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Spend This Weekend in the German Alps for $100 a Night

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

There are 2 bedrooms + a sofa bed to sleep 6, and 2 baths, 1 on each floor.

If you have never experienced Big Bear's popular Oktoberfest celebration, you're in for a treat. A last-minute cancellation due to a family illness has opened up the charming two-bedroom, two-bath Bear Country Farmhouse, which is within walking distance to the largest Oktoberfest event in all of Southern California. The normal nightly rate for the farmhouse is $125, but this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that rate drops to $100. There's an 8% country tax on the rent, pus a $50 cleaning fee and a minimal VRBO service fee, but taken together, that's still a heck of a deal.

You can find hundreds of typical cabins in Big Bear, but there is only one farmhouse. That's just one reason why the Bear Country Farmhouse has become one of the most popular vacation rental properties in our mountain community.

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.

Smack dab in the middle of Big Bear is this charming farmhouse, complete with its own windmill and backyard barn. Experience a simpler period in America in the charming “moo-cow” farmhouse, and at such a bargain.

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 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 fireplace in the living room that keeps the entire farmhouse toasty warm on chilly fall nights. There are additional wall heaters in the bedrooms as well. 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 wood cabinet that holds the second TV and DVD player. 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. This bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to an observation deck with views that are particularly beautiful as the sun begins its western descent. You can keep an eye on the youngsters and your pups 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 capacity 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.

In addition to Oktoberfest, the farmhouse is central to all the attractions in town, including Big Bear Lake, which is about a 10-minute drive from your front door. Another five minutes will take you to the Big Bear Village filled with dozens of restaurants and mom-and-pop shops.

Seize this opportunity to experience Oktoberfest and the Bear Country Farmhouse at this special discounted price. Just send a reservation request through VRBO, or call David -- the owner; that's me -- at 888-424-5211. We''ll make this last-minute getaway a weekend you will long remember.

More Details

Owner
David Gurzenski
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About David Gurzenski

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 real estate, which prepared them for the California Real Estate License Exam. One student, very grateful after passing the exam, invited me to 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.

David Gurzenski purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why David Gurzenski chose Big Bear

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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 expensive restaurants in town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Even through we have only been married a few years, we have started some "traditions" of our own. One of them is welcoming every New Year in a special location that reminds us of times past and provides a place where we can plan for the year ahead. Your farmhouse in Big Bear was just perfect! We found a number of old standards to play on the DVD, opened up a bottle of champagne, and toasted the final minutes of 2006 in front of the fire. It really was magic. Thank you for helping a young couple build some wonderful memories together. (Reprinted from the farmhouse guestbook with the permission of Mark Montgomery.)
Jan 2007
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Big Bear Oktoberfest
"This fall event takes place every weekend starting mid-September through the end of October...."

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! ;-)

Amenities

Big Bear Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Water View
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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

Reviews

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5

it was amazing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a three day weekend. We got there Friday afternoon and David was very attentive. The cabin had everything we needed and some. The kids loved the cabin they felt very cozy and at home. we would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute Big Bear House

  • 3 of 5

This was a very festive house in Big Bear. It fully embraced the farm house that it was, country shabby chic. It had some decorations for 4th of July. The house was a great place for overnight but I wouldn't necessarily want to stay there for long periods of time. All basic amenities were there as listed. It did need a deep cleaning but generally was clean. It's back side is on the runway for the airport so it was fun to see the airplanes take off and land. I had some minor issues with it being really hot inside and there was no fan or AC. But David immediately brought one over and the second night was much more comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

This place has a charm like no other and David is a wonderful person. The cabin is close to the village and lake and David helped us out by telling us some areas we could take our doggies for a walk and swim. We did arrive in later but the house was ready and lit up so we could just relax instead of fiddling with lights, temperature, etc. The airport was not a bother and instead a point of interest for the family to watch the (mostly silent) planes take off and land. It didn't even feel like we were by an airport. And the neighbors we met were very kind. All in all this cabin is a hit with the family and we are already planning another trip up to Big Bear in the farmhouse.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Cute home and convenient location!

