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Make Your Big Bear Stay Special by Booking the Bear Country Farmhouse

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

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

When the owners purchased this cabin back in 2005, they had a vision of what it could become. Using its unique roof-line, they spent the next year renovating the nondescript structure from top to bottom to become the red, white and blue Bear Country Farmhouse you see today.

The sleeping capacity is six, with a two-car driveway right out front. Step through the front door and you will be impressed how the farmhouse has been transformed into a special place.

This 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 summer vacations of years gone by.

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 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 a large cabinet that holds the second TV and DVD player. The second bedroom has a bead-board trundle bed with two twin mattresses. It also 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 dog playing in the fenced backyard below. The master bedroom also has its own deck overlooking the driveway. No trudging up a long flight of stairs to get your bags to the front door.

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. The total sleeping capacity of six can become seven if one of the guests is an infant. There's 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.

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

Request to book the Bear Country Farmhouse soon. IYou and your family will be glad you did.

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

More Details

Owner
David Gurzenski
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 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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Amenities

Big Bear Lake Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
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

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(68 traveler reviews)

Make Your Big Bear Stay Special by Booking the Bear Country Farmhouse
average rating of 4.6764708 based on 70 reviews
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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5

The Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

David was a great host. He met us at the house and gave us a quick tour. We had comfortable accommodations, house was toasty during cold winter nights with 24 degree temps outside. Kitchen had everything we needed. Highly recommend this experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Amazing Place

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for allowing my family and I rent your farm house, we had an amazing vacation time. It was perfect timing, skiing while snowing. My kids had a blast, from their room they had a perfect view of the mountain full of trees and to top it off the trees were all covered with snow. The Farm house is a very cozy place to stay in, we cannot wait for next year to go up to the mountain again. We had a blast.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome family getaway that is also pet-friendly!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and will be planning a return visit! David is responsive and VERY easy to work with!

We took our three young daughters and pups for a long weekend and had so much fun!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Cute little farm house!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the place. My friends and I were so sad that were leaving. The owner of the home was very nice and didn't hesitate to allow us to contact us when he had a question.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Map

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! ;-)

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Rates & Availability

Big Bear Lake Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Mar 30 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$115
 
 
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$390
Flat fee
 
 
Summer
May 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$125
 
 
4th of July Weekend
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
Flat fee
 
 
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$420
Flat fee
 
 
Fall
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
$120
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
Flat fee
 
 
Winter
Nov 23 2017 - Mar 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
$140
 
 
Christmas
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
$600
Flat fee
 
 
Ski Break
Dec 26 2017 - Dec 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
$300
Flat fee
 
 
Ski Break
Dec 28 2017 - Dec 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
$300
Flat fee
 
 
Ski Break
Dec 30 2017 - Dec 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
$150
Flat fee
 
 
New Year
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
$300
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$130
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

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.

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