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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

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Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 35 reviews

Amazing family retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Rausser Ranch is an incredible vacation destination. There is something for everyone to do, tennis, volleyball, basketball, fishing, hiking and roasting marshmallows. The property and surrounding area are beautiful. It is a great place to create lasting memories!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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San Francisco Bay Area

The Ranch is a great and special place for extended families to share a holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at The Ranch. This was the second year that we have rented it for a Thanksgiving gathering of 17 family members, from 83 years-old to four, and our dogs. (We are crazy about Blue, the friendly Ranch dog, who gets along with everyone.) The Ranch is located about an hour from the Sacramento airport for those flying in from outside California or otherwise, and yet close enough to the San Francisco Bay Area (about three hours) for an easy drive. The incredibly unique home and grounds in the historic Sierra foothills are beautifully-maintained by Don Frazer, the gracious and attentive caretaker. The Ranch house is a jewel box, constructed of natural materials, timber-framed with wonderful wood finishes, and soaring spaces, yet cozy living accommodations, including a stone fireplace stocked by Don with logs, and a cooking and food preparation area with every gismo, appliance and equipment that even a picky chef would demand. The gardens are magnificent, with trees, scrubs, and flowers that arouse one's senses with form and color. There is a plethora of opportunities for activities, ranging from feeding carrots to the miniature donkeys and horses, hiking the property's trails, playing tennis, basketball and volleyball, zip lining and hot tubing, rowing the pond, to relaxing and discovering the quiet, restful, secret areas around the property. The quirky bedroom layout and the one bathroom in the main house work for our family. Though the owner's large bedroom and the two "Romeo and Juliette" cabins do have their own bathrooms for those that require more privacy. TheRanc h is a great and special place for extended families to share a holiday. We hope to return next year. Tonia and Herb

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, beautiful, supportive

  • 5 of 5

This is the place to be if you want to be out in the hills with a large group. We slept 18 here, with ease and comfort. Don, our host, was clear, knowledgeable, and accommodating to our group’s needs. A lovely place to be.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We got married in the Grass Valley area and stayed here with the wedding party for the weekend surrounding the event. The house was incredible, offering comfortable sleeping options for the whole group, all the kitchen items we needed, and plenty of space for hanging out and eating meals together. The grounds exceeded all expectations. The pond was lovely and includes a floating trampoline that was excellent for mid-afternoon lounging in addition to an epic zipline that was a major hit! In general, the property was very beautifully laid out and well maintained, with scenic views and an abundance space for group activities. The property manager, Don, lives on the property and checked in periodically throughout the weekend - and his pooch Blue become quick friends with the whole house!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property Despite Watchful Property Manager

  • 3 of 5

The property was beautiful and met all of our expectations. Plenty of room for our large group and lots of activities to keep people busy.

Rating it 3/5 because Don (the property manager) made himself a little too readily available for our liking. We were told that he'd be present and staying nearby on the property but he continually checked in on us, which was overkill for a group of 30-40 year olds who were trying to have a relaxing weekend out of the city. He continually showed up unannounced during meals and activities without notice and was even seen looking in the windows the morning after our first night.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We run a family friendly vacation rental. The caretaker checks in with guests regularly to make sure their stay is the best it can be. He always knocks on the door and never just walks in. In addition he works around the house on the landscape, pond, vineyard, etc so he is around fairly often. Visiting and socializing with guests are part of the offering. Don's dog Blue is often visiting with guests and enjoys their company. Often at bed time Don has to retrieve him from the main house. If you require an extreme degree of privacy/secrecy we suggest you find another property that meets those needs or make such arrangements in advance. We enjoy having our guests here and enjoy interacting with them as the many reviews point out. Come stay with us and enjoy the ambience we provide.
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home with comfortable sleeping arrangements. Care taker is on property and available if you need help with anything during your stay,

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 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?




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $450 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellation up to 30 days prior to check in date results in 100% refund.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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