Super fun, family-friendly "Sweet Retreat" at 5000 feet on very private 1.3 acres with plush movie theater, pool & ping pong. In between Murphys wine tasting and Bear Valley Ski Resort. Under 10 minutes to the Stanislaus River and Big Trees Park. Can be booked with Sweet Retreat II to sleep up to 16.
Inside: This cabin in Big Trees Village includes a theater with an 8' wide screen and plush seating, a pool & ping pong table, fire pit for 13, and fast wireless throughout. The theater also has a built in microwave and small refrigerator. Bring popcorn and drinks! Movie watching fun!
Bedroom 1 has a queen bed, guest armoire, and streaming movies. The 2nd bedroom has one queen bed and bunk beds, sleeping 4. A pull out queen sleeper sofa is also available in the living room. Sleeps up to 8 in beds assuming 2 sleepers in each queen.
Warm Weather Only: Sleeping capacity of 12 is based on 8 in cabin beds and 4 on air mattresses, if available, in the tipi tent sharing the same property. Please note: the Tipi tent is available only to Sweet Retreat cabin renters. Please bring bedding or sleeping bags.
Tennis, basketball, picnic grounds, and a kiddie-play area are a two minute walk through the trees to the Big Trees Recreation Center.
Soap, shampoo, towels, bedding, and even toothbrushes are supplied.
7 minutes to the Stanislaus River Sourgrass Recreation area and whitewater rafting. 8 minutes to jaw-dropping huge trees at Big Trees State Park. Murphy's wine tasting and many lakes are 30 minute drives.
Cars lacking 4-, or all-wheel drive should park at the top of the driveway year round, as should all vehicles during winter months.
Kids adore the theater and tipi. More than one young child has asked their parents during their stay if the family could live at the Sweet Retreat full time. :-) the center's tennis and basketball courts, kiddie play and BBQ/picnic table areas.
Sitting on the back deck dwarfed by super tall pines, one guest remarked: "it feels like luxury camping here." Yes, the feel is remote and secluded, yet groceries, gas, and restaurants are just a few minutes away.
Winter Notes: One family wrote "Thank you for our best Christmas ever" highlighting being able to watch their kids sled the steep driveway from the comfort of the wood-stove-heated living room.
What's fun for some families isn't for others: Families with children who have to be carried should carefully check weather conditions before renting in the winter: carrying a child on the steep driveway in icy conditions is no fun and not advised.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests have access to everything but the owner's closet, one utility closet and wine cabinet. Includes fast wifi, charcoal grill, fully equipped kitchen, home theater, hookups upstairs and down for playing music off your smartphone/iPad, pool table, 2 kayaks, and a land line telephone.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
The host stays offsite in most cases. Live interaction by special request.
Winter wear share bin has lots of gloves, jackets, etc. in case you forget yours. The home site is adjacent to some of the planet's most awesome and treasured giant trees. So we take minimizing fire dangers more seriously than most. NEVER start a campfire unless it's an official burn-permitted day. Determine that by cal(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
No smoking in the house. If you smoke outside, please note any butts found on the property after check out will result in cancellation of your deposit refund, as will failure to sort trash into recyclables and garbage. Owner prefers dogs remain downstairs (away from carpets.) Never remove ashes from the wood stove unless placed immediately in the provided metal ash can.
Please leave the place as clean as you found it . . . very clean . . . and leave towels and sheets on top of the washer-dryer. Extra points for running a load of sheets through a wash and dry cycle during departure day breakfast. :-)
I find sharing my homes and nature's bounty in this part of the Sierras tremendously rewarding. Lifelong musician, furniture maker, designer-remodeler, photographer, food and wine enthusiast looking for adventure and interesting people.