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Dena Van Slyke

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

The Best in Idyllwild: Location and Charm Galore!

25 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Inland Empire Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Woodsy Cabin Getaway on Strawberry Creek 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Idyllwild's Best Mountain Cabin on the creek, easy walking distance to town just 5 minutes by creek trail or 15 minutes by street. Nestled amongst 100 pine and cedar trees, Brooksong has the woodsy charm you come to Idyllwild for. Custom built with beautiful wood throughout and skylights in tall ceilings, with a large beautiful deck overlooking the creek and another deck off the master bedroom you will feel refreshed and like you totally got away from it all.

Fish for trout, walk to the Village or relax in the swinging hammock chairs on a lazy summer afternoon or cuddle up inside with a fire blazing in the wood stove on a wintry day.....while the 'chef' of your group creates gastronomic delights on the Wolff Stainless Oven/Range in the best equipped kitchen on the hill.

It doesn't get any better!!

Every kitchen appliance and gadget you can name is here plus a full selection of cookbooks for every appetite. Plenty of room to create and serve something in style. Plus enjoy the top of the line barbecue grill (propane) for your outdoor pleasure. Come and get it!

Ideally designed to Sleep 4 Adults 2 Children (2 queen beds and 2 singles). Upstairs 'kids room' shares a bathroom with the 'master bedroom' both of which are open loft style rooms. Each has doors and closets with one side open to the stairwell.

Brooksong Cabin has a natural cabin feeling because everything is wood. Even the cabinet handles are Manzanita branches. Very tall beam ceilings, long windows and skylights give a wide open feeling. The decks were built by a renowned local deck builder.

Over 100 trees are happily growing here. Between the house and the creek is a meadow of strawberry bushes.

Besides the 'master' bedroom upstairs under the skylight, there is a great loft bedroom room for 2 kids. Their closet is full of games and toys and things to do, like puzzles. There is another room and 3/4 bath downstairs (privacy) with a queen bed for one or two. For the whole family there is a huge library of over 200 movies to watch.

There are lots more photos to send you if you like. Just email me and I'll email the photos to you.

You can walk to town in 5 - 10 minutes. Less than a mile. Take the creekside path for a shortcut if you want. Brooksong is a magical place that you will want to return to year after year. One of the most favorite cabins in Idyllwild.

Brooksong is too pristine for pooch and is kept non-allergic - sorry. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Ask to see quotes from our guest book. Everybody who comes to Brooksong loves it and you will too. Returning guests receive a 10% discount. Come again and again.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dena Van Slyke (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Dena Van Slyke

Here i am in my Model A Ford at my San Clemente historic home. I own Beacon Brokerage real estate - specializing in historic properties in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. Call me.

Why Dena Van Slyke chose Inland Empire

Guest reviews:

12/17/12 Jon: 'Great get away. Brooksong is a peaceful and fun retreat. My wife our girls and Nana had a wonderful 4 day vacation. Just staying at the cabin is good enough but we had a fun time hiking, exploring the creek, building snow men, following animal tracks in the snow, taking photos of the beautiful nature surrounding, taking in the peaceful woods, playing games inside (provided) sitting by the fire, star gazing, fixing great meals in the fully stocked kitchen, watching movies (provided) going to town and site seeing and shopping and just reading and relaxing in the authentic and comfortable cabin! This was our 2nd time here-next year #3!! Recommended for: Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway'

Kaila K. 7/25/12 wrote: 'Excellent. I can't say enough about how absolutely fantastic this cabin is! This is my second time staying at Brooksong and it seems like each time I stay, the place just gets better. It's got all the amenities you could possibly want, and the access to Strawberry Creek is fantastic. You are totally out in the forest, but can easily follow the Creek up into town (just a short hike) - great location. The owner of the cabin was amazingly wonderful to work with and you can tell from staying there that Brooksong is not just a 'vacation rental place,' but it is the owner's vacation home, and it shows in all the little touches. The outdoor decks are mind blowing and super comfy; the indoor space has plenty of interesting things to occupy one's time, from comfortable beds and bathrooms to a well stocked video library, book library, game library and even a wonderful kid's play area under the stairs, complete with toddler appropriate toys and baby gate for the bottom of the stairs.'

M. Banks: 3/22/13 'We rent cabins and condos quite a bit and for the first time we didn't have to get our 'cabin kit' out. It's easy to tell that the owners stay here and it's not just a forgotten investment.'

What makes this cabin unique

This is pure heaven on earth.

Guestbook comments from the manager

“We had an amazing time @ Brooksong Cabin. This was our first time in Idyllwild and it will for sure NOT be our last. Cabin had everything we needed and what I liked best was that it was very clean. ? Location was perfect for what we were looking for… getting away from the city. We were able to relax and enjoy nature! Thank you for the awesome time and for allowing our family to enjoy this beautiful cabin.”
Mar 2014
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Reviews

4.9
based on 25 traveler reviews

The Best in Idyllwild: Location and Charm Galore!
average rating of 4.92 based on 28 reviews
5

Excellent location- great family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Spent Easter weekend with our family at this cabin and had a fantastic time. The location was close enough to walk to the shops and our two kids loved playing in the creek behind the cabin. Dena was very responsive and our stay exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend staying here and will be coming back to this cabin again in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Don't Overlook This Property - Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

