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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home

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Last updated: 09/10/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Grass Valley house description

This is not a vacation home that we built as much as it is an experience that we created. Please read our guest reviews!

As seen in Sunset and Dwell Magazines, the Lotus Lake House is a completely 'green' exclusive home designed by the award-winning architect Michelle Kaufmann. Its sleek & modern with accordian-style glass walls that completely open to the deck and views of the lake. Lots of windows and cool welcoming tones. We are completely off-grid and have been awarded 'Build it Green' and 'Keep the Sierra Green' certification.

We're situated on 7 acres of private forested property. We cleared just enough trees to have fabulous views of Rollins Lake or instead of just gazing, hike the private trail from the deck to the lake and hop in the canoe we provide guests. With the glass 'Nano' walls open to the outdoors - indoor and outdoor living is blended. No neighbors or other structures in sight! Just the Sierra Mountains, trees, deep blue water, deer, owls, raptors and the ocassional honking geese.

Whether you are on the deck sipping coffee and watching the beautiful sunrise over the mountains, reading, sipping a drink at sunset or star gazing at night, the experience is magical.

Our home is ideally suited for a romantic get-away, or for a couple of good friends or close family members who just need a retreat from the stresses of daily life. Sit on the deck and enjoy the water activity during the summer, swim in the lake or come off season when it's absolutely still. Ideal for writer/artist retreat. Only earth-friendly products are used so it's perfect for people with chemical sensitivities.

For those who want to support the environment while staying in an exclusive and unique property, you can't ask for more. You'll feel like you are in a treehouse. As one of our guests said, 'if you need to relearn how to breathe, this place will teach you'!
Come experience off-the-grid living in luxury!

The Lotus Lake House was the showcase home at the 2007 West Coast Green Show in San Francisco.

Please read our guest comments as they describe the experience better than we ever could!!

Keywords: ecofriendly,contemporary,unique,lakefront,romantic,pet-friendly,luxury,secluded,private, boating,close to downtown Grass Valley & Nevada City, green, eco, dog friendly, lake, forest, cabin, unique,

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 725 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Limited Accessibility:

            single story and doorways are wide enough but a wheel chair would not be able to navigate the loose rocky driveway so you'd need assist in getting into the house initially and getting out....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            our general policy is 1 small dog however we have made exceptions. Please call owners to discuss. There is a large fenced area in addition to fenced deck for dogs to play....moreless

          • Not Suitable For Children:

            The house is really not suitable for families.Deck is hazardous for small children and there are high end breakable objects d'arte. Non-mobile infant would be fine....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            absolutely no smoking in the house or on the property. Medical Marijuana (legal) smokers ok outside only....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            25, please call owners for exceptions....moreless

          • Nude Beach
          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

          • Bedroom 1


          • Convertible bed(s)


          • Queen size Beds (1) high end mattress with optional feather bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 Italian sofas in living room can convert to single beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality Italian sofa and long love seat in living room each convert to single bed...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            fully stocked including slow cooker, blender, espresso machine, rice cooker. You need it? We have it! The owner loves to cook :)...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Complete dinner set including, wine, high ball, and martini glasses...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Yes, small drip unit for two, expresso maker and single drip setup...moreless

          • Dining:

            Great room dining inside and table for 4 on deck...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            gas stove, toaster oven, regular oven...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Ice Maker
          • Seating for 4 people


          • Air Conditioning:

            Our preferred a/c is to open the glass accordian walls in the a.m. and close them up when it warms outside but we do have standard a/c for those really hot days...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            600+ count linens made from natural and organic fibers. Allergen-free....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            energy star dryer and clothes pins for the nat'l alternative...moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Parking area next to house but secluded from deck view...moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            parking area can accommodate boats and RVs...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            energy star washer...moreless

          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Parking
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • 2 person canoe provided for guests' use; large boat ramps and rentals about 5 minutes away...moreless


              • Video Library:

                Excellent video collection including all 33 episodes of the Sopranos, entire season of Sex & the City (and the movie), Grey's Anatomy, good assortment of DVD/Blue Ray comedies, romance, action, art & educational/documentaries...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                no way! We want you enjoying nature not watching the discouraging news. Pop in a DVD instead!...moreless

              • Television:

                New HDTV flatscreen with wall mounted DVD/Blue Ray player...moreless

              • Music Library:

                assorted rock, classical, jazz, opera,& world music...moreless

              • Books:

                Nice selection ...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • CD Player
              • Stereo
              • Games


              • Broadband Access:

                No way! We intentionally want you disconnected and relaxing. But if you must, see WIFI details to the right...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                free wifi in Colfax, 5 min away. You don't even have to get out of your car....moreless

              • Mobile Phone

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                deck wraps around the house and total living space is over 2000 sq feet. Several dining areas on deck plus rockers and loungers. Glass walls of house open up to deck making it one big indoor/outdoor space. Fenced in area for dogs in addition to woods. Private trail to lake. Gas patio heater....moreless

              • Balcony:

                The entire deck is surrounded by cable railing for protection but so as not to obstruct the view. Not suitable for small children....moreless

