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AMAZING Lodge, walk to town, a bit of history! Big group? Book next door #653847

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1945 Lodge, 4 Bedrooms , 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10) Amazing Views and Spa!

Come experience a bit of history! This was once home to famous author, Earle Stanley Gardner, Author of the world renowned Perry Mason series!

Casa de Luz is a Hillside getaway with altitude now on over 3 acres! Come stay with us for your Idyllwild experience. Pungent pine trees, mountain views, cocktails on the deck. Walk to art galleries, enjoy creekside hikes, gaze at star filled skies while you enjoy our four bedroom, three bathroom home. The knotty pine interior offers a full kitchen, great room with cathedral ceilings and brand new custom draperies, master suite with private deck featuring a seasonal four poster outdoor bed, outdoor lounge area with views of Tahquitz, and six person jacuzzi. Just relax or choose from a menu of personalized services. We offer private chef service, rock climbing trips and hikes, yoga, spa treatments and executive retreats. We will customize your experience to ensure you get to enjoy all that is unique about our southern California mountain town.

Rustic, well loved home has a master suite with a king size bed , ceiling fan, sitting room, outdoor deck and full bathroom. Downstairs bedroom has two twin beds that can be converted into a king bed, ceiling fan, and it's own bathroom with a custom slate shower. Upstairs has two bedrooms with a jack and jill shared bathroom (newly remodeled custom tile shower/floor). One bedroom has two twin beds that can be converted into a king bed and the other room has a king size bed. Both rooms have newly installed custom entry doors which replaced the privacy curtains. Great room offers a large wood burning fireplace, full wet bar, TV, stereo with iPod dock, and WIFI. We have numerous board games and puzzles, some DVD's and a library of books to enjoy during your stay. Dining area in full service kitchen seats eight to ten and provides everything you need for the ultimate dinner party with friends and family.

Outside there is plenty of outdoor furniture for relaxing on the deck or dining al fresco on the outdoor dining table that seats 6.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Ida

Lucky for me, my parents moved our family to Idyllwild and into this house when I was a child. I was lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to grow up in this amazing town. I grew up writing poetry on the deck with only moonlight to illuminate the page, climbing rocks, building snowmen and having many snowball fights with my brother and sister. There were many 'White Chirstimas' mornings and Thanksgiving day hikes. My family still gathers at the house to share laughter, love and tales of life's experiences. It is a place we will always call home and I am excited to share it with you.

Ida purchased this lodge in 1976

Why Ida chose Idyllwild

This home was built in 1945, by Lou Britton and has since been owned by the Famous Mystery Author, Earle Stanley Gardner, whose ownership created a local nickname of 'The Mystery Cabin.' I try to create that same sense of awe upon your arrival that I felt as a child walking through the giant wood door and looking up onto the sky high knotty pine ceilings! Wow!

What makes this lodge unique

Five minute walk to the centre of Idyllwild's restaurants, shopping, music, and art galleries. The homeowner's family has vacationed and lived in Idyllwild for over 46 years and is committed to providing you and your family with personal service to optimmize your stay with us.


Idyllwild Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Private Master Bathroom in Master Suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Newly remodeled Custom Slate/Tile bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Jack & Jill, newly remodeled with Custom Glass/Tile
  • Master bath is private and large. Other two bathrooms have been remodeled with custom glass, slate, and tile. New larger showers, new floors, and toilets. Large, comfy robes provided for your use.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1- Master Suite - 1 king , Main level: King bed: Sitting room area with privacy curtain
    Bedroom 2-Downstairs Guest room - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Downstairs: 2 Twins can be converted to an Eastern King
    Bedroom 3- Upstairs - 1 king , Upstairs; King bed; Newly installed custom entry door
    Bedroom 4- Upstairs - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Upstairs; 2 twins or king; Newly installed custom entry door
    Other ;Seasonal Outdoor bed - 1 queen , Outdoor bed under the stars on the master deck; Summer only.
  • Master Suite has a King size bed and an additional sitting room which is divided by a heavy privacy curtain. An Air mattress or crib/pack-n-play can be set up in the sitting area for kids to be close to parents or additional guests can share the space with the privacy curtain divider. Seasonal outdoor four poster bed on the private Master Suite deck (set up from the end of May through September). Downstairs Guest room has (2) Twin beds which can be converted into an Eastern King. Upstairs bedrooms are connected by a full, newly remodeled Jack and Jill bathroom and both have newly installed entry DOORS. One room has (2) Twin or Single Beds, which can be converted into an Eastern King bed. The 2nd upstairs bedroom has a King bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Private Chef, Spa services, and Yoga instruction available. Retreats are held during the year such as Yoga, Detox and Spa weekends, wine tasting/dinner weekends, Women's retreats, Spiritual retreats, Photography retreats and many more. We can customize your weekend with food, wine and/or activities! The Great room offers 16 ft. cathedral ceilings and a built-in wet bar with sink for the ultimate in entertaining. Sleep under the stars in a custom four poster bed on a private deck off of the master suite. The spa provides the ultimate in relaxtion and privacy. We provide high thread count linens for your sleeping comfort as well as new mattresses.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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AMAZING Lodge, walk to town, a bit of history! Big group? Book next door #653847
average rating of 4.903226 based on 62 reviews
Manhattan Beach, CA.

