Big Trees Premium Mountain Retreat

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From $117 / night

2995 Navajo Drive, Arnold, CA 95223
Big Trees Premium Mountain Retreat
3 bedrooms
10 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sleeps: 10
Type: Chalet
Per night: $300 - $400
Per week: $2,000
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Arnold vacation chalet rental
Spring & Summer in Big Trees, California are amazing! Fresh mountain air, exciting hikes, and fun activities down in Murphy's - come check it out! Big Trees State Park is right next to the neighborhood, and Lake Alpine is just up the hill!

Summer rentals include complimentary access to Big Trees Village Recreation Center - pool, bbq, etc...

Come escape the city & avoid the crowds of Tahoe! Come and relax at the Chesa Madrisa, a Swiss inspired mountain home, built in 2001.

An ideal location just 3-4 hours from the Bay Area, nestled on the edge of Big Trees State Park, and approximately half way between Bear Valley Ski Resort & Murphys, an historical mining town in the Sierra Nevada foothills now well known for excellent wineries and its charming main street.

The Chesa Madrisa sets itself apart from nearby rentals - This home is light filled & well furnished, and features high quality amenities.

Relax by the double-sided fireplace and enjoy the view from a wall of windows nearly 8 feet in height. This home has all the perks of a hotel combined with a home - including wifi and a kitchen equipped with top of the line amenities such as a Keurig coffee maker, All-Clad crock pot, Weber propane grill, Kitchen-Aid standing mixer, and Vitamix blender.

As you walk across the covered foot-bridge from the garage into the home, be sure to ring the antique bell on your inaugural visit! The Chesa Madrisa is a two story home, with just over 3,100 square feet including 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and one half bath. Upstairs has an expansive floor plan with an elevated kitchen & dining area open to a living area with double sided fireplace, huge sectional couch, cozy entertainment area, and sitting area on opposite side of fireplace. Upstairs also includes a half bath and mud-room for tossing ski gear. Downstairs, guests will find 3 bedrooms, each with its own king size bed & full bath attached. The lower level also includes a kids play area, complete with game & toy closet, and a laundry area.

The Chesa Madrisa comfortably sleeps a maximum of 6 adults and 4 children (1 set of bunk beds & 2 additional twin size cots are available for children). We can not comfortably accommodate more than 6 adults - our goal is quality over quantity and we want all our guests to have a wonderful experience.

This home is child friendly and includes an amazing array of kid gear - TV area with entertainment and games, baby necessities such as a Baby Bjorn travel crib, diaper changing padded cushion, Fisher-Price strap on high chair or booster seat, Baby Einstein exersaucer, Baby Bjorn Babysitter, baby gate, Graco doorway jumping seat, Little Tikes Play Kitchen, and various toys for a variety of ages. All of the kid gear is organized & tucked away so guests traveling without children are comfortable as well.

If you are looking for an upscale, relaxing & clean home to enjoy for your vacation, the Chesa Madrisa is an excellent choice – this is our family vacation home & not a generic investment rental. The owner has deep California roots and custom built this home in 2001. Recently the home had an interior update with new carpeting, many new furnishings, and all new kitchen gadgets and cookware.
Area Information
Big Trees is an ideal location – a quiet residential neighborhood off highway 4 between Bear Valley Ski Resort and Murphys, it also borders Big Trees State Park where guests can marvel at Giant Sequoias. Come and check out various local activities during your visit to the Chesa Madrisa:

Big Trees State Park: Giant Sequoias
Bear Valley Ski Resort: Downhill alpine skiing & expansive groomed cross country skiing trails
Lake Alpine: Summer water sports such as swimming, stand-up-paddle boarding, & kayaking
Murphys: mining turned quaint wine town featuring a main street lined with numerous wine tasting rooms, a brewery, many restaurants, antique shops, boutique stores, candy store, and amazing playground on a creek tucked just behind Main Street.
Arnold: Closest town with grocery store and a handful of restaurants.
Angels Camp: Calaveras County Jumping Frogs
Stanislaus River: fly fishing
Mercer Caverns
Columbia State Historic Park

About the owner

Owner Profile

Hillary Gibson

Hillary Gibson

Hillary Gibson

  • About:

    I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband and 3 year old son - who frequently begs to go to the Chesa Madrisa (if only it weren't a day's drive from us we'd be there all the time! ). I manage the home & reservations for my grandfather, the owner, and he is a 4th generation resident of California...
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Availability Calendar



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Weekly Monthly Min
Feb 24 2016 Dec 31 2017 $300 $300 $2,000 $3,500 2 Nights
Jan 02 2017 Mar 06 2017 $325 $325 $2,000 $3,500 2 Nights
May 27 2017 May 30 2017 $300 $300 $2,000 $3,500 3 Nights
Jul 01 2017 Jul 05 2017 $300 $300 $2,000 $3,500 3 Nights
Sep 02 2017 Sep 05 2017 $300 $300 $2,000 $3,500 3 Nights
Nov 18 2017 Nov 27 2017 $400 $400 $2,000 $3,500 4 Nights
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 6
Tax I.D.: We collect & remit Calaveras County Transient Occupancy Tax
Deposits: $500 reservation deposit
Payment Options: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Other Fees: $175 cleaning fee $80 dog fee $40 accidental property damage plan for $500 of coverage



  • Beds

  • 3 King Beds
  • 4 Twin Beds
  • 1 Crib
  • Features

  • Deck
  • Garage
  • High Speed Internet
  • Pet Friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • View (Mountains)
  • Full Kitchen
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Stereo
  • Toaster
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Activities

  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (2 miles)
  • Golf
    (10 miles)
  • Downhill Skiing
    (25 miles)
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    (5 miles)
  • Snowmobiling
    (15 miles)
  • Lake
    (25 miles)
  • Playground
    (1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (5 miles)
  • Boating
    (25 miles)
  • Winery
    (25 miles)
  • Pool
    (1 mile)
  • Fishing
    (10 miles)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is your driveway steep? Do I need chains in the winter?
A: No, our driveway is a relatively flat semi-circle with a small incline. It is plowed regularly when there's a fresh snow fall throughout the winter season and it is very easy to get in and out of with your vehicle.
Most guests drive to the Chesa Madrisa without needing chains during the winter, but I advise checking the weather report to keep an eye on road conditions.
Q: Does it come with linens?
A: Yes! All beds are made with fresh linens and all bathrooms have towels for guests.
Q: Are you a big property management company?
A: Nope, the Chesa Madrisa is family owned & managed, and guests work with me (Hillary) from start to finish. I am very responsive to emails and I can almost always get a personalized contract & invoice emailed out the same day that I receive an inquiry so that guests may complete their reservation quickly. I am easily reached by phone or email for questions anytime.

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  • About:

    I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband and 3 year old son - who frequently begs to go to the Chesa Madrisa (if only it weren't a day's drive from us we'd be there all the time! ). I manage the home & reservations for my grandfather, the owner, and he is a 4th generation resident of California...
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