Spacious Retreat on Large Property Next to the National Forest
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Our 3,300 square foot residence was built to accommodate 25 people so that we could offer a comfortable place in nature for large groups to enjoy. Read some of the reviews of our satisfied guests.
Safe Haven Forest Retreat is a unique 2 acre property that sits at the end of Wilderness Road at an altitude of 6,200 ft. It is the last private property on the road with three sides connected to the National Forest. You'll enjoy the broad mountain views and surrounding forest in this tranquil retreat. The wilderness is your back yard to enjoy. And yet, it is less than 1 mile to the town of Running Springs, 8 miles to Lake Arrowhead, and 18 miles to Big Bear Lake. You are literally in the middle of the mountains yet have all the amenities of the easy to reach resort towns. You can explore the National Forest and the mountain communities at your leisure. Or, you can just stay put and enjoy the spacious cabin and activity centers around the property, such as the boating pond, the rock creek and sandy beach, archery & air rifle range, Volleyball court, the climbing wall, the outdoor chess board, the mini zip line with low suspension bridge, the toboggan run and the many paths around the property and into the forest.
Notice to people who want to party: Our property was developed as a forest retreat where people could find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment, personal / spiritual growth, connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party, don't choose us.
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Member since: 2011
- 3300 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
We offer an Outdoor Adventure Program (ODAP). For weekend guests on Saturdays we start at 1:00. For guests staying at other times we can arrange the time to fit your schedule. The program consists of activities at the climbing wall and rappelling platform, the low zip-line and suspension bridge, the 200 ft. long zip-line, the Archery/air rifle range, Polaris Ranger ATV rides (summer) and guided tours through local forest trails. When there is snow we offer snowshoe treks, tobogganing, snow boarding and ice skating (if the pond is frozen). The age range is 5 years and older. The weight limit for the zip line and rappelling is 250 pounds. We provide all needed equipment. The basic 3 hour program is $400 for the entire group. An additional hour of activities is an additional $100. This program is not offered to the general public. It is only offered to our guests and must be booked in advance by contacting: Robert Phelps at 714 876-3031. Enjoy Nature...moreless
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25, Beds for 25
- There are 6 bedrooms: The one on the 1st floor that could be considered a studio apartment because it has it's own kitchenett, two on the 2nd floor and three on the 3rd floor, Also, there is a loft area with two trundle beds (considered 7th bedroom) between the bedrooms on the third floor. There are 2 sofas on either side of the fireplace on the second floor and four sofas on the first floor....moreless
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- The 2nd floor bathrooms are tiled. The one closest to the front door entrance is wheelchair accessible and also acts as a wet boot and clothing room. The other one is a full tub/shower bathroom. The two on the third floor have corner showers. The first floor has one corner shower bathroom and one half bath with toilet and sink. Both have outside access through a door opening into a hall way separating the two baths....moreless
- The main kitchen has a 5 burner gas stove top and two ovens. It has a granite counter top and oak cabinets with a roll out island to extend the kitchen area, if desired. The two high efficiency free standing gas fireplaces do not use wood but have a glass front to view the flame heating the faux wood logs. The first floor has a kitchenette with mini fridge and table for the entertainment area. The laundry room is on the first floor and has a door to the outside as well. There is a covered 8ft walk way around the house at the first level. There is an 8ft. deck surrounding the house on the 2nd level that is covered on the front and back. There is an 8ft by 16ft. balcony at the 3rd level facing into the forest. Roads and paths through the property lead to activity areas on the property, such as, the tipi gathering site, horse shoe pitch, toboggan runs, children's play areas and stage, and to forest hiking paths....moreless
- Games For Kids
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Ski Lift Privileges
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Covered Parking:
- Filtered Water
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Gas Fireplace:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Mobile Phone
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Security System
- Sofa Bed
- Thermos Bottle
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Water Cooler
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Fireplace:
- 4 Ring Stove
- Catering Available
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Ice Maker
- Mini Refrigerator
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Porch / Veranda:
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Walkway To Water
- Housekeeper Optional
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- cleaning $150
- Pet Fee $10
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
- Tax Rate 8%
Three night holiday weekends for the following are $600 per night.
MLK Jr. Day, President's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving.
Three night holiday stays for Christmas and New years are $650 per night.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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We offer a 3-6 hour outdoor adventure program which includes the rock climbing wall, rappelling, zip lining, archery and air rifle shooting at the range. And, in the winter there can be snowshoeing, tobogganing, and snowboarding. Contact us for more details about the cost and times.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: As retired teachers we wanted to develop a place in the mountains where children could come to learn about nature. Our dream evolved from the idea of starting a youth camp to a more inclusive one where people of all ages could find a Forest Retreat that would be a SAFE HAVEN to convene with nature. We built the house to create a spacious and comfortable environment where our family and friends, and short term renters would find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment and connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party to go nuts in nature, please look for another place.
Why the Owner Chose Running Springs, CA, USA:
After a three year search for the appropriate property, we chose this place for it's unique location; having the National Forest as our back yard and being an easy drive to all the other mountain areas. It is in the middle of the mountains yet has easy access to all the mountain resort communities and activities. From our home in Orange County it takes us 90 minutes to get to the property. Once here, we feel we are in another world where we can breath deep, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We have a comfortable house with many activity centers around it like a mini resort that people of all ages will enjoy. Walk out the back door and you have wilderness. Walk out the front door and you have civilization. Walk around the property and you have the best of both worlds. The size of the property (2 acres) and it's geographic features offer the space to create a number of activity areas. There is a boating pond with a sandy beach and rock creek with bridges across it. The tipi gathering area allows for small group activities overlooking the pond. There is also a climbing wall, Volleyball court, archery & air rifle range, large in ground chess board, and horseshoe pitch. And the picnic area behind the cabin allows for a large group gathering with fireplace, and B-B-Q units. There is also a small zip line over a suspension bridge 1 foot off the ground for kids. And, a 200 foot long zip line for those who take part in our Outdoor Adventure Program. Check the Amenities section under suitability for children.
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- Tertiary: +1 7148763013 Myriam's cell
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The north east corner showing the 2nd floor deck and 3rd floor balcony.
Main entrance of the cabin facing The RV carport and parking lot for 12 cars
The climbing wall and rappelling platform.
The toboggan run at the west side of the cabin
The archery and air rifle range with circular gathering platform and fire ring
The rock creek waterfall flowing past the volleyball court and tipi to the pond
The 12 foot diameter 30 inch deep above ground pool for summer bathing.
looking out from kitchen to living room and door to outside deck
First floor entertainment room with cinema projector and surround sound.
2nd floor bedroom 2: one queen bed & one single
3rd floor bedroom 5; 2 single/single bunk beds
Bathroom 2: 2nd floor tiled tub/shower bath
The main entrance to the house at 2nd floor, facing the parking lot.
The take off platform for our 200 foot Zip line.
The tipi with outdoor fireplace
The boating pond on left side of the dam, archery & air rifle range on right
The boating fish pond with paddle boat and children's sandy beach play area.
The 5 person paddle boat and rock creek waterfall in the background.
Dining room / kitchen / living room open area with flat screen TV
5 burner range with two ovens and microwave, granite counter tops
2nd floor bedroom 1: 1 double bed & two single bunk beds
3rd floor Bedroom 3 & 4: one double/single & one single/single bunkbed
3rd floor loft and two baths between bedrooms. Two trundle beds
1st floor corner shower bathroom with half bath across the hall
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Saturday, December 03, 2016
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