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Property Details

Updated: May 19, 2015
House, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Make an unforgettable alpine summer or ski trip with family and friends. This spacious 5,000+ square foot custom log home is one of a kind--referred to by the local community as 'The Lodge'. You'll enjoy 2 sitting rooms with 25 foot ceilings, lodge pole windows from top to bottom, 4 elegantly decorated bedrooms with large game room, three oversized fireplaces, custom rock work and wood accents throughout. Private and secluded, 5 decks afford mountain and valley views in each direction. The property backs to an eagle preserve, ideal for wooded forest walks, exploring and sledding for the kids.

First time renting a private property? Not sure what you'll get? Rest assured, I've been renting the Mt Villa for well over 5 years and every single guest review has been 5 star. Take a look for yourself.

Sleeping Arrangements for 14+: 2nd floor Master Suite with a King and attached full bath; 3rd floor Master Bedroom with a King and attached full bath; 3rd floor Bedroom with a queen; 3rd floor bunk bedroom with a bunk bed, trundle and two sofa pullout singles; 3rd floor loft with two twins; 1st floor Gameroom serves also as a bedroom to sleep 4 with a full sofa pullout, a queen bed, and attached full bath. Additionally, a twin mattress is tucked into the gameroom closet to sleep one more.

The house was built new in 2005 and features top of the line appliances and conveniences. The house is 3 levels. The first floor, which is street level, enters into a large foyer followed by a expansive gameroom with fireplace and attached full bath. Stairs lead upstairs to the second level, where you find a 25' ceiling sitting room comfortable for 12 with fireplace, dining room for 10, spacious kitchen with center bar, and master bedroom and adjoining full bath. Expansive decks on either side are accessible from the second floor. Off the kitchen, a secluded deck offers a BBQ, patio furniture and a 6 person spa with built-in ipod cradle ideal for late night and apre-ski soaking. Accent landscape lamps blazon the towering pines extending a cathedral like experience while you sit, soak and indulge in your favorite beverage. The upstairs third level hosts 3 bedrooms surrounding a loft with fireplace and expansive views.

This Mt Villa sleeps 14 comfortably. All first class appliances, furnishings and interior decorator touches abound. Pipe music throughout the house sourcing music from the TV, DVD, stereo or portable devices such as an ipod. Generous supply of firewood. Located in the exclusive Big Bear Castle Glen Estates, this property offers privacy and space, it's backyard a 10 acre eagle preserve.

The house is located within 2 miles of the two ski resorts. In the summer take in a stroll to the lake, or ride bikes (5) provided at the house, for boating, jet skiing, water skiing and fishing.

Keywords: Villa, large, executive, lodge, chalet, ski chalet, designer, custom, spacious, secluded, cabin

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Southern California resident. Have enjoyed Big Bear for years, especialy as a kid. Enjoy the area for skiing, boating, fishing, and hiking.

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35 Reviews

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Mountain Villa - Castle Glen Estates
-(949) 279-3769 (California, USA)
Castle Glen Estates Big Bear Lake
San Gabriel Valley

great family getaway

  • 5 of 5
We loved this property! Martin is a great host and there are quite a few nice personal touches to the décor inside the house. The house has a very homey log cabin feel. The main living room on the 2nd floor with the high ceiling is very conducive for large family gatherings. We had a group of 9, 3 kids, plenty of room for everyone to hang out together or private space between the first floor game room, second floor main living room, or the 3rd floor retreat. The kitchen is large with everything you need. The dining table is very large and sat us all with room to spare. There are some games on the premise but we brought our own as well. The BBQ was not working but Martin is aware of that. We were fortunate enough to experience snow during our stay, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the snow falling experience. Looking at snow falling in the backyard through the huge living room windows was truly an awesome experience. The garages can park up to 4 cars though due to the steep slope on the upper garage, we used only the lower garage for parking. The upper garage also housed the ping pong table, which we used. The location is very convenient, very close to local markets and drug stores for all the supplies. And minutes to the village for good eats. Quiet neighborhood with access to a small trail on the hill behind the house. Good view of the lake from top of the hill. We had a really good time at this cozy, yet roomy, mountain retreat. Thank you Martin!
  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Mountain Villa - Castle Glen Estates
-(949) 279-3769 (California, USA)
Castle Glen Estates Big Bear Lake
San Diego, CA

Great property for families!

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely stay at the Mountain Villa this past weekend with a couple other families. It's a very large home and the layout is ideal for various families to have their own private space. There's one large master bedroom and the remainder of the rooms aren't really comparable but it's workable for a weekend. Really enjoyed the ample space and the house is beautiful. We enjoyed the jacuzzi, BBQ, unlimited firewood for $20 and the walking trail behind the house that leads to a gorgeous view of the lake and the mountains. The only thing we were missing was snow but the sledding mountain was very close.

We vacation every year with the same families and we love to cook. Only complaint was the kitchen cabinets being in quite disarray. Spent a lot of time hunting for tops for pots and pans and mismatched pieces. This is pretty common with rentals and I certainly understand it's difficult to keep everything organized. There were ample dishes and silverware as well as dining areas.

Martin was very communicative and all the information was well laid out. As others have acknowledged, 10 am checkout is so early but nonetheless, we had a lovely time and would certainly come again.
  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Mountain Villa - Castle Glen Estates
-(949) 279-3769 (California, USA)
Castle Glen Estates Big Bear Lake
La Canada, CA

An Outstanding Property!

  • 5 of 5
To start, the living room is bigger than my house, and I live in a decent size house!

I wanted to bring the family together for a nice winter Christmas. We were able to host four generations comfortably. And the younger generation was represented by my second granddaughter who was born just two weeks ago!

