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Safe Haven Forest Retreat in Running Springs

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vacation rental description

This unique 2 acre property sits at the end of Wilderness Road at an altitude of  6,000 ft.  It is the last private property on the road and abutts the National Forest.  You'll enjoy the broad mountain views and surrounding forest in this tranquil nature retreat.  The wilderness is your back yard to enjoy.  And yet, it is less than 1 mile to the town of Running Springs, 8 miles to Lake Arrowhead, and 18 miles to Big Bear Lake.  You are literally in the middle of the mountains yet have all the amenities of the easy to reach resort towns.  You can explore the National Forest and the mountain communities at your leisure. 

Our property was developed as a forest retreat where people could find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment, personal growth, connectedness with nature and each other in a positive and uplifting way.  With this in mind, we don’t want to have wild, drunken, disorderly, abusive, and destructive behavior on the property.  If you are looking for a place to have a wild party, please don't choose us.

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house rental amenities

There are 6 bedrooms: one on the 1st floor, two on the 2nd floor and three on the 3rd floor,  Also, there is a loft area between the bedrooms on the third floor with two trundle bed sofas.  There are 2 sofas on the second floor and 4 sofas on the first floor.

The 2nd floor bathrooms are tiled. The one closest to the front door entrance is wheelchair accessible and also acts as a wet boot and clothing room.  The other one is a full tub/shower bathroom.  The two on the third floor have corner showers.  The first floor has one corner shower bathroom and one half bath with toilet and sink.  Both have outside access through a door opening into a hall way separating the two baths.

There is also a laundry room with washer, dryer and cleaning supplys.  We also have many lawn chairs and two futons outside on the first floor deck protected under the second deck.  

There are a number of activty centers:  A 12 ft high climbing wall with platform, a low zip-line and suspension bridge for children, a 200 ft long zip-line, an archery/air rifle range, a volleyball court/small soccer field, an 8x8 ft. in-ground chess board, a horseshoe pitch and many trails to hike into the forest.

There is a large picnic area to the back of the cabin with picnic benches, BBQ grills and enclosed fireplace.  Also on the property is a 12 ft. Tipi with fire pit gathering area that overlooks the future pond.

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rates are based on season, week day or weekend and holidays.  Check for seasonal special discounts.

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Perfect for large groups

Review submitted: April 1, 2014   Date of arrival: March 21, 2014

Safe Haven Forest Retreat was ideal for our large group. It had three-levels, so we could easily separate our group meeting time in the 1st floor open area (with a ping pong table that we thoroughly enjoyed, but bring your own paddles!), eating time by the kitchen on the 2nd floor (more than enough plates, bowls, utensils, and a brand new, very efficient dishwasher, and tons of chairs), and sleep time mostly on the 3rd floor (with a smart bathroom layout so it was easy to assign rooms to particular bathrooms to prevent overcrowding). Everything was labeled so we knew exactly where to find items. And the owners are super responsive, returning emails within a few hours and getting the security deposit back to us promptly. If you have a large group, consider telling people to bring earplugs as the walls are a bit thin and those who sleep early may be disturbed by those playing board games late into the night :)

All in all, a great experience! We may make this our annual retreat location!

Owners response: We have aimed at making the place well organized and comfortable, even though it can get a bit noisy when you have a large group in one building. We do keep ping pong paddles and balls in a storage closet with other toys for youngsters. But, they do take a beating and seem to wear out quickly. If you are a real ping pong fan, yes bring your own paddle. Speaking of paddles, the boating pond is under construction and we hope to have it ready for summer.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Roomy, cozy...had a fantastic experience!!!!

Review submitted: January 6, 2014   Date of arrival: December 27, 2013

The house was so roomy and accommodated 24 people perfectly. The optional adventure program was also well worth the price. The owners were very friendly and accessible. We will definitely be spreading the word about Safehaven Forest Retreat.

Owners response: We feel blessed to have this property and love to have people stay to enjoy it with family, friends. We are always happy to hear back that people enjoyed their stay.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Fun family reunion

Review submitted: August 2, 2013   Date of arrival: July 21, 2013

What a fun place! We took advantage of all the indoor and outdoor games. From the climbing wall and mini zip line by day to the movie projector by night, there was something for everyone. We created wonderful memories and I look forward to going there again.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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