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We have the philosophy that it is better to have guests enjoying our cabin at a reduced price rather then have it remain vacant. You won't find another a cabin of this size, perfect location and amazing view at such a reasonable rate in all of Big Bear!
Here you will find a spacious three-bedroom, two-bath lodge-like mountain home that can sleep eight comfortably. Just scan some 50 reviews of the cabin, and read how impressed our previous guests have been with their accommodations. Though located in a pristine section of Big Bear far from bustling crowds, it is within a short driving distance to all of this mountain community's main attractions.
As you drive your vehicle up the gentle curves of Eagle Mountain Road, a 45-degree turn takes you to Green Mountain Drive. The view from this ridge road has been described as amazing by more then one guest. Near the end of the road you will find the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. The trails of the National Forest are within walking distance, but since you won’t find mention of them in any guide book, you can spend a full day discovering the area without running into another human being. Yet if you wanted to walk the quaint streets of Big Bear Village filled with dozens of eateries and charming shops, it’s only a 15-minute drive away.
The setting sun brings chilly temperatures to the mountain. Pull off those shoes and warm your stocking feet in front of the natural stone fireplace. The gas-starter removes that long process of trying to get a blaze going so you can relax with a glass of your favorite wine or a cup of hot chocolate.
We don’t ask for a ridiculously-high security deposit either, only a flat $100 that is totally refundable following your departure. The only thing high about the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway is its location. Big Bear may 7,000 ft. above sea level, but in the Whispering Forest, the hideaway is another 1,000 ft. closer to the clouds!
But we mortals still have to eat and sleep, and here is the perfect cabin where you can do both in style. Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway provides the rustic atmosphere guests seek in a mountain home, but also offers the conveniences one expects while on vacation. The kitchen contains a large refrigerator with ice maker, a microwave oven and a dish washer; tucked behind shuttered doors in the hallway closet is a stackable washer and dryer. The thermostatically-controlled central heating system keeps the cabin toasty warm, no matter how chilly the evenings become. If you have to stay connected with the outside world, there is wireless Internet available throughout the cabin.
In addition to its custom stone fireplace, the great room contains a large-screen television and a massive varnished log slab breakfast bar that lets the chief enjoy the inspiring view while preparing a meal. That jaw-dropping 180-degree view of both the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit peaks can be seen from the great room and master bedroom. The entire south wall of the main floor is composed of sliding glass doors, which lead you to the back deck that runs the full length of the cabin -- the perfect spot to watch birds soar through the trees, and squirrels perch on the deck railing, hoping for a peanut or other morsel of food.
Adjacent to the great room is the vaulted master suite containing a queen oak sleigh bed; a large, mirrored walk-in cedar closet; a flat-screen television with built in DVD player and sliding glass doors to the back deck and that view. Downstairs are the other two bedrooms, separated by the second bath. One bedroom contains a queen iron bed and the other a set of full bunk beds that can hold two adult couples or four giggling youngsters.
There’s a fenced back yard if you want your pups to get some outdoor exercise, and a barbecue on the back deck. Because the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway is tucked away on a dead-end road, it's rare that you will even hear the sound of a passing car. More frequent will be the sound of squirrels scampering above the vaulted ceilings as they collect acorns for munching! We know you’ll enjoy the warmth and calm serenity of the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. So fill out the VRBO inquiry form or call us at 888-424-5211, and we can make a reservation for you. What a place to escape, leave your worldly cares behind and unwind. Now, that's what we call ... 'heavenly!'
