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Unique, Secluded, 5-Star, Luxury Log Cabin in the Gold Country

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,750 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 BR+/3.5 BA, 2,750 SF custom-built log cabin, sleeps 9-12

Come stay in a secluded, custom-built, luxury log cabin nestled in the woods. Situated on five acres of private forested land in the heart of California's historical Gold Country, Gold Creek Cabin is only a 2-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and just over an hour from Sacramento. You'll avoid the Tahoe commute traffic and feel so far away from it all. Gold Creek Cabin (3,500 foot elevation) is 38 miles (61 km.) downhill from Kirkwood Mountain Resort and just 16 miles (26 km.) uphill from Sutter Creek, one of the most popular and well-preserved Gold Rush towns, offering a variety of nice restaurants, antique stores, and unique shops.

Gold Creek Cabin was designed to accommodate two families comfortably:

- 4 bedrooms plus loft, 3.5 baths

- Three queen beds, built-in triple bunk bedroom, and queen & twin AeroBeds for loft (sleeps 9-12)

- Reading, game and TV loft with skylights

- Large recreation room with fireplace, pool table, dartboard

- Home theater with HDTV flat screen and Bose audio system

- DirecTV HD, Blu-ray player with hundreds of DVDs, and Netflix streaming

- Free high speed (12 Mbps) WiFi service

- Large wrap-around deck on two sides with gas grill

- Private balconies off upstairs bedrooms

Enjoy 'luxury camping' amenities:

- Gas campfire and Adirondack chairs on the front deck

- Gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances

- Radiant heating in bathroom floors

- Tankless hot water system for endless hot water

- Two gas fireplaces, instant on with thermostat

- Central heat and A/C

- Full-size washer and dryer in utility room

In the winter, easily access the cabin from the Bay Area even when it is snowing hard uphill at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Don't risk not being able to get to your vacation rental. Then make the drive to the ski mountain as soon as roads are clear. If roads are closed, enjoy all that Gold Creek Cabin has to offer, such as the home theater with 150+ DVDs, DirecTV HD, dartboard, and pool table.

In the summer, plan to quickly get away from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area with an easy, 2-hour drive into the heart of the California Gold Country. Explore the historical attractions and visit Gold Rush towns like Sutter Creek and Volcano. Take a hike in to the ''potholes'' and relax by the water. Plan to go fishing, boating, biking, hiking, kayaking, and really enjoy the outdoors. Grill on the large wrap-around deck and relax in the Adirondack chairs, enjoying a cold beverage.

Sit around the ''instant on'' gas fire pit at night and make s'mores or just enjoy the peace and quiet under the stars.

We will help you plan a customized Gold Country getaway for your group!

Layout: Queen bedroom and spa bathroom in basement along with recreation room, home theater, and laundry room. Queen bedroom with private bath and shower, living room with cathedral ceiling open to kitchen and dining area, half bath on first floor. Queen bedroom and triple built-in bunk bedroom share a bathroom with bath and shower, open reading and game loft on second floor.

More Details

Doug Gribbel
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Doug Gribbel

We live in the San Francisco Bay Area and love to spend quality time together as a family. Our favorite family trip was to a dude ranch in Montana where we stayed in an authentic log cabin. We truly felt like we were on vacation, escaping the stress of modern day life, and had much more fun than if we were staying in a hotel. With Gold Creek Cabin, we sought to recreate that atmosphere and provide a place where families (including dogs) could meet, relax, and enjoy all the wonderful things to do in the Gold Country. Doug has been a real estate consultant, providing insight to developers about resort properties, and now works for a real estate start-up in the Bay Area. Kelli was an art major and is the truly creative one in the family. Together, we designed, built, furnished, and now manage Gold Creek Cabin. We love spending time with Lily and Hayden (our children), Harley (our black lab), and any friends who join us at the cabin.

Doug Gribbel purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Doug Gribbel chose Gold Country / High Sierra

After making the long, congested commute to the Lake Tahoe Area, we sought to find a place where we could really get away more easily and more frequently. We bought a five-acre parcel of forested land in an old Gold Rush town called Volcano in 2005 and set out to design and build a unique vacation home that we could share with other families. Largely undiscovered by most people in the Bay Area, the Gold Country is located in the Sierra foothills and is accessible year-round via Highway 88 and well-maintained Amador County roads. At Gold Creek Cabin (3,500 foot elevation), you can stay above the hot valley climate in the summer and enjoy easy access even during heavy snowstorms in the winter. Incredible year-round recreation opportunities in the area include hiking, fishing, and boating in the summer and world-class skiing in the winter. The close proximity to the Bay Area (only a 2-hour drive) allows us to visit frequently, even if we don't leave until after an activity on Saturday. We can arrive in time for a nice dinner Saturday, enjoy a full day of fun, and still return home before dinner on Sunday. With no minimum stay (except during holidays), your family can do the same, even if you don't think you have time for a vacation.

