some relaxation again soon. Our family is truly grateful for the opportunity to stay in such peaceful and beautiful surroundings.

Mrs. Scottsdale
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home! You have spoiled us for future vacation travels for I cant imagine anything to every compare to what we've experienced here! Not only was the home itself wonderful, but we also feel we surely had the best location as well. The view was breath taking and soothing to the soul and we were so close to the clubhouse and the beach. My sister and her family occupied a condo just steps away from us and we all had a blast kayaking in the lake. We have our nephew and his new bride to thank for they made us aware of this beautiful spot.

Tucker Family
We enjoyed staying at Lakeside. Excellent accommodations and view. We saw a mamma bear and cub while driving through Bear Lake Reserve community. The amenities at the Lake Club were wonderful as well as the food and service. We look forward to a return visit.

The Regan Family
Thank you so much for sharing your Lake Side condo with our family. We have enjoyed a fun filled, yet relaxing two weeks here. Your home is so cozy and comfortable. Our favorite part has been enjoying the magnificent view of the lake and surrounding mountains from the balcony. The proximity to the lake club is ideal for our young and active family. We will definitely be back again.

We loved the house and its very clean. Our family enjoyed our vacation and most likely will be back on our next vacation to the same cottage.

Lewis Family
The home was very nice. Location was quiet and peaceful as advertised.

We truly enjoyed our stay at Bear Lake. Beautiful, country, and serene environment.

Frances Buntin, Albany, GA
We had a wonderful time with our family! Excellent Marks across the board!

Donna Thomas
Great experience. Truly equipped and supplied. Wonderful time for such a short stay. The rental was much nicer than the pictures online. Very comfortable. Staff at Sundog was great to work with and knowledgeable.

The Lepages'
This is our third visit to Bear Lake but our first time staying near the Lake Club. We really enjoyed your wonderful condo. It was so comfortable and peaceful. Being so close to all the fun activities was a treat. We will be back for sure!