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Spacious, Modern Mountain Retreat Among the Trees

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

The perfect place for quiet relaxation, indoor fun and outdoor adventure

Spacious 2-story 2,300 square foot updated cabin surrounded by sweet smelling pine trees in the quiet community of Camp Connell in Big Trees Village. Views of the trees from every room. The ultimate private get-away with the convenience of all area attractions just minutes away.


Features a beautiful gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances, tons of cabinet space, fully stocked with cooking gear and gadgets for the chef at heart. Long granite counter bar seats 4. Large dining area seats 10+. Spacious great room with comfortable sofa seating and gorgeous slate fireplace, flat screen TV with cable (sports, premium channels) and AppleTV. Enjoy views of trees from inside through walls of windows. Or relax on the large deck with a book or a beverage with friends (dining seating for up to 14!). Master bedroom with king bed.


Features large rec room with pool table, Ms. Pac-man, universal arcade game, and dome hockey table. Flat screen TV with full cable (sports, premium channels, etc) and Roku. 2 bunk beds (4 twin mattresses). Lower deck is perfect for a breath of fresh air. Laundry room with washer/dryer. Bedroom with king bed, separate full bathroom (shower/tub). Master suite with attached bathroom (double sinks, shower/tub) with 1 full bed and twin over full bunk bed.


Upstairs master bedroom: King bed (sleeps 2)

Downstairs bedroom: King bed (sleeps 2)

Downstairs bedroom suite: Full bed (sleeps 2), Twin over full bunk bed (sleeps 3)

Downstairs rec room: 2 bunk beds (sleeps 4)

Ample room for overflow sleeping in rec room or on upstairs couches


Access to Big Trees Village Recreation Center with 2 pools, game tables, frisbee golf, tennis and grass areas and fun activities during the Summer.

Located just off of Highway 4, with easy access to Arnold (8 minutes to grocery shopping, local shops, brewery and restaurants), Stanislaus River (10 minutes to swimming, picnicking), Big Trees State Park (3 minutes to hiking and famous giant redwoods), Bear Valley (25 minutes to skiing, outdoor adventures), Lake Alpine (30 minutes to kayaking, fishing), Murphys (25 minutes to wine tasting, brewery, top restaurants, shops, festivals), and Angels Camp (40 minutes to cave exploration, restaurants)

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Suzanne Oehler
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Suzanne Oehler

A San Jose family in the Tech industry, we enjoy getting away for outdoor adventures like kayaking, hiking, and skiing. We love that our cabin is just a beautiful 3 hour drive from the Bay Area.

Suzanne Oehler purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Suzanne Oehler chose California

This is our oasis of calm, an escape from city life and gateway to outdoor adventure. It's a wonderful place to gather families or even have some quality time alone.

What makes this cabin unique

Private setting on 1/2 acre - barely see the neighbors.

2 separate zones of the home (upstairs and downstairs) allow guests to have separate experiences.

Gourmet kitchen with gas stove is perfect for the chef at heart and to cook for big groups.

3-mile Shoshone Drive loop is great for a moderate run.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Spacious, Modern Mountain Retreat Among the Trees
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews

Amazing property...perfect for our family gathering!!

  • 5 of 5

Helm's Deep was a great place for our family gathering during the holidays. There were plenty of rooms and amenities. Suzanne thought of every detail to make this house feel like "home." She even made herself accessible during our Christmas stay! Kids were not only entertained by the variety of games in the downstairs rec room, the snow (we were lucky to receive) offered lots of outdoor fun! The upstairs open concept made the living room/dining room area spacious, yet cozy. Thanks for making this a memorable trip for our family! We hope to come back again soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thao, Thanks for your great review! We've been blessed with some snow this winter. Looking forward to another big snow front coming in tomorrow! Happy New Year! Suzanne
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Incredible retreat and stay

  • 5 of 5

Helm's Deep is everything you could want in a vacation home. The kitchen is state of the art and the living space is large but feels very cozy. There are plenty of beds and amenities. Suzanne has gone above and beyond to provide her guests with amenities (and extra snacks) and makes herself very accessible before, during, and after the stay. Couldn't have asked for more!

