Big Bear Vacations has rated this property “Big Bear Deluxe “Storybook Lakefront is a fantasic and beautifully furnished house sitting in a cul-de-sac right on the lake with a boat dock.. It has huge cathedral windows that let you see 180 degrees around the lake. The large kitchen has a dishwasher, microwave, breakfast nook and a large dining table. The living room has a wood burning fireplace, TV/DVD/CD, wet bar and wonderful views. The upstairs master bedroom has a king bed with a full bath and spa tub and a TV. The second bedroom has a queen bed with a TV. The second bedroom has a twin bed with a twin trundle and TV. These bedroom... share a full bathroom. The 4th bedroom is downstairs and has a full bed plus a TV. There is a common full bathroom downstairs for your use. The back deck leads out to the outdoor spa, charcoal BBQ, furnishings and Big Bear Lake. One of Big Bear Lake's finest lakefront properties with a private boat dock (the owner may have his boat in the slip in which case side-tie to the dock or boat may be on a trailer in the driveway-adequat parking is still available).The house has wireless internet (DSL) and laundry avaliable.Good pets are welcome.Garage is not available
Additional amenities include: dock/boat-slip, boat dock (seasonal), groupon fall, washer/dryer, skiing, internet: dsl.Read more
Left on 07/01/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Chris
Easy helpful booking. Check in was easy and friendly. House is in a perfect location to town. Right next door to big bear marina. Spacious and comfortable. A tad outdated but not a big deal. Very clean. Jacuzzi was great, especially being right next to the lake. Wish we had access to the garage, but it was not a big deal. Private dock was great with plenty of fish to catch if that is your thing. Probably caught 12 bass and two catfish. My wife is not necessarily a "lake person", but she is even asking when we can come back. I will definitely rent this property again!!! Great for families!!! Read more
Thanks for the great review of Storybook Lakefront. Isn’t that view of the lake from the hot tub is exquisite?! And with such short drive to town, Storybook Lakefront makes for a great getaway spot that lets you enjoy all the wonderful activities here in Big Bear Lake. We’re really excited that you’d like to stay in Storybook Lakefront again, so why not give us a call and set up your reservations for next year? Simply call, (855) 856-6706 and one of our friendly Vacation Planners can get your family all taken care of!
Angels Fan Cam
Portola Hills, CA
Best Birthday Ever
Left on 06/05/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Angels Fan Cam
My family recently stayed in this wonderful home to celebrate my birthday. What a treat! This home is very spacious, warm and inviting. The view of the lake is spectacular, the jacuzzi on the water is amazing and the location was perfect for a walk to town or a nice little hike in the surrounding forest. We had such an enjoyable time that none of us wanted to leave on the last day. I will definitely be renting this home again and look forward to another Storybook memory.
Only one small suggestion...the Christmas decorations need to be put away. Although we all love Christmas, it seemed a bit strange to see decoration well after Easter =0) Read more
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to leave a review of Storybook Lakefront. It's always great to know when our guests enjoy staying in one of our homes as much as you did. We are pleased to hear you had a great birthday! If you would like to come back, please feel free to give us a call at (855) 856-6706 for one of our friendly Vacation Planners to help you plan your return visit to Big Bear!
Big Bear Fan
Absolutely the best weekend stay!
Left on 02/29/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | Big Bear Fan
What a wonderful and warm house to spend with family and friends!!! Plenty of room for all, rooms are huge! Jacuzzi was great and right on the lake! Kitchen had all of the essentials. Views were awesome! Great location! and even had some snow! Would love to to rent here again!! Love love love it!!! Read more
Thank you for your review of Storybook Lakefront. We’re very glad to see you enjoyed your stay during the 2012 winter season in Big Bear! More so, it’s pleasing to see you had such a great time that you would want to stay in this home again. If you are contemplating a summer time trip to Big Bear or even another visit during the winter simply give us a call! Our helpful Vacation Planners are ready and waiting to help you plan our next trip to Big Bear.
