Bear House 1890, Johnson Retreat, Mins from Downtown, Perfect Luxurious Getaway!

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4 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Bear House 1890, Johnson Retreat, Mins from Downtown, Perfect Luxurious Getaway!

Entire apartment

Bear House 1890, Johnson Retreat, Mins from Downtown, Perfect Luxurious Getaway!

10.0/10 Exceptional

Entire apartment

4 bedrooms3 bathroomsSleeps 8

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor Space
Chattanooga, TN

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationLookout Mountain Incline Railway6 min walk
  • Popular LocationLookout Mountain Station9 min drive
  • Popular LocationBattles for Chattanooga Museum9 min drive
  • AirportChattanooga, TN (CHA-Chattanooga Metropolitan)24 min drive

Space details

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8
2200 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
    1 king bed
Bedroom 4
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    Bathtub/shower combo
Bathroom 3

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire apartment to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Bear House 1890, Johnson Retreat, Mins from Downtown, Perfect Luxurious Getaway!

Family-friendly Chattanooga apartments in St. Elmo Improvement League, near Ruby Falls
We love everything about the holidays here at The Bear House! All of our apartments are decorated and our outdoor spaces a winter wonderland. Please come enjoy the season with us!

🐻 Welcome to the Historic Bear House Circa 1890! The best of everything!! Refined luxury, detailed amenities, large beautiful property. Walk to local restaurants, shops, grocery stores, hiking and biking trails, tourist attractions. Less than 4 miles from Aquarium, all downtown, mountain and waterfront activities.

Beautifully restored 120-year-old house and additional Carriage house with beautiful grounds. A rare opportunity to stay in a special historic property that adds to your trip experience; much more than simply a place to spend the night! Centrally located in Chattanooga in the trendy St Elmo Historic District, at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

The spacious and bright Johnson Retreat includes the entire private 2nd story of The Bear House (Wheland Wing and Workman Wing combined into one large space, 2200 square feet):
• Front and back private entrance.
• High quality, fully equipped kitchen for your cooking and dining needs with gas stove/oven, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and washer and dryer. Small appliances include toaster, mixer, crock-pot and electric tea kettle. The basics are kept stocked for your convenience: paper towels, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, foils and plastic wrap, salt and pepper, spices, olive oil, canola oil, sugar.
• Living room with ample seating, game table, games, smart HDTV with Cable, Amazon Prime and Netflix.
• Resource center with writing desk, office supplies and reading corner.
• 2 Hospitality Centers with microwave, small refrigerator, Keurig with well stocked variety of coffee, teas and hot chocolate and related condiments, fresh fruit, chocolates, some breakfast items and snacks.
• 2 Dining areas for 4. Additional seating areas.
• 2 King bedroom, smart HDTV with Cable, Amazon Prime and Netflix, WiFi, ceiling fan with remote, luxury bedding and linens, full length mirror, luggage racks, water bottles, bedside radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports for charging your devices.
• 2 Queen bedrooms, each with smart HDTV with Cable, Amazon Prime and Netflix, high speed WiFi, ceiling fan with remote, luxury bedding and linens, full length mirror, luggage rack, water bottles, bedside radio/clock with 2 outlets and 2 ports for charging your devices.
• 2 Full size bathrooms with large original soaking tubs, custom tile work, luxury towels and amenities, hair dryer.
• 1 Original shower room and dressing room, beautifully renovated with custom tile work, luxury towels and amenities.

Our spacious property offers many opportunities for gathering spaces outdoors. The large old-fashioned front porch, courtyard garden and gazebo are wonderful spots for morning coffee, a special evening meal, or a place to relax in a comfortable chair with a good book. The special garden areas and larger outdoor seating areas provide additional space for your enjoyment. Be sure to explore the carved bears placed around the property and hear their story! In the spring and summer, help yourself to the blackberries and small vegetable garden bounty. And don’t miss the scavenger hunt; over 40 sculptured animals roam the property for you to find.

Our beautiful large property sits on an entire block, front to back, in the charming St Elmo Historic District. There is the majestic main house called Historic Bear House 1890 (6500sqft) that consists of 3 other private apartments. My husband and I reside on the private first floor in the main house. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the main house, through the luscious courtyard, is the Carriage House (1600sqft) with 2 private apartments. With over 25 years experience in the rental property business, we specialize in a broad spectrum of lodging needs, from quick getaways, to out of town family and friends, to corporate rentals and short term rentals. With pampered on-site attention you’ll feel taken care of from your first inquiry until the end of your stay, whether it is a short trip or a few months.

