SECLUDED 'GREEN' AWARD-WINNING CONTEMPORARY LAKEFRONT HOME

Tod duBois

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SECLUDED 'GREEN' AWARD-WINNING CONTEMPORARY LAKEFRONT HOME

Grass Valley House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This is not a vacation home that we built as much as it is an experience that we created. Please read our guest reviews!

As seen in Sunset and Dwell Magazines, the Lotus Lake House is a completely 'green' exclusive home designed by the award-winning architect Michelle Kaufmann. Its sleek & modern with accordian-style glass walls that completely open to the deck and views of the lake. Lots of windows and cool welcoming tones. We are completely off-grid and have been awarded 'Build it Green' and 'Keep the Sierra Green' certification.

We're situated on 7 acres of private forested property. We cleared just enough trees to have fabulous views of Rollins Lake or instead of just gazing, hike the private trail from the deck to the lake and hop in the canoe we provide guests. With the glass 'Nano' walls open to the outdoors - indoor and outdoor living is blended. No neighbors or other structures in sight! Just the Sierra Mountains, trees, deep blue water, deer, owls, raptors and the ocassional honking geese.

Whether you are on the deck sipping coffee and watching the beautiful sunrise over the mountains, reading, sipping a drink at sunset or star gazing at night, the experience is magical.

Our home is ideally suited for a romantic get-away, or for a couple of good friends or close family members who just need a retreat from the stresses of daily life. Sit on the deck and enjoy the water activity during the summer, swim in the lake or come off season when it's absolutely still. Ideal for writer/artist retreat. Only earth-friendly products are used so it's perfect for people with chemical sensitivities.

For those who want to support the environment while staying in an exclusive and unique property, you can't ask for more. You'll feel like you are in a treehouse. As one of our guests said, 'if you need to relearn how to breathe, this place will teach you'!

Come experience off-the-grid living in luxury!

The Lotus Lake House was the showcase home at the 2007 West Coast Green Show in San Francisco.

Please read our guest comments as they describe the experience better than we ever could!!

Keywords: ecofriendly,contemporary,unique,lakefront,romantic,pet-friendly,luxury,secluded,private, boating,close to downtown Grass Valley & Nevada City, green, eco, dog friendly, lake, forest, cabin, unique,

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to stay at this wonderful home in the woods! There is nothing like waking up to birds chirping and the smell of trees. It is so calm here and we are loving it. Staying in your home has really made us more aware of our energy usage and hopefully that will follow us home. Our dog has been just as happy as we have been and she has discovered that the only thing more fun than chasing squirrels is chasing lizards! Thank you so much! We look forward to coming back and telling everyone we know.
May 2010
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Tod duBois

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We are very interested in doing our part to protect our planet and the environment. Both refugees from the corporate world in Silicon Valley where we held demanding jobs we enjoyed building our dream eco-friendly vacation home in the middle of a forest overlooking beautiful Rollins Lake. Tod designed the off-grid system himself and despite his wife's initial trepidation, it's amazing! This is our home and when it's not rented we delight in escaping the Bay Area for the beauty and simplicity of its zen-like qualities.

Tod duBois purchased this house in 2009

We love the Sierras and a number of years ago bought 8 acres in the forest overlooking Rollins Lake with the intent of building a low carbon-footprint vacation home that would be all about the views. Although our home is private & secluded we liked that we are within 10 minutes of wineries, the quaint artist town of Nevada City, the historic Gold Rush town of Grass Valley, hiking, exploring the gold mines, and organic farms and only 45 minutes to Sugar Bowl Ski resort.

