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Renovated Cabin. Modern Amenities. Pet Friendly with Fenced Yard.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 bedroom cottage across from lake. Hot Tub, WiFi, 2 High Def TV's, Cable.

Enjoy lake views from our recently renovated cabin, just steps from the lake, one mile from the village, and three miles from Snow Summit.

The cabin combines the comfort of a high-end home with the charm of a mountain retreat.

Ask about military, honeymoon, and fall discounts.

----- COMFORT -----

*Hot Tub

*Master bedroom with King bed and high-definition television.

*Fully fenced backyard.

*High speed WiFi.

*Central heat.

*Keurig Coffee Maker (please remember to bring K-Cups!)

*Propane BBQ.

*Linens and towels.


----- CHARM -----

*Lake Views from the living room and front bedroom.

*Original wood floors, freshly sanded and refinished.

*Tongue and groove plank ceilings.

*Professionally decorated, with new couches and beds and arts and crafts era handmade wood furnishings.


*40" wall mounted, flat screen, high definition television in the living room with Premium Cable (no movie packages) and TiVo DVR recorder.

*32' wall mounted, high definition, flat screen, television in the master bedroom. Bedroom television does not have cable but does have Amazon Prime and Netflix.

*Netflix and Pandora stream to both televisions.

----- COZY BEDROOMS -----

The cabin comfortably sleeps four adults.

The master bedroom (in the rear) has a King bed, high definition television, and overlooks the back yard.

The front bedroom has a Queen bed and partial lake view.

The living room has a double sleeper sofa.

To ensure the comfort of all guests, 4 person maximum occupancy.

Cleanliness is important to us! Mattresses and pillows are encased in protective/hypoallergenic covering that gets bleached regularly, then covered with sheets and pillow cases that are also bleached between each visit.

If you need extra sheets for any reason, please let me know. There are extra sheets stored throughout the house and we are happy to point you to them.


The kitchen has been fully upgraded, with new appliances, granite counter tops, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. The cabinets are stocked with pots, pans, plates and bowls, flatware, and baking tools. The dining table seats four with the leaf extended (extra chairs are stored under the bed in the front bedroom or can be brought in from the backyard).

----- PETS WELCOME -----

We warmly welcome your friendly pets at no additional cost. The back and side yards are fully fenced. The cabin is just steps from the lake.

We apologize, but for liability reasons we require that all dogs stay in the house, in the yard, or on leash. Aggressive dogs are prohibited.

*** For larger parties, we are pleased to offer the adjacent property, the Bears' Lair!!! ****

VRBO Listing # 892145

Discounts available if you book both properties.

If you have any concern about whether the Snow Den is large enough for your party, then we strongly recommend the Bear's Lair!


If you are interested in using a boat for all or part of your stay, please inquire about our 2016 Malibu Wakesetter VLX with surfgate and extra ballast (awesome for wakesurfing).

Boat rental is $300/hour (2 hour minimum) and subject to the availability of our captain (boat cannot be rented without captain on board). Rental price includes driver, use of equipment (wakeboard, wakesurf board, inner tube, life jackets, ropes, etc.), and gas. Full release of liability is required.


Open flames of any sort- including but not limited to bonfires or fire pits- are illegal and strictly prohibited. We will cooperate with local police and fire departments in prosecuting any guest who violates this. We want to keep our home, and our neighbors' homes, safe.

We do not warranty that household electronics, including the hot tub, will work. We have many guests and some are not as careful as you would be with these items. If something is not working we will try to replace it as soon as possible, but we are not able to offer further refunds. If something major breaks (hot tub, stove, refrigerator, wifi, living room television) we will also give you 20% off your next visit or allow you to cancel the remainder of your stay at no charge.

We do not have full time staff. If the cabin is out of toilet paper, please buy some and we will happily reimburse you. If the BBQ is out of propane, please take the tank to the 711, have it refilled, and we will reimburse you. If we are out of salt . . .well, you get the idea. We try to keep the cabin well stocked, but we cannot promise it will be restocked on a regular basis. What we can promise is we will reimburse for anything you buy for the house and will respond quickly to any issues.


If you are a licensed contractor or other licensed building professional, we are looking for someone to install a fence at our neighboring property and would be happy to trade a week at the cabin for the work (we pay for material).

If you have a vacation rental in Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Park City, Hawaii, London, Paris, or any other awesome destination, please inquire about housing swaps! We are open to adding additional payment to make the swap work.

----DISCOUNTS ----

10% discount for active military.

Third night free (subject to availability) for a pre- or post deployment visit; if you let us know when booking, we are happy to offer a free night when available as a thank you for your service. If we don't have availability, or you don't have time, let us know anyway and we will figure something out.


