Great place to stay - wonderful location - 3 min from Big Trees and 1/2 hour from Bear Valley ski resort. House was clean and well maintained. Realty gave us wonderful info about the area - tons to do!!
We did stay with 2 kids & 3 adults. We did enjoy the peacefulness of this place, its surrounding & appreciated the fact that we found everything very practical & effortless from the minute we arrived until we left 2 days later.
We can only this rental & found this cabin very well organized for the guests.
Spent birthday weekend with good friends and enjoyed our stayed at Sierra Zen. Always enjoyed this place!!!
We enjoyed the home very much. It's spacious, with a large deck and kitchen. Perfect for the family vacation. The hot tub was an added bonus that all of us enjoyed. The home was clean and in good working order. I would encourage summer guests to bring extra camp chairs for the deck since the patio table had no chairs with it - or were still in storage from winter. All in all, we really had a great time in the Sierras! No disappointments!
Pro's - Updated kitchen and living room as well as most furniture and decor. Great kitchen. Wonderfully quiet location. Dog friendly. Great, large decks, outdoor seating and jacuzzi. Master bedroom tastefully furnished and decorated. Comfortable Master Bed. Interior was clean and tidy.
Arrived to find the driveway and deck covered with pine needles, dirt, sawdust and trash. Appears a workman did some work in the driveway and left his mess, including cigarette butts, wrappers of door shims, etc. I had to sweep the entire property including upper and lower decks. Would have liked to use a hose to clean everything but there wasn't one!!! The lower deck had not been swept or cleaned in over a month as it was covered with dirt and mud. For the price, I would expect to have found the property clean and neat upon arrival. It wasn't.
All beds/mattresses, other than the master suite, were old and very uncomfortable. Found myself sleeping on the sofa downstairs to try to get a good nights sleep. Linens didn't even match on all other beds, other than the master bedroom. Had a cartoon fitted sheet, a white flat sheet and a plaid comforter! Comforter in small downstairs bedroom was stained. No bureau, dresser or closet to put clothes in...just shelves?
The decor of the small bedroom downstairs, with a full/queen mattress, is done up like a childs room. More likely it will be used by adults so suggest upgrading and updating the decor. Nightstand finish was poor. Appears as though it was furnished via a garage sale.
Bathroom downstairs has a metal gym locker in it. It's not done in a retro style and serves no earthly purpose so suggest they trash it.
Several light bulbs burned out. One light fixture downstairs doesn't work (I traded out a working bulb and still didn't work). No spare bulbs in the place.
Junk and debris around the property including pieces of wood, siding, pots for plants, etc. Garden is a mess. Someone once had hope for the property but the garden has decayed and no one cares for it. Such a shame as it wouldn't take much to keep it up.
Jacuzzi quit the second night of a 7 night stay. I texted James about it. In fairness, he offered to send someone to fix it but I'm certain it was a motor issue so very doubtful it could have been repaired quickly and I just didn't have the heart to mess with it during my vacation.
Since the location was touted to have all amenities and be "above average" and a relaxing "Zen" spot, I was a bit disappointed. With some marked effort and consistent oversight, it would be a nice spot. As it is given my experience, I can't recommend it unless it's improved upon.
James need to better manage the property and oversee housekeeping, vendors, etc. James needs to hire a cleaning service AND gardening service on a weekly basis or at least every time the property is rented.
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