☷ W O O D H A V E N ☷
Stepping into Woodhaven, you feel the difference instantly. This isn’t a typical Sierra cabin. We've brought a Napa Valley aesthetic to this Calaveras wine-country cabin. Kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy the unique charm and casually-sophisticated furnishings this moun
☷ W O O D H A V E N ☷
Stepping into Woodhaven, you feel the difference instantly. This isn’t a typical Sierra cabin. We've brought a Napa Valley aesthetic to this Calaveras wine-country cabin. Kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy the unique charm and casually-sophisticated furnishings this mountain get-away offers.
Woodhaven is designed for your pleasure and the comfort of your family or friends. But you're likely here to connect with the natural world. And you can do that easily.
This tranquil cabin sits in a sunny glade surrounded by tall trees, a short stroll to the Lakemont Pines private lake – where you can swim, play on the sandy beach, fish, paddleboard and boat. It's also just a short 40-minute drive from world-class skiing and snowboarding at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort.
Maybe you'd also like explore caves, whitewater raft, gold-pan, hear professional musicians in outdoor settings (and maybe even fit in some wine tasting, historic museums, golf, shopping, and delicious dining). It's all right here.
And if you'd like to bike and hike in the amazing Stanislaus Forest, just step outside the door. You're in the Stanislaus Forest!
All this makes Calaveras the 14th highest-ranked U.S. county. (Well above Napa! ☺)
B E F O R E H E A D I N G O U T D O O R S, L E T ' S S T E P I N S I D E . . .
Stepping into Woodhaven, you enter an open living area – kitchen, dining room, breakfast bar, living room – surrounded by windows and forest outside.
The Woodhaven Basics . . .
￭ Accommodates 6-7 guests: one queen bed, two twins, a queen sofa bed, twin inflatable mattress
￭ Two bedrooms: cotton linens, down pillows and comforters, wool blankets, French linen curtains
￭ One bathroom: plush cotton towels, bathrobes, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries – soap, shampoo, cotton balls, Q-tips, razors, shaving cream (and if you forget your toothbrush or toothpaste, we’ve got you covered)
￭ High-speed internet, WiFi, 55-inch smart TV, cable, Netflix, Amazon, fire pit, luggage rack, charging station dock, washer, dryer, iron, ironing board, kids’ booster seat, Pack 'n Play, nightlight, beach towels, inflatable mattresses
The Not-So-Basic Woodhaven Experience . . .
While settling in, open the sliding glass door to the large, sunny deck and breathe the fresh mountain air. Sit in the comfy outdoor furniture while sipping complimentary chilled California chardonnay awaiting you.
Ready to freshen-up for dinner? Step into the tastefully-updated bathroom. Gaze at forest while showering with luscious, local hand-crafted goats’ milk soap. Then slip into a fresh, luxury cotton bathrobe.
Reconsidering dining out? Sharing food and wine around the large, inviting dining table overlooking woods certainly makes for a lovely evening.
You’ll find a well-stocked kitchen, quality cookware, forged steel knives and individual condiments. It’s great cooking with the Bosch gas stovetop and electric oven.
After dinner, lounge on the couch under the cedar ceiling – fire blazing – with a book and cashmere throw. Sip a hot drink we’ve provided. Perhaps enjoy a board game or movie.
Opening curtains in the morning, you’ll stare up from bed through trees outside your window.
Lazy morning? Not going out? You’ll find cereal, oatmeal and preserves to start your day – and teas, hot chocolate, and fresh, local award-winning coffee to brew.
We trust it’s just the beginning to yet another enchanting day in the Sierra.
T H E L A K E . . .
If it’s summer, it’s likely that one of your main interests will be accessing the lake. And there’s certainly plenty to access at the Lakemont Pines Lake and recreational facilities…
▪ Sandy beach ▪ Kayaks ▪ Canoes ▪ Paddle boats
▪ Paddle boards ▪ Beach and water toys for the kiddos
▪ Fishing for bass and bluegill ▪ Lakeside trail ▪ BBQ
▪ Shuffleboard ▪ Ping pong ▪ Picnic tables
▪ Horseshoe ▪ Playground with climbing structures
▪ Lodge access ▪ Lifeguards ▪ Snack shack
T H I N G S T O N O T E . . .
Your enjoyment at Woodhaven is our PRIMARY concern. Here are a few things we think you’ll want to know…
✔ SIZE MIGHT MATTER: Although this cozy cabin has a roomy feel with the open floor plan, keep in mind that it is cozy. It’s 800 square feet. And although it’s a very comfortable 800 square feet, it’s not huge. There are two bedrooms and one bath. In terms of sleeping guests, we’ve comfortably housed and slept three kids in one room and two couples on the two queen beds – one in the master bedroom and one in the living room pull-out sofa. It is close quarters, so you’ll want to make sure you’re close with the people you stay with here!