Keywords: Bargain rates, 5-star cabin, near National Forest
While young children are certainly welcome, care should be taken placing young toddlers in the top bunk bed. It's better to have an older brother or sister in the top bunk, and place younger children in the lower bed. Also, the owner has a folding gate to close off the staircase from youngsters just learning to walk on their own....moreless
Non Smoking Only
If your pets are like our fur-covered youngsters, they are members of the family, so don't leave home without them. There alsso is a fenced back yard if Fido needs some fresh air and a place to romp free....moreless
Queen size Beds (1) The queen bed in the master suite is a rustic oak sleigh bed, while the queen bed in a downstairs bedroom is a rustic, wrought iron country bed., Bunk Beds (1) Not your typical bunk bed, this one contains two full-size beds that can sleep a total of four individuals....moreless
Vaulted T&G wood ceilings supported by massive support beams in the great room and master bedroom; real wood blinds and custom drapes; most kitchen appliances, as well as the washer/dryer, are brand new; oil paintings, prints and historial photographs of early Big Bear add to the ambiance of all rooms; rustic light fixtures and many antique wood furnishings make this an unmistakeable mountain retreat....moreless
The music collection is also extensive, and includes many standards from the Great American Songbook by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
(2) There are two televisions, a large-screen in the great room, and a TV in the master bedroom....moreless
There are dozens of DVDs available from the owner's massive collection -- many of them first run and classic films....moreless
Local Services & Businesses
There's a peek-a-boo lake view from the west end of the master bedroom and back deck showing that it's just a five-minute drive to the north shore boat launch. ...moreless
This mountain view is BIG, some 180-degrees of pine-covered hills that also include the area's two ski resorts....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Ski Privileges Optional
Free Long Distance:
Guests are able to make unlimited phone calls to family and friends from coast-to-coast free of charge....moreless
Professionally cleaned between all bookings, additional bath and kitchen supplies are also provided....moreless
The new stackable washer and dryer is located in the hallway closet behind shuttered doors....moreless
This custom-designed stone fireplace has a gas starter to quickly start a crackling wood-burning fire....moreless
There all are eight place settings of plates, cups, glasses, bowls, wine glasses, etc....moreless
The vaulted kitchen is part of the great room, allowing the chef to take part in family activities while preparing meals. There is a new, large-capacity refrigerator with an ice-maker, a dishwasher, and a built-in microwave above the gas stove. A new coffee-maker, 4-slice toaster and blender are also provided....moreless
This is another new addition to the kitchen to make it easier to prepare meals or warm up quick snacks....moreless
The large-capacity Kenmore refrigerator is brand new, and contains an ice-maker....moreless
Deck / Patio:
The deck extends across the entire back of the cabin. There is a total of five wooden Adirondack chairs, plus a wrought iron table set for outdoor gatherings....moreless
Please contact the owner through this site, or call our toll-free 888-424-5211 number to obtain our holiday rates, seasonal rates, or any discounts available.
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The cabin is located about a two-minute walk from the end of the road, which culminates in the San Bernardino National Forest. A sign coming up Eagle Mountain Drive to the cabin states 'No through access,' so those in search of scenic views of the lake or hiking trails turn around and never reach our cabin. As a result, this is one of the most quiet, peaceful sections of Big Bear's Whispering Forest that lives up to its name. You will be rewarded with plenty of lake AND mountain views after another three-minute walk into the forest. It's a slow, easy incline to higher elevations that makes an easy hike for beginners. The more adventurous and experienced hikers can continue to find large boulder outcroppings that are perfect for gazing at the endless view. Since you won't find mention of this section of the forest in any of the guide books, it is extremely doubtful that you will encounter any other human being during your experience with nature.
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: I once worked full-time in Orange County as an instructor at a private school where I helped students through courses such as property management and appraisal, as well as prepare for the California Real Estate License Exam. One student, very grateful after passing the state exam, invited me to the town of Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains. I fell in love with the quiet peacefulness of the community, and vowed to move there following retirement. But once here, my background in real estate made me forget retiring, but instead invest in vacation rental cabins, renovating them to appeal to visitors from throughout Southern California.
Why the Owner Chose Whispering Forest: We call our cabin the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. Guests understand when they drive up a gently winding road to the structure's location high above the town of Big Bear. Even though I saw the property required renovation, the view took my breath away as soon as we were inside. The cabin is also located in a wonderful section of Big Bear known as Whispering Forest. It sits on the edge of the National Forest, where guests can take hikes in summer and sled in the winter. While away from the bustle of Big Bear, it is just a 10-to-15-minute drive to all of Big Bear’s main attractions. My two grandsons (pictured here) are drawn from the east coast to Big Bear with my daughter, where they can ski and snowboard in winter, or enjoy beautiful Big Bear Lake in summer.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: Many of the unique benefits of this marvelous cabin are mentioned above. Yet also impressive is the large great room, composed of the living area, kitchen and dining room table. The outstanding view can also be enjoyed from the all these sections of the great room, as well as the master suite on the main level of the cabin. On the lower level, there are two nice-sized rooms, as well as a full bath that separate them. The cabin has been enjoyed by large families and groups as evidenced by the numerous glowing reviews that make the property a five-star favorite for many returning guests. The back deck, which extends across the entire width of the cabin, is an ideal location for barbeques, tranquility, and enjoying the beauty of the forest and breath-taking views of the southern mountain range containing Big Bear’s two ski resorts.