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Peaceful 10 acres with luxury cabin; serene mountain Views; Charming and Classy!

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Unique, Immaculate, Well-Equipped and Contemporary Cabin with Old School Charm!

[County of Placer Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate #8726]


Welcome to our mountain cabin! The perfect spot for a peaceful vacation with family, a romantic engagement, a festive retreat with friends, or just because you deserve to get away from it all. With easy access from I-80 along a private country road, the Fool's Gold Cabin is just over two hours from the Bay Area. With Sugar Bowl only 35 minutes away, fifty mountain lakes nearby and plenty of things to do at the cabin, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Situated above the snow line at an elevation of 5,000 feet, there is a beautiful mix of deciduous and evergreen trees and not a neighbor in site. If you're looking for peace and privacy, this is the place for you. With a large common space inside, two bedrooms and one bathroom, the two-story 1,100 square foot cabin is ideal for a family - or 2-3 couples - to get away and relax! The cabin has contemporary furnishings and every room has charming wood floors that were made of reclaimed bleachers from the San Francisco State University basketball arena (compliments of the Wooden Duck in Berkeley). Enjoy a good book while relaxing on a leather couch with a fire raging in the large, stone fireplace with an old-school Lopi wood-burning insert (firewood provided). With 60GB of music on the iPod provided - or on the device you bring - you can easily rock out to the indoor and outdoor sound system.


There is an upstairs bedroom with a California King bed and a downstairs bedroom with two bunk beds (so, four twin beds). While the cabin sleeps 6 most comfortably, there are cots and sleeping mats available for more flexible arrangements. Bedding is provided (sheets, towels and extra pillows too). There is also a hi-end, large capacity washer and dryer (with hypo-allegnic settings too!).


The Fool's Gold Cabin has a well-equipped kitchen with plenty of seating at the bar, on the deck, or at the hand-crafted dining table - which features a topographical map of the wilderness area surrounding the cabin. There is ample room in the stainless steel refridgerator and pantry for all the groceries you bring. The Serra Market in Colfax is the nearest full-scale grocery store, but there are also some wonderful Mom-and-Pop markets in nearby historic Dutch Flat or in Alta for some of the more basic needs. With the 5-burner, 40' stainless steel stove and oven (including a convection oven that I don't know how to use), you can prepare a wonderful meal that can be enjoyed on the spacious deck with teak furniture. We provide some collapsable camping chairs in the winter when the furniture is in storage. There are too many appliances to list (microwave, toaster, Soda Stream, etc) but the kitchen is well-equipped for most every need. There are even home-made S'more Sticks so you can sit around the campfire at night and enjoy the clear, mountain sky. What's the point of nature if you don't have s'mores?


The Fool's Gold Cabin offers plenty of outdoor activity as well. In addition to the multitude of activities and events that are available in the area, our ten acre back yard has wonderful trails through scenic, private woods. There is plenty of open space for kids to run and play while you enjoy the views from a spacious deck. There's lots of fun for small kids, big kids and adults who want to act like kids.




If you like to be away from noisy crowds, see the night sky clearly, play in private woods, converse around campfires and dine against the backdrop of the Sierra... the Fool's Gold Cabin is the place for you!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Tj and Siobhan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016

About Tj and Siobhan

We have three kids and live in the Bay Area. TJ is an ex-architect who now works in technology operations while Siobhan is a speech therapist. Together, we have spent the last two years renovating this cabin so that we can enjoy time together as a family. This has been our labor of love and it shows in all the warm, comfortable and hand-crafted details in the cabin. Our mission is simple: we want to you to enjoy our family getaway as much as we do!

Tj and Siobhan purchased this house in 2011

Why Tj and Siobhan chose Gold Country / High Sierra

We love the space and freedom of the outdoors as a family. Several times, we stayed in a few of the old Forest Fire Lookouts that are available through as campsites. We purchased this property because it reminded us of those wonderful experiences: the comfort of a warm, secure home within the beautiful setting of an outdoor, mountain campsite. There is nothing like sitting by a campfire at night under the brilliant clarity of stars in a dark sky, then coming inside to a hot shower, glowing fire and all the amenities of a well-equipped cabin.

What makes this house unique

There are literally hundreds of houses that are available in the Tahoe area. All the great activities that attract folks to this region are easily accessible from our place too. What makes the Fool's Gold Cabin truly unique is the sense of privacy, seclusion and serenity - despite being so easily accessible - that this ten-acre property offers. We love the feeling when we're here that you don't have to be anywhere else. This is a magical place where time loses some of its urgency and our otherwise hectic lives find some peace and tranquility.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fool's Gold Cabin is a beautiful cabin with everything you need plus more to enjoy a quiet and peaceful getaway. My little family (husband, son, two dogs, and me) stayed for 5 nights and not once did we get bored! We were thoroughly entertained by the beautiful 10 acres, swings, tree house, board games, and AMAZING music sound system provided through out the house. The hosts, Tj and Siobhan, are so considerate and thoughtful (they even had baby gate and baby crib ready for us when we arrived!). Tj and Siobhan made the whole booking process easy and are very helpful with any questions you have about the area or property. I hope we can return to Fool's Gold Cabin at least once a year.
Jan 2015
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based on 22 traveler reviews

Peaceful 10 acres with luxury cabin; serene mountain Views; Charming and Classy!
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful property and cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took our teenage daughter, her friend, and our three dogs to Fool's Gold for a three day snow weekend. We were so pleased with the location, the property and the cabin! It's not far from the main roads, but you feel like you're all alone in the woods. The cabin has a nice open space for family time and separate bedrooms for quiet time. You can see the snow covered mountain tops from the back of the house through the trees. We played in the snow with the dogs and let them run free. In the evenings, we snuggled by the wood stove, made s'mores, played family games! We will certainly be going back. Maybe in the spring or summer so we can explore the property more without the snow.

