SPACIOUS RETREAT ON TWO ACRES ABUTTING THE NATIONAL FOREST

Robert Phelps

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Sleeps25
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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SPACIOUS RETREAT ON TWO ACRES ABUTTING THE NATIONAL FOREST

Running Springs - Snow Valley House Rental Photos and Description

6 bedrooms 5 1/2 baths

Our 3,300 square foot residence was built to accommodate 25 people when our large extended family and friends stay. Read some of the reviews of our satisfied guests.

Safe Haven Forest Retreat is a unique 2 acre property that sits at the end of Wilderness Road at an altitude of 6,000 ft. It is the last private property on the road with three sides abutting the National Forest. You'll enjoy the broad mountain views and surrounding forest in this tranquil nature retreat. The wilderness is your back yard to enjoy. And yet, it is less than 1 mile to the town of Running Springs, 8 miles to Lake Arrowhead, and 18 miles to Big Bear Lake. You are literally in the middle of the mountains yet have all the amenities of the easy to reach resort towns. You can explore the National Forest and the mountain communities at your leisure. Or, you can just stay put and enjoy the spacious cabin and activity centers around the property.

Notice to people who want to party: Our property was developed as a forest retreat where people could find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment, personal / spiritual growth, connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party, don't choose us.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome

Robert Phelps

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As retired teachers we wanted to develop a place in the mountains where children could come to learn about nature. Our dream evolved from the idea of starting a youth camp to a more inclusive one where people of all ages could find a Forest Retreat that would be a SAFE HAVEN to convene with nature.

We have created a spacious and comfortable environment where our family, friends, and short term renters will find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment and connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way. With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property. If you are looking for a place to have a wild drunken party to go nuts in nature, please look for another place.

Robert Phelps purchased this house in 2007

After a three year search for the appropriate property, we chose this place for it's unique location; having the National Forest as our back yard and being an easy drive to all the other mountain areas. It is in the middle of the mountains yet has easy access to all the mountain resort communities and activities. From our home in Orange County it takes us 90 minutes to get to the property. Once here, we feel we are in another world where we can breath deep, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

The size of the property (2 acres) and it's geographic features offer the space to create a number of activity areas. There is a pond being developed that when finished will allow for fishing and boating. The tipi gathering area allows for small group activities overlooking the future pond. There is also a climbing wall, Volleyball court, archery range, large in ground chess board, and horseshoe pitch. And the picnic area behind the cabin allows for a large group gathering with fireplace, and B-B-Q units.

Sleeps25
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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5
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Spacious Retreat on two acres abutting the national forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
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Spacious Retreat on two acres abutting the national forest
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Running Springs - Snow Valley Big Bear
5

PERFECT FOR LARGE GROUPS

  • 5 of 5
Safe Haven Forest Retreat was ideal for our large group. It had three-levels, so we could easily separate our group meeting time in the 1st floor open area (with a ping pong table that we thoroughly enjoyed, but bring your own paddles!), eating time by the kitchen on the 2nd floor (more than enough plates, bowls, utensils, and a brand new, very efficient dishwasher, and tons of chairs), and sleep time mostly on the 3rd floor (with a smart bathroom layout so it was easy to assign rooms to particular bathrooms to prevent overcrowding). Everything was labeled so we knew exactly where to find items. And the owners are super responsive, returning emails within a few hours and getting the security deposit back to us promptly. If you have a large group, consider telling people to bring earplugs as the walls are a bit thin and those who sleep early may be disturbed by those playing board games late into the night :)

All in all, a great experience! We may make this our annual retreat location!
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have aimed at making the place well organized and comfortable, even though it can get a bit noisy when you have a large group in one building. We do keep ping pong paddles and balls in a storage closet with other toys for youngsters. But, they do take a beating and seem to wear out quickly. If you are a real ping pong fan, yes bring your own paddle. Speaking of paddles, the boating pond is under construction and we hope to have it ready for summer.
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Spacious Retreat on two acres abutting the national forest
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+1 714 664-0690
Running Springs - Snow Valley Big Bear
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5

ROOMY, COZY...HAD A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!!!!

