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Romantic Views near the best trails. Perfect for Lovers, Writers, and Creatives.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths with Mountain views, close to best hiking trails

The home was designed by Dennis McGuire who is a well-known architect that still lives and works in Idyllwild. Dennis' homes are nestled in rock out croppings and are noted for their unique design that encompasses the surrounding beauty of the area. The house was featured on the Palm Springs Architecture Home Tour. It is located in the prestigious Fern Valley Area on a pie shaped lot that opens up towards the rock out-croppings of Suicide Rock and Tahquitz Peak, with stunning views reminding a person of the grandeur of Yosemite. The location is within walking distance of Humber Park and the well-known Ernie Maxwell trail surrounded by impressive homes in the best part of Idyllwild. Three decks allow for maximum enjoyment of the outdoors.

Katie McClain
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Katie McClain

My husband and I both work in the arts and love the wonderful artistic community of Idyllwild. We are so happy to share our home with you and hope you find it's light and peace inspiring!

Katie McClain purchased this house in 2015

Why Katie McClain chose Fern Valley

We chose this house because we walked in and kept saying, "Wow!" The design to us is just spectacular, down to the copper details in the wood ceiling and the wood paneling on the refrigerator! Everything has been kept true to the original design. We also love how the house "settles us down" after being in the city. One day in, and we are relaxing, letting go of petty worries, and simplifying our lives.

What makes this house unique

The house has three decks, one off the master bedroom, so there are lots more nooks to disappear into than you might realize when looking at it's open design. The two bedrooms each have their own master bath, which allows for plenty of privacy, and there is a guest half bath as well for visitors. Very few people drive up the street as it is a "dead end" so even foot traffic is insignificant. Our neighbors are the NICEST!


Fern Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , and sink, with wall heater and fan.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Stunning views of Taquitz Peak. Private deck.
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Views of outdoor rock formations light up at night
  • We also offer a queen sized double decker air mattress that can be placed in the office area to make a third "bedroom" if you need another couple to join you. There is also a third bathroom but it is a half bath only.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
The town has massage services as well as acupuncture!


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Romantic Views near the best trails. Perfect for Lovers, Writers, and Creatives.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Gorgeous views, fantastic kitchen, quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

Loved the home! Katie answered so many questions for me about weather and travel in advance and was helpful throughout the weekend. Similarly to other reviews, we used the kitchen more than we planned because it was so great. I will say it isn’t walking distance/walkable to town - it’s not the easy road to walk on with small shoulder. But it’s a very short drive that we were happy to make. Idyllwild is the best kept secret and we hope it stays that way!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat at a Beautifully Appointed Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderfully quiet New Years here. The house had everything you could possibly need and was absolutely charming. The owners were very responsive and ensured we had a great time. We are definitely going back, one of the best VRBO stays we’ve had!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Playa Del Rey

Very quiet, comfortable and easy to get to trails!

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous property with home comforts. Kitchen was easy to cook in, large table for dining or games. Plenty of open space for everyone to relax. Thank


  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Peaceful and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with an open floor plan. It's about a 15 minute walk to a few restaurants and bars, and maybe a 25 minute walk to town center. Owner is easy to communicate with and very helpful. Highly recommend! House is even better than the pictures!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property and great owners!

  • 5 of 5

We would stay here again. Great location and style! Owners are a pleasure to work with.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy Camper

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was wonderfully open and inviting, with stunning views from multiple parts of the house.

Hosts were extremely pleasant to interact with.

The only downside is that this place has now set the bar ridiculously high for other vacations. I cannot speak highly enough of Cady, Jon, or their magnificent home.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cafe Aroma
Love the live music on Friday and Saturday nights! Great Sunday brunch. Fun, creative atmosp...
A fantastic restaurant with delicious food and a hilarious "Gnome" theme! The servings are h...
A perfect place to have a drink by the fire after a days hike or a romantic dinner for two, ...
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 10.0%

Note the cleaning fee. We allow up to six guests. There will be a $75 dollar fee for guests over 5.($75 dollars per night for the sixth guest. 5 guests are allowable without a fee.) No monthly rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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