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All-Wood Sierra Cabin in the Woods Near Arnold/Bear Valley

Steven Donaldson

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Steven Donaldson

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 1, 2015
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All-Wood Sierra Cabin in the Woods Near Arnold/Bear Valley

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Dorrington Cabin Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms + 3rd bedroom loft with 5 bed, 2 full bathrooms, laundry, kitchen

Mountain House is located at 5,200 feet only minutes from the Stanislaus River, Lake Alpine and the Bear Valley Ski Area. Nestled on a 1/2 acre lot with large cedars and fir trees you in the forest over looking the woods yet only minutes from recreation that includes down hill skiing in the winter, kayaking and canoeing in the summer, swimming and always great hiking.

The peaceful and beautiful surrounds of the Mountain House cabin make it a great retreat from the San Francisco Bay Area only 3 hours away off Hwy 4.

There is also the historic gold mining towns of Murphy and Angels Camp only just 20 minutes down the hill and of course the Big Trees State Park with it's towering 1000 year old redwoods.

Come and enjoy a weekend away in the summer or winter for a great retreat back to nature.

Snow parks and Bear Valley ski area: We have easy access to Winter recreation areas. The Bear Valley ski area which includes down hill skiing, cross country and events through the winter is only 16 miles or 20 minutes from our cabin. In addition, there are to Snow Parks monitored by the State of California near by. The Stanuslaus Snow Park, only 15 minutes up Hwy 4, and The Lake Alpine Snow Park. You need to purchase a daily pass and can park your vehicle in plowed parking lot. Cross country, snow shoeing, sledding are available at these two locations.

Summer fun with rivers, lakes and hiking: Our cabin is perfectly located for local recreation at by rivers and lakes. The Stanislaus River is only 15 minutes away, Lake Alpine is 16 miles east past Bear Valley and the wonderful Utica and Spicer Reservoirs that are perfect for kayaking are about an hour away. And for our 6 year old, we go to White Pines Lake near Arnold a great, simple place to be in the afternoon with family just down the road. For hiking the options are endless as you get up into the national forest.

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Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steven Donaldson (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 1, 2015

About Steven Donaldson

We've co-owned Mountain House our large rustic cabin for 14 years now with two other families that are good friends of ours. We love the Sierras and found our cabin, which is located on a half acre amongst tall cedars and pines, a perfect place for relaxing and as a base camp for swimming with our kids, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and in the Winter, cross country skiing. And of course, it's a perfect place for our dogs, we now have two. We love it up here, hope you can too.

Steven Donaldson purchased this cabin in 1999

Why Steven Donaldson chose Dorrington

We love the Sierras. And we particularly like the Hwy 4 area near Dorrington and Bear Valley. It's never too crowed as the Lake Tahoe often is. And, it's only a 3 hour drive from the Bay Area. It's easy to get around and spectacular views here. It's also unique, and wonderful up in the mountains where you get all four seasons of weather in a great wooded environment.

What makes this cabin unique

We have a large deck facing out into the woods with massive pines. It's totally quiet location, very peaceful. Our cabin's interior has high ceilings that are all wood. The interior is a lot of hand done wood work, wood stove and cosy comfortable feeling. This isn't a fancy place. It's a cabin...lots of wood and great location!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the most amazing place. We have 4 feet of snow right outside the door. Just amazing winter wonderland and in April! With the kids running down to the sled run that they made we hardly need to go anywhere. We have the fire stoked up in the wood stove so we're set.



Glad you have lots of cooking equipment, pans pots. We made some great soups and stews



Thanks for the great place we love it!
Apr 2011
  • 1 of 5

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

4.7
based on 10 traveler reviews

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All-Wood Sierra Cabin in the Woods Near Arnold/Bear Valley
average rating of 4.7 based on 15 reviews
5

Wonderful! Woods! Nice Deck Too!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have had a nicer time. My husband and kids just loved every minute. And, thank the gods for Netflix at night. Was so easy to be here. Felt like our other home in the mountains!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terrific! Come again.
5

