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Red, white and blue colors are found throughout the farmhouse.

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Last updated: 07/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

You have probably been searching for the lowest rate available here in Big Bear to enjoy summer on the mountain. You just found it. Can you imagine a low $125 per night rate for a cabin that sleeps six? That's lower than our local Motel 6, and here you get so much more, such as a full two-bedroom, two-bath central property with an amazing large country kitchen. You will be astounded by what your money will buy.

Remember when you could take off for a weekend by the lake for less than a down-payment on the family car? Those days are back again this summer. Our Big Bear one-of-a-kind vacation rental is designed to look like a 1900’s rustic farmhouse where city-slickers can just drop their bags and settle in. Introduce your children to the simple joys of gathering together with family and friends to rekindle memories of times gone by, long before cell phones, texting and the Internet (though wifi is available for those who must be connected to the outside world). Here's the perfect location to relive those memories of your childhood.

Many former guests have remarked the farmhouse was like going to “Grammy’s house” for a vacation. Smack dab in the middle of Big Bear is this charming 2-bedroom, 2-bath farmhouse, complete with its own windmill and backyard barn. Summer is an ideal time to experience a simpler period in America in the charming “moo-cow” farmhouse. Imagine paying just $125 a night. The base rent is then taxed 8% by the county as a short-term rental, but the only other charge is the $50 cleaning fee. Now, that's a bargain!

'What makes the farmhouse so special?' you may be asking. The barn-red and cottage-white farmhouse looks much as it would in the early 1900s. All floors are wide-plank pine, and the T&G ceilings are supported by massive wood beams. Care has been taken to keep today’s modern gadgets – the TVs, DVD players and appliances -- behind closed doors to maintain the look of an early American farmhouse.

In the large, eat-in kitchen, the cottage-white, bead-board wainscoting and barn-red walls surround a room filled with country charm. Farm antiques, such as an old milk storage container and early American utensils, add to the kitchen’s country look. There’s even a deep, double farmhouse sink! You also have the convenience of a washer/dryer in the kitchen, but since it isn't the ringer-type model your grandmother used, you’ll find it hidden behind the barn doors of the laundry closet.

As soon as the sun dips below the west end of the lake, falling temperatures quickly follow on the mountain. That’s when you will want to gather ‘round the gas fireplace in the living room that keeps the entire farmhouse toasty warm on chilly nights. There are additional wall heaters in both baths, as well as electric heaters in both bedrooms. The linen closet is also filled with numerous blankets and quilts.

When it's time to tuck in the young ones, climb the pine staircase to the second floor where the two bedrooms are separated by a full bath. The master bedroom contains a queen-sized bed and armoire that holds the second TV and DVD unit. There’s also a spacious, mirrored closet. The second bedroom (fondly known as the Blue Bear Room) has a bead-board trundle bed with two twin mattresses that can be set up in a number of configurations. This bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to an observation deck with views of the Green, Gold and Eagle Mountain ranges that are particularly beautiful as the sun begins its western descent. You can keep an eye on the youngsters and your dog playing in the fenced backyard below.

Back downstairs, two more individuals can drift off to sleep watching the flickering flames of the fireplace from the queen sofa bed in the living room. There is a convenient bath just down the hall. That brings the total sleeping accommodations at the farmhouse to six. Well, it can be seven if one of them is an infant. We have a baby crib for the little one.

For the night owls who don’t want the day to end, there’s a large screen television and DVD player with access to hundreds of movie and sports channels in the living room china cabinet. There's also wifi in the farmhouse as well. You will want to tell distant friends and family of the perfect place you have discovered for future vacations in Big Bear!

The farmhouse is central to all the restaurants and attraction on both side of the lake. Seize the opportunity to experience the Bear Country Farmhouse before your kids are off to college or raising families of their own! Treat them to a summer getaway they will want to relive with your grandchildren!


Keywords: farmhouse, cabin, bargain rate, special discount, central location

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    In addition to being pet-friendly, there's a fenced backyard where your dogs can romp....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds are contained in the second bedroom trundle that offers a comfortable seating area by day., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The living room queen sofa is located near the gas fireplace, so a couple can doze off while watching the flickering flames....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    (2) A large, flat screen TV and DVD/VCR player are located behind glass doors in the living room china cabinet; the second flat screen TV and DVD player are located in the master bedroom armoire....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace:

    The gas fireplace is controlled by a thermostat and keeps the entire farmhouse warm throughout winter nights...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    The newest amenity added by popular demand is WiFi access throughout the farmhouse. Even in a 1900s farmhouse, you can't stop the march of progress!...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    A true 'country kitchen' in every sense of the term from the farmhouse sink to bead board cabinets and white wainscoting, this large room is a real gathering place for your entire vacation party....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
May 27 - Sep 5, 2016
2 night min stay
$125
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 - Sep 4, 2016
3 night min stay

$375
flat fee
Fall
Sep 6 - Nov 23, 2016
2 night min stay
$115
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 - Nov 26, 2016
4 night min stay

$580
flat fee
Winter
Nov 24 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$125
Christmas Weekend
Dec 23 - Dec 25, 2016
3 night min stay

$495
flat fee
New Years Weekend
Dec 30 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay

$495
flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Cleaning $50
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

Please contact the owner through this site, or call our toll-free 888-424-5211 number to obtain our holiday rates or any discounts available. In addition to the two bedroom upstairs separated by a full bath, there is a bath on the main floor with a pull-out sofa in the living room. Fresh bed linens and towels will be waiting for all guests along with all bathroom and basic kitchen supplies.

