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Lovely Spacious Home on private 217 Acres with Lake & near town & attractions

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Located in historic Vallecito, California, Sierra Gold country on 217 private acres set aside as a sanctuary for people & animals. This home away from home is furnished for your comfort and pleasure. Enjoy the view of flowers and wildlife amongst mountain ridges, while relaxing on the front porch. Looking for serenity, nature hikes, adventure, sight seeing, fishing & fun activities? If so, this is the place for you! It hosts a lake stocked with fish, seasonal creeks, walking trails, ranging from easy meditation spots to more challenging hikes. A delight for photographers, bird watchers, rock hounds & nature lovers who desire to get away from the busy life & just relax. Located across from Moaning Cavern, within 15 minutes from Columbia state Park, Ironstone Vineyards & 24 additional tasting rooms, caverns, reservoirs, mountains, gold mining towns, antique shops. Downhill & cross country skiing are within a 30 minute drive;15 minutes from fabulous boating & water skiing on New Melones.

Location : Historic Vallecito, Gold Countty & High Sierra, California USA. (San Francisco 2 Hours, Sacrament 1.5 hours) Located across from Moaning Cavern; within 15 minutes from Columbia State Park, Ironstone Vineyards and 24 additional wine tasting rooms, caverns, reservoirs, mountains, gold mining towns, antique shops. In winter downhill and cross country skiing are within a 30 minute drive; in summer, boating and water skiing are fabulous in beautiful New Melones Lake.

Amenities on and near property: Fishing in 3 acre lake, historical gold rush area, Indian grinding rocks, 217 acres to hike, close to 4 golf courses, Bear Valley Ski Area, New Melones Lake, boating, local caverns across the street, rural setting minutes from Murphys, close to Historic Columbia State Park, Ironstone Vineyards, Angels Camp, Wineries, Caverns, reservoirs, Antique Shops, Casua and Fine Dining, abundant wildlife, bird watching, photographers delight.

About the Property: The land is composed of gold mining claims & a homestead. This beautiful property has much history & is being developed into a Biblical Garden. Many trees, trails and meditation sites have been added for the enjoyment of visitors & to attract birds, butterflies and other wild life. There is also a fellowship hall & a small chapel. The property has been used for Weddings, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, Day retreats, family reunions, school group outings, Passover & other Religious celebrations & much more. The use of the Fellowship Hall, outdoor stage & other areas are available for events with or without the rental of the vacation rentals. The development of the Biblical Garden is an ongoing process with new sites & trails being added. This property is great for those wanting to get away, relax, enjoy time with nature & get back in touch with themselves & loved ones. Many have come only to find that they love it here so much that they keep coming back & have become our great friends.

Keywords: Charming country home, a touch of elegance, lake, trails, nature, photographers delight, hiking, fishing, ideal for getaways, reunions, weddings, etc.,

More Details

Margaret Jensen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Margaret Jensen

I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and love nature. My family moved to California and lived in Los Altos for several years. Missing the country and the wide open spaces we spent a lot of our weekends driving up to the mountains and lakes where we spent a lot of our leisure time enjoying boating, jet skiing, gold panning, fishing, four wheeling, photographing the beauty of the areas and a host of other activities along with the warm and friendly residents.

Margaret Jensen purchased this house in 1989

Why Margaret Jensen chose California

When we found this property we fell in love with the beauty of the land and the lake. On our first visit we felt like we had come home and made an offer which was accepted and have enjoyed restoring the homes, clearing areas, planting trees, building and making improvements. We love the animals, the beauty and peace that is here and have landscaped and planted vegetation that would attract birds, butterflies, etc. We are conveniently located close to Angels Camp, Murphys & Columbia State Park (a delightful gold mining town that the state has preserved) which have shopping, fun attractions, golfing, live theatre, fine dining, fast food eateries, etc. so everything is nearby and yet we are secluded and enjoy the serene life. We are close to the lake for boating, jet skiing, fishing and gold panning areas. The drive to any of these places is beautiful with majestic mountains, rivers, canyons, caves and lakes. I feel so blessed to live here among the quaint and lovely towns and wonderful people and there is no place I would rather be.