Great Views-Lots of Space-Some Limitations
Left on 11/27/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | LAMtn
Awesome views of the lake! Tons of elbow room. Wonderful scenic-view family room. Huge kitchen (maybe a little too big, for efficient cooking). Very close (walkable) to downtown Big Bear and stores and amenities. Has its own boat dock, literally a few feet from the back door.
Limitations: In the winter, you should be careful booking for larger groups. There are only four bedrooms (the place is huge). Bunking-out in the family room, on the couches, could be a challenge because that room gets very cold (lots of windows)-so if you have more than 5 sleeper "units" (couples or individuals) you'd better bring sleeping bags or extra blankets.
Internet service is slow and unreliable! Family room fireplace draft is a challenge. We had to keep a door or window cracked to try to keep the smoke from backing-up into the room. Lots of stinging eyes when starting a fire.
Dee and David R.
A Fabulous Experience!
Left on 10/27/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Dee and David R.
We had recently lost 2 of our 5 golden retrievers within 13 days of each other, 9/27/11 and 10/10/11, and were grieving terribly. We needed to get away and heal and found the beautiful StoryBook Lakeview #664 home through BigBearVacations.com. I called at the last minute on Friday, 10/14/11, and spoke to Erica and she was the most caring, sweet person and arranged for our arrival for Monday, the 17th. We packed up our 3 fur babies and headed out and when we arrived for check in, Ashley greeted us and was awesome! She made it so easy and welcoming and we were in and out within 5 minutes. When we drove up to the house, we absolutely loved it! It was so much more than we ever expected. Beautiful, inside and out, and steps away from the lake. It even had a yard which was wonderful for our babies. We spent much of our time out on the beautiful deck which is steps away from the lake. So beautiful and peaceful, which is exactly what we were looking for and needed.
The house was open, clean, homey and the view was amazing. You couldn't look in any direction without a view of the lake. The beds were so comfortable. The fireplace in the living room was awesome and every bedroom had a fireplace except one. It had everything furnished we needed except the food. The house is exactly what it says - "A Storybook". When we travel, one of our main concerns is a "Pet Friendly" environment and this was more than we ever had experienced. I can't say enough about this property and would recommend it to anyone. We will most definitely be returning and just wish our next vacation was coming up alot sooner.
On check out, Mathew was a pleasure to deal with and had us out in less than 5 minutes. What a great staff you have and I will be recommending Big Bear Vacations to everyone I know!
Thank you for this great experience; it was so relaxing and just what my husband and I and our 3 Golden babies needed. The only negative I have is that our stay was much too short! :-)
very good except for the bee problem
Left on 09/23/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Joan
we had a problem with yellow jackets but you did do your best to take care of it.
Felt like home
Left on 08/31/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | Ben
What a great way to end the summer. Property was wonderful, not a single complaint. We took big trips abroad the past two summers and neither compared to our four nights at this property.
Dan & Lisa
Excellent famiy vacation
Left on 07/28/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Dan & Lisa
We loved this house and the convenient location to so many things. We fished from the back porch. We watched boaters from the sauna. We walked to town for dinner, bowling, jet boat ride, parasailing. It was so nice not to have to drive places - a real vacation. I wouldn't recommend the Pirate Ship Tour, it was very disappointing.
Orange County, Calif
Its the perfect location on the lake!!!
Left on 07/07/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Bridget
I think this was our 5th or 6th time we've stayed at the Storybook Lakefront and once again, we had an absolutely amazing time! The house is located in a nice quiet cove that doesn't get much wind at all. The view from the house are spectacular and the fishing is great right off the dock. The house itself does need a little TLC but not much. They addressed the ant problem. We did not see a single ant or bug of any type during our entire stay. If you want a wonderful relaxing vacation, this is the place to stay. I am in the travel industry and can go almost anywhere at a discounted rate but we keep going back to the Storybook Lakefront because we love it so much! We highly recommend this property!!!
