Studio with Loft on Large Wooded Lot with Patio - Dog Friendly!
About Lisa Stotelmyre
We live in Brea in SoCal and have several vacation rentals in the area and also in CO. We LOVE the mountains and thrive on short escapes from the "concrete jungle" to the mountains any chance we get. This picture is how the cabin looked when we got it. It was quite the renovation project in the worst winter in Arrowhead in 15 years. We are proud of how it turned out and are excited to share it with our guests. We welcome your feedback and suggestions!
Lisa Stotelmyre purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Lisa Stotelmyre chose Arrowhead Villas
The property is located in the Villas where it can be tight amongst neighbors with narrow roads. The Bugsy cottage is on a 14,000 sf lot so there is space to enjoy the surroundings. It is SO comfortable and cozy (in a good way) with some outside space to relax and enjoy.
What makes this Cottage unique
Get lost in a bit of history and learn more about the Bugsy era. Aside from the unique surroundings mentioned above, there are some surprises inside as well. There are two hidden safes and if you can find them, you will be rewarded for your efforts. The Hints and Instructions document you will receive contains your clues. The Murphy Bed/Sofa combination is unique and the most comfortable bed ever! It pulls down over the sofa and coffee table and raises up to make use of the living space during the day. The loft is equipped with 2 small portable fans that can be used as a cell phone charger. The fireplace provides temperature regulated heat with a remote and will keep you warm even if the power happens to go out. The patio is charming and great for outdoor grilling or just relaxing.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
False advertising of cottage. Horrible experience!
This is what I replied to email from owner:
Good afternoon, I am going to be very honest that our stay was HORRIBLE!!! First off, you guys falsely advertise what that "cottage" actually is. The pictures that you display look nothing like what the cabin is. It DOES NOT fit four people. You advertise 1 bedroom, and theres not. Its a SMALL studio w a loft. SMALL is an understatement!!! We could barely move in there, and the murphy and loft beds were sooooooo uncomfortable. Nobody got to sleep well at all. My son had to sleep on kitchen floor cuz no room!!. It was the worst location and experience we ever had!! We had no time to get ready for the wedding, cuz we drove around forever looking for it...only to find out we passed it NUMEROUS times cuz your truck was blocking the cottage and ADDRESS!! Then, you werent even nice about it. I will definitely NOT give a good review. We couldve stayed in a hotel room that my dad stayed in that was MUCH bigger and better, and he paid less than I did. Im sorry, but this was a rip off, and you should really be ashamed for scamming ppl into paying that much for something not worth it.
What is advertised on the VRBO is NOT what the cottage looks like at all! It looked like an outdoor shed that maybe 2 ppl could move around in. Sorry, but this was my first exp w VRBO and it was horrible!!!
I'm sorry that you weren't comfortable with the Cottage. I went back to check the listing because I was concerned with this feedback. I'm not sure where the confusion came from on the size and layout of the Cottage. The first item in the description is the square footage of 350 sf. There is no way to list 0 sleeping spaces so we listed "Bedroom 1" for both the loft and the main floor bed so that it's clear there is no wall in between. We appreciate your thoughts on the bed comfort - everyone is different. This is the first time we've gotten any negative feedback on the comfort level of the beds. I went back to other reviews and comments are very complimentary. I'm providing just a few recent ones below and this is not to say that this review is not valid, it just is not what we have been hearing from other guests. The Murphy bed is a high end brand called Breda Beds out of Canada and it's actually more comfortable than the bed we have at home! (although this is very subjective). I would like to understand more details on what exactly was not comfortable since this is something new for us that we are hearing and we want everyone to be happy.
"They really used the square footage of the cottage very well. We never felt cramped. The Murphy Bed was very comfortable. This place also had a loft with an extra bed that we thought was very neat"
"Tiny house living with all the amenities
The property did not disappoint. To access the murphy bed was easy. Would love to know where you bought the sofa and murphy bed very comfortable."
