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Leo & Nina Smith

Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Custom Home Fully Furnished with Antiques and Novelties

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Kirkwood House Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leo & Nina Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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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based on 10 traveler reviews

Custom Home Fully Furnished with Antiques and Novelties
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

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
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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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Brentwood, CA

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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Bay Area, CA

Iron Mountain House Is A Hit

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable stay and loved the games and player piano. Loved the hikes into the meadow, in your backyard and along the creekside of the meadow. Loved the sunsets and seeing the Red Cliffs change colors. We caught fish in the creek in the meadows, but also in the three lakes within a 10 minute drive from your home.

Jonny Winters and family

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jonny, we are happy you and your family had a good time while at our Iron Mountain House. If you ever have the time, you should visit the meadow in the springtime when the wild flowers are in bloom. They are outstanding. Kirkwood Mountain is outstanding any time of the year. You can always find something to do like hiking, bicycling, swimming, or just relaxing on the deck. Call on us again if you want to spend more time at Kirkwood. Thank you, Leo & Nina Smith
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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


Rates & Availability

Kirkwood House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2016 - Jun 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Summer/ Fall
Jul 1 2016 - Nov 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter Season
Nov 15 2016 - Dec 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Xmas/New Years
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $200
Pet Fee $100
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.

$500.00 at time of rental to hold property. Total balance due 30 days in advance of rental. If reservation made within the 30 day advance, total payment made at time of rental confirmation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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

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