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Welcome to The El Dorado Ranch / Family Retreat

George Grafer

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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George Grafer

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Calendar last updated:
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Welcome to The El Dorado Ranch / Family Retreat

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Mountain Ranch Lodge Rental Photos and Description

8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, Barn/Game Room, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Sleeps 17 - 20

Our ranch is a family orientated property that stands on 350 acres and accommodates up to 20 people if you rent all the structures. We have 8 bedrooms in total between the Lodge (4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms), Guest House (3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms), & Creek Side Cottage (1 bedroom & 1 bathroom). In addition, the Living Rooms provide 3 extra air mattresses. All 3 homes are within 100 yards of each other. If desired, you have the ability to rent just the Lodge outside of June, July, August & holidays (we always rent the ranch in it’s entirety during the summer & holidays). if you are entertaining a small group. And you need not worry... we never share the ranch (invite more than one reservation during any time period).

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
George Grafer (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2015

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Sleeps20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Welcome to The El Dorado Ranch / Family Retreat
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
Santa Rosa, Ca
5

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The El Dorado Ranch for my 50th birthday. We rented the whole property and it was a blast. My nieces, nephews and my 3 children (in their early 20's)stayed in the quest house which they loved. They were able to use the game room until late into the night and not disturb us. The main house was just perfect for all of us to be together! The creek, trails and views were better than any of us had expected. Roger (the caretaker) was an extra added bonus. He made bonfires for us and provided endless laughs. Try his fresh eggs for breakfast. They're delicious. With everthing there is to do at the ranch you never have to leave to find entertainment. This place is an absolute must for all ages!! We're already planning our next trip.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2007
  • Stayed: Jan 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A Truly Perfect Outdoor Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect.

I had the pleasure of hosting a retreat for 18 people at the El Dorado Ranch—and this place exceeded expectations (the photos on this page only do partial justice to the real beauty and functionality of the The Ranch).

For starters, the grounds are amazing. We were fortunate to have fantastic February weather, and I think we utilized every inch of the The Ranch. Given that there are three houses on the grounds, there were ample beds for everyone in to sleep. And from towels to toiletries, everything is waiting for us. The main house is perfectly decorated in hunting lodge style with a huge living room that allowed us to enjoy a movie. The fully-stocked kitchen was perfect to cook meals for everyone with the food we brought.

But enough with the indoors—The El Dorado is clearly designed for outdoor living. The deck off the main house served as a great place to sit, eat, and enjoy. We maximized the use of the gas grill. And at night, the most brilliant stars were visible. The hot tub was another great treat.

And then there is the game room. A converted barn that houses a pool table, a foosball table, and a Ping-Pong table. It’s huge! It’s so much fun.

Our highlight was the big open field. It’s as big as a football field and more than enough room to host the “Olympic Games” that we crafted. The outdoor fire pit served as our cauldron, which allowed for fun (and warmth) all through the night.

George is a marvelous host, and was able to answer all my questions leading up to our trip. I went up there with a bunch of friends, but now I want to return in the summertime with my family, to enjoy the El Dorado Ranch all over again.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you guys enjoyed the place is much as we do. Always nice to hear others thinking of it as a special getaway. Thanks for taking such good care of the place and leaving in great condition. We can't wait to have you and your group or family back! Cheers, George
5

Family Christmas and New Years in Calaveras County

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place for a family/large group gathering. We arrived Christmas Eve to find the living room of the lodge decorated with a Christmas Tree and stockings hung over the fireplace which made it feel like home. The place is well stocked with extra furniture, tons of cooking and serving dishes and room for entertaining. Thank goodness for the huge stack of firewood as the weather was well below freezing most days so the 2 wood stoves kept us cozy. Hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and taking such great care of our place. We always try to make sure everyone feels at home when they visit. I heard about the family celebration there and it sounds like everyone had such a great time. We are looking forward to your next visit!
5

Just perfect for my 40th birthday celebration!

  • 5 of 5

Having visited the El Dorado Ranch once before I knew it would be the perfect location for my 40th celebration, and it was just that! Having friends and family from California and the east coast gather in the middle of Gold Country was the perfect get away for all of us. The accommodations suited us perfectly, the hot tub was clean and warm for the chilly late September mornings and each and everyone of us had adequate space so we all felt cozy and happy for the weekend. Cannot wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you guys really enjoyed yourselves and you know we loved having you again. Look forward to your next visit!
5

