About this listing
Enjoy a Natural Mountain Experience in Our Vintage Chalet on the 5-Acre Sky Ranch, Surrounded by National Forest, Trails, and Open Meadows.
Home-Baked Goodies, Continental Breakfast, Adventure Pass, and More!
(See our guest reviews.)
This hand-laid stone walk is typical of the tender loving care that went into the building of the Chalet.
The Chalet is a true piece of art, for people who want a mountain holiday that's out of the ordinary.
This home was built by hand in the classic Swiss style by a family of professional artisans. Special touches are visible everywhere, from floors of solid oak two inches thick, to custom benches and cabinets, to hand-painted artwork on beams and railings. Although the home is only 40 years old, its craftsmanship derives directly from centuries of European tradition.
The Chalet is surrounded by old-growth Jeffrey pine trees over 100 feet tall. It's adjacent to an alpine meadow, which has changed little since the Serrano Indians first arrived here 3,000 years ago. And there is nothing to the south and west except hundreds of square miles of trees and the trails of the San Bernardino National Forest.
This is one of very few homes in Big Bear Valley that is truly secluded. Located at 7,000 feet on our private five-acre Sky Ranch, the Chalet is quiet night and day, with the nearest neighbor (us) 100 yards away. A perfect break from city life. No crowds...no concerns about traffic or noise...just tranquility. The only sounds you are likely to hear are the wind through the trees, and the birds who come to drink natural spring water from our pond.
If you're looking for a relaxing holiday retreat in the woods, in a home overflowing with warmth and tradition, this is your destination.
Note: During major holidays, we
often ask a 3-night minimum stay.
Tip: See Big Bear Events at Eventbrite
to see what's happening.
The Chalet is the perfect gateway to hiking, running, biking, horseback riding, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Established hiking paths literally begin at your back door, and the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail passes nearby.
Inside the Chalet, you will enjoy a spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace, an adjoining formal dining room, and a large deck with BBQ which overlooks the pond, tall poplars, a broad meadow, and the towering pines. Weddings have been held in the meadow, which still shows evidence of its heritage as a summertime camp for the native Serranos.
The kitchen is roomy and equipped with full-size appliances (including new refrigerator, stove, oven, and dishwasher) plus all the cooking gear you need to create memorable meals (even a crockpot). If you don't see what you want, just talk to Kay!
The home features two extra-large bedrooms, each of which holds a large bed for two. Each bedroom has a full attached bathroom, and all towels as well as bedding are provided.
One of our bedrooms is actually double the normal size, and offers a set of bunk beds.
For a little creative work, or just meditation, our den features two vintage desks, and 180-degree views of the spring and forest.
The living room offers a queen-size fold-out bed, and the living room can also accommodate an airbed. For maximum comfort, we recommend no more than eight adults in the Chalet.
In back, there's a large veranda, with relaxing chairs and a stunning panorama of tall pines.
The large hot tub is literally next to the forest, just a few steps from the Sun Room, and offers a commanding view of trees and sky.
We have a real horseshoes course, archery course, a campfire ring, and a nice telescope for stargazing.
For kids, there's a "fort," swings, and a sandbox in a boat.
In the Summer, the valley offers countless hiking trails, boating and fishing in the lake, mountain and road biking, horseback riding, golf, tennis, ziplining, the zoo, and many other outdoor activities. In Winter, there's skiing/boarding, snowshoeing, sledding, and more.
Inside the Chalet, we offer lots of board games, playing cards, materials for drawing, other arts & crafts, vintage music boxes -- even an electric organ!
The private Star Deck at the top of the property is a peaceful spot to read...enjoy the sunset...and view a truly stunning panorama of the heavens at night.
Welcome to the Chalet!
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The nearest stores and restaurants are within five minutes by car. The towns of Big Bear Lake and Fawnskin are 10 to 20 minutes away, and offer scores of restaurants, boutiques, and galleries.
There are also two supermarkets, multiple drug stores, and a hospital.
Within 15 minutes by car are...
Two ski and snowboard resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, offering 26 lifts and 55 runs. There are excellent schools and family areas, as well as serious terrain parks and an Olympic-size halfpipe. This is where Shaun White learned to fly!
Big Bear's famous alpine lake, with fishing, kayaking, sailing, and other water sports.
A truly remarkable animal park -- one of only two alpine zoos in the U.S. -- housing grizzlies, wood bison, cougars, timber wolves, bobcats, eagles, and much more.
Stanfield Marsh Boardwalk & Wildlife Preserve, where you can take a stroll above the lake, and have a picnic in the gazebo.
The U.S. Forest Service Discovery Center, which offers various nature programs.
Big Bear Valley Museum. Augment your stay in the vintage Chalet by seeing such exhibits as the stamp mill, used to crush gold ore in the era when the Sky Ranch was homesteaded.
Bear Mountain Golf Course. At 7,000 feet, it's an entirely different game!