We request a $100 reservation/security deposit due at the time of booking. It is fully refundable the week following your departure and there haven't been any damages. The deposit is due the day after the invoice is sent. It best can be handled through PayPal. The rent, tax and cleaning fee are billed in a separate invoice. Payment is required one week prior to arrival.


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Location

Centrally located in Big Bear, the farmhouse is only a 10-minute drive from all major attractions, including the ski slopes, the Village, and the Performing Arts Center. You can walk to the east end of the lake, as well as a small community store, the best pizza place in all of Big Bear, and the weekly farmer's market at the corner of Division Drive and Big Bear Blvd. on Tuesdays from 8 to 1. You don't have to be a farmer to enjoy this popular local event that offers the freshest fruits and vegetables at the lowest prices in town, but you will feel like one during your time in the farmhouse! Go along with the fantasy and pretend you picked those fruits and vegetables from behind the farmhouse! ;-)

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

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 Big Bear Lake, CA, USA:
Oh, this property required work to transform it to the charming farmhouse it is today. But I could see its potential as a vacation rental. Once rented full-time by a group of young men, they fell behind on their rent and refused to leave. The former owner said she would lower the asking price if I took the responsibility of getting them out. Because of my background in property management, I presented them with a three-day pay or quit notice. I also let them know I was friends of the local judge, who would send over city police to physically remove the fellows from the property. They were gone the next day. The property was renovated from top to bottom from a new roof to gleaming wide-plank wood floors inside. A third bedroom was eliminated to create a very spacious country kitchen, and a half-bath on the main floor was expanded to become a three-quarter-bath with a new shower featuring gleaming white subway tiles. A back deck was added to expand the outdoor living space that overlooks the fenced backyard. Then began the process of converting all rooms to resemble an old-time farmhouse that delights guests the minute they walk through the front door.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Why stay in a farmhouse? Because it is a one-of-a-kind property that takes guests back to a time of their childhood when they may have visited their grandparent’s home in the Midwest. You can’t miss the farmhouse when you first arrive in the neighborhood. It’s the only property that resembles a large barn with a windmill out front. Many of the unique benefits of this marvelous structure are mentioned above. Yet also impressive are the countless touches of country charm. Everything found in each room was selected to enhance the farmhouse motif. One room that always impresses guests is the spacious country kitchen that offers all one would need to prepare small meals or large dinners. More than one guest has exclaimed, “I wish we had a kitchen like this back home!” That’s why many guests prefer to eat here rather than the expensive restaurants in town.


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Photos

  • Red, white and blue colors are found throughout the farmhouse.

    Red, white and blue colors are found throughout the farmhouse.

  • It looks like a 50s rotary-dial phone, but this one works just like your cell.

    It looks like a 50s rotary-dial phone, but this one works just like your cell.

  • Washer/dryer is behind barn doors. Table holds 6; but kids prefer island seating

    Washer/dryer is behind barn doors. Table holds 6; but kids prefer island seating

  • Original artwork in an old wood frame on custom wallpaper enhance the 2nd bath.

    Original artwork in an old wood frame on custom wallpaper enhance the 2nd bath.

  • A queen, oak sleigh bed in the master bedroom matches the wainscoting around it.

    A queen, oak sleigh bed in the master bedroom matches the wainscoting around it.

  • The upstairs bath between the bedrooms is great for long soaks or quick showers.

    The upstairs bath between the bedrooms is great for long soaks or quick showers.

  • The 2nd bedroom offers plenty of shelf space plus a walk-in closet.

    The 2nd bedroom offers plenty of shelf space plus a walk-in closet.

  • Kids and pets love playing in the fenced backyard.

    Kids and pets love playing in the fenced backyard.

  • The windmill next to the driveway is but one element that adds country charm.

    The windmill next to the driveway is but one element that adds country charm.

  • Pedal a bike from the farmhouse to the north shore paved path to enjoy this view

    Pedal a bike from the farmhouse to the north shore paved path to enjoy this view

  • There are touches of country charm whereever you look.

    There are touches of country charm whereever you look.

  • Warm up after a day on the mountain in front of the gas fireplace.

    Warm up after a day on the mountain in front of the gas fireplace.

  • Picture yourself, family and friends preparing a dinner in this country kitchen!

    Picture yourself, family and friends preparing a dinner in this country kitchen!

  • It takes a number of photos to show the large farmhouse country kitchen.

    It takes a number of photos to show the large farmhouse country kitchen.

  • A pedestal sink, period fixtures and authenic lamp reproductions add charm.

    A pedestal sink, period fixtures and authenic lamp reproductions add charm.

  • The mirrored closet doors of the master bedroom seem to double the room's size.

    The mirrored closet doors of the master bedroom seem to double the room's size.

  • The 2nd bedroom trundle hides two twin mattresses that come out at night.

    The 2nd bedroom trundle hides two twin mattresses that come out at night.

  • Even the backyard storage shed has been renovated to resemble a farmhouse barn!

    Even the backyard storage shed has been renovated to resemble a farmhouse barn!

  • From the upstairs deck, a sunset view adds color to the northern mountain range.

    From the upstairs deck, a sunset view adds color to the northern mountain range.

  • Signs of fall are found throughout the farmhouse this time of year.

    Signs of fall are found throughout the farmhouse this time of year.

  • Christmas is a special time of year in the farmhouse.

    Christmas is a special time of year in the farmhouse.

  • The farmhouse is popular in the fall. Oktoberfest is within walking distance.

    The farmhouse is popular in the fall. Oktoberfest is within walking distance.

  • The farmhouse has level access in snow; the driveway is by the front porch.

    The farmhouse has level access in snow; the driveway is by the front porch.

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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