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Member since: 2011
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AMAZING Lodge, walk to town, a bit of history!! Check our 2nd property #653847!

55 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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1945 Lodge, 4 Bedrooms , 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10) Amazing Views and Spa!

Come experience a bit of history! This was once home to famous author, Earle Stanley Gardner, Author of the world renowned Perry Mason series!

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. Great room offers a large wood burning fireplace, full wet bar, TV, stereo with iPod dock, and WIFI. Dining area in full service kitchen seats eight to ten and provides everything you need for the ultimate dinner party with friends and family.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ida (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

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.


based on 55 traveler reviews

AMAZING Lodge, walk to town, a bit of history!! Check our 2nd property #653847!
average rating of 4.927273 based on 55 reviews
Temecula, CA

Fantastic home, Wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! The owner had fresh baked dessert, fresh fruit for juicing and candy gift cards for each of our children. We loved the rustic feel and fireplace. Kitchen is well set up for a preparing meals. Jumping in a hot tub after a long hike in the mountains was also a highlight. For those with kids, it is great to have two bedrooms away from the master bedroom. Overall, a great home and we plan to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A delightful weekend!

  • 5 of 5

When we first opened the door to Ida's Mountain retreat we knew we had chosen the right cabin. It was very charming and inviting, There was 8 of us, and there was plenty of space for all of us. We barbecued, used the jacuzzi and played games by the fire. The dining room was perfect for our family meals. The view from the Windows was awesome. My little niece was thrilled seeing the deer outside. And, of course, the town of Idylwild is charming.

Also, the details were amazing. We made fresh squeezed OJ in the morning, with the oranges provided by Ida. And the home made breads were great!

Thank you Ida!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fantastic house with lots of great features

  • 5 of 5

We maxed out the capacity and still had a very comfortable enjoyable experience in this great house. Every detail was considered, there are lots of amenities and thoughtful touches. Also, the beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was stocked with everything you need to cook all your meals. It is great to be on a large property and fairly secluded while being close to town. The manager was extremely helpful, considerate and it is obvious she takes a lot of pride in the property. There are lots of places to lounge, especially a great wrap around balcony with a fantastic view. We had very young children their and it is pretty kid proof, although it would hurt to bring a gate for the stairs.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy & beautiful!!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a glorious time. House is fully stocked with just about everything you could need. Ida was fabulous & even had baked banana bread for us & a candy voucher for the kids. Only negative was no doors on upstairs bedrooms. Otherwise perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we wanted!

  • 5 of 5

Ida, I would just like to say thank you. You were such an excellent hostess and we really appreciate everything you did. You really made our trip much easier. The lodge was accommodaitng to my family. We were able to relax and enjoy our weekend. We are already trying to plan our next trip. I would recommend your lodge to anyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Enchanting Mountain Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the lodge over Halloween weekend and it exceeded every expectation.

First off Ida was beyond accommodating, we arrived to a bottle of champagne, chocolate, wood for the fire, fresh fruit, a delicious basket of home made banana bread, and rooms full of fresh flowers. EVERY room. We had plush thick robes, clean soft beds, and an awesome jacuzzi to soak in. The lodge is walking distance to the charming town Pine Cove where we ate and shopped and enjoyed a Halloween parade and harvest festival. During the week we stayed we went hiking, walked to town every morning to enjoy breakfast at the Red Kettle, watched a family of deer from the jacuzzi (the deer came very close) we had cozy fires in the fireplace, watched movies (The Lodge has wifi and direct tv) We enjoyed cooking in the huge kitchen which has every tool you could possibly need. The first half of our trip was warmer and sunny and the second half we actually got a little snow which was AMAZING to enjoy from the jacuzzi. The lodge has stunning views, lots of privacy. We will be back again for sure. I have stayed in many cabins around Idyllwild and none have matched this lodge. Its very very clean and well maintained, a five minute walk to town. My husband and I began concocting ways to stay forever..... Thank you Ida for sharing this magical place with us. We are incredibly grateful.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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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
Cafe Aroma
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.


Rates & Availability

Idyllwild Lodge Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend
May 27 2016 - May 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
4th of July holiday
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jazz in the pines
Aug 19 2016 - Aug 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Winter Break
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 20 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2016 - Dec 25 2016
4 night minimum stay
Winter Break
Dec 26 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

3rd consecutive night booked will be at a discounted rate!




Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Inland Empire Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
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
  • 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 - 1 king , Queen Air Mattress can be set up in the Sitting Room area
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Upstairs; heavy privacy curtain; no locking door
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Upstairs; twins or king; no locking door; privacy curtain
    Other ;Seasonal Outdoor bed - 1 queen , Outdoor bed under the stars on the master deck; Summer only
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Downstairs: 2 Twins can be converted to an Eastern King
  • King size beds (1) Master Suite, Queen size Beds (1) Seasonal outdoor four poster bed has a queen mattress (set up from the end of May through October 1st), Twin or Single Beds (2) All twin beds can easily be converted into Eastern King size beds upon request. Both upstairs bedrooms have a heavy privacy curtain in lieu of a door.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • 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
  • 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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