Laguna Beach, Ca
Left on 02/02/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | fran
We enjoyed this house very much...beautiful lakeside view, beautiful bedrooms , bathrooms, living room, and kitchen. Fabulous jacuzzi. We will definitely return here. The problematic issues were...Ants!!, oven smoked from past drippings even after I cleaned it, fireplace smoked into the living room. Read more
Thank you for responding to our survey. This house has a monthly service for ants. The house is right on the lake and in a cul-de-sac. Building fires is Big Bear is a little different than when off the mountain. Smoke will come into the house if the chimney has not had time to warm up and create a draft. warming should be done with the cleanest fuel possible (duraflame log not wood-wood smokes). We hope you were able to enjoy your stay while in our winter wonderland.
Looks can be deceiving!
Great View...that's about it!
Left on 09/08/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | Looks can be deceiving!
Walking into this house was amazing...the big windows and the beautiful view! But things slowly started to go downhill from there. We had read a previous review that mentioned the ant problem...we saw the ant traps everywhere. It seemed to have worked. We tried to connect to the internet - followed instructions, then called, then waited, waited - finally into the second day - gave up! The dishes and utensils were not clean - they had to be rewashed. There were cobb webbs in the ceiling, sinks in all bathrooms didn't drain properly, cover for the hot tub looked like someone or something ripped it apart - looked awful. The bedroom balcony had a nest with a pile of bird droppings and a dead baby bird. Very unpleseant to see upon arrival. They should have a better manager to oversee the property and actually have them walk-thru the house and see what needs to be done and run water/check the drains before paying guests arrive. They definitely should have taken care of the bird issue. Clean the spider webbs off the patio furniture? Bbq should be replaced. For the money it should have been kept up, in better condition for guests to enjoy. I do have another issue but I would rather talk to the owner/manager directly. The check out lady was rude and unpleseant. It was my first time to 'check out' and didn't know if there were any final paperwork/procedures so I asked her what I needed to do, and she just plainly said 'drop off the keys' that's it. I wanted to let her know some problems with the house and had a list -but she was not interested! She took a copy of my notes and when I told her there was another dead bird on the deck - she says 'that happens'. ( I was telling her so they know where exactly where it was) She was not intrested. She gave me back the notes and then she started talking to a co-worker. I guess we were done. She never said another word. That kind of rudeness in addition to our problems with the house was the icing! Read more
Thank you for respond to our survey. We checked the internet and it is working properly. This house has DSL and sometimes the user's personal setting won't allow a connection. The dishes should have been clean upon your arrival. We will check the drainage in the sinks. Lake front properties with large windows soetime hav dead bird due to the windows being flown into. We are sorry you experienced this upon our arrival. The spa cover has been replaced. W need to be professional at check out. We hope you were able to enjoy Big Bear.
Orange County California
Left on 08/12/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Bridget
We have stayed at the Storybook Lakefront several times and we absolutely love it! The home is in the most perfect location on the lake and it has everything you need to have a truly wonderful vacation! We highly recommend it!
Okay if you like ants
Left on 05/07/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | thartley
The house is nice and big with lots of room for a large family but it had a huge ant problem. We were told to basically suck it up and we bought 6 ant traps that slowed them down but never really got rid of the problem. They were in the kitchen and living room so you couldn't ignore the problem. Otherwise the yard was big and right on the beach, my dog loved swimming everyday! Not much to do in town in the off season but the locals are very nice! Read more
Thank you for your response to our survey. This house now has a monthly 'ant' service. The house is well maintainted and available for those who want to be close to the Village and have a nice vacation. Again, thank you for replying to our survey.
