Welcome to The Norse Hus
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The Norse Hus (pronounced Norse Hoos) is a beautiful mountain home in a wooded setting. The home has 2,500 square feet of comfortable living and is only a two hour drive from San Francisco East Bay. We are located in the Brentwood Park Neighborhood of Twain Harte on a 2/3 acre lot with lots of trees and privacy.
THE HOUSE IN A NUTSHELL:
4 bedroom, 3 bath, in 2 stories:
* UPPER (MAIN) FLOOR: Large living room, den with fireplace, large kitchen, dining room, master bedroom (which includes a private master bath and private deck), laundry room, second full bath, and main deck access.
* LOWER FLOOR: Three bedrooms, 3rd bath, and large family room with foosball table and pellet stove.
* THE DECK and front stairs are brand new in 2015. The deck is accessible from the upper level of the house, and is a wrap-around deck with furniture and barbecue for summer entertaining. The deck also has a large hammock to doze on while listening to the creek.
The Norse Hus is not a sterile income property, but our private vacation home and comes with personal touches that we hope makes your stay in Twain Harte more enjoyable.
STAYING AT THE NORSE HUS:
The Norse Hus is located in a very peaceful area of Twain Harte known as Brentwood Park. It is only a 1.5 mile walk to downtown, but away from the noise and general business of central Twain Harte.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE NORSE HUS:
1. The Norse Hus is named after our Scandinavian heritage and you will see cultural hints throughout.
2. Size matters! The Norse Hus is 2,500 square feet and has an open floor plan with large living spaces that nicely accommodates groups and families. There are not too many cabin rentals this size in Twain Harte.
3. Privacy in the forest. The cabin is in a neighborhood with larger lots than those in downtown. The cabin is nicely screened with two-thirds of an acre of tall mature pines, cedars, and dogwoods. The property is on some kind of local "deer highway", and it is common for guests to see deer from the deck during their stay.
4. High quality linens for up to 14 people. 500 thread count cotton sheets and sets of towels will be placed on each bed before your arrival.
5. A modern 2-zone forced air heating system will keep you comfortable during the winter nights.
6. Brand new large deck with ample space for entertaining in the forest.
7. People love the Norse Hus. We have annual repeat guests going back ten years. See the reviews!
8. Lots of comfortable outdoor furniture so you and your guests can enjoy the best part of the Norse Hus.
A TOUR THROUGH THE NORSE HUS:
The house is entered from the top (second) story front deck into a large rustic living room with open beam ceilings. With three couches, easy chairs, and ample additional space, the living room is an ideal space for large groups and parties. The living room has a two sliding glass doors that open onto the main outdoor deck. One of two cable-connected TV and DVD players in the house are in this room. This TV is a 55-inch Smart (internet) TV. The corner bookcase has a large assortment of the most popular family board games.
Directly adjacent to the living room is a large spacious kitchen that has all major and minor appliances and plenty of room for multiple cooks. Adjoining the kitchen and large living room is a smaller intimate den with a fireplace, comfortable seats and another couch. This (den) room has sliding glass doors that open out onto the main side deck and a second one that opens to the rear deck.
The living room sliding glass doors open onto an enormous deck that wraps from the front to the side and finally the back. The side deck is 16 feet by 32 feet and has and expandable table and chairs for eight to twelve plus a large folded picnic table and stacked chairs that can be added to accommodate a large number of people. The main deck also has a cozy grouping of couches and chairs. There is also a hammock and two barbecues one gas and one charcoal (charcoal BBQ is under deck). The entire deck is graced with mood setting Edison-type bistro string lights.
With the three inter-connecting rooms (Living-Kitchen-Den) and multiple deck access points, the upstairs can accommodate a substantial number of people without feeling crowded, even in winter without use of the deck.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining room with mid-century dining set and buffet table that can seat up to ten people with the internal butterfly leaf. There is a sturdy folding table and chairs in the master closet that can be used to expand the dining room seating. Adjacent to the dining room is the upstairs bathroom with a large comfortable shower.
The final living space upstairs is the master bedroom. The spacious Master has a king bed and one single roll away bed. There is also one of the two house Graco porta-cribs in the closet. The master has two large windows with views into the forest, and a small private deck. Lastly there is an updated master bath with two sinks, vanity and tub.
From the living room a stair case descends to the lower floor, opening up to a large family room equipped with two more couches, a foosball table, a pellet stove, and second cable-connected TV (this TV is not a smart TV, but has a DVD player that makes the TV a smart TV). Three bedrooms and a bath with large shower all open into the family room. The lower floor is often a great place for kids to have their own space away from the adults upstairs, but not completely separated.
At the base of the stairs is bathroom number three with a large shower, and bedroom number two, which we call 'The Troll Room.' This room has a queen sized bed plus a single bed, and it is decorated with troll artwork pine cones and rustic nordic ski pictures. The second Graco porta-crib is in the closet of this bedroom.
The next downstairs bedroom is 'The Bunk House.' This makes a great kid room, but can also accommodate adults. The Bunk House has two sets of bunk beds, one with two singles and one with a double and a single. There is also a single roll away bed in the closet in this bedroom.
The fourth and final bedroom downstairs is called 'The Wine Cave.' This room is a cozy and charming little oasis away from general activity of the house. It has a double bed and is decorated in a wine country theme.
Off the family room is a door to the two car garage. There is one space available for parking inside the garage.
There are two TV's with DVD's in the house and WiFi internet. Both TV's are connected to (comcast) cable, and there is an endless array of movies and other DVD's for all ages. The upstairs TV is also a smart TV connected to the internet through WiFi. You can log onto your own Netflix account or connect your laptop with the provided HDMI cable. The second standard TV is downstairs in the family room and also has smart TV capability.
A TOUR OF THE PROPERTY:
The property around the Norse Hus is densely forested and distinctly private. The trees are nicely mixed with Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, Black Oak, Canyon Oak, all with a beautiful understory of native Dogwood trees.
While the house is in a neighborhood, it is nicely separated from adjacent cabins. A low flow shallow brook meanders along the north property line. It runs year round except on rare occasions. A tire swing is nearby, and together with the brook, children will be occupied for hours.
At the rear of the property is a full sized horseshoe pit. You will find horseshoes hanging on the back deck. And finally around to the south side is a flexible flat open area.
The front of the house has a circular driveway that can support three cars and a double wide driveway in front of the garage that can support two more cars. There is a flat space along the street for boats and RV's, or two additional cars. Including the garage, driveways, and street frontage there is room for eight cars at the Norse Hus.
Note: This cabin is just outside the Twain Harte lake area, so it does not have privileges at that lake. Here are a list of some swimming options near Twain Harte:
1. Pinecrest Lake is a beautiful alpine lake about a 20 minute drive up highway 108. It has a free beach for swimming and a marina with boat rentals. There are restrooms, barbeques picnic tables and hiking trails. There is also a general store restaurant and snack shack. Pinecrest lake is stocked with fish.
2. Twain Harte Community Pool is located in downtown Twain Harte across the street from the Rock Restaurant.
3. Stanislaus River runs near Twain Harte and can be accessed in a number of locations. The closest location is three miles up the road on South Fork Road/Italien Bar Road. Park at the bridge and walk down the river. You can also find Stanislaus River swimming locations at Strawberry and Fraser Flat Campground about 15 minutes up highway 108.
4. New Melones Lake is an excellent water ski lake just north of Jamestown.