|Minimum Stay||1 - 4 nights|
This private cottage is located high in the San Bernardino National Forest on our private 55 acre ranch - Cienaga Creek Ranch. Off-grid, this cottage runs completely on solar power. This cottage offers everything you need for a romantic retreat or family vacation. A separate bedroom with queen bed with skylight above for stargazing as you drift off to sleep, oversized jacuzzi tub with skylight above as well, and a large double-headed shower. The living room has a queen futon, wood burning fireplace, flat screen tv with dvd player and complimentary movie library. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, oven, microwave, small refrigerator, dishes, glassware and pots and pans. The covered porch offers a wonderful place to relax with a porch swing, sitting area and gas barbecue. A double-person hammock is provided to hang up under the trees. Hike, mountain bike, snow shoe or snow play right from your door. Don't miss the virtual tour at the youtube link below!
We both grew up in Orange County, Southern California, and moved to San Bernardino in 1981. Desiring our sons to grow up with some space around them, we purchased the ranch near Big Bear Lake in 1991 when our boys were 6, 4, 2 and 2 months old. We lived in the 500 sf cottage that is now called Ironwood Lodge - the only building on the ranch. The six of us lived in the cottage (yes, we were a bit crazy!!) while we built what is now the main house - called Granite Vista. It took us 3 years before it was completed enough for us to move in. We did the majority of building ourselves, with help from family and friends. After moving in to the 'big' house, Ironwood sat empty for a few years. With the encouragement of some friends who owned a lodge in town, we remodeled it and began renting it out. Our guests liked it so much that we built three more - Mountain Sunset, Hunter's Lodge and Wild Rose - ready for New Year's 2000. A few years later we acquired the Kopitch Cottage (built by the Kopitch family) that sat on 10 acres bordering our original 40 acres…. then a few years later we built Juniper Ridge - 2000 sf, 3 bedroom 2 bath family cabin. We recently remodeled our home to have available for large groups. Now that the boys are grown, we love to travel and spend several months every year exploring other countries on our motorcycle - BMW 1200 GS. We recently spent 5 months in Central America and 2 months in Thailand. Though we love traveling, there is no place like home!
Vickie Wilson purchased this cottage in 1991
Our ranch is only 2 hours from Los Angeles, but in an area where there are no utilities. This fact allowed us to purchase acreage at a reasonable cost. With advances in technology, solar power has become more affordable. Every cottage and home on our ranch is run on solar power! Far from utility lines, yet only 15 minutes from grocery stores, restaurants, skiing and the lake, we feel like our ranch is in an ideal location.
Our ranch is forested with tall pines, huge junipers, fir and lodge pole pines. To hike through the forest on the trails on and around our ranch is one of our favorite past times. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses our ranch. At an elevation of 8200, the sky is blue and the stars are amazing. The peace and quiet is so restful.
the cabin was more than we could have ever asked for. it has everything you need for a relaxing weekend. very quiet with beautiful views. you feel so far away and yet just a couple miles to town. thanks Cienaga creek ranch you guys are the best.
Damien and Kaley Hammond
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. No arrivals or departures on December 25, 2015, and January 1, 2016. Weekly rate not valid during holiday time periods. Pet charge is $10 per night per pet.