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Cottage in the Sierras

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

This is an original cabin in the first neighborhood in Arnold. We have updated it completely but left the original flavor intact. For example it has full kitchen with dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, wireless internet and has city water and sewer, but does not have cabletv or gaming consoles. The living room and dining room are not "great rooms", but cozy get together spaces. If you are the type of folks who love to ski and hike or swim and canoe, then head home for a home cooked meal, a beer and a video or book- this is the spot for you!!

The house is 100% accessible with the exception of a few closets where we maintain personal items

We will not be present during your stay

PS- here is a bit more perspective on our home...

I wanted to give everyone a view into more about the house. I am personally someone who travels to find a different scene. I enjoy a trailer on the beach, or a tree house in the forest and am a bit frustrated by a suburban home replete with big box furnishings- I just don’t feel the love <3. When we renovated the cabin, which needed everything from roof to foundation plus bathroom and kitchen, I kept it as close to the lumberjack cabin that it was built as, in the 1930s while making it “modern” with dishwasher, disposal etc. I have bought all furnishings at auctions and estate sales. I collect blue transferware and the like which makes up the dinnerware and buy white towels, sheets, and down comforters when they are on sale. Thus, you have a collection of things which for me is beautiful and charming. For others, it may feel shabby and distressing. The house was also has a design flaw that dumps snow off the roof right in front of the garage door (the lumberjacks weren’t very forward thinking) and requires a very sturdy structure to keep the snow away from the door that won’t be crushed by the heavy snow. You have to move it and some find this also distressing. I have never had a problem moving it, - nor have my kids, but you might. We actually are working on a design for a steel replacement. The house has been built with love and an eye to the country life. I have another site I list on, where it is highly rented because it’s a different group of folks looking for “different”. But there are a lot of houses on here that are lovely- and you may be more comfy with one a little less country- and you should have a lovely vacation- so look around and choose what suits your style! I hope this help a little and that you have a restful and wonderful holiday.

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Owner
Patty Breslin
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016

About Patty Breslin

We have had hte house since 99 and had a lot of fun at Bear Valley skiing with my kids, at White Pines lake floating on the surfboard and hiking everywhere. This house is a home, not and investment, and we are happy to share it with like minded people who care about spending time with friends and family in the outdoors.

Patty Breslin purchased this house in 1999

Why Patty Breslin chose Gold Country & High Sierra

We looked for a long time for a property that shared some history and a story. This was one of the original houses built in Arnold to house a logging family. It is not a typical "mountain property" but more of a cabin unglamorous and homey. We had to do major renovations, but kept the original character intact. Lots of people have loved this house, because it its a bit quirky- and we love it that way.

Reviews

3.5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Cottage in the Sierras
average rating of 3.5 based on 4 reviews
4

nice stay in simple house

  • 4 of 5

I liked the old cabin. Wood floors, squeaky a bit, but clean & well maintained. Nice comfortable beds.

We only missed a cutting board in the kitchen.

Some windows did not want to open, so we just opened the doors for a quick venting.

Fred

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3

A little bit of a challenge

  • 3 of 5

Upon arrival we retrieved our keys from the lock box without incident. Our instructions then told us to access the garage to turn on water and hot water heater. The garage was barricaded with a rustic home-made snow barrier which came apart in for our five very heavy awkward pieces which needed to be thrown to the side of the driveway in the snow to access the garage door. We then tried the lock and the instructions said the door was heavy and two people were recommended to open it. It took us quite a few tries to get the lock unstuck and to hoist the very awkward door up. Upon finally accessing the garage the water and hot water valves were well labeled and had clear instructions.

