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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


Details
Property
cabin
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 nights

Description

Arnold 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

Owner
Steven Donaldson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2016
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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 Gold Country / High Sierra

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
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

All-Wood Sierra Cabin in the Woods Near Arnold/Bear Valley
average rating of 4.4761906 based on 26 reviews
5

This place is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a mountain getaway. I've been here in all seasons and there was never a shortage of activities. It's about a 20 minute drive to White Pines Lake, which is in a cute town with lovely restaurants,shops, and a grocery store. It's only 10 minutes from one of the most beautiful parks in the world, Big Trees Park. And the cabin itself is gorgeous. I could sit out on the deck all day in the tree tops. Or all night looking at the stars!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely Cabin in a lovely enviroment

  • 5 of 5

Steven was an awesome host, there was plenty of communication, and just seemed like an all around awesome guy.

The cabin itself was great as well. very spacious and clean and perfect for our guys fishing trip. The deck was perfect for knocking back some cold ones after a hard day of fishing (tough life huh).

In any case we loved the place and would love to stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Quiet retreat, good not great

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights. The owner responded promptly to any questions or concerns I had.

The location was great. It was very quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed wine tasting in Murphy, hiked in Big Trees Park, picnicked at Lake Alpine, and enjoyed pints at the local pub - The Lube Room. Had lunch at the Snowshoe Brewery in Arnold twice - food was good, loved their Caesar. The grocery store in Arnold was much larger than I expected and had everything we needed.

The furnishings are older but comfortable - except for the mattress which was horrible. We had a difficult time sleeping on it (downstairs 2nd bedroom). The owner did tell me they would be updating the mattresses downstairs at the end of September. Before booking I would suggest you confirm that he has done so because the mattress felt like it was 20 - 30 years old.

The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans etc.- we cooked every night and always had everything we needed.

Be aware you need to bring your own sheets and towels and that you are required to completely clean at the end of your stay. We have rented many houses and we always clean up after ourselves but having to vacuum, sweep, and clean the toilets at the end of our stay is a bit much as it is supposed to be a vacation. This may work for some people though.

Overall we had a good time here but between the mattress (which will be fixed) and the fact that they don't have someone who cleans for them after people leave, it fell short of an ideal vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location awesome cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was spacious and clean. Perfect for get together and family trips. Best part I caught fish!!!!

Would recommend

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Mountain House

  • 4 of 5

This home was perfect for us. We wanted a rustic cabin in the woods, where we could bring our dog. So quiet there, and dark at night, it was refreshing and peaceful. Large pine trees surround the home in this very quiet neighborhood. The recreation in this area is plentiful. Within a half hour easy drive in either direction there are many outdoor adventures are available. The owner communicated well with us, providing the key and info we needed in a timely manner. This place is perfect for those who are comfortable with a well cared for cabin with older furnishings, decor and carpets, and who don't mind bringing their own linens for the beds. There is a clothes washer/dryer and the kitchen has what you need to cook for a family without a struggle. We found it comfortable, would recommend it to friends (already have) and would return again!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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3

Great location, helpful host, cabin in need of a little TLC

  • 3 of 5

The location of this cabin couldn't be better. We loved being under 30 minutes from hiking, lakes, fishing, swimming, and groceries. The area is beautiful and not overly crowded- even the weekend of the 4th of July.

Our host was responsive and prompt. He replied to questions quickly and sent lots of information ahead to make our stay better

The cabin itself was spacious enough to accommodate 6 adults and a toddler. We were able to prepare meals easily in the kitchen. However, it is in need of a little TLC. Carpets and closets could use a deep cleaning to rid the place of some long seated dust and cobwebs. Mattresses and sofas could use some updating to make the place cleaner and more comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really happy you enjoyed our cabin and Your stay. I think her cabin is a wonderful place for families as you mentioned. Thank you for mentioning the carpets in our closets. We are having our carpets cleaned soon as possible. And it's important for us to make sure there's no problems with the bedding so were going through things through and making sure it's all taken care of. We won't want to welcome you back anytime.
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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
Nearest Beach
5.4 Miles
White Pines Lake
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

Rates & Availability

Arnold Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter 2016-17
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$180
$1,000
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$160
From
$165
Fri,Sat
$1,000
$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $90
Pet Fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $200

$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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Arnold Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
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
  • festivals
  • 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
  • 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.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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