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Spacious Retreat on large property next to the National Forest

Sleeps25
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

6 bedrooms 6 baths

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.

More Details

Owner
Robert Phelps
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2017

About Robert Phelps

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.

Robert Phelps purchased this house in 2007

Why Robert Phelps chose Inland Empire

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Map

Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Running Springs
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
We have a boating pond, sandy beach and creek.
Car: necessary

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.

Amenities

Running Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2nd floor wheel chair accessible
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 3rd floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , 3rd floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , 1st floor
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , 1st floor sink and toilet
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor (sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor (sleeps 3)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , 1st floor entertainment room (sleeps 2)
    Bedroom 7 - 4 twin/ single , 3rd floor loft (2 trundle beds sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 25 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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5

in love with the place

  • 5 of 5

so far the best experience ever, we are definitely coming back to this place!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation spot for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely experience here! This clean, accommodating treasure in the mountains completely met our expectations for our youth retreat and we certainly hope to return. The mix of a peaceful, relaxing haven but with plenty of options for things to do if you desire make it a real gem. Robert was very good to work with. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay.
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Awesome Place for Women's Church Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th year going up to Safe Haven Forest Retreat!! They provide all the necessities pan, cups, pillows,game room, and outdoor trails. We take 25 women and there is plenty of space and room to eat and have fun. Its affordable and within budget "thank God" for that. The ladies enjoy sitting out on the deck with coffee in the morning hearing the birds chirp from all of the bird houses hanging. The younger college girl play volleyball, ping pong, and hang out by the lake.. its tranquil and I love that its not far off from driving up the mountain because i'm that lady that hits her breaks all the way up and down.. thank you to the owners that think of everything see you next year!!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy to welcome Janet and her women's group back each year and hear how everyone enjoyed their stay. Robert
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Great Space for a Staff Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Save Haven house was perfect for a student leader retreat we had in early September. The place was more than enough space and we thoroughly enjoyed the grounds. The owners were very responsive and courteous. Would book again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our group had a great time here!

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean, plenty of bathrooms for a big group and the first floor has a big space with a big projector that we were able to use for our powerpoint presentations and for movies. Plenty of fun activities outside like wall climbing, swimming, volleyball, hiking, boating and fire pits for a safe place to have a bonfire. Remember to bring your own beddings/towels or you can request the owner to provide for extra fee. The owner Robert was helpful and easy to get a hold of for any questions. If you want to explore their little town, there's a wonderful pizza place called NEO's Pizza House that served fresh pizza. We enjoyed this house and the cool weather of Running Springs and hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear how much our guests have enjoyed their stay and how much they appreciate the activity centers we have provided. Robert
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Amazing property with so many things to do

  • 5 of 5

We had a really fun time during our stay at Safe Haven Forest Retreat. We booked our small church girls camp at the house and it was perfect. The grounds are beautiful with so many places for the kids to hang out. Book the adventure day: rock wall, zip line, archery/rifle activity. So much fun! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great bunch of young ladies. I really enjoyed providing the outdoor adventure program for them and seeing them enjoy it. Robert
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $10
cleaning $170
Tax Rate 8.0%

Three night holiday weekends for the following are $620 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, if it is three nights. If 4 nights, $620 per night

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.