House - Entire home/apt · G Ln, Big Bear City, CA 92314, United States

Enjoy a Secluded Mountain Adventure at the Sky Ranch

The Space

Our 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.

Note: 2 or 3-night minimum on holidays.
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Located at 7,000 feet on our five-acre Sky Ranch, 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.

Welcome to the Chalet!

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About Town:

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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Additional information:

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 are free to use for stargazing.

For equestrians, we have a two-acre horse corral, plus hay barn and covered stall. No charge for guests.

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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so if you're booking far in advance, you may
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Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $599 /week
Monthly Price: $1999 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $60
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My fiancé and I had a lovely time at the Chalet. It is so peaceful up there, and you can't beat the goodies that were left for us upon our arrival! This was our first airbnb stay and we will definitely be back! I love the house manual with recommendations to local restaurants.

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    So nice to host you and Sam. We wish you all the best as you move forward together.

  • This was a really perfect place to stay. It's past the city enough and the edge of a neighborhood, right against the forest, so it really feels like you've gotten out of the city. The view of the stars was amazing, and all in all, I really enjoyed myself.

    The hosts were wonderful and the goodies they left were delicious!

    THANK YOU!!!!

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Thank you Kara!! We so glad you enjoyed the Chalet...the forest...and the stars. The door will always be open.

  • Yup, pretty much all the reviews are spot on. Very friendly and accommodating hosts, well stocked kitchen, awesome hot tub under the stars, nice fireplace, lots of good hiking nearby. We spent the weekend here with our 2 dogs and they had a blast running around the forest behind the cabin and on our hike on Cougarcrest trail. I would recommend you bring some DVD's if you're not into board games though as there is no cable TV in the cabin. WiFi works great though. Thank you Mike and Kiyoe for a great weekend in the mountains!

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Thank you for coming up. We always enjoy having guests who enjoy the Chalet. Bring the dogs up for a blast any time! :)

  • This place is like the best kind of home! So spacious and cozy with a giant dining room table for family meals, one of our favorite parts of the trip! The views are breathtaking and there are tons of fun activities around; hot tub, hiking trails, horseshoes, etc. The hosts were so great! Very quick communication and the nicest people! Kay even brought over a delicious bundt cake and fresh eggs from her chicken coop. It was such a great experience, I highly recommend this location and would love to stay there again in the future.

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Rebecca, we're so glad that you enjoyed the Chalet and that big mahogany dining table! We certainly look forward to hosting you and your friends again! :)

  • Our stay at Sky Ranch was absolutely magical! It was the relaxing getaway we needed from our busy lives in Los Angeles. My boyfriend and I could not get enough of the fresh mountain air and the majestic scenery. We hiked, we barbecued, we snuggled up next to the fire, and we really enjoyed hot tubbing under the stars and surrounded by evergreens. Mike and Kay have an awesome hot tub! It was truly an epic experience! Hopefully next time we'll see a shooting star or a UFO. ;)

    We also ventured into the village at Big Bear Lake to experience their dining. We were very pleased with the dining options and how nice everyone was to us. On our way home we stopped at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo and had such a heart-warming experience seeing all those beautiful rescued animals.

    If you're seeking a fun and relaxing get-away from the city, I highly recommend you stay at Sky Ranch. Kay even had fresh baked cookies for us as well as fresh squeezed orange juice and farm fresh eggs straight from the chicken coop!

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Sandra, we're so glad you two enjoyed the Chalet, the forest trails, and all the rest. I can almost guarantee a shooting star next time, but the only UFO may be an owl. :)

  • 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!

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Melanie, you're the first to note that name, hand-painted by Mrs. Olsen, wife of the cabinetmaker who crafted the entire Chalet from bottom to top. We look forward to seeing you again.

  • They are very helpful, friendly, accommodating and responsive. The chalet is absolutely amazing. I would definitely come back!

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    And you would definitely be welcome back! :)

  • Great place and very friendly!

    February 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Glad you were able to enjoy the Chalet, James!

  • 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!

    February 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Glad you guys enjoyed the Chalet, Anna. Hope your next trip is to JazzFest! ;)

  • Mike & Kiyoe were great hosts! We enjoyed our Thanksgiving at their chalet so much. Super welcoming and friendly. For the holiday, they made us amazing home made bread cooked by their daughter, as well as cookies and cake. So yummy. The chalet had everything in the kitchen we needed to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. We would definitely come back and stay again. Thank you.

    November 2012
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Mike is an American who has lived in Europe and Japan. A graduate of UCLA, he currently owns an advertising agency in Los Angeles. For fun, he likes basketball, tennis, volleyball, hiking, skiing, cycling, and motorcycling. Kiyoe (Kay) is a Japanese national, an accountant, and proud mother of three. For fun, she likes running, hiking, tennis, snowshoeing, clogging, quilting and cooking. 日本語でどうぞお気軽にお問い合わせください。お待ちしています。
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