Dwelling at Ponderosa is a spectacular 4000 square foot vacation home located in beautiful Idyllwild, Ca. The house is perfect for weekend getaways, retreats or family reunions. Sleeps up to 20 with the most amazing views imaginable!!
The owner is an architect and the home was meticulously designed with keen attention to both aesthetics and function. This home provides a visual experience and natural setting that has absolutely amazed past guests.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary bowls, pans, griddles and cookware and dining service for 18. Additionally, there are two dishwashers...nice!!
The upper level has a Great Room which includes a dining area that has a table that seats 14-16. There is also a separate library with an ever growing stock of books. (This room also makes a great place for the kid's to play, yet still stay in site. The room has a glass door to view the ruckus yet keep the quiet). Also, the Great Room has a game table and a case of board games and puzzles. But please note, what the house is not stocked with any media nor does it have WIFI. Our desire for this home was to create an environment where people can experience close community and interaction with each other and nature; thus, there is no television, computer, cable, internet, etc. (Cell phone reception is excellent, however).
There is an eight foot glass barn door that opens to the outdoor patio which has a direct view of Lily Rock and creates a lovely indoor/outdoor feel.
The bedroom level is uniquely laid out, where each bedroom has its own sink. In addition to the two suites that have their own bath, there are two showers and and three toilets, all of which are in their own separate rooms. Nobody ever hogs the bathroom in this home!!
Please note that the house is set up on the hill, which provides amazing views and privacy. However, there are 40 steps from the driveway to the house and the site is steep in some areas.
Keywords: Cabin, Mountain Retreat, Mountain Home, Mountain Getaway, Retreat Center, Family Reunions
I am an architect and with the help of my wife, designed our dream vacation home. We spent a great deal of time on the aesthetics and details of both the interior and exterior of the home. Our intent was to create a true getaway environment that is quiet and away from the business of everyday life. The look we created is modern, yet rustically elegant.
The Owner purchased this house in 2010
We chose this location because Idyllwild is less than 2 hours from Los Angeles and Orange County. In addition to having a beautiful natural setting, it is a lovely town with lots of fun places to shop and dine.
This home is unique insofar that it has been specifically designed to feel intimate like a home yet provide all of the necessities to comfortably sleep large groups. The site is quite steep in some areas which creates fun play and hiking areas. However, there are enough level areas for outdoor relaxing. Additionally, during snow season there is a great sledding hill. Directly outside the Great Room is a small meadow and deer often come to visit and say hello!
We stayed over a weekend in January recently and it was a beautiful house. Everything you could think of in terms of amenities. It's 4 minutes away from town, so you can pick up what you need up there, and it's like being out in the forest. The views are amazing! The kitchen has everything you need, and very nice appliances. Lots of room and lots of space to hike outside. No TV was great. We played board games and sat by the fire. There's a gas grill that's very convenient for cooking as well. The pictures are good, but the house looks even better then they show. I would recommend this house - Tony is a wonderful host and everything is very organized and easy. We'll be coming back!
Our family had a wonderful family reunion at this magnificent facility. We were treated well and had a great time. Memories were made that will be held precious forever. I thought the stainless steel in the kitchen was very practical for maintenance. There were lots of in-house activities with the library and game room.
We stayed at this beautiful vacation home with my family over the July 4th weekend. The home is a true masterpiece. The owner is an architect and his attention to detail is evident in every corner of the 3 story home. I can say with confidence that this is the crown jewel of all the vacation homes in Idyllwild. The rooms, all in all, accommodate over 20 people very comfortably with plenty of linens, towels, bathrooms, sinks, and baths. The highlight of the house is the high-ceiling living room, dining room, and kitchen on top of the 3rd floor, with huge glass windows and a sliding glass door leading to a patio with great views of the trees and mountains. Simply breathtaking! The pictures, shown on the website really don't do it justice. I loved the idea of no TV! It brought everyone together in a beautiful way. Lots of board games to keep everyone busy for hours. The kitchen was more than fully equipped. I've only got good things to say about the place and how easy it was to deal with the owner and can not wait to plan our next vacation there. Thank you Tony for a great experience!
I rented the house to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends and I could not be happier!!!
FLOOR PLAN: the owner is a architect and you can tell how smartly everything is designed!
BEDROOMS: each bedroom has its own sink and 21 people fit easily. Enough toilets and showers.
KITCHEN: designed and equipped to entertain a large group of people. Maybe only the refrigerator is quite small for so many people. But we had extra coolers with us and there was no problem to keep our drinks and food chilled. We prepared all our meals in the house and the big kitchen was a fun place to hang out.
LIVINGROOM: just amazing! The best of all: the eight foot glass barn door that opens to the outdoor patio which has a direct view of Lily Rock.....
OWNER: It was very easy to communicate with Anthony and he emailed me all detailed information and floor plans of the house with the rental agreement.
OVERALL: very happy and I would like to rent the house again.
Thank you Anthony for offering us your amazing home,
I stayed here last fall with a group of women and loved it. This place is roomy, comfortable, and great for groups both large and small. We had everything we needed, and enjoyed the decor and the views. I'd definitely stay here again.
We had 18 people (14 adults and 4 children) and it was the perfect house for us! Great room combinations, with plenty of bathrooms and kitchen equipment. We made all our meals there and spent a lot of time playing in the yard outside and doing puzzles and board games inside. Very easy process and the owner was very easy to interact with to set everything up. We would highly recommend and we plan on going back at some point! Only negative was that there is a bit of a hike up to the house from where the cars are parked (but a nice stariway). Luckily we had 8 big men in our group to carry in all the gear and food!