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Robert Phelps

Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish

Spacious Retreat on large property next to the National Forest

34 Reviews
People25
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Inland Empire - Safe Haven Forest Retreat

6 bedrooms 6 baths

Our 3,300 square foot residence was built to accommodate 25 people so that we could offer a comfortable place in nature for large groups to enjoy. Read some of the reviews of our satisfied guests.

Safe Haven Forest Retreat is a unique 2 acre property that sits at the end of Wilderness Road at an altitude of 6,200 ft. It is the last private property on the road with three sides connected to the National Forest. You'll enjoy the broad mountain views and surrounding forest in this tranquil 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. Or, you can just stay put and enjoy the spacious cabin and activity centers around the property, such as the boating pond, the rock creek and sandy beach, archery & air rifle range, Volleyball court, the climbing wall, the outdoor chess board, the mini zip line with low suspension bridge, the toboggan run and the many paths around the property and into the forest.

Notice to people who want to party: Our property was developed as a forest retreat where people could find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment, personal / spiritual 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 drunken party, don't choose us.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Robert Phelps (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish

About Robert Phelps

As retired teachers we wanted to develop a place in the mountains where children could come to learn about nature. Our dream evolved from the idea of starting a youth camp to a more inclusive one where people of all ages could find a Forest Retreat that would be a SAFE HAVEN to convene with nature.

We built the house to create a spacious and comfortable environment where our family and friends, and short term renters would find a SAFE HAVEN to pursue their enjoyment and 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 drunken party to go nuts in nature, please look for another place.

Robert Phelps purchased this house in 2007

Why Robert Phelps chose Inland Empire

After a three year search for the appropriate property, we chose this place for it's unique location; having the National Forest as our back yard and being an easy drive to all the other mountain areas. It is in the middle of the mountains yet has easy access to all the mountain resort communities and activities. From our home in Orange County it takes us 90 minutes to get to the property. Once here, we feel we are in another world where we can breath deep, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

What makes this house unique

We have a comfortable house with many activity centers around it like a mini resort that people of all ages will enjoy. Walk out the back door and you have wilderness. Walk out the front door and you have civilization. Walk around the property and you have the best of both worlds.

The size of the property (2 acres) and it's geographic features offer the space to create a number of activity areas. There is a boating pond with a sandy beach and rock creek with bridges across it. The tipi gathering area allows for small group activities overlooking the pond. There is also a climbing wall, Volleyball court, archery & air rifle range, large in ground chess board, and horseshoe pitch. And the picnic area behind the cabin allows for a large group gathering with fireplace, and B-B-Q units. There is also a small zip line over a suspension bridge 1 foot off the ground for kids. And, a 200 foot long zip line for those who take part in our Outdoor Adventure Program. Check the Amenities section under suitability for children.

Reviews

4.9
based on 34 holidaymaker reviews

Spacious Retreat on large property next to the National Forest
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews
4

Nice camp experience

  • 4 of 5

Our overall experience was good. It's great for a large group as there are many rooms and bathrooms. No master suite or anything of the sort. It's not luxurious at all but clean and comfortable. Be careful about leaving it near spotless or they will charge you extra for cleaning. They charged us an extra $75 for 3 bags of trash that were left in the house instead of in the bin. That was disappointing but other than that it was good.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pretty Good Deal

  • 3 of 5

It's nice how they let you pick and choose how much of the property you wish to pay for but we did end up with some surprise charges that would not be returned. The beds were not very comfortable, but it was a very good place to let a large group of kids enjoy themselves. Also, the $400 adventure program was enjoyed (zip lines, rappelling, shooting bows and arrows). Mr. Phelps took care to make sure even the little ones (mine included) could enjoy the adventure.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for families with kids of any age!