  • 5 of 5
The house was so roomy and accommodated 24 people perfectly. The optional adventure program was also well worth the price. The owners were very friendly and accessible. We will definitely be spreading the word about Safehaven Forest Retreat.
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel blessed to have this property and love to have people stay to enjoy it with family, friends. We are always happy to hear back that people enjoyed their stay.
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Spacious Retreat on two acres abutting the national forest
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+1 714 664-0690
Running Springs - Snow Valley Big Bear
Glendora, CA
5

FUN FAMILY REUNION

  • 5 of 5
What a fun place! We took advantage of all the indoor and outdoor games. From the climbing wall and mini zip line by day to the movie projector by night, there was something for everyone. We created wonderful memories and I look forward to going there again.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
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Spacious Retreat on two acres abutting the national forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379810
+1 714 664-0690
Running Springs - Snow Valley Big Bear
5

SAFE HAVEN FOREST RETREAT - WONDERFUL CABIN!

  • 5 of 5
What a great cabin and beautiful property! Stayed here for a week-long family reunion and had plenty of room for all 18 of us. Amenities were exactly as described and our group immensely enjoyed the educational program offered by the owner, which included the zipline, rockwall, repelling and air gun target practice. Would recommend this cabin to everyone! Thanks for a great place to stay, Robert and Myriam!
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious Retreat on two acres abutting the national forest
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379810
+1 714 664-0690
Running Springs - Snow Valley Big Bear
5

GREAT STAFF RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
Our team of 16 had plenty of space and a very relaxing time for 2 nights. The weather was perfect and we even got to turn on the fireplace once or twice.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Spacious Retreat on two acres abutting the national forest
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+1 714 664-0690
Running Springs - Snow Valley Big Bear
5

BEAUTIFUL FAMILY WEDDING LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
Our family and friends enjoyed the large,spacious house with all the amenities while attending a "backyard" family-style wedding. With over 50 people in attendance on Saturday, we never felt crowded and the outside area was a hit with all the children, especially the small zip line and the chess game! Everything was as pictured and described on the listing, keep in mind there are lots of stairs!! We even saw deer in the afternoon which added a special treat to our day. Lots of clean bathrooms and bedrooms to get ready for the day's events made life easy on this bride! The property was well maintained and ready for us. All in all, we appreciate the owner's help and permission to use his lovely home as our own private Bed & Breakfast. Beautiful day in a beautiful space.
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
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We offer a 3-6 hour outdoor adventure program which includes the rock climbing wall, rappelling, zip lining, archery, snowshoeing, tobogganing, snowboarding and ATV rides. Contact us for more details.

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Running Springs - Snow Valley House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$400
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$500
Fri,Sat
$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning $150
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes Three night holiday weekends are charged at the weekend rate of $500 per night.
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Amenities

Running Springs - Snow Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Sports & Activities
  • Romantic
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2nd floor wheel chair accessible
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , 3rd floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , 3rd floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , 1st floor
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , 1st floor
  • The 2nd floor bathrooms are tiled. The one closest to the front door entrance is wheelchair accessible and also acts as a wet boot and clothing room. The other one is a full tub/shower bathroom. The two on the third floor have corner showers. The first floor has one corner shower bathroom and one half bath with toilet and sink. Both have outside access through a door opening into a hall way separating the two baths.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor (sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor (sleeps 3)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , 3rd floor (sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , 1st floor entertainment room (sleeps 2)
    Bedroom 7 - 4 twin/ single , 3rd floor loft (2 trundle beds sleeps 4)
  • There are 6 bedrooms: The one on the 1st floor that could be considered a studio apartment because it has it's own kitchenett, two on the 2nd floor and three on the 3rd floor, Also, there is a loft area with two trundle beds (considered 7th bedroom) between the bedrooms on the third floor. There are 2 sofas on either side of the fireplace on the second floor and four sofas on the first floor.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • 25 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • recreation center
  • live theater
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • pond
  • playground
  • library
  • cinemas
  • churches
  • botanical garden
  • autumn foliage
  • arboretum
  • forests
  • festivals
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • horseshoes
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • groceries
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • mountaineering
  • mountain biking
  • water skiing
  • golf
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • ski lift privileges
  • mountain climbing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
Notes:
The main kitchen has a 5 burner gas stove top and two ovens. It has a granite counter top and oak cabinets with a roll out island to extend the kitchen area, if desired. The two high efficiency free standing gas fireplaces do not use wood but have a glass front to view the flame heating the faux wood logs. The first floor has a kitchenette with mini fridge and table for the entertainment area. The laundry room is on the first floor and has a door to the outside as well. There is a covered 8ft walk way around the house at the first level. There is an 8ft. deck surrounding the house on the 2nd level that is covered on the front and back. There is an 8ft by 16ft. balcony at the 3rd level facing into the forest. Roads and paths through the property lead to activity areas on the property, such as, the tipi gathering site, horse shoe pitch, toboggan runs, children's play areas and stage, and to forest hiking paths.
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