|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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
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.
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!
We had such a good time. Show falling the whole time. Nice warm fire in the wood stove. The great room with the big windows looking into the woods makes such an impact! Would highly recommend this to friends.
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Our weekend there we were rained in one day and had the most magical day the last day there. Feeling and watching the snow come down was the best, as the ground filled with snow, we were able to build snowmans and we sled down the small snow covered slopes next to the mountain house. The house itself was great, it may need some updating but the way it was is what gave the it the cabin feel and charm. We had an issue with the heater not working but Steve was very responsive and he tried his best to accommodate us.
This was our first visit to this cabin and we had a wonderful weekend. We were warm and comfortable (both the central heating and the wood stove worked well) and found everything we needed for our visit.
The cabin has a large loft that's divided into a sleeping area and a small living room/play space that overlooks the main living room, with a bathroom in between. The sleeping area has a sliding glass door to a stairway leading outside, as well as a skylight. It's spacious and light, and there was plenty of bedding for everyone in our party. The two downstairs bedrooms were also clean and cozy, but those of us sleeping upstairs especially loved our space!
WiFi was reliable, dishwasher worked well, and water for showers was hot. We never used the DVD player so can't comment on that. There was plenty of wood, though we didn't need much. Kitchen had everything we needed as far as cooking utensils/pots/pans -- even a cast iron pan. Only thing I would recommend is that you bring your own measuring spoons.
The owner was responsive and flexible, and gave us helpful advice in advance of our trip, which came immediately following a heavy snowstorm.
The location worked well for us, less than 30 minutes to Bear Valley and 10 minutes from the town of Arnold. When we weren't skiing, the kids spent a lot of time sledding on the slope just outside the cabin, and both kids and adults spent time making snow sculptures on the deck.
I highly recommend this place--we will definitely return next time we plan a ski vacation!
Fantastic place, great setting and we'll be back. The great room, wood stove and snow made it for us.
Kids loved sledding right outside the door. The upstairs loft is great.
The cabin does have a lucrative rate, however this is what we got for this price -
* Upon arriving Found that all the sheets and towels , including the blankets were all dirty and haven't been washed. We had to start wash all of them. The owner's response? "really sorry" . It is adequate to offer a compensation, as cleaning fee was included in the price of the cabin
* Some mattresses are Old metal spring mattresses in a really bad shape. It was so bad our kids refused to sleep on that claiming it hurts their back. And kids do not have too high standards when it gets to mattresses
* You have to drive 15 miles to the closest trash dumping station. This should be clearly mentioned. A party of 8 generates a good amount of trash in 3 days.
* There is no smoke detector (there's one broken in the drawer). This is a wood cabin to remind you
* There is a pretty thick layer of dust everywhere - the owner does say "there is a lot of dust in this area" but I don't think anyone is opening windows in December when it 25 degrees outside. This looks more like really not cleaning the cabin at all
* Last one - took the owner 3 weeks to return the damage deposit (we got a message from him he was satisfied with how we returned the cabin , so it was clear it was not due to him assessing damage), including us needing to call Homeaway to try and get him to process the deposit back. This is not how you treat your clients
On a positive note, the cabin is quite roomy and we loved the flat screen tv and Netflix. Great location if you targeting a ski vacation in the nearby bear valley ski resort (about 25 mins drive)
Bottom line - would not recommend staying here. Look for other alternatives
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!
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.
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|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
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.