BE SURE TO VIEW BOTH OF MY LISTINGS AT THIS SAME ADDRESS!:
http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6381 (TWO-PERSON COTTAGE)
http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/253909 (TWO-BEDROOM HOME)
Happy, energetic family of four - We have traveled extensively, but always enjoy getting back home to our own little piece of paradise here in Cherry Valley. After years of working as a civil litigation/criminal law paralegal, a photo-journalist for a beach newspaper, and assistant in Hospital Administration, I have settled into a quieter, more serene rural life of gardening, raising our children, coordinating the numerous hospitals wherein my husband provides coverage, and being an Inn-Keeper!
Our private residence is one house south of this guest house and guest cottage, separated by one acre of redwood and pine trees - I am available as little, or as much as you need. Privacy and serenity is our priority during your stay!
Do come for a visit - You'll be glad you did! :)
A little historical information about our area:
CHERRY VALLEY SETTLED in 1823 as an outpost for the San Gabriel Mission. It became a stagecoach stop known for its home-cooked meals. The stage route was driven by a young Wyatt Earp. The San Gorgonio Pass community is home to about 6,300 residents and has no downtown, save for a few businesses.
Cherry Valley is best known for its U-pick cherry orchards, a concept that developed during World War II, when there were shortages of labor for picking and fuel for shipping. At the peak, the area had 40 to 50 such farms. The town draws many visitors to the annual Cherry Festival in June, now combined with neighboring Beaumont.
Aside from the taste of nature it provides, Cherry Valley also imparts a sense of history. Two historic landmarks remain: the Cherry Valley Grange, which serves as a community center, and The Edward-Dean Museum and Gardens, a 1958 complex that features European and Asian decorative arts from the late 16th to early 19th century.
In the early 1800s, the Cherry Valley area was an outpost for the San Gabriel Mission. In 1853, Dr. Isaac William Smith bought 1,000 acres on the spot that would become the Highland Springs Resort, Riverside County’s first registered landmark. The land was turned into a health resort in 1927, and then a resort in the 1940s. During that time, the resort was visited by Albert Einstein, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne and Ernest Hemingway. Other summer gatherings at Highland Springs Resort celebrate the lavender and olive crops that are grown here.
A little about your guest home: We own 5 acres of land with three residences, and a barn. Our home, one house south of the airbnb guest home, was one of the first homes built in this area back in the early 40's, and was used exclusively as a care-takers home for the massive walnut groves that covered hundreds of acres all around you. Remnants of the original bunk-house/sleeping quarters (used for the migrant workers who gathered the walnuts each fall) still stand on our property. The guest home and cottage were built several years later by a school teacher and her accountant husband (where they lived until their late 80's before they relocated to Seattle to be closer to their family) and we quickly purchased the property in 1996 as there were rumors that several companies were considering the land to build community storage units..... I think not!