|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
This property was fantastic. the space needed for our group of 20 was perfect inside the home. Each family had own room and bathroom. The first floor game room and projector was kool. The yard was even better. Lots of snow throughout the property, which the kids went outside and hiked, sled, and plenty of snow ball fights. The home was well maintained and Robert was very responsive on every inquiry. The 3 other families that came with us also had a great time. The kitchen had labels of all the items within drawers and was very clean. I am looking forward to coming back to this Safe Haven Property. No one wanted to leave and they are already wanting to book a summer and winter stay again. Next time we will do the zip line adventure. Thanks again Robert for letting us stay in your cabin.
The De La Cerda, Alvary, Knight & Middleton families.
We have stayed here for 3 years now and love it. We will keep coming back. Tons of fun stuff to do.
Our church youth group stayed at this cabin for a long weekend and had the best time! The cabin was perfect for our size group. We appreciated that there weren't valuable and breakable items around the house for us to worry about. There are so many bathrooms no one ever had to wait in line. The property is great for sledding on! It was super easy to get to, they driveway was even plowed and the steps shoveled and ready for us. We will definitely be using this place again! Thank you so much, Robert!
I stayed at the Safe Haven Retreat over Christmas Holiday! The house was nice and spacious enough for my 20 family members. There was enough rooms and bathrooms, some of the beds could use new mattresses because you could feel the springs when you laid on them. Also, a lot of the provided kitchen utensils were dirty upon arrival. Robert the owner was VERY responsive. I called a few times in the first days of our stay and every time he answered and provided advice.
We wanted a white Christmas and we got it! We were snowed in for the whole 4 days. It would have been nice if there were some sleds provided since we couldn't leave the retreat. Also, the place was advertised with a foosball table but was not there because of the previous guest. There were some movies provided and a nice projector system so that definitely helped.
Overall we had a very nice time at the Safe Haven Retreat.
Our family stayed here for New Year's Eve ringing in 2017. We had approximately 26 people including kids. The house was spacious. It never felt cramed. There was so much space inside and on the outside property grounds. Kids had such a great time using the space outside by sledding, hiking and playing with the outdoor amenities available. We would definitely stay here again!
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||£240|
|weekend paddle boat||£40|
Three night holiday weekends for the following are $610 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.