Blue Shutter Cottage, Bear Paw Resort, Murphy, North Carolina

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Amenities

The Cottage

The living/dining room has a sleeper sofa, flat screen TV with ample satellite service and a DVD player, along with a dining table and chairs. The cottage has central heat and air conditioning.

The kitchen has everything you need to prepare that special country meal, including a refrigerator, stove & oven, microwave, crock-pot, dishwasher, coffee maker, kitchen utensils, dishes, and pots & pans. A small washer & dryer are also provided for your convenience.

The large bedroom has a king-size bed with high-end linens, pillows, dresser and a spacious closet. The bathroom includes fluffy towels and a hair dryer.

The screened porch has rocking chairs to enjoy your morning coffee, and the open deck has a large gas grill, along with a table and chairs to enjoy your meals and a view of the wooded hillside.

Plenty of paved, off-street parking is available for vehicles and boat trailers. Although the cottage has many modern conveniences, we have tried to keep this historical property “to period” using original doors and maintaining the original layout. As a result, the cottage is not wheelchair accessible. Those with other physical disabilities will need to note that there is a short (200 feet) paved pathway from the parking lot to the cottage, which is situated on a small hill; and there are four steps onto the deck.

So that we might accommodate guests with allergies, pets and smoking are not allowed.

Bear Paw

Bear Paw is a private resort community with 24-hour gated security. It's a quiet residential neighborhood, but yet there is a large
well-maintained pool (new in 2009) within easy walking distance.

The clubhouse has free wireless internet access. There are also
tennis and covered basketball courts and a playground for younger children.

Although use of it is not included in the Bear Paw amenities, there is a private full service marina on Hiwassee Lake about a mile from the cottage. The marina offers fishing and pontoon boat rentals, or you can bring your own boat and rent a slip.

The cottages at Bear Paw, including Blue Shutter, are part of the original Hiwassee Dam Village constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the late 1930s to house the workers while the dam was being built. The village consisted of 42 permanent houses, 73 temporary houses, five men’s dormitories, one women’s dormitory, a cafeteria, hospital, community building, personnel office, and a school. In addition, there were nine group garage buildings, a service station, a bowling alley, and an observation building.

Located just outside the entrance to Bear Paw, Hiwassee Dam has a height of 307 feet; spans a distance of 1,376 feet across the Hiwassee River; and can produce 185,000 kilowatts of electricity. Hiwassee Dam was the world’s tallest "overflow" dam until the completion of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River in Egypt in the early 1970s. Hiwassee Dam is still maintained by the TVA and is the third highest dam in the TVA system, behind Fontana and Watauga.

Visit the following web sites for more information about Hiwassee Lake:

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