  • 4 of 5

Pros-

The booking process was super easy and David was great at communicating prior to arrival. They even let us check in a little early so we could unload before heading out.

The house was super cute and immaculate. David took the time to welcome us and show us around some unique things in the home.

Location was great. Everything we needed was within a 10 minute drive or less. zoo, village, bowling, restaurants, you name it.

There is also a grill we used frequently

Security refund was returned quickly

Tons of extra blankets if needed.

The balconies were my favorite part. So nice to sit outside and watch the world go by.

Cons - we went at a weird time of year so most of the summer activities were starting within a week of us leaving. This is of no fault of David but good for others to know.

While the house was beautiful it was missing some essentials - The kitchen had minimal pans and no oil or anything to cook with, which is fine but would have been nice to know in the home description ahead of time so we could be prepared. They had coffee and aluminum foil but they were nearly empty so we ended up replenishing ourselves for us and future guests to use.

The back yard was huge but there was no table and chairs so it was basically unusable living space unless you brought toys for this kids to play with or something. Even a fire pit would be nice. They have Tv's with basic cable, no movie channels. No big deal except they have a DVD player but no movies so it couldn't be used.

The walls of the house are paper thin. I mean really I could hear every conversation, the tv, etc. No matter where I was in the house. Not sure how to fix it but it made it very hard to get a good night rest as there were no ceiling or floor fans to drown out noise. An upgrade of darker curtains would be helpful to block out the morning sun too.

The shampoo seemed to be leftover from hotel stays and no seperate conditioner, my hair felt horrible. Wished I would have brought my own.

The cleaning fee is confusing. It was only $50 but we did most of the cleaning at their request in order to get our security back. I've never seen it done like that unless the cleaning fee was waived.

Overall we loved this home and big bear lake. Solid 4 stars and if some more thought / detail went into amenities and back yard space would have been a hands down 5

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for all the pros you listed about the farmhouse. However, I wanted to mention a few of the suggestions you made that could improve the property for future guests. Unfortunately, we have had many other guests – upon seeing a brand-new set of pots and pans – have taken them home with them. We do replace them when we learn this is an issue. We also suggest guests call us immediately if there are any essentials that they need and can’t find in the farmhouse. We live 10 minutes from the property and respond quickly with replacements. Certain other items, such as DVDs and CDs, have created a similar problem. Guests take the ones they like. Since we can’t review the entire library each time a party leaves, we can’t take the cost of replacement out of the security deposits. As far as the limited cooking supplies, all those items you found in the cabinets were left by former guests. We replenish such things as paper towels, napkins, dishwasher soap, hand soap, laundry soap and basic staples like salt and pepper. The shampoo and soap found in the bathrooms are not leftovers from hotel stays. We purchase these from a janitorial service, as well as other paper products. While some guests go overboard in leaving the farmhouse as they found it (which we very much appreciate), replacement of all these products cost money, and the housekeeper is paid her usual $50 cleaning fee no matter in what condition the property is in. She must wash, dry and remake beds, wash floors, clean windows, the kitchen and bathrooms, etc. for the next guests. Yes, it would be wonderful if we could purchase additional yard furniture, black-out drapes, ceiling fans and build a fire pit. You will find these features in more expensive cabins. Most guests select the farmhouse because of its special charm and very reasonable nightly rate. We hope to purchase some of the special features as additional bookings are received.
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5

Cozy cabin for just the right price!

  • 5 of 5

We slept comfortably in this cabin. There were 6 of us. The only wish I had was that the kitchen be stocked with baking dishes:) Other than that, we had a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Very clean, comfortable place.

  • 4 of 5

Great location, convenient to shopping and skiing. House was clean, cozy and warm! Owners very conscientious of any problems and very prompt. Only complaint is have was the master bedroom mattress was too firm for me, but that was just me. Loved it otherwise!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $100

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.