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Spacious Retreat on Large Property Next to the National Forest

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The north east corner showing the 2nd floor deck and 3rd floor balcony.

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Last updated: 08/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Our 3,300 square foot residence was built to accommodate 25 people so that we could offer a comfortable place in nature for large groups to enjoy. Read some of the reviews of our satisfied guests.

Safe Haven Forest Retreat is a unique 2 acre property that sits at the end of Wilderness Road at an altitude of 6,200 ft. It is the last private property on the road with three sides connected to the National Forest. You'll enjoy the broad mountain views and surrounding forest in this tranquil retreat. The wilderness is your back yard to enjoy. And yet, it is less than 1 mile to the town of Running Springs, 8 miles to Lake Arrowhead, and 18 miles to Big Bear Lake. You are literally in the middle of the mountains yet have all the amenities of the easy to reach resort towns. You can explore the National Forest and the mountain communities at your leisure. Or, you can just stay put and enjoy the spacious cabin and activity centers around the property, such as the boating pond, the rock creek and sandy beach, archery & air rifle range, Volleyball court, the climbing wall, the outdoor chess board, the mini zip line with low suspension bridge, the toboggan run and the many paths around the property and into the forest.

Notice to people who want to party: Our property was developed as a forest retreat where people could find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment, personal / spiritual growth, connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party, don't choose us.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 3300 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    We offer an Outdoor Adventure Program (ODAP). For weekend guests on Saturdays we start at 1:00. For guests staying at other times we can arrange the time to fit your schedule. The program consists of activities at the climbing wall and rappelling platform, the low zip-line and suspension bridge, the 200 ft. long zip-line, the Archery/air rifle range, Polaris Ranger ATV rides (summer) and guided tours through local forest trails. When there is snow we offer snowshoe treks, tobogganing, snow boarding and ice skating (if the pond is frozen). The age range is 5 years and older. The weight limit for the zip line and rappelling is 250 pounds. We provide all needed equipment. The basic 3 hour program is $400 for the entire group. An additional hour of activities is an additional $100. This program is not offered to the general public. It is only offered to our guests and must be booked in advance by contacting: Robert Phelps at 714 876-3031. Enjoy Nature...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    pet addendum to rental agreement required. Two dog maximum @ $10.00 each per night...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    no ramp for getting up three stairs to front door...moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25, Beds for 25

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 2 twin/ single

    2nd floor (sleeps 4)...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    2nd floor (sleeps 3)...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 3 twin/ single

    3rd floor (sleeps 5)...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double, 3 twin/ single

    3rd floor (sleeps 5)...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single

    1st floor entertainment room (sleeps 2)...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 4 twin/ single

    3rd floor loft (2 trundle beds sleeps 4)...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double, 3 twin/ single

    3rd floor (sleeps 5)...moreless

  • There are 6 bedrooms: The one on the 1st floor that could be considered a studio apartment because it has it's own kitchenett, two on the 2nd floor and three on the 3rd floor, Also, there is a loft area with two trundle beds (considered 7th bedroom) between the bedrooms on the third floor. There are 2 sofas on either side of the fireplace on the second floor and four sofas on the first floor....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    2nd floor wheel chair accessible...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    2nd floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    3rd floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    3rd floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

