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Custom Home Fully Furnished with Antiques and Novelties

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 11-13)

Custom Home, fully furnished with antiques, collectables, & novelties. 2400 Sq Ft that gives one the relaxed feeling of joy and happiness of a laid back experience. Our home is very family orientated. It has a large front room with HDTV, DVD, & stereo. Large fireplace, player piano, Galaga Video Game, video & music library as well as a mannikin dressed as a skier sitting on a chair lift hanging from the ceiling. Large kitchen/eating area combo (seats 10 + 4 bar stools), containing Jenn-Aire cook top, combination oven, convection oven, microwave oven, trash compactor, refrigerator, dishwasher, instant hot,. There is a formal front entry, & a utility room containing washer, dryer. The mud room has an outside entrance which is to be used in winter, plus boot & glove warmer, ski rack, Broadband Internet with Wi-Fi connection, & slot machine. House includes a deck with 2 tables & umbrellas, plus chairs.

Our home has multi-levels with high vaulted ceilings (21’) and an interior bridge which connects with upper level bedrooms #2 & #3. All bedrooms have private baths. Bedrooms #1 (lower level) & bedroom #2 each have an standard, antique wrought iron double bed; however, bedroom #2 has a sleeping loft with 2 twin beds. Bedroom #3 has 2 double beds and 1 single bed, bathroom features a divided bath/toilet, dressing area, & walk-in closet, above which is a loft area with many large antique pieces. This area is not for renters use. Carpets throughout except for front entry & kitchen/eating area, which are ceramic tile. Bathrooms, utility room & mud room are linoleum.

Basement has unfinished floors, bunk beds, wood stove, full bath.

Front lawn, horseshoe pit, No garage and no fences, but lots of open space surrounding the house.

Keywords: Large, modern kitchen & eating area, close to meadow, excellant view of Red Cliffs, bus pick up @ door for ski lifts, great place for families, dog friendly.

More Details

Leo & Nina Smith
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Leo & Nina Smith

Seniors, retired. Husband was a building contractor, designer, architectural draftsman, wife was a cashier in banking, retail stores & homemaker. We have raised 6 children, (1 girl, & 5 boys). We have 7 grandchildren, & 5 great grandchildren. We have been involved in all types of activities such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTA, Little League Baseball, Pop Warner Football, Booster Clubs, & Foreign Exchange activities, as well as church & choir member for 50 years. Locally, Kirkwood Planning Director for12 years, Kirkwood Public Utilities Board of Directors for14 years, Blind School instructor for 12 years, Ambassadors for 2 years, very community oriented people.

We love skiing, hiking, fishing, back packing, & swimming .

In the summer of 1981, our entire family started to build our Kirkwood home which was our dream home and a new family project. We completed it in the Fall of 1983.

Leo & Nina Smith purchased this house in 1983

Why Leo & Nina Smith chose Kirkwood

We started skiing Kirkwood, by chance, in the Christmas/New Year’s period of 1971. Heavenly Valley was our destination, but there was too much rock exposure. We decided to try Kirkwood which advertised 2 ft of new snow and 4 open chair lifts (a new ski resort). Although my parents home was at So Lake Tahoe, we decided to drive 30 miles each day for the next 4 days to enjoy the new ski runs @ Kirkwood and its fabulous snow.

Traveling to and from So Lake Tahoe, thru the Sierra’s mountain peaks, we were so impressed by the similarity to the Rocky Mountain terrain. Soon after, we spent more days skiing at Kirkwood and purchased a building lot in Jan 1971

What makes this house unique

Kirkwood Ski Resort is a major part of scenic Highway 88 passing thru the Sierra Mountains with its ambient and environmental heavy wooded areas, along with its intermediate lakes such as, Silver Lake, Caples Lake, Red Lake, Bear River Lake Resort. Travelers are kept alert by the abruptness & dramatic changes of natures lava & granite rock formations which become quite dominant the higher the elevation gets. Grassy meadows, wild flowers, and Aspen trees add never ending contrast & color.

This area is a hikers/packers paradise, The opportunity for fishing and boating are available. Wild life such as deer, coyotes, squirrel, chipmunks & birds, are in abundance.

Weather varies in winter from extreme cold & high winds to wonderful snow conditions.

Summer has beautiful weather with mild to warm temperatures. There are brilliant reflections of sunsets on the Redcliffs. The night skies of the Kirkwood area are outstanding. The elevation of 8000’ allows for massive formations of stars and an extremely bright full moon. Wonderful for star gazers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM, Sarah wrote:

Hi Nina,

Thank you again so much for letting us rent Iron Mountain House again! As I mentioned on the phone, the snow was wonderful and we had just a lovely time.