Images don't do the place justice. Would love to come back in the future. Also very close to grocery stores and Calaveras Big Trees.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jungwon, Thanks not only for the great review, but also for taking such great care of our home during your stay! Suzanne
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Super experience

  • 5 of 5

My brother rented this home for our family to celebrate our parents 48th wedding anniversary. The home was super clean and well stocked with essentials. I brought my own sheets just in case I wasn't comfortable with theirs, but it wasn't necessary. Loved the soft bed sheets. All the restrooms are very nice and clean. Everything worked great. Thank you for letting us use your comfy home.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Naraith, So glad your weekend worked out so well. Comfortable beds and soft sheets are so important to me when I visit a hotel or stay in a rental. Glad you noticed :) Suzanne
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Great weekend stay & memorable family gathering

  • 5 of 5

After making the online arrangements and adding a third night to our stay, we knew a special weekend was planned with family arriving from VA, AZ & So Cal. The youngest in our family (18 to 22 years old), were entertained most of the weekend in the downstairs game room with covered deck area and claimed the 4 bunk beds nearby. Their late night pool, foosball and arcade games didn't interrupt those in the 2 downstairs bedrooms with luxurious bathroom suites that offered great sleeping accommodations and privacy when needed.

Upstairs the gourmet kitchen, large dining table area and relaxing great room made a perfect setting for our family gathering. We enjoyed using the outdoor grill while my sisters prepared salmon and other favorite recipes for a memorable family dinner. We also enjoyed a lazy Sunday brunch and didn't really didn't care that it rained most of the weekend....our supply of firewood, wine and great accommodations kept us warm and cozy all weekend long. I would highly recommend this rental and location for a winter ski weekend, a summer fishing trip or a family gathering like we had. We look forward to a return visit soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kevin, Thanks for your great review! So important to have a "play zone" for the kids so the grown-ups can have a little peace :) Suzanne
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Amazing property - well kept, fully stocked, and great location!

  • 5 of 5

This place was awesome - everything was in great shape and the place is fully stocked with high end items. There was nothing we needed that we couldn't find! The owners even left out some snacks, coffee and wine for our arrival! They have thought of everything to make your stay wonderful.

The house itself is very spacious, with lots of room inside and out - though the outside deck was too alluring to spend much time indoors. Everyone loved the pool table and the arcade games - something I haven't seen in prior rentals I've done.

Suzanne was incredibly responsive and even sent a note on the evening of check-in to make sure we made it in okay.

Our family will definitely be renting the Helm's Deep cabin again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Richard! Glad your time was enjoyable.
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The cabin has all the comforts of home and more!

  • 5 of 5

We had end of summer vacation with our family.. 6 adults and almost 3 Granddaughter! These owners have thought of everything. The cabin is spacious, beautiful kitchen and well- equipped! The game room was a hit with the 30+ adult kids. The cabin is close to a variety of activities; Calavares Big Trees, White Pines Lake, Murphy's. For going out to eat we ate at Snowshoe Brewery, had burgers at the Lube Room, lunch at Grounds in Murphy's, and a family dinner at Sarafina's all were delicious. The owners have a binder which provides lot's of information things to do in the area. And I can't forget to mention the beautiful deck. Perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and visiting with family!

We will definitely return! This cabin is a gem. The owner's make the rental process very easy and streamlined. I love that they have a cleaning service included in the rental. Who wants to spend the last day of vacation cleaning house!

Would not hesitate to return! Our kids were already making plans for when we could return.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christine, Thanks for taking the time to leave your review. So happy your stay was so fun and packed with adventure! We finally made it to the Lube Room ourselves after your recommendation and loved it! So nice to have a great restaurant 2 minutes from the cabin :) Suzanne
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Nearest Airport
79 Miles
Stockton Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Snowshoe Brewery
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Sarafina Italian
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Camp Connell Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Ski Season
Jan 9 2017 - Mar 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Season
Mar 27 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 30 2017 - Jun 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jun 29 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housecleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Linen service is included in the cleaning fee (bed sheets and towels). Damage deposit covers cost if key is not returned to the lockbox, missing linens or damage beyond wear and tear. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Vacation rental agreement must be signed no later than 2 weeks prior to check-in date.

Must be 25 years or older to rent the property.

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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Camp Connell Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 full bed and twin over full bunk bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis

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