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AVAILABLE FOR WINE WKND! Beautiful, Historic lodge! Walk to town and great spa

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

AMAZING ! INCREDIBLE VIEWS AND SPA! 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10),

Come experience a bit of history! This was once home to famous author, Earle Stanley Gardner, Author of the world renowned Perry Mason mystery series! Built in 1945 originally as a hunting lodge and summer home. Knotty Pine everywhere!

Casa de Luz is a Hillside getaway with altitude now on over 3 acres! Come stay with us for your Idyllwild experience. Pungent pine trees, mountain views, cocktails on the deck. Walk to art galleries, enjoy creekside hikes, gaze at star filled skies while you enjoy our four bedroom, three bathroom home. The knotty pine interior offers a full kitchen, great room with cathedral ceilings and brand new custom draperies, master suite with private deck featuring a seasonal four poster outdoor bed, outdoor lounge area with views of Tahquitz, and six person jacuzzi. Just relax or choose from a menu of personalized services. We offer private chef service, rock climbing trips and hikes, yoga, spa treatments and executive retreats. We will customize your experience to ensure you get to enjoy all that is unique about our southern California mountain town.

Rustic, well loved home has a master suite with a king size bed , ceiling fan, sitting room, outdoor deck and full bathroom. Downstairs bedroom has two twin beds that can be converted into a king bed, ceiling fan, and it's own bathroom with a custom slate shower. Upstairs has two bedrooms with a jack and jill shared bathroom (newly remodeled custom tile shower/floor). One bedroom has two twin beds that can be converted into a king bed and the other room has a king size bed. Both rooms have newly installed custom entry doors which replaced the privacy curtains. Great room offers a large wood burning fireplace, full wet bar, TV, stereo with iPod dock, and WIFI. We have numerous board games and puzzles, some DVD's and a library of books to enjoy during your stay. Dining area in full service kitchen seats eight to ten and provides everything you need for the ultimate dinner party with friends and family.

Outside there is plenty of outdoor furniture for relaxing on the deck or dining al fresco on the outdoor dining table that seats 6.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Ida

Lucky for me, my parents moved our family to Idyllwild and into this house when I was a child. I was lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to grow up in this amazing town. I grew up writing poetry on the deck with only moonlight to illuminate the page, climbing rocks, building snowmen and having many snowball fights with my brother and sister. There were many 'White Chirstimas' mornings and Thanksgiving day hikes. My family still gathers at the house to share laughter, love and tales of life's experiences. It is a place we will always call home and I am excited to share it with you.

Ida purchased this lodge in 1976

Why Ida chose Inland Empire

This home was built in 1945, by Lou Britton and has since been owned by the Famous Mystery Author, Earle Stanley Gardner, whose ownership created a local nickname of 'The Mystery Cabin.' I try to create that same sense of awe upon your arrival that I felt as a child walking through the giant wood door and looking up onto the sky high knotty pine ceilings! Wow!

What makes this lodge unique

Five minute walk to the centre of Idyllwild's restaurants, shopping, music, and art galleries. The homeowner's family has vacationed and lived in Idyllwild for over 46 years and is committed to providing you and your family with personal service to optimmize your stay with us.


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Palm Springs and Ontario Airports
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Numerous courses in the Palm Desert & Palm Springs
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Idyology, Cafe Aroma, Ferro's, The Kettle, Tommy's
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
San Diego or Orange County Beaches
Car: recommended

Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up the mountain and hike down the trail into Idyllwild. Southern California Wine Country (Temecula) is a short 45-60 min. drive and also provides lots of antique shopping in Old Town.


Idyllwild Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please bring you slippers, we ask that you not wear shoes inside the house on the carpeted areas. It helps keep the everything clean for guests.
  • BB guns, Pellet guns or other firearms not allowed to be used on the property. Thank you@
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Private Master Bathroom in Master Suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Newly remodeled Custom Slate/Tile bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Jack & Jill, newly remodeled with Custom Glass/Tile
  • Master bath is private and large. Other two bathrooms have been remodeled with custom glass, slate, and tile. New larger showers, new floors, and toilets. Large, comfy robes provided for your use.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1- Master Suite - 1 king , Main level: King bed: Sitting room area with privacy curtain
    Bedroom 2-Downstairs Guest room - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Downstairs: 2 Twins can be converted to an Eastern King
    Bedroom 3- Upstairs - 1 king , Upstairs; King bed; Newly installed custom entry door
    Bedroom 4- Upstairs - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Upstairs; 2 twins or king; Newly installed custom entry door
    Other ;Seasonal Outdoor bed - 1 queen , Outdoor bed under the stars on the master deck; Summer only.
  • Master Suite has a King size bed and an additional sitting room which is divided by a heavy privacy curtain. An Air mattress or crib/pack-n-play can be set up in the sitting area for kids to be close to parents or additional guests can share the space with the privacy curtain divider. Seasonal outdoor four poster bed on the private Master Suite deck (set up from the end of May through September). Downstairs Guest room has (2) Twin beds which can be converted into an Eastern King. Upstairs bedrooms are connected by a full, newly remodeled Jack and Jill bathroom and both have newly installed entry DOORS. One room has (2) Twin or Single Beds, which can be converted into an Eastern King bed. The 2nd upstairs bedroom has a King bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Private Chef, Spa services, and Yoga instruction available. Retreats are held during the year such as Yoga, Detox and Spa weekends, wine tasting/dinner weekends, Women's retreats, Spiritual retreats, Photography retreats and many more. We can customize your weekend with food, wine and/or activities! The Great room offers 16 ft. cathedral ceilings and a built-in wet bar with sink for the ultimate in entertaining. Sleep under the stars in a custom four poster bed on a private deck off of the master suite. The spa provides the ultimate in relaxtion and privacy. We provide high thread count linens for your sleeping comfort as well as new mattresses.


