SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS - BIG TREES VILLAGE
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 has been updated. The Chesa Madrisa is a great escape – fresh air & quiet solitude, with easy access to fun activities. The neighborhood of Big Trees Village borders Calaveras Big Trees State Park, just north of the town of Arnold, and approximately halfway between Bear Valley Ski Resort & the town of Murphys.
The Chesa Madrisa is the ideal getaway for travelers who are looking for a vacation home that meets a higher standard.
There are many vacation rentals nearby - here's how the Chesa Madrisa Vacation Rental Home is different....
●All newer kitchen gear, from silverware to Vitamix - it's all there!
●Sheets & linens are included for no additional fee & duvet covers are washed in between each guest stay
●Curbside trash & recycling are both included for no additional fee
●Central AC with dual zones installed May 2018
●Touchscreen hospitality tablet "Your Welcome" - a digital welcome guide with local recommendations & home info
●3 bedrooms - each with KING size bed & plush mattress topper
●Each bedroom has its own full bathroom attached
●Free wifi, Comcast X1 cable tv with premium channels (so you won't miss Game of Thrones!), 2 Smart TVs & landline with free long distance (cell service very spotty up here)
●DVD collection, 2 Blu-Ray players & Nintendo wii with games
●2 car garage with fairly level driveway & plow service
●Kids Toy Closet filled with games & activities (literally filled - 20 board games, puzzles, Legos, Brio train set, Lincoln Logs, play kitchen, dollhouse, pop up castle, arts & crafts)
●Large kitchen enables plenty of room to unpack your groceries
●Storm? Built-in automatic generator & landline for phone calls
●Full size toiletries provided (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap) + basket of extras just in case anything was forgotten
●Kitchen & all 4 bathrooms feature Williams-Sonoma hand soaps & lotion sets
●All paper products are provided (and not the cheap stuff!) - no more running to the grocery to buy toilet paper on your vacation
●Wifi enabled thermostat so the home will be heated upon arrival in cool weather
●Dusk-to-dawn exterior lights so you don’t have to fumble with a lock box in the dark
●Wifi enabled security system so the alarm will be off prior to arrival
●Outdoor camera to see screen shots of current weather - especially handy in winter months
●Sonos wireless speaker
KITCHEN - A CHEF'S DREAM!
●KitchenAid double wall oven
●Breville mini oven
●Set of Le Creuset ceramic bakeware
●Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee & Espresso Maker
●Le Creuset french press
●Le Creuset tea kettle
●Williams-Sonoma pots & pans
●Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker
●KitchenAid standing mixer
●KitchenAid Double Belgian Waffle Maker
●All-Clad 7qt Slow Cooker
●Black+Decker electric griddle
●Williams-Sonoma cooking utensils
●Crate & Barrel dishware - Aspen collection
●Golden Poppy Pass for entry to Big Trees State Park
●Sno-Park Pass for access to local winter trails
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 patio table & chairs.
The entry has a flight of stairs down to the lower level, where the three bedroom suites are located & large hallway with "kids zone" for entertainment. Each bedroom has a king size bed and its own full-bath attached. The 1st bedroom also has a set of twin bunk beds for children, and a king size bed that can be split into two twin beds upon request.
The Chesa Madrisa comfortably accommodates up to eight guests (6 adults max). 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!
For winter ski weekends, the garage features a wall-heater so you can leave your ski gear in the car or on the ski benches & racks without lugging gear back into the house.
●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 "Kid Zone" featuring a fun red couch & TV area with cable, Blu-Ray player, Nintendo Wii, and a closet full of toys, games, puzzles, and crafts. The garage has a mini-ping-pong table that can be set up anywhere a guest chooses. 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. The dining room pantry has a high chair-booster combo seat for infants & toddlers.
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 for 6 guests 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.
● 30 miles from Columbia, an historic gold rush town
● 108 miles from Yosemite
● The Chesa Madrisa has an exterior video camera
● Primary Guest's email address is automatically added to quarterly newsletter & may unsubscribe at any time
● The Chesa Madrisa comfortably sleeps a maximum of 8 guests (6 adults)
● 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
●No RV parking
●Dogs are welcome - we bring ours! Recent flea treatment required - 2 dox maximum - $100 fee one dog/$150 two dogs
●On the VRBO website guests & owners can not see each other's contact information until a reservation is confirmed, but we can communicate via anonymized email through VRBO.
All guests are required to pay a non-refundable $500 Reservation Payment ($1,000 for holiday & monthly reservations), digitally sign a contract & text/email photo ID within 24 hours of booking or same day if reservation is within 2 weeks. Large groups may be required to have refundable security deposit in addition to standard non-refundable Property Damage Protection insurance.
The Chesa Madrisa only accepts credit card payments: American Express, Visa, MasterCard & Discover.
Square is our payment processor & rental invoices will be emailed directly from Square.
The Chesa Madrisa does *not* accept rental payments through the VRBO/HOMEAWAY payment processor - this listing is approved by VRBO to accept "Alternative Payments" directly from guest after guest has paid VRBO's service fee to VRBO. Guests may use the green "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, or guests may feel free to click the blue text that says "Ask Manager a Question" and the family property manager will respond very quickly.
Want to squeeze in more fun during your vacation? Guest may purchase flex-check-in or flex-check-out. Subject to availability within 72 hours prior to check in or check out dates. Complimentary 1 hour early check-in & late check-out available upon request - subject to availability within 24 hours. This is a great way to extend your ski or hiking weekend!
Flexible check-in anytime after 10am day of arrival
Flexible check-out anytime before 5pm day of departure
$325 standard nightly rate
$350 select holiday rate
$400 select holiday rate
$2,000 weekly rate
$3,500 two weeks
$4,750 three weeks
All nightly & weekly reservations require a $500 non-refundable Reservation Payment, with non-refundable balance due 30 days in advance.
Major holidays & monthly reservations require $1,000 non-refundable Reservation Payment per month booked, with a non-refundable balance due 60 days in advance.