In the past we've done the optional cleaning, but this time around, because of nap schedules and snow, we weren't able to do that. So of course you'll keep the $200 cleaning fee. (We did follow all of the closing down instructions, except for the antifreeze in the bedroom drain - the antifreeze container was unfortunately empty.)

Thank you again!


Mar 2014
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West Meadows House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 13
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (3), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
slot machine, player piano, Galaga game


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Custom Home Fully Furnished with Antiques and Novelties
average rating of 4.818182 based on 12 reviews

comfortable, cozy mountain home

  • 5 of 5

Great home with lots of eclectic items and family memorabilia to explore and enjoy...lots of character. Sleeps a lot of guests and there is plenty of room to congregate.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mary & family, for your rental. We appreciate you leaving the house clean and according to our instructions. Leo & Nina
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Comfortable, cozy, full of character

  • 5 of 5

One of my favorite rentals ever! The house was large but felt cozy, and is full of character. You can tell that many happy memories were made here. The owners, Leo & Nina, designed and built the house - a true labor of love. The kitchen was very well stocked (sharp knives! large bowls! big pots!), and the large table seated us all comfortably. Close enough to Timber Creek Lodge to walk, convenient shuttle if in ski boots is not your cup of tea. The owners responded to emails quickly, and checked in on us to make sure we were comfortable during our stay. I highly recommend this house, especially if you are tired of nondescript, IKEA-furnished, agency-managed rentals. Our group of 6 kids and 4 adults enjoyed our stay and look forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cassie: One of our renters around the first of the year said their child had lost a cell phone outside in the snow. When cleaning up pine cones this spring, a white cell phone was found. If it belongs to you, would you like for us to send it to you? Nina
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Fabulous family ski chalet

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location with view of Kirkwood meadow and near Kirkwood Inn away from the noise of the village and lifts. Retro family pleaser with vintage curios, table top pacman, and cozy fireplace. Lots of character.

Made for a special new year ski holiday. Look forward to returning soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for summer

  • 4 of 5

We rented the house for the summer and were pleasantly surprised about kirkwood. It has great outdoor trails, located between 2 lakes (for boating etc.,) and a quite place to get away from the daily grind.

The house was stocked with antiques and was great to live in and get all of us around the dinner table. It was very comfortable and would recommend for anyone visiting kirkwood.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly Comfortable, Quirky & Dog Friendly!

  • 5 of 5

A very large group of friends celebrated the New Year at The Iron Mountain House (AKA Mannequin House to Kirkwood Locals!). We are avid skiers, so the courtesy shuttle was a huge plus. The house is just massive so all 12 of us could stay comfortable without ever feeling crowded- and we could all fit at the dining table! The kitchen is well-suited to cooking for large groups, and the living room comfortable fit all of us, plus our snuggly pups. The meadow is right outside the back entrance, which was convenient for walking the dogs after a long say of skiing. Leo and Nina are just the sweetest, and even checked in when they heard we were having some unseasonable cold weather to ensure we were warm enough. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fabulous Place to spend Time Regardless of your need to get Away

  • 5 of 5

This five split-level mountain home is a fabulous retreat, a place to spend peaceful/active time any season of the year. Our family has experienced the ambiance of the home as well as the multitude of activities available in this beautiful piece of the Sierras. We have come back several times at different times of the year and have enjoyed them all immensely.

As a skier it’s close to Kirkwood Ski Resort. We’ve picnicked and fished at Caples , Kirkwood and Woods lakes or just enjoyed the spacious house with a vintage slot machine and player piano or relaxed by the large open fireplace as we watched vintage movies or read a book. We have also just sat in the living room and just enjoyed the décor including the chair-lift chair hanging from the ceiling.

The hiking trails are a photographer’s paradise.

We’ll be back, Carol & Al Fleischer

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Al & Carole for your review regarding how much you like the Kirkwood area, and all the many things that are available to do & see. This year was a beautiful example of how lovely the wild flowers are on the hiking trails and in the meadow. The Aspen trees and their fall colors are a delight to see. We hope you come back again soon and enjoy our Kirkwood mountain home. Sincerely, Leo & Nina
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Rates & Availability

West Meadows House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Weekends/Xmas/New Years
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring / Summer
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100
cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

There is a 10% Amador County Transient Tax to be added to rental cost.
Plus a $200. cleaning fee
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Kirkwood Inn
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Kirkwood Inn, Wintertime-Off the Wall ,
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Kirkwood Ski Lifts
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sandy Cove & The Potholes @ Silver Lake
Car: necessary

Snow Cat tours, Zip Lock Line, snow shoeing


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