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AVAILABLE FOR WINE WKND! Beautiful, Historic lodge! Walk to town and great spa
average rating of 4.8955226 based on 67 reviews

Awesome weekend in a beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing weekend and beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Cabin, but no AC

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the cabin, everything there was great, including complimentary banana bread and oranges for orange juice. The only draw back, and the only reason I'm not giving 5 stars, is that there is no air conditioning. There are fans, but over July 4th weekend, it was a bit hot inside during the day, and uncomfortably hot upstairs. It did cool down upstairs enough to sleep, but the whole place was a little too hot during the day. It should be advertised more clearly that there is no AC available in our opinion. But, other than that the place is fabulous. The outdoor bed is a treat (it's an air mattress), very fun to fall alseep while watching for shooting stars, though it is only accessible through the master bedroom, just fyi.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb experience in historic cabin for our family

  • 5 of 5

Ida is a host par excellence ! She goes above & beyond with fresh citrus for morning juice & lovely loaves of banana bread. House is very clean and well appointed. Our second visit now and there's sure to be more in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for 4 night w my husband and 2 other couples. We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the cabin immensely. It has a wraparound deck on two sides of the house with beautiful peaceful views (and a peekaboo view of Lily Rock from the kitchen). There are a number of places to sit outside, which are all tidy and inviting.

Indoors everything is also just right. The cabin has four bedrooms, two upstairs sharing a jack-and-jill bathroom, and two downstairs, each with its own bathroom. One of the downstairs bedrooms is the master suite with an en suite bathroom. The master includes a small antechamber that would be big enough for a queen air mattress and it can be separated from the master bedroom with a curtain.

The house was built in 1945 and shows its age a little here and there, especially in the master bath, which is dated in style but still delightful and thoughtfully equipped with toiletries and robes. A pocket door separates the toilet from the rest of the bathroom and another pocket door separates the bath from the bedroom. Neither pocket door is in great shape and I suspect many people with therefore not be bothered with using them. (However there is a direct line of sight from the toilet to the window of the other ground floor bathroom unless you either use one of the pocket doors or draw the curtains in the main bedroom.) The shower appears to once have had a light fixture in the ceiling, which has been removed and now there is just a hole. This is the one thing that I do feel needs urgent attention. And a tune up of the pocket doors would not hurt.

The other 2 bathrooms have recently been renovated and are in excellent shape. The downstairs bathroom that goes with the 2nd bedroom is not en suite and is the bathroom most convenient to the central living areas.

While the master bedroom is generous in size, the other 3 bedrooms are quite compact and don't fit much more than the beds they contain. They're very cosy and clean and the beds are comfortable.

The living room is huge, with vaulted ceilings, and is of very well-cared for wood construction. Huge windows w/ great views heighten the relaxed lodge-like atmosphere.

Most of the plugs in the house are 2 prong plugs, so I recommend bringing adapters for your favorite 3 prong devices.

Ida is a wonderful and responsive host. I was celebrating a big milestone and Ida kindly contributed a discount.

5 stars for the house, but 5 extra stars just for Ida!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntington Beach

Just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

The house had plenty of room for the 7 of us. It was very comfortable and so well stocked there wasn't anything we were missing. Great kitchen & dining area. Lots of seating in family room around the massive fireplace, plenty of wood available to purchase on the honor system. The hot tub was already hot when we arrived. There were fresh flowers in the kitchen and family room and yummy muffins for us upon arrival. Plenty of outdoor seating on the deck. 3 nice bathrooms too. We really loved the proximity to the quaint town of Idyllwild.

Ida was wonderful to deal with and very quick to respond!! We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manhattan Beach, CA.

Great property for a family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Ida is fabulous. The house is fully equipped and stocked with basic items! We spent three days there for a family get together! We enjoyed the baked hoodies , oranges for squeezing so, treats for the children, flowers , hot tub and all that the house had to offer! Easy walk to town! We played games to a roaring fire and hiked in the mountains ! This was our third consecutive year and we hope to keep it a yearly tradition!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%




Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.