For your next getaway, come experience your home away from home. Boulder Creek Cottage will be waiting for you and your guests with everything necessary for your arrival. Of the many Idyllwild vacation rentals, Boulder Creek Cottage is truly for the guest who expects the very BEST. It is perfect for holidays, families, honeymoons, couples, mom and dad getaways, writers' retreats and more.
Our cottage provides a wonderful mountain ambiance, yet with all the modern conveniences. Whether used as a romantic honeymoon venue, a fun-filled family retreat, or just a cozy getaway, we think you will love our cottage.
Quiet, clean, cozy and secluded, Boulder Creek Cottage is located in the premiere neighborhood of Fern Valley at 6,000' in the mountain town of Idyllwild California.
Known for it's charm, Boulder Creek Cottage offers a wonderful mountain getaway to simply Rest, Renew, Restore and Reconnect.
Have questions? Call 951-837-1556
Boulder Creek Cottage
Larry Van Liew 951-837-1556
April 13, 2017
Thank you so much Larry & Kendra for helping to make our first stay in Idyllwild a great one. We loved the chipmonks, squirrels, and birds outside. It was so peaceful. Your deck is amazing and exploring outside was really fun. Inside, you guys thought of everything we could need and we couldn't have asked for anything more, except another night!
Thanks for everything,
Daniel, Wyleen, Jr, & Chloe
Our Boulder Creek Cottage Weekend!
We had a wonderful time and it was perfect for my daughter's surprise birthday weekend. We had everything we needed to make it so comfortable. It was very quiet, cozy and again so comfortable. The squirrels were the biggest that I have ever seen and they were all over the decking. So cute. Quite a lot birds going at the feeder the whole time. We went into town several times for lunch, and dinner. The Bake Shop has the best sandwiches by far. I can't thank you enough for a wonderful weekend and looking forward to spending time this summer when the cottage is available. I have already recommended this to several friends and family.
Great Little Vacation Hideaway!
We just used the heater once, the rest of the time between the fire and the electric blankets we were snug as a bug in a rug. Larry was always very responsive to our needs and left plenty of information for the cabin and surrounding area. We loved hiking the Humber Park trails, and Idyllwild was amazing. People are super friendly and helpful, food was great (hit up Idyllwild Pizza for delicious pizza, and Idyllwild Ice Cream since calories don't count on vacation! 😋. We definitely enjoyed ourselves, and the days flew by. Can't wait to go back! Highly recommended to anyone looking for a lovely getaway. The kids keep asking when we can go back to our mountain house!
Chula Vista, CA
What an amazing stay! The house and location are exactly as described. Larry was so helpful and responsive. We got some snow while we were there and aren't used to dealing with it. Larry told us everything we needed to know. And speaking of the snow, it was amazing! Our kids were sledding right outside the house! Can't say enough about how incredible this place was. We'll DEFINITELY be coming back!
We had such a wonderful time in this adorable and peaceful cabin. Our tweens loved hiking behind the cabin and found a cool rock to slide down! We also saw deer and loved watching the birds and monster sized squirrels. We can't wait to come back this winter!!
The Chaich Family
Our Expectations Were Exceeded!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in the cabin. We went there knowing there would be wet weather so we expected to be inside much of the time. It was warm and comfortable. We appreciated the information about the cabin like wifi and cable. We used the menus to choose the restaurant we went to on Saturday. The attention paid to even the smallest of details made our stay comfortable and worry free. The cabin itself is beautiful. We had a wonderful time and we were very appreciative of the things you did to make it so. We'll be back again soon.
Thank you for making our weekend a special one! The cabin is very nice and well appointed. Everything we needed was here!!
South Pasadena, CA
March 23, 2016
Secluded and Quiet cabin in Charming Idyllwild. Property is well stocked with anything you might need or forgot. Most importantly to us was how clean it was, felt very comfortable during our stay.
What a peaceful place! We love the tranquility of the swing, deck etc! Thanks for all the little tidbits you have which show your very generous hospitality! Happy Easter!
So glad we discovered your cabin! You have gone above & beyond to make your guests feel welcome! Little things like tissues, spaces to put things, night lights, lotions -- I could go on and on. Only wish we could have stayed longer. Our daughter & 1 year old granddaughter, my husband & myself had a great time!
Mike & Pam, Stephanie & Shelby
Lake Havasu, AZ
February 21, 2016
We had a great weekend here at Boulder Creek Cottage! Not knowing what to expect, your mountain retreat was a wonderful surprise. The cottage is cozy and more than inviting. Larry & Kendra, thank you for the attention to detail! Very impressed and we would love to return.