    1st floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 6: toilet

    1st floor sink and toilet...moreless

  • The 2nd floor bathrooms are tiled. The one closest to the front door entrance is wheelchair accessible and also acts as a wet boot and clothing room. The other one is a full tub/shower bathroom. The two on the third floor have corner showers. The first floor has one corner shower bathroom and one half bath with toilet and sink. Both have outside access through a door opening into a hall way separating the two baths....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The main kitchen has a 5 burner gas stove top and two ovens. It has a granite counter top and oak cabinets with a roll out island to extend the kitchen area, if desired. The two high efficiency free standing gas fireplaces do not use wood but have a glass front to view the flame heating the faux wood logs. The first floor has a kitchenette with mini fridge and table for the entertainment area. The laundry room is on the first floor and has a door to the outside as well. There is a covered 8ft walk way around the house at the first level. There is an 8ft. deck surrounding the house on the 2nd level that is covered on the front and back. There is an 8ft by 16ft. balcony at the 3rd level facing into the forest. Roads and paths through the property lead to activity areas on the property, such as, the tipi gathering site, horse shoe pitch, toboggan runs, children's play areas and stage, and to forest hiking paths....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    ping pong table...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV Satellite dish and two cable boxes...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    42 inch flat screen 2nd floor, cinema projector on first floor...moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    6200 feet altitude in San Bernardino National Forest...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    the local mountains can be viewed from the property as well as a view into the Mojave desert....moreless

  • Rural:

    Mountain area close to small town...moreless

  • Village:

    Running Springs is less than a mile away....moreless

  • Water View:

    The boating pond can be viewed from the house....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    We have a 60 by 120 foot boating pond with sandy beach and rock creek on the property....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 25 people

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Two cars in carport....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    ping pong table on first floor ...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    2 Direct vent high efficiency fireplaces with thermostat controls....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    radiant floor heating in each floor...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    bottom fitted sheets and pillows with pillow cases. Additional bedding provided at extra cost....moreless

  • Living Room:

    2nd floor great room...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    carport and parking lot can park 12 vehicles...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    not allowed...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    space for 35 ft RV or bus...moreless

  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    hand towels in all bathrooms and kitchen towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    unlimited data usage...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    2 free standing outside fireplaces. One in the back of the cabin and in front of the tipi....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker:

    Two in the kitchen, plus one small one and large 30 cup urn in the kitchenette of first floor....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    sufficient for large group cooking...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    sufficient for large group dinning...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    one side of side by side fridge....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen for large group cooking on main floor (2nd floor). Kitchenette on first floor with sink, Microwave, mini fridge, and coffee maker...moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave:

    2: one above oven in the kitchen and one on the counter in kitchenette on first floor....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    salt, pepper, sugar, paper towels and napkins, cooking oil, & some herbs ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    One side by side with ice maker and filtered water in kitchen. One small under counter in kitchenette on first floor....moreless

  • Stove:

    gas range with double oven. Broiler above, large oven below....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Toaster and toaster oven. ...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    third floor...moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio:

    1st and 2nd floor...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a rock climbing wall with rappelling platform, a 200 ft long zip line and other activity centers. The zip line is restricted to use only in our Outdoor Adventure Program....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    enclosed area for Volleyball, badmitten, soccer, croquet, etc...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    one for charcoal and one with propane in picnic area , two with propane on second floor...moreless

  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Front and back of 2nd floor...moreless

  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$500 $550
Fri, Sat
$3,400

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $486 Nightly


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Pet Fee $10
  • cleaning $150
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

Three night holiday weekends for the following are $600 per night.

MLK Jr. Day, President's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving.

Three night holiday stays for Christmas and New years are $650 per night.


Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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Last updated: 08/28/2015
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Location

1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Running Springs
30 Metres
Nearest Beach
We have a boating pond, sandy beach and creek.

Car: Necessary

We offer a 3-6 hour outdoor adventure program which includes the rock climbing wall, rappelling, zip lining, archery and air rifle shooting at the range. And, in the winter there can be snowshoeing, tobogganing, and snowboarding. Contact us for more details about the cost and times.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: As retired teachers we wanted to develop a place in the mountains where children could come to learn about nature. Our dream evolved from the idea of starting a youth camp to a more inclusive one where people of all ages could find a Forest Retreat that would be a SAFE HAVEN to convene with nature. We built the house to create a spacious and comfortable environment where our family and friends, and short term renters would find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment and connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party to go nuts in nature, please look for another place.

