Audience view of 8 foot wide screen streaming Netflix movies.Plush seating for 4 plus berth for kids up top. Kids freak for the movie theater. Bad weather insurance too!

8 guests

2 rooms

5 beds

2 baths

8 guests

2 rooms

5 beds

2 baths

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Ages 2 - 12
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8 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

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.


Extra people: £28 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: £60
Security Deposit: £161
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: £237 / night


The space

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 ultra 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.

We rent to large student and bachelor/bachelorette party groups up to 16 who use supplied air beds to accommodate more than 8 sleepers.

Warm Weather Only: Sleeping capacity of 16 is based on 8 in cabin beds and 8 on 4 queen air mattresses in the “sleeps 12” tipi tent sharing the same property. Please note: the tipi is set up with two queen air mattresses and 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.

Guest access

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.

Interaction with guests

The host stays offsite in most cases. Live interaction by special request.

The neighbourhood

As the cabin can't be easily seen from the street and is on 1.3 acres the feeling is more "private" than "neighborhood." The nearby recreation center, open only in summer, is both super convenient yet far enough away to preserve privacy.

Getting around

No public transit.

Other things to note

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.

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

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. :-)
Thank you.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

120 Reviews

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Gigi User Profile
April 2017
David is such a great host. He is super friendly and was really attentive with suggestions or needs during the stay. The kids especially loved the access to the movie theater and playtime on the ping-pong/pool table! Thank you for the experience!

Lewis User Profile
April 2017
David's sweet retreat is exactly that. There's ample room for playing billiards or table tennis, or just lounging around and relaxing. The theater room is an awesome and has a wide selection of VHS tapes, but streaming video is also available. David is very accommodating and responds quickly if you have questions. He also provides suggestions for fun things to do around the area. We would definitely come here again in the future if we're planning on staying in the area.

Kurtis User ProfileKurtis is a superhost.
March 2017
Loved this place! There were tons of activities from pool, to ping pong, to an awesome theater! David was really the highlight though, he is a great host. He's super informative, helpful, friendly, and easy to reach. Thanks for everything, David. I'd highly recommend this cabin to other guests out there.

Don User Profile
March 2017
An exceptional experience all the way around. From the beautiful quiet residential setting in the piney Seirra's to everything the area has to offer. What a treat and what a nice place to call home for the night after a long day of snowboarding and snowmobiles. Both of which are very close by and every bit as great as Tahoe without the crowds. Def recommend A+++

Ben User Profile
March 2017
This place is amazing. Kitchen is fully stocked with all the necessary cooking utensils, spices, and other miscellaneous cooking ingredients. We brought stuff to cook and forgot seasoning so we took advantage of what was available. My friends and I only stayed for the night and left in the morning so I can't really say much about this place. Upstairs has a large space, pool table, and fireplace. Didn't use it, but it's nice knowing it was there. The only problem we had was the parking mainly because we got there late at night. The hill goes downwards and it's a bit steep so it was kind of scary. If we arrived as planned when the sun was still out, it wouldn't have been a problem. David was very responsive to all my emails/messages and offered some great travel advice. Would stay again for a longer period of time in the future probably next year when I come up here again.

Carrie User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful, family-friendly house with lots of fun features. Quiet, clean and warm decor. David is super helpful and gave great advice. Highly recommend staying here!

Jon-Eric User Profile
March 2017
This place is awesome!

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Murphys, California, United States · Joined in July 2012
David User ProfileDavid is a superhost.

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.

Response rate: 100%
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Response time: within an hour

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