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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.
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
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.
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.
Our family loved staying here. There is so much to do on the property and the owner supplies everything you might need. We can't wait to go back!!!
We were very impressed by how much was provided for our use. Paper towel, kleenex etc. Our grandkids had a wonderful time. There is so much to do on the property. We look forward to booking again.
We stayed at this spacious safe heaven retreat center over Labor day weekend.
We are group of 17 people, and this property had enough room, beds for everyone. We really enjoyed outside activities( boating, rock climbing and fire pit....and more)
Also kids really love the game room down stsirs. This was our second time coming back to this place, and We'll definitely come back again next year.
We are a family of 25 (19 adults and 6 children- ages 8 months-74) and the property was perfect. The house was clean and big enough for the whole family to eat together and sleep comfortably. In addition there was no waiting to use the bathrooms since the house has 5 of them. The house was fully stocked with toilet paper, hand soap and all sorts of pots and pans for cooking. As for the privacy and beauty of the property, the views are gorgeous which made for a lot of family pictures/videos and the peaceful outdoor areas were very relaxing. We enjoyed lounging on the property, exploring the nearby woods, bbq'ing, making s'mores out back, the sports area, rock climbing, ping pong table and movie room. We truly had a wonderful weekend at the Safe Haven Forest Retreat!
The property is pretty awesome, with a small rock wall, horseshoe toss, pond, and all the other stuff mentioned in the description (we even made a relay race with everything). We brought our high school youth group, and they had a great time.
There are some minor issues that I think the owner can fix to make this an even better stay. The main thing: sleeping accommodations. We had two students sleep on the floor because the top bunk beds were uncomfortable and kept swaying. One of the futons on the 1st floor doesn't open. The 1st floor beds/couches are all together, so the same place some our guys slept was also the place where we had our group meetings. This meant everything had to be cleaned up each morning. It would be a lot easier if the 2nd floor rooms only had bunk beds (ones that don't creak or sway).
The other issue was that we were told a trail is behind the cabin, and that there was trail information by the front door, but all it turned out to be was a mostly empty box by the door with a few pamphlets, none of which gave us information about a trail behind the cabin. We went down the one we thought was it, but it ended, and didn't really go anywhere.
Also, all of the cupboards/drawers were mislabeled. They had the things we needed, it just took longer to find things.
Overall, a good place to stay, and we would come back.
Property is comfortable for a large party. Although Big Bear temperature drops at night, inside temperature is warm and humid even with windows open and ceiling fans operating. The property is somewhat clean, however, furniture is old and outdated. Window screens are dusty/dirty.
There is plenty to do for kids ( a plus) although we did not use the pool because it was dirty. If you enjoy nature, surrounding is great and peaceful.
Owner was apologetic and accessible. Overall, my family enjoyed our stay.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£232|
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.