|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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.
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.
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.
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.