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Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.

Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Grass Valley Estate Rental Photos and Description

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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Don Frazer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2016
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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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Sprawling 200-acre rustic luxury reserve.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews

Great venue for family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We got lucky in late October to get weather warm enough for the kids to enjoy the pond and the zip line. This was a 70th birthday/family reunion and young and old were delighted. (20 people). Facilities couldn't have been nicer unless there were more bathrooms (only one bathroom for the main house). The master bedroom is separate from the main house and has its own bath. There are many bunk beds and a screened porch with murphy beds, but only one private bedroom in the main house. Two separate cottages each have bathrooms and heat pump a/c's.The single kitchen is well equipped with a huge fridge, separate freezer and ice maker, dishwasher, coffee makers, and an espresso machine. There is a spacious outdoor bbq area with a firepit. There are two rowboats for the pond which were in constant use. We hardly spoke to our kids the whole 3 days. The builder/owner of the property obviously had a vision that centered around family and kids. The on-site manager, Don, was unfailingly helpful and good natured.

Other facilities: a great tennis court and a grass volleyball court which we used for croquet. Internet was spotty and the a/v system impossibly difficult to figure out, but I wouldn't go there to watch movies.

If you are booking for summer, better do it early.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: If folks have difficulty with the internet or A/V system I encourage them to bring it to my attention. I live on the property and want everyone to enjoy their stay. If it turns out to be something I cannot fix I will bring someone in to do that. I checked things today and all is working well after a couple of tweaks. Don
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  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for a family dinner to celebrate our marriage and spend time with family from out-of-state who could not attend the wedding. I spent months searching for the perfect place and this was it. The grounds are meticulously cared for while still representing nature. The views beyond the property and the valley are priceless. We were experiencing typical fall weather during our stay and didn't get to enjoy the swimming pond as much as we would have liked, but it didn't matter too much - the inside of the home is amazing enough to make you never want to venture outside. It is clean, rustic, modern and cozy. The bunk room is so cool! Lots of blankets, towels, sheets if needed. The kitchen is fully-equipped - there was even a popcorn machine! The 1 bathroom wasn't a big deal with our 7 guests that stayed in the main house. The bathroom is sectioned with doors for each facility (toilet, shower, sink) to allow for use by multiple people at once. We also utilized the bathrooms in the other quarters as necessary. The separate quarters (bungalows and cottage room) were clean and beautiful, especially the cottage room which is the room we stayed in. Don was beyond accommodating and is probably one of the nicest people we have ever met. He checked on us a few times, always knocked first, and made sure we had everything we needed. His dog is about the sweetest thing ever too! He kept trying to sneak into the main house which we thought was adorable. I could go on and on about how wonderful this place was. We are already planning a family vacation there in the near future!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Menlo Park, CA

Amazing, magical, serene location

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated a milestone birthday for me with the extended family at Rausser Ranch and it was perfect in every way. The setting, the amenities, the spaciousness - all were great. And Don was so easy and great to work with. We are all dog-lovers so we enjoyed having Blue hang with us, too. The only negative (and this has been mentioned before) is the one bathroom in the main house. But it did not pose a huge problem for our family, but I could see for some guests it could be a concern. None of us wanted to leave and we are already planning on returning next year, if not sooner.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a family get together!

  • 5 of 5

Don was very helpful and keeps the property in top condition. The only thing that I would change is to add a second bathroom to the main house.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Perfect Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year in a row that we rented this property for 4 nights of family fun. We had 18 people who gathered from several households, ages 6 to 83, and everyone had a BLAST. The house and cottages are very comfortable, the kitchen is large and well-equipped with tons of storage, and there are plenty of beds for all. The highlight is the swimming pond with the water trampoline, zipline, small sandy beach, shady dock, and catch-and-release fishing. Everyone (even the timid swimmers) enjoyed swimming and the kids were in and around the water most of the day. We really appreciated the closet full of water toys and gear. Last year we played tennis and badminton, but this year the focus was basketball and baseball (at a nearby field). Great to have so many options! What we especially love is that the place is big enough to be comfortable and offer LOTS to do, but small enough that we are still "together" regardless of what activities people are doing. Plus, having the pond all to ourselves is terrific -- no jostling for space or listening to someone else's loud music like at a public lake. We spent one afternoon walking around Nevada City, but mostly stayed happily tucked in at the ranch. Don and Blue are outstanding, friendly hosts and were on top of anything we needed. When we pointed out that a couple of path lights were not working (which made getting to the cottage after hot-tubbing in the dark a bit tricky) Don fixed them immediately. Don is attentive without being obtrusive and Blue is a sweet, fun dog! Don knows a lot about the area and offered some great suggestions for places to explore on the property. Our only suggestion for improvement is that the main house could really use another bathroom -- one bathroom for 12 people was a bit tight. Other than that, our stay and this property was PERFECT and we will likely be back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This very nice review perfectly speaks to all the features that makes Rausser Ranch such an attractive vacation destination for families and family reunions. We can comfortably sleep 22. The pond with zip line, water trampoline, and row boats are the center piece with a shaded dock and chairs to relax and watch the kids have fun. We also have a sports court (basketball and tennis) that is best in the morning and evening when the heat is down. There are several golf courses, white water rafting and hiking and places of historical interest within short driving distance. While there is only one bathroom in the main house, there are bathrooms in the Gate house and both bungalows so there is a total of four bathrooms available. Last year we added air conditioning to the bunk house portion of the main house so all rooms are now air conditioned. We welcome visits if you would like to look before you rent. Don Frazer 530 263 7057
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  • 5 of 5

We rented the ranch for my daughter's "sweet 16" birthday! You expect to pay for the amenities but never know what the customer service will be like. Don Frazer was wonderful! He taught us all we needed to know to keep our kiddos safe, was responsive when needed and a joy to talk with. I am a Regional Property Manager and almost all adults were either in property management or law enforcement and we were all so impressed with the property and his customer service! My daughter could not have had a better time and we presented her with her first car which made her world!! Thank you Don for all your help in providing a dream come true for both Mama and daughter!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: 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

Grass Valley Estate Rental Rates

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Off Season 2016-2017
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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 less $200 processing fee.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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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