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Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property


ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING/CHILDREN/PETS - (My wife is extremely allergic to pet dander).

Designed “Just for Two”, the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage is the most picturesque, immaculate, luxurious, spacious and secluded 1 bedroom cabin in Lake Arrowhead. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, anniversary, honeymoon, special occasion or just a weekend of relaxation. Established in 1922, it is nestled on a half acre lot on the lush side of Lake Arrowhead among the dogwoods, cedars, maples and pines at an elevation of 5,500 feet. Parking is easy and level - the cottage is reached by crossing a small seasonal stream on our own beautiful footbridge. It is conveniently located 3/4 of a mile south of Lake Arrowhead Village. If this cottage is booked, try our “Historic Hershey Cabin”, by typing 514845 in the VRBO/Homeaway search box.


During our recent major renovation, we installed porcelain tile floors, granite counter-tops, all new stainless appliances and a hi-tech central forced air heating system to keep you cozy. The cottage has been decorated by my wife, who is experienced in incorporating comfort and elegance in home decor. It is furnished with both modern furnishings and antiques, providing the creature comforts of modern day while maintaining the old fashioned warmth of a traditional Lake Arrowhead cottage.

The focal point of the cottage is the exquisite fireplace, faced with hand-hewn, split granite boulders. It is accented by a rustic knotty pine log mantel and artisan hand-hammered, bronze fireplace doors. The beautiful gas log fireplace ignites with the push of a button. To the side of the fireplace is a 42 inch, high definition, smart flat screen TV. (We have high speed internet/WiFi and Netflix, but do not have regular cable TV or a DVD player). What a perfect place to snuggle up by a glowing fire and watch a movie!

The "Hobbit" bathroom, downstairs, has a beautiful back splash, custom lighting and a unique sink that has been carved out of a large granite rock,. The kitchen is fully equipped with all of the amenities of home, and then some. A new washing machine and dryer are in the hallway upstairs.

The beautifully decorated bedroom suite has peaceful views of the canyon out the windows and cozy, upscale bedding on a new (2017) top rated - medium firmness - Queen Memory Foam mattress. This elegant room has a vaulted ceiling, separate sitting area and full size closet. Relax after a day of exploring by taking a shower under the rain shower head in the newly remodeled master bathroom. The bedroom also has access to an outside deck which overlooks the canyon. The cottage has a charming front porch and a large side patio where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner while enjoying the scenery and the sounds of birds in the beautiful canyon. On a warm evening, relax in the chase lounges, sipping hot cocoa and marveling at the stars!

The cottage is situated on a very quiet road and is easy to find. It is surrounded by majestic old growth cedars (over 100 feet tall), dogwoods (that have beautiful flowers in the spring, and turn bright orange and red in the fall), pines, spruce, maples and rhododendrons. Step back in time by crossing the bridge, and notice the custom milled knotty pine siding, heavy timber moldings and beautifully crafted, massive front door. You will have arrived at one of the most picturesque cottages, in one of the quietest canyons, in Lake Arrowhead. This is exactly why the original owners built here almost a century ago!!

Lake Arrowhead is a private lake. Unlike many cabins, WE PROVIDE A PASS so you have access to hike the trails around the lake, use the two beach clubs (Memorial Day through Labor Day), and fish from the shore or use the Arrowhead Lake Association fishing dock.


The Lake Arrowhead area is a little hidden gem, with a quaint village, dinner theater (Tudor House), movie theater, wonderful local restaurants and various shopping opportunities. If you are looking for a romantic get-away, or just a place to relax and have fun, this is just the place. Lake Arrowhead celebrates all four seasons - warm summer days, fall colors, snow in the winter, and a beautiful spring.

Licensed: Permit 372-CA20150036-SUP/R 4/2019.

Our security system will be turned off prior to your arrival.

My wife and I look forward to having you as guests at the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage!

More Details

Paul and Janice
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Paul and Janice

My wife and I were married in 1975. We love going on vacations, especially to the mountains - both of our grandparents owned cabins in either Big Bear or Crestline. We both recently retired. My wife's fields of expertise are education/teaching and interior design. I was a security consultant and I do property management on the side. We love the outdoors - hiking, kayaking, biking etc.