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing weekend here. This is is our second time staying at safe haven and hope to return again. We had 25 people total and never felt crowded or like the house was too small. there was always something to do; the peddle boat, volley ball games, archery range, giant chess board, horse shoes , ping pong, the list goes on. It is so nice seeing the kids wake up and WANT to run outside leaving the kindles and iPads inside! There is so much room for them to run and play games without worry. Adults can easily keep an eye on them from nearly anywhere. Inside the house is very well stocked. More than enough chairs for meals, the kitchen has everything you could need. all in all the house is perfect for our large family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always happy to hear how much our guests enjoyed their stay.
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5

A private resort

  • 5 of 5

We had 6 families together in this wonderful home for my birthday over Memorial Day weekend and it was the BEST ever. The children (ages 3-15) had plenty to do outside and we all had the comfort and privacy we needed inside. The two large rooms allowed for different kinds of games and activities. Table tennis and archery and boating kept the energetic ones busy and the home kept the oldest and youngest ones completely comfortable. Robert Phelps adventure package was enjoyed by all, even those who had done similar but much more challenging adventures. He made it so much fun and we enjoyed his company! The local area offered hikes of all levels on the following day. Our largest group really enjoyed the Childrens' Forest. The kitchen had everything we needed for happy meal prep committees and the campfire circle made us feel that we truly out in the woods with warm comfort just a few steps away. I highly recommend this vacation spot. Where else can you have a whole resort all to yourself?

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a delightful group of people. I really enjoyed doing the Adventure program with them. And, its always a joy to see families getting together and enjoying them selves at Safe Haven.
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Perfect for our family's birthday celebration!

  • 5 of 5

SafeHaven is exactly as pictured and described, and so much more. We chose this location for celebrating my husband's 65th birthday with extended family and close friends. We also celebrated Easter together on Sunday. I don't think we could have made a better choice for our multi-generational weekend get together. Property is as described but even more beautiful and expansive than we expected. The owner was great to work with and both knowledgeable and helpful. We highly recommend and hope to return some day!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazingly Awesome!!

  • 5 of 5

Our 1st Family Trip in many many years!! We were very impressed with everything. From the booking, to the availability of the Owner, The Huge Comforting Home and The Property. The Home had everything and was so accommodating for the 24 family members(Adults and Kids). I would definitely recommend this home to anyone looking for a large group getaway!!! We are already planning a trip back for next year and hopefully earlier in the winter, so we can enjoy the snow at the home. We drove up to Big Bear for some Snowboarding and Tubing, which was only a 30-40 minute drive. We will definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear how much our guests enjoyed their stay and that they plan to return. We aim to please.
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Location

Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Running Springs
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
We have a boating pond, sandy beach and creek.
Car: necessary

We offer a 3-6 hour outdoor adventure program which includes the rock climbing wall, rappelling, zip lining, archery and air rifle shooting at the range. And, in the winter there can be snowshoeing, tobogganing, and snowboarding. Contact us for more details about the cost and times.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Running Springs, Inland Empire

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2 night minimum stay
£937
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£452
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£2,911
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £8
cleaning £114
Refundable Damage Deposit £229
Tax Rate 8.0%

Three night holiday weekends for the following are $600 per night.
MLK Jr. Day, President's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving.
Three night holiday stays for Christmas and New years are $650 per night.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Inland Empire in California

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 2nd floor wheel chair accessible
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 3rd floor
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 3rd floor
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 1st floor
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , 1st floor sink and toilet
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 2nd floor (sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 2nd floor (sleeps 3)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , 1st floor entertainment room (sleeps 2)
    Bedroom 7 - 4 Single Bed , 3rd floor loft (2 trundle beds sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , 3rd floor (sleeps 5)
  • There are 6 bedrooms: The one on the 1st floor that could be considered a studio apartment because it has it's own kitchenett, two on the 2nd floor and three on the 3rd floor, Also, there is a loft area with two trundle beds (considered 7th bedroom) between the bedrooms on the third floor. There are 2 sofas on either side of the fireplace on the second floor and four sofas on the first floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 25 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
The main kitchen has a 5 burner gas stove top and two ovens. It has a granite counter top and oak cabinets with a roll out island to extend the kitchen area, if desired. The two high efficiency free standing gas fireplaces do not use wood but have a glass front to view the flame heating the faux wood logs. The first floor has a kitchenette with mini fridge and table for the entertainment area. The laundry room is on the first floor and has a door to the outside as well. There is a covered 8ft walk way around the house at the first level. There is an 8ft. deck surrounding the house on the 2nd level that is covered on the front and back. There is an 8ft by 16ft. balcony at the 3rd level facing into the forest. Roads and paths through the property lead to activity areas on the property, such as, the tipi gathering site, horse shoe pitch, toboggan runs, children's play areas and stage, and to forest hiking paths.

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