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Review of Sleepy Forest Cottages

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Sleepy Forest Cottages
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Outstanding Value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

First of all I was extremely concerned when we arrived at our cabin mainly because I've seen the pictures on the website and read the reviews but when something seems too good to be true it probably is. In this case it was true!
We arrived late on 1/22...Martin Luther King day. We were driving down from Vegas but didn't anticipate the hoards of people driving back to California with us so ultimately ended up arriving to check in after 7pm but was relieved that they waited around for us to arrive otherwise it may have been a cold night in the car. When we got to the cabin (Villa de Lucia #198) we immediately took our tour to see if it was as advertised and we were pleasantly surprised! We're pretty picky when it comes to cleanliness so you can imagine we went over the whole place pretty well and was extremely pleased to find it was well maintained and very clean overall.
I could go on and on about the great customer service and the great value of this rental but just read all the other reviews, check out the pictures and trust me that everything is as advertised here...not all things are too good to be true. We'll be back next season!

Room Tip: I can't speak of any other rentals but Villa de Lucia, cabin 198 was excellent!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fontana, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

We stayed at Cathy's Cottages as a weekend getaway from my wife's grad school, and we really had the perfect weekend. Our cottage was homely, spacious, and had full amenities. It really felt more like a second home than any hotel, and the owner's friendliness was more like a host than just a hotel staffer. Even outside of the main village downtown (just past Stanfield Cutoff), this location actually put us close to the hiking trails on the north side of the lake, and was still only a short drive to the restaurants in town. I think the best part of the weekend was the peace of just staying in the cottage, leisurely enjoying the jacuzzi tub, and actually letting the stress melt away. I don't know if I've ever stayed anywhere else when the room was more of an attraction than the destination, but we're definitely going to stay here again when we need some time off.

Room Tip: Kathy's Cottages are a bit outside of town, but a great starting point for the outdoor adventure...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank deskase
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sleepyforestcottages, Manager at Sleepy Forest Cottages, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Hello, thanks so much for this nice review. We are very pleased to be referred to as a second home by any of our guests. It is our goal to have that kind of atmosphere and experience for everyone. We hope to see you again soon! Take Care. Josh P., Manager.
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Big Bear Lake
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

Clean, cute and quick service checking in. The room was just what we needed and we enjoyed the fireplace. If I could change anything it would be to have a softer bed as the bed was a bit hard for my arthritic body. The other was the light from the porch and parking lot lights that would be best blocked from filtering into room at night. Also enjoyed the leather glider chair in the room. Thanks.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sleepyforestcottages, Manager at Sleepy Forest Cottages, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Hello and thanks for the nice review! We are sorry to hear that the bed was not comfortable for you. We are always replacing, changing and updating beds for this reason. They are often too soft or too hard for different guests. We hope you can come stay again and try a different cottage and bed, give us a call!
Thanks, SFR Josh P. Manager.
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Marina Del Rey, CA
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65 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

It's been nearly a week since my husband and I returned from our mini-honeymoon here. We stayed in cabin 201. We had a wonderful time and I am already longing to return.

Our cabin was great, there was a separate bedroom from the main living area, which had both a jacuzzi tub and a wood-burning fireplace. We made use of both of these features every day we were there.

Our unit also had a full kitchen (minus a dishwasher). This was nice because we were able to chose which meals to eat in or out.

We did have one issue. The day after we arrived, we left our cabin and left the sign up for maid service. We were away for several hours and when we returned, our room had not yet been serviced. My husband went to the office and they gave us fresh towels, and for the rest of our stay, they made sure that our room was taken care of.

The people in the office were very helpful with suggestions of where to dine, etc.

