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Bedrooms 4
Space 2,900 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 13-16) 2 bedrooms sep from house hous

French Chauteau Type. Relax in a hammock by Strawberry Creek or by a lovely pond. The stream also has trout for those who might like to fish. Other Fishing areas are also nearby, as well as horseback riding.

A beautiful spiral oak staircase leads to the romantic master bedroom with fireplace and balcony and beautiful remodeled MBA with high end whirlpool tub, shower and heated floor. Glass doors lead out to the balcony from both the loft and the master suite.There is a private entry or inside entry to a guest room with a private bath. Dining room,living room,master suite, and loft all overlook the stream. Lovely stained glass windows through out house,bay windows, skylights, and glass doors bring the outside inside. There is a total of 3 bedrooms and a loft in the main house and 2 separate sleeping rooms separate from the main house. Sleeps 14 in Beds

Three grand huge river rock fireplaces to curl up and read a book while warming your toes. One in the living room, one in the master suite and one in another bedroom.Built in bar in the living room. Decks surrounding one side of this grand 3 story house leads to a private spa. Spacious and secluded grounds behind closed electric gates add to the tranquil beauty of this home. Oh! There is also a pond with a water fall.

Also please check out my other VRBO property #105073

***5. Cancellations Policies: All Cancellations are subject to a Cancellation Fee of 50% Cancellations must be made 60 days in advance to receive a deposit/rent refund minus 50%. Holidays 90 days in advance minus 50% If a shorter notification is given the deposit and rent will not be refunded unless we are able to rent the house out for the same time period .

Please note if you are in the no cancellation time frame.

There are no refunds if a listed occupant cancels or a listed occupant does not show up after arrival date.

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Mary Ann
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Gorgeous home, well-maintained in a perfect part of Idyllwild. If you are looking for serenity and an escape, this is the home for you!

Rating 5
Mar 2016
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Fern Valley Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Master bedroom very opulent with spa, shower and heated floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • 2 bedrooms separate from house. - Additional 2 bedrms seprate from house
  • Queen size Beds (4) Double Beds (1) 2 Bedrooms.separate from house Additional rent required, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 chaise lounges can be used as twins plus rollaway twin bed in loft and 4 airmattresses, Child Beds (1) Crib/ Playpen type, Baby Cribs (1) Portable. can do as a playpen also, can sleep on couches Chaise Lounge
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
It is located on Strawberry Creek. Has a lovely pond. Very secluded and electric gated.A very unique serene setting.


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average rating of 4.733333 based on 30 reviews

Winter Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

The home is a beautiful mountain (large) cottage with plenty of kitchen, dining, and living space. The bedrooms were large with nice decor. Everything was clean and well maintained. The grounds are spectacular with areas to sit and relax or hike and play in the creek. We were treated with a snowy day to the delight of the grandkids! The town is quaint and welcoming - fun to poke about in the shops and local eateries. A very nice getaway!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, It is a big help. So happy to hear you had a great time and even had snow. Thank you, Mary Ann
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Manhattan Beach, CA