Why the Owner Chose Running Springs:
After a three year search for the appropriate property, we chose this place for it's unique location; having the National Forest as our back yard and being an easy drive to all the other mountain areas. It is in the middle of the mountains yet has easy access to all the mountain resort communities and activities. From our home in Orange County it takes us 90 minutes to get to the property. Once here, we feel we are in another world where we can breath deep, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We have a comfortable house with many activity centers around it like a mini resort that people of all ages will enjoy. Walk out the back door and you have wilderness. Walk out the front door and you have civilization. Walk around the property and you have the best of both worlds. The size of the property (2 acres) and it's geographic features offer the space to create a number of activity areas. There is a boating pond with a sandy beach and rock creek with bridges across it. The tipi gathering area allows for small group activities overlooking the pond. There is also a climbing wall, Volleyball court, archery & air rifle range, large in ground chess board, and horseshoe pitch. And the picnic area behind the cabin allows for a large group gathering with fireplace, and B-B-Q units. There is also a small zip line over a suspension bridge 1 foot off the ground for kids. And, a 200 foot long zip line for those who take part in our Outdoor Adventure Program. Check the Amenities section under suitability for children.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

 

Photos

  • The north east corner showing the 2nd floor deck and 3rd floor balcony.

    The north east corner showing the 2nd floor deck and 3rd floor balcony.

  • Main entrance of the cabin facing The RV carport and parking lot for 12 cars

    Main entrance of the cabin facing The RV carport and parking lot for 12 cars

  • The climbing wall and rappelling platform.

    The climbing wall and rappelling platform.

  • The toboggan run at the west side of the cabin

    The toboggan run at the west side of the cabin

  • The archery and air rifle range with circular gathering platform and fire ring

    The archery and air rifle range with circular gathering platform and fire ring

  • The rock creek waterfall flowing past the volleyball court and tipi to the pond

    The rock creek waterfall flowing past the volleyball court and tipi to the pond

  • The 12 foot diameter 30 inch deep above ground pool for summer bathing.

    The 12 foot diameter 30 inch deep above ground pool for summer bathing.

  • looking out from kitchen to living room and door to outside deck

    looking out from kitchen to living room and door to outside deck

  • First floor entertainment room with cinema projector and surround sound.

    First floor entertainment room with cinema projector and surround sound.

  • 2nd floor bedroom 2: one queen bed & one single

    2nd floor bedroom 2: one queen bed & one single

  • 3rd floor bedroom 5; 2 single/single bunk beds

    3rd floor bedroom 5; 2 single/single bunk beds

  • Bathroom 2:  2nd floor tiled tub/shower bath

    Bathroom 2: 2nd floor tiled tub/shower bath

  • The main entrance to the house at 2nd floor, facing the parking lot.

    The main entrance to the house at 2nd floor, facing the parking lot.

  • The take off platform for our 200 foot Zip line.

    The take off platform for our 200 foot Zip line.

  • The tipi with outdoor fireplace

    The tipi with outdoor fireplace

  • The boating pond on left side of the dam, archery & air rifle range on right

    The boating pond on left side of the dam, archery & air rifle range on right

  • The boating fish pond with paddle boat and children's sandy beach play area.

    The boating fish pond with paddle boat and children's sandy beach play area.

  • The 5 person paddle boat and rock creek waterfall in the background.

    The 5 person paddle boat and rock creek waterfall in the background.

  • Dining room / kitchen / living room open area with flat screen TV

    Dining room / kitchen / living room open area with flat screen TV

  • 5 burner range with two ovens and microwave, granite counter tops

    5 burner range with two ovens and microwave, granite counter tops

  • 2nd floor bedroom 1: 1 double bed & two single bunk beds

    2nd floor bedroom 1: 1 double bed & two single bunk beds

  • 3rd floor Bedroom 3 & 4: one double/single & one single/single bunkbed

    3rd floor Bedroom 3 & 4: one double/single & one single/single bunkbed

  • 3rd floor loft and two baths between bedrooms.  Two trundle beds

    3rd floor loft and two baths between bedrooms. Two trundle beds

  • 1st floor corner shower bathroom with half bath across the hall

    1st floor corner shower bathroom with half bath across the hall

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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english, spanish
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