I know that they have larger family cabins, and I am looking forward to coming back here with our daughter.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cheryl S
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phoenix, az
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41 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

stayed in cabin #1 for 5 days during the first week of november and couldn't be happier. being a long time user and believer in trip advisor, i was only able to find this property after considerable research. not sure what "specialty lodging" exactly means, but this is where sleepy forest falls as far as categories goes. if you just look at hotels or even cabins, you won't find this place. although just off a main street, it is in a quiet, residential neighborhood. i don't believe the pictures do the cabin justice. i expected a more open area with all rooms running together and was pleased to find all separate rooms (kitchen/dining, bedroom and living room). although older, its a clean and inviting cabin with plenty of room to move about. nice having a full kitchen at your disposal and even some dvds available for free at the office. don't know what this town is like in season, but my wife and i enjoyed the peaceful surroundings and walking trails on the north side of the lake, and made good use of the fireplace during those chilly mornings and evenings. there is a kmart, a vons and what turned out to be the best place for reasonable "food and supplies" Slaters (across from vons) all close by. also would recommend the paddleboat tour. for only 20.00 per person its a nice introduction to the lake as they point out the stars homes and some interesting stories about its celebrity inhabitants. can't miss here as far as we are concerned.

Room Tip: buy some duraflames down the hill before you have to spend a lot more in the limited shopping around...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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97 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

We stayed in number 18 for three nights and loved it. I’ve been to Big Bear many times in the years I’ve lived in L.A. but a dear friend from Tennessee who had never been to California was with me this trip. I was happy to show here one of my favorite places in the world and Sleepy Forest was a great place to stay for the trip. We were there mid-week, off season and it was quiet. We had 2 bedrooms a huge bath with jetted tub and separate shower, big living room with fireplace, full kitchen with dining area, a nice little porch and yard. Located a block or so off of Big Bear Blvd and within walking distance to the lake, it was a perfect location. Just minutes to the village. And the owners were very nice – friendly and helpful. You could really tell they wanted our stay to be special. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manotick
Level Contributor
35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

This charming place was our home for 4 days in September. We booked rather late, so ended up with a larger place than we were planning, Cottage 12 (the Farmhouse) which apparently can sleep 7 or 8. It is a 2 story cottage with a good-sized kitchen and decent-sized dining and living area. Throughout, a farm theme has been used in the decor, including in the numerous framed pictures. The upstairs, which has a double bed in one room and another double and a single in the landing is cramped in a cozy way. There are also 2 TVs up there, as well as an air conditioner and ceiling fan in the 1 room.

The living area has a large stone wood fireplace, and smelled heavily of wood smoke, which likely has got into the somewhat tired couch and loveseat. There is a flat screen TV in this area.

The kitchen is attractively decorated in black and white; it has a fabulous newish gas stove, a full-sized fridge, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. It is equipped with enough dishes for about 5 or 6 people, as well as a basic assortment of kitchen implements, pots and pans. Everything was very clean.

The older jetted tub (with shower) and toilet were in a small addition at the back of the cabin, with the sink in an area in front of this room. There is minimal place for clothing storage, just a hanging closet on the main floor opposite the bathroom sink.

The people at Sleepy Forest were extremely friendly and eager to please; their office provides coffee and cookies, a selection of DVDs to borrow as well as brochures and information about the region.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank girlfromthetick
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sleepyforestcottages, Manager at Sleepy Forest Cottages, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Hi, thanks for the review! We are glad you enjoyed the old farm house. We always like to mention that we have many different size cabins and cottages, as well as some with gas fireplaces. The Farm House has the wood fireplace aroma in it, which many guests enjoy, and was recently remodeled. We look forward to seeing you again, and would love to offer you a bigger cabin if you are interested! Also, remember, we are always on call while here and happy to offer amenities and upgrades. Thanks, Josh P., Manager.
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Property: Sleepy Forest Cottages
Address: 400 S Eureka, CA 92315
Region: United States > California > Big Bear Region
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Big Bear Region
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sleepy Forest Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrating over 30 years in Big Bear, since 1/22/80. Our family pioneered the popular Jacuzzi Bath in front of the Fireplace in 1985, asking, "Romance, when was the last time?" The Pool Family invites you to stay in the nicest family lodges around. Sleepy Forest Cottages - the original Studios, Suites, Jacuzzi Rooms and Family Cabins, Cathy's Cottages - Our most romantic Jacuzzi Bath-Tub Honeymoon Suites, or our New Vacation Home Rentals - Walking distance from the ski slopes, on the lake, or backed-up to the woods, featuring Full-Size Spa's, pool tables, foosball tables, and more! ... more   less 
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