Paul and Janice purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Paul and Janice chose Lake Arrowhead

(We have another Lake Arrowhead cabin - at the bottom of this page click on the "click here to see all my listing" line to see the Historic Hershey Cabin).

A year ago we purchased, and still own, use and manage, the historic “Hershey Cabin” which you will also find on VRBO/HomeAway under #514845. We liked Lake Arrowhead so much that we decided to buy and fix up another cabin up here. We looked at almost every cabin that came on the market in our price range for over 9 months, until we found the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage. It is in a fabulous location – in Burnt Mill Canyon, Lake Arrowhead. The canyon is filled with old growth cedars and pines, in addition to the gorgeous dogwood trees with their flowers and autumn colors. When it rains or snows, it creates a seasonal creek that goes underneath our 35 ft. foot bridge. The cottage itself is like a postcard picture – just what you think a cottage should look like. The road outside the cottage is lightly traveled.

What makes this cottage unique

At way less than the price of a 400 square foot room with a parking lot view at Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, you get your own, gorgeous, immaculate, quiet, private 1200 square foot cottage in one of the prettiest parts of Lake Arrowhead. The kitchen is equipped with all new stainless steel appliances, new dishes, glasses, pots, pans etc.

Lake Arrowhead is a private lake, and to use the lake, the beach clubs, and the lake trail, you must have a "Beach Club Membership" pass. We have the pass for your use. In addition, we have an "Adventure Pass" which allows you to park your car while you go hiking in the San Bernardino Forest. For those of you who like to hike, we have 2 books on hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains, as well as maps and other information.

Upon arrival, you will find a welcome basket including chocolates, coffee, tea etc. We have a great house keeper who keeps the cottage immaculate, and we also have a wonderful neighbor who watches out for the cottage and can help you in an emergency. Compare the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage to any Lake Arrowhead hotels and you will see that we beat them across the board in price, privacy, size, quality and features.


Lake Arrowhead Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Custom sink hand hewn out of a granite rock
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , High end large tile shower with frameless glass enclosure
  • 'Hobbit' bathroom with hand hewn sink formed out of a granite rock, custom light fixture, granite counter top, toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The master suite is about 400 sq feet with attached bathroom
  • The 400 sq. foot bedroom suite is upstairs, and has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and a separate sitting area. The beautifully decorated bedroom suite has peaceful views out the windows and cozy, upscale bedding on a new (5/2017) Novaform Queen Memory Foam mattress. The mattress is one of the top rated mattress by Consumer Reports, and is given a firmness rating of medium. There is a full mirrored closet, tiled floor with a couple of wool rugs and a gorgeous chandelier.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage is a great place for an anniversary, honeymoon or just as a first class get-away!!! CHECK IN TIME is 5:00, CHECK OUT IS 12:00. We have a book that we created that shows both the history of both Lake Arrowhead and the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage.


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Stop searching - this is the Arrowhead cabin you'll want.

  • 5 of 5

Spent a gorgeous extra long summer weekend and loved it. Have rented places that looked nice in photographs before, only to be disappointed with the quality. This cabin is obviously an owners' retreat that is shared with a select few between their visits. You can feel the quality - from the granite to the gorgeous tile floors to the custom stone work. Even a sink hand carved from a boulder onsite. Gorgeous - fully stocked kitchen, comfy furniture, secluded but very convenient location with a 3/4 mile walk to the village... we pulled in at night and the parking area lit up, then the lights on the walking bridge popped on to welcome us. The owners even thought to label the cabinets and light switches so we could find things - and put them away at the proper space - rent a lot of houses and you'll know why this is important. Stone fireplace, comfy bed, very nice shower, steam washer/dryer... Chipmunks and birds playing on the porch. SmartTV with Netflix and good wifi (Can I live here please?) But I think the interior decorating was the most memorable... Janice - you have the eye. Beautiful colors, antiques, pictures, hard and soft accents that I would have never thought to match together but they worked perfectly.