Ladies retreat

  • 5 of 5

what a wonderful place, clean, comfortable, a brand new sectional sofa that was hard to move off of!!!! New reclining chairs! We had a great time by the pool - sparkling clean and the hot tub was perfect! honestly the pictures are good but it is just an awesome place. we had a full moon that seemed exceptionally bright ,thank you Jesus! Two of our ladies witnessed a hawk swoop 4feet from them to nab a mouse. We left a back door open (oops) and a raccoon left us a present on the kitchen floor cause we didn't leave any food out for him to steal! We all just had a terrific time and all of us being Christians totally appreciated all the beauty and serenity. To George...thank you for your special treatment...you made our time at your home most excellent. Sincerely, the women of the ladies retreat!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your group and we look forward to your next visit. Until then take care!
San Ramon
5

Best property you can think of for a large group with in 2 hours from bay area !!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time here, even though the weather was bit sub par, for the weekend we went. This place has everything you need for entertainment. You just go with food / ingredients to prepare food, and you don't have to step out of the gate for anything. It has many little trails within the property. Game room is huge ! Swimming pool, hot tub, large deck, big living room, camp fire spot a small gym..and the list go on. The owner and the property care taker are very helpful. Highly recommended !! We will go here again next year.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Shashi and glad to hear you & group had such a great time even though the weather wasn't that great. Typically May through the end of October is beautiful up there and you probably received the last dose of rain for the summer. I look forward to having you and your group back next year!

Map

Ice Cream to Go
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Bear Valley
Car: necessary

The Ranch is approximately 73 miles southeast from Sacramento, 132 miles east of San Francisco, and 135 miles south of South Lake Tahoe.

Just a hour and a half drive from the Sacramento airport, yet far enough to take in the beauty of the Sierra foothills. Activities: Golf - several courses nearby; hike & mountain bike; swim, river raft, kayak, or fish on beautiful lakes & rivers; guided tours of subterranean wonderland of several natural caverns; twenty local premium wineries & 14 miles from quaint historic Gold Rush town of Murphys. 42 miles to Bear Valley for great downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, telemarketing, or cross country skiing on world-class groomed trail system.

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Rates & Availability

From $485 Per night

Mountain Ranch Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$485
From
$665
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,815
$14,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35.00
Cleaning $325.00
Refundable damage deposit $10.00
Notes Event rates are on a per group basis. Weddings are typically between $500 - $1,000 venue charge.

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Amenities

Mountain Ranch Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • Bathrooms: There are five bathrooms - two in the Lodge, one on each floor, two in the Guest House, and 1 in the Creek Side Cottage. The Lodge first floor family bathroom has a shower cubicle, basin, vanity unit and lavatory. The second floor Lodge master bathroom, comprising a full tub and shower, vanity unit and lavatory, is shared with the two second floor bedrooms. The Guest House Master bedroom comprises a ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle, vanity unit and lavatory. There is also a Guest House bathroom and shower in-between the two other bedrooms, which is located just outside both in the hallway. The Creek Side Cottage has a bathroom with shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 2 double
  • Lodge: The first bedroom is furnished with two twin beds, plenty of books and two sliding glass doors that lead to a entry level patio. The second bedroom is our Summer Room it has two twin beds as well, a day bed with trundle. There is a bathroom and shower in-between the two bedrooms. Second floor bedrooms: Master Suite comes with a wood burning stove, a large private deck & large closet, dresser. The second upstairs bedroom is of the same size. Guest House: Bedrooms: The Master bedroom, located off the Living Room to the left, comprises a ensuite bathroom, Queen bed, and large closet. The second bedroom provides a beautiful view of Murphy & Rileys canyon through the sliding glass door that leads to the deck. The bedroom has laminate flooring and a Queen bed. The third bedroom has laminate flooring, bunk beds (full on the bottom and twin on top) and large closet. Creek Side Cottage: 1 Full size bed in bedroom and 2 full size sofa futons in living area. Bathroom w/shower
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 14 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
MAIN LODGE: The entrance leads to a country style eat-in kitchen/ dining room. The kitchen is fully equipped, including a gas top stove/electric oven with extractor fan overhead, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, trash compactor, coffee maker, blender, toaster, and plenty of pots, pans, plates, mugs, glasses etc. In the main room you will find a large fireplace and wood burning stove over looking the top patio and pool. The room is furnished with wall to wall carpet, 7 seater wrap around couch, 2 reclining armchair seats, ottoman, and entertainment system providing PLASMA Satellite TV. GUEST HOUSE: The entrance leads into the living and dining room. In the living room you will find a wood burning stove and sliding glass doors that lead to a large wrap around patio overlooking Murphy & Rileys valley. The room is furnished with a couch, loveseat, reclining lazy boy, and entertainment system providing FLAT SCREEN LCD Satellite TV. The kitchen is fully equipped.

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