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Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.

Don Frazer

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.

Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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Accomodates up to 18 guests in tranquil refined comfort

For those who appreciate the finest in a luxury-rustic, Western retreat, imagine staying at a sprawling 200-acre private conservation ranch featuring a Sundance-style, tastefully decorated, custom-built complex which comfortably sleeps up to 18 guests. This exclusive country property in beautiful Grass Valley, CA, features a private creek,swimming pond with rowboats and zip-line, hiking trails,stone amphitheater with outdoor range and fire pit, lighted tennis and basketball court, and hot-tub.

The 5500 sq-ft main house, built by custom woodworkers, has a floor to ceiling family library in the great room with majestic, stone fireplace and large refectory table for group dinners. The main house sleeping accommodations include a 10 bed bunk wing, sleeping loft, and screened sleeping porch.

The 600 sq-ft gate house cottage is well appointed with walnut floors, hand plastered walls, tumbled marble and executive bath. 2 additional 300 sq-ft view bungalows overlook a picturesque valley. Each cottage is a short stroll from the swimming pond and main house. Each cottage contains a queen size bed, well appointed bath and private deck.

Golf, skiing, rafting,and biking are just a few of the activities accessible by short car trip from the ranch. The property is conveniently close to historic Sierra foothill cities, Auburn, Nevada and Grass Valley and the scenic Yuba and American Rivers. Our caretaker and cowboy concierge lives on the property in a separate unit away from the main ranch house and is on hand to ensure your stay is one to remember.

Due to County Regulations we cannot host weddings. We do welcome bridal parties who are attending weddings at other venues.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Don Frazer (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
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Thanks for the kind words, we are working hard to ensure each guest has a memorable stay.
Jul 2011
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Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful, relaxing family friendly retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family chose the Rausser Ranch for our annual "camping" trip. We have 5 siblings and all of us have children, and some have grandchildren. Our ages ranged from 10 months to 80 and we were all comfortable and relaxed throughout our stay.

If you leave the windows in the bunk-room closed during the day and the fans on you hardly notice the lack of A/C. The home is built very well and is comfortable throughout.

There is only 1 bathroom in the main house which is where the majority of the sleeping accommodations are but we were able to share the other 3 that are on the property easily so it was only a minor inconvenience. The cottages worked well for families with small children for napping and quiet time.

Our days were spent at the pond fishing (the children easily learned catch and release and fished from sun up to sun down), swimming, playing on the water trampoline, zip lining, row boating or just relaxing on the grassy areas near the water. Nights were spent grilling and sitting around the fire pit making s'mores, star gazing and catching up.

We went white water rafting with American River Recreation on one day and while it was a once in a lifetime experience, I would have loved one more day at the ranch. We had planned on sight seeing and hiking but chose instead to stay at the ranch and play.

The caretaker, Don was warm and welcoming upon our arrival and gave us a tour with directions on how to use everything and explain the "rules". The rules are simple to follow and pretty common sense stuff. He visits a couple/three times a day and his dog, Blue quickly became part of the family. Don knows the area well and can recommend many area attractions and places to go.

The screened porch was the perfect sleeping area for the high school/college aged boys and they enjoyed being able to have some time away from the adults and their own space.

I doubt we will be pitching a tent anytime soon as we plan on making this our new yearly get together spot as long as we can. We all giggle when we talk about our "camping" trip as we still call it. Can't wait for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Sacramento, CA