Not one negative to report. The only concern I had when booking was a lack of A/C, but I noticed finding that in Arrowhead was a rarity. I can see why... We were there in a VERY hot week during an August heatwave - the cabin (tucked in a wooded hideaway under tall cedars) never got hot and the evenings were extremely pleasant - almost chilly.

Make sure you page through the owners' picture book - a full pictorial history of the cabin throughout its lifetime along with some great history of the Lake. It was my girlfriend's first visit to California (she's from England) - my only concern is how to top it. Thank you Paul and Janice! Cheers.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks Larry so much for taking the time to write such a beautiful review of your time at our Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage. We are so delighted at the many aspects of your stay that you enjoyed. We would love to have the two of you come again and again! Paul & Janice
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Beautiful cabin!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent our 39th wedding anniversary weekend at this cabin. We’ve stayed in other cabins at lake Arrowhead - but none as clean and upgraded as this one. It’s like a model home and we were the first to stay. The setting is quiet and secluded in a canyon surrounded by trees. It was a breeze communicating with the owners.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks John for choosing the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage to spend your 39th anniversary! We are pleased that you found the cottage " like a model home and we were the first to stay". We constantly check everything out at the cottage to be sure that it is in "first class condition" - it looks like we are succeeding! Janice and I hope that the two of you can come back for your 40th anniversary! Paul & Janice
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Beautiful beyond words!!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cabin is the epitome of a perfect honeymoon destination!! My wife and I spent two amazing days here and loved it! Paul and Janice obviously love this place and keep it in mint condition. The attention to detail is incredible and every part of this cabin is immaculate. This place is literally perfect and this is the first time I can say that I'm genuinely thankful for the owner's generosity in sharing this gem! You'll find Paul and Janice to be very kind, welcoming and great at communicating. Just a heads up to those who haven't been to Lake Arrowhead, it can be very foggy but nothing I've ever seen can compare with the beauty of this place! Thank you Paul and I only wish I could give more stars.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nathan & Amy It was great having the two of you spent part of your honeymoon at the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage! Janice and I are so pleased that you found the cottage "Beautiful beyond words!", and "perfect". Best to both of you in your marriage and we hope that the next time you come out to California from Iowa, that you can stay at the cottage again. Paul & Janice
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Upon walking over the bridge into the cabin you realize you are in the woods with the comforts of home. Very quiet and quaint. Close to the village of lake Arrowhead many shops and restaurants to choose from and drinks. Some outlets stores. The house has a pass to use allowing you to enjoy the lake. I would definitely recommend for a couple getaway or a romantic weekend

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you and your wife chose to spend a romantic weekend for your 19th anniversary at the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage! As you mentioned, we are close (3/4 of a mile walk) from Lake Arrowhead Village. Thanks so much, Paul
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All the Luxuries of Home

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the nicest rentals I have ever found on VRBO. I would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jerry, It was a pleasure having you and Kim stay at our Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage! We are delighted that you loved the cottage - we hope that you can come again! Paul & Janice
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Wish I lived here!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful! Perfect getaway for 2. The cabin is cozy, clean, and completely updated. It has everything you need and instructions for everything, so you are never left guessing, the owners have thought of EVERYTHING!!! Owners are great and very easy to get a hold of. You will definitely not be disappointed if you stay here. Pictures match the cabin exactly!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alicia, Janice and I are delighted that you and your husband had a "Perfect getaway for 2" at the Burnt Mill Canyon Cottage! We have spent a great deal of time trying to make the cabin beautiful as well as very organized, so that guests can spend their time enjoying their stay. Thanks for choosing our cottage to spend your anniversary - hope you can came again next year. Paul & Janice
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 18

We are part of the Burnt Mill Canyon Association which is a group of about 100 home owners. The land that our homes are on was originally owned by the Forest Service and was leased to the owners. In about 1975 the land was sold to those owners who had leases, and green belts were created in between the cabins, providing for a very low density area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $89
Refundable damage deposit $395
Tax Rate 7.0%

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

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