The Deegan Family
December 20, 2015
By far this has been our favorite cabin yet. So cozy, warm inviting an clean. We loved the little Christmas tree that was out for an extra feel of Christmas. The grounds are just perfect with the rocks and the swing. We all can't wait to come back and visit Boulder Creek again. Thank you so much for opening up your cottage for my family to enjoy.
Amie, Dani, Laura, James & Danni
"All the comforts of home" made our stay relaxed and simple. The perfect week-end away for Nana & her boys! Thank you! And the boys particularly enjoyed the animal friends who visited the deck each morning & evening. Both boys said they want to come back to the "same house" next time we visit the area. Nana appreciated how well organized everything was & the concise instructions for using specific items.
Cheryl, Noah & Reece
Wow!! What a blessing! Loved the deck & the swing...what a great idea for the swing. You have thought of it all. We so appreciated your hospitality. This is a great place to just breath in all that God has created to enjoy just chatting, barbeque & have time to rest. We throughly enjoyed our time here...thank you again.
Russ & Joy
Thank you so much Larry & Kendra for creating a wonderfully relaxing and lovely experience. What a beautiful home you have! The deck was the initial draw for us and it did not disappoint, as we spent most of our time relaxing, reading, chatting and playing Uno outside. We also really appreciated the well stocked kitchen. My bed was super comfy. Your cabin makes it easy to relax and feel comfortable. Also loved the secluded location and proximity to town and Humber Park hiking trails.
Dear Larry & Kendra,
We love this cabin. We ate dinner outside both nights and enjoyed the wildlife, The location is perfect! Arriving and staying the first night felt like home away from home. From the initial phone call about details, to house instructions, to everything from WiFi, books, games, and washer dryer - you present everything with great professionalism and all the comforts of home.
Thank you for the use of your wonderful cabin! We especially loved the large deck. We loved to sit and watch the wildlife - we saw lots of birds and fluffy squirrels (at least twice the size of the ones at home!) and deer nearby. We appreciated that you had refill birdseed available! Thanks!
The White family, San Diego
July 4th, 2015
What a most perfect place for our long lost friendships and love to be restored after 40 years of life's different paths! Your home here will be our number 1 place forever more.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Debbie and Steve
June 22, 2015
My husband, two sons (11 and 14), mother-in-law and I absolutely loved our stay at Boulder Creek Cottage. The cabin was just the right balance of cozy and rustic yet with all the modern amenities available (wi-fi, flat screen TVs in every room). The modern kitchen had everything you could ever need. The beds were very comfortable and the rooms quite spacious. The only regret I had was that my family and I were not able to enjoy all the cabins' amenities and features longer because we spent most of our two-day stay at a family reunion in Hurkey Creek camp ground. The surrounding area is beautiful. There is a lovely deck attached to the master bedroom as well as a huge front deck with BBQ and lounge chairs. I loved the wooden bench swing - I drank my coffee there in the early morning. Larry, the property owner was very attentive before, during and after our stay. He checked in with us to make sure all was well. And it was!
San Francisco, CA
May 6, 2015
Larry and Kendra obviously take great pride in their cottage. It was the most well-stocked rental I have ever stayed in! Bird feeders were an instant hit. Quick and easy communication with our hosts. One of our party forgot something and Larry kindly mailed it to us quickly. We hiked the Deer Springs Trail to Suicide Rock--beautiful - about 7 miles round trip but worth it! Enjoyed visiting the shops in town -- very friendly -- and found some great gifts. Perfect getaway for 4 or 5 people. Would definitely stay here again!
Boulder Creek Cottage has everything- I mean everything. Just bring yourself and some clothes. Every amenity you could think of from ketchup to shampoo, BCC has it. The owners have taken great pride in this quiet tucked away location under the stars in the quaint town of Idyllwild. They are very customer service oriented and are concerned about making your stay the best! It's a great place to get away and relax-by yourself or with loved ones. There's plenty of room for everyone. Recharge, Reenergize and Revitalize yourself!
Chula Vista, CA
April 6, 2015
Boulder Creek Cottage is in a very quiet location off of a no-thru street. You have a lot of privacy on the huge deck and in the back yard a lovely two-seater swing. It is very relaxing to watch the birds feed at the feeders, and the squirrels enjoying the dropped seeds. The cabin is very clean and nicely decorated. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay a very pleasant experience. We enjoyed hiking, checking out the shops downtown, eating authentic Italian and Mexican, and sampling the bakeries. We spent most of our time at the cottage, laying in the sun in the afternoons and enjoying the fireplace in the evenings. We really enjoyed our time here and will definitely make our way back again sometime and recommend this getaway to our friends and family.
