The Chalet was hand-crafted in classic Swiss style by a family of professional cabinetmakers. Special touches are visible everywhere, from the two-inch-thick solid oak floors, to the custom benches and cabinets, to the hand-painted artwork on beams and railings. Although the home is less than 40 years old, its craftsmanship derives from centuries of European tradition.
The Chalet is surrounded by huge old-growth pine trees, on a private five-acre parcel which borders National Forest on two sides. It is one of very few properties in Big Bear that is truly secluded from neighboring homes. The only sounds you are likely to hear are from birds, who come to drink the natural spring water that fills the adjacent pond.
If you're looking for a relaxing holiday retreat in the woods, in a home overflowing with warmth and tradition, this is the place.
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Located at 7,000 feet, adjacent to hundreds of square miles of forest, this home is the perfect gateway to hiking, running, biking, horseback riding, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Established hiking paths begin at your back door, and the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail passes nearby.
The Chalet is quiet night and day -- a perfect break from city life. No holiday traffic, no crowds...just tranquility.
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 Shoshone summertime village.
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 expansive bedrooms, each of which holds a large bed for two. Each bedroom has a full attached bathroom. All towels as well as bedding are provided.
One of these bedrooms is double the normal size, and also offers a set of bunk beds. The adjacent office/den can hold an airbed.
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.
For a little creative work, or just meditation, our office/den features two vintage desks which overlook the spring and forest.
The large hot tub sits near the Chalet, at the edge of the forest, and offers a commanding view of trees and sky.
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 at night.
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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--15 minutes away, and offers 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.
> The U.S. Forest Service Discovery Center, which offers various nature programs.
> Big Bear Valley Museum. During your stay in the hand-crafted Chalet, see such exhibits as a stamp mill, used to crush gold ore in the era when this property was homesteaded.
> For those who want a wilderness adventure, the San Bernardino Mountains offer truly spectacular terrain. This is one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world (in geological terms) with 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.
> 11,503-foot Mount San Gorgonio, named by Spanish missionaries in the early 17th century, sits at the center of the first wilderness area established in America. Also known as "Old Greyback," San Gorgonio and the 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.
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Dogs are 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 stay per pup. 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).
There's a charcoal BBQ grill on the deck (we have self-lighting charcoal 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.
We have a pretty nice telescope which you can use for stargazing.
For equestrians, we have a two-acre horse corral, plus hay barn and covered stall.
A major advantage over many rental homes: You do *not* have to cart your trash and recyclables in your car when you leave (a surprisingly common requirement). We have multiple cans for trash on the street, and you can leave aluminum and bottles in the can on the porch.
There is easy parking for cars, RVs, and trailers.
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.
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.
Check-in time is 4 p.m., and check-out is 12 noon. If our calendar is open before/after your stay, you can book added hours starting at $5 each.
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|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$30 / night after 2 guests|
|Monthly Price:||$1899 /month|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|City:||Big Bear City|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s) and Other pet(s)|
The Swiss chalet affectionately named "A Family Affair" was a beautiful getaway for me & my boyfriend Drew. K is a lovely host- very welcoming, communicative and friendly. The place had everything we needed for a comfortable stay: nice bed, jacuzzi just outside, basics in the fridge, wifi, Brita & coffee maker. The warm home, deck, surrounding grounds & nearby trail made for an amazing getaway from LA. We miss the chalet already and are eager to go back! We definitely recommend this place and K as a host!
Well-equipped cabin - everything you could need for a great stay in the mountains. Spacious kitchen, lovely fireplace and clean hot tub. Close to the slopes. Kiyoe warmed up the cabin for us and we arrived to homemade cookies waiting for us. We also loved checking out the dogs, chickens and horses down the road!
Beautiful and inviting home nestled @ the foot of a nice hiking area. Home is beautifully adorned and cozy. Excellent family neighborhood! Everything you would want for a Big Bear vacation get-away! The excellently working WI-FI was an added feature and pleasant surprise.Looks like we've found out Big Bear spot for our next visit!
Amazing stay at the lovely Chalet. We arrived later in the evening to a clean, warm, and cozy cabin! Everything we needed was at our disposal and Kiyoe made sure we could reach her should we need anything else. Stocked kitchen and appliances, with a Weber grill on the deck allowed us to stay in and cook our meals and play games by the fireplace. There were complimentary breakfast foods and beverages available for our mornings and one evening Kiyoe surprised us with some sweet and savory treats that we enjoyed with our dinner. The grounds were beautiful and the hiking trail outside the door was a great bonus. We highly recommend the property and hosts in Big Bear!
I stayed here for a week with my girlfriend, so we got a pretty good feel for the space.
The chalet itself is cute and roomy, especially just for the two of us. We might come back next year with a couple of friends, because it could easily accommodate 4 or 6 people comfortably. The kitchen is stocked with plenty of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils, and even some spices and extra things you might have in your kitchen at home, like parchment paper and olive oil. The central heating works well, and the the hot water heats up quickly. The fireplace was also really nice to have, and makes the living room area very cozy. There are also plenty of blankets, towels, and even some toiletries.
The area surrounding the chalet is beautiful, we took a couple of walks/hikes along the hiking trails (there is a basic map that comes included with the house manual). Kiyoe also let us borrow a second vehicle pass so that we could park and hike at any of the official park trails in the area as well. We hiked the Pine Knot Trail up to Grandview Point starting at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area, and I highly recommend it.
Mike was traveling, so I didn't have the chance to meet him in person, but we met Kiyoe several times. She was very friendly and helpful, and invited us over for dinner (she's a great cook!) She also left us cookies and bagels, coffee, butter, milk, orange juice, and other essentials. This was our first experience with AirBnB, and we couldn't be happier!
What A Wonderful Holiday Getaway!
The Cline's Are Great And The Chalet Was Lovely! Upon our arrival sweet treats and some wonderful breakfast essentials were left for us! I've got to get the recipe for the bundt cake!!!!
The cabin was located In such an enchanting environment!
All 6 of us had an incredible time and definitely recommend this cabin as well as the Clines too many Friends!
Now let's talk about Mexico , Mike....
I can't express enough how magical this visit was! We had such an amazing time & forgot about the city the moment we arrived. Kiyoe... bless her heart❤️ What a kind & loving soul! I plan to return to this cabin again and again. I highly recommend this place!!!