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Reunion Retreat and Playhouse

Bedrooms 9
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

House, 9 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 33-46)

We are now accepting Bookings for 2018! Also ask about last minute booking specials. Don't miss the chance to stay in the coolest place in Bear Lake. This place is simply awesome. You and your family will love it.

Call now to reserve! 801-918-4357

This house was built with kids' dreams in mind!

This 9140 square foot house has it all! A huge kitchen, two huge family rooms, Indoor playground, spiral slides by stairs for the kids, three huge decks with panoramic views of the lake.

Indoor Playground:

* Indoor Buried Trampoline

* Indoor Swing Set, Slide, Playhouse

* Indoor Basketball Court

* Indoor Putting Green

Spiral Slides next to stairs for all floors

Kids' perch above slide on top floor

Huge Deck with Gas barbecue

6 car garage

Big screen TV's

Home Theater (With Stadium Seating)

X-boxes linked for multi-player games

Movie selections available

Pool Table

Ping Pong

Air hockey

Satellite TV/DVR (HBO, Showtime, Starz, Encore, Cinemax, Etc.)

Sleeping Arrangements: City Permit is 46 (not everyone would have a bed)

Top Level: 2 Bedrooms

Bedroom 1:

King Bed - 2 Bunks (full on bottom, twin on top)

Bedroom 2:

1 Queen

Family Room:

Several couches, Pull outs

Mid Level:

Bedroom 3:

Queen - Toddler bed

Bedroom 4:


Bedroom 5:

2 Bunks (twin over twin)

Bedroom 6:


Family Room:

2 sleeper sofas

Basement Level:

Bedroom 7:

2 bunks (twin over twin)

Bedroom 8:


Bedroom 9:

Queen - Bunk (twin over twin)

Activities and attractions in Bear Lake, Utah - Everything you can think of :)

2 Golf Courses, Bicycling, Boating, four wheeling, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, Cave Tours, Hunting, Fishing, Restaurants, Gift Shops

If you have a large group, don't rent two or three places, here is the answer.

Is it hard to keep the kids happy and contained? The indoor amenities we have will make their vacation fun and memorable.

The fun never stops, but you can, as the entire playground is on its own floor, and has observation

windows to supervise the kids. You owe it to yourself and your group to never have to look to find a

place large enough to comfortably accommodate you ever again. We hope you enjoy your stay with us.

Keywords: House, Mansion, Lodge, villa, playground, reunion, family reunion, retreat

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

About Tyson

We believe that sharing awesome experiences makes the world an amazing place!

Tyson purchased this house in 2009

Why Tyson chose Bear Lake

I chose to build this home because I have a large and close extended family and a great deal of friends that that all travel together. We absolutely love the Bear Lake area, and our issue was that there was nothing that existed that would comfortably house all of us, allow us to have entertainment, have room to cook a meal, and keep the kids occupied and happy. This house does it all. The indoor playground is absolutely great, because it keeps the kids happy and occupied, especially when we go up in the winter for skiing, and snowmobiling. The kids are able to enjoy things they would normally do outside, all inside the house. I also have the middle floor of the house with six observation windows and a railing so the adults have their space, but have a good idea of what the kids are up to.

What makes this house unique

Benefits you will enjoy while staying here is simply that a large family can be comfortable, have a great time, and relax, knowing the kids have tons of things to do, and they are safely within the walls of the house.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Reunion Retreat and Playhouse
average rating of 4.290323 based on 31 reviews
San Clemente, Ca. So. California... Orange County

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this exceptional mansion for a family reunion with members ranging in age from 4 years old to 85 years old. Our grandparents had various physical challenges and the 12 kids were ages 4-13. We loved the fact the kids had so much fun together, we were able to have quality adult time visiting. We really didn't venture outside much as we we were all enjoying ourselves within the house and all there was to do!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 4 of 5

This was a very lovely home. All 16 kids had such a blast in this home. Kitchen was amazing. We had 28 people with enough beds and bathrooms. Would definitely rent this property again. Tyson was very helpful as well!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I am glad you had a great trip. I appreciate you choosing our home for your trip.
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No hot water and broken freezer!

