Our FAQs

What are your retreat policies?

Read the Scrap Retreat House's weekend retreat policies.

What is the Scrap Retreat House?

The Scrap Retreat House is a rental house that is desiged for scrapbooking and crafting enthusiasts. We do not offer any services or make for sale any products at the house nor do we allow any business activities by those who rent the house.

How do I make a reservation?

Please send your request for reservation either on our Contact's page or our Reservation Interest Form on the home page.

Do I need to sign a contract to stay at the Scrap Retreat House?

Yes. All guests, including every member in a group, who reserve a weekend retreat are required to submit a completed and signed contract to the Scrap Retreat House prior to their arrival. The completed and signed contract must be received from each and every guest within a week after their receipt of the contract. All contracts are due 30 days prior to arrival.

What if the date I want to reserve is unavailable?

We encourage you to sign-up for the waiting list for that date. If this date should be become available, we will contact you by email or phone.

What is the maximum number of guests that the retreat house can accommodate?

There is a total of 12 beds in the retreat house and only 12 tables in the crop room. Therefore, we can accommodate 12 guests for a retreat weekend.

What time are check-in and check-out?

For weekend rentals, you may arrive any time after 10:00 a.m. on Friday. You have almost a full day on Sunday to create until 4:00 p.m.

Why is the address to the Scrap Retreat House not listed on the web site?

To respect the privacy of the guests currently enjoying their retreat, we do not publish the actual address of the Scrap Retreat House and ask that you do not visit the house without first contacting us for an appointment to view it. We would be happy to give you a tour of the house if you would like to see it before your retreat date. Please contact us with your request for a tour so that we can make an appointment with you to show you the retreat house.

Once your reservation is confirmed, you will be sent the address and directions to the Scrap Retreat House a week prior to your check-in.

Are keys available to enter and leave the Scrap Retreat House?

No, keys are unavailable. However, we have a keyless entry system which allows our guests to have the convenience of entering and leaving the Scrap Retreat House at any time during their stay. We will provide our guests an access code at check-in and simple instructions for using the keyless entry system.

What should I bring?

Leave your watch and worries at home! Just bring your clothes, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and soap) and crafting supplies. All bedding and towels are provided. Since members of your group may have different temperature preferences, you may want to bring a light sweater or sweatshirt.

We supply dinnerware as well as silverware. You may want to bring ice, your own coffee, and paper plates and/or plastic silverware. The Scrap Retreat House has a coffee maker and supplies coffee filters, and all other paper products (bath tissues, facial tissues, and paper towels).

Do you have hosted retreat weekends?

No, your reservation at the Scrap Retreat House is for a self-serve group retreat weekend. This means that the Scrap Retreat House does not provide meals for guests other than the snacks and beverages available in our snack area. Each guest is responsible for providing their own meals. However, the Scrap Retreat House has a fully equipped kitchen with appliances, cookware, dinnerware, and silverware available for use. Guests may store their food inside of the spacious pantry and refrigerator and can prepare their meals in the kitchen.

Alternatively, there is a restaurant delivery service in the area with a directory of various local deli's and restaurants that can provide meals for guests at the Scrap Retreat House. Information about the delivery service can be obtained when guests reserve their weekend. Please remember to ask about it in the "Comments" section when placing your reservation request.

Is the Scrap Retreat House available for weekday rental or additional days?

Additional days are not offered as a regular option for our weekend rentals. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in renting during the week or for more than 3 days.

May I come to crop for only a day?

We would like to offer a pleasant retreat experience for our guests. With that in mind, we currently only offer weekend retreats from Friday to Sunday at this time.

Will there be any scrapbooking supplies available for purchase at the Scrap Retreat House in case we run out of anything like adhesive or paper?

No, the Scrap Retreat House does not currently offer supplies for sale. However, there are a couple of local scrapbooking stores within driving distance should it be necessary for guests to shop for necessities. Contact information is available at the retreat for each of these shops or just ask when you confirm your booking, and we will send you the necessary information.

What tools are available to use?

The Scrap Retreat House has a large variety of scrapbooking tools to assist you in the creation of your scrapbook pages. Please see the Rooms page with the list under the Crop Room.

