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Comfortable secluded getaway near Stanislaus Forest & Pinecrest Lake!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

1900 Sq Ft, 3BR/3BA & 2 Bed Loft. At The End Of A Cul De Sac, Gorgeous View.

It's a wonderful place to sit on the deck and watch the stars spinning in infinity, or hike right from the driveway down into the Stanislaus Forest, undisturbed by anything except the wind.

About 10 minutes away from Pinecrest Lake, our 'cabin' is really an open, bright 1900 sq ft home, with all the comforts:

Three bedrooms (two upstairs, one downstairs), and a loft with two single beds

Large outdoor deck with a view into the forest

Three bathrooms, instant-on hot water

Full kitchen (gas stove, electric oven), pots/pans, dishwasher, microwave, coffee makers - drip and Keurig, rice maker, muffin tins, blender, ice cream maker & more...

High-efficiency double pane windows, skylights, vaulted ceiling

Central heating and air, Jøtul wood burning stove in living room

Large plasma TV with 7.1 surround sound, DVD player, antenna with local broadcast TV

DVDs, CDs, and a stocked bookcase

Full laundry area with washer/dryer

Dyson 'Animal' Vacuum


Nintendo Wii and games, including Rock Band instruments

Third bathroom with shower

Third bedroom, with large closet, bunk bed & queen bed.

Our home is in the Cold Springs area (in Tuolumne county - not the Cold Springs near Placerville), in the 'Peter Pam' (sic) subdivision. That puts it about 5-10 minutes from Strawberry and Pinecrest lake. Elevation is about 5600 feet.

More Details

Dan Sonnier
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2018

About Dan Sonnier

We're California natives, living in the Bay Area. As nice as it can be there, sometimes you have to get away. But, until we retire we can only spend little bits of time at Bambi's End - and we'd love to have you as our guest when we're not there.

Dan Sonnier purchased this house in 2009

Why Dan Sonnier chose Cold Springs

After a few years at the Lair of the Bear, we realized we wanted more time in such a gorgeous area. We patiently waited for a comfortable, family friendly home to become available - and couldn't believe our luck to find this home.

The previous owner lived here most of the year and took meticulous care of it.

What makes this house unique

There are plenty of places to rent in the area, but our home will immediately impress you with its open, bright, welcome. We've tried to make it as comfortable as possible for guests (and owners).

Discounts for 7+ days and more if 28+ days!


Cold Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Ground floor - toilet , shower
    Second floor hallway - toilet , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 queen
    Ground floor - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Second floor - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , Extra long twin beds
  • Inflatable mattress and fold out sleeping mats available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
Our renters take out all garbage to the nearby Pinecrest Transfer Station (near Strawberry) or to Waste Management in Sonora, open weekdays. We don't have garbage pickup because the cabin is unpredictably unoccupied for periods.


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Comfortable secluded getaway near Stanislaus Forest & Pinecrest Lake!
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews
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Great family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful couple of days in the snow. We couldn't have timed it better. It snowed before we arrived and was gone by the time we left. My family and I greatly enjoyed our stayed at this lovely home in cold springs. The home comfortably slept all 11 of us. The kitchen is fully stocked with supplies and gadgets, I love the double ovens! Dan was super helpful and easy to get a hold of. We would definitely stay here again. Thanks.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fresno, CA

Great, well stocked Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at Cabins many times in the past, this Cabin was the best stocked cabin I have ever stayed at. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and Dodge Ridge was not open, but we made the best of the stay with sledding at Leland, a movie in Sonora, and Ice Skating at Long Barn. Also, the Cabin had an exceptional view! We will return!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Yes, that's some kind of view, isn't it? We just like to sit there on the porch. My favorite time is late afternoon with the filtered sun coming through the pines and cedars. Glad it went well!
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Really enjoyed this great getaway home to explore Pinecrest area

  • 5 of 5

Home was large (bigger than seems from pictures), well equipped and stocked ( linens, towels, kitchen supplies and utensils, laundry, and paper products), clean, and in a quiet location. Enjoyed our time in this lovely home with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a loft. Worked well for our family group of 12 to get together for the holidays. The owners have added extra touches that made our stay so enjoyable - movies, games, fire pit, large deck, wood burning stove, hiking poles, sled, and outside games. We missed the snow, but enjoyed exploring the area around the home, close to Pinecrest for hiking and Sonora for movies and groceries .

