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Here's a 3-bedroom 2-bath View Cabin with a $185 Winter Rate

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

You won't find another a cabin of this size, perfect location and amazing view at such a reasonable rate in all of Big Bear! That's right. Here is a spacious three-bedroom, two-bath lodge-like mountain home that can sleep eight comfortably. Just scan some 50 reviews of the cabin, and read how impressed our previous guests have been with their accommodations. Though located in a pristine section of Big Bear known as the Whispering Forest far from bustling crowds, it is within a short drive to all of this mountain community's main attractions.

As you drive your vehicle up the gentle curves of Eagle Mountain Road, a 45-degree turn takes you to Green Mountain Drive. The view from this ridge road has been described as amazing by more then one guest. Near the end of the road you will find the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. The trails of the National Forest are within walking distance, but since you won’t find mention of them in any guide book, you can spend a full day discovering the area without running into another human being. Yet if you want to walk the quaint streets of Big Bear Village filled with dozens of eateries and charming shops, it’s only a 15-minute drive away.

We don’t ask for a ridiculously-high security deposit either, just $100 (plus VRBO's service fee). The $100 is totally refundable following your departure. The only thing high about the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway is its location. Big Bear may be 7,000 feet above sea level, but in the Whispering Forest, the hideaway is another 1,000 feet closer to heaven!

But we mortals still have to eat and sleep, and here is the perfect cabin where you can do both in style. Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway provides the rustic atmosphere guests seek in a mountain home, but also offers the conveniences one expects while on vacation. The kitchen contains a large refrigerator with ice maker, a microwave oven and a dish washer; tucked behind shuttered doors in the hallway closet is a washer and dryer. The thermostatically-controlled central heating system keeps the cabin toasty warm, no matter how chilly the evenings become. If you have to stay connected with the outside world, there is wireless Internet available as well.

In addition to its custom stone fireplace, the great room contains a large-screen television and a massive varnished log slab breakfast bar that lets the chef enjoy the inspiring view while preparing a meal. That jaw-dropping 180-degree view of both the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit peaks can be seen from the great room and master bedroom, while the two bedrooms on the lower level offer forest views. The entire south wall of the main floor is composed of sliding glass doors, which lead to the back deck that runs the full length of the cabin -- the perfect spot to watch birds soar through the trees.

Adjacent to the great room is the vaulted master suite containing a queen oak sleigh bed; a large, mirrored walk-in cedar closet; a flat-screen television with built in DVD player, and sliding glass doors to the back deck and that view. Downstairs are the other two bedrooms, separated by the second bath. One bedroom contains a queen iron bed and the other holds a set of full bunk beds that can accommodate two adult couples or four giggling youngsters.

There’s a fenced back yard if you want your pups to get some outdoor exercise, and a barbecue on the back deck.There is no additional pet deposit. Because the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway is tucked away on a dead-end road, it's rare that you will even hear the sound of a passing car. More frequent will be the sound of squirrels scampering above the vaulted ceilings collecting acorns. We know you’ll enjoy the warmth and calm serenity of the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. So fill out the VRBO reservation request form or call us at 888-424-5211 if you have further questions about this one-of-a-kind mountain cabin. What a place to escape, leave your worldly cares behind and unwind. Now, that's what we call ... 'heavenly!'

Keywords: Bargain rates, 5-star cabin, near National Forest

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David Gurzenski or Alan Lukes
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About David Gurzenski or Alan Lukes

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, instead I began to invest in vacation rental cabins, renovating them to appeal to visitors from throughout Southern California.

David Gurzenski or Alan Lukes purchased this cabin in 2008

Why David Gurzenski or Alan Lukes chose Big Bear

We call our cabin the Almost-to-Heaven Hideaway. Guests understand when they drive up a gently winding road to the structure's location high above the town of Big Bear. Even though I saw the property required renovation, the view took my breath away as soon as we were inside. The cabin is also located in a wonderful section of Big Bear known as Whispering Forest. It sits on the edge of the National Forest, where guests can take hikes in summer and sled in the winter. While away from the bustle of Big Bear, it is just a 10-to-15-minute drive to all of Big Bear’s main attractions. My two grandsons (pictured here) are drawn from the east coast to Big Bear with my daughter, where they can ski and snowboard in winter, or enjoy beautiful Big Bear Lake in summer.

What makes this cabin unique

Many of the unique benefits of this marvelous cabin are mentioned above. Yet also impressive is the large great room, composed of the living area, kitchen and dining room table. The outstanding view can also be enjoyed from the all these sections of the great room, as well as the master suite on the main level of the cabin. On the lower level, there are two nice-sized rooms, as well as a full bath that separate them. The cabin has been enjoyed by large families and groups as evidenced by the numerous glowing reviews that make the property a five-star favorite for many returning guests. The back deck, which extends across the entire width of the cabin, is an ideal location for BBQs, tranquility, enjoying the beauty of the forest and breath-taking views of the southern mountain range containing Big Bear’s two ski resorts.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(60 traveler reviews)

Here's a 3-bedroom 2-bath View Cabin with a $185 Winter Rate
average rating of 4.866667 based on 60 reviews

