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Back view encircled with giant sentinels 100 feet above the ground. Walking labyrinth in the back yard.
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Skylight Retreat: Inspiration


Skylight Retreat: Inspiration

5 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
5 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
Sparkling clean5 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean.
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Self check-inEasily check yourself in with the lockbox.

The space

Welcome to Skylight Retreat, a sanctuary for writing, reading and creativity.

Nestled in Arnold, California, the Retreat has a fully equipped house and studio, set in a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by towering trees. Big Trees State Park is a few miles up the road, and a coffee shop and supermarket are within walking distance. Arnold sits at the edge of Stanislaus National Forest surrounded by hiking trails, including the spectacular Arnold Rim Trail a few minutes away. A small lake and numerous ponds are also in town.

The house has two full baths, two bedrooms (one California king, one queen size futon mattress), a sleeper sofa, and a twin bed. The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, coffeemaker, blender, utensils... We have the house professionally cleaned after every visit. Wireless Internet access and a landline phone are available. The house has a washer, dryer and dishwasher - and a first-aid kit for minor injuries. A separate studio is the perfect place for yoga, writing, meditation or other creative pursuits. There is no television.

Pets are not allowed at Skylight.
We discourage children between 1 and 6 years old, because Skylight is not child-proofed.

Earliest check-in is 3 pm, and check-out is 11 am. (We clean it between each renter)

Skylight Retreat is environmentally-friendly. We pay carbon offsets (TerraPass) for guest travel at no charge, have thoroughly insulated the buildings, use recyclable materials, provide equipment for local activities (hiking, snowshoeing, etc) and more.

The lot is level, and the driveway is paved (and plowed in the winter). There are 4 steps from the driveway to the deck and house. We have a wrap-around deck on three sides which looks into the trees, a perfect place to sit in the evening.

We prefer to rent to people who have used AirBnB before, and we require that you have verified your email and phone through Airbnb. It helps if you have a description in your profile. Communication is important. We may ask for details about your visit to Skylight so that there is no confusion, and to make sure that you know what to expect. We take great care with our retreat, and do everything we can to ensure you have a wonderful time. We hope you will take away beautiful memories, and leave Skylight ready for the next visitor!

We also have a social media page on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) (Skylight Retreat) where we post information about local events. Please visit and like us to keep up to date.


Laptop friendly workspace

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox


152 Reviews

Kyle User Profile
May 2018
Great location, friendly hosts, peaceful and blissful memories.....but nothing could describe the stay unless you book this Airbnb. I Highly recommend you stay here if your looking to visit or return to Arnold California.
Anara User Profile
Response from Anara:
Thanks for the great note that you left us. We welcome you back anytime!
May 2018
Eric User Profile
April 2018
This is one of the best AirBnB's we have stayed in and was perfect for our peaceful retreat away from the city. It is a very unique property that gives you a homey feel; from the yoga studio to the labyrinth, the space allows one to indulge in creative outlets as well as relax an…
Corey User Profile
February 2018
We had a great time staying here and resting after each day of skiing. There’s lots of room to enjoy the quiet time around nature, and the heated stove was very cozy when it was cold and snowy.
Anara User Profile
Response from Anara:
Corey picked a great week for skiing and we're so glad he and his family enjoyed the peacefulness of Skylight Retreat. Welcome back anytime...
February 2018
Clay User Profile
February 2018
Great space. Lovely location. Clean and easy. We'll be back.
Evgeny User Profile
January 2018
This is a nice cabin that has everything you need to stay in the area. We used it as the base for kids ski lessons at Bear Valley. We would certainly recommend it to our friends.
Anara User Profile
Response from Anara:
Thanks for the recommendations, Evgeny! And let's hope for more snow soon.
January 2018
Marc User Profile
January 2018
Wonderful place, host, location and all else. Excellent!
Anara User Profile
Response from Anara:
We were so glad to welcome you and your family back again, Marc. Happy New Year!
January 2018
Shekar User Profile
December 2017
Pleasant stay. Very friendly and responsive hosts.

Hosted by Anara

Sacramento, California, United StatesJoined in April 2012
Anara User Profile
160 Reviews
1 Reference
Anara is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
I am a published author of two collections of short stories and four children's picture books on safety topics. My husband, who runs Skylight Retreat with me, has published four nonfiction books, including guides to the internet and an account of life with his cats.
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