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"The Bear's Lair" - a Comfortable Vacation Retreat

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 13-16)

"The Bears' Lair" is a comfortable private home just a short walk from the village center of Bear Valley at 7000 feet elevation, surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest in the California High Sierras.

An inviting living area under a lofty A-frame roof, a roaring blaze in a large warm fireplace, and the pristine forest view through the ample high glass windows make the stress of urban life melt away. Enjoy a refreshing drink or meal on the large sunny deck.

Alpine adventure abounds in and around Bear Valley; Alpine skiing at Bear Valley Resort and cross-country skiing at one of the Western USA's largest areas. Wild flowers abound in the summer as the annual Bear Valley Music Festival wafts beautiful music through the pines. Hiking and a host of other summer activities are also available nearby.

The "Lair" features two bedrooms to the rear of the living area. The larger bedroom has a queen-size bed and the other a double-size bed. These two rooms are serviced by a full bath. A loft rises above with a double-size bed, two twin beds, and a half bath. Down a flight of stairs is a bunk room with eight twin bunk beds and an adjoining full bath, perfect for the kids.

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More Details

Owner
Phillip
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
June 8, 2017

Amenities

Bear Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ski-In
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , Loft has toilet and sink in half bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bunkroom bath has toilet, shower room, separate sink in bunk
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , 2 bath areas, one has sink & tub, other one shower & toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 8 bunk bed
    Loft - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Cookware, Utensils provided, China & Glassware, Firewood and cleaning service before and after your stay, Sunny Deck, Forced-air Heat, No Dogs allowed in Winter, Dogs in Summer must be kept outside on deck, Non-Smoking Accommodation ONLY

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"The Bear's Lair" - a Comfortable Vacation Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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Great location + Great for families

  • 5 of 5

For the past 4 years, our group of 3 families (6 adults + 7 kids) have been taking an annual trip to ski Bear Valley - to reconnect by spending time together. Prior to this year's trip, BV got dumped on (56-72" depending on whom you ask), and by the time we arrived on Friday morning, all of the roads had been cleared. The house is ~600' from the parking lot/snowmobile loading zone - close enough to just walk and carry/pull on sleds our things. The close proximity made getting our children (ages 2-10) down and back from the ski shuttle very easy, even after a long day of skiing. The layout of the house is unusual - I give a lot of detail here so you understand how open the house is (i.e. minimal privacy) and how flexible you need to be to share bathrooms. You enter through the sliding door/deck on the middle level into the living/dining room. Farther back is the kitchen, 1 half-bath and then 2 bedrooms and one of these has its own 1/2 bath. The bedroom on the left has a Queen. Across the hallway is a 1/2 bath with a shower + toilet. The bedroom on the right has a full size bed - but, there is no door to this bedroom, just a curtain. Attached to this bedroom is a 1/2 bath (shower/tub + sink), and there is no door. Anyone using this sink/shower is in full view of anyone lying on the bed. Downstairs is a bunk room with 4 bunks/8 beds and its own 3/4 bath (sink + shower + toilet). There is a W/D downstairs too. On the top floor is a 3 part loft - back part has a Queen bed, but no door; 1/2 bath (sink + toilet) with a door; and 2 twin beds - no door and open railing (not child-proof) overlooking the living/dining area. Despite the odd layout and the good fortune that our 3 families are very close, we were able to make due. The bunk room is AWESOME for the kids - they fell asleep talking and laughing and they woke up talking and laughing. The house is overall clean and tidy, rustic and homey in decor. Heat is provided by gas-furnace - some rooms heat too well, others less so - adjust vents to normalize. The fireplace is awesome for aesthetics, not for warmth; there was plenty of firewood/kindling below the deck. There were plenty of plates, glasses, mugs, pots/pans, etc. There were 9 chairs for the dining table, so we had a kids-seating, then a parents-seating for meals. Plenty of books, VHS tapes for the TV/VCR. DirecTV, No DVD player, No internet/wifi, very spotty cell coverage. This house was a great home base for our reunion ski weekend.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Bear Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July 4th
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$390
 
 
B.V. Music Festival
Jul 21 2017 - Aug 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
$390
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$390
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$390
 
 
Christmas-New Years
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
$390
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$350
From
$390
Fri,Sat,Sun
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $175
Tax Rate 10.0%

FYI - All holiday periods pay a nightly rate that is higher than the standard rate.

Payment by check, wire transfer or money order required in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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