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On A Cliff Over National Forest Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Miles of Natl Forest out the back deck w/Game Rm & Media Rm.

Newly renovated A-frame nestled on a cliff over acres of national forest with views of Mt. Baldy at sunset. This party house features party room with new deck, bathroom, pool table, foosball, darts, futon couch (can double as a bedroom), fireplace and oak bar; Loft bedroom converted to media room with loft day beds, poker table/bumper pool; 88' projector, surround sound, recliner couches and DVDs (Connect your game console or computer); separate living/dining area with office/reading area sun porch, log table for 6 diners, leather recliner sofas, day bed Ottoman, and small kitchen; and Lower level 2 bedrooms- one with three twins and master with a queen (share a bath). Miles of hiking, biking and off-roading trails steps away in the National Forest 5 feet from the back door. Lake Arrowhead shops, Snow Summit skiing, Heaps Peak Arboretum, antique stores, great restaurants and Lake Gregory (public lake for swimming) all within 15-25 minute drive. No AC (not needed with canyon winds and low summer temps), no cable (its a cabin not a suburb) and no wifi but cell phones come in well at the cabin (not many other places in the Mountain). BYO WiFi Hot Spot.Parking for 4 cars if you park smartly. House is meant for adults and older kids. NOT child-proofed. Contains railings kids can fit through and is perched on a cliff over forest. No pets. My wife is allergic.

Zoot Velasco
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2017

About Zoot Velasco

I run a nonprofit cultural arts center in Orange County. This cabin is one of my loves, my pride and joy. I love sharing it with others. I use it for youth retreats, staff trainings, poker nights with friends, and wrote a book up here last year that is now published. It is a stress free vacation anytime I'm here.

Zoot Velasco purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Zoot Velasco chose Inland Empire

I wanted a place that was easy to get to, but felt isolated in the forest with great views of mountains and no people in sight. This is it! Event though we have neighbors around us, the back is miles of unspoiled forest and that is my muse.

What makes this cabin unique

Besides the view we are low on the snow line, so we don't get socked in, and we are near the high desert as well, so the terrain changes. We are 10 minutes from anything you could want in town or in nature.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

On A Cliff Over National Forest Views
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Amazing place, amazing location, amazing Christmas with my family!!

  • 5 of 5

Zoot was great to deal with and his place was perfect for our Christmas getaway!! We were super lucky to get an amazing snow storm and it was the most gorgeous white Christmas we've ever had! The views were absolutely stunning!!! The house is roomy and well equipped. There's lots to do - pool table, fooseball table, darts, an incredible theater room, board games and even a hot tub to enjoy the stars at night!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and for being great guests! And thanks for the wonderful pics of your trip!
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Beautiful View.. Amazing Stay...

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a weekend vacation and had a fantastic time. House was large with all the amenities. View and area were amazing.

Owner was available by text for any questions with tons of helpful information. Will definitely be staying here again and again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review!
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  • 5 of 5

Had a great birth day weekend at your cabin. I don't have many word to say that is great and owner is great person to work with it was a pleasure to stay at the deer lodge.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review! It was a pleasure to have you!
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Very nice house with a great location surrounded by woods.

  • 4 of 5

I had a very nice weekend at the house and had good cell phone reception.definitely would recommend this house to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sherman Oaks, CA

A fantastic getaway for the price

  • 5 of 5

The best thing about this rental home was the owner. Zoot was willing to communicate via text, which was incredible. He was EXTREMELY responsive. Didn’t let a single question slip through the cracks, which goes a long way (especially after we had a pretty bad experience with our last rental in Indio).

We stayed in this house over Thanksgiving weekend and managed to cook an entire dinner without complication. There is a smoker on the premises which made for a very tasty turkey—it looked like a professional food stylist made it for a cooking show. Some of the drawers were a little disorganized, but the kitchen had pretty much everything we needed.

As another reviewer pointed out, the pictures of this cabin don’t do it justice. The house was extremely clean upon arrival and the welcome email that we received covered everything. One of the best parts of the stay was having plenty of extra supplies in the house—paper towels, trash bags, shampoo, toilet paper, etc. This is a frequently overlooked element to many rental homes. There is no WiFi, which could be viewed as a negative to some... but it was a benefit for us. Everyone had cell reception in the house.

The house also features a game room downstairs and a screening room upstairs. Both are really fun additions that make the stay varied and fun. It would have been nice to have the fireplace in the living room since that’s where we spent the majority of our time. Perhaps the game room (which has the fireplace) could be better arranged to accommodate a second dining room table. There was also a great gaming/poker table upstairs in the screening room which feels like it would have been better utilized in the game room.

There were two things that we were disappointed in, however. The lighting throughout the house wasn’t great. Lamps were sparse, and what was there was harsh, not illuminating the room in an attractive way. The other disappointment was the screening room. The projector was incredible, but the sound system left much to be desired (note—Zoot has since informed me that he’s gotten a new sound system, which would be awesome).

We’ve rented a lot of homes over the past few years, but it’s rare to receive the personal touch that Zoot was able to provide. We highly recommend this rental as a place to spend a secluded and relaxing weekend away.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review! Yes we are working on how to best light the cabin at night, and we did replace the surround sound with a new 300W sound bar. Glad you had a great time!
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Burbank, California

Exactly what we needed and more!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! The view was spectacular and we spent all weekend watching the colours change across the mountains. We were in much need of a relaxing weekend and this place was just perfect!

The hot tub under the stars, the calm and quiet surroundings, the breathtaking sunsets and everything you could possibly need in the house.

We didn't want to leave!

Might have to come back in the future when we need a break from LA.

Thank you, Zoot!

/Lotta and David

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! Glad you had a great weekend!
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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £80
Tax Rate 7.0%

BYO cell phones, wifi, gaming consoles, sleeping bags if over 6 people (couches and futons don't have linens), food, beverages.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Lake Arrowhead in California

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Glasssed in porch can be a bedroom with sleeper in ottoman
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Plus 2 reclining sofas & chase lounge- room plus loft
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Game room- can be a bedroom- Futon.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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