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The Bluebird House in Big Trees Village

People10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

The 3-bedroom, 2.5-Bath home is located on a level lot at 2859 Kenshaw Way 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. Both a wood-burning stove and a natural gas stove provide winter warmth, as well as electric wall heaters in the kitchen and bedrooms.

Nearby attractions include: The Big Trees Recreation Center (less than 5 mins.), fishing and water play in the Stanislaus River (10 mins.), Calaveras 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).

The home has a large Recreation/TV room with a caroms game table for kids, Comcast CableTV, and a new hide-a-bed couch. The Kitchen comes fully supplied with all cooking utensils, pots and pans, place settings, a drip coffee maker, electric range and oven, dishwasher, and slow-cook 5-quart crock pot. A couple of snowplay platters and snow shovel can be found in the outside closet, along with cans to temporarily store trash and recycling.

Two comfortable private adult bedrooms have a queen-sized bed in each, and a third bedroom has 2 bunk beds and a standard double bed for the kids. With the sofa-bed, the cabin sleeps 10 max. A level, paved driveway is professionally snow-plowed in winter months.

More Details

Owner
David George
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, My wife speaks Spanish and I speak a bit of German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Arnold in Alpine County

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

The Bluebird House in Big Trees Village
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews
5

Very comfortable stay for two families including a beloved family dog!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you very much, Dave and Carol, for a lovely stay at the Bluebird House! The house is well equipped for cooking at home. The beds and bathrooms were comfortable. It was nice to have a fenced in deck for our friend's dog. We enjoyed being so close to Bear Valley and had a great weekend of skiing. Looking forward to staying at the house again!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, Daniel and family! We are big dog lovers ourselves and the Bluebird House doors are always open for furred family members. Glad you enjoyed the comfort of our home and you got lucky with the fresh snowfall also!
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5

Lovely, Comfortable Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great stay that our 6-year old imagines being back in the "snow cabin" to fall asleep at night. Owners were really accommodating given that we ran into some weather during our stay. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at the Blue bird house. Even though the weekend turned out to be very rainy we still had a great time staying in and playing some board games. The house is absolutely lovely and very cozy. It would be great to visit it in summer time as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

My Trip was from 12/9 to 12/11.

I spoke to the homeowners before we showed up to the cabin and they answered all the questions we had and also advised us to take a few extra things on our trip. Especially chains or 4x4 since the roads were starting to get snowy and icy.

When we showed up to the cabin the lights were on and the house was warm! It felt like we walked into our own home. Everything was nice and clean and they also had just about everything you need in the kitchen.

The beds were comfortable and there was more than enough room to accommodate my family. The WiFi is also a plus and was fast enough for all of our electronics even while on YouTube and listening to Music.

The restrooms were nice, clean and fully stocked! Be careful for the hot water! It can get hot!!!

Overall, our experience was great! It's perfect in the winter if you enjoy playing in the snow! The owners are nice which is a big plus and are also very helpful. We will be looking forward to renting from them again in the future! I recommend this cabin for any family.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marina and family, We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Bluebird House. We have worked hard to make it feel like "home" for all of our guests. We are also glad to have had such good communication with you in the few days prior to your stay as your reservation came in very close to your check-in date. But that's okay! 😀򐀠We got it all arranged for you. We will check on the hot water heater settings when we can so no one is scalded by hot water. Please come again and enjoy the Bluebird House the next time you are able. - Dave and Carol.
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5

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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5

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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Location

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Stockton
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 3-bedroom, 2.5-Bath home is located on a level lot at 2859 Kenshaw Way 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. Both a wood-burning stove and a natural gas stove provide winter warmth, as well as electric wall heaters in the kitchen and bedrooms.

Nearby attractions include: The Big Trees Recreation Center (less than 5 mins.), fishing and water play in the Stanislaus River (10 mins.), Calaveras 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).

The home has a large Recreation/TV room with a caroms game table for kids, Comcast CableTV, and a new hide-a-bed couch. The Kitchen comes fully supplied with all cooking utensils, pots and pans, place settings, a drip coffee maker, electric range and oven, dishwasher, and slow-cook 5-quart crock pot. A couple of snowplay platters and snow shovel can be found in the outside closet, along with cans to temporarily store trash and recycling.

Two comfortable private adult bedrooms have a queen-sized bed in each, and a third bedroom has 2 bunk beds and a standard double bed for the kids. With the sofa-bed, the cabin sleeps 10 max. A level, paved driveway is professionally snow-plowed in winter months.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Arnold, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£439
for 2 nights
From
£171
 
 
4th of July
30 Jun 2017 - 3 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£610
for 3 nights
From
£171
 
 
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£439
for 2 nights
From
£171
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£374
for 2 nights
From
£138
From
£155
Fri,Sat
£904
£2,543
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £115.95
Open and Close Fee £96.63
Pet Fee £19.33
Tax Rate 6.0%

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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