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Authentic Log Home Secluded Next to a Mountain River, Family Retreat

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 3,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

7 bedrooms 3.5 baths, sleeps 16

2016 Highest Rating, Plus Best Value for a Quality 7 Bedroom Home near Big Bear! Owner operated. Not crowded like Big Bear, even on holidays.

A River Paradise - 300' of private property on the pristine Santa Ana River headwaters. Five acres with a beautiful year-round river. A relaxing private mountain sanctuary intended for guests that are looking for a unique retreat in the San Bernardino Mountains (rural Seven Oaks). A place for rest, rejuvenation and discovery. About 2 hours from Orange County or Los Angeles, yet worlds away. Though your surroundings are authentically rustic, there's no need to rough it: you'll find everything you need in the main house. A wonderful combination of furnishings, location, views and amenities.

Perched on a sunny mountainside, a pristine sanctuary to renew the spirit and refresh the senses. Wander and explore the lovely orchard and you’ll feel the splendor of simpler times. Meditate in the fresh mountain air and the beautiful ambiance of the river landscape. Relax in a comfortable handcrafted log home in the woods. You’ll find a wide selection of music, dozens of inviting books and a cozy, peaceful place just for you.

Handcrafted custom log home is comfortably appointed with antiques and modern amenities. The cabin is kept very clean. Upon entering the cabin, before you is the great room, which is surrounded by windows and decks that brighten the entire area and offer spectacular views. The dining area seats ten with additional seating at the breakfast bar for two. There is also a large picnic table on the deck for 10+. The kitchen island is centrally located in the house with vaulted ceilings and lots of handcrafted character. A great place to enjoy cooking in an open floor plan to the living room and loft.

The Master bedroom has a Queen bed and adjacent bathroom, the second bedroom has a full bed and 1/2 bath. The loft has a Queen bed, it is open to living room below. (Only the two upstairs bedrooms and loft are part of the log area.) Four downstairs bedrooms have 1 King, 1 CA King, and 1 Full bed - this room has no private access. One additional large bathroom downstairs. 7th bedroom 2 queen beds plus extra bathroom, 800 sq ft.

There are over 800 sq. ft. of deck wrapped with inspiring mountain views. There is a 25 foot tree swing for the kids. Bob crane and Hootie the owl fly by often.

Best Location on this River!

The Santa Ana River upper headwaters of the river in the San Bernardino Mountains still retain a free flowing character and outstanding natural values. The upper headwaters, including its sparkling waters, scenic verdant meadows, rich riparian habitat, and thick forests of pine, fir, and oak offer an outdoor recreation mecca for hikers, bicyclists and fishermen. Perfect place to reconnect with family and friends in a green and pristine mountain wilderness. Come and surround yourself with the natural beauty and privacy of a wooded landscape.

Give yourself time for writing and hiking, painting and reading and stargazing in this peaceful sanctuary. Sit back and take delight in the breath-taking view from the deck as the sun sets and listen to the soothing sounds of nature. Birdwatchers often spot owls, herons, ducks, woodpeckers, hawks and quail.

This is a quality rental for families, perfect for family reunions and quiet retreats.

RESTRICTIONS: We only rent to responsible people. No activities that would prevent our neighbors’ ability to enjoy their residences peacefully - sorry, no large events. It’s NOT a party house. No smoking, no fires, no firearms, no pets, no boomboxes. No music or loud noise outdoors.

River access is limited to 300' of river on our property only. Please do not trespass on the neighbors property. You may access the river by walking up the road. This goes along public forest land and is a lovely longer hike.

Winter - please carry chains. We are located at 4,600' elevation. (No high altitude headaches here).

More Details

R.J. Hendrickson
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, Lithuanian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About R.J. Hendrickson

Originally from the lake country of northern Minnesota. Robert hand-scribed this fabulous home and all the amazing details. Robert likes to tinker and invent. Anna enjoys landscaping this five acre canvas. Their hospitality experience included owning a bed and breakfast in New Zealand. The log house shares this five acre property with the owner’s cabin - 300' away from the house. We respect your privacy, but if you need anything we can assist immediately. We are very interested in making sure your stay is comfortable.

R.J. Hendrickson purchased this house in 1997

Why R.J. Hendrickson chose Angelus Oaks

We handcrafted this unique log home ourselves, with much attention to detail. Located in a beautiful green wilderness, the Santa Ana River is unique for So. California - green and pristine. Love the apple blossoms and yucca in the Spring. Bird watching includes herons, owls, quail and hawks. Stars are a lot brighter out here. We encourage our guests to learn about our region's rich history, encouraging stewardship of this rich and unique riparian environment.

What makes this house unique

Private gate, cabin is 1/4 mile away from the paved 7 Oaks Road on a private maintained dirt road. Only ten neighbors, all homes are on 5 acres surrounded by 30+ miles of beautiful national forest. Fabulous views. This is not crowded like Big Bear, even on holidays.