The cabin itself was quaint and cozy. There is only a standard couch and a chair in the living room, so our family of four had to cuddle tight to watch a movie in that room. The kitchen was well stocked and everything worked fine. One of the dining room chairs collapsed and broke in half under the weight of an average sized man when sitting for dinner, but the owner was going to look into the stability of the remaining chairs. The beds were a bit squeaky and only one flat pillow per person were provided, so I'd recommend bringing your own pillows. Everything was clean and tidy, although the tv was stored in a cabinet and needed to be taken out and cables attached to watch a movie with our kids. The kids enjoyed playing in the snow in the yard and the cabin was convenient to Arnold, Murphy's and a quick 25 minute drive to bear valley. Overall we had a good experience after our initial frustration in trying to access the garage to turn on the water.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad I have finally gotten feedback – albeit, not gold stars all around.  I wanted to give everyone a view into more about the house. I am personally someone who travels to find a different scene. I enjoy a trailer on the beach, or a treehouse in the forest and am a bit frustrated by a suburban home replete with big box furnishings- I just don’t feel the love <3. When we renovated the cabin, which needed everything from roof to foundation plus bathroom and kitchen, I kept it as close to the lumberjack cabin that it was built as, in the 1930s while making it “modern” with dishwasher, disposal etc. I have bought all furnishings at auctions and estate sales. I collect blue transferware and the like which makes up the dinnerware and buy white towels, sheets, and down comforters when they are on sale. Thus, you have a collection of things which for me is beautiful and charming. For others, it may feel shabby and distressing. The house was also has a design flaw that dumps snow off the roof right in front of the garage door (the lumberjacks weren’t very forward thinking) and requires a very sturdy structure to keep the snow away from the door that won’t be crushed by the heavy snow. You have to move it and some find this also distressing. I have never had a problem moving it, - nor have my kids, but you might. We actually are working on a design for a steel replacement. The house has been built with love and an eye to the country life. I have another site I list on, where it is highly rented because it’s a different group of folks looking for “different”. But there are a lot of houses on here that are lovely- and you may be more comfy with one a little less country- and you should have a lovely vacation- so look around and choose what suits your style! I hope this help a little and that you have a restful and wonderful holiday.
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3

House but not a home

  • 3 of 5

Although this house has all the amenities you would need, wifi, kitchen appliances etc., the house never felt homey. The furniture is sparse and dated. Also, the opening/closing procedures during the winter are somewhat cumbersome requiring you to remove a heavy garage snowblock contraption, get into the garage (which is also heavy) and open/close taps and turn on/off the hot water heater. One other thing to note with most of the Arnold area, there is no AT&T coverage, which made it difficult to coordinate with friends staying in the area.

If you need basic accommodations, it will do the job...it is clean and easy to get to.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad I have finally gotten feedback – albeit, not gold stars all around.  I wanted to give everyone a view into more about the house. I am personally someone who travels to find a different scene. I enjoy a trailer on the beach, or a treehouse in the forest and am a bit frustrated by a suburban home replete with big box furnishings- I just don’t feel the love <3. When we renovated the cabin, which needed everything from roof to foundation plus bathroom and kitchen, I kept it as close to the lumberjack cabin that it was built as, in the 1930s while making it “modern” with dishwasher, disposal etc. I have bought all furnishings at auctions and estate sales. I collect blue transferware and the like which makes up the dinnerware and buy white towels, sheets, and down comforters when they are on sale. Thus, you have a collection of things which for me is beautiful and charming. For others, it may feel shabby and distressing. The house was also has a design flaw that dumps snow off the roof right in front of the garage door (the lumberjacks weren’t very forward thinking) and requires a very sturdy structure to keep the snow away from the door that won’t be crushed by the heavy snow. You have to move it and some find this also distressing. I have never had a problem moving it, - nor have my kids, but you might. We actually are working on a design for a steel replacement. The house has been built with love and an eye to the country life. I have another site I list on, where it is highly rented because it’s a different group of folks looking for “different”. But there are a lot of houses on here that are lovely- and you may be more comfy with one a little less country- and you should have a lovely vacation- so look around and choose what suits your style! I hope this help a little and that you have a restful and wonderful holiday.
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4

Clean, comfortable, good price

  • 4 of 5

Usually we camp at Big Tress, but we will rent again for sure. It was clean and everything was fine. It had basically everything we needed. There are some things that were funky--like mis-matching dishes, towels, etc. like most cabins/vacation homes. If you want something fancy, this is not it, but if you want a good deal and to be comfortable, you'll be happy. It is an old house and if you need many outlets, this place has very few in the bedrooms. We did not have access to the top floor. The street is quiet and felt very safe. Our son and dog played in the front and back yard. The hammock was nice too. We would come back again. Communication with owner was excellent.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Arnold House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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2 night minimum stay
$120
$700
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning $115
Tax Rate 6.0%

Our cleaning service charges $15 per load of laundry in addition to the cleaning fee. We encourage guests to run sheets and towels before leaving, and most do. We have included one load in these fees, but if there is more than that we will deduct from security deposit. It is an unfortunate :-( but real cost of our service providers.

Owner'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.
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Amenities

Arnold House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming

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