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Chesa Madrisa - Big Trees Vacation Home - Between Murphys & Bear Valley

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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Built in 2001 - Fresh & Inviting - 3 bedrooms & 3.5 bathrooms - 3 king size beds

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. The neighborhood of Big Trees Village borders Big Trees State Park, just north of the town of Arnold, and approximately halfway between Bear Valley Ski Resort & the town of Murphys.

●3 bedrooms - each with king size bed & plush mattress topper
●3 full baths on lower level & 1 half bath on main level
●Each bedroom has its own full bathroom attached
●6 adults & 4 children maximum
●Dog friendly
●Wifi, cable tv, landline, Smart TV's, blu-ray players, Nintendo wii
●Top of the line kitchen gear - Vitamix & Le Creuset
●Linens & towels included
●2 car garage with fairly level driveway (easy in the snow)

PREMIUM FEATURES
The Chesa Madrisa is one of the few vacation homes in the area that has premium features such as wifi, Comcast cable television, two "Smart TVs" and a landline with complimentary long distance calling (limited cell service). The Chesa Madrisa also has 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 vacation rentals, all linens and towels are included.

The Chesa Madrisa has modern conveniences – 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, and an outdoor camera to see screen shots of current weather.

LAYOUT
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

FAMILY FRIENDLY
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 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 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.

REGIONAL ACTIVITIES
●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
●Mercer Caverns
●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


FAQ
● 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

RESERVATIONS
All guests are required to pay a $500 reservation deposit, digitally sign a contract & text/email photo ID within 24 hours of booking or same day if reservation is within 2 weeks.

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. 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, or guests may feel free to click the "SEND A MESSAGE" button if any questions prior to booking on VRBO and the family property manager will respond very quickly.

RATES
$325 standard nightly rate
$350 select holiday rate
$400 select holiday rate
$2,000 weekly rate
$3,700 monthly rate
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 3100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The lower level features a living area with toy closet & entertainment area for children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking anywhere on the property....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs considered - $80 fee per dog & recent flea treatment required....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are steps from garage into the home & all the bedrooms are on the lower level down a flight of stairs. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 bunk bed

    1 king convertible to 2 twins & 1 set of twin bunk beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 king

    ...moreless

  • Additional Beds for Kids

    2 cots for children & 1 pack-n-play for infant/toddler...moreless

  • 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

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Attached to Bedroom #1...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Attached to Bathroom #2...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Attached to Bedroom #3 - oversized shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    Half-bath on upper level with living areas...moreless

  • All bathrooms feature premium hand soap & hand lotion, as well as plush towels. There is also complimentary full size shampoo, conditioner, body wash & bar soap. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Wifi controlled heat thermostat & dusk-to-dawn exterior lights make a late evening arrival easy. The Chesa Madrisa also has a security system & exterior camera - great for a peek at the local weather! ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Library featuring books on California history....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    2 Blu-Ray players...moreless

  • Games:

    Board games for all ages Mini-ping-pong table ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Comcast Cable for TVs...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Built in speakers & receiver with connection for iphone/ipad located in dining room....moreless

  • Television:

    1 55" Smart HDTV 1 40" Smart HDTV...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toy bins, pop up castle, kids play kitchen, pop up tunnel, Lincoln Logs, vintage Brio train set, Melissa & Doug dollhouse, board games, toy cars, art & crafts....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Nintendo Wii & games...moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVDs for all ages....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The distant Dardanelles are viewable through the trees if you enjoy a short walk up the street. The Chesa Madrisa has views of pine trees. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Big Trees Village is approximately half way between Bear Valley Ski Resort, Lake Alpine, and Murphys....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    6 dining room chairs & additional matching table extension and 4 kids chairs available. Fisher-Price strap on high chair or booster chair in pantry. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Full size dryer available for guests....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Gas fireplace operated by switch....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    The outdoors is your gym here! ...moreless

  • Garage:

    2 car garage - detached from home and easily accessible via a covered bridge walkway....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas furnace ...moreless

