Our classic mountain cabin offers rustic charm with updated kitchen and bath. Enjoy a crackling fire after a day at China Peak or BBQ on the generous deck in summer. A 10 min. walk to both Lake and Village,the Cabin sleeps 4, and detached cottage 2.
Dorabella Retreat is cozy mountain cabin nestled in the pines and located at 5,500ft. elev. in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.There are two loft styled bedrooms upstairs and a newly remodeled separate guest cottage on the ground floor just steps outside the main cabin which offers privacy with it's own bathroom, kitchenette and washer and dryer.
Communicate with me by text, phone or email the week of your arrival for the combination to the lock box on the door. Inside you will find your keys. Our year round cabin offers something special each season. In Summer enjoy hiking right out the front door and BBQ-ing on the generous deck. We're a 10 min. walk to Shaver Lake with great fishing and the perfect temperature for swimming with boat and water toy rentals nearby. Winter : Dec.through Mar. can be a winter wonderland with China Peak Ski Area a short 30 min. drive for skiing and snowboarding. There are also cross country ski trails right out the front door after a good storm. Fall and Spring are peaceful and quiet with the abundant natural beauty of the High Sierras. I have personally conducted numerous writers retreats there. We are a 10 min. walk into the Village of Shaver Lake for shopping or dining at the famous Trading Post Restaurant. The cabin provides a flat screen TV with DVD & CD player, Cable & Wi Fi.
Winter travel requires that vehicles carry chains that fit their vehicle and in many cases require that you have them on the vehicle when roads are snowy or icey. This is very important for everyone's safety!
Interaction with guests
We do not live on site but are available by phone text or email should any problems with the cabin arise. A nearby caretaker is also available to help you with any cabin related emergencies. Our across the street neighbor is almost always nearby.
Other things to note
We appreciate learning about our future guests by being provided previous Air B&B hosts reviews or by telling us about yourselves and your plans while in the area. Dorabella Retreat is a private home and this information assists in our decision to book the property.
Dorabella Retreat and Shaver Lake itself is a little like a place time forgot, but in the best of ways. It is relaxing, peaceful and serene, though a bit busier in summer. There are several places to rent boats and water toys in the summer. In the winter, China Peak Ski area offers beginning to advanced terrain and a full rental and lesson program. Bring a picnic and park it on a shared picnic table for the day while you enjoy the mountain...really. It's a wonderful family resort. Shaver Lake is part of a chain of lakes on Highway 168, all with great fishing, hiking and boating, including Huntington Lake, Edison Lake, & Florence Lake.
No Smoking. No Pets. No open fires. (wood stove door closed at all times) Dishes must be clean and put away upon departure. Trash must be collected and placed in outdoor can; trash and recycling (glass, newspaper & plastic) Sun. night check outs must place large can(s) by the road facing out. We expect our guests to treat Dorabella Retreat and the surrounding neighborhood with the utmost care and consideration regarding noise levels as well as the physical property. This is our family's retreat also and we expect our guests to cherish all that it offers as much as we do. For more information please email me and request a link to a virtual tour and also a PDF of a brochure with more photos and information.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I am a professional musician, voice over artist,music teacher and a retired ski instructor and white water river guide. I am also a published author and often conduct writers retreats at the cabin.
I can't live without, morning coffee, music, my friends and family, boating & skiing.
I read everything. Walt Whitman is my favorite poet. Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan are my favorite Jazz singers. I play the accordion,much to the embarrassment of my children.
I love sharing Dorabella Retreat with guests. We have poured our hearts into the place for the past 10 yrs. and brought it back to life. Our kids learned to ski right out the front door and water ski in the lake. Dorabella Retreat is our passion.
We are new to Air B&B but look forward to working together.
Favorite phrase: "I Sing Myself Electric," Walt Whitman