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The Owl Pine: Historic Acre on Creek Near Aroma
The Owl Pine: Historic Acre on Creek Near Aroma
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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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

The space

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.

House Essentials:
-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
-Ceiling fans
-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

Guest access

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)

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $113 NZD
Security Deposit $376 NZD
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price $316 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 couch
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 10PM
Check out by 11AM

- We kindly request that guests remove shoes while in the house
- Please use exhaust fan when cooking

You must also acknowledge
Potential for noise - The cabin is located on a road/near a cafe, general neighborhood noises to be expected. During snowfall, snowplows are active on the bordering road.
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
The minimum night stay for this listing varies.

82 Reviews

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Taylor User Profile
December 2017
I stayed at the Owl Pine with my husband for our anniversary & we truly could not have picked a better place! Michael was incredibly hospitable & respectful. A book of restaurants, hikes, & entertainment was provided upon checkin. The house itself shared beautiful land with the main house & the nearby creek makes walking into the village an experience. Very stylish interior, we felt at home at the Owl Pine.

Tara User Profile
November 2017
Michael and Cat have a little piece of heaven in Idyllwild, and we had so much fun enjoying it with our two kids. The property itself is a kid’s paradise, with plenty of exploring and adventuring in the beautiful trees, pathways, boulders and creek. The cabin was perfect for the four of us- Michael and Cat let us borrow their air mattresses for the kids and we were cozy and happy up in the sleeping loft. We had such a great time getting to know Michael and Cat and their two kids on our last day there, as well; they are such a lovely family and made us feel like old friends (Cat even sent us home with freshly picked wild mint!). We truly can’t wait to return.

Estella User Profile
November 2017
The photos do not do the this wonderful place justice ! More than expected- walking distance to the village , very secluded , and a sweet trail next to the strawberry creek. Every detail Michael and Cat have mastered, from the games , record player , noise machine , and everything you need in the kitchen ! As well as detailed info on what’s close - shops , restaurants, and hikes. You will not be disappointed. I would suggest adding on all the extra - brisket , scones , lattes and a welcome cocktails !

Jean User Profile
November 2017

Melina User Profile
November 2017
I grew up in the nearby area and used to come up to idyllwild all the time as a kid so appreciated how this cabin is in walking distance to everything in town yet still giving you that "Mountain & creek" experience. Everything was exactly as described, very well appointed, Michael was a great host, and yah, the scones are the bomb

Amelie User Profile
November 2017
The most perfect Airbnb I've ever visit! So cosy! Simply the best furnitures and équipement ! Want to bring everything back to Paris with us. ! Congrats and thank you a lot !

Michelle User Profile
November 2017
Michael and Cat are awesome hosts! They welcome you in and make you feel as those you live on the property during your stay, allowing you to wander around as you please. They are quick to respond to questions and offer assistance without hovering. We loved their thoughtful binder of places to eat and visit in town. The cabin is clean and homely, only a short walk into town. They have truly thought of everything!

California, United StatesJoined in December 2016
Michael & Cat User Profile

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!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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