Guestbook comments from the owner

RJ…just want to add my 2 cents worth.

We really enjoyed the 2 night stay at your Log cabin. What an accomplishment. My daughter and her husband flew out from Dallas just for my Mom’s 90th birthday celebration, so you know this was a big deal for me and Tammy to have our mom honored like this. Your place was perfect. And added to that was the warm feeling you gave us to be around you. We have been emailing each other back and forth saying how we hope we can all get together again and do a repeat.
Apr 2010
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Angelus Oaks House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please stay off neighbors property. No activities that would prevent our neighbors from enjoying their residences peacefully.
  • Keep the entry gate locked.
  • Please supervise children.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Separate propane water heater.
  • Paper towels, toilet paper and bathroom carpets are provided. Please bring bath towels.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , full bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master upstairs log area
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Loft bedroom, log area, open to kitchen below
    Bedroom 7 - 2 queen , 2 queen beds, private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , second upstairs log, private 1/2 bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , no private access
  • Linen are supplied for the beds. King beds have additional down comforters in the winter. (Please do not use our linens or towels outdoors, there is sap on the ground.) Bring bath towels.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 14 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Riverfront deck, apple orchard, private road, property is on 5 acres, home has unique handcrafted log details, art, antiques, huge deck with incredible mountain views. Taking children into the wilderness is a great opportunity for parents to teach children to love and protect our natural resources. Our property is designed with the safety and well being of our guests as the first priority. The benefits of connecting children and adults alike with nature are far-reaching. We would not want you to miss the magical moments that will unfold as you and your child as you open your hearts to the natural world. Children have a 25' tree swing, hammock, slide rock, tree house and lots of room to run around. Owners have 3 outdoor dogs on this 5 acre property. 2 border collies and a wannabe. They are not allowed in the log house. No pets, no exceptions. No large events. No activities that would prevent our neighbors from enjoying their residences peacefully.


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Authentic Log Home Secluded Next to a Mountain River, Family Retreat
average rating of 4.9719625 based on 108 reviews

Good - would have been better if it had snowed

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay with our family. Nice place for a family gathering.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful setting for a family weekend trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and the location was a perfect glamping getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had wonderful time💗💗💗

  • 5 of 5

"The spacious house/cabin were of high standard overall. Clean, facilities good. Excellent for our purpose, as we were able to fit all 19 of our group into the house.Perfect accommodation 💗?The kitchen was well equipped , cozy and clean.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed for 2 nights and there are not enough words to describe the wonderful time we had! The owners were very kind and made sure that we felt welcomed. We spend majority of our time outdoors since the it was just so beautiful! The Santa Ana River is nearby so we took many relaxing walks along side it. The kids ate apples and blackberries and enjoyed the swing/treehouse. The home is clean and has such a cozy feel. The owners built this home and we were in awe of their handiwork. Thank you again, Robert and Anna, for sharing your beautiful home!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Family Fun in Angelus Oaks

  • 5 of 5

This property is the perfect log cabin (that sleeps 16!) for our family get a way. We enjoyed the cooler weather and fabulous home that RJ and Anna have created in the beautiful forest of Angelus Oaks. We fished in the Santa Ana and walked around the gorgeous property while collecting the most magnificent pine cones. When we wanted to experience Big Bear, we hopped in the car for a pretty 45 minute drive. The deck has a spectacular view of the mountains. The home had everything we needed and is in wonderful order. We highly recommend this vacation rental property.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful log home nestled in the mountains surrounded by pines. Very private and tranquil with a hiking trail and a stream running through the property. Large accommodations for a family get together. The owners RJ and Anna made us feel very welcome and shared their knowledge of the area. Highly recommend this beautiful home.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Trout Fishing
Rainbow Trout is stocked in the Santa Ana River. 5 miles past Angelus Oaks, left on Glass R...
Snow Valley Mountain Resort
San Bernardino National Forest
San Bernardino National Forest
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Seven Oaks Resort
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Gold Mine Golf Course
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 38
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
The Oaks Restaurant in Angelus Oaks
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Snow Summit
Nearest Beach
Santa Ana River (on property)
Car: necessary

25 Miles to Big Bear & Redlands.

Hwy 38 to Glass Rd. (T intersection). Left at 7 Oaks Road. Right at IN09. Gate can be seen from 7 Oaks Road.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 7.0%

Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day: ($650) 3 night minimum.
Summer: May 31 - Sep 8 ($650) 3 night minimum for up to 16 guests, children included.
Thanksgiving 4 nights @ $950 per night
Christmas and New Years Holidays: 3 Holiday nights @ $1,200 night +tax+cleaning fee.
(Winter Holiday check-in is 5pm and checkout is 10am.)
Deposit holds dates and is non-refundable or transferable. Trip insurance is recommended.
Owner operated.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund