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The Historic Wellesley House, On A Private Ranch In The Eastern Sierra Nevadas

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Wellesley House has 4 bedrooms, each with their own bath, plus 2 half baths

Come stay awhile in the historic Wellesley House in Washoe Valley, Nevada—at the crossroads of 1930’s Great Britain and the West.

Enjoy private time away from the city with your family or professional group, tucked up against the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada mountains and situated on the more than 500-acre McCleary Ranch—while being only several minutes’ drive from stores and restaurants!

The Wellesley House is located about half an hour south of the Reno Tahoe International Airport, four minutes from Carson City, and is less than a 45 minute drive from historic Virginia City. Five world class downhill ski resorts (Heavenly Valley, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Diamond Peak, and Mount Rose) are all within a two hour drive, with the closest two each being 40 minutes away.

Backcountry hiking in the Toiyabe National Forest and Nevada State Forest is directly accessible--just a few steps out the door and around the corner! And recreational opportunities at Lake Tahoe are within a half-hour to an hour’s drive. Almost all of Washoe Valley comprises a favorite destination for bicyclists, and both Washoe Lake State Park and Davis Creek Regional Park are only a few minutes away by car.

Guests of the Wellesley House enjoy lounging on the large front patio, inside the greenhouse sun porch, or on the second floor deck outside the master bedroom. You will find yourself delighting at surprise sitings of deer, owls, hawks, eagles and coyotes. More rarely, bobcats, bears or even mountain lions have been seen from the Wellesley House, so bring your feel free to use ours!

Upstairs, our four guest rooms are spacious, and all boast private baths and internet access. Two have king beds, and two have queens. There are also three sofa beds and two roll-away twin beds that can sleep 6 additional guests in various locations throughout the House. Two half-baths on the main floor, two large living rooms, and a large formal dining room give plenty of room for spreading out and relaxing--or for your gathering participants to divide into small focus groups in several private locations.

The Wellesley House kitchen is equipped for gourmet meal preparation, which can be provided by caterers, prepared by you and your group, or cooked for you by one of many local private chefs.

We invite you to ask us about booking an historical tour of the Wellesley House and/or ranch while you are here, and please feel free to inquire about several undeveloped sites we offer for rent, as well, for your large group or special occasion.

For reservations secured well in advance of arrival, consider custom-ordering from us your favorite varieties of fresh, local, organically grown produce. Depending upon the season you will be here and availability, we would love to supply you with the fresh veggies, fruits, or berries you crave most!

Please ask us also about our two full hook-up options for small to medium size campers. They are located together, adjacent to the Wellesley House side yard.

Choose the Wellesley House as an unforgettable, unique, and very private venue for your next small workshop, retreat, or visioning session; bring your family for a special vacation during your favorite season in the Sierras; or plan your unforgettable wedding here at the Wellesleys’ “little piece of England” in the old American West.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Carson City Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • In addition, two living rooms in the house each have a queen size sofa bed and doors to the rooms that close for privacy; the master bedroom has a futon sofa that makes into a double/standard bed; and there are 2 rollaway beds recommended for children or small adults.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Come take a stroll along our farm roads--watching out for equipment and vehicles!--to say hello to the horses you might see along the way, or the sheep that spend part of the year here, or our one semi-pet cow named Cecilia who will look at you placidly but expectantly. Please enjoy looking, but do not feed any of the domestic (or wild!) animals on the property. Many of them have special needs, and would be harmed by your generosity. Nights tend to be darker here than in the town or city from which you might hail, so we strongly suggest you take the time during your stay at the Wellesley House to schedule middle-of-the-night stargazing. Especially if you come visit during August! During the famous Pleiades meteor showers, more than a hundred shooting stars per hour are not unusual. And moonlit walks through crunching snow can reveal the brightest stars you have ever seen...and make hot chocolate taste better than you ever thought possible! We look forward to seeing you here!


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average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews

The place is awesome, the owners were not.

  • 1 of 5

We had to leave before the due date because we were receiving multiple claims about us doing everything wrong.

There were no restrictions on bringing vehicles - and it appeared that the owners are unhappy with the RVs even if they weren't supposed to be hooked to anything, just parked. The owners knew we would bring them BEFORE we arrived, it was stated in the initial request.