What makes this cabin unique

Here are some of our Gold Creek Cabin favorites: making s'mores by the campfire on the deck, watching the deer walk through the woods, playing in the built-in triple bunk bedroom, taking a steam shower after a long day skiing, sledding and making jumps out front, following the trail to the teepee camp out site at night, building forts in the woods, shooting arrows at Hayden's archery range, listening to music while cooking in the kitchen, eating breakfast together at the breakfast bar, watching a movie together in the home theater, listening to the sound of silence, playing pool and darts, looking up at the bright stars at night, playing horseshoes, letting Harley roam and sniff, watching the snow fall outside while in front of a warm fire, cooking Kona-marinated chicken from Swingles on the grill, reading in the loft, having a drink while sitting in the big Adirondack chairs on the front deck.


Volcano Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , Built-in triple bunk bed
  • 1. Basement queen bedroom: largest bedroom, stays the coolest and is the quietest (due to the basement location), lacks the log cabin feel (has carpeting and sheetrock), 'spa' bathroom with steam shower is adjacent 2. First floor queen bedroom: ski themed, opens to front deck, private bath is the one with the pebble floor shower, tends to be noisiest given the central location (can hear bedroom above) 3. Second floor queen bedroom: private balcony, stays warmer due to top floor location, skylight, shares tub/shower bath with bunk bedroom 4. Triple bunk bedroom: private balcony, stays warmer due to top floor location, skylight, shares tub/shower bath with queen bedroom, great for singles 5. Aerobed 'bedroom': Double air mattress that can be placed on the second floor loft (warmer and shares any available bath) or rec room (cooler, but must be the last to bed at night!)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Other Activities: Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Historical Gold Country attractions, Wine Tasting in Shenandoah Valley Wine Country, Sutter Creek, Sutter Gold Mine, Volcano, Black Chasm National Monument, Jackson Rancheria Casino, Jackson, Amador County, Fiddletown, Plymouth, Lake Tahoe


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Unique, Secluded, 5-Star, Luxury Log Cabin in the Gold Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Convenient and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This place has all the comforts of the city - hot water, gas fireplace, internet, movies with surround sound - and all the peace of country life. We had a great stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin in the woods. Well appointed, lots of room and very comfortable for couples, friends or families.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lived up to our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed with all the photos of the "cabin" and was happy to see they were an accurate representation. Such a wonderful layout of indoor and outdoor space for all guests and such quality of fixtures, furniture and decorations throughout the home. Since this is summer and the mosquitoes are out in the evening, my only suggestion would be to have screens doors for the upper bedrooms. However, the central AC was definitely capable of providing a comfortable sleeping temperature.

Thank you for a most fun and relaxing stay for our families, including our dog!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such wonderful guests (including your dog). Please come back soon!
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Everything we hoped for and more!

  • 5 of 5

I vacation a decent amount locally and with 5 kids find it difficult to find places everyone enjoys. Well, this is one of them for sure!! Not only was it great for adults, with lots of luxury features and room to have our own space, all 5 kids loved it and couldn't stop talking about coming back all the way home. We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! Please come back again soon!
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Clayton, CA

Fabulous Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is everything that was pictured and more! We arrived the day before Thanksgiving with just a sprinkling of snow to make the trees glisten. The cabin was a good size but still cozy and warm. Nice appliances in the kitchen so the Turkey came out perfect!! So many inside games for the teens and adults. The owner was very responsive and the instructions to the cabin and information on the surrounding community made our stay perfect. Can't wait to stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury Log Cabin is worthy description.

  • 5 of 5

Secluded, quiet, private and Ritz Carlton quality. The only thing we missed was a hop tub and room service. :)

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Black Chasm Cavern National Landmark
Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emprium
Sutter Creek
Whiskey Flat Saloon
Volcano Union Pub
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Whiskey Flat Saloon
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Volcano Union Pub
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Car: necessary

Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Historical Gold Country attractions, Wine Tasting in Shenandoah Valley Wine Country, Sutter Creek, Sutter Gold Mine, Volcano, Black Chasm National Monument, Jackson Rancheria Casino, Jackson, Amador County, Fiddletown, Plymouth, Lake Tahoe


Rates & Availability

Volcano Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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