✔ STEPS: Part of the charm of the cabin is that it’s nestled in a sunny little glade in the woods, down a small hillside. But that means guests need to be able to get down to it. There are stone steps leading down to the entry – 42 to be exact, although they're short stairs. These are perfectly fine for anyone who is able-bodied, but could be challenging for someone with physical limitations. (And of course, it’s not just getting into to the cabin, but the steps necessary to climb to leave!)
✔ DISHES: There are a couple of things you might be used to that you won’t typically find in cabins up here – like a dishwasher. Fortunately, there’s a lovely kitchen window at Woodhaven you can look out of onto the woods while you’re hand-washing dishes. (It can actually be quite relaxing. And just recently, we saw a jack rabbit out the kitchen window while washing dishes.)
✔ AIR CONDITIONING: The other thing you might look for in summer is air conditioning. Like most cabins up here, we don’t have it. But like most folks here, we’ve never felt like it was needed. We just keep the windows and doors open – and if necessary, the ceiling fan running. That’s usually very comfortable. And then, in the evening, the cool high-Sierra summer breeze kicks in and lowers the temperature and it’s quite nice.
✔ PHONE SERVICE: Well, you’re in the mountains and phone-cell service can be pretty spotty. Verizon, however, is quite reliable if you walk or drive to the lake. (There’s also free Wifi at the lake.) If you require cell service, we recommend you have WiFi calling enabled on your phone and use Woodhaven’s WiFi. We will not provide refunds because of PG&E, internet, or cell-tower outages – which can sometimes occur in the winter and are, of course, completely beyond our control.
✔ WINTER ACCESS: Please keep in mind that this is a mountain cabin. So, when you’re visiting in the winter, be prepared for winter mountain weather. That means that during heavy snow storms, you may need chains or 4-wheel drive to access Woodhaven. If you are arriving in winter, please remember to carry tire chains (even if you have 4-wheel drive) and be prepared to put them on if weather conditions require. We will not provide refunds due to weather conditions, but we will be happy to re-book a trip in advance due to heavy anticipated snowfall.
✔ PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUTOFF: Due to the recent California wildfires, PG&E is implementing precautionary measures to help reduce their risk. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving Arnold or Lakemont Pines, PG&E may turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds because of any electrical outages that occur during your stay.
✔ PARKING: There is a large parking space at Woodhaven off Lakemont Drive. It can fit two vehicles. In the winter, this off-road parking space will be cleared for you. Plow service for roads into Woodhaven is managed by Lakemont Pines in the winter. Please do not park in the roads, which can delay clearing.
✔ LIONS AND BUGS, AND BEARS, OH MY! Keep in mind that you’re in the woods. And in the woods, you’ll find wild animals – or they might find you. Besides the small, cute critters like squirrels and rabbits (and not so cute small critters like skunks), there are also big critters like mountain lions and bears. They’re not often spotted in Lakemont, but they can come around. So, please be mindful of the fact that you’re sharing the forest. Other critters include bugs and mosquitoes. If they tend to like you, be sure to pack some repellent.
✔ GARBAGE AND RECYCLING: We don’t have garbage service. (That helps keep the bears away!) But what that means is that you need to carry out your own trash when you leave. We provide plastic garbage bags, and also encourage recycling in your own community. We also have a green waste bin for folks like us who like to recycle green waste. It’s a stainless steel container under the sink. We provide the green waste bags for you.
QUESTIONS? Don’t be shy about contacting us if you have any questions about Woodhaven or the local area. We love to help our guests. And we have a local co-host in case any problem or concern arises during your stay. We will be able to address it promptly.
➜ And if you’re intrigued but not ready to book now, please be sure to add Woodhaven to "Save to Your List" on HipCamp! ♡
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 12% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at WOODHAVEN - Casually Chic Well-Appointed Lake Cabin in The Stanislaus Forest in California.
This sandy beach, a short walk from Woodhaven, is on the shores of the Lakemont Pines lake.
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Our family of 4 (2 adults + 2 toddlers) had a very enjoyable stay at Woodhaven. The pictures and descriptions of the cabin were spot on. The deck overlooking the outdoor firepit was fantastic for morning coffee and evening stargazing. The beach access was fantastic. A neat little private community beach - not too crowded - and perfect for the kids to enjoy. With both Big Trees SP and the cool town of Murphys short drives away this cabin is in a perfect location for a getaway.