  • 1 of 5

The home was a fun getaway for our family Thanksgiving, but when you are on a vacation with 35 people for 4 days, you would hope to have hot water. The tankless water heater was broken (I won't mention why it was broken) and to reset it we would need to unplug it and plug it back in. We would then get 30 seconds of hot water. No one got a hot shower the entire time we were there. Tyson called a repair man, but nobody could come during our stay due to the holidays. We also showed up to the freezer blowing warm air and full of mold. We kindly cleaned it out so that we wouldn't be bothered with it during our stay. The next morning it was blowing cold air and freezing, so we put our food in it...the next morning it was blowing warm air again and all of our freezer food was ruined. The repair man couldn't get to us until the day we checked out, so we had to live with the small freezer in the garage. I asked Tyson for minimal compensation for these issues and he will not offer any sort of refund. I know that if I showed up to a hotel and the hot water was broken I would receive a discount, if not a fully comped room.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is true that this group had an issue with the water heater. It was resetting occasionally. They called me, and we handled it. There was a communication failure, in that her brother, (Who I was referred to communicate with) said the water heater was working, and would let me know if there were any further issues. I didn't hear from him the rest of their stay, rather, I heard from her on the last day of their stay. The assertion that nobody got a hot shower is completely inaccurate. I know that from earlier communication with the brother (Who was a way cool guy). The freezer had just been cleaned. If there was any mold at all, it would have been minimal, but we worked out a secondary freezer, and repaired the primary freezer during their stay. Most importantly, large financial concessions were already made to this group. I went above and beyond what I imagine any management company would have done. Everyone was happy, and though the house was left a mess by them, and there was breakage (That I should have charged for), I didn't seek any retribution from the group. Here is the rub... The person that wrote this review contacted me and demanded an additional $500 to be sent to her Venmo account. I tried speaking with her, she didn't answer the phone, and her mailbox was full. She messaged me this morning demanding $400, and once again threatening me with a bad review. Look, here's the deal. I take EXCELLENT care of my customers. I don't make up fake reviews (Like many property owners do). I went out of my way to make these people happy, and made a large financial concession already. The continuous leverage this person used to attempt to get me to send money to her Venmo account is where I drew the line. Some people refuse to be satisfied, and use their complaints to gain something financially. I don't play that game. I also have no regrets on this negative feedback. I have found that happy people don't leave a review as often as unhappy people do. If any of you, who are considering renting the home, have any questions or concerns, I am 100% open, and happy to address any if them. This is an amazing retreat with fantastic amenities. We maintain the property very well You will not regret booking it.
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Positive Stay with family of 29

  • 4 of 5

We had a rough start, but Tyson was very accommodating. To a person (ages 3 to 70+), everyone was impressed with the facility and the amenities. We thought the youngsters would tire of the slides between floors, but they didn't. The home provided interest to all ages. It handled our group very well. It is well stocked with kitchen utensils, pots, and pans. Some items need to be replaced. The parking was potentially a problem handling boat and toy trailers, but we were able to work that out. The property is beginning to show the effects of renters and the grounds have been neglected.

Suggest looking at check-in and check-out times to optimize the guest time. It would be better if there was some connection to have beach access at Bear Lake other than the overcrowded public facilities.

Every family should experience the Pickleville Playhouse Theater that features good clean down home productions.

The home has an atmosphere of warmth and comfort; couple that with an incredible view of Bear Lake and you have the makings of a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, UT

Awesome family house!

  • 4 of 5

We had a blast at this home. Room for everyone and tons of fun! Kids did not want to leave the house! Huge kitchen/eating/entertaining area. Worked great for our large family!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House extremely well designed. Dealing with the owner, Tyson, concerning problems is a NIGHTMARE.

