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Big Trees Premium Mountain Retreat – Near Bear Valley Ski Resort & Murphys

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3 Bedrooms
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3.5 Bathrooms
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Min stay 2
from $325 /per night

Big Trees Premium Mountain Retreat – Near Bear Valley Ski Resort & Murphys

HomeEscape Sleeps
Sleeps 8
HomeEscape Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms
HomeEscape Bathrooms
3.5 Bathrooms
HomeEscape Bathrooms
Min stay 2 Nights
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Big Trees, California is an amazing year round destination! Fresh mountain air, exciting hikes, skiing, fishing, and fun activities down in Murphy's - come check it out! Big Trees State Park, Lake Alpine, and Bear Valley are all relatively close!

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Property Type: Chalet
Location Type: Mountain
Size: 3100 SQ-FT
Children Welcome
Wheelchair Accessible
Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Senior Adults Only Community
Long Term Renters
Events Allowed
Internet Access
Air Conditioned
Wood Stove
Fitness Room / Equipment
Living Room
Washing Machine
Clothes Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Hair Dryer
Iron Board
Music Library
Premium Channels
Wireless Internet Access
Video Games
Video Library
Board & Card Games
Pool Table
Coffee Maker
Kitchen Utensils
Garbage Disposal
Communal Pool
Private Pool
Hot Tub
Heated Pool
Indoor Pool
Car Available
Private Chef
Bar/Night Club
Charter Boats
Deep Sea Fishing
Horseback Riding
Each bedroom has a king size bed. "Kids" room also has twin bunk beds for 2 children. The king bed in the "kids" room can be split into 2 twin beds.
The Chesa Madrisa has an excellent location - approximately halfway between Murphy's (wine tasting, nice restaurants, cute shops, amazingly quintessential park for kids along a creek) & Bear Valley ski resort. We are right next to Big Trees State Park - perfect for hiking. The neighborhood is quiet and serene with breathtaking views and great access to many nearby fun activities.
Last Calendar Update Feb 26, 2024

Standard Rate

Per Night
Weekend Night
Minimum Stay
Payment Policies

The owner of this property requires a 50% down payment to reserve and full payment 30 days before check-in.

Fees & Taxes
Cleaning Fee: $175
Pet Fee: $80
Lodging Tax: 6%
Check-In: 4:00 PM
Check-Out: 11:00 AM
Deposit Requirements
$1,000 refundable or $50 non-refundable accidental property damage protection offers $3,000 of coverage
Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellation in first 3 days of booking & more than 30 days prior to rental = $250 refund of $500 deposit (50% refund).

Cancellation more than 3 days after booking & more than 30 days prior to rental = $0 refund of $500 deposit (0% refund).

Cancellation within 30 days of rental $0 refund of full balance (0% refund).
House Rules
Enjoy as if it were your own!

(and please no smoking anywhere on the property)
Speaks: English
Member Since 2016
This property was purchased in 2001
About Hillary
The Chesa Madrisa is family owned & managed. My grandfather, the owner, has deep California roots. I'm Hillary - I manage our vacation home while juggling life in Oregon with my husband & our energetic 4 year old.
Why This Property?
The Chesa Madrisa was custom designed and built in 2001 and it was modeled after our family's original Chesa Madrisa in Snowmass, Colorado. Its design was inspired by Swiss ski chalets. The name 'Chesa' means home & 'Madrisa' is the owner's favorite ski run in Switzerland, from Klosters to Davos, which they skied in the early 1970's.
Unique Benefits
The Chesa Madrisa is one of the few vacation homes in the area that has premium features such as linens & towels, as well as top of the line cooking gadgets. This home is amazing in all seasons with a wide variety of outdoor activities.
January 18th , 2016
Amazing Place! A++++
Date of Stay: January 14th , 2016

Staying here was an amazing experience. The house is beautiful. We showed up on Thursday to about a foot of snow on the deck and roof. Walked inside to a warm and cozy house, that was very easy to make yourself very comfortable. That night is snowed all night long. We woke up to about 8" of snow on all of the cars. Great time! All the rooms were very spacious, and my dogs absolutely loved the place. First time in the snow for them and they were having a ball. Hilary is a very nice lady to deal with. I highly recommend this house to anyone, any age, with animals or not. Thank you for a great trip. We will return to stay at Chesa Madrisa!


January 4th , 2016
Chesa Madrisa is the BEST Rental!
Date of Stay: December 30th , 2015

We have rented locations for many years now and this is the first time that I have wanted to complete a review, though I am hesitant to do so only because I selfishly want to keep this my little secret paradise! The home was spacious, VERY tastefully decorated, fully supplied and accommodating. Hillary was gracious and we were welcomed with doggie treats and people treats in the form of a delicious bottle of wine from a local winery. She went out of her way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The kitchen was fully stocked with quality and working kitchen equipment, no need to go hunting for the one sharp knife in this place. I would recommend Chesa Madrisa any time of year!


September 13th , 2015
Excellent Choice for Activities in Arnold and even in Murphy's/Angel's Camp
Date of Stay: September 5th , 2015

We (two families) rented this house for the labor day weekend. The house is nicely situated right next to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park which is a must see. We also drove from the house to Murphy (vine tasting) and Angel Camp (swim in Lake New Melones) Other than the great location this house is also great to spend time and enjoy the company of each other in the house. The house is large and the fireplace in the family room allows everyone to be comfortable at the same time in the same place. We were also fortunate to have Hillary as the property manager. She was great. She always responded whithin a short period and even send a reply to our email quite late the day we arrived for a minor issue. The house is modern with all amenities you would expect from a house in this price range. I hight recommend this for a weekend escape or a longer stay in the area.


August 1st , 2015
Weekend with Friends Among the "Big Trees"
Date of Stay: July 23rd , 2015

My wife and I enjoyed the Chesa Madrisa mountain home with our friends for a long weekend. Conveniently located a few miles from anything you could need yet secluded enough to really relax, unwind and reset away from the everyday grind. The home is much nicer than advertised, well appointed, clean and inviting indoor and out. We really enjoyed the outdoor spaces with porches all around. With a party of 6 we stayed very comfortable and never felt as if we were cramped for space. Three King rooms all with full baths eases the pain of deciding which couple gets the "Good room". They are equally elegant. I cant wait for our next visit


July 29th , 2015
Big Trees Getaway Weekend
Date of Stay: July 23rd , 2015

I recently stayed at the Chesa Madrisa with two other couples. It was the perfect location for a great weekend get away in the big pines!! The house is new, modern, clean and beautiful. We wanted for nothing. There were three King bed suites with private baths that made it perfect for 3 couples. Each room was elegantly arranged and extremely comfortable. The common areas were large enough for everyone to sit and visit, the deck was cool in the evening and inviting. The kitchen had everything you could imagine. Very nicely stocked. The owner communicated with me very quickly and effectively. Gave me advise when I asked and was available for suggestions. There was a bottle of wine on the counter when we arrived with a simple welcome card. Nice touch. There is a trending creep with owners to charge for linen, towels, toiletries and such items. This house has it all included and in find quality. My compliments to the owner/manager of this home and I ask that you maintain this standard. It adds to the whole experience. If you are planning a stay in the Big Trees, Murphy, or Columbia area, I'd give a hard look at the Madrisa! It is a very comfortable stay... Highly recommended.


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