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Discover Peaceful Lodge in Nature w/ Views of Tahoe Forest

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 1,275 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Gorgeous View, Close to Town, Near Yuba River, w/4 Bedrooms, (incl. Sleeping

Owl Lodge offers a beautiful, peaceful setting for your family holiday, or get together. Enjoy inspiring views of forest lands from large wrap around deck. Perfect for nature lovers with three private bedrooms (1 with a full bed, one with two singles, one very large bedroom with full bed & separate entrance & sleeper sofa, one sleeping loft with a single and annexed to upstairs bathroom, total two small bathrooms (one upstairs with tub one downstairs with shower), accommodating living room/dining area under alpine roof with very large windows, attached galley kitchen with all the cooking gear, plates, glasses, utensils plus! that you need to make a nice meal at home. (no microwave)

Enjoy a meal out on the deck under the gazebo. At night observe millions of stars, to the sound of chirping frogs. In the spring enjoy our pond and many flowers.

The Lodge sits on top of a hillside on four acres just 1.5 miles from downtown Nevada City and has access to a lovely hiking trail and stream right from the property.

Owl Lodge offers peace and outdoor beauty for guests seeking time in nature, while just 2 minutes drive (10 minute bike ride and 20 minute walk) from historic Nevada City's theater, local shops, restaurants, farmers market, and historic theater.

In addition, there are many wonderful activities to partake in all year round and seasonally including the following: snow skiing, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, etc.

There is a maximum of three parking spaces available for our guests cars (Max 3). The maximum people allowed at the Lodge are 8 (eight).

We are pet friendly as long as you your pet is fully house trained and ask for a pet fee of $69 to pay for shampooing the rugs.

Lodge Pricing - Note that in order to accommodate different numbers of guests per reservation. The Lodge pricing shown is for 4 guests. For each guest after 4 we charge an additional fee to cover additional cleaning, supplies and utility expenses.

This helps to keep the Lodge affordable for small groups - but allows a fair use price for larger numbers.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR POTENTIAL GUESTS: The Lodge was built in the 1960s and many of the furnishings (except the beds which are less than 1.5 years old) are “classic”. The condition of the Lodge will reflect that it’s a charming, older building, think 'Grandmother's house'. Most people love it (like we do). If you are a perfectionist and tend to like luxury and everything brand new - There are much more expensive accommodations that will meet your expectations.

Also - Owl Lodge is on a largely wooded lot in the midst of a forested natural area. Like all of Northern California - there are Poison Oak plants, Ticks, and other wildlife, bugs are also found on the property and entire Sierra region so take precautions when out of doors.

IMPORTANT Driveway and Parking

We allow a total of 3 cars at the top parking area next to the lodge for safety reasons.

The Lodge is at the top of the long drive – (which is one reason it has  such a great view) - the gravel drive gets a little steep near the top - 4 WD or All Wheel drive vehicles are recommended (and required in snow)- front wheel drive cars driven by drivers with experience on gravel roads do just fine (in fact 90% of our guests have no trouble with our drive - But - our drive can get damaged by rust if drivers spin wheels, stop and start and go too slow. Thus - We do NOT allow rear wheel drive cars at the top. Good news - there is plenty of Xtra parking at the midpoint and bottom of the drive.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort is just 45 minutes away, an amazing mountain-bike trail entrance that goes for 120 miles is just half a mile away. Five vineyards are less than 30 minutes from Owl Lodge and the “magical,” “sun-hugged,” “granite-lined” Yuba River is just seven miles away. The Nevada Theater, where Mark Twain read in the 1860s, just 3 miles away still features monthly plays..

The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada (east of Sacramento). Rivers, snow capped peaks and dense forests offer outstanding recreation year round.

Possibilities for You & Owl Lodge. . ..

Attend the Nevada City Uncorked 2017

A Celebration Of Wine And Food With A Historic Flavor- August

Or come to the Victorian Christmas Celebration

Mardi Gras

Soapbox Derby

Bicycle Classic

Farmers Market

Pioneer Park Concerts

Fourth of July

Summer Nights

Nevada City Uncorked

Nevada City Film Festival

Constitution Day Parade

Fall Colors

Halloween

Thanksgiving Weekend

Victorian Christmas

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

To Learn More go to : https://www.nevadacitychamber.com/nevada-city-events

A Family GetAway

Owl Lodge is excellent for families seeking a getaway that offers them a happy, fun and welcoming place to be together and an excellent 'base camp' for outdoor adventures like skiing, hiking, swimming, fishing, golfing and sightseeing.

A Writers Retreat

Because of the serenity and peace that the house offers -- as well as the inspiring view -- Owl Lodge is an excellent place for writers that are seeking a quite and inspirational place to do their writing. Owl Lodge offers writers desks for this very purpose. Too focused on writing to want to stop and make a meal -- you can pop out and be downtown in less than 2 minutes to enjoy one of Nevada City's excellent restaurants.

Nature Outdoor Enthusiast

Come enjoy all that this beautiful outdoors has to offer by way of hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, skiing - you name it - with your family or friends. The Lodge is on the edge of the forest so some wild animals, birds and of course insects may be found on the property.

Skiing

Nevada City is usually below the snow line but it’s close enough to be atop a world-class mountain in less than an hour. The closest ski resorts are 45 minutes east on Donner Summit. Here you’ll find Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Soda Springs, Boreal Mountain Resort and Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort.

Another 15 minutes will take you to Northstar, Tahoe-Donner, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Steep Hollow, a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, is located on Highway 20 just past the Alpha-Omega rest stop 18 miles east of Nevada City.

Kayaking and Rafting

Nevada City is considered the central hub of the West Coast for water sports enthusiasts of all types-, downtown Nevada City is a short drive from the South Yuba, American, Bear and the south and middle sections of the North Fork of the Yuba river.

Lakes

Bullards Bar was rated by Water Ski Magazine as one of the best recreational lakes in the United States. Emerald Cove Marina offers state of the art rental ski boats, patio cruisers, and fishing boats. While on land, Bullards Bar Recreation area provides for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching and camping.

Mountain Biking

For mountain bike riders, Nevada County is a year-round playground. Lush forests, rivers and lakes provide the backdrop for a pleasant cruise or a healthy cycling workout.

NOTE _ Owners are usually not there - but they may occasionally be on site at a separate cottage on the property during your stay.

More Details

Owner
Catriona
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Catriona

We met in Philadelphia. We moved to California over twelve years ago and love it here.

Catriona purchased this lodge in 2012

Why Catriona chose Gold Country / High Sierra

One thing we love about the Lodge - is that the view is so inspiring and its so peaceful - its a great place to write:) I love the living room with floor to ceiling windows, large fireplace and awesome views.

What makes this lodge unique

We appreciate that its close to hiking, swimming, skiing and all sorts of outdoor adventures. We also like the fact that it is just minutes from downtown Nevada City and near so many great stores and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved the setting of this home, nestled on a hill top with epic views of a valley and rolling pine covered hills. You would never know that you were a mile drive to the charming town of Nevada City. The outdoor space is what we came for, and were completely satisfied, a huge deck wraps the home and offers great views in every direction, as well as excellent start gazing. The interior was clean and cabin-y, so a touch dated or you could just consider it charm. It was a comfortable size with more than enough room with even 7 people staying there. The master bedroom was a great size with a cool stone and fossil platform to house the wood stove heater. We loved the location and its proximity to the Yuba river. Our stay was calm, quiet, private, comfortable and clean. I would recommend it.
Jul 2015
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Amenities

Nevada City Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1275 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • Bathroom with shower on main floor by Laundry room Second bathroom upstairs with tub only.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom By LIving Room - 2 twin/ single , Cute Bedroom with Two Twin Beds - and two separate closets -
    Master Bedroom/Family Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Master Bedroom/Or Family Room with Wood Stove
    Middle Bedroom Full Bed & Electric Fire and Large Bookcase - 1 queen , Nice Sized Full Bed - Watch the Fire from Bed
    Sleeping Loft w/ bathroom - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs Looks Over Living Room - Right Next to Bathroom
  • Master Bedroom with Wood Stove can also can serve as a 'family room' with games. This room has its own wood burning stove and is private and away from main living room etc. In Winter - the wood stove is the main source of heat.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 7 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 29 reviews
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Pleasant place, has some quirks

