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Steven Donaldson

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german

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

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steven Donaldson (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german

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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based on 17 traveler reviews

All-Wood Sierra Cabin in the Woods Near Arnold/Bear Valley
average rating of 4.4117646 based on 22 reviews

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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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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Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for our first trip to the snow with our dog and 7 year old son. We all had a great time. Our son loved the loft! We ventured to Bear Valley for snow sledding and to Calaveras Big Trees State Park to explore. Owners were great and we plan to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family destination

  • 5 of 5

This is our home away from home. We have spent 1 winter visit and 1 spring visit at this cabin. The home was a wonderful retreat and our family has made many lasting memories.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Jennifer - This is a great review! Thanks for this. Steven
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The cabin was very cozy and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here 2 times now. The first for Christmas and the second in spring. This cabin has been a great headway for our family. The house was well stocked and set up with plenty of room for adult relaxing and the loft was great for the kids with a set up toy area already in place. We were able to sled just steps outside the door. On our spring visit we spent the day at the state park exploring the beautiful trees of calveras county and hicking. We would highly recommend this cabin. The owners were very accomadating to our needs and easy to deal with for renting. Can't wait to revisit. Thanks you The Hubbards

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Amazing stay!! Recommend to all families

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful and it was so peaceful .. I highly recommend this house to a family looking for a nice relaxing vacation ... And the smell of pine from a the trees outside was wonderful ..

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Thanks so much for loving our cabin. We love it too!
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Nearest Airport
156 Miles
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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring - Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2016-17
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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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Arnold Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • 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 ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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