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Rare Creekside Setting

Bedrooms 2
Space 940 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Especially in the late winter and early spring, the sound of rushing water is the first thing to greet you when you step out of your car in front of the cabin.

The warmth of a huge fireplace, the view from floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the forest scene, and the sound of the creek -- it doesn't get much better.

Note: We are located in Fern Valley, Idyllwild's upscale neighborhood just one mile from cabin door to center of town. Pine Cove is not within walking distance to Idyllwild, so if you want to take advantage of all this quaint town has to offer, yet still experience a quiet setting, Idyllwild is the place to be. We have a fabulous location with great flat access; Town center is an easy walk with shops, restaurants, and museum along the way -- and right on the creek -- a rare find in vacation cabins.

There's lots of great cabins in Idyllwild -- but very few offer our unique creekside setting. Combine that with the luxury of being well set back from the road (another Idyllwild rarity) and privacy from neighbors, and you've really got something special.

White Horse offers a peaceful mountain retreat, one hour from North San Diego County. Huge, inviting fireplace, woodsy setting on the water, and a great deck to take it all in. The view from the small dining table overlooks our deck and beyond to the creek's rocks and small waterfalls. On a quiet day, it's not uncommon to see deer strolling down the creekbed. The cabin's wood interior and huge fireplace provide the expected mountain ambiance, yet this home provides all the modern conveniences.

This classic mountain cabin occupies over a half acre with fenced horse facilities, making this a very unique property. And yes, there really was a white horse at White Horse Cabin. (Stanlee left us at the ripe old age of 30, and his portrait hangs over the fireplace. Horses are on the property only when the owners are in residence.) However, guests with and without horses will enjoy the home's privacy yet close proximity to all that Idyllwild has to offer.

This home is much loved and used by its owners, thus providing our guests an instant feeling of 'home' instead of 'rental.' Idyllwild is a very special place, with an atmosphere that is getting very hard to find in Southern California. Guest comments routinely remark on our home's ambiance, privacy, huge deck and creekside setting.

This is a very family-friendly town, where kids can paint and fire ceramics at a local shop, attend fun/educational events at the County's Nature Center just outside of town, visit the skate park, or explore the creek right outside your back door at White Horse. Mom and dad can enjoy fine or casual dining, see a first-run movie, listen to live music any night of the week, or check out the Idyllwild museum showcasing the area's rich cattle country/mining heritage.

In addition to our horse facilities, we have a small fenced dog yard accessed off the deck. We welcome a maximum of 2 dogs at the cabin.

You'll enjoy a downstairs master with queen bed and separate TV, 2 twin beds in the loft, and a sofabed in the living room. There is one 3/4 bath with shower. Kitchen has fridge, stove, and dishwasher, in addition to being fully stocked with all you need for cooking, plus small appliances such as coffee maker, blender, toaster, microwave, etc. We provide all linens, towels, paper products, and kitchen staples.

We have WiFi, a DVD player, Ooma telephone service, and for those who still appreciate old school, we've got an AM/FM tuner with turntable, vinyl records, cassette player and even an 8-track!!

More Details

Kathy Styles
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Kathy Styles

We wanted a close-by retreat from our North San Diego County Home--someplace we could enjoy ourselves, plus share with others.

Kathy Styles purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Kathy Styles chose Fern Valley

We searched for mountain horse property for a long time--it's rare in Idyllwild. The size of the lot, plus the fabulous creek setting was irresistable!

What makes this cabin unique

White Horse Cabin has that location, location, location wow factor. The woods, the water, the classic A-frame cabin. After a few quiet moments on that deck overlooking the water, picturing our horses content in the big shaded paddock out front--we were hooked.


Fern Valley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 940 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • You may not add additional guests without permission; children of any age are considered additional guests
  • This is a quiet residential neighborhood. Loud music or any other form of disturbances or disrespect to neighbors is prohibited.
  • Guests will be required to complete and sign copies of rental agreement and liability waiver and return to owner.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) One queen in master, one queen sofabed, Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
Great horse facilities for four, small barn, separate pipe stalls, large paddock.