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay (during July). Has a few quirks; the bathrooms are tiny; one is at the apex of the A-shaped building and I couldn't stand up in it, the other is downstairs and has a very small shower cubicle, they're usable but you might be accustomed to more space. The upstairs single bed is small and open to the living room so is probably best for a kid (also got pretty hot by mid-morning), other bedrooms were fine. The kitchen is reasonable but no microwave, missing some utensils like a strainer, has oddly few knives - that kinda thing. Wifi, TV etc fine. Air-con took the edge off the midsummer heat. The driveway is steep, loose gravel and our minivan couldn't make it so we parked at the provided half-way spot (it's not far to the top). It's got a nice view of rolling forests from the deck, a small pond and nice places to sit in the shade. Only a few minutes outside Nevada City (but not really walkable) and convenient for the Yuba river where we spent all our time floating about happily. We enjoyed the place, but expect a few quirks and decor features from when the house was originally built (in the 60's?) - the ceiling lamp over the dining table is memorable. If you're picky you might find things to pick at, but it met our needs fine and I'd probably go there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is a bathroom in the A frame - but our family and past guests are indeed able to stand up in it. Bathrooms are the way they used to be in the 60s - large enough to accommodate one's needs - but not spacious. We just learned that this guest was unable to traverse the drive. Bummer! Yet - Only a few out of the hundred visitors we have had over the years have not made it up - our drive (in non-snow conditions) The few folks that have not made it - are not used to driving on gravel and tend to go too slow uphill - causing wheels to spin - Maintaining one's speed is the way to go all the way up- If we had known - or been able to communicate more to advise- we could explained how to handle this. I encourage Richard to respond to communications from his host next time around, and inform them if there is a problem- so that they can ensure his stay is as good as possible. Re: Microwave - sorry folks if this is an important item to you - you can check the section that lists what is at the property before you book...we will not ever be getting a microwave - they have been proven to be unsafe - and they also destroy nutrients in food. We are happy that Richard left the Lodge in such good condition - we really appreciate thoughtful guests - and welcome him back - we also see this as a good opportunity to clarify conditions at the Lodge - and the experience of the majority of our guests.
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5

Cozy, nice view and close to town

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Catriona for sharing your lovely home with us. The view was incredible and it was so convenient being close to town, yet out in nature. Catriona was available with prompt responses when we had questions. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

My girl friends and I rented it for a birthday weekend and had a great experience. It was cozy and clean. I would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We loved the Owl Ranch!

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately we were only there for two nights. The space was very clean and welcoming, and the view is stunning.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful view, helpful and friendly owner

  • 5 of 5

View of the mountains and pines stays is soothing and majestic! House is spacious with many places to sleep. Decks are solid and expansive with places to sit to enjoy meals outdoors. Helpful to have all or 4 wheel drive to get up the hill to the lodge, but the owner offered to help us out with her car to haul our luggage. Eventually we got the hang of driving up even in our 2 wheel drive. Kitchen has good stove and oven, fridge, coffee maker, toaster, but no microwave. House is close to town, a 5 minute drive or so. Property was very clean and also well-maintained.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

The view from the deck and living room make this a destination

  • 4 of 5

It's rustic. The mattresses need upgrading, so do the pillows but bring your own pillow for nighttime and enjoy the view from this cabin. I went with three other ladies to write and relax. This was ideal for us as long as you realize it's old, it's in the woods with nothing but pine trees and a beautiful sky. You'll bang your head on the ceiling upstairs and bathroom if you're not careful but we spent the majority of our time on the deck and relaxing in the living room with beautiful views. We did yoga on the deck. One bathroom downstairs. very small. Upstairs even smaller but we didn't much time in the bathrooms.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is a magnificent view here and its a perfect deck for doing Yoga:) and looking out over Tahoe National Forest. I am so glad that the guests enjoyed the deck fully:) The Lodge was built in the 1960s as described in the description and is very charming. BUT _ The beds are less than a year old - (so no upgrading is needed as the beds are NEW!) and high quality. They are slightly firm mattresses (which may not have suited this particular guest ) All our other guests have found the beds Very comfortable. Re: the loft bed - When its in the correct location under the higher part of the V roof - there is plenty of head room and room to sit up and read etc.. (Its my favorite spot to sleep - I love the cozy feeling of loft rooms:) We found the loft bed this guest used had been pushed in way too far towards the low ceiling (?) -? Not sure why? It is now moved back where it belongs. There were 6 new pillows still in their sealed plastic in the cupboard that this guest missed - so lots of pillow choices - and no need to bring your own pillow unless you are very attached to it...:)
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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Sacramento Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Five Mile Cafe
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nevada County Country Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Colfax Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
49
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Friar Tucks Plus 15 more
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Yuba River, or Scotts Flat Lake (10 miles)
Car: necessary

Downhill Skiing and Cross Country Skiing

Sugar Bowl (45 minutes away)!