The weather cooperated and there was plenty of snow on the ground. The kids left a snowman for the next occupants.

I concur with the fabulous reviews. Wife loved the spread out kitchen. We had 15 in the house, and never felt cramped. We kept the fireplace going all weekend and soaked up the fresh mountain air.

We forgot some things, but five minutes later we were in Vons and all was good.

Don’t be concerned by the price. It is a bargain. In fact, I just reserved the cabin for next year.

Thanks Martin for a wonderful memory, and the beginning of a new family tradition!
  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Mountain Villa - Castle Glen Estates
-(949) 279-3769 (California, USA)
Castle Glen Estates Big Bear Lake

The Most Amazing Cabin Experience

  • 5 of 5
A few of my friends and I stayed at the incredible Mt. Villa for our yearly Labor Day vacation trip. This 3 story megaplex is nothing short of breath taking. The decor is warming, the carpets are soft, and the architecture is amazing. Even though there were more than 10 of us, the cabin never felt cramped. It's incredibly spacious and well equipped with a hot-tub, enormous kitchen, and plenty of activities to keep you engaged. It was our utmost pleasure to call this place our home for the weekend and I would absolutely recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a luxurious Big Bear vacation. Martin was prompt and clear with all of his instructions making the entire process extremely simple straight forward. 5 stars, would rent again.
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Mountain Villa - Castle Glen Estates
-(949) 279-3769 (California, USA)
Castle Glen Estates Big Bear Lake
Orange County, CA

Incredible Villa!

  • 5 of 5
This house is stunning and perfect in every way! Our extended family of 15 stayed here on vacation and had the best time! The house is very clean, comfortable and spacious. The kids had a blast playing on the hill out back and the adults went mountain biking, hiking, water-skiing, jet skiing and to the zoo which were all located close by. It is a wonderful place to stay! There are so many games at the house to keep anyone occupied and the main floor, kitchen and game room had more than enough space for all of us to be together! Martin, the owner, was a pleasure to work with and made everything very easy. The cabin does not have AC so if you go during the summer, check the house for fans and open all the windows for fresh mountain air! We had the best time and will definitely be back! Thank you again for making our family vacation so memorable! We would highly recommend this villa to anyone!
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Mountain Villa - Castle Glen Estates
-(949) 279-3769 (California, USA)
Castle Glen Estates Big Bear Lake
Las Vegas, NV

Multiple family mini vacay

  • 5 of 5
What a fantastic place to get away from the Vegas heat during the summer! We had four family's with toddlers stay here and it was the perfect place. Enough space to sleep everyone VERY comfortably and have the little ones run around safely. They went crazy for the open deck space; and the morning critters (squirrels and chipmunks) were my three year olds favorite! It was five minutes from the lake and we were able to rent a pontoon to fit everyone comfortably. Martin (the owner) was very accommodating and a pleasure to rent from. The summer rates were affordable and for as much room as we got I'd say it was well worth it. The wives appreciated that there weren't video game consoles there so we could "unplug" for the weekend, however the cable hook up still kept the men tuned in to the MLB trade deadline. One thing is there is no AC, so if it is a bit warm, just open up the windows and check the closets for extra fans. We took advantage of the beautiful home and folded our cameras with pictures. There is plenty of shopping 2 minutes away if you forget items and the down town is a five minute drive. This was our first visit to Big Bear from Las Vegas. The drive is relatively short at about 3.5 hours. Well worth it. Early check out time is tricky so plan on an extra day or so to really take advantage of this wonderful property and place. We will most assuredly be making the trip again soon and hope to work with Martin again. Such a beautiful and relaxing stay!!!
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

A California native, I have enjoyed Big Bear in all seasons for many years. Our family espeically enjoys the opportunity to mountain bike, fish and ski in the winter at either of the two well maintained ski resorts.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Point of Interest : Bear Mt. Ski Resort Nearest Point of Interest : Snow Summit Ski Resort Nearest Point of Interest : Grocery Store Shopping Center Nearest Point of Interest : Main Street

Skiing, hiking, fishing, boating, water skiing, relaxing, alpine

Golf: There is a 9 hole golf course within 1 mile from the Mt Villa.

Ski: 2 resorts, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, are within 1 mile from the Mt Villa. Ample parking exists at both resorts.


From $495 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2015 - Jul 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 2 2015 - Jul 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jul 6 2015 - Sep 7 2015
2 night minimum stay
Nov 25 2015 - Nov 28 2015
4 night minimum stay
Ski Season Early
Nov 29 2015 - Dec 17 2015
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Break
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
Ski Season
Jan 4 2016 - Jan 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
Ski Season 2016
Jan 10 2016 - Apr 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning $275.00
  • Property Damage Protection $59.00

Major Holidays require a minimum 4 night stay
Optional firewood $10/nt.
Reservations require a $1,000 security deposit in addition to the accidental damage insurance. Security Deposit typically secured as a hold on a major credit card.


Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Total estimated amount
Updated: May 19, 2015


From the Owner

Full accomadations one would expect from an executive home.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • jetted tub

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View


  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 5800 sq. ft.


  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5
  • 5


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Loft with 2 beds - 2 twin/ single, 2 beds situated privately in loft area
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 2nd floor - attached full bath, office
  • Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king, Attached full bath
  • Queen Bedroom - 1 queen, does not have an attached bath
  • Kids Bedroom - 4 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, Attached Bath, Bunkbed + a trundle + 2 pullout sofa singles
  • GameRoom/Bedroom - 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Sleeps 4 - Attached Bath. Sofa pull + a Queen. Gameroom
  • The Mt Villa sleeps 16+ in beds


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Privacy, acreage

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