The owners were wonderfully accommodating in allowing us to check in early and out a little later. Their home is lovely and they were very gracious and responsive.

Thank you for a great trip and some awesome memories:)

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Now that you have enjoyed a cozy weekend here in the snow, it would be great to have you back to enjoy the summer sun, trails, ping pong and outdoor activities!
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Perfect fun

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is wow! Great location, beautiful and cozy cabin, and extremely accommodating! I was so pleased with the cabin as soon as I drove up. Perfect for adult seclusion, and family fun! Thank you for a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have framed the incredible flag and certificate your family left for us as a gift! We were genuinely moved by how thoughtful that was.
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Christmas at the Fools Gold Cabin could not have been any nicer.

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay at Fools Gold Cabin was just as lovely as our first one. The cabin is the perfect family get away to enjoy peaceful, non-interrupted time with your family. The house being set back so far on the property and the property having so many acres of usable land makes it the perfect place to settle in and feel like you really do not need to go anywhere else if you do not want to. We love the trail down to the railroad tracks for both hiking and sledding. Being able to watch our kids and dog plat out in the snow from the kitchen or living room windows was so nice. If you do want to get away it is an easy, short drive to down hill, or cross country skiing.

The owners have been wonderful to work with. Very accommodating, responsive to emails and kind. They obviously take great pride in their home which is apparent from the outside of the property and all throughout the house. I would recommend the cabin to any of my family or friends and hope to go back next year with my family.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so appreciative of your family for choosing to stay here again for such a special holiday. You clearly value the wonderful family time this place enables.
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

This is a great 'cabin' - and exactly what we were looking for, well furnished with attentive owners who wanted us to enjoy ourselves. One concern in booking anywhere in the area is the limited amount of private property in the region that is far from I-80 (and away from traffic noise). The cabin is several miles away from I-80, so it is extremely quiet, and there is no highway noise at all! Definitely rent this place if it is available.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a peaceful stay! We certainly agree that it's unique for our property to be so easily accessible yet feel so private and remote. :-)
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Weekend Away

  • 5 of 5

We came up from the Bay Area with our two toddlers and two dogs for a weekend away, and it was perfect! Lots of space to play and explore, every detail exceeded expectations. We hiked nearby trails, meandering our way home through quaint mountain towns. My husband kept saying, 'If we owned our own cabin, this is exactly what I would have done...' Happy, exhausted kids and pups fell asleep early each night, giving us time for wine in front of a romantic fire :)

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great measure of success... happily exhausted kids and pups! :-). That is a good sign indeed.
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AMAZING! Couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin greatly surpassed any expectations!!!! It is wonderfully decorated with a cozy, rustic ambiance. Easy to get to but nicely tucked away where you feel secluded. Loved the patio, sound system, comfortable bed, bedroom skylight, pet friendly option, and how well equipped every room was. There are so many hiking trails and lakes within a short distance that you would never have to hike a trail twice. We really can't say enough about this cabin & are hoping to go back soon to show off this gem to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Welcome back any time, any season!! We're thrilled you had a fabulous weekend.
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Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Same distance to Reno and Sacramento Airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
Red Frog (not the closest - just our favorite!)
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
The Ridge Golf Club
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Colfax (although more frequent routes from Auburn)
Nearest Motorway
1.8 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Monte Vista Inn
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
Car: necessary

The area around the cabin was the site of the most prolific gold mining activity during the 1800's. It's historic sites offer museums, Malakoff Diggins State Park and charming historical districts of Nevada City and Grass Valley for shopping and antiquing.

The region offers great skiing, hiking, wineries, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, golf, tennis, sailing, fishing and more. There are cultural / musical festivals all year long at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and during the winter season, Grass Valley hosts Cornish Christmas and Nevada City offers Victorian Christmas festivals. Truckee offers a Brew Fest, Renaissance Faire, Rodeo and other fun events.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning / Supplies $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Please take the time to read all the information that we have posted about the Fool's Gold Cabin. Our mission is that you enjoy our family getaway as much as we do, so it is important that you have an understanding of the cabin, it's amenities and the house rules.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Alta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bath and Laundry - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom was recently remodeled with heated slate tile floors. The bath/shower combo has dual shower heads. The on-demand water heater provides ample hot water in all seasons. The bathroom also has a high-end, large capacity GE washer and dryer (with hypoallegenic settings as well).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Bunk Room - 4 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom with room for one more on the floor (cot)
    The Nest - 1 king , Upstairs bedroom with room for two more on the floor (cot)
  • Both bedrooms have charming wood floors made from beautiful wood that was recycled from the SF State University bleachers! All the mattresses are also new.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Don't see what you're looking for? It never hurts to ask. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have about this property. We're also open to feedback from potential guests on what features are critical to them. Our mission is that you enjoy our family getaway as much as we do!

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