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Newly renovated, central AC, steps from BLS Rec Center, sleeps 14

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms + Bunk room, A/C, 2 Baths, Sleeps 14, near Big Trees State Park

Enjoy an idyllic Sierra vacation. Begin your day with a morning hike at Calaveras Big Trees State Park or a bike ride on the nearby Arnold Rim Trail, and enjoy a lazy afternoon by the pool and/or sandy beach lake directly across the street from Snowflake Chalet. In the winter, enjoy a day on the slopes at the beautiful Bear Valley Ski Area, about 45 minutes away. Other nearby attractions include Alpine Lakes, the scenery of stunning Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway, wineries and shopping in the quaint town of Murphys, and Columbia State Park, where visitors can experience a preserved Gold Rush town and pan for gold.

Newly renovated cabin offers central A/C, rustic plank flooring, new paint and carpeting, a spa-like, remodeled master bath with cascading river rock walls, a well-equipped kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, and a large deck just across the street from the Blue Lake Springs recreation center, pool and lake.. The new kitchen range and gas grill make it easy to cook meals, but if you are ready for a night out, Arnold offers a variety of dining options just down the road, and nearby Murphy's offers a multitude of wine tasting rooms and restaurants.

The new owners of Snowflake Chalet have created a cozy atmosphere with plenty of space for a multi-family vacation, family reunion or weekend-getaway. Amenities include a pine-decorated master suite with a large bathroom and soaking tub, two additional bedrooms, a roomy outdoor deck with new farmhouse table under the pine trees, a flat screen TV with Comcast and Roku, a spacious, private rec room equipped with a large screen TV, toys, games and extra beds that is ideal for older children or teenagers. The rec room can also be used as a family suite, with sleeping for up to 8, including 2 sets of twin bunk beds. We just added central air conditioning to keep the house cool on hot days. The dining table extends to seat 10-12 adults, with additional seating at the adjacent island bar in the kitchen.

Snowflake Chalet includes all sheets and towels, including beach towels. Two Pack 'n' Plays, and a baby gate are available. Guests are welcome to borrow our sleds and water toys.

More Details

Property Manager
Naomi and Rick Hunter
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Naomi and Rick Hunter

We live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have 3 sons who are now young adults. We enjoy the outdoors and bought Snowflake Chalet to enjoy a peaceful, mountain respite from our busy lives in the Bay Area.

Naomi and Rick Hunter purchased this chalet in 2014

Why Naomi and Rick Hunter chose Arnold

After vacationing with our sons in all 50 states, we can say that the Sierras rival any place in the U.S. for scenery, outdoor activities and vacation amenities!

We have taken great care to provide a cozy, clean atmosphere for our guests with amenities such as Wi-fi, Roku, etc.

What makes this chalet unique

Our mountain chalet offers the best of both worlds -- a quiet retreat in the heart of the Sierra, but with resort amenities a stone's throw away!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved our stay here and hope to return soon! Thank you for your kind gift of Black Sheep wine. We enjoyed it thoroughly!
Dec 2014
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Arnold Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Recently remodeled, sparkling tile!
  • An immaculate, newly remodeled master bathroom includes river rock tile, and heated floor, double sinks, separate bathtub and shower, and brand-new plush towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , Rec room - perfect for teens or a young family.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Pack N Play portable crib available in closet.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Pack n Play available in closet
  • Private master bedroom features rustic pine furnishings with a queen size bed looking onto a pine-studded hillside, a dresser, a cozy reading corner with two slipper chairs under the window. Full closet available. Room for an air mattress if you want the little ones to share your room! Pack n Play Crib stored in closet.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Newly renovated, central AC, steps from BLS Rec Center, sleeps 14
average rating of 4.75 based on 23 reviews

