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Woodlands, Big Bear City, CA, USA
  • Chateau / Country House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Hand-Crafted Historical Home in National Forest Offers Charm and Pure Nature

The Tall Pines Chalet was built by hand in classic Swiss style by a family of professional cabinetmakers. Special touches are visible everywhere, from two-inch-thick solid oak floors, to custom-crafted benches and cabinets, to hand-painted art on beams and railings. Although the home is less than 40 years old, its craftsmanship derives from centuries of European tradition.

As you can see, the home is surrounded by huge old-growth pine trees on a private five-acre parcel. Our land is bordered on two sides by natural, undeveloped National Forest.

Our little ranch is truly secluded. As you overlook the meadow which once held a Shoshone Indian village every Summer, the only sounds you're likely to hear are from the birds who come to drink from our pond, which is fed by a natural spring.

Hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, and sledding begin at your back door. Trails continue throughout hundreds of square miles of wilderness, and the Pacific Crest Trail is just two miles east.

If you're looking for a relaxing holiday retreat in the woods, staying in a home that overflows with warmth and traditional charm, this is the place for you.



We're new to VRBO. If you'd like to see lots of guest reviews, just ask.

If the Chalet is booked for your dates, ask us about alternatives.

Unfortunately, VRBO has no mechanism to quote rates by the size of your group. To keep our prices low for couples and new families, we start with a very low base rate for two guests. That's the rate you see.

Spring to Fall, two adults can rent the Chalet for as little as $89 a weeknight, or $119 per weekend night (plus tax and cleaning).

Typical ski season base rates are $124 weeknights and $169 weekends.

On major holidays like Christmas, the base rate reaches $399 each night.

After the first two adults, each adult adds $25 to $30 per night, depending on the season.

So, for example, four adults can stay in the Spring

for $129 on weeknights, or $169 on weekends. In Winter, eight adults can stay for $304 on weeknights, or $349 on weekends.

Each child averages $10 to $15 a night. (For accurate quotes, let us know kids' ages.)

Pooches add a flat $30 each per stay.

Questions? Please contact us.



Inside the Chalet, you will enjoy a spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace, an adjoining formal dining room, and a large deck with BBQ which overlooks the pond, tall poplars, a broad meadow, and the towering pines. Weddings have been held in this meadow, which still shows evidence of its Shoshone heritage.

Located at nearly 7,000 feet, adjacent to hundreds of square miles of forest, this home is the perfect gateway to hiking, running, biking, horseback riding, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

The Chalet is quiet night and day -- a perfect retreat from the city. No holiday traffic, no crowds...just tranquility.

The kitchen is roomy and equipped with full-size appliances (including new refrigerator, stove, oven, and dishwasher) plus all the cooking gear you need to create memorable meals. If you don't see what you want, just ask!

The home features two expansive bedrooms, each of which holds a large bed for two. One of the bedrooms is double the normal size, and also holds a bunk bed. Both bedrooms feature attached full bathrooms.

The living room adds a queen-size fold-out bed, and either the living room or a bedroom can accommodate an airbed or two. (Details for both homes listed below.) For maximum comfort, we recommend no more than eight adults.

All towels as well as bedding are provided.

A large hot tub sits at the edge of the forest (behind the former Cabinetmakers' Shop), and offers a commanding view of trees and sky.

The private Star Deck at the top of the property is a peaceful spot to read...enjoy the sunset...and view a truly stunning panorama at night.



Master Bedroom: 1 large bed for two.

There is also a standard sofa in this bedroom, with plenty of room left over for a crib or sleeping cushions for kids.

Forest Bedroom: 1 large bed for two.

This is an extraordinarily large room, which also holds a set of bunkbeds (2).

There is also a separate office/den area, separated from the bedroom by a curtain, which has room for a queen airbed.

Living Room: 1 queen sofabed for two.

There is also a second standard sofa, with plenty of additional room for a queen airbed.

* Please note that the Chalet comfortably accommodates a maximum of eight adults.



Dogs are welcome (we have a friendly Lab and mutt), and the spacious dog corral can be shared. Charge is a flat $30 per pooch per stay.

Unfortunately, we can't accept cats. There are simply too many people who are allergic (including members of our family).

Note this major advantage over many rental homes: You do *not* have to cart your trash and recyclables in your car when you leave (be sure to ask other hosts in advance, as this is a surprisingly common requirement). We have multiple cans for trash at the property, and you can leave aluminum and bottles in the can on the porch.

We have wifi, and most wireless devices function well. The living room has the strongest signal.

Cell phones on Verizon and Sprint will have coverage, but last we checked, the AT&T and T-Mobile networks still do not cover this neighborhood. There is a landline available at our home.

We have two TVs, each connected to a DVD player. The TV in the living room can also stream from the internet.

We have a chess set and many board games. There's even a big electric organ!

You will find a charcoal BBQ, along with an outdoor dining table and chairs, on the spacious deck of the Chalet. We have self-starting charcoal for sale at our cost. A gas BBQ is available at our home (1065 G Lane), which is on the other side of the property.