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average rating of 4.586207 based on 29 reviews
Palm Springs California

Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

Location at it's best, just a short drive to town. The views from the house were beautiful, cedar, pine, and oak trees surrounding the property. The house had everything to make our stay terrific with special care of the extras. The TV's were flat screen with direct tv, lots of stations. Most places in Idy do not have the greatest tv or the comfortable beds, this house had it all. Yes it is a cabin, I would recommend this cabin to any one.. Kathy, the owner, was terrific to deal with, you can't find a better owner. Thank you Kathy.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Larry; always happy to hear when someone enjoys their stay; look forward to accommodating you in the future. Regards, Kathy
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All the comforts of home with all the beauty of the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful hiking close by in Humber Park.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The quiet, snug little A frame cabin was everything we needed for a quick weekend getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Located so close to so many trail heads makes White Horse Cabin a great choice. Being able to sit on the patio and listen to Strawberry Creek babbling 30 feet away makes it the perfect choice.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly placed A frame cottage

  • 4 of 5

Property was as advertised, a bit dated in decor, which is actually part of the charm, though the deck is in need of some TLC so be careful or don't be barefoot outside. The cabin is perfectly situated geographically; easy walk to the 'downtown' area, and close to popular hiking paths.

We did have some housekeeping issues when we first arrived, but Kathy (owner) was easily reached and fixed the issue ASAP. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winchester, CA

Much needed get-away!

  • 4 of 5

My hubby and I just spent a couple of much-needed, relaxing days in the mountains. This adorable A-frame cabin takes you back to the 1970's with such features as an immaculate electric GE stove with controls right in the wall! And, we loved jamming to the Neil Diamond and Dolly Parton 8-track tapes and exploring the creek just a few feet away. Not a big fan of the "bear rug" that stared at me while I was making dinner, but we named him "Barry, the Dead Bear-Bear" after one of our daughter's little stuffed animal bears, "Barry, the Bear-Bear". Ha, ha....yes, we may need to get out more.

I caution folks heading up during the summer gets pretty warm in Idyllwild in the middle of the summer. We live just an hour away in the valley and we thought that it would be cooler in the mountains, but it wasn't. Thankfully, the owners had two portable fans that we used (and I brought one too). The evenings were very comfortable, we ate on the deck both nights, the master bedroom was very comfortable to sleep in, and the cabin was very comfortable until the early afternoon and then after in the early evening. Just a "heads up" for those who are sensitive to heat...the cabin reached 89 degrees during the middle of the day.

We've rented a lot of cabins/vacation rentals and hope that the owners won't mind a couple of suggestions that will make fellow renters feel more at home:

(1) Aluminum foil- We do VRBO so that we can cook a lot of our meals. Foil is a welcome necessity. And a clean grill too.

(2) Saran wrap- "same"

(3) While the cabin seemed pretty clean, there were a lot of spider webs, dead moths and flies on all of the window sills. Upon check-in, there were two very large, dead, "daddy long-legs" spiders in sink. Of course, it's not lost on me that the cabin is in the woods....but, perhaps, the cleaning crew can concentrate a little more on these's the tiny details.

Overall, Kathy, we had a wonderful time. We'd love to come back in the winter. That fireplace looks amazing and I can see how cozy the cabin will be when it's chilly outside. Thank you for inviting us into your second home. Hoping to be back someday.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cabin among the trees

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and a chance to get away. Close enough to town center for easy access to restaurants but far enough to feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle. Our son loved the loft area and the stream in the back.

Ranger station was super helpful in finding an easy hike (Ernie Maxwell trail) and we learned a few things at the nature center

Owners were helpful in recommending restaurants and responsive to our questions.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllwild Arts Academy hosts numerous musical, theatrical, and art events throughout the entire year, most famous for annual Jazz Festival in the fall. Tons of art galleries and unique shops, plus great selection of restaurants in downtown Idyllwild. This beautiful and historic mountain town also has a movie theater and dog park.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $70 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Please note that ALL RATES ARE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (2 people). Additional people are charged @ $15/night each. Holiday rates are $185/night double occupancy (2 people); each extra person charged at $15/night. Minimum stays on holidays may be 3-4 nights. 10% hotel tax and cleaning fee of $60 will be charged.

PETS are charged $25 EACH. Maximum of 2 dogs allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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