To prevent fraud and eliminate any ambiguity about the content of discussions, we require that all communication be in writing through the VRBO messaging application and/or by text message (if by text message, please specify the property about which you are messaging us). If you have an emergency that requires immediate communication with us, please text us. Please do not contact us using the number posted on the house as that number does not receive texts and phone calls go to our local contact, not the owners. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2017

About Christina

Alex and Christina live on the beach in Los Angeles with their three Siberian Huskies. They met in law school, got engaged 9 months later, and have been married since 2004. Alex enjoys snow boarding and surfing and is passionate about conservation. He is actively involved with several animal rescue organizations, with a particular focus on elephants. Christina grew up in the Tahoe foothills, but, at 36, is still learning to ski. She loves reading and going to the spa, and completed her first marathon in 2014.

Christina purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Christina chose Big Bear

No one wants to vacation in a grubby or dated house. The Snow Den has been newly renovated, with all new appliances, high end furnishings, resort-style amenities, and up-to-date technology. The cabin's rustic charm was preserved by restoring the original wood floors, adding tongue and grove ceilings, and furnishing the house with locally made wood furnishings.

A special note for families with pets:

We are pet-friendly people and this is a pet-friendly house.

The backyard is fully fenced. We do not charge a pet fee. The house is close to the lake, which is a real treat for dogs who enjoy chasing birds and splashing (we recommend an extendable leash to keep everyone safe; it's all fun and games until a bird gets hurt). We do NOT recommend this house for families with allergies to dog fur, since it is a dog friendly home. The cabin is also less than a mile from a snowy hill and park that is great for hiking.

What makes this cottage unique

Dog friendly with fully fenced back yard

Available for rent with neighboring property for large groups!

Walking distance to the lake, with lake views.

One mile from the village.

Three miles from Snow Summit.

Fully modernized, with new appliances and furnishings; high definition, wall mounted televisions; Tivo; Wii; and high speed WiFi.

Optional boat rental, at almost half the price charged by local marinas in a newer and faster ski and wakeboard boat.


Honeymoon package: $1,250 for one week, includes champagne and couples massage (fall and spring rate).

Lake Package: $1,500 for one week, includes use of Malibu VLX for half day (subject to availability of captain).

***Prices subject to availability and do not include tax. Offers not available on peak weekends or holidays***


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)


Snow Storm Affected Our Stay

  • 4 of 5

The Snow Den Cabin is absolutely as described. It is comfortable and clean. However, the recent storm last weekend made for a treacherous endeavor to get up the long narrow driveway. There are literally four to five foot snowbanks on either side and no room to turn around at the top where the cabin is. My husband would have to back down each time we left the cabin. In addition to the driveway, the back yard has four to five foot of snow in it as well. I brought steaks to bbq, but I never saw the bbq under the snow. Even the table and chairs had a foot of snow on top of them. My husband, son and nephew did enjoy the hot tub after snowboarding for the day.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little cabin.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in our snow den. After the snow, the next morning there were bear paw prints outside of the house, very cool. Just the right size for a small family. Thank you, Joe.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun Time and Cozy Place

  • 5 of 5

Place was clean and cute. Everything you need just like home is there. The owners even made sure we were ok when a snow storm came through during our stay. They offered to help us if we needed help during the storm. They went above and beyond.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was the perfect getaway for me and my wife . Perfect backyard for our dogs .

  • 4 of 5

Only bad things were internet was not working and the neighbors at the bottom of the driveway had 3 aggressive dogs . We couldn't take our dogs for a walk so we drove to the lake to walk them . We still would come back though.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting a cabin and what a great experience overall. Nice and slightly rustic but with modern amenities. Decent sized backyard with a solid privacy fence, our larger dog (55 lb husky/shepherd mix) loved it! The cabin was well-stocked with utensils, a keurig and separate coffee maker, glasses, plates, etc. Bed was very comfortable, Netflix streaming and wi-fi, also just a couple minutes walk and you are at the lake. The village is only a 5 minute ride away. We walked there as well, a nice stroll with the dog admiring all the houses.... topped off our evenings relaxing in the hot tub. It was hard for us to leave but looking forward to a return trip in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfully cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

I loved this property. Big comfy bed, fenced back yard for the dog, a hot tub (go in there at night and just look at the stars). This cabin was a perfect size for us (Two plus a pup) and we could've easily brought two more people and still had plenty of room! Thanks again for a great place to stay during our week in Big Bear! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

*Saturday night visits must be accompanied by another night (either Friday or Sunday) at the weekend rate. The third night is priced at the standard weekly rate. If you want to make a Saturday and Sunday night reservation, we add an additional charge (normally $100 or $149) to the room rate for Sunday night to convert it into a weekend night. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Friday and Saturday night visits are, by default, priced properly.

*Please notify us if you are a repeat visitor; we are happy to waive the deposit for return guests.

*$400 deposit required for guests under 26; contact us for exceptions.

*Reservations not secured until first payment is made.

*Minimum Stay:
3 Night - MLK, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day & July 4
4 Night - Thanksgiving
5 Night- Christmas, New Year's

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Big Bear Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Front Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Rear bedroom with King memory foam bed and high definition television. Front bedroom with Queen bed and partial lake view.
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
In home massages can be arranged for an extra fee- just ask! Wakeboard/water ski boat available for rental. Larger parties, please inquire about our neighboring rental, the Bears' Lair!

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