Nice location and size, but should be more for the money
Left on 01/21/2010 for a stay in December 2008 | From LA
This house was very well situated, right by town, and on the lake. It had a
beautiful view from the living room, with huge windows. The house was
spacious and furniture comfortable. For the amount we paid though, it should
have been way more stocked with basic kitchen gear. It had an odd assortment
of kitchen things, and they all seemed to be low-quality, old or cast-offs.
Couldn't find a knife that was sharp for instance, just older, dull ones. They
didn't have basic things like aluminum foil or salt. All other houses I've ever
rented, ones that have been way less per night (we paid $1700 for two nights),
have always come with nicely stocked kitchens. Like others have said, it is also
a bit outdated in the decor, though that's maybe also a question of personal
taste, and it didn't bother any of us. It's on a little culdesac, development area,
so it's not woodsy or cabiny, but it was clean and comfortable, and like I said,
it had a wonderful view.
Mom from LA
Left on 01/06/2010 for a stay in December 2009 | Mom from LA
Big Bear Vacations did a fantastic job from start to finish. No problem checking in...fast and friendly. No problems with the house. No problem checking out.
The house is beautiful and the location could not be better. The views are amazing! The pictures do not do them justice. The house was plenty roomy enough for our two families. The lay out of the rooms was great. The house was clean, very clean for a rental. The kitchen was clean and well stocked and everything worked great. We acutally cooked Christmas dinner there with no problems.
We did smell the sewer lift mentioned in the other reviews but only when we were out playing in the snow in front of the house and it was not strong enough to bother us or make us go in. That is the only negative thing I could think of regarding this property and it was a very minor thing.
We loved it and had a great time!
The Gogan Family
If you're going to stay on the Lake, this is the view you want!
Left on 12/02/2009 for a stay in November 2009 | The Gogan Family
This beautiful home offered a 180 degree view of the lake from the beautifully laid out living/family room and open kitchen. The decor is homey yet upscale. Plenty of room for our family of six. All three bedrooms offered a beautiful view of the lake and mountain back drop. The large jacuzzi on the deck made for some great evening relaxation. We even took a jacuzzi in a snow storm that blew through on our last two days. We really made a memory fishing from the private dock also! This was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving and our 30th wedding anniversary. Thank you Big Bear Vacations for being so accomodating.
Picture Perfect with tremendous support
Left on 09/04/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | R&L
This lovely home was perfect. Others complained about noise and smell, we had no problems with any of that. This home was spacious and beautiful. She is starting to show her age a little with some minor problems, but when it came to service, Big Bear Vacations was on the spot. Their friendly and professional attitude made for a perfect vacation. The view is excellent and the location is close to everything. The home was comfortable, spa fun, and the lake a delight. It was truly a "Storybook" vacation and we hope to come again.
Left on 08/12/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | jazzie_bebe
Aside from being a gorgeous home with a great floor plan, the views were breathtaking. My family and I would definitely stay at this location again. It has been a great vacation experience. With that being said I would like to add that the office staff were great and attentive.
Beautiful house and view with a couple recommendations
Left on 08/05/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | JamieLynne
Our family had a fantastic time at this property. The house was nicer than we expected, the kitchen was huge, the laundry room was nice, our kids loved the little storage room beneath the stairs with a mattress in it, the view was spectacular and the rooms were very nice. The decor is a bit outdated, but it fit with the style of the house nicely. One note to future guests traveling with escape artists (toddlers or young kids) like ours, there are 5 doors leading directly to the backyard/lake, not to mention the 2 leading to the front with no gates on the sides so there is a direct access to the lake with no fencing or other precautions to slow the kids down. 2 of the doors do not have locks from the inside (the handles turn and lock so outsiders can't come in, but insiders can go out) so you may want to consider bringing baby gates or just be prepared for that. Also several of the sliding doors and other windows do not close properly, so a little maintenance on those would be helpful. Future guests bring: trash bags, coffee filters, & dishwasher soap. We did have some minor ant issues in several rooms, but that's just nature. And for almost 2 hours on our 2nd night we could smell the sewer that someone else reviewed about, but luckily it went away. Oh and the neighbor kids right next door had a major party that lasted until at least 3am which was extremely obnoxious and loud, but again, not the fault of the rental company. Overall the property was very nice and the dock was very handy to use for fishing and the boat we rented. But there are some areas that the owners should do some maintenance on: shower heads, windows, cracks in the walls, finishing the flooring in the master bathroom, etc. The beds, pillows, new carpet, and other furniture were great.