March 28, 2015 25th Anniversary!
We booked in with Larry as we found this cottage on VRBO. We wondered how a rental could average 5 STARS through so many reviews. We now realize that it doesn't just happen. Larry and Kendra have done an amazing job with putting this rental cottage in perfect order. Everything has been thought of in the eyes of a renter. Our expectations were exceeded and we will tell others. We planned to do a lot of hiking but found ourselves simply enjoying the cottage and it's surroundings. The only negative about this cottage will be the moment we have to leave!!
May GOD truly Bless you Larry and Kendra as you continue to Bless those who use this cottage.
Marvin & Heather
Dear Larry and Kendra,
These few days have been a wonderful escape for us as we start our lives together as husband and wife. We got married on Valentine's Day and wanted a romantic, quiet getaway. This cottage is perfect! Minutes after we set foot on the property, we saw four deer feeding on the hillside below the back porch area. How amazing! It was the sweetest welcome ever! This serene, natural setting was all we could have prayed for and we feel truly blessed to have been lead to this place. Our favorite moment was sitting on the couch one morning and watching the birds flutter around the bird feeder, the squirrels scuttling around the railing on the deck, and the hummingbirds gracing us with their beauty every once in a while right in front of the window. We both felt joy overflowing and God's presence.
Thank you so much for providing this sweet, peaceful home to so many. We pray for another visit here soon.
God bless this home!
Hoi & Steve
January 1-4, 2015
If you're heading to Idyllwild, there is no better two-room cabin than Boulder Creek Cottage. It was a great place for me, my wife, my child and another couple to hang out for four days. We wanted a relaxing get away so we just watched movies and cooked most of our meals at the cabin. We made a couple of short trips into town but mostly just enjoyed ourselves in the quiet coziness of Boulder Creek Cottage.
Larry was a fantastic host. He left great instructions for the cabin and recommendations for fun in town. There were no hassles getting in or out, which goes a long way.
December 24-27, 2014
Dear Larry and Kendra,
Thank you so much for opening your cabin to us. We couldn't have asked for a better Christmas week! Our children had a blast hiking around the property, setting out acorns for the squirrels, swinging on the hillside garden swing, and cuddling by the fire. They didn't want to leave and neither did we. We made wonderful memories that brought us closer as a family. This charming cottage was exactly what our family needed. You guys do a wonderful job creating a peaceful getaway! We are now rested and ready to take on the New Year!
November 24-26, 2014
Cannot wait to share our pictures and ask family to rent this cabin.
It took us away from the daily hustle and allowed us to enjoy with our son a pre Christmas vacation.
Thank you so much.
November 14-16, 2014
Thank you for a wonderful family vacation! This was the first hiking experience for our 8-month old. She loved it! She especially loved watching the birds and swinging on the swing out back. Thank you! Looking forward to coming back!
November 6-9, 2014
Quiet, Quaint, Cozy!
Perfect little place for a much needed mini family vacation! Can't wait to come back!
October 30-Nov 7, 2014
We rent our share of VRBO's and yours is one of the best! Thank you for your attention to detail. Everything is well stocked throughout. The temp's went from a daytime high of 72° to 38°. We were equally happy enjoying the sun on the deck or a roaring fire in the fireplace! After a day of hiking it was great to come back to your cozy cabin and relax. We will be back!
Robin & Frank
August 29-Sept 1, 1014
Thank you for allowing us to rent your cozy cabin for the weekend. The location is perfect for some relaxation and quiet time. This cabin is fully equipped with all the essentials for a wonderful vacation. Enjoyed the deck, chair swing, and wildlife. Hope to be back soon!
The Ford Family
August 21-24, 2014
Awesome place, has everything you might need and then some more! We all had a great time - adults and toddler! Thank you Larry & Kendra for making this property so comfy for people to stay! We hope to be back soon!
Fay, Tony, Denis & Levi
July 16-18, 2014
What a fabulous place you have here! So cozy and peaceful. We throughly enjoyed every minute here and did not want to leave! So relaxing and beautiful. Your home exceeded all of our expectations by miles. Loved the porch, watching the birds and tree squirrels. We will definitely come back!
Our daughter especially enjoyed the swing which supplied wonderful views of wildlife in the evenings.