Is Internet access available?

Yes. The Scrap Retreat House offers free WiFi Internet service.

Is there a printer available? If so, does the Scrap Retreat House provide paper and ink for it?

Yes, a wide carriage color printer is connected to the desktop PC in the Crop Room. A limited amount of regular letter size printing paper is provided as a courtesy to our guests. Photo quality paper is not provided. Enough ink is provided for the printing of journaling text only. However, the Scrap Retreat House cannot guarantee that ink is sufficient due to excessive printing. If ink is depleted during the weekend, guests are welcome to provide their own ink for additional use. Please consult with a Scrap Retreat House representative for ink type and installation.

What are the sleeping accommodations, and do we need to bring any linens?

The Scrap Retreat House provides individual beds for each guest in five spacious rooms. There are currently twelve beds that are furnished with linens and blankets. It is not necessary to bring linens and pillows unless you prefer to bring your own for your comfort.

Is there a bedroom on the first floor of the retreat house?

Yes! We have a bedroom on the first floor with its own private bathroom equipped with a shower. This room accomodates two guests and is conveniently located near the entry of the retreat house.

Can we stay up and crop as late as we want?

Yes, you certainly can! You are welcome to stay up as late as you want, and you have access to the crop room and all the tools for 24 hours during your days. The crop room is equipped with providing nearly 1000W equivalent daylight overhead lighting as welll as daylight lamp at each table for detail work. So even if you stay up late at night to crop, you'll have plenty of lighting with which to work.

Can we request or reserve a specific room prior to our arrival?

For group reservations, we do not assign rooms and leave it up to the group coordinator(s) for that weekend.

How much space is there for each person to work?

Each person has their own six foot table. This area should provide ample space for each guest to have their own tools and supplies available within easy reach while cropping.

What are your policies about smoking or pets?

The Scrap Retreat House is smoke-free, and we ask that you leave your pets at home.

What do we do in case of an emergency?

The Scrap Retreat House has an information book located in the kitchen which includes phone numbers for local emergency service such as the police, fire department, and local urgent care center. It also includes contact information for the owners.

We offer telephone support for non-emergency situations such as wi-fi Internet connection issues, television operation assistance, and heating and air control assistance during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). If you require on-site assistance for non-emergency situations such as computer or printer issues, a non-refundable service call fee of $50.00 will be deducted from the security deposit.

Is the Scrap Retreat House just for scrapbookers?

The Scrap Retreat House was created with scrapbookers in mind. However, the beautiful and spacious facility and quiet community make it a great place for artistic or crafting groups, and we welcome all kinds of crafters - beaders, card makers, stampers, quilters, patchworkers, etc. The tools provided are suited to paper crafters but there are large tables to accommodate all kinds of craft work.

Can I rent the Scrap Retreat House for parties?

No. Unforunately, due to Riverside County policies, our community's CCR restriction and our business policies, the Scrap Retreat House is limited only to scrapbooking or paper crafting activities. As such, we do not rent the Scrap Retreat House for events or personal use such as personal parties (party house), social gatherings, or any events or gatherings not exclusively related to scrapbooking or paper crafting activities.

Is smoking and drinking allowed?

No smoking, alcholic beverages or drugs are permitted on the premise.

Do we have to clean before we leave?

The Scrap Retreat House will thoroughly clean the house after everyone checks out. However, we do ask that you load the dishwasher, clean the coffee maker, gather all the garbage and deposit it into the large garbage bin outside, and remove the bed linens and place them, along with the used towels, into the laundry room before check out.

Do we collect taxes for renting the house?

Yes. As of 2016, a County of Riverside Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) will be charged. The current Tax is 10% of the total rent collected. For example, for a $1428 rental, the TOT tax collected when the final payment is due is $142.80 which will be added to the final payment.

Do our rates remain fixed?

No. We reserve the right to change our rates without notification. Our current rates for pricing may be found on the pricing page.

Anything else?

We want to do whatever we can to make your time at the Scrap Retreat House a wonderful, productive and memorable experience. If there's anything we can do to help, just ask!

Email us at scrapretreathouse@gmail.com if you have any additional questions.

Updated 10/17/2016