las vegas, nevada
Left on 05/28/2009 for a stay in May 2009 | padilla family
I have rented other propertys b4 but I have to say they had just put in new carpet and being a mother of small children i did not have to worry about it being dirty the bedrooms were just lovely i was very impressed with this property and will rent it again in the future thank you for such a wonderful stay
Los Angeles California
Yes I Like but ....
Left on 05/06/2009 for a stay in May 2009 | Discovery Seminars
I'ts a Nice home, we can't use the Jacuzzi is Locked, we can' use upstairs bathroom because has a leak in the Kitchen, we find a dead mice in the garage Read more
Thank you for your response to our survey. All of our spas are locked and the key should be on the the same ring as the house key. Our in-hose maintenance department will take a spa key to the house if it missing from the ring. We hope you will come back and visit us again.
beautiful, needs improvement
Left on 08/28/2008 for a stay in August 2008 | cynthia
This home was gorgeous and perfectly set upon the lake-it seemed the ideal place for a family hang out-a grassy green for volleyball and frisbee, lovely view of the lake, quiet neighborhood. However, it was one house away from a sewer lift-and all evening and half the day it smelled like raw sewage. at night we had to close up the house to keep to stench out and were unable to sit on the deck if we wanted to breathe clean air. I would not recommend this place until the city fixes the problem-then I will re-rent it in a heartbeat! other minor issues: hot tub takes forever to heat-but nice to jump into right off the lake. Read more
Thank you for your response to Storybook Lakefront Unit 664. There is a City sewer lift station in the area. This normally doesn't create a problem. We are sorry the lift station presented a problem during your stay. We sometimes need to change the water in a spa (when chemical measuremnts tell us to change the water)and it does take up to 8 hours to warm-up. We are sorry the spa wasn't warm at the time of your arrival. Again, thank you for your response to our survey. This will help us give our furture guests a better quality stay.
Left on 08/12/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Denny
We had a bad experience with a different real estate company that promised us "stunning lake views". This one lives up to that promise in spades. It was so spectacular, that I found myself getting up a 5:45am just to watch the sunrises! Great dock, and beautiful landscaping too.
Great views and hot tub but the house needs some work
Left on 07/18/2008 for a stay in February 2008 | mtn man
I really enjoyed being on the lake and having the hot tub overlooking the water. With that said there we some pretty big things that would make me not rent the home again:
-very old furniture. The bed in the "master" bedroom broke while we were sleeping the first night
-3rd bedroom bed size is only meant for a child under 10
Thank you for your review on Storybook. We have changed the description to better fit the size of the bedrooms. Some of the furniture in house has recently been upgraded. We will contact the owner about further upgrades. We want our homes to be of the quality expected by any guest.
good view, but house was terribly cold!
Left on 07/09/2008 for a stay in January 2008 | cindy
We rented the house for two nights in winter and for most of time we stayed there, the house was freezing, especially in the bedrooms! The heater was so inefficient that it took 2 days (just before we left) to heat the house to livable temperature. The decor was dated and dark, carpet was dirty. We couldn't believe that this house was rated 5 star.
The view was great so it would be better for summer rental. Read more
Thank you for your review on Storybook Lakefront. The heat issue has been resolved since your stay. The ducting has been completely replaced. This is a four star home with numerous new furnishings and appliances. In December '08 the owner placed new furniture in 2 bedrooms. The carpet has been cleaned, as we do spring cleaning on all of our homes.
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