The Chesa Madrisa Residence

big trees, california
3 bedroom - 4 bath
(2 reviews)
Travel dates:
$345 - $425 per night (USD)
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    A concierge service is available for this property
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Perks for the Parents

This Swiss-inspired mountain home is surrounded by towering pine trees and only 30 minutes from Bear Valley Mountain for a comfortable summer or winter family vacation. Parents will love the open living space, entertainment room and kingsize bedroom suites for privacy and comfortable together time. The quiet neighborhood offers winter street sledding (sleds provided), summers on the wraparound porch, or evenings by the fireplace.

Why Kids Love it

This home has plenty of space for indoor play with an open concept floor plan and entertainment area on lower level with TV, blu-ray, Nintendo Wii, and closet full of games and toys. Sled on the driveway or quiet street in the winter, or explore the local mountain activities including hiking, boating and fishing in the summer. A high chair, changing table, DVDs, game console, and books and toys for younger children are included.

Things to Know

General minimum stay: 2 nights. Special minimums: 3 nights over Memorial and Labor Day weekends; 4 nights over Thanksgiving week (Nov 17 - 24, 2018); 7 nights over July 4th week of June 30 - July 7, 2018; 17 nights Dec 21, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019. The rate includes 6% Calaveras County Transient Occupancy Tax. Weekly rate is $2,250 and monthly rate is $4,000. Access to neighborhood pool is free during the summer. The residence has carpeted stairs and a baby gate is provided. It is best suited to 6 adults and 4 children. All linens and towels are included. Free WiFi; washer/dryer and dishwasher included.Dogs welcome for an extra $80 fee. A signed contract and copy of ID is required on booking.

About the Location

The residence is in Big Trees, California, part of the Sierra Nevada mountains, next to Big Trees State Park. It is half way between Bear Valley Ski Resort for winter skiing and summer hiking, boating and cycling, and Murphys, an historical mining town in the Sierra Nevada foothills now known for its wineries and charming main street, plus a playground along a creek. It is 2 hours from Sacramento airport. Car rental advised. Parking on property and 2-car garage available.

Accommodation Details

This 3,100 sq foot chalet with wrap-around deck includes an open living room with double-sided fireplace, sitting room, galley kitchen and dining room with table seating 6. Three bedrooms on the lower level all have kingsize beds and ensuite bathrooms (2 with bathtubs, 1 with shower). The kingsize bed in the kids room can become 2 twin beds; this room also has a bunk bed. Full size twin beds for children (2 in total) can be set up in any bedroom.

Style Notes

Quiet and bright. This Swiss-inspired mountain chalet was custom built in 2001 and since updated. Large windows, natural light and an open floor plan provide plenty of room to spread out and find peace and quiet. The style is clean, minimal and traditional, with a stunning forest backdrop and views. We love the wrap-around deck, the owner's vintage skis from Norway hanging above the stairs, and the stone fireplace.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
3 king
1 bunk bed
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Hillary G.
Member since March 25, 2016
My husband & I are parents to an active 4 year old boy who loves to explore! We love to escape from Portland, Oregon to the village of Neskowin on the Oregon coast for a weekend, or take a longer trip down to California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

2 reviews

Isabella J.
Visited in April 2017
Our family had the most wonderful stay at Chesa Madrisa! Hillary was so helpful in the weeks leading up to our trip and gave us lots of excellent recommendations for things to do and see in the surrounding area. And the house is spectacular! Our two eldest children (5 and 3) were entertained for hours by the amazing toy cupboard (an enormous treasure trove stacked to the rafters with games, books, trains, art supplies and more...) which in turn allowed the adults to properly switch off and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. The position of the house is perfect, situated amongst stunning trees, and it was so peaceful watching the light filter through the branches into the main living space throughout the day. We would highly recommend to anyone with children as young as ours looking for somewhere to stay, but in truth I can't see who this property wouldn't appeal to - it is a truly special place, and we will definitely be back.
Christine F.
Visited in September 2016
This home is lovely! We had a great time with our 1 year old son. It's incredibly quaint and relaxing. The details on the home are lovely - very clean, great grill and kitchen materials for cooking, a wonderful toy closet. I wish that there was an actual crib vs. a portable crib (we actually just brought our own). We went in the fall, which was beautiful, but the home definitely feels designed for a winter visit, as the porch isn't terribly friendly/small and the home can feel a little stuffy with few windows opening to get the beautiful mountain air. Just a few miles to get to a great state park with lots of fun hikes and places to explore. Would definitely recommend as a great home and place to explore beautiful Big Trees.

Big Trees, California

Creeks, trails and the biggest trees in the world

Around three hours east of San Francisco, Big Trees is tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and is a family adventure waiting to happen. With creeks, trails and giant sequoias, those ‘big trees’ it was named for, a trip to the State Park is must-do. Nearby you’ll also find ski resorts with year-round activity programs, wineries and former mining towns turned quaint attractions.