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The Bluebird House in Big Trees Village

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday chalet in Arnold - Bluebird House

Relax in style in all-season 3 bedroom, 3 bath chalet in the Sierras

Located in beautiful Dorrington, along scenic California Hwy 4 at 5,000 ft. elevation. A charming and comfortable Sierra retreat, great for children, dog friendly. Large Deck with gas BBQ. WiFi, Cable TV, DVD/VCR, Fully-Stocked Kitchen, Year-round access, Rec Center/Pool in Summer. Big Trees State Park, Arnold restaurants, and Bear Valley Ski Resort nearby. 10 minutes to Fishing in Stanislaus River. 1,850 square feet with 2 stories and large level lot with giant trees. Can accommodate 10 guests.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

David George
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, My wife speaks Spanish and I speak a bit of German
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2016

About David George

We both grew up in Southern California but have lived in Northern California since our wedding 40 years ago. Our primary home is in the San Francisco East Bay and have owned our cabin in Big Trees Village since 1988. Our vacation rental home, the Bluebird House is just down the street from our own cabin.

David George purchased this chalet in 2013

Why David George chose Gold Country / High Sierra

The Bluebird House is spacious and can accommodate one or two families with ease, and is DOG FRIENDLY. The 5,000 foot elevation guarantees heavy snow in winter months and sunny, warm days during the summertime. We maintain an annual membership in the local Big Trees Recreation Center for our rental guests' use during the summer months. The Rec Center provides picnicking, a kids playground, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and two swimming pools. There is a gate charge for daily use of the swimming pools per individual or family.

What makes this chalet unique

We welcome 1-2 small to medium size dogs, as long as you do not leave the dog(s) in the house alone. The large deck has a latched gate for containment of pets or small children. The large level lot is unusual for the hilly neighborhood. A gas BBQ is provided for guest use and there are snow platters and horseshoes available in the outdoor closet. The flat driveway provides easy access during winter snow months and the driveway is plowed during snow storms. A sunny bay window seat is a great place to read or enjoy the falling snow.

Please remove your shoes when you are inside the home. Absolutely NO SMOKING (of any kind!) EVER inside, and no smoking outdoors from June-October because of high fire danger. No open fires on the property. Always carry tire chains/cables during winter months.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

The Bluebird House in Big Trees Village
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

Cozy, quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped, cozy cabin perfect for a family vacation! Super close to Big Trees State Park, which is gorgeous. Loved it even in the rain! Perfect cozy fall vacation spot.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elizabeth and family, Thank You and we are glad that you had a nice stay at the Bluebird House in Big Trees Village this weekend, despite the (much needed) rain showers. Please consider returning to the Dorrington area for your next Sierra vacation. - Dave and Carol.
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Great house, great services

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for three days. We had wonderful time. The house location is great in the middle of the woods. It is pretty close to the lakes, park and river. The service is great as we receive all instructions from the ower in time. We will stay there again next time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay, peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

Loved the rental. Cozy home, beautiful deck to enjoy being in the woods, and close to Big Trees State Park for awesome sights. Everything about the house made it easy to cook, entertain ourselves, and have peace and quiet.

Only minor suggestions, garbage drop off was a bit further than we expected, estimated distance would be helpful, especially since we could not get a phone signal for gps for directions. And a couple of kitchen items would be extra nice, e.g., pitcher for iced tea, potato masher or hand mixer. But these were very minor and just small suggestions, not criticisms.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Celeste, thanks for your stay at the Bluebird House and for your helpful comments. We will add a potato masher to the kitchen utensils. There is an iced tea pitcher but we noticed in cleaning after your check out that another guest had crammed it into the back of a cabinet, not easy to find. The directions to the Avery Disposal site are on the refrigerator door but we will check to make sure they include the approximate distance to the Center. Please come again soon. - Dave and Carol G., Owners.
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Great house for families

  • 4 of 5

Great house for families. We had 2 familes of 4 stay and we had plenty of room for all of us. House is located close to big trees and about 30 mins from bear valley.

I would consider 5 stars if there wasn't an extra fee for the sheets and the added hassle of dealing with the trash on the way out. Other than those small items, it's a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, quiet, cozy and clean!

