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

(25 Reviews)

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Mountain House view from the woods, the driveway is up above.


Last updated: 05/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 5-10

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    has dresser and side table...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    has dresser and side table...moreless

  • Bedroom Loft 3: 1 queen, 2 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    loft has separate sleeping area for sleep sofa...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    laundry in bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Sky light and high ceiling...moreless

  • Bathroom down stairs also has washer and dryer. Upstairs bathroom has a sky light and shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books:

    A whole range of misc. books both adult and children on the shelves. ...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD that will also plays Blue Ray. ...moreless

  • Games:

    Horse shoes and a few other games for outside plus some board games and cards....moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    That's what Pandora is for!...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Older receiver connected up to the TV and DVD player. It works well....moreless

  • Television:

    40" HDTV with a Roku that allows you to stream Netflix (we have an account), Pandora and other media. ...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake:

    White Pines lake is 5 miles away and great for summer time fun with kids. Also, Lake Alpine a 15 minute drive east. And then the awesome Utica Reservoir in the Stanislaus National Forest....moreless

  • Mountain:

    We're located at 5,400 feet, just into the snow line in the Winter. lots of forest around....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Facing 150 year old fir trees and pines....moreless

  • Rural

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


  • Dining:

    Big table that can seat 10 when expanded....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Wi-fi in the house without password...moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating:

    Central heat when it's really cold. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Comcast high-speed internet...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Please bring your own linens....moreless

  • Living Room:

    We have a massive Great Room that includes the dinning area....moreless

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    Our driveway can handle about 3 to 4 cars easily off street....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Our driveway can handle about 3 to 4 cars easily off street....moreless

  • Telephone:

    We have an Ooma phone so you can call anywhere....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Very nice high output stove...moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    Yes, almost brand new stainless set up. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    We love to cook so there are ample utensils of all kinds in the drawers....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Wide range of dishes, cups and glasses. We also have a waffle iron, blender and rice cooker. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Excellent Maytag works great. ...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Part of the side by side fridge with ample space....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Counter open to the great room. Conveniently set up with stove and side by side door fridge on one side and dishwasher on the opposite with the large stainless steel sink at the end....moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave:

    Small, under counter but quite functional....moreless

  • Oven:

    Self cleaning...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic condiments and seasoning. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Side by side fridge freezer, 22 cubic feet of space. Relatively new in great shape....moreless

  • Stove:

    Virtually brand new four burner electric stove with self cleaning oven and broiler....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Extra wide to take bagels....moreless


  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio:

    Awesome 30 foot long deck across the back of the house that's 18 feet deep. It's 25 feet up from the ground. The sliding glass doors of the Great Room lead to the deck. Amazing, peaceful view....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas BBQ that is pretty big, can handle quite a bit. ...moreless

  • Wood Deck


from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$160 $165
Fri, Sat
$1,000 $2,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $90
  • Pet Fee $20
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included


$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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Last updated: 05/25/2017
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156 Miles
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Lub Room
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 4
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dorrington Inn
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bear Valley
5.4 Miles
Nearest Beach
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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Arnold, CA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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!

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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/25/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Mountain House view from the woods, the driveway is up above.

    Mountain House view from the woods, the driveway is up above.

  • Cabin entry with new deck

    Cabin entry with new deck

  • Living area

    Living area

  • Cabin view in the woods with new deck

    Cabin view in the woods with new deck

  • Cabin in the snow

    Cabin in the snow

  • From the deck, heavy snow

    From the deck, heavy snow

  • The woods right next to the cabin

    The woods right next to the cabin

  • Cross country skiing 20 minutes away

    Cross country skiing 20 minutes away

  • Great Room with 24 foot ceilings

    Great Room with 24 foot ceilings

  • Great room and kitchen to right

    Great room and kitchen to right

  • The wood stove

    The wood stove

  • Kitchen area

    Kitchen area

  • The second bedroom

    The second bedroom

  • Loft


  • New deck in the snow

    New deck in the snow

  • Out on the deck in the woods

    Out on the deck in the woods

  • when we had 4 feet of snow!

    when we had 4 feet of snow!

  • Stanislaus River the summer, 15 min away

    Stanislaus River the summer, 15 min away

  • At White Pines Lake 20 minutes from our cabin

    At White Pines Lake 20 minutes from our cabin

  • Front entrance from the driveway above

    Front entrance from the driveway above

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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