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad it went well. Even without snow it's a fantastic getaway! You're welcome back any time!
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great place

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin. Fit our 3 families and kids perfect. Would definetly come back. Everything you need except the food you want to bring up. Great views from deck. Bring DVD's or use owners (lg selection) because TV only gets a few channels and don't always have a signal.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is a great view from the deck! (And I reinstalled the TV antenna to a different area and it's improved the reception)
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Spacious, Cozy with Great View

  • 5 of 5

This is our families second time staying at Bambi's End and it is a perfect place for our large group. Owners have thought of everything and are very organized. Promptly respond and friendly. Loved our time at Pinecrest Lake and this lovely cabin!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad to have you again!
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Make sure you take pictures of all the pre existing damaged items or prepare to loose your deposit

  • 1 of 5

We enjoyed staying in the place during Thanksgiving holidays. The place is very close to Dodge Ridge ski resort and Pinecrest lake. It has accommodation for 10 people. We really liked the kitchen and living room where we spent most of our time when we were inside the house.

The owner was very cordial until we had disagreement over the security deposit refund. We were charged $200 for 4 things: 1. Broken gravel on the stairways which came out on the first night we reached as it was already loose 2. Chipped dishes which we found in same condition when we checked in 3. Double fee for the cleaning (Though we left the house in almost the same condition as we found it) 4. Blending spice in a very outdated grinder. We notified the owner about our dissatisfaction over the charge and requested a break down of the charge which we never received. We think it is a charge that has been imposed upon us for no reason. We normally stay in different vacation homes once every year and we have to say that this kind of charge is a big surprise for us. Even if the damage was legitimate, the amount $200 is not justified.

Unfortunately if you find yourself in same situation as ours, there isn't much you can do other than expressing your frustration in review like this. It is not the money factor that made us so mad. It was the prejudiced mind set of the owner and the cleaners that blew our heads off. One piece of advice is to spend the first couple of minutes to make sure you take photos of all the damages you see. Wishing best of luck to future renters!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We've never held anyone's deposit until this visit. How would you, if it were your home, react to inviting guests and find: This family broke off the grout from the stairs and piled it up next to the stairs, at first denying it and then admitting they'd done it. (Who else could've been responsible?) They chipped multiple dishes that we must now replace - as well as using the antique china clearly labelled "Heirloom, please do not use." This lack of respect was astonishing. They entered the closet clearly labelled "Owners Closet - do not use" (again, showing no respect for our home) and then complained to find a closet that had personal items in it. The coffee grinder for all our guests was ruined when they used it for spices instead, and must be replaced. Their response: "nowhere it was stated that we cannot use it for any other purpose." Dan personally cleaned the entire two story home for them, and knew exactly the condition it was in when they arrived (early - with our permission). We were surprised when, after they left, our cleaning person said they had left such a mess and sent corroborating photos. In fact, this is the one and only time in the years we've worked together that she had to stay through into the evening and then into the next morning to clean. We had to pay her for two days of cleaning, to be fair to her. A claim of "prejudice" is nonsensical, childish, and a distraction. We treat our guests like adults and expect them to behave similarly. See our renters' reviews before and after this visit and judge for yourself.
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Mia's Pizza
Pinecrest Lake Resort
Nearest Golf
14.3 Miles
Twain Harte Golf
Nearest Restaurant
2.3 Miles
Mia's Restaurant
Nearest Ski
8.8 Miles
Dodge Ridge Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Outdoor movies under the stars at the lake!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $300

We can also use Paypal - the address is bambisend at gmail

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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