  • 4 of 5

My family of four and our friends (family of 5) recently stayed in the Bluebird House in Dorrington. It was our first time renting a cabin and it proved to be a very good experience. The cabin was roomy enough for all 9 of us and yet had a cozy feel to it, very homey, warm and inviting. The cabin has been well maintained and had everything we needed for cooking, relaxing and entertaining. I do have two suggestions however. The two queen bed mattresses are very firm and a foam mattress pad topper may do wonders. Also, it would have been so nice if the trash could have been picked up for us by the cleaning crew since there is a $75 cleaning fee. The Avery Station for disposing of our trash is closed on Wed and Th and we left on a Wed so we were unable to dispose of our trash at the site. Other than those two things, it is a great place to stay-close to the Lake Alpine and Big Trees...beautiful grounds, fresh air and perfect temperature for July! We would definitely stay in the Bluebird House again! :)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin

  • 4 of 5

The cabin inside and out was just perfect. We really enjoyed the large sundeck. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because we had a few problems that we were able to work around. We did contact the owner regarding a cracked coffee pot and were told a new one would be brought over soon. We never did receive a new coffee carafe while we were there. Upon our arrival we noticed a note on the game room door that leads to the outside deck that says "do not use this door". On our last night we realized the door never locks to the outside. This was a little concerning but we were checking out the next day.

Overall this was a great cabin and if these items get fixed we would definitely stay there again if we were up in that area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, a new coffee maker was on the delivery truck last Friday and then we received a message that the delivery could not be made - because of a "natural disaster"! We can't figure out what that means because the weather and roads were clear. It is replaced now. We notified our Open/Close/Cleaning service to make sure all doors are locked. Thanks for the feedback.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
The Lube Room
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Sequoia Woods
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Sarafina's Italian Food
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Bear Valley Ski Resort
Car: necessary

The home is at the heart of a scenic Sierra mountains wonderland. Large pine and cedar trees provide cool shade in summertime while the large deck is sunny and has plenty of seating.

Nearby attractions include: The Big Trees Recreation Center (less than 5 mins.), fishing and water play in the Stanislaus River (10 mins.), Big Trees State Park featuring walks through Giant Sequoia trees (10 mins.), many restaurants in Arnold (12 mins.), Gold-rush era Murphys with 26 wineries (20 mins.), Bear Valley Ski Resort (25 mins.), Lake Alpine at 7,400 elevation (25 mins.), the Ebbetts Pass and Pacific Crest Trail (40 mins.), Yosemite National Park and Valley Waterfalls (2 hour scenic drive).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Arnold, Gold Country / High Sierra

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas-New Year
16 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
MLK Weekend
13 Jan 2017 - 15 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Presidents Day
17 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4th of July
30 Jun 2017 - 3 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £119
Open and Close Fee £99
Pet Fee £20

Open and Close One-Time Fee is Non-refundable as it is paid to a local service for cleaning after you leave. There is a $50 Optional Bed Sheets/Pillow Cases and Bath Towels Service that you can order after making your reservation. Send a message to the Owners requesting the Bed Sheets/Towels Optional Service. Otherwise, please bring you own bed sheets, pillow cases, and bath towels for up to 3 Queen sized beds, a Standard Double, and up to 2 Single (Bunk) beds, and 3 Bathrooms.

Please remove your own trash and recycling when you check out. If trash and/or recycling is left behind, a $25 Trash-Recycling Disposal Fee will be deducted from the refundable Security deposit. There is a County Trash Disposal site in Avery on the way down Highway 4. Look for the blue-green sign as you approach Avery. You will need to show your Rental Agreement or an email from us to use the disposal site. There are instructions and a map in the cabin for the Disposal Site on the refrigerator door. The disposal site is CLOSED Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Please DO NOT leave your dog(s) in the house alone as they can cause damage while you are away.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Arnold in California

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Connected to Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs bath for two bedrooms
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Recreation Room 1/2 Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Private Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Spacious private upstairs bedroom with Queen bed
    Kid's Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Two bunk beds and a standard double sleeps 4
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , On main floor with connecting bath
    Great Room Blue Couch - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen Sized Hide-a-bed in Great Rm Blue Couch sleeps two.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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