We have a two-acre horse corral, plus hay barn and covered stall. No extra charge -- but you buy the hay!

There is easy parking and turnaround for cars, RVs, and trailers. Essentially unlimited.

The public bus stop is a short walk. It is actually possible to travel all the way here via rail/bus from any train line in SoCal!


Mike Cline

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
english, Japanese
Calendar last updated:
Sep 07, 2017
About Mike Cline

Mike is an American who has lived in Europe and Japan. A graduate of UCLA, he currently owns an advertising agency in Los Angeles. For fun, he likes basketball, tennis, volleyball, hiking, skiing, cycling, and motorcycling. Kiyoe (Kay) is a Japanese national, an accountant, and proud mother of three. For fun, she likes running, hiking, tennis, snowshoeing, clogging, quilting and cooking. If you're looking for a running/hiking guide, she's ready to go! English and Japanese spoken. ;)

Mike Cline purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1996

Why Mike Cline chose Big Bear

Our place is one of very few properties in Big Bear that offers complete seclusion from other homes. Here, just a few minutes from the lake, ski resorts, and other attractions of town, you can enjoy a true mountain wilderness experience.

What makes this Chateau / Country House unique

Hundreds of miles of National Forest trails begin at your back door, just above the natural spring and Shoshone meadow. The legendary Pacific Crest Trail is two miles east. Horse lovers can use our huge corral, and dogs are welcome too. :)



  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
    1 king, Large bedroom. Also has a standard sofa, forest views.
  • Bedroom 2
    1 queen, 2 bunk bed, Extraordinarily large bedroom, plus office, forest views.
  • Bedroom 3
    1 sleep sofa /futon, Large living room with queen sofabed, access to deck.
  • Bedroom 4
    1 sleep sofa /futon, Temporary Queen bed in den, separated by curtain.


    • 1 Bathroom
    • Bathroom 2
      toilet, combination tub/shower

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Our property is 5 acres covered by towering old-growth pines, bordered on two sides by National Forest.


            • museums
            • churches
            • health/beauty spa
            • library
            • live theater
            • marina
            • cinemas
            • playground
            • recreation center
            • restaurants
            • ruins
            • water parks
            • zoo

              Leisure Activities

                • paddle boating
                • antiquing
                • boating
                • eco tourism
                • horseback riding
                • horseshoes
                • miniature golf
                • bird watching
                • scenic drives
                • shopping
                • sight seeing
                • sledding
                • walking
                • wildlife viewing

                  Local Services & Businesses

                    • ATM/bank
                    • Babysitter
                    • fitness center
                    • groceries
                    • hospital
                    • laundromat
                    • massage therapist
                    • medical services

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                        • mountain biking
                        • basketball court
                        • cycling
                        • equestrian events
                        • fishing
                        • fly fishing
                        • freshwater fishing
                        • golf
                        • hiking
                        • hunting
                        • jet skiing
                        • kayaking
                        • cross country skiing
                        • mountain climbing
                        • mountaineering
                        • rock climbing
                        • roller blading
                        • sailing
                        • skiing
                        • snowboarding
                        • swimming
                        • tennis
                        • water skiing
                        • wind-surfing


                            • We provide our guests with everything for a Continental Breakfast.

                              House Rules

                              Check-in: Flexible

                              Check-out: Flexible

                              Cancellation Policy

                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                              5 Reviews


                              Latest reviews

                              Incredible Hosts and Easy Place to Stay

                              Sean S.

                              The hosts are wonderful. Kiyoe saw we have daughters and brought over a dollhouse for the girls to play with. She also brought the kids out to the chicken coop to feed the chickens which they loved. She provided awesome cookies, fruit and fresh eggs for our stay. It was amazing!!! The chalet is comfortable as it is a lived in place. It makes you feel comfortable because you don't have to stress about your kids or the dog. You can tell that things are used for their purpose and maintained for that purpose. Unlike other vacation rentals in the Big Bear area, and we have stayed in half a dozen over the last 6 years, the outdoors is literally right outside the backdoor. You don't have to go walking down the street to get to hiking/horse trails. This is a great place to stay. Thank you to Kiyoe and Mike.

                              Owner's Response:

                              Thanks so much for the detailed review! Since you have so much experience visiting Big Bear, I'm sure your review will be especially useful to others. We look forward to meeting you again.

                              Great cabin, amazing host and incredible snow!

                              Sam G.Sherman Oaks

                              Kiyoe was an amazing host to our 5 year old twins: came by ever morning and took them with her to feed the chickens! When we arrived Kiyoe showed us the spacious cabin and then we took some time to explore. We eventually found the tasty homemade cookies she left and fresh bagels, something you don't often find at a home rental. The week we were there it snowed 3ft so if you plan on coming up make sure you have chains or a good 4 WD. Kiyoe will makes sure her driveway is plowed but you need to also make sure g lane is plowed otherwise you might be stuck. But, it doesn't matter b/c there it's kind of cool to be stuck in a place like this :) We will be back!

                              Owner's Response:

                              Thank you for the great review! No doubt Kiyoe had just as much fun as the twins. You're welcome here any time.

                              Family Fun

                              Elisabeth D.

                              My husband, two kids, and two dogs stayed at the Chalet over a long weekend, and absolutely loved every aspect of the cabin, the location, and the owner's hospitality. The cabin is quaint and spacious, very clean and very comfortable. The master bedroom's queen bed was super comfy, and the kids loved the double and twin bunks in the second bedroom. They had plenty of space to spread out. The property is beautiful and peaceful, backing up to national forest and hiking trails. The owners were exceptional hostesses. Kiyoe allowed my kids to help her gather eggs from her hens, and the cabin was provided with bagels, fruit, milk, and juice. It was an amazing trip for the whole family, and we cannot wait to go back again!

                              Owner's Response:

                              Thanks for the wonderful review. We love sharing our little ranch with families, and hope to see you all again.

                              cowgirl getaway

                              cowgirls are us poway, ca

                              Myself and 6 cowgirl buddies spent a week end in this beautiful historic chalet. Owners Mike and Kiyoe were more than accomodating ,and let us bring our 7 horses to keep in their 2 acre fenced enclosure. We all had a great time exploring the nearby trails and relaxing in the jacuzzi after a day in the saddle . Great fun,great place!! Hope to go again for the fall colors !!

                              Owner's Response:

                              It was great fun hosting the cowgirls! Thanks for taking good care of the Chalet. You are welcome any time!

                              Weekend Adventure


                              The cabin was wonderful. It was spacey enough for all 8 of my friends to stay could have slept more. The jacuzzi was very nice to go sit in. If it had been colder however the walk to the jacuzzi wouldn't have been very fun. A few of my friends really enjoyed the trails around the cabin. They went on a hike everyday. The property was beautiful. The house had a really nice porch to sit on in the mornings. We went and talked to the dogs next door one morning. The only complaint we had with the place was that there wasn't enough cooking supplies. We needed things like thongs, pans, dish clothes, and some silverware.

                              Owner's Response:

                              Jessica, so glad you and your friends enjoyed your weekend.

                              Gosh, I'm sure Kay wishes she'd known you were wishing for more kitchen supplies. We've got a really big inventory in the Chalet, but there are a lot of drawers and I guess it takes time to know where to look! ;)


                              Woodlands, Big Bear City, CA, USA

                              Big Bear Valley is a remarkable alpine retreat, just 110 miles from (and 7,000 feet above) Downtown L.A. Our little ranch has two rental homes, in a truly quiet and secluded location. Hiking, cycling, and snow sports start at your back door, and there is much to see and do within a few minutes: Two ski and snowboard resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, offering 26 lifts and 55 runs. There are excellent schools and family areas, as well as serious terrain parks and an Olympic-size halfpipe. This is where Shaun White learned to fly! Big Bear's famous alpine lake, with fishing, kayaking, sailing, and other water sports. The U.S. Forest Service Discovery Center, which offers various nature programs. A truly remarkable animal park -- one of only two alpine zoos in the U.S. -- housing grizzlies, wood bison, cougars, timber wolves, eagles, and much more. Big Bear Valley Museum. Although you are staying in one of the rarest historical homes in California, the museum has some great exhibits, including an example of a stamp mill which was used to crush raw ore in the era when our Gold Rush Cabin was built. The towns of Big Bear Lake and Fawnskin offer scores of restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. There are also two supermarkets, multiple drug stores, and a hospital. For those who want a wilderness adventure, the San Bernardino Mountains offer truly spectacular terrain. This is one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world (in geological terms) with scores of steep, challenging peaks which stretch from the natural hot springs of Deep Creek in the west, to the huge Yucca forests in the east. 11,503-foot Mount San Gorgonio, named by Spanish missionaries in the early 17th century, sits at the center of America's first wilderness area. Also known as 'Old Greyback,' San Gorgonio and the 11 surrounding peaks over 10,000 feet are home to an extremely rare herd of bighorn sheep. The headwaters of the Santa Ana and Mojave rivers offer premier wild trout streams such as Bear Creek, accessible only by foot. Guides are available to aid your quest for the rainbows and browns, some over 18 inches. Hundreds of miles of unpaved National Forest roads offer every type of off-road experience -- ranging from an easy drive to Pioneertown, to the most radical 4WD trails imaginable (11 Difficults, six Most Difficults). The Chalet is right in the middle of the major routes, including 3N03 Smarts Ranch, 3N16 Holcomb Valley, 2N02 Burns Canyon, 2N01 Broom Flats, 1N01 Pipes Canyon, 2N93 Wildhorse Meadows, 2N10 Skyline, 1N54 Clarks Grade, and many more. Questions? Feel free to ask. And welcome!

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