$28 dollars per person/night!! Whether you have a large family, belong to a social or recreational group, or celebrating a holiday/event, this dorm-style lodge provides the perfect location and amenities. Approximately 5,400 square feet of open living space with beamed ceilings, a commercial kitchen, a spacious dining area, 8 bedrooms, and a recreation room downstairs, this lodge may just be your ticket! Add a large parking lot with easy access off Hwy 4, just minutes to Bear Valley Ski Resort(15 miles) and a variety of recreational options. Imagine the possibilities! 24 bunk beds(6bedrooms) plus two queen beds(1 bedroom). Sleeps 28 comfortably. Additional rental agreement signature required. This quote is for 24 guests. Over 24 guests, $30 per person/per night. **** Includes access to Big Trees Recreation Center -swimming pool, tennis, basketball, volleyball, four-square,shuffleboard courts, and frisbee golf course.1.8 miles away****
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8 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 30
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- 23 Jun 2018
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Relaxing and spacious
We loved our stay! Our visit in April was the perfect weather. Warm inside with fresh cool air outside. The big kitchen was a plus and very spacious. All the essentials are there but only one small cutting board. The shower rooms had two glass doors which were semi see through and one curtain room. There is a separate room with another shower room too. Bill was very helpful all weekend. Thank you so much! We do expect to return!
Fantastic! Wonderful experience.
Large, spacious, fun!
Our group of 33 (adults and kids) stayed for a weekend and had a wonderful time at the lodge. There was plenty of room to move around. The massive kitchen and dining table were put to good use. The kids had fun playing with the snow around the house and as if that was not enough, we drove to a snow park about 15 minutes away for even more fun. The weekend was filled with good food, fun games and intimate conversations among friends. We do have some suggestions for improvements: 1) Installing pull-out faucets in the kitchen sink...We found bending over the deep sink to do dishes for a long time could really hurt our backs ..2) Hanging curtains outside shower doors to give more privacy to the communal bathroom...3) Make the game room more inviting with better lighting and carpet...Water leaked in from outside while we were there... These were minor issues and did not stop us from having a great time.....As a bonus, the scenic drive on highway 4 to the rental was absolutely gorgeous and spirit-calming....Overall, truly a memorable weekend.
we took a group of kids up to have a great time it was comfortable the place was heated by a wood furnace the grounds keepee bill showed up multiple times during the day and night to keep it heated was amazing. the place was secluded the only negatives was the projector was not working and its about 20 feet away from a cal trans station sonthe light are on all night, but once you fell asleep you didnt even notice. i will definitely be back.
Fun family trip!
The location is great, close enough to Arnold (markets, gas, rent snow boots in case you left that one bag at home!) and only 25min drive up to bear valley ski resort. The house is much larger than pictured, the rooms are very spacious with closets and sinks. TV area is very comfortable enough space to watch movies at night. The tree showers are all in one bath, so you need to take turns, but you can write your schedule everyday on the board right outside. The dinning table is massive, we enjoy wonderful meals, everybody sitting at the same time specially Thanks Giving dinner. We most loved the kitchen, all stainless steel restaurant style! One enormous fridge and if that wasn't enough, there are 2 extra normal size fridges for beverages and snacks, there is a six burner stove and we absolutely loved the griddle: bacon and pancakes for all in no time, warming tortillas for "taco night": easy!
We appreciated property manager (Billy) daily trips to check on us, answer questions and even crack some jokes for the kids, he kept the wood heater running well to keep us toasty warm inside (it was around 40F outside). We even found the lodge nicely decorated for the holidays, such a neat detail.
This place is very functional, nothing fancy but just right for large groups. Our family oriented trip was a big success, dedicating our days to explore the woods (Big trees state park and hike along the Stanislaus River) and play in the snow (Bear valley) and then get back 'home' to eat, play, drink, laugh, even dance to loud salsa music!
Suggestions for the owner:
Install blinds on the theater area windows for day time entertaining (some people in our group is not very outdoorsy and rather stay and watch TV!)
More kitchen utensils like large spoons, ladles and spatulas, that was the only "struggle" while cooking.
Suggestions for groups:
Bring kitchen towels to dry hands and dishes while cooking.
Clorox wipes are good to sanitize surfaces, beds and leather couches specially if you have little ones, we found the lodge a bit dusty.
Elements lodge, thank you for the great memories!
Great place for a group retreat!
Our group was about 20+ people, and we're glad to have this place! The owner was very helpful and responsive on getting our questions answered, and even if we weren't able to get to the property until late night (around 10pm), the owner still made effort to make sure we got there as the reception of pretty much all carriers (including Verizon as I recall) got nearly nothing starting about 10mins before reaching to the site. The staff wasn't really onsite but live quite close to the property, and he's very friendly and tried hard to assist us. The property itself is very interesting also with the decorations inside, and even though the cellular network was pretty bad, they have good WiFi and it's actually not far away from grocery story (about 10mins I think). Despite some issues we ran into during our stay (that's why we took out 1 star), overall we're very happy with the site and will consider to come back next year.
So here is a list issues that we encountered and would suggest to improve:
1) AC! The building comes with good heater system so it should be good for winter, but since it was summer time when we visited, the building got heated up quickly, and the fans weren't really too helpful...
2) Mosquito: Since there's no AC + and some of the nets on the window were broken/not there and it's in the middle of the wood, mosquitoes were having a great meal during our stay with no obvious pest control in the building. Again, this probably wont' happen during winter time...
3) 1 out of the 7 bedrooms were out of service.
4) 1 out of the 2 urine bowl were out of service.
5) Pilot light of the oven were out when we got there
6) Oven was quite dirty
7) Nowhere to place trash/food waste except inside the building
8) The big refrigerator next to stove was only working as "storage" but can't refrigerate food. They have 2 "home size" refrigerators as alternatives though.
9) I forgot if the air-hocky or the soccer table was out of service
10) Couple couches were broken
11) Projector doesn't have VGA/HDMI input as I recall
12) No lock/key for main entrance when we were out for outdoor activity (they have 4 set of keys for each room though)
Again, even though the list above doesn't look that impressive, by giving a 4-star review, I can still say it's a great place to stay for group retreat! Look forward to visit again, and hope that the things above will be improved!