What makes this house unique

The property is conveniently located close to recreation, shopping, entertainment and everything one needs. It is beautiful with a lake and large acreage which offers seclusion as well as walking trails, hiking, fishing, meditation and resting sites, bird watching, history, photography and more. The home has beautiful mature trees, lawn and flowers with porches equipped with tables and chairs to sit and enjoy the scenery, animals and birds. Some sunsets are spectacular and the starlit nights are fabulous. The fields dotted with wild flowers in the spring and beautiful fall colors entice one to get out among them and enjoy the fragrances and beauty.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"What a beautiful, serene place. Loved staying in your cozy, clean house. Had a truly wonderful vacation. Thank you & can't wait to come out again."
Jun 2016
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Vallecito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Queen Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Natural Features: autumn foliage, spring flowers, caves, forests, lakes, creeks, hiking trails, meditation sites. (Historical) Indian grinding rocks, gold mining tailings, Chinese wall. Hall for special events.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Lovely Spacious Home on private 217 Acres with Lake & near town & attractions
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 45 reviews
San Francisco, CA USA

Lovely Little Gem in Gold Country...

  • 5 of 5

Hallelujah for Glory Manor! Thank You so much Margaret, for all your Fine Hospitality. You are such a pleasure to deal with, although I'm sorry we didn't actually get to meet. Maybe next time! This house was so perfect for our needs & your Grounds are just beautiful. This place made an awesome Home Base for some Birthday Mirth & local Rockhounding. Also, you have such a Sweet Horse. All we had were Green Apples, which I'm not sure were his favorite, but he sure is a Lover anyway! Thanks again for the Little Slice of Paradise...

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palmdale, CA

Family Time

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a quiet place for our family to spend some quiet time together and we certainly found it at Glory Manor. The property is beautiful, especially being able to see the leaves change. It was very quiet and you certainly felt like you were away from it all. The property was clean, neat and looked just like the pictures. The fireplace was a nice touch in the living room. Margaret was very accommodating and easy to work with. The cookies were wonderful and made it feel even more like home. The house is close to Murphys and Moaning Caverns so there are plenty of things to do during the day. Our family was really able to enjoy our time together. Thank you for sharing.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul & Dru. So glad to be able to bless your family and upgrade you to our 3 BR, 2 bath to honor and thank your son for his service to our Country. God bless and always keep him safe. It was a joy to meet all of you and hope to see you again sometime.
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Mariposa, Ca


  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay! The views were breath taking and it was very relaxing. The home is very cute and the owner is very nice and helpful. We HIGHLY recommend taking the long hike to "Natural Bridges" and bring your floatie! It is literally swimming/floating in a cavern - and the best part - IT"S FREE! The historical town of Columbia is also worth seeing. Would definitely stay again! Thanks so much, Tamy, Jason, and Sherell

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Reasonable Rates, Nice Property

  • 3 of 5

We needed holiday weekend lodging for three couples attending a nearby event, and this filled our needs. The property was lovely, and some of our party enjoyed a walk to the lake and old Indian grinding stone. The house itself was roomy but a bit worn, although many furnishings were updated, including new bedding and towels. We had some trouble with aging bathroom fixtures and wasps flying around and in the house during the heat of the day but, fortunately, we were there primarily in the evenings and mornings. Our hostess, Margaret, was very gracious and conscientious about our reservation and arrival and made us feel welcome, even with a plate of delicious cookies to greet us! All in all, the value of our experience was worth the cost, which was quite reasonable.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Merced CA.

Our wonderful stay at the Glory Manor

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the Glory Manor from December 29, 2012 through January 1, 2013. The location was beautiful and we loved the house. It is very close to Murphys and Moaning Caverns is right across the raod. You have to try out the zip lines there. Everything we needed was provided such as bedding, towels, fully equipped kitchen and TV with DVD player and a good selection of movies. Be sure to bring some apples for Margarets sweet horse. We definitely this location for families and couples alike. We can't wait to return.


  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, CA

Wonderful Thanksgiving holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our little family spent wonderful time during Thanksgiving holiday in beatiful Margaret's house. She welcomed us with great cookies, showed us all rooms and made sure that they are warm and cozy.

Kitchen had all necessary plates/pots/pans and we cooked delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

There are plenty of things to do around. Visit Moaning Cavern, Columbia state historic park, nearby Murphy, many good wineries.

Thanks again for great time and your hospitality. We'll be back one day.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Columbia Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Greenhorn Creek
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy. 4
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Melones Lake
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Melones Lake
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Vallecito House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
linen and cleaning fee $95

Rates are subject to change until unit is booked. Weekend rates apply to holidays.

$250.00 reservation/damage refundable deposit due at time of booking.
Rent & fees due 2 weeks prior to arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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