Premium Sierra Nevada Mountains Vacation Home - Between Murphys & Bear Valley
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- Minimum stay:2-4 nights
- Property type:Chalet
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
The Chesa Madrisa is a beautiful vacation home nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Big Trees Village in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, and resides at approximately 5,000 feet elevation. Featuring 3 bedrooms & 3.5 bathrooms, this Swiss inspired mountain home was custom built in 2001 and recently updated. The Chesa Madrisa is a great escape – fresh air & quiet solitude, with easy access to fun activities as the neighborhood borders Big Trees State Park, is just north of the town of Arnold, and is approximately halfway between Bear Valley Ski Resort & the town of Murphys. Avoid the crowds of Tahoe and enjoy relaxation just a 3-4 hour drive from the Bay Area, and just over 2 hours from the Sacramento airport.
The Chesa Madrisa is one of the few vacation homes in the area that has premium features such as wifi, nice quality linens & towels, and top of the line cooking gadgets: Vitamix blender, Le Creuset bakeware, KitchenAid Mixer, KitchenAid Double Belgian Waffle Baker, Williams-Sonoma pots & pans, Keurig coffee maker, Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker, and All-Clad 7qt slow cooker. The kitchen & four bathrooms all feature Williams-Sonoma hand soaps and lotion. Unlike most nearby rental homes, all linens and towels are included, and all king size beds have extra plush mattress toppers.
The Chesa Madrisa opens to an inviting sitting area with tall windows and double-sided gas fireplace. This main level of the home features a half-bathroom, mudroom for ski gear, and a well-appointed kitchen overlooking the main living area & oversized sectional couch. The kitchen opens to the dining area with a table for six, which can be enlarged to accommodate ten guests. The dining area overlooks a TV area with patio access including Weber propane tank grill and outdoor table & chairs.
The Chesa Madrisa comfortably accommodates up to six adult guests and four children. Each of the three bedrooms has a king size bed and private full bath. The 1st bedroom on the lower level has a set of bunk beds for children, and a king size bed that can be split into two twin beds upon request. There are also two full sized cots for children to be placed by parents wherever they prefer. Many families have enjoyed multi-generational vacations at the Chesa Madrisa with grandparents in the far bedroom with a walk in shower, parents in the middle bedroom, and children all bunking up together in the 1st bedroom. The Chesa Madrisa does not accommodate more than six adult guests .
The Chesa Madrisa has a two-car garage for guests, and a covered footbridge with steps leading from the garage to the main entry. The driveway is not steep, and in the winter snow season it is plowed with each fresh snowfall. There’s no better place to hunker down during an exciting snowstorm!
●Bedroom #1 - king bed (splits into 2 twins) & 1 set of twin bunks with attached full bathroom
●Bedroom #2 - king bed & attached full bathroom
●Bedroom #3 - king bed & attached full bathroom
The lower level of the Chesa Madrisa has a fun red couch & TV area with cable channels, Blu-Ray player, Nintendo Wii, and a closet full of toys, games, puzzles, and crafts. The closet in the 1st bedroom has a Baby Bjorn Portable Crib, Little Einstein Exersaucer, Johnny Jump doorway bouncy seat, Baby Bjorn Babysitter, diaper changing pad to place on dresser, Cloud B Twilight Ladybug for bedtimes, bath toys, step stool, Baby Bjorn potty seat, baby gate, and red dinosaur humidifier.
YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES
Big Trees is amazing in all seasons with a wide variety of outdoor activities. Winter is a great time to check out Bear Valley, a friendly & relaxing ski resort in the Central Sierra Mountains just 21 miles further up scenic Highway 4. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling & sledding opportunities abound.
Summer is an enjoyable time for activities such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and swimming at Union & Utica Reservoirs, as well as Lake Alpine & White Pines Lake. The Chesa Madrisa offers the premium level membership at Big Trees Village Recreation Center, which includes complimentary swimming at the neighborhood outdoor pool Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Hiking is a fun activity no matter the time of year – just throw on some snow shoes in the winter! Feel free to borrow the Golden Poppy Pass from the Chesa Madrisa to enjoy complimentary access for one car to Calaveras Big Trees State Park and marvel at the giant Sequoia trees. Hikers should check out the nearby Arnold Rim Trail.