This place was great. It so rustic in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We came up to the mountains to get away from the Bay Area during Spring Break. It was just everything we could have wanted. The high ceilings, wood stove. And, sitting on the deck we felt we were in the woods. We also made several day trips to Big Trees State Park and went up to Lake Alpine. It was great.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. Glad you liked our place.
Bay Area, CA
4

A Great Escape!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our little get away to this cabin. It is located a perfect distance from the small towns, lakes and other attractions and is in a lovely area for long walks. This is a good sized cabin for a larger group, but there were just two of us and a dog, so we didn't even make use of much of the house, including the large loft. It was a bit smokey because of fires in the area, but still such a lovely place. We enjoyed kayaking at Utica Reservoir, local hikes, Big Trees State Park, zip lining at Moaning Caverns and dinner at the Snow Shoe Brewing Company. We also enjoyed a thunder and lightening show our last night (and a power outage!) and the large windows in the living room provided a great view of it all. We had planned on barbequing one night but there was no gas in the BBQ and no charcoal grill alternative. Also, in the fall, LOTS of cedar sap, so beware, but also be informed that this sap is water soluble, so it cleans up pretty easily. Overall, we had a great time and I would definitly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

We had a really wonderful time at the cabin!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I really enjoyed our time at the cabin. The loft is HUGE and our 3 kids had a wonderful time playing up there. The stove worked wonderfully well to keep the cabin warm and cozy. The cabin instructions were very clear and helpful. The cabin is convenient and close enough to the ski resort and town. We home to stay here again soon. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Great trip!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this cabin over Labor Day Weekend. The cabin was very roomy, we really enjoyed our time here. The kitchen was fully stocked, and the open floor plan was great for family dinner gatherings. Big Trees State Park is just a short drive away with great hiking options among some of the largest sequoias! The owner was very easy to work with, and responded to all inquiries and questions in a timely manner, we would definitely recommend the cabin.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love our cabin and it's location. It's a homey wonderful place in the woods. Thanks for you comments!
Pleasant Hill
5

Weekend in the Snow

  • 5 of 5

What a great weekend we had up in your cabin. There was so much snow and it was very quiet and beautiful. The kids loved playing right outside the door. Our dog loved the snow a lot and we were so happy he came with us. The house was clean and simple and very comfortable. The kids loved the loft and the bike tire mirror.

Thanks for making everything such an easy process!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
156 Miles
Oakland
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Lub Room
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 4
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Dorrington Inn
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Bear Valley
Car: necessary

Stanislaus National Forest, Big Trees State Park, Lake Alpine, Utica and Union Reservoirs, Bear Valley Ski Area, Snow Parks, The Dardanelles, Ebbetts Pass, Pacific Crest Trail, Bear Valley Music Festival, Murphy's Musical Theater, Wine Tasting, Angels Camp, Sonora, Jamestown, Moaning Cavern Caves, Winery's, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Swimming Stanislaus River, Fly Fishing, Trout fishing, kayaking, canoeing

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Rates & Availability

From $160 Per night

Dorrington Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$160
From
$165
Fri,Sat
$1,000
$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $90
Notes $150 - $180 per night
Winter rates vary from $160 to $180 per night. However, rates over the Christmas and New Years periods may vary. Please contact us for a quote.
Summer and Fall rates vary from $150 to $160 per night

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dorrington Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , laundry in bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Sky light and high ceiling
  • Bathroom down stairs also has washer and dryer. Upstairs bathroom has a sky light and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , has dresser and side table
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , has dresser and side table
    Bedroom Loft 3 - 1 queen , 2 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , loft has separate sleeping area for sleep sofa
  • The bedrooms are down stairs and private. Upstairs their is a very large loft bedroom area that has a queen, two full size beds and a twin bed. There is a separate sleeping area in the loft with a fold out hide-a-bed. The loft has it's own full bathroom, a separate entry to the outside on a small deck and very high all-wood ceilings.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
If you have any questions about accommodations or what to bring please ask. We love families, individuals and couples who love to go up to the mountains and appreciate the natural world of the Sierra's. The biggest amenity we offer is the location, the quite and access to the great outdoors.

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