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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,
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
assorted rock, classical, jazz, opera,& world music...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
no way! We want you enjoying nature not watching the discouraging news. Pop in a DVD instead!...moreless
New HDTV flatscreen with wall mounted DVD/Blue Ray player...moreless
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
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
We have gorgeous lake views from 3 sides and we are on the lake....moreless
Private hiking trail down to the lake; canoe available for guest use....moreless
You are in the forest surrounded by trees; across the lake is nothing but the Sierra Mountains....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Ski Privileges Optional
Great room dining inside and table for 4 on deck...moreless
Seating for 4 people
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
No way! We intentionally want you disconnected and relaxing. But if you must, see WIFI details to the right...moreless
energy star dryer and clothes pins for the nat'l alternative...moreless
Iron & Board
600+ count linens made from natural and organic fibers. Allergen-free....moreless
Local Activities Guide
Local Restaurant Guide
Parking Off Street:
Parking area next to house but secluded from deck view...moreless
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 With Paddles
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
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Property Damage Protection$59
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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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
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.