There were some of us who preferred to sleep in RV - and again, the owner used to stop by and count how many people are there in the house at certain moments.

We got claim to pay for dirty towel - but aren't towels suppose to be used?

After 1 day of continuous communication we decided to leave earlier - but I got additional claim for the payment because the owner was unhappy! This is extremely inappropriate.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group was the first, and hopefully will be the last, time we have had to ask guests to either come into compliance with the rental agreement, or leave the Wellesley House. After we became aware of the fifth way that the rental agreement had been violated, we informed them that by the next morning at 10am they must be in compliance with all stipulations in the rental agreement or they would be required to leave; they themselves emailed us that same night to say that they would depart the next morning in order not to cause us further problems. Just a few examples: They arrived with six very large RV's and trailers after asking beforehand and being told that we did not have space for them...they parked them in the yards and other nearby driveways...they brought more persons to stay at the property than the maximum of 14 that the property can accommodate...they smoked even though this is a non-smoking property with clauses stating so clearly on our profile and in our rental contract...they drove so fast on the ranch road that concerned neighbors contacted us with requests for them slow down...etc.. After these guests left, it was necessary to have a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company come do a deep clean to remove all of the smoke smell in the house, and to remove stains from a sofa and many decorative pillows. In addition, there were towels with permanent stains that had to be replaced. We are happy to report that the Wellesley House is now back to its former beautiful and clean condition, and we have gained an even deeper appreciation than we already felt for the very kind and considerate guests that usually choose to come here. We love for people to come share in the beauty of both this historic treasure of a home, and in the loveliness of the natural surroundings against the eastern front of the Sierras. Today there were six deer eating grass on the front lawn of the Wellesley House, and a red-tailed hawk sailed back and forth far above me as I walked over to check on our mare who is currently (we think and hope!) in foal. ...We invite you to come have a look for yourself! :)
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Delightful vacation in unique setting.

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful mansion is everything that we had hope for. The peaceful setting, the lovely touches around the house, the country feeling of the surrounding area made for a perfect getaway. An experience unique and worthwhile. Hope to do it again in the near future.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"A very memorable vaction"

  • 5 of 5

The Wellesley House is full of charm , very spacious, 13 in our group with plenty of room for all of us. The kitchen was a chefs dream come true and is well equipped. The nights were cool and comfortable, listening to the hoot owls took me back to childhood campouts. Virginia City with the historic "Bucket of Blood Saloon" is just a short scenic drive and of course the jewel of the sierra's Lake Tahoe is right up the road , with hot springs scattered all threw the area we had a nice relaxing Saturday afternoon , "what a memorable weekend" I would rate this very high on my return visits list......Ron Newton.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Very Special Place

  • 5 of 5

The Wellesley House is an exquisite historic residence that sits on a 500 acre working ranch near Carson City. The house and ranch are steeped in colorful history and charming in every way. Great care has been taken to preserve the home’s historic details. The house is richly furnished and in keeping with the era of the house, but at the same time comfortable and inviting. Staying at the Wellesley House is like taking a step back in time but with all the modern conveniences. It’s both big enough for groups but intimate enough for two, and the kitchen is enormous and exceptionally well-equipped. Among other things produced on the ranch are fruits and vegetables, which Wellesley’s charming host will supply you with during your stay (for a small extra fee.) The property is a couple minutes from Washoe State Park and not far from Lake Tahoe. But once settled in the house one is unlikely to want to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Reno Tahoe International Airport
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Toiyabe Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Toiyabe Golf Club Restaurant
Nearest Ski
32.5 Miles
Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe
Car: necessary

Here are some of our guests' and our own favorite things to do in this a little bit beyond!

Many of our guests enjoy not only going up to Lake Tahoe for year round water and mountain sports and recreational activities, but also heading over to Virginia City to get a taste of the Old West...even maybe one of those old fashioned black and white photos where everyone dresses up in Frontier Days outfits (provided for you)!