  • 1 of 5


PROBLEMS: (1) Weeds 3 feet high almost covering the front walkway. Weeds all around the house. Lawn looks like it has never been watered. (2) NO instructions or help on gaining entrance into the house when we arrived. NO HELP getting acquainted with the house. Fortunately, the back door cannot be locked, so we gained entrance there. (3) NO soap in any of the auto soap dispensers in each of the 7 bathrooms. (4) Hole in bathroom shower wall between Rooms 4 & 5. (5) Fan in this bathroom does NOT work. (6) Rips in two of the fabric sofas upstairs (7) Projector in movie room overheats, so cannot watch movie all the way through (8) Recliner chair in second floor TV room won't go down, cushion is hammered (9) Trampoline was missing 7 springs, with about 10 other springs completely stretched out. Owner told us where he kept a box of springs (10) Vinyl coach upstairs is peeling off pieces. (11) Ice maker in kitchen freezer does NOT work (12) Left stove: center burner does not work (13) Right stove: right back burner and center burner do not work (14) 5 of the bathrooms had NO toilet paper in them when we arrived. (15) NO paper towels in kitchen when we arrived. Calling owner who told us how to get in storage closet to get toilet paper & paper towels (16) Hard-to-read- small hand written note taped on wall gave instruction how to access WiFi (17) Air hockey score board does not work. (18) Lowest floor and 2nd floor doors have NO holes in the door frames for the deadbolt locks on the doors (19) Tub in bottom floor bathrooms by laundry does NOT drain well. (20) Toilet in this bathroom is WOBBLY (21) Miniature toilet in upstairs bathroom, toilet seat is broken (21) Checkout instructions said garbage "must" be taken to the dumpsters in the Mobile Home park at the bottom of the hill. There is NO mobile home park at the bottom of the hill. (22) Master bedroom door won't close (23) Master bedroom shower door won't close. (24) NO blow dryers in any of the bathrooms

When we contacted Tyson about any of these problems, his response was always "Thank you for telling me..." No apologies. No solutions offered other than telling us how to access storage closets so WE could fix HIS problems. Dealing with Tyson was extremely dissatisfying. FUTURE RENTERS BEWARE! FOR THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE PAID, I FEEL CHEATED!

Our kids LOVED the playroom and the indoor slides. Kitchen big enough for all. BEAUTIFUL VIEW.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! VRBO, HomeAway, etc will not remove frivolous reviews, So I guess I will reply to this coordinated effort to lamblast me personally, and my home: First Off, I am incredible hospitality oriented, and go out of my way to remedy concerns at any time they present themselves. I also did everything I could for this individual who was irritated, using profanity, and completely unreasonable before he even walked through the home, yet I still treated him with like I would any VALUED customer. Apparently He thought he was renting a different home (According to him), and also chose to enter the home from the back door (Apparently he lost his instructions, and the code for entry). He called me several times, and was so belligerent that quite honestly, I would have kicked him out if I didn’t have compassion for the large group of people he obviously had with him. My hunch is that he booked a home that HE COULD NOT AFFORD, and was trying to somehow negotiate money back to him. *** PLEASE NOTE: If you are someone like this individual, please do not rent my home. I really love to deal with the vast majority of WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND FAMILIES that I have heretofore had. Nevertheless, I will reply to EACH item he has mentioned. I hope this review can act as a filter for me in order to avoid bad apples. ***I addressed each item on this list, now it will not post as a reply because I do not have enough characters allowed to type, so I am happy to furnish any prospective group with the detailed reply of items 1-22 if that is an area of concern, and you can't see the overt attempt to slander. Here is the last paragraph following the complaints I addressed. I went out of my way to make this guy happy, including giving him more supplies (Which he took several things home). *** I hope this helps clear up the concerns here, and provide insight into how incredibly trying it was to continually seek to satisfy someone who could not be satisfied. Look, please save us both the hassle. If you CANNOT AFFORD to stay at our house (Notice the emphasis on money by this guy. You should have heard how many times he used that with me on the phone and text mixed with profanity), please choose a different place. If you are like the vast majority of our guests, and want to have an AWESOME TRIP, then BOOK IT, and welcome to paradise! ;-)
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Nearest Airport
125 Miles
SLC Salt Lake International
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Sweet Water
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Bear Lake Pizza
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Beaver Mountain
Car: recommended

There are some fun places that are terrific:

Pickleville Playhouse has a fun atmosphere and great comedic plays.

Minitonka cave is just over the Idaho border about 15 minutes to the north. It is an amazing cave to see.

There are 2 golf courses. Bear Lake West to the north, and Sweetwater to the south.


Rates & Availability

Garden City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Spring Break
Mar 15 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 18 2017 - Nov 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thxgiving-New Years 2017/2018
Nov 16 2017 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Jan 3 2018 - May 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 16 2018 - Nov 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Thx giving-Winter 2018/2019
Nov 16 2018 - Feb 28 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $500 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.55%

Here are some important things to know:
* Bookings need to be back to back or to leave 3 nights between bookings
* No Minimum Night Stay
* No pets
* No Smoking

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Garden City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 9140 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 46
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (6), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (9), Child Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (5), Bunk Beds (9)
  • Air Hockey
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
This home is awesome. We also take great pride in making this such an incredible vacation destination, so, if you have any suggestions, please share them with us.

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