About the property
- House1800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + 2 Baths, queen-size sleeper sofa. Sleeps 8.
In far Northern California lies the diverse and beautiful Sierra Cascade region. Enjoy glistening lakes, mountain streams, wooded trails, abundance of evergreen forests and wildflowers.
Located near Lassen Volcanic National Park with it’s volcanic peak vistas, bubbling mud pots of Bumpass Hell, waterfalls of Kings Creek and mountains reflected in pristine Lake Helen.
Explore scenic back country roads and you might experience the majestic waterfalls of Burney State Park or tour “The Land of Burnt-Out Fires” the Lava Beds National Monument which also includes Petroglyph Point, one of the largest panels of Native American rock art in the United States. Enjoy wine tasting at four wineries located within a half hour drive.
There is something for everyone to discover and enjoy. This is the perfect escape from the fast pace of city life and offers pure relaxation or an excellent starting point for a new adventure.
Frommers online editors have listed Lassen Volcanic National Park on their Top Twelve Travel Destinations in the World for 2009
Come visit this spectacular vacation home, where a complimentary bottle of a local wine will be waiting for you.
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- Apr 19, 2018
About Kathleen Burwell
My name is Kathleen Burwell; my husband's name is John. John was born and raised in Redding. I moved to Redding with my parents and siblings in 1966. I retired from teaching in 2010 after 37 years. John is a retired general contractor. We have no children but do have several nieces and nephews, and always at least two dogs.
Kathleen Burwell purchased this House in 1973
Why Kathleen Burwell chose Shasta County
My parents bought the property where Battle Creek Retreat stands in 1973. They began building the house in 1976 and completed it in 1977. My mother died in 2000, my father in 2001. The house was left in a trust for nine family members. In 2008 we turned it into a vacation rental. In December of 2013 John and I purchased it from the rest of the family. It has become a fulfilling retirement project.
What makes this House unique
The beauty of the mountains can be found in the many lakes, streams, and forests. The elevation is about 4000 feet, so in a typical year, there is snow in the winter time, allowing for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding. In the summer time, the main draw is Lassen Volcanic National Park. There are several points of interest within an hour's drive of Battle Creek Retreat. The springtime is beautiful with the redbud and dogwood in bloom. The fall is equally as beautiful with the many leaves of brilliant color. Our property provides activities within a short walk. Battle Creek runs along one border of our property. In fact, our property goes to the middle of the creek. Kids and dogs alike love to play in the creek. Lake McCumber is within walking distance. There are several logging trails where guests can walk their dogs, although no motorized vehicles are allowed. On the back patio there is a gazebo, a firepit, a picnic table, and a lot of seating. It is enclosed to give it a feel of complete privacy, although a lack of privacy is certainly not an issue at Battle Creek Retreat.
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Comfortable and lovely home
We stayed in this house for our Spring Break, coming down from Portland OR. This house is nestled in the woods in a beautiful location. When you look out the windows all you see are trees and it gives the sense of being in a treehouse. The property is stunning. The house itself exudes the love and attention of its owners. It is obvious this house is a family treasure and its a privilege to be a part of its history. The inside is absolutely adorable with the wood everywhere and the pictures online don't do it justice. The layout of the home is comfortable and roomy, with big areas if you want group time, as well as enough places for solitude. The beds were one of my favorite things....so comfy and inviting! The mattresses were all in excellent condition and obviously high quality. But more than that...even the sheets and the comforter made me think I was in an upscale hotel. This isn't a place furnished with castoffs. The kitchen is well stocked and the wine and coffee cups are a wonderful touch. There is a fireplace as well as a wood stove and the wood and kindling are in abundance. They have even taken the time to make fire starters and have kindling of differing sizes to make fire building easy. When we arrived the fire was all built and all we had to do was light a match. This is a house to go to even if you don't want to see any of the sights nearby. It's a wonderful getaway that recharges and relaxes. I can't recommend it enough and we will most certainly be back. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of staying in your home!
Amazing property with wonderful owners
We stayed here and absolutely loved it. Before we came, there was supposed to be a massive winter storm. Kathy was very approachable and took the time to answer all of our questions about everything from the potential weather, past storms in the area and the property. She was great to work with and responded very quickly to all of our questions and concerns. The property is absolutely beautiful. The house was stocked with everything we needed and it was very clean and organized. I loved the setting and would definitely come back and stay another time. Thanks Kathy!