Year round the nearby town of Murphys is the perfect destination for guests who enjoy one of a kind shops, nice restaurants, and wine tasting. This historical mining town in the Sierra Nevada foothills is now well known for excellent wineries and its charming Main Street lined with boutiques. Pack a picnic, or grab a sandwich from Aria or Alchemy in Murphys, and then head to the picnic tables by the creek and let the kids enjoy the playground and water. There’s even a bocce court! The 1st Saturday every October is the annual Calaveras Grape Stomp & the Annual Gold Rush Street Faire. In March, Murphys Irish Day features a parade and entertainment all along Main Street.
●Big Trees State Park - Giant Sequoias, Beaver Creek, Sour Grass Bridge
●Bear Valley Ski Resort - Downhill alpine skiing & expansive groomed cross-country skiing trails
●Lake Alpine - Summer water sports such as swimming, stand-up-paddle boarding, & kayaking
●Murphys - Irish Day (March), Calaveras Grape Stomp & Street Faire (October), Day of the Dead (November),
●Angels Camp - Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee (May), Mark Twain Wild West Fest (October)
●Stanislaus River - fly fishing
●Columbia State Historic Park
●Union & Utica Reservoirs
●White Pines Lake – summer swimming next to town of Arnold
●Arnold Rim Trail – hiking
●Sierra Nevada Logging Museum
●Big Trees Village Recreation Center – summer swimming pool
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS - SQUARE
The Chesa Madrisa accepts credit card payments: American Express, Visa, MasterCard & Discover.
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The Chesa Madrisa does not accept rental payments through the VRBO/HOMEAWAY payment processor. Guests may use the yellow "Request to Book" button and will be charged VRBO's service fee directly by VRBO, and then the Chesa Madrisa will separately send an invoice via Square for the rental. Guests may feel free to click the blue "SEND EMAIL" button if any questions and family property manager will respond very quickly.
CONTRACT & ID
The Chesa Madrisa requires all rentals to digitally sign a contract which will be emailed from the digisigner website, and requires the guest making the reservation to email/text a photo ID.
PROPERTY DAMAGE PROTECTION
Chesa Madrisa requires a $49 non-refundable accidental property damage protection fee which includes $3,000 of accidental damage coverage during your stay. Family property manager will purchase on behalf of guest. Any damages not covered by the insurance are the responsibility of the guest.
● The Chesa Madrisa has an exterior video camera
● Email inquiries are automatically added to quarterly newsletter & may unsubscribe at any time
● The Chesa Madrisa comfortably sleeps a maximum of 6 adults and 4 children
● Weekly curbside trash pickup & curbside recycling every 2 weeks
●The Chesa Madrisa is equipped with a generator in case of power loss during winter storm
CHESA MADRISA HISTORY
Currently a beloved family vacation home, and not a generic investment rental property, the Chesa Madrisa is managed by the owner’s granddaughter, Hillary Gibson, a resident of Portland, Oregon. Hillary’s grandparents, Lawrence & Luana Wilsey, built this home in 2001. The original Chesa Madrisa was built by the Wilsey family in 1973 in Snowmass, Colorado. It was the first home on its road, overlooking a stunning landscape of aspen forest, the Rocky Mountains and a 180° view of the Continental Divide. The home’s design was inspired by Swiss ski chalets that the Wilseys had grown fond of during their travels. The name “Chesa” means home, and “Madrisa” was the Wilseys’ favorite ski run in Switzerland, from Klosters to Davos. The Snowmass Chesa Madrisa was regrettably sold in the 1980s when the Wilseys moved to California.
The Wilsey family has deep roots in the Sierra Nevada region. The owner’s father was a leader in the logging industry in nearby White Pines, Big Trees, and Angel’s Camp, and the town of Wilseyville, also up in the Sierra, was named after the owner’s father. The owner worked in the area during summer breaks from high school and college.
After a long and distinguished career, which included working for the Marshall Plan in Norway, for the State Department in the Philippines and Washington DC, and for businesses, banks, hospitals and educational institutions around the world, in 2001 the Wilseys built the second Chesa Madrisa in Big Trees, California, modeled on the first Snowmass Chesa Madrisa. In fact, the same Soleri bell that hung by the entry of the Snowmass home currently adorns the entry of the Big Trees home. Be sure to ring this bell upon initial entry - it’s a tradition! Also, be sure to admire the vintage wooden Norwegian skis hanging in the stairway that were retired by the owner decades ago after amazing runs in Norway, Switzerland, and Colorado. The antique Swiss bell (beatfop) in the kitchen also hung in the same place in Colorado.