              • Boat
              • Wood Deck
              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Kayak / Canoe
              • Outdoor Grill


              • Romantic
              • Away From It All

              Location & View

              • Mountain View:

                You are in the forest surrounded by trees; across the lake is nothing but the Sierra Mountains....moreless

              • Lakefront:

                Private hiking trail down to the lake; canoe available for guest use....moreless

              • Lake View:

                We have gorgeous lake views from 3 sides and we are on the lake....moreless


              • Restaurants
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • ATM/Bank
              • Snowboarding
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Jet Skiing
              • Water Skiing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Skiing
              • Hiking
              • Groceries
              • Hunting
              • Mountaineering
              • Paragliding
              • Swimming
              • Sailing
              • Kayaking
              • Rock Climbing
              • Rafting
              • Snowmobiling
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Water Tubing
              • Golf
              • Medical Services
              • Massage Therapist
              • Fitness Center
              • Live Theater
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Museums
              • Cinemas
              • Autumn Foliage
              • Churches
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Playground
              • Coin Laundry
              • Synagogues
              • Winery Tours
              • Eco Tourism
              • Sledding
              • Bird Watching
              • Scenic Drives
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Paddle Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Antiquing
              • Shopping
              • Boating
              • Sight Seeing
              • Ski Privileges Optional
              • Mountain Climbing


              Write a review 4.9
              from 66 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Spring, Summer and Fall
              May 1 - Oct 31, 2014
              2 night min stay
              $1,575 $5,550
              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay
              $1,015 $3,500
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
              • Pet Fee $50
              • Property Damage Protection $49
              • Tax Rate 10%

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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              Last updated: 09/10/2014
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              50 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              5 Miles
              Nearest Train
              5 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              1 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              our little lakefront or Orchard Springs Campground
              1 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              30 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Sugar Bowl
              5 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Grass Valley

              Car: Necessary

              We are in the Sierras/California Gold Country. While totally secluded and nestled in the forest you are minutes to the historic gold rush towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City as well as other beautiful little towns. There are wineries, gold mine tours, theatre, shopping, restaurants, hiking, swimming and water sports, There are wonderful festivals such as Cornish and Victorian Christmas, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, lots of art galleries.

              Other Activities: kayaking, boating, downhill/alpine skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2009

              About the owner: We are very interested in doing our part to protect our planet and the environment. Both refugees from the corporate world in Silicon Valley where we held demanding jobs we enjoyed building our dream eco-friendly vacation home in the middle of a forest overlooking beautiful Rollins Lake. Tod designed the off-grid system himself and despite his wife's initial trepidation, it's amazing! This is our home and when it's not rented we delight in escaping the Bay Area for the beauty and simplicity of its zen-like qualities.

              Why the Owner Chose Grass Valley:
              We love the Sierras and a number of years ago bought 8 acres in the forest overlooking Rollins Lake with the intent of building a low carbon-footprint vacation home that would be all about the views. Although our home is private & secluded we liked that we are within 10 minutes of wineries, the quaint artist town of Nevada City, the historic Gold Rush town of Grass Valley, hiking, exploring the gold mines, and organic farms and only 45 minutes to Sugar Bowl Ski resort.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              You will come away rejuvenated, even after just 2 days! As one of our guests wrote: 'If you need to learn how to breathe again, this place will teach you'. Most of our guests have plans to do lots of things and wind up not leaving the house! The seclusion, the tree-house feel, the lake views and access to the lake and a canoe make this a very special getaway for 2.

              Contact us

              Speaks: english

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • Deck ready  for Happy Hour

                Deck ready for Happy Hour

              • The side deck with Lake view to right and behind cabana

                The side deck with Lake view to right and behind cabana

              • kitchen, living area and view to deck; all glass doors open completely

                kitchen, living area and view to deck; all glass doors open completely

              • recycled wine bottle shower, towel heater and door to deck

                recycled wine bottle shower, towel heater and door to deck

              • Sink made of recycled porcelain & rice hulls; shower from recycled wine bottles

                Sink made of recycled porcelain & rice hulls; shower from recycled wine bottles

              • our house is on the cover of architect Michelle Kaufman's book

                our house is on the cover of architect Michelle Kaufman's book

              • Abbie enjoying the lake

                Abbie enjoying the lake

              • view into living room with glass walls open

                view into living room with glass walls open

              • view from the house - trail down to the lake

                view from the house - trail down to the lake

              • living room and kitchen

                living room and kitchen

              • bathroom open to deck (shower to the right, not seen here)

                bathroom open to deck (shower to the right, not seen here)

              • Bedroom (photo by Ian Martin Photography)

                Bedroom (photo by Ian Martin Photography)

              • Barrie and Tod enjoying the fruits of our labor; come experience it!

                Barrie and Tod enjoying the fruits of our labor; come experience it!

              VRBO #250156

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              This listing was first published here in 2009.

              Date last modified - Monday, July 28, 2014

              $165 - $265 per night (USD)

              1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 4

              View calendar: Updated 09/10/14
              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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