Mark, thank you for such a complimentary review! I have to admit that I was nervous about a possible troublesome snow storm. You made the right decision to follow through on your plans. My parents used to snowshoe here, so I was glad to hear that you and your parents did, as well. My sister and friends and I are enjoying ourselves at BCR this weekend. There’s still snow all around up here - very beautiful! You and your parents were wonderful guests, leaving the place so clean that it’s as if you weren’t here. I hope that you visit again. Guests like you and your parents make everything worth the effort.
comfortable cabin in a quiet neighborhood
we spent our 4th thanksgiving in this cabin and again enjoyed every minute. Our time there is always wonderfully peaceful. There are plenty of couches to relax on, read a book, play games, listen to music, or watch movies. The kitchen is fully equipped and we have a blast cooking and baking. Taking walks or hikes either out of the cabin or within a 3-mile radius is very easy and there are many choices. Kathy, the owner, is very dog-friendly and let's us bring all our dogs. Finally, the cabin is clean and cozy, a perfect place to spend time in the mountains.
Sabine, I think it’s wonderful that you and your friends get together for Thanksgiving every year! I appreciate you choosing Battle Creek Retreat for your holiday get-together, and that BCR meets your needs for outdoor activities and indoor relaxation. It sounds like you all were able to accumulate more fun memories. When you mentioned the good times you had baking and cooking, it reminded me of all the laughing and bonding our family shared in that kitchen! Could you believe the difference in weather compared to your last visit! Thank you for taking such good care of the house. And thank you for your kind review. Regards, Kathy
Our technicians said this was one of the best places they have ever stayed. Clean, tidy, neat, and overall amazing. Thank you Kathy! We appreciate you welcoming us into your beautiful home.
Azetta, thank you for your rating and response! I’m so glad the crew was happy with the accommodations. It has to be tough to be on the road with a job, so if they felt at home at Battle Creek Retreat, then our mission has been accomplished. You are clearly very good at what you do and absolutely a delight to work with! We thank you for your booking and for your subsequent booking! Regards, Kathy
Great place for a weekend getaway.
Very nice place. Clean and comfortable. Kathy was very accommodating. We enjoyed it very much.
Thank you! I’m so glad you found Battle Creek Retreat to be comfortable, and that you had an enjoyable stay. There’s definitely something about the elevation, the trees, the sounds, the smells, the sights, and the wildlife that makes it feel so inviting and calming. Even though our time spent there involves cleaning, Battle Creek Retreat tends to have a therapeutic effect. My husband and I appreciate your rating and review. Again, thank you! Kathy
A Hiker's Dream House
Five CA & AZ senior men stayed at the Battle Creek Retreat while in Lassen Volcanic NP for our annual hiking trip. We've stayed in many VRBO properties before, but this property was as good as we've experienced. It was well located for our daily drives into the Park; it was beautifully situated on a lovely wooded property, with a great outdoor patio and a meandering stream nearby. The house was as well furnished and appointed as we've seen, with all of the necessities and many that were just added bonuses, like the Lassen-vintage bottle of wine that greeted us when we first arrived and complimentary coffee capsules for the great Kuerig espresso machine - that's just a couple of the generous offerings by Kathleen & John that got our attention & appreciation. Those two really thought of everything that a vacationer would need. The five of us just kept being surprised by the thoughtful furnishings, supplies, and appurtenances. I also need to mention the bunkhouse, which was a perfectly quiet, private sleeping option for one of our group - there was nothing lost by staying in this comfortable bunkhouse. The Lassen hiking trails were great, as was the beautiful environs, but it was wonderful to go back to Battle Creek Retreat, after a hard day of hiking, for a soothing shower, a glass of wine, a bottle of beer (or both) and a relaxing time on the patio or in front of either of 2 large, flat screen televisions before dinner. Thanks, Kathleen & John (& Peggy), for the great experience & memories!
What a review! Thank you so much. When I see how much our guests enjoy exploring the trails, rivers, lakes, breath-taking vistas, and the year-round beauty of the forests and mountains, I thank my lucky stars that our family moved here in the '60's. There have been so many changes over the years, but the senses experienced by those visiting this area are a constant. It never gets old. When I'm told how much our guests feel welcome at Battle Creek Retreat, I feel emotional pats on the back from my parents. They set the tone. Your review was very detailed, Ron, and very positive. That is so much appreciated. You and your hiking friends treated the place with so much care and respect. I wish I could have met all of you. You seem like quality guys who know how to live life! Again, thank you! Kathleen
-Wine tasting is a available at four wineries within 20 miles. -Lassen Volcanic National Park is ten miles from Battle Creek Retreat. -Subway Cave is about 30 miles. -Upper Falls, Middle Falls, and Lower Falls are less than an hour away. -Hat Creek is great for fishing and is about 20 minutes away. -Mt. Shasta is about an hour away. -Burney Falls State Park, including Lake Britton, is about 40 minutes away. -The Sundial Bridge in Redding is 40 minutes away.