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- 3100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- The maximum occupancy is 6 adults & 4 children = 10 maximum. We would like all of our guests to have a wonderfully relaxing stay, therefore the Chesa Madrisa can not comfortably accommodate more than 6 adults. There is a complimentary Baby Bjorn pack-n-play for infants & toddlers. All king size beds feature premium sheets & supreme cushion mattress pads. All bedrooms have full attached bathrooms. All bedrooms have 1 closet for guest use as well as one dresser. Bedroom #3 has an exterior door with access to dog run. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Our VRBO will be 'opened' in advance for each guest by our local amazing handyman - This means that after a long drive through the mountains, guests arrive at a welcoming home with the lights on, heat running, and water heater turned up. This VRBO is unique in the region in that it also includes all sheets & towels. I'd say all you need to pack is a toothbrush, but actually we have extra of those too! Just relax, kick your feet up, and enjoy the mountains in this amazing premium retreat. ...moreless
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- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Christmas & NYE 2016
Dec 16 - Jan 1, 2017
4 night min stay
Ski Season 2017
Jan 2 - Mar 6, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $80
- Cleaning Fee $175
- Property Protection $49
- Tax Rate 6%
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If you have any questions prior to booking, please feel free to click the BLUE "SEND EMAIL" button in the Manager box and the Family Property Manager will promptly reply to your email.
The Chesa Madrisa does not accept rental payments through VRBO/HOMEAWAY. All payments are processed through Square, a VRBO approved "alternative payment" method. Guests may use the "Request to Book" option and will be charged the service fee directly by VRBO, and then the Chesa Madrisa will separately send an invoice via Square.
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PROPERTY DAMAGE PROTECTION PLAN or SECURITY DEPOSIT
Chesa Madrisa requires either a $40 non-refundable Property Damage Protection fee ($500 coverage) OR a refundable $1,000 security deposit.
Cancellation in first 3 days of booking & more than 30 days prior to rental = $250 refund of $500 deposit (50% refund).
Cancellation more than 3 days after booking & more than 30 days prior to rental = $0 refund of $500 deposit (0% refund).
Cancellation within 30 days of rental $0 refund of full balance (0% refund).
Month long rentals have a 60 day balance due & cancellation period.
Month long rentals are exempt from 6% Calaveras County Transient Occupancy Tax.
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The Chesa Madrisa is halfway between Bear Valley and Murphys (approximately 30 minutes each direction). Our home also borders Big Trees State Park which has great hikes year round - bring your snowshoes in the winter!
Lake Alpine is 25 miles up Highway 4 - many summer activities from fishing to stand-up-paddle boarding.
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is in nearby Arnold & open seasonally.
Big Trees is approximately 2 hours from Yosemite & 5 hours from Lake Tahoe.
Year Purchased: 2001
About: The Chesa Madrisa owner (Lawrence, above with Family Property Manager, Hillary, photographed in the late 1970's in the original Chesa Madrisa in Snowmass) has deep roots in the California Sierra Mountains - 4th generation! Our family vacation home is managed by the owner's grand-daughter, Hillary, living in Portland, Oregon with husband & son.
Why Arnold, CA, USA:
The Chesa Madrisa is a great escape - Fresh air & quiet solitude, with easy access to fun activities in Big Trees State Park, Bear Valley, Murphys & Angels Camp.
The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
The Chesa Madrisa is one of the few VRBOs in the area that has premium features such as linens & towels, as well as top of the line cooking gadgets. This home is amazing in all seasons with a wide variety of outdoor activities. Guests love the Chesa Madrisa layout because all three bedrooms have their own private bathroom, and the rest of the home has plenty of room to spread out and relax.
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Welcome to the Chesa Madrisa!
entry hall - featuring the owner's vintage wooden skis from Norway
sitting area & large living room
dining area for 6 - extends to seat 10
kitchen - overlooks living area
mud room for ski gear
3 bedrooms on the lower level
bedroom #2 - king size bed & full bathroom
lower level hallway - media nook & closet full of toys & games
sunny patio & bbq
driveway - easy to navigate in the snow and plowed with every fresh snowfall
Big Trees Village is halfway between Bear Valley & Murphys
covered footbridge from garage to main entry
wall of windows & open floor plan
tv area & patio access with propane grill
kitchen opens to dining room
bedroom #1 - king bed (can split into 2 twins) & twin bunks - full size bathroom
bedroom #3 - king size bed with bathroom & walk in shower
bathroom for bedroom #2 - similar to other bathrooms
2 car garage
original Chesa Madrisa built in Snowmass, CO in 1973 - replicated in Big Trees
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Saturday, December 03, 2016
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