House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
About Tod duBois
We are very interested in doing our part to protect our planet and the environment. A refuge from the corporate world in Silicon Valley where I held demanding jobs we enjoyed building my lakeside dream eco-friendly vacation home in the middle of a forest overlooking beautiful Rollins Lake. Tod designed the off-grid system himself, it's amazing! This is my 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
Why Tod duBois chose Grass Valley
I 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 I liked that you are within 5 minutes of wineries, 15 minutes to the quaint artist town of Nevada City, 12 minutes to 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.
What makes this House unique
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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful contemporary architectural gem in a private oasis
Stunning place, loved visiting. We were here in late November with cooler temps and some rain and it was a great woodsy retreat, although our deck time was limited. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in the summer with access to the lake. Ignore all the comments about the heat/warmth, the radiant heat does take some time but warms right up. Thanks!
Quiet and relaxing
Loved the property! It was quiet and relaxing, just what we were looking for...
An exceptional property above the lake in a most peaceful setting.
This is our second stay at the Lotus Lake House and it was absolutely wonderful. It has everything that we could ask for. My small family enjoys the outdoors and the beautiful location surrounded by pines with views of the lake below you is just perfect. We would go on runs each day on the quiet roads and we spent a day on the lake wake boarding in a rental boat. It was so much fun. This place is even better now with the option of renting the tiny house with the main house. This way we could spread out a bit but be right to each other with no one else around. We especially love that we have a small environmental footprint when staying at the Lotus Lake House. This matters a lot to us. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a fabulous vacation.
It’s like being in a perfect tree house
Super open and airy. The outdoors and indoors flow together. We felt like we were in a tree house high up in the forest. We absolutely loved the house! We felt luke-warm about the lake, but we’re total water people so we had hoped to do lots of swimming, fishing, and canoeing. The noise from the power boats was mostly okay because the home is high up on a hill. We loved the walking path down to the lake. House has an awesome and huge deck where we spent most of our time. Lovely views! We lost power a few times, but after the first time the handy man came righhnover to show us how to turn it back on. We’ve stayed in many rental homes, and this is one of our favorites as far as the actual home goes. We have two teenagers and they both loved it too, and the four of us fit easily in the home. Visit Happy Apple Kitchen and farm stand for tasty produce (summer), pies, and an old-fashioned feel. Grass Valley is a great, small town 20-minutes away. Chicago Park store near the home is small, yet has a good selection of groceries, and fishing bait, in case you forget something. We highly recommend this home to couples or families looking for a relaxing and unique place to stay.
The owners pay close attention to detail and the space is beautiful!
I love sitting on the deck. I didn’t even mind all the crazy people on the water. It made me glad that I was far enough away that I could laugh at their crazy antics
Nice house - Buyer beware
The information on the website does not adequately inform the renter about what's involved with operating this house. It is not until you arrive, and get access to the "house book", that the most important information needed to make an informed decision about renting this property is made available to you.
In short, what we did not know:
1. access to the internet-a 20 minute drive from the house to Safeway/Starbucks. We emailed the owner about this and his response was that a poll had been taken and it was decided that there would be no internet. We did not know about this poll. It was not listed on the web page. We also had no TV/Satelitte.
2. heating the house and having hot water-a few small solar panels plus a generator were supposed to provide heat/hot water...both woefully inadequate to provide either one. The backup plan in the "house book" was to use layers of clothing and lots of blankets. At midnight, no heat...at 7 am, no heat..., at noon when we left the property...no heat.
An informed decision about renting this house cannot be made without the information included in the "house book".
We are always upset when a traveler has a less than 5 star experience but we don’t know what to do when a rare traveler doesn’t call for support from our three-person local team and then feels that leaving false information in a negative review helps the community.
1. The Lotus Lake House is a 5 star romantic getaway. Cell phones and hotspots work great here, so urgent matters can be handled with your phone. Colfax is a small city with all services and is precisely five miles drive on Hwy 174, Grass Valley/Nevada city are larger and 9.6 miles away. If you need Internet access for romance hotels provide that. There is a 65 inch TV in the living room and extensive DVD collection, no cable TV is provided.
2. The house is heated with propane and hot water provided by a high-end Bosch instant hot water heater just like most homes. No one has asked for any changes to the heating or hot water system, so we can’t imagine what they wanted in addition to standard home systems. Neither the hot water or heat are provided by solar panels.
The lake house is supported by a three-person team, all are local and two less than 5 minutes away and the property has more than 90 five star reviews. All staff know the basic systems and each specializes in some area of the property. The team was not called even though the phone numbers are provided in the directions, the manual and even posted on the wall in the pantry.
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