I could tell when you called me and could not find the house that you were very stressed. It can be confusing due to the fact that there is a West Victoria Court and an East Victoria Court and GPS directions can be sketchy in the mountains. I'm not sure what else we could have done to help you find it other than to respond when you called to let you know you were on East Victoria Court instead of West Victoria Court. There were cars parked on the street but honestly it was not my truck, there was work going on in the house next door and because the house sits lower off the street it can be difficult to see it passing by. I am going to update the Welcome Info to try to make the directions more clear. I went out in the street to help you find the house and could tell you were late for your event and didn't want to cause any further delay - in hindsight I can see how that might have been interpreted as not being nice.
The cabin is small but well laid out; with a fully appointed kitchen (a big plus). Our visit was just a quick overnight stay for a wedding, therefore we really did not have the opportunity to enjoy the property fully.
Beware the streets are not clearly marked, very narrow and steep. Not for the novice or the old .... ;)
Tiny house living with all the amenities
The property did not dissappoint. To access the murphy bed was easy. Would love to know where you bought the sofa and murphy bed very comforable. The kitchen had lots of room and items for cooking (toaster ovens great). I do wish there was some " K cup coffee pods" to use in the Keurig, as I must have misunderstood when I asked about a "coffee pot" I brought ground coffee and there was not the adapter. Thx
Not at all as represented in the photo
There was no lake pass as was represented. I hope we don’t get penalized for it not being there. Couldn’t get ahold of the owner because her mailbox was full. Closely packed cabins so we couldn’t walk the dog. Only one wine glass! We ended up not staying the night.
I’m sorry to hear this. It sounds like a lack of proper communications. The prior guest took the lake pass home with them by mistake and had to mail it back. Had we known In this case we would have given out the code directly, the card itself is not required for lake access. I am the owner but I’m not the phone contact. We have specific communications protocols. We have an on site house manager, Kim and she is supposed to be contacted with urgent issues if there is a question that hasn’t been answered by messaging over Homeaway. I did not receive any messages by email or text and she did not receive a call. We’ve had dozens of guests with dogs and we have one ourselves and we’ve never heard of any issues walking dogs in the neighborhood. We appreciate knowing we need more wine glasses so thank you for letting us know. I’m sure Kim would have brought them to you had she known you needed more. I really wish we could’ve been able to respond. We will make sure that our Welcome information is more clear on how to contact us in the event these things might come up again. We want you to have the best experience during your stay and I’m sorry we seem to have fallen short this time.
Wonderful time and a great place.
This place was perfect for my girlfriend and I. We thought it was so cozy and came with everything we could want in a stay. We will be back for sure again in the future.
Cute little cabin
Very small but excellent use of the space. All updates are nicely done and location is close to the village so getting around was easy. We really enjoyed our stay!
The Bugsy cabin is in Lake Arrowhead, it is in the mountains at about 5,500 feet. It is about 30 minutes from St. Bernadine which is at the base of the mountain.
The main highlight for this time of year is the cooler weather and clean air. The temperature will be 15 to 20 degrees cooler and there is still the smog issue in San Bernardino especially in the summer (although it has gotten so much better in the past 10 years). It is incredibly beautiful and peaceful with lots of trees. It is more of a small town feel with narrow roads in the Villas where the cabin is located.
There is Arrowhead Village that sits on the lake. There are shops and restaurants at the Village and the Arrowhead Resort and Spa is close by. Although the Bugsy cabin does not have lake rights (they are very strict and without lake rights you really can't even hike around the lake), however, we own another cabin that is within lake rights and we would be able to provide a lake pass.
The Tudor house is nearby and I'm including a link for it here. (URL HIDDEN) where there is entertainment weekly and they have an excellent brunch.
The other unique thing about Lake Arrowhead is that the people are incredibly friendly and down to earth. It is like being transported back in time.
Big Bear is another 20 minutes up the mountain and it has a larger public lake and has more clubs and nightlife. There is a huge mountain biking venue at the ski resort where you take the lift with your bike and bike around and then bike down with incredible views.