Heartily recommend this little slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 10 planned our annual reunion at this lovely location. We came from CA, IL, TX and CO. We all loved staying at the ranch. It is a GORGEOUS property. We enjoyed the pond. It is well stocked with fish (catch and release) and our boys fished quite a bit. Anyone weighing under 200 # can use the zip line. Our teens loved it! Renters should know that the main house only has one bathroom. It worked fine for our group but was tricky when multiple people wanted to shower at the same time. Almost all of the main house is air conditioned and it stays cool. Guests should know that only 1 bedroom in the main house has A/C, the bunk area & neighboring bedroom does not. Keeping the house cool is easy and the bunk area is attached but was still about 80 degrees at bedtime in the bunk area. By midnight, it was comfortable. The main house does not have any window coverings. We taped up black paper so that we did not awaken super early. It would be nice if the owner would install something so that renters could sleep past sunrise. The location is quite remote but it only takes 5-10 min. to get from the ranch to the businesses at Hwy 49. A full service grocery store is nearby. The road that leads to the ranch is a single lane road that is 1-2 miles. If you meet another car, one has to BACK up until there is adequate room to pass by one another. During our 4 night stay, this only happened on 2 occasions. We were all concerned about how it would work if we met another vehicle at night as there are no street lights and the road is steep and curvy. The caretaker (Don) is awesome and super accessible & helpful. Renters should know that he comes and goes in the main house as needed, knocking prior to entering and stating his business.The bungalows are wonderful and private--very quiet for sleeping. The gate house cottage is VERY nice and has a tv. If you like to hike, there are areas near the house but be aware that it is VERY hilly and there are practically NO flat areas. My sister and I are runners and drove 5-10 min away to run on a path that was just a little hilly. Overall, we enjoyed our time at the ranch immensely. It is clean and unique. We visited Auburn, the Empire Mine, Nevada City, did a guided Farm & Wine tour and had a wonderful catered dinner on our final night. The adults and teens ALL agreed that it was a fantastic location for a family reunion.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The bunk room part of the house does not have a/c, however there are ceiling fans in each bedroom, and windows with screens that may be opened. Our experience over the years is that if you keep the house closed up it stays cool throughout. Our remote location is 2 miles from a Starbucks, CVS, and 2 wonderful restaurants. We are 10 miles from Auburn, and 11 and 14 miles respectively from Grass Valley and Nevada City. Within that radius is any number of good dining experiences, wine tasting, golf, river rafting, and of course a great deal of history. While the road is narrow there are opportunities to pass. I bring a 22 foot stock trailer in to the property and earlier this month we had guests with a 20 foot mobile home and a large ski boat. We are 40 minutes from several large lakes. If potential guests have any questions or concerns we encourage you to call or email with your questions. Don

Beit Yeshua

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Rausser Ranch. The quiet location and the beauty of the surroundings was perfect for our Feast of Tabernacles celebration. Everything was so clean and well equipped. The grounds were ideal to host many who came and camped on site and the ranch house and out buildings were perfect for those who didn't choose to camp. Don, the caretaker, was very helpful to take care of questions and needs that arose while we were there. We would surely contemplate returning for next year's celebration if the rate increase isn't too prohibitive for our gathering.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Hidden Treasure!

  • 5 of 5

I definitely agree with the last review - I hate to let everyone know about this hidden treasure!

It's been a little over two weeks since we left Rausser Ranch and we all miss it very much. We were all missing it once we left. We all call it "RRB" the "Rausser Ranch Blues!"

The pictures of the property are great but it is even more beautiful in person. This is truly a spectacular property -- it is absolutely amazing - the architecture, design, decor, all the amenities inside and out were really outstanding - down to the sound system which was very high quality movie theater sound. The beds were so comfortable and each room was very cozy. The cottages each have their on deck that have a beautiful view of the valley and horse pasture. The volleyball, basketball and tennis courts made for some great family activities. In addition to the courts there's also a patio/screen room that has a Foosball Table which was a blast (from the past)! There's also a quaint little orchard off the screen room that had different (ripe) fruits. There were so many things we loved about this place that I probably can't name them all. But I have to say the highlight of the property was the swimming pond - we had so much fun and relaxation at the pond - the zip line was a big hit!

Someone really had an extraordinary vision for this property and we are grateful that the owners are willing to share it with others. We definitely would like to go back again and spend more time there.

