MOUNTAIN RESORT TIMESHARE FREE TO BIG CAT SUPPORTER
Many years ago Big Cat Rescue was given two timeshare vacation weeks at Wolf Run Manor, a golf and ski resort in the mountains in Du Bois, PA. The resort is operated by Crown Resorts and part of the RCI Points system. The units are 2 bedroom 2 bath townhomes that sleep 6.
We used to use these weeks as contest prizes at our annual Fur Ball gala but no longer have a use for them.
On websites that list timeshare units for sale we have seen units at this resort at this time of year listed at $1000-$4000. However, unfortunately the websites that list timeshare units for sale do not operate like regular real estate brokers who are paid when a house sells. These websites demand money up front, generally in the range of $1000-2000, with no guaranty that the unit will be sold. One such website is at the link below. To find units there that are comparable in value to these you need to look at listed weeks at this resort that are close to week 31 and 32 because values vary by season:
Wolf Manor allows current owners to purchase additional weeks at $475, which is another way to look at value.
The annual fee for each week in 2016 was $515.00 which makes for a pretty inexpensive vacation for a 2 BR 2 Bath unit that sleeps 6 for someone who can use the week(s) or use the RCI points to trade for weeks elsewhere. We just have no such use for it and do not want to pay one of these websites to list if for sale. In the RCI system the units each of “Trading Power” of 14 and 41,500 points. We have never used RCI but from what we read the trading power is if you trade for full weeks somewhere else, the points lets you trade for different number of days at different resorts if you take shorter vacations.
There is also an option each year to put the units in their rental pool, which we have done, but if rented the rent only covers the fee, it is not profitable. The units really make most sense for someone who vacations and would either like to vacation there or trade the weeks for vacations elsewhere in the RCI system.
So we would be willing to give the weeks to one of our supporters in order to not have to continue to pay the annual fee for something we cannot use and each year send in forms to put the weeks in the rental pool to recoup the fees. It makes much more sense to give the weeks to someone who can use them.
We have never been there to provide any personal guidance about it. The website describes it as “a family vacation paradise with 9000 lush, hilly acres, three lakes, two PGA 18-hole golf courses, three beaches, two restaurants.”
Below are a few photos from the resort website:
The resort website is http://www.silverwoodsattreasurelake.com/wolfrunmanor.html
The resort phone number is 814-375-1800
These are summer weeks 31 and 32, which are roughly the first two weeks of August. The dates change slightly each year and the calendar of weeks can be seen at http://www.timesharecalendar.com/calendar/ In 2016 it is July 29 – August 5 and August 5 – August 12.
Bottom line, the weeks are of no use to the sanctuary and we would like to eliminate the small effort we have to put in each year to pay the fees and then put them in the rental pool to recover the fees. We would be willing to transfer the weeks to a supporter who could use them and of course if you were interested in making a donation as part of the arrangement that would be welcome but not required. If you are interested please email Finance@BigCatRescue.org.
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