For those who prefer a true wilderness adventure, the San Bernardino Mountains offer surprisingly spectacular terrain. White men have only ventured into this rugged land for 160 years. One of the youngest mountain ranges in the world (in geological terms), it features scores of steep, challenging peaks, which stretch from the natural hot springs of Deep Creek in the west, to the huge Yucca forests in the east.
11,500-foot Mount San Gorgonio, named by Spanish missionaries in the early 17th century, is at the center of the first designated wilderness area in America. Also known as "Old Greyback," San Gorgonio and 11 surrounding peaks over 10,000 feet are home to an extremely rare herd of bighorn sheep.
The headwaters of the Santa Ana and Mojave rivers offer premier wild trout streams such as Bear Creek, accessible only by foot. Guides are available to aid your quest for the rainbows and browns, some over 18 inches.
Hundreds of miles of unpaved National Forest roads offer every type of off-road experience -- ranging from an easy drive to Pioneertown, to the most radical 4WD trails imaginable (11 Difficults, six Most Difficults). The Chalet is right in the middle of the major routes, including 3N03 Smarts Ranch, 3N16 Holcomb Valley, 2N02 Burns Canyon, 2N01 Broom Flats, 1N01 Pipes Canyon, 2N93 Wildhorse Meadows, 2N10 Skyline, 1N54 Clarks Grade, and many more.
It's all here, just two hours from Downtown Los Angeles.
(See additional info below the Japanese.)
Dogs are always welcome (we have a Lab and a mutt), and the spacious dog corral can be shared. However, we do ask guests to pay an added cleaning fee of $30 per pup (that's for the whole stay, not per day). It's tough to remove the fur from everything! ;)
Unfortunately, we can't accept cats. There are simply too many people who are allergic (including members of our family).
Check-in time is 4 p.m., and check-out is 12 noon. If the calendar is open, you can add a block of four hours before or after the standard stay for a modest charge.
A *major* advantage over many rental homes: You do NOT have to cart your trash and recyclables in your car when you leave. (This is a surprisingly common and annoying requirement!) We provide cans to leave your trash and recyclables right on the porch.
There's a charcoal BBQ grill on the Chalet deck (and we have self-lighting charcoal for sale at cost if you need it). A gas BBQ is available at our home (1065 G Lane), which is about 200 feet from the Chalet.
There is easy parking for any number of cars. RVs and trailers are no problem either.
Cell phones on Verizon and Sprint will have coverage at the Chalet, however the AT&T and T-Mobile networks still do not cover this neighborhood. There is a landline in the home.
The public bus stop is a short walk. Surprisingly, it is possible to take public transit from any train station in SoCal all the way to our bus stop. Cheaper than driving, and no worries about weather. Ask us for details.
If you're bringing kids, let us know the ages. You may get a discount. :)
For equestrians, we have a two-acre horse corral, plus hay barn and covered stall. No charge for guests.
If you want to borrow a telescope, just let us know!
During ski season, we provide one free self-starting "log" for the fireplace (and we have more, which we provide at our cost). If you didn't bring firewood, you can purchase the wood on the porch for less than the big city price.
Tip: AirBnB does not have seasonal pricing,
so if you're booking far in advance, you may
not see correct rates. Just check with us. ;)
Legal Note: Upon booking, you will gain access to the House Manual, which includes the rental contract for your stay. Be sure to familiarize yourself with all terms in advance.
Hot tub, stargazing deck and telescope, hiking and mountain bike trails, USFS Adventure Pass, sleds, dog corral, horse corral, charcoal BBQ, gas BBQ.
The public bus stop is a short walk. Surprisingly, it is possible to take public transit from any train station in SoCal all the way to our bus stop. Cheaper than driving, and no worries about weather. Ask us for details!
No smoking indoors. (Smoking on balcony OK, but PLEASE do not drop ashes or butts on the ground.)
Please see detailed info in the "House Manual." It's online at AirBnB, and there will be a copy in the Chalet when you arrive.
We had a great weekend at Tall Pines Chalet. The chalet was very cozy and wonderfully rustic, we at once felt at home. Kiyoe was an amazing host. The cookies were yummy, and my favorite was the An-pan she baked :). The fresh eggs were a treat for us all, coming from the cities. She also led us on a beautiful hike through the "donkey" trails near by - and we actually saw wild donkeys! She was kind to our sons dogs, and they were able to make friends with her dogs as well. Big Bear City was not too far, and we were able to go into town for some sightseeing, shopping, and pancakes. Our daughter even went hiking in nearby Sugarloaf mountain. All in all a very fun weekend! Thank you so much Kiyoe!
My husband and I stayed at the chalet for 3 nights to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary. We brought our 9 month old daughter. Upon arriving we were greeted by Kiyoe, with a bottle of sparkling wine for our anniversary. She was very pleasant and welcoming. She even brought us fresh eggs from her chicken coop the first morning! Throughout the house we found thoughtful gestures: a kitchen stocked with all the basic necessities as well as extras like bagels, oj, condiments, and delicious home baked cookies; soaps, lotions and shampoos; plenty of towels and linens. There were also notes through out the the house with tips and instructions; and an instruction manual typed out with literally EVERYTHING you need to know during your stay.