Very nice cabin and great location and view!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived early and were able to check in early. Everything was clean and well prepared! David met us at the property and gave us a tour. It was perfect for our group of 5. We will definitely go back! the trip was perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another wonderful mini-vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks again for providing a much needed getaway for my husband and our dog Sophie....we relaxed and enjoyed the fiery red sunset at tripped around the village and wandered the shores of Big Bear Lake....had bbq'ed chicken on the deck.....and enjoyed the changing colors of the fall leaves. Wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A group of 8 friends rented this cabin for the weekend of Oktoberfest and it was perfect. The view is breathetaking and the rooms are really nice. The living room area was great as well as the location. We were within walking distance of Oktoberfest which was a perk. There was enough room to fit all four of our cars near the property as well. I do recommend for big groups or families. I would definitely consider coming back for the snow season.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Double-Booked Us & Canceled 9 Days Prior to Arrival

  • 1 of 5

We booked this property for our annual trip to Big Bear (2 families) through VRBO. The calendar showed it was available. We received directions from the owners for payment and paid the deposit and full amount months in advance. We received confirmation of payment. Directions and instructions on how to access the property were sent to us a month in advance. 10 days before our arrival date, I emailed the owners to advise them that because of work commitments we would be arriving later than expected, but we would still be coming. I received a call the next day advising me that the owners had double-booked and that they needed to cancel our reservation. We were given a full refund, but we had to cancel our trip because we couldn't find another property for a reasonable price with such short notice.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First of all, I should point out that this is not a review of our cabin, but rather a review of a double-booking mistake I made. I forgot to mark the dates as reserved when I received payment from the first family that wanted the cabin. It was not until this reviewer emailed me on Feb 2 -- 10 days before her anticipated arrival -- that she would be arriving late to the cabin on Feb 12. I immediately called this reviewer about the double-booking, explaining that I would have to give the cabin to the first party who paid for these same dates. Naturally, she was quite upset, demanding the return of the rent she had paid. I immediately told her I could refund all money she paid, but there was another option I offered her that had resolved the same dilemma several years ago. I said I would take it upon myself to locate a comparable cabin still open for these dates, and pay the difference in price myself. Since I have lived and been managing my own rentals in Big Bear for the last 15 years, I am quite familiar with the vacation-rental market in town. She refused this offer, and said she just wanted her money back. It was only when I received this review a few days ago did I learn she had cancelled her trip to Big Bear because she couldn’t find another property for a reasonable price with such short notice. Again, had she accepted my offer, there would be no reason for her not to come up to Big Bear as planned. I currently own three local properties, plus manage another one for a family that rarely use their cabin as a second home because of the distance from their primary residence. Perhaps this is another reason for this double-booking -- trying to handle too many reservations at the same time. Also, I frequently check to see if my rates are comparable to similar properties on VRBO, then set my prices even lower. Hence I receive a have volume of inquiries and bookings. Being a one-man operation to supplement my social security, I even take on cleaning responsibilities to improve the profit margin. Still, double-bookings have been very rare. Instead of reviews like this one, all the cabins have five-star ratings. Many guests have commented about the professional manner I manage each cabin. In addition to five-star reviews, countless returning guests have recommended my properties to friends. This is the first one-star review I have received. Of the 57 reviews, one other was a three-star review. The remaining 55 have been 4 or 5-star reviews. I rest my case.
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  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect cabin for 2 families on a weekend ski trip. Easy access to Snow Summit as well as ski rentals and grocery stores in town. Beautiful views from the balcony. The owner waited for us at a check-in and showed us the cabin. David was so nice and always responded to my phone calls and emails promptly. We had a great time! We will definitely consider staying at this cabin again for our next year's ski trip. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Very nice....and enjoyable place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We are very happy with our weekend stay! David was very accommodating starting with a late arrival on Friday night due to work and traffic from LA. Very comfortable home with everything you would need for a great mountain getaway! Very quiet location with beautiful views, ample room for a family or group, and quick drive to town. Very enjoyable place to stay all around!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The cabin is located about a two-minute walk from the end of the road, which culminates in the San Bernardino National Forest. A sign coming up Eagle Mountain Drive to the cabin states 'No through access,' so those in search of scenic views of the lake or hiking trails turn around and never reach our cabin. As a result, this is one of the most quiet, peaceful sections of Big Bear's Whispering Forest that lives up to its name. You will be rewarded with plenty of lake AND mountain views after another three-minute walk into the forest. It's a slow, easy incline to higher elevations that makes an easy hike for beginners. The more adventurous and experienced hikers can continue to find large boulder outcroppings that are perfect for gazing at the endless view. Since you won't find mention of this section of the forest in any of the guide books, it is extremely doubtful that you will encounter any other human being during your experience with nature.


Rates & Availability

Whispering Forest Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 28 2016 - Mar 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas Week
Dec 26 2016 - Dec 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Weekend
Dec 29 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Mar 20 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 25 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
July 4th Weekend
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning $50
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, seasonal rates, or any discounts available.

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Whispering Forest Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (1) The queen bed in the master suite is a rustic oak sleigh bed, while the queen bed in a downstairs bedroom is a rustic, wrought iron country bed., Bunk Beds (1) Not your typical bunk bed, this one contains two full-size beds that can sleep a total of four individuals.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Vaulted T&G wood ceilings supported by massive support beams in the great room and master bedroom; real wood blinds and custom drapes; most kitchen appliances, as well as the washer/dryer, are brand new; oil paintings, prints and historial photographs of early Big Bear add to the ambiance of all rooms; rustic light fixtures and many antique wood furnishings make this an unmistakeable mountain retreat.

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