Great property for a family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Ida is fabulous. The house is fully equipped and stocked with basic items! We spent three days there for a family get together! We enjoyed the baked hoodies , oranges for squeezing so, treats for the children, flowers , hot tub and all that the house had to offer! Easy walk to town! We played games to a roaring fire and hiked in the mountains ! This was our third consecutive year and we hope to keep it a yearly tradition!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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January 27-29, 2017 SoCal Hiking Divas

  • 4 of 5

Lovely, comfortable, spacious cabin. Our hiking group loved it! Just a few half roll of paper towels really was not enough, also, no firewood. If you go, bring your own. Wish we would have known. Kitchen is fully stocked with whatever utensil a cook would need, just not much counter space for preparation. Since there was recent snow, the driveway was not plowed, and we drove by the house several times, not realizing the long, snow covered driveway. was where we should have turned, and CLIMBED. Weather, what can ya do?

The view was great, the location real close to town. In the spring/summer, it would be an easy walk.

A great view of the surrounding mountain, and cute wild life all around (not the biting kind).

In conclusion, yes, would stay again. :-)

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Could not have been a better White Christmas!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 (plus 2 who stayed down the road at the Strawberry Bunkhouse) enjoyed 4 nights at Casa de Luz over Christmas 2016. We settled in on the 23rd, and overnight it snowed 8-10 inches. Ida was friendly and very responsive. She provided everything we asked for, including Christmas decorations, a lovely decorated tree, firewood for the fireplace -- and sleds once the snow came. (She also left gifts for the children.) We were comfortable and cozy, and we walked into town each day for shopping, snacks and lunches out. We loved this vacation, and would not change a thing! (And it was only 2 hours from San Diego.) Thanks so much, Ida!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing getaway! Experience the warmth and charm of idyllwild at this great place.

  • 5 of 5

Ida is an amazing hostess! We felt so welcomed. From the baked goods to the special gift and champagne to help us celebrate my moms 80th birthday every detail was there. The kitchen is well stocked, great selection of videos and even poker chips and cards for family fun. We arrived on 12/27 and found the place decorated for Christmas with a tree and all. Just lovely! We enjoyed hot tub under the stars and comfy beds ensured a good nights sleep. The master suite is amazing!!! Lots of room for everyone to lounge around the fire. Plus the location and proximity to town is great! Only a 10 minute walk. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeds expectations.

  • 5 of 5

Ida made this a perfect weekend for our family. We loved the house, catering, and thoughtful gifts. Even a birthday bottle of wine. Thank you, hosts!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very spacious home, suitable for our family gathering.

  • 4 of 5

This property was a fit for our trip to Idyllwild for our annual family gathering and wind ensemble concert at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. The kitchen was fully equipped and there were more than adequate dishes, glasses, etc for everyone and every meal ! We loved the fresh squeezed orange juice and homemade banana bread - yum !

The home was exceptionally clean, and for a particularly clean person myself, this was really nice. Close to town, easy to find and a lovely deck to enjoy sitting outside in the evenings.

It was unseasonably hot the first two nights and so some of our crew had difficulty sleeping in the upstairs rooms without air conditioning (we had the fans going, but it never cooled off sufficiently). Other than that, this is a delightful older home built in the 40s and very well maintained. Thank you to our host, Ida, for your thorough communications throughout.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Palm Springs and Ontario Airports
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Numerous courses in the Palm Desert & Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Idyology, Cafe Aroma, Ferro's, The Kettle, Tommy's
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
San Diego or Orange County Beaches
Car: recommended

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up the mountain and hike down the trail into Idyllwild. Southern California Wine Country (Temecula) is a short 45-60 min. drive and also provides lots of antique shopping in Old Town.


Rates & Availability

Idyllwild Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July holiday
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jazz in the pines
Aug 11 2017 - Aug 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Break
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Break
Dec 26 2017 - Jan 7 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%




Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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