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Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.

Bedrooms 6
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Accomodates up to 18 guests in tranquil refined comfort

For those who appreciate the finest in a luxury-rustic, Western retreat, imagine staying at a sprawling 200-acre private conservation ranch featuring a Sundance-style, tastefully decorated, custom-built complex which comfortably sleeps up to 18 guests. This exclusive country property in beautiful Grass Valley, CA, features a private creek,swimming pond with rowboats and zip-line, hiking trails,stone amphitheater with outdoor range and fire pit, lighted tennis and basketball court, and hot-tub.

What is particularly unique about this rustic, western, rural property is the aesthetics that emerge from a table grape orchard as well as a stone fruit orchard. Both of these orchards, at various times of the year, generate fruit that are readily available to any renters at the property. In addition, another unique aesthetic is the horse-breeding operation that includes eight American saddle-bred, purebred horses as well as two very friendly Sicilian donkeys. There is also a Black Angus cattle enterprise that includes both the mothers as well as young offspring, small Black Angus calves. The calves can be very playful, and visitors to the ranch are welcome to visit with all of the animals on the property.

The 5500 sq-ft main house, built by custom woodworkers, has a floor to ceiling family library in the great room with majestic, stone fireplace and large refectory table for group dinners. The main house sleeping accommodations include a 10 bed bunk wing, sleeping loft, and screened sleeping porch. As of September 2015 there is air conditioning in every room.

The 600 sq-ft gate house cottage is well appointed with walnut floors, hand plastered walls, tumbled marble and executive bath. 2 additional 300 sq-ft view bungalows overlook a picturesque valley. Each cottage is a short stroll from the swimming pond and main house. Each cottage contains a queen size bed, well appointed bath and private deck.

Golf, skiing, rafting,and biking are just a few of the activities accessible by short car trip from the ranch. The property is conveniently close to historic Sierra foothill cities, Auburn, Nevada and Grass Valley and the scenic Yuba and American Rivers. Our caretaker and cowboy concierge lives on the property in a separate unit away from the main ranch house and is on hand to ensure your stay is one to remember.

Due to County Regulations we cannot host weddings. We do welcome bridal parties who are attending weddings at other venues.

More Details

Property Manager
Don Frazer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 21, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks for the kind words, we are working hard to ensure each guest has a memorable stay.
Jul 2011
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Grass Valley Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Rumpus Room
  • Secure Parking
  • Study Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main House Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Gate House Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    View Cottage 1 Bath - toilet , shower
    View Cottage 2 Bath - toilet , shower
  • Main house bunk wing and loft are serviced by a bath that has separate rooms for the sinks, toilet, and bath/shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Loft - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private room
    Bunk House - 1 double , 10 twin/ single , dormitorty style bunk beds
    Screened Porch - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , seasonal aleeping accomodations
    Gate House Suite - 1 queen , Detached cottage
    View Cottage 1 - 1 queen , Detached cottage
    View Cottage 2 - 1 queen , Detached cottage
  • Main house sleeping quarters are divided in to two spaces. The bunk wing includes 10 bunk beds and one double bed. The loft has a private bedroom with a queen size bed. The loft day bed and sleeper sofa overlook the dinning area below. All rooms have air conditioning.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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(25 traveler reviews)

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Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.
average rating of 4.96 based on 26 reviews

Amazing Property, wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the property to celebrate Grandma's 70th Birthday with 11 members of our family, ages 6 to 70. Everyone enjoyed every minute of the trip. It was great to have so many activities for our family to make memories doing and still have separate areas to get a little down time and rejuvenate for the next event of the trip. From the pond, zipline, smores by the fire pit, tennis, basketball, hot tub....this property has it all, even anything you can dream of needing in the kitchen which is the perfect mixture of rustic modern.

Don, the caretaker, was also available and helpful when we had random questions that come up when staying in a vacation home which was a nice extra touch!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Perfect for a family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We held a family reunion at the Rausser Ranch this past month. What a treat! Kid-friendly, terrific privacy, and so much to do on the property! Everyone in our group agreed that it was an ideal place to host a reunion and would love to go back again! A special thanks to Don, the ranch manager. Any time we had a question or a concern, he was extremely prompt and really went the extra mile to make sure our group was taken care of. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Forever Memories

  • 5 of 5

Rausser Ranch the place were memories are made. Family from Massachusetts, Arizona, and California ranging in age from 4 to 62 spent 3 fabulous days with each other to celebrate a birthday. The main house is spacious as well as the guest houses. Our party totaled 21 and we did not feel cramped at all. Because we are in different states, my main goal for this trip was for us to have one-on-one time to talk, play, and laugh with family we do not see regularly and for the teen cousins to connect with the younger ones. There is something for everyone and we enjoyed all of it---swimming, ziplining, boating, fishing, basketball, tennis and enjoying the outdoors. We spent a day on a scavenger hunt and a talent show. The teen cousins playing and helping the younger ones with activities; being patient and earning the rank of heroes. We have vacationed in other locales but this one was the best vacation ever. Everyone rated the ranch a 5 except my teenage grandkids who rated it a 4.5 due to spotty cellphone service. (Spotty cellphone ==I did not give them the Wi-Fi password). Don was helpful and available when needed. He made our stay pleasant and safe. He is a 10. This is the perfect spot for family vacations or to facilitate leadership and/or team building programs. Forever Memories

