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Gorgeous, Historic Author's Lodge! Ultimate Idy Experience! Walk to town!

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


About the property

AMAZING ! INCREDIBLE VIEWS AND SPA! 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10),

Come experience a bit of history! Commonly referred to as The Mystery House. This was once a summer writing home to famous author, Earle Stanley Gardner, Author of the world renowned Perry Mason mystery series! Built in 1945 originally as a hunting lodge and summer home. Knotty Pine everywhere!

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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were blessed to spend a few days in this cabin, with its incredible views of pine covered slopes and gradations of indigo, purple, greys, blues in the distant hills. It has the kind of spacious, high - ceilinged living room and wraparound porch to make you jump up and down in glee, which is exactly what my Mom and I spent the first five minutes doing once we'd arrived. The house is conveniently located 10 minutes away from the quaint downtown and comfortably slept ten adults, one adorable four year old, and our sweet 10 month year old baby. The kitchen accommodated four Thanksgiving chefs and we were grateful for the thoughtful instructions and notes left in the house - how to use the garbage disposal, where the laundry room was, etc. Ours beds gave us all a good night's sleep, and the morning light in the space is incredible. We were delighted by Ida's thoughtfulness and attention to detail - the small vase of flowers in the bathroom window, the tidy cabinets with games and toys to entertain children, the collection of books and the bar, well-equipped with all kinds of glasses for celebratory libations. 

Some highlights of our stay included: sitting on the veranda in the early morning with a cup of coffee and newspaper, smelling the sweet smelling cedars and daydreaming about the writers who found inspiration here, watching the moon rise in a pink twilight sky from the hot tub, and spotting the black silhouette of a bat or two flitting from tree to tree, listening to the birds, and gathering around the long kitchen table together each night for a candlelit meal. Would love to return to this place next year for another hike to Suicide Rock - the vistas from Deer Springs Trail are among the best mementos one could take home.
Nov 2017
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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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please bring you slippers, we ask that you not wear shoes inside the house on the carpeted areas. It helps keep the everything clean for guests.
  • BB guns, Pellet guns or other firearms not allowed to be used on the property. Thank you!
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 10 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
  • churches
  • 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.


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Gorgeous, Historic Author's Lodge! Ultimate Idy Experience! Walk to town!
average rating of 4.88 based on 76 reviews

The perfect getaway for the whole family!

  • 5 of 5

Just like the photos! Everything was clean and very welcoming. Ida was prompt with responses and very nice. Excellent location for walking to town or nature center and a short distance to trail heads.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six had a wonderful time in the home. It is as advertised. Spacious and amenity laden, it's particularly nice that it is so close to town as well.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Mountain Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Plenty of parking ( 4 cars) we walked to town from here! The owner, Ida, was a wonderful hostess to this beautiful property. Loved the personal touches that were waiting for us! Master suite shower needs updating, though. Idyllwild is a beautiful area to explore and we’ll be back next year! Thank you, Ida

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

Every five star review written on this place is accurate. Conversely, in my opinion, any review with less than five stars in inaccurate. We stayed through New Years and enjoyed the small quaint town feel, stunning views from the oversized windows, and roaring fires from the fireplace to name a few. Ida responds within minutes to any questions you have. Thanks for all the wonderful memories Ida!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Place

  • 5 of 5

Ida was a wonderful host and thought of every detail. The house is in an excellent location and came fully equipped with anything we might need! We had plenty of space and had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house and surroundings were very nice and accommodating.

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay. The house was large enough to give at least 6 adults space but laid out in a way that provided great areas for togetherness.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Palm Springs and Ontario Airports
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Idyology, Idyllwild Brew Pub, Gastrognome
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. A short 30-45 minute drive down either side of the mountain will take you to more than one casino and golf.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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