The chalet itself was clean and well maintained--I was very comfortable letting my baby crawl around and explore the front rooms (with a watchful eye of course). We brought a play yard for the baby but never used it. Instead she slept on a crash pad we found in the second bedroom on our bedroom floor and loved snuggling the cozy comforter we found in the closet. The bed in the master was very cozy, and the views all around were great. Lots of birds and bunnies.
Just outside were walking trails through the woods, well shaded with some good views. We took walks in the mornings before it heated up and in the later when it cooled in the afternoon (at dusk we were told the coyotes and bears came out, though we only heard coyotes later in the night when we were already snug in bed).
The chalet was about 15 min from the Village and lake--I found the commute to be the only downfall, and a minor one at that. All the basic necessities were provided and our main goal was to spend quality time as a family (with a baby)--not heavy sporting activities at the lake or summit. We did use the jacuzzi as a waiting pool one day, and it was perfect!
We very much enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning. Kiyoe was an awesome hostess!
The chalet was absolutely wonderful! It was very clean and the perfect location if you're looking for a quiet getaway. Kiyoe is amazing! She left us so many goodies and a bottle of champagne for my husband and I. She even dropped off fresh eggs in the morning! I couldn't have chosen a better place and host. They also have a sky deck that is behind the cabin up the hill. The night sky is completely worth seeing! I would definitely come back again and recommend the chalet to anyone looking for a peaceful time away.
Kiyoe en parfaite maîtresse de maison nous a chaleureusement accueillis. En guise de petites attentions, elle nous a offert des cookies faits maison ainsi que des baggles, du lait, du jus d'orange, des fruits... Nous avons eu droit à des oeufs frais du poulailler. Pour des amateurs de produits bio comme nous, c'était royal ! La maison est située au coeur d'une forêt d'immenses pins et les petits animaux gambadaient de partout. La maison est confortable et comprend tout le nécessaire pour un bon séjour en montagne. Merci à Kiyoe pour son hospitalité et sa disponibilité. Nous recommandons ce logement à tous les amateurs de montagne et de grand air.
We had a wonderful stay at the charming chalet! Kiyoe was a fantastic host and made us feel most welcome. The hiking trails around the house were great and we were all very comfortable.
Absolutely fantastic cabin. It's a little off the beaten path (maybe 15 minutes from the heart of town), which might not appeal to everyone, but we thought the location was just perfect. The area is serene and tranquil; you can hike in the woods above the cabin and hear nothing but your footsteps and the birds periodically chirping. The lot is huge, with plenty of amenities (spa, playground, hiking, multiple decks for relaxing and stargazing, animals, and even WiFi) to keep families and friends busy for your entire stay. Unlike most other rentals in the Big Bear area, there isn't a strict 2 or 3 car limit, which is great if your group is coming from multiple places, or if you have friends over for dinner and drinks as we did one night over the weekend we visited. There is plenty of space in the cabin for people to spread out. We only used 5 of the 7-8 different places available to sleep, and were plenty comfortable with a group of 6 adults and 2 small children, plus 2 dogs.
Perhaps most pleasant about the stay was the kindness and generosity of our hostess, Kiyoe. She greeted us when we arrived, and surprised us with fresh eggs from her personal chickens, in addition to stocking the kitchen with bagels, homemade cookies, and several staples that might be needed during a stay (milk, orange juice, fresh fruit, etc.). She kept a respectful distance while we were there, always available by phone or otherwise if we needed anything, but not being the slightest bit intrusive.
The only drawback that we noticed at all, and it is a very MINOR issue, is that the WiFi is sometimes a little spotty. This was not unexpected given that we were in the mountains, and it did not detract from our enjoyment of the cabin at all. But particularly when streaming movies or other videos on the DVD player (which, very helpfully, comes equipped with a Netflix account and other streaming services that I am not accustomed to hosts offering to their guests), you may have to endure a little buffering when the signal gets low.
Overall, and truly stellar Big Bear experience. Easily my favorite cabin of the several I've stayed in while visiting the area. I would love to come back in any season!
Kiyoe meet us at the front door and was wonderful! We were able to text and confirm our ETA as we were coming up the mountain, so it was easy and convenient. She gave us a quick tour of the house and assured us that she's available whenever we need to be!
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About the Host, Mike & Kiyoe
Mike is an American who has lived in Europe and Japan. A graduate of UCLA, he also works in L.A. as an international marketing consultant. For fun, he likes basketball, tennis, volleyball, hiking, skiing, cycling, and motorcycling.
Kiyoe (Kay) is a Japanese national. For fun, she likes running, hiking, tennis, and clogging. 日本の”おもてなし”をモットーにしています。どうぞ日本語でお気軽にお問い合わせください。お待ちしています。