Comfortable cabin - great location

  • 4 of 5

We took our youngest son & his family (5 kids- youngest ones 3 yr. old twin boys) for his kids to be in the snow for their first time. But there was no snow. So we spent more time in this cabin which was enjoyable due to its spaciousness and down home comfort. Even though there were 9 of us - 4 adults & 5 young kids. This cabin has a downstairs bedroom that easily sleeps 7 - 8. This is where my son and his family slept. The room is large enough to also make a play area for the kids so the adults could be upstairs talking or watching tv without children interference. Downstairs is only 3 or 4 steps so we could still easily hear what was going on and keep an eye on them. There is also a tv in this room. My wife and I slept in the upstairs master bedroom which was nicely decorated, comfortable, and spacious. This room had a great view of the area. There are 2 chairs to sit in and plenty of room to store clothes and gear. Both the master bathroom and downstairs bathroom appeared to be recently remodeled very nicely. Both bathrooms have large showers with separate bath tubs. The large, roomy kitchen with large center island allowed my daughter-in-law, son, and I to cook breakfast and dinner together and to make lunch without bumping into one another or being cramped. The dining area is large as well allowing all 9 of us to sit at the table together. There were 2 other bedrooms available which we did not even need to use. Even the living (or family) room was large enough so we could all gather together there to watch a movie. There are 2 couches and 2 chairs so plenty of seating. The cabin is right across from the homeowners association so lots of open space across the street that is nicely maintained. We had plenty of room to play with the kids out in front of the cabin and enjoyed the local wildlife including 3 does walking by. The cabin is dog friendly and my son brought his dog. The dog enjoyed the spacious home as well as running and playing outside. We spent part of one day at White Pines Lake which is only a little over 2 miles away and another day at Calaveras Big Trees which also is only a little over 2 miles away. The cabin is in a great location to see the sights and sounds of Arnold.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were great guests, Julie M! We often have multi-generational families visit Snowflake Chalet and the layout of our cabin is ideal for that --plenty of space to spread out, and places for everyone to gather together. So glad it worked out and you had a great time - hope to see you again soon!
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Walnut Creek, CA

Amazing place, great owners.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is fantastic and the owners were equally great to work with. Extremely responsive and you can tell they put in a lot of thought into providing a great experience for their guests.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! After several years of using a property manager, we are now managing the property ourselves. We strive to provide a high level of personal service, and want all guests to have a great experience. We hope you come back again soon!
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Walnut Creek, CA

Nice Size and a Great location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a weekend with another family and the nine of us spread throughout the house with room to spare. The house was clean and as advertised and directly across from the rec center. Kids had a ball capturing bullfrogs, fish, swimming in the lake and pool. The patio was very pleasant for evening dinners. Lots of fun board games.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful home !

  • 5 of 5

Snowflake Chalet was warm, cozy, well equipped and spacious! We hope to return . Thank you for your warm welcome and local, delicious wine. A home away from home! A. Franco

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! You were the first guests to enjoy the new bunk beds and redecorated rec room! Hope you can come back again soon!
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Wonderful !

  • 4 of 5

Our family ( including our furry dog family) enjoyed a wonderful stay at this beautiful home.

All we needed to have a comfortable stay was there for everyone .

We would come back again to this beautiful and large home.

Check in and out was a breeze.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family very much enjoyed this lovely cabin. The location is ideal. We took family walks after dinner in the neneighborhood. Easy access to Route 4 to go enjoy a nice hike on the RIM trail. We enjoyed the short trip to Murhphy's and shopped and did some wine tasting. This chalet is very comfortable. We found it to be very family friendly, nicely decorated and laid out. All the amenties were perfect. The kitchen is very well stocked! My dog fully enjoyed this house the surrounding areas. We left behind some clothing which the was shipped back to very quickly. I hoope to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Sequoia Woods, Snowshoe Brewery, Sarafinas
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Sequoia Woods
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 4
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Snowflake Lodge, Sarafina's, Sequoia Woods,
Nearest Ski
29 Miles
Bear Valley Ski Resort
Car: recommended

Our area of the Sierra Nevada has so much to offer! From spelunking to skiing, hiking to boating, fishing to zip-lining, there is something for EVERYONE to explore and enjoy.

Have you visited the world famous Big Trees State Park that's right in our backyard??


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

Please note: Travel Insurance is required.

Additional, non-refundable pet fee of $100 will apply if you choose to bring your pet.
There is a 4 night minimum stay on holidays. Other restrictions may apply, ask your reservationist.

Rates and nightly minimums may vary depending on Holidays

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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