Owl Lodge is close enough to be atop a world-class mountain in less than an hour. The closest ski resorts are 45 minutes east on Donner Summit. Here you'll find Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, Soda Springs, Boreal Mountain Resort and Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort. Another 15 minutes will take you to Northstar, Tahoe-Donner, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Steep Hollow.

If you enjoy cross country skiing - a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, is located on Highway 20 just past the Alpha-Omega rest stop just 18 miles east of Owl Lodge.

Kayaking and Rafting

Nevada City is considered the central hub of the West Coast for water sports enthusiasts of all types. Known as a world-class white water destination with an abundance of class-1 through class-5 offerings, downtown Owl Lodge is a short drive from the South Yuba, American, Bear and the south and middle sections of the North Fork of the Yuba river. Nevada City is in close proximity to the Sierra Nevada range which also offers an unlimited supply of pristine mountain lakes for recreational calm-water kayaking and canoeing

Panning for Gold

If you know where to look, it's not hard to find gold in Nevada County rivers. Some of the most accessible gold panning locations are on the South Yuba River at Bridgeport, Edwards Crossing and Washington, and on the Middle Yuba River at Oregon Creek. These are public stretches of river so you don't have to worry about claimjumping.

Vineyards and Wine Tasting

Enjoy the areas local wine and easily visit half a dozen vineyards less than 30 minutes from Owl Lodge and Nevada City.

Swimming, Fishing and Rafting the Yuba River

The Yuba is a 'magical,' 'sun-hugged,' 'granite-lined' River just 10 minutes from Owl Lodge north of town. The South Fork of the Yuba offers trout fishing, Class V kayaking, and summer lounging as it flows through a granite gorge in the Sierra foothills. The river also offers excellent swimming options in season.

BEST SWIMMING HOLE: 'Cliff jumps, nudist beaches, family-friendly sandbars--there are oodles of options' on the South Fork of the Yuba. But if you want to combine a hike with a swim, we recommend the two-mile Independence Trail from Highway 49 to Rush Creek, where you can dive off granite cliffs. Just 10 minutes from Owl Lodge is one of the very best swimming spots.

Hiking

Guests can enjoy the hiking trail that runs along a manmade stream right from the backdoor. In addition, one of the largest park trails Pioneer trail is easily accessible just .6 miles from the Lodge. There is also parking available for cars and the first leg of the hike through a beautiful stately forest goes for 22 miles to a pristine and private lake. This trail is also excellent for mountain bikers and horse back riding.

Mountain Biking

In addition to the trail mentioned above -- for mountain-bike enthusiasts -- there is 120 miles of singletrack within a 20-minute drive into Tahoe National Forest. For mountain bike riders, Nevada County is a year-round playground. Lush forests, rivers and lakes provide the backdrop for a pleasant cruise or a healthy cycling workout.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is also available on the Pioneer trail (mentioned above) which is extensive and offers plenty of room to roam and explore.

Golfing

Golfers enjoy two public courses and three semiprivate golf courses in the general Grass Valley-Nevada City area. Local courses are open year-around.

Lakes

Bullards Bar (30 minutes away) was rated by Water Ski Magazine as one of the best recreational lakes in the United States. Emerald Cove Marina offers state of the art rental ski boats, patio cruisers, and fishing boats. While on land, Bullards Bar Recreation area provides for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching and camping.

Scotts Flat Lake Reservoir is just 15 minutes away where you can spend the day fishing or enjoy the water sports which include swimming, boating and water skiing. Fishing for the fighting rainbow trout is excellent and Small and Large Mouth Black Bass, Brown Trout and Kokonee are abundant.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $34 per person per night
Pet Fee $79
Damage Deposit $250

Owl Lodge is a Non-Smoking Lodge.
Drive is steep and gravel - 4 wheel drive cars recommended - most front wheel cars are fine with confident driver - no rear wheel drive cars allowed at top but parking available at midway point.
Owners will remove two cans of garbage - any additional garbage needs to be removed by guests

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.

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