  • Internet:

    wireless internet connection...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    King size beds have good quality sheets & comforters. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Huge living room with sectional couch and bench seating in front of wall of windows. Cozy entertainment area in living room with 55" HDTV. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    2 car garage. Several cars can fit in driveway, though driveway must be clear for plowing during snow season. Height of garage door is 96" tall....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline with complimentary long distance service (cell service weak to nonexistent)....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels provided. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full size washer available for guests....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig Coffee Maker (uses K-cups for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or apple cider). Mr. Coffee Coffemaker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Crate & Barrel Aspen dish collection...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Amazing chef's kitchen with full pantry equipped with top of the line cooking gadgets and new cookware....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Built in microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    Jenn-Air...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Vitamix Blender Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker All-Clad Crock Pot - 6.5qt Kitchen-Aid Classic Stand Mixer Kitchen-Aid double Belgian waffle maker...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas 4-burner Jenn-Air range...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Breville Mini Smart Oven...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck overlooking trees - includes table, 4 chairs, 1 bench, and 2 adirondack style chairs....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Water sports available at Lake Alpine, approximately 25 miles up Highway 4. Equipment rentals available in Arnold....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber 3 burner propane grill - new in late 2014...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Bear Valley Ski Resort is 25 miles up Highway 4 (approximately 40 minute drive). 4 sleds in garage for guest use....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Summer rentals include complimentary access to Big Trees Village Recreation Center - outdoor swimming open Memorial Day to Labor Day....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$350
$2,000 $3,700
July 4th 2017
Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2017
4 night min stay
$350
$2,000 $3,700
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
$400
$2,000 $3,700
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$325
$2,000 $3,700
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $80
  • Cleaning Fee $175
  • Property Protection $50
  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

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. 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, or guests may feel free to click the "SEND A MESSAGE" button if any questions prior to booking on VRBO and the family property manager will respond very quickly.

CONTRACT & ID

The Chesa Madrisa requires all guests 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. Reservation will be confirmed when contract, ID, and $500 Reservation Deposit are received.

PROPERTY DAMAGE PROTECTION

Chesa Madrisa requires a $50 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation within 1st 3 days of booking & more than 30 days prior to rental = $250 refund (50% of deposit)

Cancellation more than 3 days after booking & more than 30 days prior to rental = $0 refund (0% of deposit)

Cancellation less than 30 days prior to rental = $0 refund of full rental amount (0% refund)

For monthly rentals term change from 30 days to 60 days.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

115 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sacramento
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Lube Room
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 4
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bear Valley Ski Resort

Car: Necessary

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.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2001

About: This family vacation home is managed by the owner's grand-daughter, Hillary, living in Portland, Oregon. HISTORY 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 Sierras, 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.

Why Arnold, CA, USA:
This is our well loved family vacation home, and not a generic investment rental property. 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. 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 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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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

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  • Welcome to the Chesa Madrisa!

    Welcome to the Chesa Madrisa!

  • fresh snow

    fresh snow

  • entry hall - featuring the owner's vintage wooden skis from Norway

    entry hall - featuring the owner's vintage wooden skis from Norway

  • sitting area & large living room

    sitting area & large living room

  • dining area for 6 - extends to seat 10

    dining area for 6 - extends to seat 10

  • kitchen - overlooks living area

    kitchen - overlooks living area

  • mud room for ski gear

    mud room for ski gear

  • 3 bedrooms on the lower level

    3 bedrooms on the lower level

  • bedroom #2 - king size bed & full bathroom

    bedroom #2 - king size bed & full bathroom

  • lower level hallway - media nook & closet full of toys & games

    lower level hallway - media nook & closet full of toys & games

  • sunny patio & bbq

    sunny patio & bbq

  • driveway - easy to navigate in the snow and plowed with every fresh snowfall

    driveway - easy to navigate in the snow and plowed with every fresh snowfall

  • Big Trees Village is halfway between Bear Valley & Murphys

    Big Trees Village is halfway between Bear Valley & Murphys

  • covered footbridge from garage to main entry

    covered footbridge from garage to main entry

  • double-sided fireplace

    double-sided fireplace

  • wall of windows & open floor plan

    wall of windows & open floor plan

  • tv area & patio access with propane grill

    tv area & patio access with propane grill

  • kitchen opens to dining room

    kitchen opens to dining room

  • oversized sectional

    oversized sectional

  • bedroom #1 - king bed (can split into 2 twins) & twin bunks - full size bathroom

    bedroom #1 - king bed (can split into 2 twins) & twin bunks - full size bathroom

  • bedroom #3 - king size bed with bathroom & walk in shower

    bedroom #3 - king size bed with bathroom & walk in shower

  • bathroom for bedroom #2 - similar to other bathrooms

    bathroom for bedroom #2 - similar to other bathrooms

  • 2 car garage

    2 car garage

  • original Chesa Madrisa built in Snowmass, CO in 1973 - replicated in Big Trees

    original Chesa Madrisa built in Snowmass, CO in 1973 - replicated in Big Trees

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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