|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
We both have lived in this unique and peaceful part of the Sierras not far from Lake Tahoe for over 35 years, and when we met 22 years ago and were searching for a piece of property on which to build our dream home, friends would ask us where our favorite location was. It was always Alpine County, and more specifically, a stretch of the West Fork of the Carson River which meanders through the famous old Ace Hereford Ranch. Miraculously, in 2001 a small 20-acre section of the ranch became available, complete with an old rambling Cliff May ranch house badly in need of repair.
After purchasing our dream-come-true, concurrently with the restoration process, we began building a cottage near the main house for our retired parents.
The property is resplendent with willow and wild rose thickets providing a protective home for quite literally hundreds of California Quail as well as the occasional Mt. Quail and elusive Chukkar. It wasn't long before the site became affectionally known as Quail Hollow.
The cozy cottage was built in the Arts and Crafts style by local friends and craftsman, utilizing green materials and local stone. The numerous windows in every room welcome the rising sun in the East and take full advantage of the awe-inspiring view of the Carson River and the stunning volcanic basalt cliffs beyond. The kitchen, living room, dining nook and reading nook are all part of a spacious yet comforting great room which invites conversation and comraderie. The sleeping areas are quiet and comforting, the patios soothing and restful. The local wildlife which may include bobcat, raccoon, beaver and muskrat often saunter past the dining nook window, and of course the ever-present quail and hummingbirds appreciate an occasional handout, the former showing off their adorable families of tiny 'quailets' throughout the summer months. Bald and Golden Eagle soar overhead, Jays nest in the nearby pines and Cliff Swallows build their mud colonies on the cliffs.
A peaceful presence can always be found here, whether the Autumn colors have begun to dazzle, a dusting of fresh snow is on the ground or when the summer-blooming lavender is ahum with bees, as the sounds of the city and the pressures of everyday life are left far behind. Come rest your spirit here, explore the area, paint a landscape, work on the story you started to write, bring several favorite books to read, and return home refreshed and rejuvenated.
My husband and I have visited this sanctuary that we fondly call our "home away from home" I believe 5 times as of the present time. I discovered Quail Hollow quite by accident (or so I thought it was by accident) when I realized another spot we had rented in the past was in a "renovation" mode so was unavailable to rent. After our very first visit I realized it was NO accident that I found this place and instead realized there was indeed Divine guidance involved in us finding this place. Every time we visit our souls receive the "refreshing" that is so deeply yearned for and is so hard to get in a "big city", hustle, bustle type environment that we live in. We have 3 kids and have consciously made the decision to leave them in the loving arms of grandma on each trip we have made here. For whatever reason my husband and I find it very hard to impossible to take the ever essential "date nights" together away from the kids during the week so instead, after 11 years of raising kids, we have finally found our replacement(this "little slice of heaven") for the "date night" that works for us. And I give all credit to Susan and Roger who have so graciously opened their cottage to souls like us so that we can find some revitalizing serenity, sanity, and balance in a world that many times is poised on the edge of insanity. The spirit here that is so obvious if you just tune into it is one that is so inviting and calming that it makes it soooo hard to leave. The only thing that makes leaving any bit bearable is knowing I will return very soon to once again soak up her beautiful, refreshing, spirit that invigorates and revives the soul. My husband and I will continue to visit this place on a regular basis until the day we die. There is so much more I can say about this wonderful place but I feel like words diminish and muffle the true value and beauty of this place so some things are better left unsaid. Just a few last comments. I know I am reviewing a "place" but I have to comment on the people behind the scenes. As a result of our visits I have connected with Susan, the owner of the cottage, on a personal level and cannot speak more highly of her. She is a beautiful spirit and could not be any more gracious and caring. I know that it is only due to their spirit that our experience at the cottage is as delightful as it is.
My family had great time in the cottage during winter vacation. This was the best vacation house that we have ever stayed at. The house was well designed and comfortable. The view was gorgeous from every window. The cottage just totally blended with nature. My teenagers enjoyed reading by the windows. We loved the fireplace and the big, modern kitchen. It is also not too far from the ski resort. Susan was so kind to give us all the information. We would love to come back in the future. I think the cottage would be perfect for any season.
We stayed at Quail Hollow during the July 4th weekend this year with my parents. We had a wonderful experience. The cottage was just the right size for our family (4 adults and 2 kids). The view is every bit as beautiful as the owner describes. The roaring sound of Carson river, which is just a few steps down from the nice back porch, can be heard from almost every room. We spent countless hours relaxing in the back porch watching Stellar's Jays, California Quails, Anna's Hummingbirds, Butterflies in an idyllic setting. Inside the house, the owners have decorated it tastefully, with a very personal touch that I have not found so far in any of the vacation homes that we have stayed in. We also cherished the warmth with which Susan, the owner, greeted us, and stopped by the next morning and shared the history of the place with us. We will surely come back, during fall when the aspens would be in full glow, or maybe in spring, when the birds would possibly find Quail Hollow as the favorite stop during their northern migration.
We visited this property for a family holiday. Best for 2 couples and a couple of kids, but it could sleep 3 couples in separate rooms, plus 3 singles if you utilize the sofas in the living room. It was comfortable, but expect more house-feel as opposed to a quaint cabin in the woods. Through no fault of the owners, some localized junk on nearby reservation land detracts somewhat from an otherwise pristine drive to the property. The small dining room table can only handle 4-5, with an additional 4 at the counter. The back patio/yard area is the greatest asset, having a nice view of the river just a few feet away. It is secluded enough to afford good privacy, but still within 5 min of a small store or 20 min to Minden, NV for major things. The owner is very nice and makes a point of checking in. Bring a DVD player, as it only has a VHS deck and a CD player. The non-holiday price seems fair, but we would suggest updating pots & pans, linens and some furniture, such as the main sofa, dining table and bedroom mattresses over the next couple of seasons as part of regular maintenance. Overall we thought it was good.
We had such a great experience in the Spring that we looked forward to our visit in the Fall. It did not disappoint. We love Quail Hollow. The fireplace and lay-out of the home is perfect. The sound of the stream and the glorious colors of the trees were heavenly. Susan & Roger are perfect hosts. Hopefully, we shall return when we need a quiet retreat.
We've been to dozens of VRBOs and other vacation rentals and this has been the best: The setting, the house, the location are perfect. Everything is top-of-the-line, clean and welcoming. I have trouble finding eco-friendly rentals that don't set off my allergies to chemicals and strong fragrances but Quail Hollow was perfect in this way also. Finally, Susan, the owner, was wonderful.
Other Activities: snow shoeing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Nightly rate for holidays and special events is 320./night double occupancy
Cleaning Fee ranges between $100 - $200 depending on length of stay
Payment in full is required at time of booking, in the form of personal check or money order or as agreed upon by owner and guest.
For cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to arrival, a credit will be issued towards a future reservation.
If cancellation is more than 2 weeks prior to arrival 50% of reservation will be refunded