Gloria, Glen & Jennifer
June 30, 2014
Thank you very much for the opportunity to rent your gorgeous, awesome cabin. So serene and tranquil, I have never had such peace! The area with the swing is great, did not have the luck or pleasure to see any deer. The kids cried when we left as well as myself. Looking forward to renting again. Thank you one again!
The Johnson Family
Thank you so much for a quiet, restful stay.
Everything was right where I would put it - made it feel like home.
Bonus - going home with a suitcase full of clean clothes! Loved it!
We saw 2 deer, lots of tree squirrels, and lots of beautiful birds.
See you again!
Lynette & Darrell
May 30-June 1, 2014
We came back for another relaxing & enjoyable weekend. We were not disappointed! Not one bit. Our friends fell in love with this place the same way we did, on our 1st trip. I hope Larry and Kendra never change what they are doing here. Everything is perfect and we look forward to creating and enjoying many more memorable moments at this cottage.
Thank you for all that you do!
May 23-26, 2014
What a wonderful place! Everything we needed was here. The hikes are great, so is that shower after those lovely 1/2 day hikes, even though we tried to keep them short.
Kids loved the garden swing, bird feeders and rocks around the house. All was here to prepare some great home meals too. We truly enjoyed our time here!
The Everts Family
May 16-18, 2014
Had the pleasure of celebrating my 30th birthday at Boulder Creek Cottage with a few friends…couldn’t ask for a more magical place to ring in the new decade. Thank you so much Larry and Kendra for sharing your space! You really have thought of everything, and this place has all the comforts of home-only in a beautiful serene mountain setting. Win-win!
April 9, 2014
“A mountain home that is a True Gem!!!”
My wife and I have been visiting Idyllwild for over 25 years and have stayed at many different Idyllwild cabins. We both found Boulder Creek Cottage a “home” that we will return to again and again. The home is nestled amongst the tall trees at the end of a cul-de-sac, and has a high degree of visual privacy, which we highly value. Hummingbirds were our constant companions as we observed them from both inside the home as well as from the deck. One item of particular note that we observed was how clean the home was from top to bottom, including the fresh bed linens and soft bath towels - all provided by the owner. The large flat screen TV in the living room was perfect for our night time DVD’s, which we rented from a local store in town, and to our delight, we also watched a couple of the owner-provided DVD’s from their DVD library. Bring good walking shoes, as you can walk the local mountain streets or you can quickly access the Ernie Maxwell Trail, which is not too far behind the home. We stayed 4 days and 3 nights, and each night we saw a star filled sky from the front deck. One final note, the owner’s provided well-written instructions on how everything “works”, as well as the use of a free National Forrest Adventure Pass. Of all the Idyllwild vacation rentals we have stayed in, this one is at the top of the list. We will be booking another reservation toward the end of the year.
JJ, from Northridge, CA
"We came back!"
After my husband brought me here in October, we ended up loving this place so much we had to share it with our family. We had a great mini-vacation playing board games, cooking and hanging out by the fire. We "all" will definitely be back!
Chris, Caila, Frank, Sheila & all the kiddos
December 5, 2013
"Fun Family Retreat" We stayed at Boulder Creek Cottage with our three daughters and had a wonderful time. The cabin was extremely clean and fresh. The beds cozy and warm. The girls loved playing out on the patio, playing the wide variety of board games available, and watching the squirrels and birds. My husband loved the Wi-Fi and ate lunch on the patio and browsed on his iPad, something he rarely has time for. It truly was a relaxing retreat. We found a great hike along a nearby scenic trail (Ernie Maxwell Trail). It was great to head back to our cozy cottage and light a fire, fix dinner in a kitchen with everything you need, and enjoy each others company. Larry made check in easy and was great with communication. Our girls didn't want to leave to go into town because they loved "their" cabin.
