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Catriona

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish

Discover Peaceful Nature Retreat, Views of Tahoe Forest, Near Town

15 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Nevada City Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Vintage Lodge, w/4 Bedrooms, (includes Sleeping Loft)

Owl Lodge is the perfect retreat/get-away for those seeking a peaceful and beautiful spot. Enjoy inspiring views of forest lands from the deck. At night observe thousands of stars in the sky,to the sound of chirping frogs. In the spring enjoy our natural style pond and many flowers.

The Lodge sits on top of a hillside on four acres (largely wooded), just 1.5 miles from downtown Nevada City, overlooking Tahoe National Forest Lands.

It provides a cozy space for a romantic get away but also is large enough for two couples, in-laws or a small group of friends outing.

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, and gourmet restaurants.

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

Guest Space: There are three bedrooms, at the Lodge (1 with a full bed, 1 with a queen bed and 1 with two twins). There is also a sleeping loft with annexed bathroom with one twin. There are two bathrooms (1 with a shower and 1 with a bathtub). There is a maximum of three parking spaces available for our guests cars (Max 3). (Please not our special driveway instructions below). The maximum people allowed at the Lodge are 7 (Seven).

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. . ..

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.

Reno is just one hour and fifteen minutes away.

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 2 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 lodges 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 is Poison Oak, Ticks, and other wildlife, bugs and plants on the property (that could cause an allergic reaction or other harm) -and the surrounding areas throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. If you do not feel comfortable with a chance encounter with wildlife, bugs or plants indigenous to the region - a B&B in town might suit you better.

However - if you are an outdoor or nature enthusiast you will likely love it - and know if its needed to take precautions when out of doors.

IMPORTANT Driveway and Parking

The Lodge is at the top of the long drive – (which is one reason it has 

such a great view) - the gravel drive gets 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 usually do just fine. We do NOT allow rear wheel drive cars at the top - but there is plenty of parking at the midpoint and bottom of the drive. In snow conditions only 4WDs are recommended.

NOTE _ Owners are occasionally on site at the Lodge. If so - there is a separate cottage on the property where the owners will stay.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Catriona (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish

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 I 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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4.7
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Discover Peaceful Nature Retreat, Views of Tahoe Forest, Near Town
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 23 reviews
San Francisco
4

Nice place, good value, convenient

  • 4 of 5

A decent house in a very good location. A short drive to downtown Nevada City. The view and the setting are nice, but not spectacular. The driveway is challenging, but once you get the hang of it, not a problem (steep, gravel driveway, you have to take a running start and don't slow down - very bumpy ride). Would have liked to have a microwave. The owner is very nice and very accommodating. Helped us a lot with our arrival. This house is an all around solid choice.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael
5

Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Owl Lodge. It was cozy and peaceful and just as described. The owner responded quickly to all emails and we'd be happy to come back and stay again. It was clean and close to town, but with a beautiful view of the forest.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great location, loved the deck, tiny bathroom

  • 4 of 5

This house was in a great location, just about a mile up the hill from downtown Nevada City, so it was very convenient. The living room, kitchen and dining room area were nice and open with the big wall of windows. We absolutely loved the outdoor space - the deck is huge - and there's a beautiful view looking out over the valley, and is a great spot for relaxing at night and stargazing. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable. The only major downside was the bathroom - the one downstairs was TINY, barely enough room to move around, the shower-head was low (at my eye level and I'm about 5'6") so I had to hunch to get my hair wet, and it seemed the whole bathroom was added on after the house was built by just retrofitting a storage closet. There's another bathroom upstairs in the loft that was a bit more comfortable and was probably original to the house, but it's just a tub, no shower, and because it's an A-frame house the ceiling was coming in at an angle and you had to sort of stoop to move around. Very tall or less than thin people might not be very comfortable with the bathroom arrangement. The owner also makes mention of the fact that the driveway gets very steep, and you may want to park lower on the drive - I was skeptical because I thought that might just be a mention that only applied during snow season, but even during the summer we really had to keep up the momentum to get to the top without spinning out on the gravel, so heed the warning! The communication with the owners was good, they were prompt with replies to any questions, and had clear instructions throughout the house for anything you might need (i.e. WiFi, washer/dryer, etc.). And we appreciated the recommendation for breakfast at the South Pine Cafe in downtown - we ate breakfast there both mornings on our visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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5

Great weekend retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This home/lodge was a great home away from home for the weekend. It was perfectly nestled in the woods and allowed for nice views of nature. The lodge was spacious and very comforting. Will most likely visit again!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a delight to host the Mills for their vacation. We hope they come back.
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Scarsdale
5

Westchester New York Visitors

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week at this wonderful, restful, warmly decorated house in Tahoe with my family and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The lodge was immaculate and the beds were extremely comfortable. In addition to the lovely grounds, the view was absolutely spectacular! I would highly recommend this rental for people looking for a place to really unwind, visit and shop the adorable town close to the house, and for a romantic experience. (There's a beautiful fireplace too!(. The owner of the lodge was extremely accommodating and lovely to work with in arranging our stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco
5

Best Vacation Spot in the Region

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Owl Lodge since it is a beautiful and peaceful property located right next to this great hike beside a stream:). Yet the Lodge is so close to downtown Nevada City - and Grass Valley you can be there in 2 minutes by car (I am sure biking or walking is also easy). The location is also just 15 minutes from the Yuba River, and lots of outdoor adventures. The Lodge has a cozy, homey feel to it - but also offers a lot of privacy. We will be back

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Nevada City Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$265
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $34 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
$265
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $34 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$179
From
$199
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $115
Pet Fee $79 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 15.0%

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

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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.
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:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
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

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