Carson City is very close by and boasts a few small but interesting museums, including an amazing arrowhead collection at the Nevada State Museum, and lots of interesting info about the Great Basin--its geographical history and that of its original inhabitants, as well. The other top two museums in Carson are the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada and the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

Reno is an easy half hour or less away, so all of its attractions--including amazing restaurants, shows, theaters, river walk, and casinos--are within reach. During the past ten years Reno has become a true "foodie" destination, so now there are just too many great restaurants to list here. Go online and look around at the options and you will NOT be disappointed! There are eateries of all kinds, to satisfy every palate and price range!

One amazing thing about Northern Nevada is that you can raft the Truckee River, climb mountains (or foothills), or go for a long beautiful bike ride...then in the evening head down to the only 5 star restaurant we know of where it's okay to wear khakis! Adele's in Carson City is only 4.5 miles away from the Wellesley House and has an amazingly varied and delicious menu. Adele's is typically very popular so we strongly advise reservations made well in advance.

This part of the eastern front of the Sierras is a crooked north-south line of geothermal activity--so if you love a good hot springs soak, it takes only 8 minutes to get from here to the very casual Carson Hot Springs Resort, or you could go further south (24.5 miles) and try one of the many different temperature options available at Wally's Hot Springs Resort near lovely historic Genoa, NV...and get a massage while you are there.

In winter or summer or during the shoulder seasons, our VERY FAVORITE hot springs is even further away--but well worth it! It's in one of the loveliest rural valleys in the entire Sierra Nevada Mountains (in our humble opinion), in Grovers State Park near Markleeville, CA. It's called Grovers Hot Springs, and it's an even more casual kinda place than Carson Hot Springs. It takes about an hour to get there (45.5 miles), but that's a very beautiful drive into a part of the Sierras not usually overrun with tourists. ...They do close for two week cleaning periods sometimes, so check with them in advance for closure dates.

Our very favorite pizza in Northern Nevada also requires a bit of a trek, (31 miles), but the drive to get there is stupendous--via Highway 28 in the Tahoe Basin. You'll enjoy views of the Lake at almost every turn once you are on 28. It's called Tomaato's (yes, we spelled that correctly :)) and it's located in Incline Village, NV. We have even been known to drive up there (in a 4x4 or awd) when blizzards happen simultaneously with cravings for their pizza and salads....

No matter what the season, don't forget about the ski resorts for activities besides skiing. You can ride the gondolas at various resorts all year to see amazing Lake Tahoe and other Sierra views, and some of the lifts will take you up during the summer with your mountain that you can ride down (with your helmet)!

One of the best-kept secrets in the Sierras is the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, which is approached through Lee Vining on CA Highway 120. It's 119 miles from the Wellesley House to Tioga Pass, which usually takes about 2.5 hours (in good weather). This eastern entrance to Yosemite is not open year round--since Tioga Pass gets socked in with so much snow that it's not passable most of the winter--so check with Yosemite National Park or local Lee Vining news sources before you plan to include that most amazing of excursions during your trip.

Despite all of the wonderful and beautiful things to see and do around here, many (over half, it seems) of our guests end up choosing to stay at the Wellesley House for much of their trip...simply because it is a beautiful, welcoming, relaxing place to be. We have been told by guests that they have canceled their hiking or other plans in order to just hang out at the house and enjoy the natural ranch environment, tall trees, and each other...taking walks to say hi to the horses or the sheep...using the binoculars in the hutch by the front door to watch birds, etc....and having fun together making 5 star meals of their own in the Wellesley House gourmet kitchen, then eating it on the large front patio.

We do hope you enjoy your stay, and that you love Northern Nevada as much as we do!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Damage Insurance $79
Damage Deposit $700

Before you book, we invite you to contact us directly at beth at mcclearyranch dot com to discuss special discounts.

Discount off next booking when the Wellesley House is left as clean as it was upon arrival.

Our ranch road, which is at 5200 feet of elevation, can be muddy or snowy--so we recommend 4x4 or AWD vehicles; please note no refunds are given due to weather or road conditions.

Non-smokers only.

No pets except confined in camper at full hook-up (and we don't recommend this, as they will not be happy!); additional fees apply for camper and pet's presence).

Children are welcome, but must be supervised at all times both inside and outside of the Wellesley House.

Please ask about our Family and Friends Farmstay options!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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