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The owners were very responsive and helpful. The Knotty retreat was clean, functional, cute, and cozy. After a long drive and/or spending all day out and about in the snow or on the ice (Leland Snowplay and the rink in Long Barn), it was so easy to wind down in this space.
The cabin location was great. If not up for making a pot of stew, then there are many nice take out dinner options in the area. We enjoyed pizza from Mia's in ColdSprings, burgers in Mi-Wuk, and Sugar Shack baked goods in Twain Harte.
Back to the digs, we truly enjoyed having two levels to either hang out together or to get a little separation. On the main level, we could all actively hang out while cooking/eating/enjoying the fire...even w/ a kid napping in the adjacent bedroom. Bring along some firewood so you can enjoy the warmth from that wood burning stove. I love the rustic feel from the exposed wooden beams and seeing the swaying pines out thru the windows. Lastly, the mainfloor bathroom was clean, and the shower was warm w/ plenty of pressure. The towels smelled freshly washed. All beds were comfortable w/ clean linens and puffy pillows.
Upstairs, we could all lounge in front of the tv or use the 2nd tv in the larger bedroom to watch another program. Having a 1/2 bath on this level was so convenient. The skylights bring in light and the vaulted ceilings make the space feel more spacious. I'm sure the ceiling fans would be a plus during the warmer months.
The decked areas off the house as well as the sideyard must be great during the non-winter months. Even though it was cold out during our winter stay, I still enjoyed the views from the outdoor deck areas. Accessing the lower level was easy. We didn't do laundry, but was nice to have that option. We did borrow the sleds so the kids could go down the driveway (Half was left unplowed).
The internet service streamed netflix, youtube, any my sling account no problem. For the space, location, and price point, this Knotty Retreat is a deal. I would recommend this to a small family or a couple.