We are so thankful we found this place. Don, the ranch manager insured we had a nice stay and we all had the best family vacation ever. Even Don's dog "Blue" became a part of the family and enjoyed the pond with us. - it was a magical and special stay and we will all have very fond and joyous memories that will stay with us forever!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Danville, CA

Can’t wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

I hesitated to write this review because I do not want to compete with all of you to rent this amazing estate each summer but, I must give this place its due.

We just took four families up to Rausser Ranch for an end of summer celebration and I can tell you it is one of the best vacation rentals I have seen. The owner, Professor Rausser has created an oasis in Grass Valley that will fill your days with fun and relaxation. The children were begging us to book next summer’s vacation at the Ranch!

Our family owns a rental villa in the Caribbean and we feel that Rausser Ranch has definitely done it right! Most vacation rentals are cold and sterile. Many are devoid of pictures and family mementos. The Rausser Ranch is just the opposite. Pictures of the family adorn the walls and fill the frames in each room. You get a sense that many happy times were spent in this home and now you are invited to experience them as well.

All of our questions prior to booking and after were promptly answered by the Don, our cowboy concierge. In the most unobtrusive way, he would check on us each day to make certain we had everything we needed. Let me say that this place has everything. From tennis rackets to fishing poles, volley ball to swim accessories. All the equipment, appliances, furniture, bedding, etc. were top of the line. You could tell from the moment you walked in that someone had taken great care to make your experience a great one.

We had planned to take day excursions to the sites that Don had told us about but, in the end we never left the property the entire time we were there. The kids played in the pond for 8 hours a day. They loved the Zip Line and water trampoline! The adults enjoyed Tennis, basketball, Volleyball and the great hot tub. We all fished and sat by the fire in the evenings and played cards and games at the huge dining table. The loft upstairs has children’s books, toys, games and poker supplies if you are inclined. The kitchen has every appliance and utensil you could need. Do not make our mistake of taking half the kitchen with us; just go and enjoy. Do yourself a favor… stop looking and book this wonderful estate.

My party wanted to give a special thank you to Don & Blue who made us feel like family. Thank you Professor Rausser for sharing your wonderful home with us! We look forward to many trips to the ranch.

The Patels, Hutchinsons, Williams & Thompsons

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

What an Oasis!

  • 5 of 5

I went there with my daughter and her friend and my husband and we had the most relaxing time. My husband and I did yoga down at East Wind Yoga which is an amazing yoga studio in Auburn and all five of us went to the Yuba River at Bridgeport where the water was beautiful and refreshing to swim in. After visiting the Yuba River we went to Nevada City which was an adorable old town which I just read was voted one of the best places in America to live which after being there I can see why. On another day we went hiking with our dog along the American River and had a picnic.

We barbecued out on the patio near the pond and Don, the caretaker, was so helpful and informative. We also loved having his dog Blue around who loved swimming in the pond. We would go back in a second!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Sacramento International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Dark Horse Golf Club
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 49 - Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Agave Taqueria
Nearest Ski
53 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Car: necessary

Area Summary:

The Sierra Foothills and surrounding mountains in Northern California range from 800 feet to over 9,000 feet. With numerous rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows they are a natural attraction for snow skiers, water skiers, fishermen, kayakers, houseboaters, sailboaters, hikers, mountain bikers, road bikers, and everybody who enjoys the great outdoors, whatever the season. Those who enjoy civilization will find a unique variety. The history and culture of the are are intriguing, the beauty entrancing.


Spring: Expect some rain and showers but also days warming into the high-seventies, with lots of greening and flowers both cultivated and wild. You’ll experience general feelings of optimism and renewal and have the urge to wear cotton garments again, maybe even in pastel colors. High Sierra lumberjack shirts in pastels are not recommended.