Be sure to check out our other private apartments located here at the Historic Bear House 1890 property:

Workman Wing, 2 BR, 1BA, #1021491

Wheland Wing, 2 BR, 1BA, #1021450

Johnson Retreat, 4BR, 2BA, #1021232 (Workman & Wheland Wings combined)

Stinson Suite, 2BR, 1BA, #1076824

Lilly’s Loft, 1BR, 1BA, #1324077

Sherfey Suite, 1BR, 1BA, #1172405
Air-conditioned accommodations at this apartment offer coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Steve and Sharman Sherfey



Property amenities


  • WiFi available


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle


  • 4 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 3 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near laundromat


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge services
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • In the city center
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near a hospital
  • Near a zoo
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Swimming nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 8
  • Unit size: 2200 sq ft (204 sq m)

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Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Note from host: Infants and children are always welcome!

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession).
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Property is also known as

Historic Bear House 1890 Perfect Location Charming St Elmo
Historic Bear House 1890 Perfect Location Perfect Stay Apartment
Historic Bear House 1890 Perfect Location Perfect Stay Apartment
Historic Bear House 1890 Perfect Location! Perfect Stay!
Historic Bear House 1890 Perfect Location Perfect Stay
Historic Bear House 1890 Perfect Location! Charming St Elmo!!
Historic Bear House 1890 Perfect Location! Charming St Elmo!!

About this area


Located in Chattanooga, this apartment is in the city center. International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum and Coker Tire Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's attractions include Songbirds Guitar Museum and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Traveling with kids? Consider Creative Discovery Museum, or check out an event or a game at Finley Stadium. Jet skiing and kayaking offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking/biking trails and cycling nearby.

What's nearby

  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway - 6 min walk
  • Ruby Falls - 4 min drive
  • Southside Historic District - 4 min drive
  • Lookout Mountain Station - 9 min drive
  • Battles for Chattanooga Museum - 9 min drive

Getting around

  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) - 24 min drive


  • Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe - 4 min walk
  • St. Elmo Deli & Grill - 6 min walk
  • Mr. T's Pizza - 6 min walk
  • Mt. Vernon Restaurant - 15 min walk
  • Mean Mug - 4 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Is Bear House 1890, Johnson Retreat, Mins from Downtown, Perfect Luxurious Getaway! pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

Where is Bear House 1890, Johnson Retreat, Mins from Downtown, Perfect Luxurious Getaway! located?

Located in the center of Chattanooga, this family-friendly apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Moccasin Bend Brewing Company and Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. Ruby Falls is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

Overall score and ratings



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Property conditions & facilities

10/10 Excellent

Monica B.
Family Wedding
The Bear House was the perfect place for my husband and three adult children and spouses to stay. The Christmas decorations inside and out added to the charm The snack/coffee stations and candy were an added bonus that we enjoyed. I highly recommend this lovely home!
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2022

10/10 Excellent

Kelly S.
5 star vacation rental
The property was a perfect fit for us. The unique layout afforded privacy with opportunity to meet together as well. Everything about it was A+ in terms of bedding, linens, cookware. Conveniently located within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and groceries as well. The owners and staff were welcoming and quick to respond with assistance. Would love to stay again!
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2022

10/10 Excellent

Greg A.
We had a family of 8 stay at this beautiful home! They left nothing for us to need over the 5 days we were there! Communication was flawless. Check-in and out was seemless. The rooms were awesome with large beds, comfy pillows, TVs in every room, a fully stocked kitchen, laundry capabilities, and snacks enough for all for the week. The kids loved the hot chocolate! The home was at the base of Lookout Mountain with easy access to all the downtown sites. I would not change a thing here and if I could give higher ratings, I would. Thanks for such a great family vacation for us!
Stayed 5 nights in Nov 2022

10/10 Excellent

Pamela D., Northville, MI
Family wedding
Very nice for 6 adults. Plenty of room.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2022

10/10 Excellent

Amy M.
Lovely house, super comfy beds, in a great location for a visit to the city.
We had a comfy, relaxing visit. We were pleasantly surprised about the St. Elmo neighborhood. If your group is really into cooking, I'd recommend one of their rentals with a bigger, more well equipped kitchen. Overall, great place.
Stayed 7 nights in Oct 2022