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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 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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks English, My wife speaks Spanish and I speak a bit of German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
13 December, 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 Dorrington

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 Dorrington in Calaveras County

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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

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The Bluebird House in Big Trees Village
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 26 reviews
pleasant hill ca
5

perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Cozy feeling but plenty of room for two families of four! comfortable and homey-we felt like we were staying at a friends place! We loved the large deck and being so close to the rec center (do call ahead b/c they have some funky hours!) Visited Mercer Caverns and on Sunday went up to Lake Alpine which was a gem!

The owners are so easy to work with and very easy going! That made the stay very relaxing! Close to plenty of fun but in a quiet neighborhood. We loved our stay and wished we had booked a longer trip! Only issue was that it was HOT the weekend we visited and there is no AC. But a great fan really helped in the upstairs bedroom! Will rent again!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. Yes, we try to make the Bluebird House feel like it is a friend's place. The Bluebird House has SO MANY friends now! Please feel free to book again. The fall and winter months are spectacular in Big Trees also. - Dave and Carol. PS - The cabin has two ceiling fans, one in each of the large downstairs rooms, and a portable fan for the bedrooms. Although days can get warm in Big Trees, the nights are always cool. There are many windows to capture the night air.
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5

Great family stay!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect mountain retreat

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very Comfortable Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin had everything our family needed – wi-fi, comfortable beds and sitting areas, cable TV, and a functioning/stocked kitchen. The owner/property manager was very helpful and timely with responses to questions. We were a little disappointed that linens were an extra charge because that’s something we’re used to being included in the rental fee, but it’s a service that seems to be commonly charged for as an extra in the Arnold area. Overall, we were very comfortable at the cabin and would be happy to stay there again.”

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice 5-star review of the Bluebird House in Big Trees Village! We work hard to make our guests' stays comfortable, and you are always welcome to return. Since these reviews are read read by so many prospective guests, and are important to their decisions, we would like to clarify as much as possible the general Arnold/Big Trees/Dorrington area policy about bed linens and bath towels. The area has no inexpensive laundering services that owners can rely upon. The one professional service of which we are aware charges as much as $25 per bed and bath, plus a delivery charge. For 8 guests (6 beds3 baths) at the Bluebird House, that would add over $240 to the guest's cost for a weekend stay. That is too expensive, whether or not it is included in the nightly cost! As an alternative, we offer an Optional Bed Linens and Bath Towels service to our guests for an affordable $50 one-time cost for the complete stay. This is a flow-through cost to our cleaning person, and is actually less than we pay her. About 6 in 10 guests opt for our Linens/Towels service - mostly the larger, multi-family parties, and about 4 in 10 choose to bring their own linens and towels - mostly the smaller, single family parties. The point is we offer a choice. We will try to make this information more easily found in the initial cabin descriptions that are read by prospective Bluebird House guests. - Dave and Carol, Owners.
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Oakland, CA
5

Great family friendly getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cabin for two nights and had an amazing time. We wish we had stayed a whole week! The house was comfy and well stocked. We took advantage of using the pool at the rec center and the kids loved the bunk beds. We brought food to cook and the kitchen had plenty of pots/pans, etc so that we could cook all of our meals. The deck was awesome and shady and we spent our mornings and evenings out there. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sonia for the kind words. You don't need a wedding to plan a return visit! The Big Trees / Dorrington area is lovely in the fall and winter also. Please come stay again! - Dave and Carol.
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4

Nice, comfortable getaway cabin

  • 4 of 5

Very pleasant and well equipped cabin. David was easy to deal with and very responsive over email. Great location near big trees etc, but far enough from everything for some real quiet nights.

Small cons:

- $50 fee for linens was not listed in ad. Seems like a fair price, I just don't like hearing about additional costs after making arrangements.

- Cleaner showed up to clean at about 10am on our checkout day, and I had to ask her to leave until we were out. I understand the need to "flip" the house for the next renter, but 11am check out feels early on a vacation house (I know it is a standard hotel check out time).

Those are nitpicky critiques that are easily correctable. We will very likely rent he house again (best endorsement I can give!)

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

All we could have hoped for, and more.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is comfortable, spacious, and has all you need for a restful time in the woods. LOVED the fenced deck, it was perfect for Gizmo (Corgi), who loved being on the deck with us. We had a great time, and hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • 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

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £18.64
Damage Deposit £111.85

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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