  • 1 of 5

Through the years we have rented houses all over from Yosemite, Sequoia, all around Mexico, Costa Rica...and never had a bad luck. This one was a first! On the good side: 1) the location is ideal 2) the little creek in the back is nice 3) it is very quiet. On the bad side: the house is horrendous. The pictures are 100% better than the reality. This house is in need of a mega face lift and make over. It is completely run down, dusty and depressing. It smells like death. There are fake flowers faded and sad all over the place. The rugs and furniture are stained. The kitchen is a disaster. I actually had to clean and reorganize the cupboards. There are so many broken things form the oven handle, the toilet paper roll holders, etc... After having signed our life away on all "the rules" (tons of paperwork, signature and initials), we could not even get the garage door open to access the ping pong table. There are a bunch of rules for the Jacuzzi too...we never got to use it because it is away from the house and difficult to access. The house doesn't have central heat. If you go in the winter be prepared to burn a lot of wood and have to plug a bunch of smelly space heaters all over the place. Also, I suggest you bring your own bedding and pillows. This was our once a year "woodsy" vacation and this house ruined our trip. We will not be returning. Sorry!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. I must say I am surprised and saddened to hear about your experience and very critical assessment of our lovely mountain home. As small business owners we work very hard to maintain the property. We just had the entire house painted inside a this fall 2017. In addition, we installed a brand new heating system this winter. The Jacuzzi, which overlooks the stream, did not come with the house when we purchased the property. It was installed as an amenity for our guests and we installed a second stair case as well as an overhead shelter to ensure our guests could use it easily in all types of weather. I am sorry to hear you chose not to enjoy it. We understand that not everyone appreciates the aesthetics of silk flowers. It is a decorating choice we made as live plants did not survive when there were vacancies. We really did try to make live plants work. We leave space heaters all of which are recently purchased available as another amenity to our guests as not everyone likes the rooms at the same temperature. If there was an odor that was untenable or even just unpleasant when you entered the property, we would have appreciated immediate notification so that we could investigate the issue immediately and rectify the situation. In addition, not being able to turn on the heater nor access the garage door would have also been things that should have been brought to our attention immediately. It is confusing that we were not notified of an issue of smell or no heat in the middle of winter until after your stay. We have staff who live in Idyllwild who would have been available to address these types of issues had we been given a chance in the moment rather than after you had checked out of the property. In addition, we have staff that professionally cleans the house every time our guests check out and prepares the property for new guests who will be staying with us. Their services include laundering the linens and making up the beds, which includes putting sheets on the bed as well as pillows on the pillow cases to ensure our guests can relax when they arrive. We will discuss your concerns about the kitchen, any unaddressed stains or broken items with the house keeping staff. We appreciate you bringing these concerns to our attention as we are always looking for ways to improve. Thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Elite Mountain Homes.
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  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful weekend in this lovely cabin. Had 11 people, and all fit easily. We cooked and cooked and cooked - plenty of space in the kitchen (although the oven is narrow and doesn't fit most cookie or baking sheets). Sound of wind in the trees and babble in the brook. We'd be happy to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI, Thank you so much for your kind comments. Always happy to hear you had a wonderful time. mary Ann
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Los Angeles,Ca. 90066

Very clean , very home like , amazing views & private

  • 5 of 5

From day one I felt at home warm, comfortable ,cozy , relaxing getaway close to town in the perfect location and would highly recommend to anyone

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southern California

The week-end was so successful because of this beautiful, comfortable and organized cabin.!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We want to return, return and return!!!

Everything about our stay was perfect. Thank you for sharing your beautiful oasis !!!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Krustyne, Thank you. We would be happy to have you return. with a 5% discount. It was so nice of you to take the time to write such a pleasing review. Thank you, Mary Ann
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Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

This property will rejunvenate you. The house is uniquely built and surrounded by enormous trees and a relaxing creek. If you are looking to feel like you are in Northern California but only want to drive a few hours from San Diego this is the place. Where many wood built homes feel dark, specific attention was given to allow a lot of natural light making it feel bright and yet cosy.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Thank you so much or taking the time to write. I couldn't describe it better Mary Ann (Owner)
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Palm Springs 25 mi. and Onterio Airports 71 mi
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
palm Springs
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many Gpurmet andalso Fast foods and Pizza

Idyllwild is a unique quiet mountain town. It is known for its jazz festivals and arts and literary achievments. World famous Idyllwild Arts and Music and Drama High School. The town has many antique shops,craft shops, resturants and other entertainment is available. Of course it is a rock climbers dream. Hiking, Fishing, Horseback riding is also available. Then there is the wonderful relaxing and peaceful feeling you can only get in the forest and mountains.This home offers seclusion and tranquility plus all the luxury amentities you could ask for.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
Extra Rooms per night $50
Cleaning Fee $180
Refundable damage deposit $100
Property Damage Protection $79
Pet per night per dog $15
Firewood Fee winter only $25
Spa 10+ winter only $30
Tax Rate 10.0%

***5. Cancellations Policies: All Cancellations are subject to a Cancellation Fee of 50% Cancellations must be made 40 days in advance to receive a deposit/rent refund minus 50%. Holidays 70 days in advance minus 50% If a shorter notification is given the deposit and rent will not be refunded unless we are able to rent the house out for the same time period.
Over 10 Occupants. $40.00 per person per night

Damage Protection Insurance and Cancellation Protection Insurance is available and advisable particularly when advanced reservations are made. Refundable if property is not used with advanced notice. Non refundable if property is used
Mandatory Property Damage Ins. with 10 occupants and/or dogs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund