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Family friendly retreat, private forested acreage

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Over three wooded acres close to lake and skiing

5 bedroom estate (four bedrooms, three bathrooms in main house); one bedroom in adjacent bunkhouse with private bath), full size pool table, river rock fireplace, piano, 22-jet outdoor spa, picnic tables, dual barbeques, hammocks, basketball, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, darts, hiking, seasonal stream, adjacent to eagle habitat, prime location near local ski resorts and lake for boating, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, canoeing, etc.

susan huskey
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About susan huskey

We fell in love with this setting and location 29 years ago and have created a family retreat with a long list of activities available right on the property. Starvation Flats Ranch was named during the gold mining days of the mid 1800's, historic to the area. There are still mine sites you can visit locally.

susan huskey purchased this house in 1988

Why susan huskey chose Fox Farm

You won't find this open forested acreage and setting elsewhere this close to all the fun activities you come to the mountains to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

Picture perfect mountain setting, hundreds of majestic pines, lots of privacy and open acreage that is yours alone to enjoy! About a mile to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Ski Resorts and walking distance to the lake. You will feel like this is your own private retreat, yet close to many popular restaurants. Favorite activities on the property include horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, badminton, hiking through the adjacent eagle habitat, sledding, or just nestling in one of the hammocks or watching the snow fall from the living room window seat. Huge river rock fireplace adds ambiance to this lovely home. Two balconies off each upstairs bedroom as well as plenty of ground floor deck to accommodate your group. Dual barbeques (infrared and smoker) make outdoor meals a real treat. After a day on the lake or at the ski resorts, relax in the outdoor spa while stargazing.


Fox Farm House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs bathroom serves 3 bedrooms upstairs
    downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , private bath in bunkhouse
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , New Bathroom added on the first floor
  • upstairs full bathroom is split in two rooms; one with full shower/tub and toilet; the other with double sinks.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , large private balcony overlooking front acreage
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , access to back balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , access to back balcony
    Bedroom 4 - 5 twin/ single , two of these twins are trundle beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , adjacent bunk house with private bath
  • Master bedroom has large private balcony overlooking front acreage. Queen log framed bed and double sleeper sofa. Roomy with additional full size sofa with built in Lazy Boy end seating and large Lazy Boy lounger.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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Family friendly retreat, private forested acreage
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews

Great location, great hosts, spacious & clean home

  • 5 of 5

The Huskey's are wonderful hosts. The house & property were charming and clean, and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. The location was very nice with plenty of things to do and it's located in a nice neighborhood. We look forward to staying here again. Truly a dream stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay! We absolutely love it when another family experiences the same thrill and fun that we do. This is why we bought the lots around us so our kids would have a beautiful open forest to explore, enjoy, and stretch their imaginations. While our vegetable garden won't be producing this winter, we suggest that you bring the family up for the magic winter wonderland the ranch transitions to, once the snow falls. Looking forward to seeing you and your extended family again.
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Amazing Location

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is so cute and cozy. My family loved it. We had a 30% chance of snow but it ended up snowing all night. We woke up to a winter wonderland. We also saw a lot of wildlife in the evening bunnies, coyotes it was a lot of fun for the kiddos. The kitchen is fully equipped and we used the gas grill. There was a TV and DVD player but we hardly used it. We had a lot of fun using the board games and cards. Mr. and Mrs. Huskey were very welcoming and were available for us if we needed them. I will definitely be staying here with my family again. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed at Starvation Flats Ranch on numerous occasions over the last decade, both summer and winter. We keep coming back because this property is the way Big Bear should be; family friendly, private, with wide open spaces. It is conveniently located to everything Big Bear has to offer: the lake, skiing, sledding, hiking, or just playing in the snow in the back yard. My children have even panned for gold in the seasonal stream that runs behind the house. While they are playing horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, or darts, I like to curl up in one of the hammocks and dive into a good book. The house is warm, inviting, and unpretentious. The property includes acreage all of which is nearly level for easy access and sprinkled with majestic pine trees.

Just learned that another bathroom has been added and the kitchen has been remodeled, including a dishwasher which I love! Yeah!

The owners, Susie & Ken, are the nicest people you will ever meet and will go out of their way to insure that your visit is what you expected.

We all look forward to getting back to our favorite mountain retreat.

Diane D.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Owners were very rude to me

  • 1 of 5

The first night we were at the house was great, the second night was a different story all together. I received a call from the owner about the amount of cars I had on the property. We had anticipated 4 cars but some people in my group could not car pool so we had 6 cars. The owner then told me that I was in violation of the contract and threatened to evict me for going over the number of cars (the website says they have plenty of room for 8 cars and they have a sign posted on the property that says max 8 cars). After talking about the number of cars, the owner then repeatedly asked me about the number of people. I repeatedly told him that I had only 12 people, yet he felt in necessary to continue interrogating me about it. One of my guest was at the grille when enjoying an e-cig when the property manager decided to stop by (unannounced to spy on us), so the owner questioned me about this as well. He ended that part of the conversation with a vulgar comment that I really did not enjoy.

Just so everyone is aware, I contacted the owners later to express all of these comments and give them a chance to make it right prior to writing this review. During that email conversation, they decided to call me a liar about the vulgar language and made the matter worse for me.

I hope nobody else ever has to receive the same treatment I did from these people, it was very upsetting.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A small portion of your security deposit was withheld due to the poor condition the house was left in ... as itemized in our email to you ... and photographed for verification. Your contract specified the house was to be left in a clean and tidy condition as it was upon your arrival, and it was not. As such, additional cleaning fees were incurred and charged against your deposit. As for the number of vehicles, you specified in your contract that 4 vehicles would be on the premises. Our property manager did a drive by and counted 2 additional vehicles ... which is clearly a red flag that we may be in violation of the city-imposed restrictions on the number of overnight guests ... which could lead to fines, guest eviction ... and even the loss of our license. However, because we took your word regarding the number of guests claimed, no further action was taken. The property manager also observed what appeared to be people smoking on the property which is not only a violation of our rental agreement and city required code of conduct, but also poses a serious threat to our property and that of our neighbors in this heavily forested mountain community. As such, you were called to verify that we were in compliance and there was no undue fire hazard present. We treat all of our guests with courtesy and respect ... which partially accounts for why some 90% of our guests are return visitors and in which we take a great deal of pride. Finally, you accused us of unfairly charging you extra tax beyond that required by the city. The city requires an 8% TOT tax and a 3% TBID tax for a total of 11% which is precisely what you were charged. Sorry you were disappointed; we were, too.
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We went with our group of 15 friends and the place was awesome. We probably could have comfortably slept about 5 more people. We went during the winter and it is VERY close to both Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. The owners are also very nice and responded to every question I had. Overall--such a great time at this house.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you and your friends had such an awesome stay at our family home ... that makes renting our property a joy to get feedback like yours! We, too, love the serenity and privacy of our little ranch nestled among the pine trees. Thanks for leaving our place in great shape and we'll look forward to seeing you again. Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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  • 5 of 5

I have never stayed at a place like this. It had everything for our entire family to be able to relax and enjoy being together. My 5 kids (and 3 spouses) and 5 of my 6 grandkids joined my husband and I up there for a memorable weekend.

The house was ready for our arrival with everything we needed, from the spa heated to the driveway plowed. Between enjoying the spa in the snow, the pool table, and the board games available to us, we didn't even need to go into town, the cabin had it all. The cabin was close enough to the town that a couple of my kids went into town for a few extra supplies and to walk around for a bit, but most of us just stayed there enjoying ourselves there at the cabin.

They even had snow shovels so my son-in-law was able to build a snow ramp for our sleds right in the front yard.

The swing was sturdy enough for even the adults to use and glide through the flakes of snow.

The cabin was warm enough for all of us, from my 1 year old grandson to my husband and I (in our late 50s).

The Huskey's were available to answer any questions and we felt we had any support we needed.

I'm looking forward to going back again

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. This is exactly how we intend our home to be experienced. This is our family home where we raised our children. The privacy and the setting are truly amazing which is partially the result of our acquiring the adjacent acreage. Everything about this property lends itself to an authentic Big Bear getaway. Big Bear is truly a year-round resort with spectacular skiing and snowboarding in the winter, boating, fishing, and hiking in the summer, fall colors, and spring flowers. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such natural beauty.
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Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Ski Resorts
Car: recommended

Very near local ski resorts, lake, boating/kayaking/canoeing, parasailing, jet skiing, fishing, hiking trails, sledding/tubing hill, zoo, eagle habitat, Discovery Center, Interlaken Center with grocery stores, banks, post office, popular restaurants, hospital, convenience stores, local airport, helicoptor tours, etc.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund