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“Family friendly place! The bungalow was cozy and relaxing!” 5 of 5 stars
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908 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Big Bear Lake
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Eastvale, California
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“Family friendly place! The bungalow was cozy and relaxing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We stayed at the bungalow from February 28 to March 2, 2014. We got lucky because on that weekend of our stay, Big Bear received several inches of snow. That provided the fun in the snow we were hoping to have. This bungalow have a private front and back yard where the kids had a lot of fun playing in the snow. Also at the back, there is a large playground area where you can do sledding and just have fun with the snow. There is an actual playground and I believe the new owners will soon replace them with even better equipments. There is also a place where you can pet the llamas. Our kids really had a blast!

The house itself was well maintained. Everything was upkeep and clean. Our stay was very cozy and relaxing. There is a fireplace that kept the majority of the house warm. The one bedroom had a heater which was also nice. There is a balcony in front of the house where you can sit and watch your kids playing in the front yard. The kitchen was well equipped. My wife did a lot of cooking and baking during our stay. They have a stove, microwave, fridge, utensils, and everything else you need.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They will answer all of your questions and they're always available if you need them during your stay.

There is a private parking available. The ranch is walking distance to the village where you can do some shopping, eat out, or even watch a movie.

I really don't have any negative comments to say, except maybe I wish they would replace their electrical outlets. The plugs you insert into them always come loose, so make sure if you're charging your cellphones overnight, that they are inserted properly. But it's a fairly old house so that's not a big deal for me.

Overall, this is a very family-friendly place. I would recommend it to everyone. In fact, we're already scheduled our next visit at this ranch in April during the spring time. I believe we're staying at the Cedar Creek this time. We're looking forward to it.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This was our first time visiting Pine Knot Guest Ranch. We stayed in Cabin 18 and it was just perfect for a family of four. The fireplace and Jacuzzi tub were a treat! The children enjoyed the feeding the llamas and bunnies. They even took the llamas on an afternoon stroll! The village is a short walk away. We were able to get to the ski resorts within 10 minutes. We were graciously given a tour of Cedar Creek and we plan to rent it during the summer. The owners are very nice and available if you have any questions or need assistance. I highly recommend the Pine Knot Guest Ranch!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is our second time to rent from Pine Knot. The Little Bear home is clean and cozy. Very close to the Village and Snow Summit. We loved cooking our meals in the kitchen instead of eating out. Will stay there again. Thank you Derek!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Our first "cabin camping" and Pine Knot Guest Ranch totally blew us away. It really wasn't camping at all in the end -- we felt very spoiled with the fireplace and Jacuzzi and kitchenette... and the distance to the village really encouraged us to just dine out every day and not cook (yay!) Our 6-yr-old puppy totally loved it there as well. We were in cabin #15 and it was exactly like in the pictures: very cozy, cute and intimate. Puppy thought we'd gotten a new house; she felt right at home and couldn't stop exploring! Kitchen supply includes 4 plates, 4 mugs, plenty of silverware, cutting board, dish soap and hand soap (note: no dishwashing scrub), toaster, microwave. Welcome basket includes teas, hot cocoa, and coffee/sugar/creamer. Gilchrist & Soames bath salts for the jacuzzi. Bath amenities (much better quality than some five-star resorts!!) include lavender body/hand lotion from Trader Joe's -- smells heavenly!, richly moisturizing face/body soap, makeup remover, shampoo/conditioner, hair dryer. The setup was very cute in every room, bears everywhere. Plenty of warm fleece blankets and the comforter was amazingly cozy! Puppy loved lounging on the bed with us (just be sure to cover the comforter with dog sheet first). Literature about surrounding areas is scattered throughout the room, including lists of pup-friendly restaurants and pup sitters (we didn't use this service). The "Welcome" folder in the sitting area includes everything from how to turn on the fireplace & Jacuzzi, to again lists of local eateries, attractions, with their phone numbers and address. We arrived very late (about 9:30pm) and so our keys and check-in sheet were taped to the office door for us to fill out and drop. So, unfortunately, we didn't get to say hello to Gloria -- she sounded absolutely lovely on the phone! -- but all the details about the cabin, the grounds, and locales were explained in such detail that we really didn't need any further assistance. One "hiccup" that we had, our key was jammed the first night we arrived. My husband figured it out but it took a few tries before we finally got used to opening the door. Our pup discovered creatures called llamas that are tall and hairy with big eyes and a perpetually munching mouth, and bunnies that didn't hop away when she approached. It was such a lovely cottage to be and we will for sure return!!! Thank you Gloria and family!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, CA
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13 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Our annual Veterans Day getaway for our anniversary landed us in Big Bear this year. The Pine Knot Guest Ranch was perfect. We were in Cabin 20 which was seperated from the other cabins on a hill. It had a king size bed, wood burning fireplace, huge jacuzzi tub, and kitchenette. The kitchenette had a coffee maker, cutlery, plates and cups and a small refrigerator/freezer with ice cube trays. There were two skylights that were lovely. The front balcony had chairs with a beautiful view of the llama pen and peek a boo views of the lake. The location is great, just a few blocks from the village. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Our first experience here and it was incredile! The service was wonderful,the cabin was clean and cozy and i felt like i was home! We stayed in Cabin 19 and it looked just like the picture. The jacuzzi was big and clean. The cabin was well kept and the bed was comfortable. Walking distance from the village and super close to everything in big bear. We came at the end of October so it was quiet there but still lots to see. There was a suprise snowfall and they were sure to plow the roads so it was easy to travel the following day. The staff was extremely friendly and accomodating. It is family owned and they were so polite and knowledgeable. We brought our pet and they were very attentive to Bailey's needs and making sure we had a great vacation. Gloria was amazing and very helpful!! Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

This was a fantastic hideaway in big bear lake. Just two blocks from the village, shops and restaurants, but had complete privacy. We stayed in cabin 18 and had a very comfortable bed, nice tv, which could be seen from bed or the jacuzzi tub. The jacuzzi tub was wonderful after a long day. Nice little kitchenette, with small refrigerator and microwave, plus a beautiful fireplace. My husband loved walking and visiting the llamas. We would definitely come back. Lisa was extremely friendly and very helpful. Dog friendly, a nice plus.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 908 Pine Knot Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Location: United States > California > Big Bear Region > Big Bear Lake
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Big Bear Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
8 cabins on two peaceful acres. Walk to the Village and lake. All cabins have in-room whirlpool tub, fireplace, kitchenette or kitchen, and porch. Free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly. Visit our bunnies and take the llamas for a walk. Sledding when snow permits. Most cabins for 2 or 4, one for up to 6. ... more   less 
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Pine Knot Guest Ranch Big Bear Region, CA - Big Bear Lake

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