Summer: It gets warm to very warm, downright hot at times, but it’s also just what you need to convince yourself to take a day to go to your favorite spot on the Yuba River. Of course gardens grow greatly- tomatoes ripen like eager martyrs and fruit is as sweet as if Norman Rockwell had personally rendered it. Hillside vineyards are turning into what makes a winemaker smile and you will never have to wear a sweater to your Fourth-of-July Picnic (I’m talking to you, coast people). Think sun hats and iced beverages.

Fall: Warm afternoons follow cool mornings where you might catch the scent of cedar smoke as someone lights their fireplace for the first time in months. Stroll around Nevada City and environs for the kind of fall color to get excited about- golden leaves and golden light and maybe even some golden silence- it is calmer now. It may rain but probably not until November, when it’s welcome. “Indian Summer” often comes in October and can be experienced anytime up to Thanksgiving, when it would be too ironic to occur.

Winter: It will snow, but only when you really need it to. This could be for your ski day or a white Christmas or the day you want to not be able to make it in to work. Mostly it will rain to replenish or be cool-to-cold. But not the kind of cold that keeps you from doing things. There are even days in late Winter that masquerade as Spring. Cabin fever is little-known in these parts. Endless gray weather seldom goes unbroken.

Local Towns:

Grass Valley has a classic gold rush era downtown, revolving around Main and Mill Streets. Well-kept historic buildings abound, guaranteed to engage anyone from the serious architecture fan to the casual observer. Add in terrific shops and restaurants, the historic Holbrooke Hotel and the visually delightful art deco Del Oro Theatre and you have one of the most memorable small towns anywhere. And with the ambitious calendar of street fairs and public events in Grass Valley, you’d really have to work at it to not have fun here.

Nevada City a town with a lot of character and a lot of characters. Study a little history and it becomes clear that this is not just a recent development. Stroll down Broad Street and it’s easy to imagine how life felt in 1875 or 1925. You won’t find better historic buildings anywhere, including amazing art deco takes on what a court house and city hall should look like. Great restaurants, great shops, great events, great atmosphere- that’s Nevada City. One visit and you’ll find yourself daydreaming about living here.


Can we agree that everyone likes to hear a good story, especially from another time? Comparing your life and times with those of others comes pretty naturally to people; after all, curiosity and language are two of the best things about being human! And the Sierra Nevada's have great human stories to tell. Almost everyone knows at least a bit about the California Gold Rush, which was pivotal in our history, but are you curious to dig deeper? What is this connection to Cornwall, England all about? Or perhaps you are interested in the culture of the first people who lived here, Native Americans known as the Nisenan. Or maybe you are an architecture fan who wants to examine every style from Gold Rush Cabin to Art Deco Commercial to Modern Eco-Home. We have resources for every curiosity and we promise not to judge you if so simply must know the real story about the wicked ways of Lola Montez. Along the way you may even discover a pretty interesting group of people, from world-class chefs and artists to fascinating business innovators, living here today. Isn’t it about time for Nevada County?


Rates & Availability

From $900 Per night

Grass Valley Estate Rental Rates

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Off Season 2015-2016
Oct 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450.00 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Cancellation up to 30 days prior to check in date results in 100% refund less $200 processing fee.

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Grass Valley Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Rumpus Room
  • Secure Parking
  • Study Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main House Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Gate House Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    View Cottage 1 Bath - toilet , shower
    View Cottage 2 Bath - toilet , shower
  • Main house bunk wing and loft are serviced by a bath that has separate rooms for the sinks, toilet, and bath/shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Loft - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private room
    Bunk House - 1 double , 10 twin/ single , dormitorty style bunk beds
    Screened Porch - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , seasonal aleeping accomodations
    Gate House Suite - 1 queen , Detached cottage
    View Cottage 1 - 1 queen , Detached cottage
    View Cottage 2 - 1 queen , Detached cottage
  • Main house sleeping quarters are divided in to two spaces. The bunk wing includes 10 bunk beds and one double bed. The loft has a private bedroom with a queen size bed. The loft day bed and sleeper sofa overlook the dinning area below.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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