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Fantastic Family retreat

  • 5 of 5

Raiser Ranch is a wonderful country oasis. This is our third year at Pop's Place and we have had a fantastic time each visit. Our family ranges from 13-86. And we have 2 water lovingly labradors who think the ranch is their own piece of heaven. The house has plenty of space and is well stocked. The kitchen is a delight to prepare family meals. And the BBQ is large enough to cook a full meal for a large crowd. Everyone enjoys the beautiful park like setting, swimming in the pond, and soaking in the hot tub. Don is always available and ready to help with anything that might come up.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, Fun-filled Family Memory-maker

  • 5 of 5

This is the third year we have rented this property for our summer family gathering of 18 people, with ages ranging from 6 to 83. It's like having your own private park! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the swimming pond. It is a safe place for all levels of swimmers and tons of fun with all of the cool equipment. The zipline, water trampoline, row boats, fishing, and the selection of water toys make the pond a blast for all ages. We also used every one of the other amenities as well (hot tub, BBQ area, tennis court, basketball half court, foosball table, badminton, etc.) so there was never a dull moment. The house is very spacious, comfortable, and well-equipped, and the 3 separate bungalows are comfy and quiet. The only minor thing we could wish for is another bathroom in the main house (there is only 1). Don, the manager, is very friendly, helpful, and was available to assist us with anything we needed. We can't think of a better place to be outdoors all day long with all the comforts of home at night.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Great place for family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

We've been going to the ranch for four years now, and everyone looks forward to our yearly stay. The location feels very calm and isolated, while still being close to normal conveniences. Once we get there, there is no reason to leave for days with all the activities that are available. Or we just simply sit or lay by the dock for hours at a time enjoying the peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Sacramento International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Dark Horse Golf Club
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 49 - Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Agave Taqueria
Nearest Ski
53 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Car: necessary

Area Summary:

The Sierra Foothills and surrounding mountains in Northern California range from 800 feet to over 9,000 feet. With numerous rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows they are a natural attraction for snow skiers, water skiers, fishermen, kayakers, houseboaters, sailboaters, hikers, mountain bikers, road bikers, and everybody who enjoys the great outdoors, whatever the season. Those who enjoy civilization will find a unique variety. The history and culture of the are are intriguing, the beauty entrancing.


Spring: Expect some rain and showers but also days warming into the high-seventies, with lots of greening and flowers both cultivated and wild. You’ll experience general feelings of optimism and renewal and have the urge to wear cotton garments again, maybe even in pastel colors. High Sierra lumberjack shirts in pastels are not recommended.

Summer: It gets warm to very warm, downright hot at times, but it’s also just what you need to convince yourself to take a day to go to your favorite spot on the Yuba River. Of course gardens grow greatly- tomatoes ripen like eager martyrs and fruit is as sweet as if Norman Rockwell had personally rendered it. Hillside vineyards are turning into what makes a winemaker smile and you will never have to wear a sweater to your Fourth-of-July Picnic (I’m talking to you, coast people). Think sun hats and iced beverages.

Fall: Warm afternoons follow cool mornings where you might catch the scent of cedar smoke as someone lights their fireplace for the first time in months. Stroll around Nevada City and environs for the kind of fall color to get excited about- golden leaves and golden light and maybe even some golden silence- it is calmer now. It may rain but probably not until November, when it’s welcome. “Indian Summer” often comes in October and can be experienced anytime up to Thanksgiving, when it would be too ironic to occur.

Winter: It will snow, but only when you really need it to. This could be for your ski day or a white Christmas or the day you want to not be able to make it in to work. Mostly it will rain to replenish or be cool-to-cold. But not the kind of cold that keeps you from doing things. There are even days in late Winter that masquerade as Spring. Cabin fever is little-known in these parts. Endless gray weather seldom goes unbroken.

Local Towns:

Grass Valley has a classic gold rush era downtown, revolving around Main and Mill Streets. Well-kept historic buildings abound, guaranteed to engage anyone from the serious architecture fan to the casual observer. Add in terrific shops and restaurants, the historic Holbrooke Hotel and the visually delightful art deco Del Oro Theatre and you have one of the most memorable small towns anywhere. And with the ambitious calendar of street fairs and public events in Grass Valley, you’d really have to work at it to not have fun here.

Nevada City a town with a lot of character and a lot of characters. Study a little history and it becomes clear that this is not just a recent development. Stroll down Broad Street and it’s easy to imagine how life felt in 1875 or 1925. You won’t find better historic buildings anywhere, including amazing art deco takes on what a court house and city hall should look like. Great restaurants, great shops, great events, great atmosphere- that’s Nevada City. One visit and you’ll find yourself daydreaming about living here.


Can we agree that everyone likes to hear a good story, especially from another time? Comparing your life and times with those of others comes pretty naturally to people; after all, curiosity and language are two of the best things about being human! And the Sierra Nevada's have great human stories to tell. Almost everyone knows at least a bit about the California Gold Rush, which was pivotal in our history, but are you curious to dig deeper? What is this connection to Cornwall, England all about? Or perhaps you are interested in the culture of the first people who lived here, Native Americans known as the Nisenan. Or maybe you are an architecture fan who wants to examine every style from Gold Rush Cabin to Art Deco Commercial to Modern Eco-Home. We have resources for every curiosity and we promise not to judge you if so simply must know the real story about the wicked ways of Lola Montez. Along the way you may even discover a pretty interesting group of people, from world-class chefs and artists to fascinating business innovators, living here today. Isn’t it about time for Nevada County?


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450
Damage Insurance $99

Cancellation up to 30 days prior to check in date results in 100% refund less $200 processing fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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