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Fernando Alvarez

Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Enjoy Our Dream at Shadowbrook, a Luxurious 1927 Mountain Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Idyllwild Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Chateau / Country House, 3 Bedrooms + Office, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Shadowbrook, built in 1927 and lovingly maintained and enhanced over the years, for the first time is available to the public for vacation rental. On a level acre, the graceful “cabin” looks over Strawberry Creek, as does the Jacuzzi redwood hot tub. Lupines and rare tiger lilies grace the forest garden in summer. The interior is warmed by virgin redwood walls and its exterior is cedar bark above river-washed boulders. While its style is in the tradition of an old-fashioned Adirondack cottage, it has central heating, a modern kitchen, outdoor shower, and three fireplaces for ultimate comfort. Walk to town along the creek, sit in the sunroom filled with the Strawberry Creek’s music, have breakfast on the deck, and you’ll know why Shadowbrook has only had three previous owners.

Keywords: A Spacious, Immaculately Maintained, Redwood Adirondack Style Cabin in the Forest

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Fernando Alvarez (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Fernando Alvarez

For thirty five years, we've enjoyed Shadowbrook in all seasons. We look forward to tiger lilies in July, flocked trees in winter, and lupines in the spring. The nights are dark and clear for star gazing and the creek provides its music day and night. I've written twenty books in the house, so it's also a place of great inspiration.

Fernando Alvarez purchased this cabin in 1970

Why Fernando Alvarez chose Inland Empire

The first time we discovered Idyllwild, we had come up the Hill for dinner at a new restaurant. Although it was called the Chef in the Forest, we were surprised and delighted by the beauty of the little village. We went back up a year later and have loved the town and our home ever since.

What makes this cabin unique

We have horseshoes and badminton, a hammock, books, and sunshine most of the time. Lighting a fire in our giant fireplace with a glass of wine, a novel, and Beethoven is our idea of a good time in winter. Aroma, the restaurant right across the creek from us, has great food with live music to match.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"We loved the proximity of the property to the creek and the very private wooded lot. We walked to Aroma Cafe for breakfast. The house was very comfortable and charming. The cabin decor was impeccable, and outside deck areas inviting. I will definitely rent again.
Mar 2011
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)
Enjoy Our Dream at Shadowbrook, a Luxurious 1927 Mountain Home
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews
Los Angeles

Amazing Cabin

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough great things about our stay. The house is beautiful and roomy and much more impressive than the pictures. It has every amenity you would want, yet still has a cozy, rustic feel. I can't wait to take my family back. We brought our baby with us and with some minor baby proofing he was free to roam the house. That being said, I have a few minor critiques. The knives in the kitchen were dull which made cooking more challenging than expected and the house is near a neighborhood restaurant that plays light music on their outdoor patio during the afternoons. It can be heard at the house. Again, these are small critiques, for such an amazing place. I can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property and location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this cabin for 4 days with 6 adults. Someone was there to meet us when we arrived to show us how everything worked. The location of the property is great - in the middle of the forrest, walking distance from downtown, and right on Strawberry Creek. The Cabin was very large, and beautiful (the photos don't do it justice), and there several distinct areas such as dining room, office, game room and several decks, a hammock, swings, and fenced-in area for dogs. You can hike directly from house into mountains. We came with senior citizens and teenagers, and there was something for everybody! We really loved it, and hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The best place to stay for vacation at Idyllwild. I've been there with my family and we had fun. I was not expecting the house to be that big but it was so, loved it! Such a nice place.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you celebrated the New Year at and with Shadowbrook! She's a good friend to many.
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Manhatten Beach, CA

Shadowbrook is a perfect mountain getaway from LA.

  • 5 of 5

When I arrived, I was so impressed with the space and layout of the home. Felt very cozy and welcoming. All of the bedrooms were great, but I loved the common areas the most. I also forgot my sunglasses there, and they were nice enough to send them back... So grateful! Thanks again Fernando!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you liked it! It's welcomed many for many years.
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Great historic-feeling place on the creek

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place, from its location on the creek and close to town, to the historic feeling of the building and the redwood hot tub with a view of the creek. We stayed with three couples and two kids and it worked very well for us. Don't miss the opportunity to walk over to Cafe Aroma for music and great food. We would definitely love to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alpine, CA

Weekend Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was such a great place to spend time with dear friends. It was bigger than we had expected (except for the coffee maker) and plenty of rooms to sneak away if you just wanted to read or take a nap. Of course we spent most of our time sitting around the living room enjoying each others company in front of the beautiful fireplace. There were gorgeous views from every room, with most looking out over the creek, but I think our favorite room for viewing was the game room. Very cozy, and easy to picture with a cup of hot cocoa as snow is falling. We all fit very comfortably, with many options for sleeping arrangements. There is a bonus room upstairs that is not mentioned on the website. The dining room table was also very accommodating and made it easy to serve from the cute little kitchen. We will definitely be planning another trip to Shadowbrook!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Julie. I'm glad you enjoyed our home. Many books were read and written in the sun room, not to mention the many games we've played there, too.
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Rates & Availability

Idyllwild Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
Columbus Day
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 11 2016
2 night minimum stay
Veteran's day
Nov 11 2016 - Nov 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 9 2016 - Dec 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/ New Years
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning Fee $165
Pet Fee $60

Rates may be higher for Holidays and Special Events.
Expect a standard rental agreement to review and sign.
Firewood and starters are not included in the rental price.
Webber BBQ grill. Bring your own charcoal.
Extra person fee. Expect $50 per person per night over six guests.
Pet fee is $50 per pet per weekend stay.

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Idyllwild Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1) Double futon (1)
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
This property and house are ideal for Yoga retreats, small events, photo shoots and filming. Please ask the Property Manger as these are not allowed without prior arrangement and proper liability insurance. Extra fees will apply.

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