Knickerbocker Mansion & Bistro

869 Knickerbocker Road , Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 USA (Show map)
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The historic Big Bear landmark Knickerbocker Mansion was originally built by the 1st dam keeper of the Big Bear Lake Dam in 1920. This magnificently restored unique private log home and carriage house has rustic elegance, a quite atmosphere and personal attention from the innkeepers. Two historic buildings with guest rooms sitting on 2.5 private heavily treed acres backing to the national forest, yet walking distance to the Village of Big Bear Lake. Complete conference facility and the award winning Bistro is open Thursday thru Sunday 9-2, by reservation. Guests in the Inn receive a special discount when dining at The Bistro. The moment you arrive you will realize the Knickerbocker is a very special place.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.4


5 on September 29, 2017

Our stay at the mansion was more than we could have ever imagined! Beautiful, vintage, clean, friendly, comfortable, hot coffee, excellent food and fresh made scones. It was a step back in time with all the modern comforts. It is our new favorite!

Attractive place with friendly staff

4.4 on August 20, 2017

The rooms were spacious and scenic. Beds on the firm side of the spectrum. The food was nice and the views from the decks were my favorite part.

The quiet

4.6 on July 26, 2017

Wonderful place to stay and relax! The owners were a real treat and fun to talk with. I have recommended the Carriage House to a friend that saw the photos I posted on Facebook. The food was excellent. We will go back again!

Beautiful Property and Fantastic Customer Service

4.8 on May 18, 2017

We absolutely loved our stay at the Knickerbocker. The owners were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The only thing that could be improved was that the mattress seemed old (like an old spring mattress) in the Cyprus room. We would love to stay there again anytime we are in Big Bear.

Great stay...

4.6 on March 30, 2017

Lovely property and nice hosts to make a memorable stay.

Wonderful stay, luxurious, spacious, quality management

5 on February 10, 2017

I'm not a big bed and breakfast guy but I really love this place. Everything is maintained to very high standards, feels like a luxury management brand. A real standout for what is available in the Big Bear area. Definitely will go back.

wonderful place to stay in Big Bear

3.0 on January 10, 2017

Stayed over Christmas period - ideal accommodation to enjoy festivities. had stayed there before so new what to expect - everything was as expected. Lovely buffet breakfast - owners were very hands on in order to allow staff to enjoy holiday break.

Felt at home and welcomed

5 on November 30, 2016

From the minute we got there it was very nice, well kept and the host was very helpfull and friendly. It was just what we were looking for. Perfect setting for us.

Lovely little b&b

3.6 on July 18, 2016

Absolutely loved the Knickerbocker mansion, great space and property and the owners are very sweet, room was clean and breakfast was good! Great location, walking distance into town and had a lot of cute seating areas.

Great Hospitality

4.0 on July 11, 2016

Great Southern hospitality...

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Rooms & Rates

Benjamin Wilson Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

John Eastwood Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Cypress Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Carriage House Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Elias Baldwin Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Bill Holcomb Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Mansion Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Evergreen Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Juniper Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Willow Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Blacksmith Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Serrano Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Mountains, Small town


Ontario, CA (ONT-Ontario Intl.) 45 miles

Directions to property:

See the map on our web site with downloadable pdf instructions at .knickerbockermansion/directions/html

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Lake, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Tours, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Parking, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , Gourmet Restaurant Friday/ & Saturdays

Room amenities

Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Electric vehicle charging, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails

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  • Check In:: 3PM-6PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Designated Area only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Accompanied by Parents at all times.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Night Minimum
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night stay deposited required
  • Cancellations: Room rates may vary on season and day of week. All rooms have full private bath with tubs and showers. All rates are per night and based on one or two-person occupancy. ALL ROOMS, EXCEPT SUITES, ACCOMMODATE ONLY 2 PERSONS OF ANY AGE! Rates do not include local taxes and fees. Minimum Stay: Two (2) nights. Deposits: To confirm your reservation, an amount equal to one night's room rate, or 50% of the entire stay's rate is due at time of confirmation. We accept all major credit cards. Cancellations: Must cancel 14 days before your stay to receive 100% refund.
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Breakfast is not included.

  • Time Served: 8:30 AM
  • Serving Location: On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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