You will come away rejuvenated, even after just 2 days! As one of our guests wrote: 'If you need to learn how to breathe again, this place will teach you'. Most of our guests have plans to do lots of things and wind up not leaving the house! The seclusion, the tree-house feel, the lake views and access to the lake and a canoe make this a very special getaway for 2.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 66 traveler reviews

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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 66 reviews
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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p250156vb
831-524-0620
Grass Valley Gold Country / High Sierra
5

Unique and romantic

  • 5 of 5
It was so much fun to check out a modern prefab - a unique departure from so many rental homes! Property was clean and in good condition, and the view of the lake is lovely. Our vintage Bronco broke down on the way there, so we ended up stranded - but what a great place to be stranded in! We discovered that you can walk to the nearest general store and fruit stand. I plan to return and do a bit more exploring next time! Only suggestion for improvement would be a small freezer or portable ice maker for those martinis!
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p250156vb
831-524-0620
Grass Valley Gold Country / High Sierra
5

PERFECT SERENITY!!!

  • 5 of 5
The Lotus Lakehouse was perfect in every way imaginable! Allowing the outside to come in and enjoying the beautiful views and fresh air was amazing! Our dogs loved running up and down the private path to the private cove on the lake and diving in to the water. Sunbathing and playing games on the patio was ideal! We loved fishing in the cove and also took to some of the suggested coves of the locals. We barbecued every night and the Lakehouse was stocked with everything you could ever need. We were truly impressed and will definitely be coming back! Thank you thank you thank you for the relaxing vacation we absolutely needed!
  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p250156vb
831-524-0620
Grass Valley Gold Country / High Sierra
4

Prefab living

  • 4 of 5
Tranquil, comfortable, clean, and unique.
Great weekend getaway
  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
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831-524-0620
Grass Valley Gold Country / High Sierra
4

Lynda Grill

  • 4 of 5
We choose to to book at this Secluded Green home AGAIN:: for for our daughter as they so enjoyed it last year, for the same Thanksgiving Holiday..However lovely the place is :VROB made a mistake with the dates:: booking someone else there also for our 3rd night. The owner Tod, was every helpful in making sure that VROB was notified . he work through out the morning to make sure our daughter was not misplaced for the last evening...it was a stressful few hours and thanks to Tod it was resolved .... My only advise is to check your date with any VROB rental -they can make mistakes .
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
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831-524-0620
Grass Valley Gold Country / High Sierra
5

Solitude on the lake

  • 5 of 5
What a terrific place. Great view, totally secluded and everything you could possibly need for a quiet getaway. Thanks Tod.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
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831-524-0620
Grass Valley Gold Country / High Sierra
5

Lovely get-away and beautiful home

  • 5 of 5
We loved our 3 nights away at Lotus Lake house. It was a gorgeous setting amongst the trees, private, yet close to the conveniences of Grass Valley and quaint Nevada City (which is a fun little town for exploring, shopping, Saturday farmers market.) The trail to the lake was delightful. The home was great - had everything we needed. Very nicely designed. It rained a couple days so we didn't get the full effect of the open doors and deck. On the day we left, the sun came out and we did open one of the doors and got a taste of what it is like - wonderful. The Fall colors were stunning (California's version of Fall.) It was a great place and I hope to make it back there for a longer stay.
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Sacramento
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Colfax
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I80
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
our little lakefront or Orchard Springs Campground
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
several
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grass Valley
Car: necessary

We are in the Sierras/California Gold Country. While totally secluded and nestled in the forest you are minutes to the historic gold rush towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City as well as other beautiful little towns. There are wineries, gold mine tours, theatre, shopping, restaurants, hiking, swimming and water sports, There are wonderful festivals such as Cornish and Victorian Christmas, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, lots of art galleries.

Other Activities: kayaking, boating, downhill/alpine skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Grass Valley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring, Summer and Fall
May 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
$265
$1,575
$5,550
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$165
$1,015
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Grass Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 725 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Sofa Bed
  • Mobile Phone
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Water Cooler
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) high end mattress with optional feather bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 Italian sofas in living room can convert to single beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality Italian sofa and long love seat in living room each convert to single bed
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Books ...
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
Outside:
  • Boat
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Large Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Barbecue
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • nude beach
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • coin laundry
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • sledding
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snowboarding
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • cross country skiing
  • jet skiing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • golf
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • freshwater fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water tubing
  • ski privileges optional
  • mountain climbing
Notes:
2 person canoe provided for guests' use; large boat ramps and rentals about 5 minutes away
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