I’m sorry to be submitting this review so long after my stay which was Aug 7-9, 2015 but I was in the system making another VRBO reservation and I remembered I had never weighed in with a well –deserved, glowing report about this property. This was my first VRBO and what a great experience! I didn’t understand the whole VRBO rental process but the owner patiently answered all my questions and made it so easy for me. We had an iffy arrival time and the owner, Dena, and her house manager, Monica (and Monica’s husband, Fausto), were all so accommodating. The house was just perfect for a girl’s weekend. I came up with one friend. She took the downstairs bedroom and bath and I took the upstairs loft bedroom and bath. The house sleeps more than two but we loved having our separate areas. It’s clean, well maintained, well stocked and perfectly located. We spent a great deal of time on the large deck that looks through the trees toward the creek. We walked to town on the creekside trail which is such a convenient feature of this beautiful property. We enjoyed all the shops and several of the restaurants and coffee places in town. It was exactly “as advertised” and I will not consider staying anyplace else in Idyllwild if I plan a return trip and this property is available. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, you made my day! This is so sweet and wonderful of you to share such positive aspects of Brooksong. Bless your heart. I agree that Monica and Fausto are great hosts and really set the stage for the best experience. I will share your review with them cause they take pride in making the cabin great. Thank you so much for the great five star review - keeping my average at 5 stars. You are most welcome back and we will happily give you 10% discount as a returning guest. I look forward to renting Brooksong to you again. Thank you. Dena
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Great Cabin for Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at Brooksong, it's perfect for small families and is stocked with everything needed for a nice relaxing stay. Would highly recommend Brooksong and really enjoyed how close it was to the downtown village (you can walk along the creek to get there in a couple minutes). We would like to come back again.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg, thank you so much for your great five star review. Location IS so important in Idyllwild and Brooksong has that rare combination of near to town, good phone service, easy paved street access and a private feeling of getting away from it all. We are so glad you enjoyed Brooksong and we look forward to having you come back again. As a returning guest, you will get 10% discount. Thank you! Dena
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Wonderful Weekend at Brooksong

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful quiet bachelorette weekend at Brooksong! The cabin is clean and cozy, with beautiful views, plenty of firewood, and a well-equipped kitchen. We arrived a few days after a major winter storm, turning the driveway into an adventure, but Dena made sure that we knew what we were getting into, and we had no issues.

We enjoyed dinner out one night, and cooked all other meals in-house. We enjoyed walking around to see the snow, trees, and mountains, and also had a great evening watching movies next to the wood-burning stove. We hope to be back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ladies: It was great to get to meet you and get you settled in and the fire going. You were so thrilled to be there it really made us happy to have the cabin to share with you. Thanks for being such good sports with the snowy conditions. We look forward to having you back soon. Thank you so much for the great five star review. Dena
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The Total Package

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a cabin in Idyllwild to enjoy a stay with my Lady. She had never been so I wanted to Impress. Well BrookSong nailed it. Ideally located in the trees for that back to nature feel but close enough to town if desired or needed. The interior is nicely decorated with many creature comforts while still maintaining a mountain cabin essence. Everything worked and the instructions were spot on. Also knowing Monica & Crew were there just in case made for a worry free stay. Thank You Dena for sharing your slice of Heaven...... Larry n Cheryl Dec. 20-22, 2015

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are most welcome! Enjoy our Slice of Heaven anytime! We love to have wonderful guests like you and hope you return to Brooksong soon. We will gladly give you 10% discount on your next stays. I'm sure you "impressed" your Lady with your enthusiasm and kindness. Thank you Larry for your wonderful review. Dena
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Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Brooksong is such a charming cabin! We loved it! The kitchen had everything we needed and more! It was very clean and neat and close to town! In town we enjoyed going to the movie theater, shopping in the awesome stores, making ceramics at the ceramic shop and eating at all the delicious restaurants! We also went to the candle light service at one of the local churches in town (totally awesome)! We stopped at the coffee shop every day we were there! And we got to see Mayor Max again! (We had met him a few years ago when he was just a puppy).

This cabin has another reason for holding a special place in our hearts now......my daughter's boyfriend proposed to her Christmas morning (a white Christmas too)! :)

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Car: necessary

Other Activities: shopping, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, boating, health/beauty spa, massage, painting ceramics, IDYLLWILD ARTS CAMPUS SUMMER PROGRAM OF CLASSES IN FILM, ART, WRITING, DANCE, PHOTOGRAPHY, ETC.

Several camps and summer camps and getaways are yearly events.

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Rates & Availability

Idyllwild Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Idyllwild Jazz Festival
Aug 12 2016 - Aug 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
$215
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
$215
 
 
Indigenous People's Day
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
$215
 
 
Veteran's Day
Nov 11 2016 - Nov 13 2016
2 night minimum stay
$215
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
$215
 
 
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$215
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$180
From
$200
Fri,Sat
$940
$3,760
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Set Up & Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Check in & out services $20
Tax Rate 10.0%

$15/night for each additional guest beyond the first two covers additional wear and tear, utilities, supplies etc for larger groups.
Weekly rate: buy five nights (including a weekend) get two weeknights free
Monthly rate: buy 3 weeks, get one free = 28 nights total.
Pets are not allowed so there are no allergy issues with future guests
Sleeps 6 no matter what age.
Snow plow fee is $50.

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Amenities

Inland Empire Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Downstairs bath has a shower (no tub) and is next door to the downstairs bedroom. The upstairs bathroom has a shower over the tub and it is inside the Master bedroom. Guests staying in the loft will need to enter the Master bedroom to share the bathroom. Great for families.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • One downstairs has queen bed and nearby bathroom. Upstairs has two loft bedrooms each with one open wall. The master has a queen bed and adjoining full bathroom. The other room has two single beds and shares the bath with the master bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Notes:
Idyllwild is great for hiking and art and music. Check out these links to see what is going on in town. http://www.idyllwildherald.com/calendar/cal.php http://eepurl.com/Cdza5

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