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*Bearcub Chalet* - a Deluxe Mountain Home for All Seasons

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 4 Baths, Sleeps 15

The Bearcub Chalet, built in 2001, is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom 'A-frame' mountain home with large recreation room, loft and redwood deck with spa. Situated on a hillside in the midst of tall pines at Blue Lake Springs resort in Arnold (elevation 4000 feet) near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, it is easily accessible by a level driveway even in snow.

The resort's facilities at Snowflake Lodge, which is a two-minute walk from the chalet, include tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. During the summer the pool, snack bar and a lake with a sandy beach are open for a small daily fee.

Outdoor movies and children's supervised arts and crafts programs are available from May to September. On weekends all year round the restaurant offers excellent dining open exclusively to residents and renters of the community. Reservations advised.

We offer special rates in the Fall for concerts at Ironstone Vineyards and fall harvest season. The cabin is only 20 minutes from Murphys, which now boasts many tasting rooms for the wonderful award winning local wineries.

Bear Valley ski resort, 20 miles to the east, is known as a family-friendly, lower-cost resort, which offers excellent downhill and cross country skiing for all skill levels. Other popular winter activities are sledding, snowshoeing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

Activities in the surrounding national forests include fishing, hiking among ancient redwoods, mountain biking on established trails, rafting on the Stanislaus river and canoeing on crystalline lakes. Among other attractions of the area are the famous Moaning and Mercer Caverns, historic Gold Rush towns, winery tours, several golf courses, as well as swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing on the New Melones reservoir.

Keywords: Mountain Home

More Details

Stephen D'Andrea
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Stephen D'Andrea

We live on the Peninsula and are happy that Hwy 205 through Tracy has finally been widened.

Stephen D'Andrea purchased this house in 2000

Why Stephen D'Andrea chose Gold Country & High Sierra

We liked the year round activities. Bear Valley and Arnold have a much quieter feel compared to Lake Tahoe. The town of Murphys keeps getting better and better and there are many wineries in the area as well.

What makes this house unique

We love being able to walk down to the pool and lake at Snow Flake resort. We also enjoy the convenience of the restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights. Tennis courts are almost always available. We kayak and White Pines Lake is only 10 mins away, and Utica, Union and Spicer reservoirs are less than an hour from our cabin. It is great to be at 4,000 feet elevation as the heavy snow storms usually do not affect us at this level. We are close to Arnold (Sarafina's is the great new restaurant in town) and Murphys is a short trip down the hill.


Arnold House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Two bunks: Double bottom, twin top; two twins.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofabed
    Rec Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofabed
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofabed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) In the bunk room, Sofa Sleepers (2) Loft and rec room have queen sofa beds, Bunk Beds (1) 2 bunk beds, one lower one is a double
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Rare opportunity to never drive on vacation. 2 min walk to Snowflake Lodge with pool, swimming lake, ping pong tables, tennis & basketball & bocce ball court, kid play structure and swing, free evening movies in summer, and restaurant (which is open on weekends only).


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average rating of 4.804878 based on 41 reviews

It was a great place with plenty of space!

  • 4 of 5

Great home that was truly relaxing and fun. My only comment is that the small fee for the pool and lake was more like a large $30 per day per family or $10 a person. No discounts if you just wanted to go cool off for a few hours.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cabin has everything except central air which would have been nice this week as there was a heat wave. It's within walking distance of the resort. The cabin was very clean and fully stocked with everything you would ever need. It has four bathrooms, a laundry room, and A downstairs playroom which is really a separate suite. No complaints about this lovely property.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento, California

Great stay in Arnold

  • 5 of 5

5 of us from my family stayed at the Bearcub Chalet, we had a really nice time. The house is equipped with everything you need for cooking, cleaning etc. The game room is a fun diversion, the beds were incredibly comfortable, slept like a baby. The Arnold area is great and Calaveras Big Trees State Park is so close you could visit, go home for lunch and go visit again if you wanted to. Snow Shoe Brewery has some tasty beers if you're a craft beer connoisseur.

The rules some have complained about are common sense and there to protect the owners, there are numerous closing day instructions but all told do not take longer than a half an hour. The majority of those instructions are so there is no wasted energy in the house while no one is staying there, which is a good thing. The owners are excellent with communication, answering the barrage of questions I threw at them the week prior to staying. We highly recommend this place, it would be great for 2 couples with a bunch of kids in the bunk room.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home was charming - decks not prepared for guests

  • 3 of 5

We arrived to trees cut down all over the area! Understood that could not be helped but it looked like a warzone. The home had many of the owners personal items,,, a bit cluttered. Over abundance of "bears", lol. The decks were void of any patio furniture and we were unable to enjoy coffee and conversation outside. The home had everything we needed and it was very comfortable. I did not call the homeowner to discuss the deck situation, probably my fault on that.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family and I loved it

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for allowing us to stay at your cabin...

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic weekend. Great cabin, and very responsive owner!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sequoia Woods
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Hwy 4
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sarafina's Italian Restaurant
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Bear Valley Alpine & Nordic Resorts
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Arnold House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Off Peak
Sep 6 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Dec 15 2017 - Apr 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring Off Peak
Apr 6 2018 - Jun 1 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jun 2 2018 - Sep 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
Fall Off Peak
Sep 7 2018 - Dec 14 2018
1 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Linens $175
Refundable Security Dep $250
Spa clean & maint $25

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year rates are higher and 3 nt min stay. Please contact us for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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