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Mauna House: Bike, Hike, Fish, or Just Sit on the Porch!

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


About the property

The Mauna House (Mountain House) is located on Commercial Street in Downieville, California. It is approximately 150 feet from downtown Downieville, next door to the Native Daughters Hall and Library and across the street from the historic Masonic Hall and Tin Cup Diggins. Yuba Expeditions, 49 Vines (wine and beer tasting), the grocery store and restaurants are a 1 minute walk away. Both rivers are a 15 second walk away. The Mauna House is located adjacent to the Yuba River levee, where the Downie and Yuba rivers meet to form a wonderful swimming and fishing hole. Downieville is known for outdoors recreation - there is something for every one - mountain biking, fishing, hiking, rafting, swimming and panning for gold.

There are two spacious bedrooms, one bathroom, full kitchen, laundry room, outside dining (wine drinking) deck to watch the sunset, large open living room, bike storage and workshop and a front porch to sit on and watch the world go by. The house has high-speed internet (OK for movie downloads), digital TV, telephone, espresso and coffee makers, coffee grinder, BBQ, washing machine, dryer, microwave, hot water kettle, pancake and waffle grilles, blender, mixer, food processor and more!

This is a nice quiet location to work remotely from; you can ride, walk, run the trails on your breaks!

Built in 1938 after the 1937 flood it is a classic 1930's bungalow. Light, cheerful and extremely clean it has been decorated in Island Style prints to enhance the outside/inside living of the Mauna House.

Please, NO perfume, fragrances, smoking, or pets any where on the property. We want to keep the house odorless and free from smells that may bother guests with chemical sensitivities.

1% of the rental fees from the Mauna House are donated to the Sierra Butes Trail Stewardship.

We do offer a special rate for 5 nights. Book 5 continuous nights and get the 6th night free!

More Details

Property Manager
April Masters Ruhne
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2017

About April Masters Ruhne

Brent is a professional sail boat racer and I work as the director of human resources for a large digital art and technology company. We are both athletes and enjoy mountain biking and trail running. We both live in Santa Cruz, CA and go to the Mauna House as often as we can. We hope you love it here as much as we do.

April and Brent

April Masters Ruhne purchased this house in 2011

Why April Masters Ruhne chose Gold Country / High Sierra

We have been going to Downieville for the last 20 years, riding mountain bikes, fishing and trail running. We wanted to spend more time in Downieville and we fell in love with this house last summer because of it's simplicity and the history of the property. The house had been in the same family since the turn of the last century: 1900. The fact that it was rebuilt after the 1937 flood with wood recycled from the town's gold mining days and still had some the original light fixtures and fencing just added to the charm. We have deliberately kept the furnishings simple and uncluttered so that we can enjoy the house and garden and not be overwhelmed by stuff.

What makes this house unique

Listening to the river, sitting on the porch or back deck, people watching and being in a calming, peaceful environment.


Downieville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 940 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Mauna House: Bike, Hike, Fish, or Just Sit on the Porch!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Sacramento, CA

Best place in Downieville!!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and three other adults rented this house for a long weekend of mtn biking and had the best time ever! You really can't get a more convenient location. The house was really nice and had everything you could want - BBQ, comfortable living room to hang out in, comfortable beds, fully stocked kitchen, basement to lock your bikes up in and even a bike stand in case you need to do repairs. We'll definitely be staying here again the next time we come up to ride!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Downieville House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

No special events, parties, receptions, retreats or other types of "gatherings".
No pets.
No smoking.
No perfume or fragrance.

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