The Owl Pine is an original carriage house built in 1922 on an epic, park-like two acres on Strawberry Creek. Located on the upper end of Idyllwild’s historic district steps from Café Aroma/Idyology, it's an easy 10 min. walk to the village (or hike along the creek trail from the yard). Surrounded by nature+towering trees+stars, it's magic. Loft bedroom, native rock fireplace, interesting art & vintage record collection/player. Perfect for 1-2 guests (can sleep up to 4). Instagram @TheOwlPine
Idyllwild (population 3,870 / elevation 5,413’) is known for fresh air and mountain vistas. The carriage house stands near the original summer house (our full-time residence) and shares a circle driveway and paths that crisscross the property. We also offer a camping experience on one corner of our property featuring a vintage 1955 Trail Chief pop-up for 1-2 guests. You can read a camp feature on Hipcamp, book it via Airbnb or send us an inquiry. A cool option for two couples or a small family is to book both the carriage house and Camp Owl Pine for an amazing stay.
The entire property is two acres that have been undeveloped for almost 100 years with an unparalleled landscape of boulders, pine, oak, cedar, fir, redwood, manzanita, holly, etc. Discover seasonal roses, sweet peas, wild strawberries and more. The land is magical. Watch deer (a family of 2-8 regularly traverse property), squirrels, woodpeckers, jays, hawks, lizards, etc. Listen to the crunch of leaves as you walk original rock paths (circa 1920s) down to Strawberry Creek. Listen to the sound of live music from neighboring Café Aroma, star gaze, collect pinecones, forage wild mint, smell the dirt, commune with nature, enjoy being alive. General adventuring encouraged. San Jacinto mountain highlights include world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Idyllwild is also a hub for hikers along the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail.
Note: We recommend two nights to properly unplug and enjoy the property/surrounding nature.
-Interior features eclectic/modern décor + interesting art
-Vintage Marantz turntable/amp/records
-1960s Royal typewriter (made in Holland) + paper
-Hand-finished straw/plaster walls
-Wood plank loft ceiling with stain glass windows
-Wood burning rock fireplace (one bundle of complementary wood is provided at the house) plus high efficiency gas stove for heat
-Galley kitchen with Heartland gas range, stainless steel under counter freezer + glass door refrigerator (w/ a handful of sparkling water to enjoy), fire extinguisher
-Le Creuset pans, cooking utensils, dishes, drip coffee maker (2 cup size)
-Pantry items - extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, S+P, organic sugar, tea, hot cocoa
-Bathroom includes shower, linens, hair dryer & laundry closet w/ soap
-Loft bedroom with king Tempurpedic bed
-Flashlight for night hikes
-Books/Games (cards, dominos, puzzles, backgammon, Ouija board, Scrabble)
-Open patio with picnic table
-No phone, no microwave and no TV (it's against the laws of nature, ha!)
-Please note, Idyllwild is surrounded by protected forest and is located in a high risk fire zone. No outdoor fires or candles permitted on the property.
- 10% regional occupancy tax is included in the booking rate
The Owl Pine is ideal for individuals, couples and small families. We have children and are happy to share toys, books, etc.
- Upon request:
o Children’s essentials (Baby Bjorn travel crib, high chair, tableware, 2 inflatable beds (ages 2-6), etc.)
o Vintage sleeping cots/linens (2)
Interaction with guests
Our family lives in the main house on the property which shares common paths and a circle driveway. We are happy to help with questions during your stay, tour the property, etc.
Other things to note
- Full moon calendar (to help plan your trip for moon or star gazing!): December 3, January 1, January 31, March 1, March 31, April 29, May 29, June 28, July 27, August 26, September 24...
We off a couple add-ons for fun during your stay (charged at departure):
- Morning scones & organic milk lattes from our Rancilio machine (delivered to your door - $15 for two)
- Saturday afternoon brisket (smoked on property, one week advance notice req'd - $30 for two)
- We kindly request that guests remove shoes while in the house
- Please use exhaust fan when cooking
In the Summer 2016 we had been living in LA's Silver Lake neighborhood (think Whole Foods + a wine shop across the street, amazing food, and access to everything LA has to offer) for over a decade when we stumbled upon this property in Idyllwild. We literally fell in love with the landscape before stepping foot in the houses, put our place up for sell 10 days later and moved to the mountain. We work freelance gigs in business development and PR and love to explore nature, cook and adventure with the babes in our '69 Silver Streak trailer. Launching The Owl Pine has allowed us to meet amazing people and live in this magical location. Thanks for considering our place for your next adventure!