Heather & Rolan
September 25-28, 2013
"Perfect Mountain Retreat"
I'm still patting myself on the back for finding this gem. From the moment I contacted Larry to inquire about the rental, I was comfortable that we were in good hands. The photos of the cottage represent it well, but cannot communicate the wonderful serenity, peacefulness and beauty of the cottage and surroundings. We spent time on the deck watching the birds at the bird feeders and had great fun feeding peanuts to the squirrels and spectacular Stellar Jays. My husband and I stayed in the cottage alone, however it is perfect for two couples or a family. We are taking friends with us next time. It was our 8th trip to Idyllwild (our first time staying overnight as we live just "down the hill" in Palm Desert). Idyllwild is another world from our desert-redwoods and pines. The cottage is surrounded by giant California Oaks and yes, massive boulders. The cottage kitchen is stocked to the max-the best we’ve ever seen in a vacation rental. I can't imagine what else you might need that isn't there-and the entire cottage has mountain touches everywhere, making it feel like a 'home'. One thing that was a nice surprise-the downstairs bath is a ½ bath, but is spacious and easily accommodates everything except a bath/shower. The upstairs full bath is very large and beautifully decorated. The location is very private and quiet at the end of a cul-de-sac but you're close enough to town to pop in for supplies, shopping and restaurants. We fell in live with Boulder Creek Cottage and are already planning our stay next summer. I should mention that this vacation rental by owner, is an immaculate and will kept mountain retreat, not just another one of many rugged or worn Idyllwild cabins. Very comfortable beds and sitting areas. Thank you Larry for taking such good care of us! we'll be back!
Holly & Daryl
"A Mile Nearer Heaven"
What an absolute delight to escape to your oh-so-charming cottage! It has such charm and warmth. A blanket of hospitality surrounds you from the minute you walk through the door. You can tell the owners' really took pride in offering their own home for us to use for the weekend. I felt like we were renting from a friend-not a business transaction from a stranger. The notebook you provided was very nice to introduce us to the local restaurants and attractions. The bedrooms are charming and cozy. We stayed in the master bedroom and my husband said it was more comfortable than our bed at home!! The kitchen had everything we needed and more! The photos on this site really reflect exactly what you will see upon renting this property. The property is immaculate and taken care of very well. The owners were wonderful and responded to all my questions right away. Many of the vacation rentals by owner we have stayed in prior to this one were not nearly as nice as this one. We would definitely recommend this property to everyone and we look forward to returning!! Thank you so much for sharing your little paradise, a mile nearer heaven.
Thank you for everything!!!
"A Perfect Escape"
Thank you very much, your cabin was very clean, the large deck was a great place to star gaze. I wanted to get away from the suburban sprawl and see the stars for my 40th birthday. I contacted several renters and this one was the first to get back to me. The owner responded and accommodated my family quickly and efficiently. The cabin was awesome, clean, comfy and easy to find. The beds were very comfortable too. I hoped to see one of those bright blue jays from the photos and was not disappointed. There were a number of Stellar Jays flitting around the deck as soon as we woke up. They also have a humming bird feeder hanging near the window, such fun to watch them. At night we all sat on the deck and watched the stars for hours, which was amazing considering that my husband and kids are usually glued to their electronics! We went to the Idyllwild Nature Center during the day and really enjoyed a small hike. Idyllwild offers great hiking and mountain biking. All-in-all it's quiet, peaceful, and cozy. A perfect escape for those of us who live in the chaos of the city. I would highly recommend staying here for a nice quiet getaway. Nice selection of DVD movies in the cabin. Great place, owner very quick at responding to any questions.
June 15 - June 18, 2013
Even before we arrived , the owner was inviting and gracious. The property is private, well kept and spotless. There are two bedrooms. We enjoyed the weekend with another couple. The kitchen was great and we were delighted with the ground coffee, we'd for gotten to bring from home!
May 13 - May 15, 2013
I took my wife here for our 10th anniversary and we both absolutely loved it. It is a very cozy, private and romantic cabin. I don't think I've ever been more relaxed in my life. This was our first visit to Boulder Creek Cottage and it will not be our last. I understand the owners' have only owned it since March of 2013, but they have sure done a lot with this beautiful cottage. The home is perfect, and the location is second to none. The home is in a very private neighborhood, and the town is only a short drive away. The forest views are beautiful, and the rest of the property is well maintained. Larry is very accommodating and makes renting this place a seamless transaction. He is responsive to all of your needs and requests. If you are looking for the ideal place to stay in Idyllwild, look no further, you found it.
April 5 - April 7, 2013
Larry and Kendra, you have such a beautiful vacation rental here. Not only because of the location, but also the care and thought put into everything. It truly felt like home away from home. We would love to come back out during the snowy season. Thank you guys so much. My husband and I really enjoyed our time here.
Isidro and Kristin
March 29 - April 1, 2013
The minute we saw the cabin we were enchanted. The more we saw, the more pleased we became. You thought of everything. We loved your vacation rental. It is beautiful and homey. The scenery was perfect for Easter.
Marilee, Bobbi, Michael, Diane and Gary
We would love to accommodate your stay in our 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath cottage for your Idyllwild experience.
Our cottage sleeps 4 to 6 people.